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May 30, 2011
After reading about Antonio Barrera's being gored 23 times and seeing pictures of Julio Aparicio's getting speared through the throat, I haven't decided if being a matador is sheer bravery or complete stupidity. One would think that having to pick up your testicle in the ring or having a horn shoved through your tongue would be a sign that a safer line of work is in order.
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May 30, 2011

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After reading about Antonio Barrera's being gored 23 times and seeing pictures of Julio Aparicio's getting speared through the throat, I haven't decided if being a matador is sheer bravery or complete stupidity. One would think that having to pick up your testicle in the ring or having a horn shoved through your tongue would be a sign that a safer line of work is in order.

Suzannah Herron, Tucson

Geoffrey Gray's article about bullfighting (The Dangerous Obsession of Antonio Barrera, May 9) was remarkable. It showed Barrera's pride and obsession and the dangers faced by him and his fellow matadors, while also describing in bold detail the nuances and traditions that keep this ancient sport alive.

Al Komins, Jupiter, Fla.

Gray referred to Barrera as "the Rocky Balboa of bullfighting." Perhaps Evel Knievel would be a better comparison, given Barrera's history of injuries and penchant for tempting death. Tradition be damned, those matadors really should wear cups.

Rob Johns, Leawood, Kans.

Hunting is not a real sport because one of its contestants does not choose whether he wants to engage in the competition. Still, I find bullfighting to be more barbaric and even less of a sport. Bulls are forced into the ring, tortured with intense pain and ultimately stabbed to death. Nothing about that pertains to sport or competition.

Cole Hemmes, Fremont, Calif.

Feeling the Draft

I enjoyed the piece about the 2011 NFL draft (Weirdest Draft Ever, May 9), but unlike Peter King, I thought New England had an amazing draft. The Patriots were able to strengthen their offensive line with Nate Solder, one of the top tackles in the country, and then got a third-round steal in quarterback Ryan Mallett. In addition, they chose two quality running backs and added depth to the defensive backfield.

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