RARA-AVIS: Cockfighting in the News

From: Bill Crider ( macavityabc@gmail.com)
Date: 10 Jan 2007

As another follow-up to the cockfighting thread, here's an article from the January 6 Houston Chronicle. This guy would be a great character for a novel. Blanket, Texas, by the way, is only a few miles from Brownwood, where I taught for a number of years at Howard Payne University.

BLANKET - Too frail to walk much anymore, the old man cruises around his small farm on a scooter, weaving his way through the chickens that cluck and crow in a shrill storm of barnyard noise.

He stops near one rooster, no ordinary chicken. Large and magnificent with white, red and brown plumage, it is bred to fight - and kill - in a bloodsport dating back centuries and illegal in most states.

"The Chicken Man," as some locals call him, is 83-year-old Mike Ratliff, who since 1968 has taught an estimated 8,000 cockfighters around the world how to breed and train game birds at his School for Beginning Cockers. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4451102.html

Bill Crider

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