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SPORT? NOT A SPORT?
May 13, 2002
THIS WEEK: BULLFIGHTING
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May 13, 2002

Sport? Not A Sport?

THIS WEEK: BULLFIGHTING

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SPORT
"It's like being a quarterback: Thousands of fans are screaming at you, and a 500-pound animal is trying to rip your head off."
—Raja Bell, 76ers guard

SPORT
"Have you seen the size of those bulls' nuts? You go up against anyone with nuts that big, it's a serious sport."
—John Mobley, Broncos linebacker

NOT A SPORT
"Killing an animal in front of people, that's cruel. You shouldn't play with animals."
—Chris Fuamatu-Ma'Afala, Steelers back

SPORT
"Damn right it is. You get a football or basketball player, tell him to stand close as he can in front of a bull and see if he can move before the bull hits him. I wouldn't do it."
—Blue Stone, pro bullrider

SPORT
"It's athletic, like figure skating."
—Jean Racine, bobsledder

NOT A SPORT
"I think you have to ask the bull."
—Jeff Zimmerman, Rangers pitcher

NOT A SPORT
"People show up, but it's only to watch someone stab a bull or to see the bull kill a guy. It's more a show than a sport."
—Rich Garces, Red Sox pitcher

SPORT
"You need agility to avoid a charging bull. You have to be fleet, with quick reactions."
—J.D. Drew, Cardinals outfielder

NOT A SPORT
"Bullfighters are agile, but people usually are when their lives are on the line."
—Garry Valk, Maple Leafs forward

SPORT
"As long as there's a chance you could die, it's a sport."
—Steve Sparks, Tigers pitcher

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