And now turning to sports

Bad sports in particular. Start with the single most important issue in the world over the last 24 hours: Serena Williams is calling out sexism in tennis. Here’s why. From the ever-reliable CNN.

At a news conference following her loss, Williams said she’s seen male players call other umpires “several things.”

 

“I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark,” she said.
“He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief.’ For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women,” Williams said.

 

Billie Jean King, a tennis legend and equal rights advocate, agreed with her.

 
Then there’s this, from the just as reliable Huffington Post: Colin Kaepernick Praises NFL Week 1 Anthem Protests As Trump Fumes. Helps to explain why Nike lost a few billion on market cap, but who knows.

And for something closer to home: Hannah Mouncey withdraws from AFLW draft.

As always it is important to keep politics out of sports.

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37 Responses to And now turning to sports

  1. mh

    Why doesn’t amazon woman fight for women to play 5 sets?

  2. Nick

    That pic of Mouncey says it all. Strange, all the usual suspects who abhor violence against women, have no problem at all with her playing against amateur women. All this barely a week after a female player has died.
    As to Williams, I admit I shouted very rude things while watching her press conference.

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    We need a counter-revolution to purge the remnants of marxism

  4. That bloke in the last photo looks out of place.

  5. ACTOldFart

    With all her whining and self pity, Serena Williams is Hilary Clinton with racket in hand.

  6. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    Love how Williams is ‘fighting for women’s rights ‘ whilst trampling another woman’s right to win a tournament .

    Sounds like a Champ past her prime and bullying others to give her the lollies.

  7. destroyer D69

    Nero fiddles while Rome burns, Marie Antoinette lets them eat cake and we obsess with figjam sports wile the world spirals toward the next dark age.

  8. H B Bear

    That Serena bloke has form.

  9. Blair

    “Why doesn’t amazon woman fight for women to play 5 sets?”
    And for women to use the same tennis balls.
    https://www.mamamia.com.au/different-men-and-women-tennis-balls/

  10. mh

    Enjoy the Lefty tears:

    J.K. Rowling, others blast “racist” Serena Williams newspaper cartoon

    A white cartoonist’s depiction of Serena Williams breaking her racket during the U.S. Open final — which led to one of the three controversial penalties she received before losing the match to Naomi Osaka — sparked widespread backlash on Monday. Author J.K. Rowling was one influential voice who weighed in on the polarizing illustration, calling the cartoon “racist” on Twitter.

    The image, drawn by Mark Knight for Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper,shows the cartoonist’s version of Williams, stomping on her racket and appearing to cry after spitting out a pacifier. The cartoonist essentially reduced the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion to a big “cry baby.” …

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/j-k-rowling-blasts-racist-serena-williams-newspaper-cartoon/

  11. Craig

    There is nothing feminine looking about ‘Hannah’ in that photo. I asked a female friend who plays cricket and she remarked it ridiculous that this guy is allowed to play against th3 women. She has trained against the men and she says the men are just too quick and strong to compete at a high level and this coming from someone who knows how to hold a bat and has great technique.

  12. Mother Lode

    I saw at the CBS site they were expressing shock that a woman with so many wins could be accused of being a crybully.

    It really is quite simple – a crybully won’t have a meltdown while they are winning. It is when they lose that they reveal they are a bad sport.

    There really is no inconsistency.

    The people at CBS must make the most wonderful parents if they don’t see that their kids whinge when they don’t get their way, and don’t whinge when they do.

  13. Fred

    If women can serve in combat against men, surely they can kick a ball around a park against men.

  14. That Hannah bloke wouldn’t be where he is if stupid sheilas didn’t encourage it.
    I for one am hoping many many blokes identify as sheilas and fuck up every women’s sport. MAYBE THEN, just maybe, those same stupid sheilas might have a change of heart about gender politics.

  15. I for one am hoping many many blokes identify as sheilas and fuck up every women’s sport.

    In the US, where men are now competing with women in high school athletics, the women are becoming somewhat frustrated as they are finding it impossible to be competitive. I call these women sore losers. They should simply start taking testosterone and man up.

