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TennisHack
Feb 11th, 2004, 08:43 PM
from ESPN:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/040210&partnersite=espn
Anna's day in our sun is done


Anna's day in the sun is done
By Jim Caple
Page 2 columnist



Do svidanya, Anna Kournikova. Your time as the World Wide Web's favorite bookmark is over.





Oh, sure, Anna's back in Page 2's annual Hottest Female Athlete tournament, but there is no automatic berth for her this year. And, quite frankly, she's lucky she doesn't have to play her way in for the last seed. Fifteen minutes shy of her own "Behind the Music" episode, she's so tired that Grady Little would give her the hook.

http://espn-att.starwave.com/media/ten/2003/0112/photo/a_anna_i.jpgAs Anna's tennis ranking dropped, so did her level of hotness.She never was all that, anyway. Sure, Anna would have turned enough heads in a high school social studies class to make it look like a drama club production of "The Exorcist.'' But the way everyone worldwide slobbered over her? Never understood it.





Don't get me wrong. I'm a regular guy. I'm not auditioning for the role of sports consultant on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.'' Just like everyone else, I think Anna is pretty. But gorgeous enough to generate all that much fuss? To launch enough websites to crash the Google search engine? No way. Frankly, there are far-better-looking women in sports. Off the top of my head, I can name Tatiana Grigorieva, Jamie Sale, Stacy Dragila, Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain -- and those are just the recent Olympic medalists.





But that's what sets them apart from Anna. They're champions. There's nothing wrong with 36-24-34, but an equally important figure these days is winning percentage.





Look, there are a lot of gorgeous women in the world, even though very few of them will talk to us without a restraining order. What made Anna a star was not her looks, but her looks combined with her tennis ability. She made the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1997 and climbed into the top 10 in the WTA rankings. She was young, pretty and a damn good tennis player.





But it's been a steady ride down the scale since she turned legal. Not only has Anna never won a singles tournament, she barely even plays anymore. Her once-promising career is virtually over, a victim of injuries and indifference. It's easier to pose for calendars than to train long and hard enough to beat Justine Henin-Hardenne or either Williams sister.





Compare Anna's career to the career of the woman who whipped her in Page 2's Hottest Female Athlete contest last year. Softball player Jennie Finch won an NCAA-record 60 consecutive games, won 199 games in her career at the University of Arizona, hit 50 home runs and recently was named to the U.S. Olympic team.

http://espn-att.starwave.com/i/magazine/new/jennie_finch_pitch_b.jpgUSA has never looked so good.She also struck out Mike Cameron during an exhibition last spring. I know, I know -- everyone struck out Cameron last year. But let's just say that Finch looked a whole better doing it than Jesse Orosco.





What makes someone attractive? The ancient Mayans pressed the heads of newborn babies between two boards to elongate their foreheads permanently, possibly to better resemble ears of corn. If that sounds like a strange concept of beauty, just remember this: Sixty-year-old Mick Jagger is an international sex symbol.





Beauty is ever-changing, and always a matter of context. Cheerleaders used to be the most attractive girls in school. No longer. Now the hotties are the point guards, the sprinters and the midfielders, precisely because they ARE point guards, sprinters and midfielders. (Shotputters, however, still have a ways to go.)





This, then, is the real legacy of Title IX -- it's made athleticism sexy for women. All of a sudden, a girl in a basketball jersey is as sexy as if she were wearing a strapless gown.





For years, boys tried out for their high-school teams in no small part because they knew it would help make them attractive to the opposite sex (or at least more attractive than the guys on the A-V team). Now, girls can do the same thing. And that's good. Playing sports is great fun and a terrific confidence-builder, and girls were scared away for too long out of fear of being labeled tomboys and worse.





That's why Anna needs to get back on the court and start winning. Compared to Sue Bird breaking ankles with her crossover dribble, Anna is just another pretty face. And if we want simply to ogle a great-looking woman, it's a lot more satisfying to do it the old-fashioned way -- by asking the Hooters girl to bring us another pitcher.





Anna can display her ample cleavage in itsy-bitsy bikini tops for her swimsuit calendars; but unless she poses with a tournament trophy, she'll never be as sexy as Brandi Chastain in an unrevealing sports bra after that World-Cup win.





Deep down, all guys are pigs; we'll always appreciate a good wet t-shirt contest. But these days, we prefer a team's name to be printed on that t-shirt.



Jim Caple is a senior writer for ESPN.com

Rocketta
Feb 11th, 2004, 09:35 PM
hmmm, interesting.....

decemberlove
Feb 11th, 2004, 09:47 PM
well, i have to agree, anna is just another pretty face without the tennis. she wont survive real long without tennis.

but i disagree with him on two points:

one. hooters girls are hideous.

two. mick jagger. yes, hes an international sex symbol, but hes a man. women [generally] have completely different definitions and standards for what we find sexy. how many young men consider a 60 year old woman sexy? compare that number to how many young women find an older man sexy. its just a bad example on his part.

