Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Hollywood and other classified areas
The new code word: Boring
Today marked the death of baseball great Ted Williams and some call it an end to the era of "real baseball" as well. Prior to jackie Robinson's entrance into baseball, some said the game contained pure artistry and mental tactics. Yet when Robinson, a Rhodes scholar, entered this game it suddenly deteriorated into a game of athletic ability and power only. currently Barry Bonds is not considered one of the greatest hitters of all time. Merely a players who can hit home runs, nearly 600 of them at this time. How boring.
Hey, Jack Nicklaus, was dominating the game of golf, a game that had in its written bylaws that only Caucasians may play the game, no one found this time boring. a person named Tiger entered the game of golf, performing the same feats as the great Jack and now, amazingly, the game is getting, you guessed it, "boring".
A pattern is forming perhaps?
During the 70's, women's tennis went through the age of Evert, winning a Grand Slam every year for 13 years, 7 Roland Garros titles and additionl titles at other Grand slam events. Navratilova then took her turn at Grand Slam dominance until Graff seized control winning 22 singles titles during her career. Need I even mention Monica claiming 8 GS titles in about 4-5 years?
Fans thought those were exciting times. heck, I saw a few of these players play in person and I thought it was exciting.
Now we come to a new age of dominance that is beginning in tennis by the Williams and guess what, maniny are now saying the game is so "boring".
TV ratings for women's tennis has nearly tripled, prize money is increasingly rising and the WTA is now more popular than the ATP.
But some of us, including many players, are now oh so bored, sadened and generally pissed off that VENUS and SERENA have figured out how to kick their collective asses.
Oh, their race has nothing to do with it some will say, we like Chanda, not just because we can beat her and she wins no GS titles, it's just that those terrible Williams girls just hit the ball so darned hard and run so fast, that we just can't win anymore.
VENUS and SERENA have single handidly brought down the sport of tennis and Evert, McEnroe and others are dreading the day that Richard brought his 4 year old daughter on that ragged Compton tennis court to hit those flat tennis balls.
Be patient, in 4-6 years the game will no longer be boring and will return to its previous pre-Williams status.
Chairman, Williams Tennis Association
Tennis is a game
... Have fun