Gabrielle Ludwig the new Bobby Riggs: UPDATE or not

by Datechguy | December 16th, 2012

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Gabrielle Ludwig the new Bobby Riggs: UPDATE or not

In 1973 Bil­lie Jean King seven years removed from being #1 woman in the world Defeated 55-​year-​old Bobby Riggs 6 – 4, 6 – 3, 6 – 3 in a $100,000 win­ner take all match billed as the Bat­tle of the Sexes.

King’s vic­tory cemented her as a fem­i­nist icon for silenc­ing Mr. Riggs, ranked #1 in 1941 in the world 32 years ear­lier and mem­ber of the Ten­nis Hall of Fame who said that at age 55 he could defeat women 25 years his junior.

What a lot of peo­ple for­get is the four months before los­ing in to Miss King, Bobby Riggs took on another 30 years old for­mer #1 ranked women, Mar­garet Court and demol­ished her in straight sets.

Today peo­ple make Riggs the butt of jokes con­ve­niently for­get­ting his lop­sided vic­tory over Court (los­ing only 3 games) while play­ing com­pet­i­tively with King. The actual les­son of the exer­cise was this 55 year world cham­pion with his best years decades behind him was able, on a national stage able to hold own against the very best women of the time both young enough to be his daugh­ter man­ag­ing a com­bined score of 22 – 21 in five sets.

For all the acco­lades Miss King received, No sane per­son would con­tend that at age 55 in 1998 she would have had a prayer against a 31-​year-​old Boris Becker or a 33-​year-​old Ste­fan Edberg. That’s not to imply she wasn’t a spec­tac­u­lar Ten­nis Cham­pion, she was, it’s sim­ply because at age 55 she sim­ply could not have phys­i­cally been able to com­pete with either of these men.

That’s sim­ple biology…which brings us to Gabrielle Lud­wig

In the days lead­ing up to the game, peo­ple had plenty to say about 6-​foot-​6-​inch, 220-​pound Gabrielle Lud­wig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-​season walk-​on and became, accord­ing to advo­cates, the first trans­sex­ual to play col­lege hoops as both a man and a woman.

When I saw this story all I could think of was Riggs/​King with a twist.

Gabrielle Lud­wig like Riggs is 25 years the senior of the women on the bas­ket­ball court, both team­mates and oppo­nents. but there are three huge dif­fer­ences that work in Gabrielle Ludwig’s favor that Bobby Riggs didn’t have going for him.

1. While Bas­ket­ball like Ten­nis is a fast paced phys­i­cally demand­ing game it has cer­tain advan­tages in terms of sta­mina. The nature of the game allows Gabrielle Lud­wig peri­ods of rest and relief, par­tic­u­larly at half time. Bobby Riggs had to play through the match with­out such relief.

2. Bobby Riggs was #1 in the world in 1941, he took on Mar­garet Court #1 in the world in 1962 & Bil­lie Jean King #1 in the world in 1966. All three are rightly in the Ten­nis hall of fame. While Riggs enjoyed the phys­i­cal advan­tages of man­hood, they were off­set not only by age but by the expe­ri­ence and skill of two oppo­nents pre­pared both phys­i­cally and men­tally to cope with the absolute best the world had to offer. Gabrielle Lud­wig on the other hand, oper­a­tions and hor­mones not with­stand­ing not only has the mus­cle set of man and some coach­ing expe­ri­ence. These phys­i­cal & men­tal tools are being deployed against 18 & 19 year old girls who are still learn­ing the game of bas­ket­ball at a col­lege level.

3. Bas­ket­ball is a sport where, Mug­gsy Bogues not with­stand­ing, height is crit­i­cal. The Avg height of play­ers in women’s bas­ket­ball is 58″ in the WNBA it is 6′ and the avg height of a cen­ter in the WNBA is 68″. Con­sider this infor­ma­tion on an arti­cle on “Why there are so few dunks in the WNBA all empha­sis mine

The aver­age female col­lege bas­ket­ball player has a ver­ti­cal leap of approx­i­mately 19 inches, com­pared with more than 28 inches for the aver­age male player. Since you have to get your fin­gers about 6 inches above the rim to have a chance at dunk­ing, a female player of aver­age leap­ing abil­ity would have to be around 6-​foot-​6 with a stand­ing reach of 8-​foot-​11—the approx­i­mate mea­sure­ments for Michael Jor­dan. (His Air­ness report­edly had a 48-​inch ver­ti­cal leap.) Few female play­ers are that tall, and none of those giants is an excep­tional leaper.