Rocketta
Feb 11th, 2004, 09:55 PM
well, i have to agree, anna is just another pretty face without the tennis. she wont survive real long without tennis.

but i disagree with him on two points:

one. hooters girls are hideous.

two. mick jagger. yes, hes an international sex symbol, but hes a man. women [generally] have completely different definitions and standards for what we find sexy. how many young men consider a 60 year old woman sexy? compare that number to how many young women find an older man sexy. its just a bad example on his part.Something is seriously wrong with a person if they think Mick Jagger is sexy!!! :spit:

Well in my opinion anyway....The thought of him naked makes me :scared:

Meesh
Feb 11th, 2004, 09:55 PM
My favorite part of the article

Deep down, all guys are pigs :lol:

Rocketta
Feb 11th, 2004, 09:56 PM
My favorite part of the article

Deep down, all guys are pigs :lol:
:lol:

He was telling it like it T-I- Tis, ain't he? ;)

SerialKiller#69
Feb 11th, 2004, 09:57 PM
What a big :yawn:

decemberlove
Feb 11th, 2004, 10:01 PM
Something is seriously wrong with a person if they think Mick Jagger is sexy!!! :spit:

Well in my opinion anyway....The thought of him naked makes me :scared:
lol i dont particularly find him sexy either.

both my aunt thinks hes so fine. i dont see it!

Rocketta
Feb 11th, 2004, 10:04 PM
lol i dont particularly find him sexy either.

both my aunt thinks hes so fine. i dont see it!are they older than 45?

oh and blind? :lol:

Martian Willow
Feb 11th, 2004, 11:34 PM
lol i dont particularly find him sexy either.

both my aunt thinks hes so fine. i dont see it!

You'll be telling us you don't find Mayans with corn-shaped skulls sexy next. :eek:

TennisHack
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:05 AM
Well, my reason for posting this article (besides its laughably lame premise) was because I found this very insulting:

Cheerleaders used to be the most attractive girls in school. No longer. Now the hotties are the point guards, the sprinters and the midfielders, precisely because they ARE point guards, sprinters and midfielders. (Shotputters, however, still have a ways to go.)

This, then, is the real legacy of Title IX -- it's made athleticism sexy for women. All of a sudden, a girl in a basketball jersey is as sexy as if she were wearing a strapless gown.

For years, boys tried out for their high-school teams in no small part because they knew it would help make them attractive to the opposite sex (or at least more attractive than the guys on the A-V team). Now, girls can do the same thing. And that's good. Playing sports is great fun and a terrific confidence-builder, and girls were scared away for too long out of fear of being labeled tomboys and worse.

First of all, when were cheerleaders displaced at the top of the beautiful people totem poll in high school?

Secondly, when did girls start playing sports to impress boys? The girls I know who wanted to play sports did it regardless of what others thought of them.

This dude shows his male-chauvinist opinion in more ways than just the obvious one :rolleyes:

Diya
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:13 AM
Pathetic piece of BS !:rolleyes:

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:15 AM
Page 2 is all about comedy and sarcasm. You can't assume the writers are serious.
They are having a hottest female athlete poll.

Volcana
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:22 AM
This, then, is the real legacy of Title IX -- it's made athleticism sexy for women. All of a sudden, a girl in a basketball jersey is as sexy as if she were wearing a strapless gown.
AMEN!

for-sure
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:49 AM
Ummm NCAA means nothing. If anna was to play for the NCAA...she would not lose a SET. I don't think people realize how much work it takes to make it even into the TOP 50/100 in the world.
ANNA needs more respect.

apoet29
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:53 AM
Ummm NCAA means nothing. If anna was to play for the NCAA...she would not lose a SET. I don't think people realize how much work it takes to make it even into the TOP 50/100 in the world.
ANNA needs more respect.
Actually the NCAA and Title IX mean a lot in the United States for the amateur female athlete. Without many female athletes would not have the opportunity to play sports in college. So while the NCAA may not have its equivalent in Europe or Europeans may not think it is important, it is very important to women athletes in the US.

I do agree with you that Anna deserves more respect for her accomplishments, but so do all athletes who have accomplishments in their sports. Very few of them ever get it. Just ask Martina Navratilova.

WhatTheDeuce
Feb 12th, 2004, 01:23 AM
Why doesn't Page 2 leave Anna the fuck alone???? They keep writing these same old articles saying she sucks and she's washed up and she's no longer sexy, BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. You don't want to give her attention, then stop talking about her. Plain and simple.

vogus
Feb 12th, 2004, 03:07 AM
The truth about Anna hurts. She's washed up and she's not even 23 yet. Enjoy that hundred million, girl, cuz now it's all you got...

Havok
Feb 12th, 2004, 03:17 AM
ugh these articles:yawn:

Keith17
Feb 12th, 2004, 03:22 AM
Why is that softball girl always in this prettiest girl list? I don't find her attractive at all.


Why doesn't Page 2 leave Anna the fuck alone???? They keep writing these same old articles saying she sucks and she's washed up and she's no longer sexy, BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. You don't want to give her attention, then stop talking about her. Plain and simple.

I agree with you on something concerning Anya. Hell hath froze.