You cannot be serious.
It’s 2017, and this is still being argued? Men and women each have their own tennis circuits, their own golf circuits, and typically do not play the same sports at any level for a variety of reasons, chief among them men tend to be stronger than women. That’s science. These are biological truths that are certainly not meant to put one gender above the other.
We can talk about equality all we want, but the fact is that men and women are built differently. It’s not sexist to acknowledge this. You’re not a jerk for thinking most men are physically stronger than most women. Yes, there are exceptions, but generally speaking, men tend to be bigger, faster and stronger than women.
Yet, for some reason, of all the sports, tennis seems to be the only one where gender lines continue to be questioned. Serena Williams is the most dominant tennis player we’ve ever seen, but for whatever reason, it’s always been a thing to wonder how she would fare against men. This never happens in other sports. We never debate women’s bowlers taking on male bowlers. LPGA players are rarely if ever compared to their male counterparts. It’s just a tennis thing.
Later this summer, “Battle of the Sexes” will hit theaters to tell the story of when a 29-year-old Billie Jean King and a 55-year-old Bobby Riggs played a memorable co-ed tennis match in 1973.
Riggs said awful, chauvinistic things in the run-up to that match like “I’ll tell you why I’ll win. She’s a woman and they don’t have the emotional stability,” and “Women belong in the bedroom and kitchen, in that order.”
All these years later, it seems like we’re still playing that match, which King won in straight sets. All these years later, we’re still wondering how Williams would fare against men. All these years later, John McEnroe went on NPR and said “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like No. 700 in the world.”
Let’s not compare McEnroe with Riggs.
“That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player,” McEnroe added. “I do, but the reality of what would happen would be I think something that perhaps it’d be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower. And on a given day, Serena could beat some players.”
McEnroe got beat up pretty good this week for what he said, for going there, but was he really a jerk for thinking Williams wouldn’t be that great on the men’s tour? Or are the people who are so easily outraged the ones who are truly the jerks for getting so bent out of shape about what he said?
Look, McEnroe may not have been eloquent with his words, but he was not wrong. Men are faster. They serve harder. They hit harder. Men’s and women’s tennis are completely different games.
And guess what? You know who said all that? Serena Williams, that’s who, during an interview with David Letterman in 2013. It doesn’t make you a jerk for thinking Williams wouldn’t fare well on the men’s tour because Serena herself doesn’t think she would.
The true jerks here are the people who were so bent out of shape by McEnroe’s blunt words.
McEnroe has done and said a lot in his career on and off the court that’s rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. While what he said this week about Williams, who has been unfairly targeted for her race and gender throughout her own pioneering career, came out of his mouth with little tact or poetry, McEnroe was not totally wrong.
Yet, he was vilified for it. He was called a sexist.
Added up, that doesn’t make McEnroe any more of a jerk than those who picked apart his words this week and found something else to be outraged about.
ON THE BALL
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LaVar Ball was only partly right when he clapped back at Sixers players Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons this week following their Twitter takedowns of the clown prince of sports parents. After Ball said at the NBA Draft the laughingstock Lakers are a playoff team with his son Lonzo in the fold, the two young Sixers voiced their displeasure with LaVar Ball’s most recent bold words.
Simmons tweeted “crazy pills” when Ball guaranteed the playoffs and Embiid urged his teammate to “Please dunk on (Lonzo) so hard his daddy runs on the court to save him.”
“When you don’t win, and don’t even make the playoffs, and don’t even stay on the court long enough, that’s the best thing you can do — is tweet and make some stuff,” LaVar Ball said on 97.5 The Fanatic. “Ain’t nobody else doing that, because they’re working on their games in the gym. These guys ain’t played a game, (are) always hurt, and (are) at the bottom of the totem pole. So guess what? Get your (rear ends) off the goddamn Tweeter, and get in the gym.”
Ball is right. Embiid and Simmons have done nothing in their short NBA careers, with Simmons having yet to step on the court, but their going after Ball is no different than anything Ball’s done in the last few months when he’s run off at the mouth and said some pretty wild things.
Ball has become a national media star for doing exactly the same thing as Embiid and Simmons. He’s achieved stardom simply by being a jerk. Except Ball’s just a little better at it than the two Sixers are.
Finally, minor league baseball teams should just take the money and run.
Because during this Tim Tebow baseball experiment, doing anything but quietly reaping the financial rewards of the former Heisman Trophy winner coming to town makes you a complete jerk. The Charleston RiverDogs went above and beyond being mean and petty last weekend when the Yankees Single-A affiliate relentlessly trolled Tebow.
Look, it was not awful stuff. But it was, well, minor league, when Tebow was mocked on the scoreboard, by the team mascot, and when other players were introduced as “Not Tim Tebow.” It was so sophomoric that the RiverDogs even apologized for the stunts.
“While we believe that our promotions were poking fun at Mr. Tebow’s celebrity status rather than his religion or baseball career, our intent was not to offend anyone, and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry,” Charleston president and general manager Dave Echols said in a statement.
Instead of ripping Tebow, maybe the RiverDogs should have just said thank you. Because before Tebow’s promotion to Port St. Lucie, Charleston was one of the teams in the South Atlantic League that made money off him by just being there. The well-chronicled Tebow Effect has jacked up minor league attendance figures across the league and it is estimated that Tebow’s presence will mean an additional $2 million for the SAL this season.
Charleston enjoyed almost 3,000 more fans than usual simply because Tebow was in town. Even animals know not to bite the hand that feeds you, but a jerk will gladly make money off a guy and still make fun of him at the same time.
Source: Ny Daily News