  16. gbees

    mh
    #2813822, posted on September 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Why doesn’t amazon woman fight for women to play 5 sets?

    You make a great point mh. Men play 5 sets, women 3 sets yet prize money is exactly the same for both men & women. I think that would be classed as inequality if it were the other way around.

  17. gbees

    The Hannah Mouncey saga could be resolved if instead of testosterone being the marker for eligibility to play in a certain competition, the AFL required chromosome makeup.

  18. mh

    All-time tennis records – women’s singles

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-time_tennis_records_–_women%27s_singles

    Looks like Serena may struggle now to reach Margaret Court’s record.

    🇦🇺

  19. Winston

    I’ve never understood why the AFL would want to become the last place in society where it’s ok for a 100kg+ biological male to belt up on women.

  20. cuckoo

    The cartoonist essentially reduced the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion to a big “cry baby.” …

    Well, at least he didn’t float a blimp caricaturing her as one.

  21. Dr Faustus

    “I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff.

    Not exactly immediately clear what kinds of stuff Ms Williams is fighting for:

    The right for tennis women to cheat and behave as badly as tennis men do?
    A crackdown on tennis mens’ bad behaviour to make them behave as well as she does?
    Changes to the rules of Tennis and the US Open regulations?

    Heart-warming stuff.

  22. The BigBlueCat

    Why can’t a rich, successful, black sportswoman be held to account for her poor on-court behaviour? I wonder if Mark Knight would have copped the same criticism if he was a black female?

    The answer is, of course, that his cartoon is a parody of Serena Williams’ outbursts, and is not criticising her on the basis of race. The fact is, Serena Williams is a black woman, and like all caricatures, her physical features have been emphasised. It’s not racist, and anyone who says it is racist is just looking for notoriety. He couldn’t accurately portray Serena Williams as a slim white woman now could he?

    One might argue that JK Rowling is an entitled white-person whose British colonial heritage is rooted in the oppression of others and the invasion of other lands and cultures. So why is her opinion any better than anyone else’s? Because she wrote Harry Potter fiction? Or because it aligns with the leftist attitudes of a CBS correspondent? Methinks the latter.

    Stefan Molyneaux has made some very good observations on the subject of Serena Williams, as did Richard Ing on last night’s 7:30 Report. It seems that Serena’s sense of entitlement in wanting to become the GOAT (greatest of all time) has pushed her over the edge of rational thought and behaviour.

  23. The BigBlueCat

    “He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief.’ For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women,”

    Serena, please provide all the evidence you have for male tennis players calling the umpire a thief and getting away with it. Extraordinary claims need sufficient evidence.

    BTW – I didn’t see you fighting for the rights of the woman on the other side of the net – she had the right to enjoy her victory, yet you took that away from her. BTW – you still trousered $1.85m for coming second … talk to me about how hard-done-by you are again???

  24. mh

    SERENA WILLIAMS’ PATHETIC RANT AT THE UMPIRE US OPEN FINAL 2018

  25. LGS

    Men playing against women in women’s sporting competitions will inevitably kill women’s sport.
    I know many lefties are in favour of people who are born male, but now transgender competing against women, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why so many women are.

  26. Bill Thompson

    Speaking of sports, I saw this on FNC the other night – Colin’s gotta be the most heroic player in history! I love the crack about him being able “to read defenses like Helen Keller”…

    https://youtu.be/y7trGjXf8_A

  27. a happy little debunker

    If women can serve in combat against men, surely they can play tennis against men.

    There you go Fred , all fixed for ya!

  28. JohnA

    ACTOldFart #2813903, posted on September 11, 2018, at 7:35 am

    With all her whining and self pity, Serena Williams is Hilary Clinton with racket in hand.

