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Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Bobby Rigged"

An interesting take on the real story behind the 1973 Bobby Riggs - Billie Jean King tennis match, by Taki Theodoracopulos.

8 comments:

Quartermain said...

I remember back when I was 12, I used to have fun telling the girls that Bobby Riggs threw the match.

That was the consensus among us boys back then.

Not too long from then it went down the memory hole.

John Craig said...

Allan --
I suggest you look up all those girls -- now women -- and inform them that you were right.

Quartermain said...

On top of the fact, I can't remember all their names, assuming they still have the same names...

I have better things to do with my time.

John Craig said...

Allan --
I'm sure you do; I was just joking.

Glen Filthie said...

Years ago we were out hiking with Bob The Knob and his girlfriend. She was a feminist and made sure we all knew it. Bob as an asshole (but a loveable one) and he made sure we all knew it too.

During the 5 day hike, right before a gruelling ascent - Bob and his gal got in a fight of biblical proportions over feminism.

Bob got so damned mad, he insisted on trading packs with his gal the next day. She put up a good fight and carried Bob's 45 lb. pack for about a half hour before she crapped out, gasping and wheezing. The thin air made this hike a ball buster even without packs.

But Bob wasn't finished making his point. He made a big production of it as he repacked their gear in both packs so that they weighed pretty much the same...and a half hour later our feminist collapsed.

Right till the very end, Bob indulged his Inner Asshole: he refused to help this girl out until she conceded that men and women were NOT equal, and that he would not be carrying any of her gear until she did so. That is when the temp dropped and it began to snow - and our feminist began to cry. I felt like a complete shit to watch it.

Bob and I later had a great fight about all that. I said that he was wrong to rub that gal's nose in her shortcomings, and that chivalry demanded that we make concessions to women in tough times. He said he had to do it or she would never learn the truth of it - that men and women were different, each with their strengths and weaknesses. He further said that letting them carry on under such falsehoods was unhealthy and unproductive in the long run. You didn't see many guys like Bob in those days, and he pissed off quite a few people including me with his viewpoints and willingness to prove them.

I wish I knew where Bob was now. I would pour him a big dram of my finest scotch by way of apology and admit that he was a visionary far ahead of his time.

I would ask him how in hell we fix this now too...

John Craig said...

Glen --
Great story. And interesting to hear you're a former liberal -- or at least a former not-a-conservative.

I agree with Bob AND you: chivalry demands we carry more weight than women, but not if they insist they're as strong physically.

And that woman must have been daft to believe in a brand of feminism which insists that women are physically as strong as men.

Glen Filthie said...

I was raised by classical liberals John. I know from bitter experience that when you deal with them and you are trying to win an argument - you literally have to force them and rub their noses in the facts before they will acknowledge truth. If you can do that - they will hate you for it too.

I have learned the hard way that you seldom win arguments with liberals or idiots and when you DO...it usually isn't worth the hassle.

John Craig said...

Glen --
Well, you've had a beter experience than I have; the ones I've known will almost never admit it when they're wrong, even on the most simple factual matters.

Brings to mind William F. Buckley's classic dictum: "I've never lost a political argument in my life. On the other hand, I've never won one either."