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A Damnable Lie

I just fin­ished read­ing the ESPN arti­cle (via Glenn) about the Bobby Riggs vs Bil­lie Jean King match claim­ing the fix was in I, As a Sicil­ian have to say this:

If a Sicil­ian tells you that, after read­ing the ESPN piece in full, they’re still con­vinced the match between Riggs & King was on the up and up. You know they are lying through their teeth…

…about being Sicil­ian, read­ing the arti­cle, or both.

Update: I had to update an old post com­par­ing the 50 year old trans­gen­der Gabrielle Lud­wig to Riggs. To my knowl­edge Lud­wig is not throw­ing games.

Oh and Neal Rauhauser updates not with­stand­ing I can’t believe I posted on this sub­ject before Stacy McCain.

I can’t think of a post I’m more look­ing for­ward to read­ing than what­ever Robert Stacy McCain writes on this sub­ject, the fem­i­nist anger in antic­i­pa­tion of his piece alone must be incred­i­ble, when he actu­ally writes it heads will explore in fem­i­nist stud­ies depart­ments in col­leges all over the world.

Update 2: For some rea­son these lines from the end­ing of The Man Who Shot Lib­erty Valance comes to mind.

Update 3: Ed Mor­ris­sey is not Sicil­ian:

I’m pretty skep­ti­cal about this, and not just because the intense media spot­light on the game would have made it more dif­fi­cult to pull off. Riggs was almost twice the age of King at the time of this match, 55 years old to her 29, and both were world-​class ath­letes. Even today, when 55 is a lot younger than it used to be, a 29-​year-​old woman on a ten­nis court will have fresher legs and more sta­mina than a 55-​year-​old man, espe­cially one who threw him­self more into pro­mo­tion than prac­tice in the weeks lead­ing up to the match.

That argu­ment would hold more water if he hadn’t absolutely demol­ished Mar­garet Court in straight sets just four months before.

Update 4: Ed Answers on Twitter

I just finished reading the ESPN article (via Glenn) about the Bobby Riggs vs Billie Jean King match claiming the fix was in I, As a Sicilian have to say this:

If a Sicilian tells you that, after reading the ESPN piece in full, they’re still convinced the match between Riggs & King was on the up and up. You know they are lying through their teeth…

…about being Sicilian, reading the article, or both.

Update: I had to update an old post comparing the 50 year old transgender Gabrielle Ludwig to Riggs. To my knowledge Ludwig is not throwing games.

Oh and Neal Rauhauser updates not withstanding I can’t believe I posted on this subject before Stacy McCain.

I can’t think of a post I’m more looking forward to reading than whatever Robert Stacy McCain writes on this subject, the feminist anger in anticipation of his piece alone must be incredible, when he actually writes it heads will explore in feminist studies departments in colleges all over the world.

Update 2: For some reason these lines from the ending of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance comes to mind.

Update 3: Ed Morrissey is not Sicilian:

I’m pretty skeptical about this, and not just because the intense media spotlight on the game would have made it more difficult to pull off. Riggs was almost twice the age of King at the time of this match, 55 years old to her 29, and both were world-class athletes. Even today, when 55 is a lot younger than it used to be, a 29-year-old woman on a tennis court will have fresher legs and more stamina than a 55-year-old man, especially one who threw himself more into promotion than practice in the weeks leading up to the match.

That argument would hold more water if he hadn’t absolutely demolished Margaret Court in straight sets just four months before.

Update 4: Ed Answers on Twitter