    Well, not quite – she threw it down, remember…

    🙂

  29. stackja

    Herald Sun backs Mark Knight’s cartoon on Serena Williams
    Staff writer, Herald Sun
    13 minutes ago

    THE Herald Sun has backed Mark Knight’s cartoon showing Serena Williams throwing a tantrum during the final of the US Open.

    In response to criticism from US media and on social media channels, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said: “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that.

    “It had nothing to do with gender or race.”

  30. stackja

    Race-obsessed commentators see issue with Mark Knight’s Serena Williams’ cartoon, writes Rita Panahi
    Rita Panahi, Herald Sun
    14 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    SHOW a race-obsessed agitator a cartoon lampooning a petulant tennis star and all they’ll see is “racism”. That’s all they ever see, whether it exists or not.

    You know we live in crazy times when a progressive artist from country Victoria is slandered around the world as a racist misogynist for a funny cartoon that depicts Serena Williams’ outrageous antics at the US Open tennis final.

    Maybe Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight should have portrayed Williams as a white man since that is the only race gender combination that can be mocked without triggering the outrage enthusiasts.

  31. Marcus

    BTW – I didn’t see you fighting for the rights of the woman on the other side of the net – she had the right to enjoy her victory, yet you took that away from her. BTW – you still trousered $1.85m for coming second … talk to me about how hard-done-by you are again???

    Oh, this isn’t about how hard done she is. This is about how hard-done all women are, especially the mothers!

    I don’t know how many people here followed Wimbledon this year, but there was this whole narrative about how Serena would heroically battle back from her childbirth and equal Margaret Court’s record, and her opponent in the final, Angelique Kerber, was a mere road-bump on her path to destiny. The only problem is no one told Kerber, who proceeded to give Serena an even bigger beat-down than Naomi Osaka did on the weekend. After the match, Serena apologised to all the “moms” out there, saying that she was playing for them and she was sorry for letting them down.

    It truly didn’t occur to her that millions of fans watching that match, mothers included, might have been going for Kerber, who after all is hard working, down-to-earth and an infinitely better role model for their kids than a spoiled abusive brat.

    For that matter, so is Naomi Osaka.

  32. mh

    Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova call out Serena Williams over US Open meltdown

    Court said Williams had form when it came to abusing officials and said Ramos got it right.

    “He has been around for many, many years and is an extremely good umpire. He’s umpired a lot of the grand slam finals,” Court said.

    “I don’t think it would have mattered if it was a men’s match or a women’s match because we’ve seen with her that when she’s under pressure these things happen.

    Court also took exception to Williams drawing attention to the fact she was a mother, pointing out she and a host of other female players won grand slams as a parent.

    The 24-time grand slam winner’s comments comes as Ramos was praised for acting with “professionalism and integrity” by the International Tennis Federation.

    “I don’t think it has anything to do with sexism.”

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/us-open/it-had-nothing-to-do-with-sexism-margaret-court-calls-out-serena-williams-over-us-open-meltdown/news-story/ae91f1187b4754a1e56a6bc467653950

  33. Marcus

    Court also took exception to Williams drawing attention to the fact she was a mother, pointing out she and a host of other female players won grand slams as a parent.

    And I don’t know how many of them got special seedings either, like Williams did at both Wimbledon and the US Open this year.

    The game’s authorities have bent over backwards to accommodate her return from motherhood.

  34. mh

    I notice that unlike Serena, Naomi Osaka is not a grunter. Which makes her a better person than Serena.

  35. a reader

    It’s weird that lefties want blokes in women’s sport. I like women’s sport…as it is. With women in it. WAFL ia atrociously bad and I’m yet to watch the WNRL but others are great. Volleyball, Netball, Athletics, Swimming, Triathlon, Cycling, Water Polo, Cricket etc are good entertainment. But if you allow people with a penis to play you’ve ruined it.

  36. Roger

    “I’m here fighting for women’s rights…”

    Yes, women tennis players’ right to denigrate umpires and officials and make jackasses of themselves the same way over-indulged, mentally and emotionally under-developed male players do.

    Don’t you want better for your daughter, Serena?

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