September 20, 2013, - 12:00 pm
Today is the 40th anniversary of a sports “Battle of the Sexes” that wasn’t. Incredibly, this phony set-up, which proved nothing and was completely fake, is still getting oodles of hype. On September 20, 1973, women’s tennis champ (and feminist activist) Billie Jean King played former men’s tennis pro Bobby Riggs and “beat” him. It was pimped on America as some sort of proof that women were not only equal to men, but better than them physically.
But King was 29 years old at the time. Riggs was 55, 26 years older. He could have been her father. She was still playing professional tennis and at the top of her game. Riggs was long retired and wasn’t even the best man on the senior men’s tennis circuit. It was hardly a contest of equals. Not even close. Moreover, there have long been stories that Riggs threw the match to settle his many gambling debts. And, in the last several weeks, there have been a number of news reports confirming Riggs’ relationship with the mob–in retirement, he was known as a bookie of sorts–and positing that he was ordered by Cosa Nostra to deliberately lose. That’s probably what happened. King, forever deluded into actually believing she won something here, is in denial of this likelihood and won’t accept Riggs’ known mafiosi connections.
But even if Riggs didn’t throw the match–and he probably did–it’s beyond absurd to say that a 29-year-old player in the best shape of her life beating a 55-year-old retiree is evidence of anything . . . other than the uber-fantasies of feminists who refuse to face reality. And the wet dreams of far leftists. A couple of weeks ago, PBS a/k/a “Palestinian Broadcasting System”–which you’re forced to fund through your taxes–debuted its current season of “American Masters” with an hour-long special on King and her faux-“Battle of the Sexes.” Like a bad SNL skit, the morons at PBS presented this event as if it was actually a real, genuine battle of equals which was won by a woman. PUH-LEEZE. That tennis match was Rigg-ed in more ways than one.
Bobby Riggs needed cash, King wanted to further her feminist BS. And they both laughed at America all the way to the bank. Cha-ching. Although the prize was $100K, both Riggs and King got paid–by some reports–several hundred thousand dollars to play, and that’s not to mention the paid appearances and priceless publicity each garnered from this circus.
If anyone were truly interested in a real “Battle of the Sexes” in tennis, they would do away with the men’s and women’s divisions in the sport, and we’d see reality: that women would never win. Heck, we already have that with the two men in the women’s division–the Williams Brothers, Venus and Serena–dominating all the women. But even the Williams Brothers would get murdered in real men’s tennis. The men play a best-of-five-sets game, where as the women play a much weaker best-of-three.
Take any of the currently top ranking five in men’s tennis–Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, and Roger Federer–and put him up against the top-ranking person in women’s tennis, Serena Williams. They would cream her/him. Hell, take any of the currently top-ranking 150 in men’s tennis, and she couldn’t beat even Number 150.
Frankly, I’ll bet retired, 43-year-old Andre Agassi could beat the 31-year-old Williams. Similar match-ups, such as then-40-year-old Jimmy Connors against then-35-year-old Martina Navratilova (another man posing on the women’s tennis tour), have all resulted in landslide victories by the declared male player. This year, Andy Murray said on Twitter (follow me on Twitter) that he’d be open to playing Serena Williams. But she’ll never do it. Because she’d get trounced.
Forty years ago, the media and promoters created a phony event that proved nothing but gave delusional feminists a synthetic plank on which to stand. Today, it’s time to wake up and admit what was always quite obvious.
Billie Jean King won nothing.
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