Gabrielle Lud­wig is 66″ age not with­stand­ing that height advan­tage com­bined with a 220 pound frame in bas­ket­ball makes a huge difference.

Mind you this is not against NCAA rules as the Sun­Times says:

As some­one liv­ing as a woman and tak­ing female hor­mones since 2007, Lud­wig was eli­gi­ble to play in the NCAA. Trans­gen­der stu­dent ath­letes who have taken med­ica­tion to sup­press testos­terone for a year may com­pete on women’s teams under a pol­icy adopted last year.

But I do object to the fol­low­ing on non-​basketball grounds

The Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­lege Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion had another hoop for Lud­wig. Because its rules base gen­der on a student’s birth cer­tifi­cate, she would need a new one. Lud­wig, who had sex reas­sign­ment surgery over the sum­mer, peti­tioned a judge and obtained her papers on Nov. 30.

So now accord­ing to new offi­cial paper­work Gabrille Lud­wig mother gave birth to a daugh­ter 51 years ago, but what’s re-​writing his­tory when we have a meme to promote?

When it comes to the game a false birth cer­tifi­cate can’t hide the polit­i­cally cor­rect bio­log­i­cal facts.

Advo­cates can cheer all they want but Gabrille Lud­wig is able to com­pete in the NCAA col­lege woman’s game, because hor­mones oper­a­tions and the bless­ing of soci­ety not with­stand­ing, Gabrille Lud­wig is a man.

I do not doubt nor ques­tion Gabrielle Ludwig’s drive. At the age of 50 the effort play bas­ket­ball at any level is con­sid­er­able and com­mend­able but let’s be blunt:

If a woman with the same prior expe­ri­ence attempted to make the team had attempted to make the team, the odds of suc­cess would be slim and none.

Fur­ther­more if Gabrielle Lud­wig had been born a woman and had gen­der reas­sign­ment surgery in 2007 the newly minted Gabe Lud­wig would not be able to com­pete with the young women Gabrielle Lud­wig plays with today, let alone make the men’s col­lege team.

The only rea­son Gabrielle Ludwig’s efforts have been rewarded is because Gabrielle Lud­wig is Bobby Riggs.

It’s a truth that every­body knows but in the cul­ture of 2012, such things can’t be admit­ted in polite soci­ety, not when there is a lib­eral meme to be sold to a gullible public.

Update: I guess I owe Gabrielle Lud­wig an apol­ogy for com­par­ing him to Riggs. Weird­ness not with­stand­ing Gabrielle Lud­wig isn’t throw­ing any games.

In 1973 Billie Jean King seven years removed from being #1 woman in the world Defeated 55-year-old Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a $100,000 winner take all match billed as the Battle of the Sexes.

King’s victory cemented her as a feminist icon for silencing Mr. Riggs, ranked #1 in 1941 in the world 32 years earlier and member of the Tennis Hall of Fame who said that at age 55 he could defeat women 25 years his junior.

What a lot of people forget is the four months before losing in to Miss King, Bobby Riggs took on another 30 years old former #1 ranked women, Margaret Court and demolished her in straight sets.

Today people make Riggs the butt of jokes conveniently forgetting his lopsided victory over Court (losing only 3 games) while playing competitively with King. The actual lesson of the exercise was this 55 year world champion with his best years decades behind him was able, on a national stage able to hold own against the very best women of the time both young enough to be his daughter managing a combined score of 22-21 in five sets.

For all the accolades Miss King received, No sane person would contend that at age 55 in 1998 she would have had a prayer against a 31-year-old Boris Becker or a 33-year-old Stefan Edberg. That’s not to imply she wasn’t a spectacular Tennis Champion, she was, it’s simply because at age 55 she simply could not have physically been able to compete with either of these men.

