THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Saturday, July 1, 2017
McEnroe Vs. Williams
McEnroe Vs. Williams
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a
cranky old man.Opposing opinions are
welcome, but they are wrong.As always,
please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
was a great tennis player, probably one of the top twenty to ever play the
game.I never really liked him that
much.He was a bit of a baby,
complaining about every call and he threw tantrums almost every match.I do have to admit I watched him a lot; he
Williams is a great tennis player, possible the greatest female player
to ever play the game.
McEnroe was being interviewed, I believe because he is releasing a new book,
and he was asked about Serena Williams.He said unequivocally that she is the best woman tennis player
He was then
asked how he thought Serena, the best woman tennis player ever, would do competing
with men.McEnroe said she would probably
would not be ranked in the top 700.The
media got very upset.How dare McEnroe
claim Serena, the best woman’s tennis player ever, not be ranked better than
700 in men’s tennis?
been countless movies and TV shows where women easily defeat men in competitive
events.As a matter of fact, I can
hardly think of a movie or TV show today where woman do not consistently
outperform men in just about everything.
It has been
pounded into our psyche that men are stupid and lazy and cannot compete with
woman at anything.Now McEnroe claims
that the very best woman to ever play the game could not be competitive with
any of the best 700 men today.This is
If I was Mr.
McEnroe’s publicist, I would have recommended a better answer.An answer that would not imply that a woman
could never compete on an equal footing with a man in most sports.That is unacceptable!I would have had him say, “Serena is great, it would be interesting
to see how well she might do on the men’s tour.” That would be the
politically correct answer that would not upset anyone.
never been politically correct.It is
his feeling that Serena is successful because at 5’9” tall and maybe 160
pounds, she easily overpowers her female competitors.On the men’s tour, 5’9” and 160 pounds is
tiny, undoubtedly smaller than any of the top 700 male players, so she could
not win with her strength.
important in tennis.Serena is
fast.She may be almost as fast as some
top men players.Tennis can also be a
mental game, Serena is probably as mentally strong and knowledgeable about
tennis tactics as any of the very best men players…how would her mental
strength stand up when her main strength, size and power were no longer anywhere
near that of her opponents?
Serena, the best woman to ever play the game do on the men’s tour?
politically incorrect McEnroe is right.Serena would probably not win on the men’s
tour.She would probably be embarrassed.
world is demanding McEnroe apologize for answering a question about his opinion
with his real opinion.He will not, that
is not who he is.
of what many movies and TV shows would tell you, women have a distinct physical
disadvantage against men in most athletic endeavors.When the best play the best, women cannot
compete against men.It is not a crime to
say that, it is just a fact.
play against a very good country club player?Hell yes, she would clean the clock of almost any amateur, but against a
Serena is a terrific tennis player.
I think John
McEnroe is a jerk.
The jerk is
right, Serena could not consistently beat a single player on the men’s tour.
The preceding was the opinion of a
cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky. AFTER THE BLOG: A little research found this tidbit that backs up McEnroe:
1998: Karsten Braasch vs. the Williams sisters
Another event dubbed a "Battle of the Sexes" took place during the 1998 Australian Open between Karsten Braasch and the Williams sisters. Venus and Serena Williams had claimed that they could beat any male player ranked outside the world's top 200, so Braasch, then ranked 203rd, challenged them both. Braasch was described by one journalist as "a man whose training regime centered around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple bottles of ice cold lager". The matches took place on court number 12 in Melbourne Park, after Braasch had finished a round of golf and two beers. He first took on Serena and after leading 5–0, beat her 6–1. Venus then walked on court and again Braasch was victorious, this time winning 6–2. Braasch said afterwards, "500 and above, no chance". He added that he had played like someone ranked 600th in order to keep the game "fun". Braasch said the big difference was that men can chase down shots much easier, and that men put spin on the ball that the women can't handle. The Williams sisters adjusted their claim to beating men outside the top 350.