Talking of balls...
In Spain, football and bullfighting used to run about equal in terms of popularity and TV airtime.
Times change, but even today, few would deny the 'cojones' required to step out in front of a crowd thirsty for dramatic virtuosity.
The bull weighs some 500-600 kilos.
A bullfighter's costume weighs about five kilos, costs £3,000-£6,000, and requires help to get into.
But this is an empty costume!
Hm, yes and no.
Courage, cruelty, culture, cojones.
The public loves a spectacle. Why?
We want to be awestruck, to be taken beyond ourselves.
We delight in the safe distance and immersion of watching others run risks.