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If Serena Williams were white...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Point of Order, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Would tirades like this make her as beloved as John McEnroe?

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/09/us-open-serena-williams-upset-in-finals-by-samantha-stosur.html

    I say probably so, but I imagine this will engender a bit of a backlash.
     
  2. jlee

    jlee Active Member

    I didn't know McEnroe was beloved for his tirades until his post-career work. I don't care for tennis much, but I always heard McEnroe referred to as a douche -- and that made him appealing in entertainment value, not beloved.
     
  3. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    McEnroe was occasionally entertaining in his tirades, but he also had some real asshole moments -- one time he was DQ'd from a match because he asked the line judge to engage in carnal relations with his own mother. He was more than willing to play it up for laughs in his post-playing career, which helped reform his legacy ... a bit.

    "If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way." doesn't make anyone beloved. Not McEnroe, not Connors, not Pancho Gonzales and not Serena.
     
  4. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Is bellowing before a ball lands and, presumably, the opponent hits it the same or similar as A-Rod swatting the first baseman's glove?

    Bad gamesmanship? Poor form?

    Tennis needs to serve PBR tallboys, crank up some Metallica and lighten up.
     
  5. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    Tennis isn't baseball or football for that matter. Don't try to make it so. It has clear rules with practically no gray area. This isn't the first time Serena has acted like a spoiled brat who is full of herself. Don't celebrate the point until it is over. Pretty clear rule.

    Tennis is tennis.
     
  6. Key

    Key Well-Known Member

    I didn't see the outburst, but I also don't remember McEnroe being a "beloved" tennis player. He was a "love him or hate him" kind of player, which is probably exactly where Serena is.
     
  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Serious answer: Gender might have more to do with it than race when it comes to how tennis tantrums are viewed.

    Joke answer: If Serena was white she could hook up with white Michael Vick and have the most athletic white kids on the planet.
     
  8. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    I don't remember McEnroe being beloved as a player. Not at all. If McEnroe were black would he have been beloved?
     
  9. Bodie_Broadus

    Bodie_Broadus Active Member

    Why bring race into it?
     
  10. Care Bear

    Care Bear Guest

    Good question.
     
  11. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    The worldwide leader & the NY Times has been beating the drum for the sisters of Compton since age 13...race has been an issue from the very beginning!!
     
  12. Bodie_Broadus

    Bodie_Broadus Active Member

    Wasn't Serena the one who said she was gonna shove a ball down someone's fucking throat? That is way worse than this.
     
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