VIVA EL TORO
Two years of "the best in sports reporting" by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has
finally induced me to write—you're great!
The story on
Travesty in Tijuana (SI, Aug. 6), really prompted my note. I felt a momentary
sadness for the theatrically fearless matadoras. Then, I recalled through my
own experience and your account the tortures inflicted on the bull. Great
reporting, I agree—Viva El Toro!
Travesty in Tijuana was obviously written by a man, even if you had not put his
name to the ridiculous article.
bullfighting open only to the male of the species is both a puerile and a
prejudiced idea, and the statement "women somehow seem not made to mold
themselves in plastic grace with a bull" is the epitome of asininity.
A few hundred
years ago they thought a man was not graceful enough to be a ballet dancer, and
yet today this art unites both sexes in grace and perfection.
Perhaps, the mano
a mano did become a travesty (eliminating, of course, the prejudiced innuendoes
of Mr. Lozano), but I salute Pat McCormick and Bette Ford for both their
courage and their foresight, and I feel confident that they or their sex will
on day redeem themselves in this sport.
ONE NOVICE TO
I must agree with Se�or Lozano, it was a Travesty in Tijuana.
I was one of the
thousands that drove down to Tijuana to see my first bullfight on a beautiful
Sunday afternoon, it came close to being my first and my last.
and Miss Ford are passing up a good bet in this Olympic year, the way they ran
from the bulls I'd say their chances in making the team in the dashes are very
"novice" spectator is permitted to pass along some advice I'd like to
say to Miss Ford: "Bette, please go back to modeling while your features
are only marred by a dislocated shoulder"; to Miss McCormick: "Pat,
isn't one goring enough!"