This led me to some late night conjecture and playing with facts. It is almost impossible for an unknown matador to get invited to a first degree plaza. Likewise it is easier to cut a tail in a portable ring than receive an “ovation” in Madrid. That simple argument is the basis for the scale I have arrived at to give numerical valuation to performances strictly regarding the category of plaza. I administered a point total I thought fair for respect to the widely varying types of arenas. Here are the AWARDS:
Plazas primera: EACH appearance in the ring = 4 points, Oreja = 4 points, Rabo = 8 points.
2nd category plazas: Appearance = 2 points, Oreja = 2 points, Rabo = 4 points.
3rd category plaza: Appearance = 1 point, Oreja = 1 point, Rabo = 1 points.
I have purposefully left out any special scoring for the difficulty of the bull or famed ranches as although fundamentally important the bulls can vary tremendously WITHIN each ganaderia AND the public’s discernment concerning which ranches are the most difficult and complicated and therefore warrant higher points.
· Indultos too have been omitted as a “toro thing” more than “torero” (although we all know that good matadors tend to bring out the best in even a bad bull).
On the left is the ranking as done by 6Toros6 and far right is the new escalafon (red) done using the above points system.
We have a new leader, and in fact, if I am asked to take someone to their first corrida de toros …..
David Fandila is just the man to let them see and enjoy the spectacle.
Yet, he is NOT the one that the true aficionados talk about, praise or argue. The conversations I have ALWAYS had included El Juli, Ponce, Jose Tomas and Sebastian Castella.