Though it’s not quite what we city folk are used to, the Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Buck Off might just be the perfect way to transition from the goodwill of the holidays back to real life. For the eighth year, they promise to bring the pain as the top bull riders in the country compete in the season opener of the Built Ford Tough Series in three “snot-spewing, bone-crushing, adrenaline-soaked performances.” And they take offense if you call it a rodeo, which is considered tame compared to real bull riding. Doesn’t sound like anyone will be bored.

Sat., Jan. 4, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 5, 8 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 6, 8 p.m., 2014

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