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All our exhibition games, except the game with the Rams, were arranged last fall, long before we had any idea we were going to draft Simpson. You were as far from the truth here as you were in the statement that Simpson would put $400,000 extra into the Buffalo till. The assumption that the game would not draw unless O.J. played is absurd. The doubleheader in Cleveland, particularly, has been an automatic sellout since long before O.J.
Personally, I think O.J.'s lucky if he gets $100,000.
I have seen El Cordob�s and Linares fight on five different occasions and, while they are not "classical" matadors, I have found them to be fantastically brave and talented in their profession. Unlike the author's hero, Antonio Ord��ez, who won't give his best when he's not in the mood, both of these matadors give their all with every bull. In the words of the late great Juan Belmonte: "Tell me who is the highest paid matador, and I will tell you who is the best. In the end, it is the public who decides." El Cordob�s is the public's choice.
One summer, through arrangements by Ernest Hemingway, I traveled through Spain with Antonio Ord��ez, the finest bullfighter of our time. It was therefore gratifying to see Mr. McCormick call Antonio's work with one bull "one of the finest things I have ever seen in the plaza." Ord��ez is nearly 40 now, and slowing down somewhat, but he still retains that majesty of presence which only a very few men possess.
In all the years of its existence, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has never had a poorly written or unfair article on bullfighting, and The Sound of Hooves, which recaptured so magnificently the magic of the madness of Pamplona's feria, joins the group.
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