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Alves Wills Hometown Stampede to Electric Opening Night Win

By James Youness

Bridgestone Arena audience showered veteran with cheers, who’s now 4-for-5 in his last five outs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was only a matter of time until Justin McBride’s Nashville Stampede squad got in the win column.

Stealing the show on the opening night of the organization’s second-ever Stampede Days, what better way to kick off three days of action-packed, honky-tonk entertainment than seeing one of the sport’s most decorated athletes come in clutch for his home team?

“Great to get a win. It wasn’t the performance we were looking for, but I’m really proud of the performance from Silvano,” a passionate McBride shared in the locker room following the win.

“For those guys to get to experience a win in front of a crowd like this … I’m really happy for them.”

Representing the team’s first win of the year, it was none other than three-time World Champion Silvano Alves who got the job done.

Following a dramatic, albeit scoreless, first four rounds of action, the clock struck midnight as the Cinderella Story squad’s magic began.

In true walk-off fashion, with an electric crowd cheering him on the entire way, the grizzled veteran went the distance aboard Wicked Ways for a game-winning 88 points.

 

Showered with hugs, pats and high-fives all around as he celebrated with teammates in the chutes, the 35-year-old was the hero once again.

But as the celebrations continued, the ride was set to be reviewed for a possible violation.

“Well, I don’t know if my heart can handle these theatrics right now,” Matt West said during the RidePass on Pluto TV broadcast.

“I don’t need this kind of drama in my life. What I do need is the magic of Silvano Alves riding to win for his team.”

With more than 10,000 fans inside Bridgestone Arena watching on as Replay Judge Allan Jordan reviewed the out, the pressure was on.

There’s no way he slapped the bull, right?

“If this ride meets the 8 seconds, this building is going to go crazy,” West added moments later.

And that’s exactly what happened when Jordan flashed a quick thumbs up, approving the game-winning ride.

Coming back to Bridgestone Arena as the defending 2022 PBR Teams Champions, the yellow and blue squad was greeted by a rowdy audience several times throughout the night, but noticeably turned it up a notch after witnessing Alves’ heroics.

“I’m really happy for our fans, man. They are hungry for a win, you know? They know we got a title that we brought back to town, but it wasn’t done in this town, so to be able to get a win in this city is huge,” McBride added.

“I’m happy for the fans and for our guys.”

Proving they weren’t just coming home to Broadway with last year’s Cinderella Story run celebrations top of mind, McBride doubled down defending his team from enduring a bit of a “Championship Hangover” after winning it all in Las Vegas last season.

“No, I don’t think so. Silvano is the only guy riding who participated on that championship team. The other guys, four out of the five, are on Injured Reserve right now,” McBride said.

“It’s a little bit tougher taking some young guys that weren’t supposed to be in this situation yet and throwing them in. It’s asking a lot of them and that’s why I just want them to compete. That’s really all I’m looking for. If they hit the ground, so be it, we can work on things. We just have to learn how to compete at this level.”

With rookies in Kaiden Loud, Bruno Carvalho and Alan de Souza getting their respective chances to shine for Nashville, it’s Alves who continues to lead the charge, now 4-for-5 five in his last five outs.

Eventually returning to a locker room full of laughs, smiles and cameras as the home team celebrated their first win of the season, fellow World Champion Kaique Pacheco embraced Alves, but that’s nothing new for the longtime friends.

Friday night’s finale-winning performance isn’t where things end for the blue and yellow squad. They’re simply just getting started, which McBride reminded his men of just moments after capturing the victory.

Rallying his troops, capitalizing on the mood, McBride knows he can get more from the group, they just can’t be afraid.

“Let’s go get after it without being afraid of messing up,” he said, addressing his team.

“We can fix things, but we can’t be afraid of making mistakes.”

Photo courtesy of Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media

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