That’s simple biology…which brings us to Gabrielle Ludwig

In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.

When I saw this story all I could think of was Riggs/King with a twist.

Gabrielle Ludwig like Riggs is 25 years the senior of the women on the basketball court, both teammates and opponents. but there are three huge differences that work in Gabrielle Ludwig’s favor that Bobby Riggs didn’t have going for him.

1. While Basketball like Tennis is a fast paced physically demanding game it has certain advantages in terms of stamina. The nature of the game allows Gabrielle Ludwig periods of rest and relief, particularly at half time. Bobby Riggs had to play through the match without such relief.

2. Bobby Riggs was #1 in the world in 1941, he took on Margaret Court #1 in the world in 1962 & Billie Jean King #1 in the world in 1966. All three are rightly in the Tennis hall of fame. While Riggs enjoyed the physical advantages of manhood, they were offset not only by age but by the experience and skill of two opponents prepared both physically and mentally to cope with the absolute best the world had to offer. Gabrielle Ludwig on the other hand, operations and hormones not withstanding not only has the muscle set of man and some coaching experience. These physical & mental tools are being deployed against 18 & 19 year old girls who are still learning the game of basketball at a college level.

3. Basketball is a sport where, Muggsy Bogues not withstanding, height is critical. The Avg height of players in women’s basketball is 5′ 8″ in the WNBA it is 6′ and the avg height of a center in the WNBA is 6′ 8″. Consider this information on an article on “Why there are so few dunks in the WNBA all emphasis mine

The average female college basketball player has a vertical leap of approximately 19 inches, compared with more than 28 inches for the average male player. Since you have to get your fingers about 6 inches above the rim to have a chance at dunking, a female player of average leaping ability would have to be around 6-foot-6 with a standing reach of 8-foot-11”—the approximate measurements for Michael Jordan. (His Airness reportedly had a 48-inch vertical leap.) Few female players are that tall, and none of those giants is an exceptional leaper.

Gabrielle Ludwig is 6′ 6″ age not withstanding that height advantage combined with a 220 pound frame in basketball makes a huge difference.

Mind you this is not against NCAA rules as the SunTimes says:

As someone living as a woman and taking female hormones since 2007, Ludwig was eligible to play in the NCAA. Transgender student athletes who have taken medication to suppress testosterone for a year may compete on women’s teams under a policy adopted last year.

But I do object to the following on non-basketball grounds

The California Community College Athletic Association had another hoop for Ludwig. Because its rules base gender on a student’s birth certificate, she would need a new one. Ludwig, who had sex reassignment surgery over the summer, petitioned a judge and obtained her papers on Nov. 30.

So now according to new official paperwork Gabrille Ludwig mother gave birth to a daughter 51 years ago, but what’s re-writing history when we have a meme to promote?

When it comes to the game a false birth certificate can’t hide the politically correct biological facts.

Advocates can cheer all they want but Gabrille Ludwig is able to compete in the NCAA college woman’s game, because hormones operations and the blessing of society not withstanding, Gabrille Ludwig is a man.

I do not doubt nor question Gabrielle Ludwig’s drive. At the age of 50 the effort play basketball at any level is considerable and commendable but let’s be blunt:

If a woman with the same prior experience attempted to make the team had attempted to make the team, the odds of success would be slim and none.

Furthermore if Gabrielle Ludwig had been born a woman and had gender reassignment surgery in 2007 the newly minted Gabe Ludwig would not be able to compete with the young women Gabrielle Ludwig plays with today, let alone make the men’s college team.

The only reason Gabrielle Ludwig’s efforts have been rewarded is because Gabrielle Ludwig is Bobby Riggs.

It’s a truth that everybody knows but in the culture of 2012, such things can’t be admitted in polite society, not when there is a liberal meme to be sold to a gullible public.

Update: I guess I owe Gabrielle Ludwig an apology for comparing him to Riggs. Weirdness not withstanding Gabrielle Ludwig isn’t throwing any games.

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