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(Newser)   A new report by ESPN lobs some heavy accusations at the late tennis legend Bobby Riggs-namely, that he threw the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" game he lost to Billie Jean King in order to pay off gambling debts to the mafia   (newser.com) divider line 62
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2013-08-25 10:54:14 PM  
So the game was Rigg'd?


/sry
//not really
 
2013-08-25 11:14:12 PM  
Maybe they should get with Frontline and co-produce an in-depth investigation.
 
2013-08-25 11:45:06 PM  
No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.
 
2013-08-26 12:36:39 AM  

stilted: Maybe they should get with Frontline and co-produce an in-depth investigation.


My thunder, you stole it
 
2013-08-26 12:37:53 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.


Whoa whoa whoa. Truth, troll or otherwise...can we PLEASE get some pics of hot tennis players wearing yoga pants? Please!!!
/sees green for favorite :0
//sees fark handle :>)
///sees words and stuff :(
 
2013-08-26 12:44:02 AM  
Believe me I would if I could. I posted exactly one picture five years ago and was immediately put on time out. Thanks TSH!!! Big fan.
 
2013-08-26 12:45:47 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.


And the only sports we give a shiat about that they play is beach volleyball.

/otherwise, repeal Title IX and force them back in the kitchen
 
2013-08-26 12:47:35 AM  
This is 'news'? That rumor has been around forever, as in from day one.
 
2013-08-26 12:48:49 AM  

Billy Crystal Meth Lab: stilted: Maybe they should get with Frontline and co-produce an in-depth investigation.

My thunder, you stole it


For as little as $5/month, first shot could be yours!
 
2013-08-26 12:56:28 AM  
Cause there's no way an elite female tennis player at the height of her career could beat a much older washed up near-elite male tennis player.
 
2013-08-26 01:00:56 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Cause there's no way an elite female tennis player at the height of her career could beat a much older washed up near-elite male tennis player.


Watch the video..It was painfully obvious he was tanking bankhands..
I mean they were not even hitting the top of the net.He hacked that sh*t
to the bottom.There was like four instances that they showed.
 
2013-08-26 01:04:06 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Cause there's no way an elite female tennis player at the height of her career could beat a much older washed up near-elite male tennis player.


He absolutely destroyed Margaret Court earlier that year.
 
2013-08-26 01:12:35 AM  
Serena Williams is the best female tennis player ever and she couldn't beat the 100th ranked guy, whoever that is.

And while I'm being a pig, they gave the women equal pay for playing best of 3? Make 'em play 5 so they can learn to puke on the court like Sampras.
 
2013-08-26 01:18:02 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Cause there's no way an elite female tennis player at the height of her career could beat a much older washed up near-elite male tennis player.


Pay attention or read up on the article before you open your mouth.  He destroyed Margaret Court not 2 months earlier, and even at his age he trained 12 hours a day for that match.  When the match with King was set up, he did nothing but postulate and party for 2 months up to the King match, and as video will show, was actively hitting backhands and lobs right back at her instead of the opposite side of the mat.

At least pretend your feminism doesn't breed ignorance once in awhile.

/wasn't alive at the time of the match
//looks rigged
 
2013-08-26 01:23:44 AM  
Bobby Riggs is even the perfect mob name for a guy who throws a tennis match. I can picture the scene in the bar when it's over. "Hey-hey Bobby Rigs!!"
 
2013-08-26 01:27:45 AM  

Fade2black: AliceBToklasLives: Cause there's no way an elite female tennis player at the height of her career could beat a much older washed up near-elite male tennis player.

Pay attention or read up on the article before you open your mouth.  He destroyed Margaret Court not 2 months earlier, and even at his age he trained 12 hours a day for that match.  When the match with King was set up, he did nothing but postulate and party for 2 months up to the King match, and as video will show, was actively hitting backhands and lobs right back at her instead of the opposite side of the mat.

At least pretend your feminism doesn't breed ignorance once in awhile.

/wasn't alive at the time of the match
//looks rigged


In line with longstanding Fark tradition, I did not RTFA, nor did I watch the match at the time. Just thought the result was not all that shocking.

Not sure what any of it has to do with feminism.
 
2013-08-26 01:33:15 AM  

Fade2black: AliceBToklasLives: Cause there's no way an elite female tennis player at the height of her career could beat a much older washed up near-elite male tennis player.

Pay attention or read up on the article before you open your mouth.  He destroyed Margaret Court not 2 months earlier, and even at his age he trained 12 hours a day for that match.  When the match with King was set up, he did nothing but postulate and party for 2 months up to the King match, and as video will show, was actively hitting backhands and lobs right back at her instead of the opposite side of the mat.

At least pretend your feminism doesn't breed ignorance once in awhile.

/wasn't alive at the time of the match
//looks rigged


Not buying it. Bottom line, he was a washed up old man playing a three set match with the best female tennis player at the time. Can we just stop pretending this charade in any way represents gender equality?
 
2013-08-26 01:33:31 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.


Only idiots think an old fart of a man is better than a women's tennis player in her prime, let alone one of the greatest women's players.
 
2013-08-26 01:33:32 AM  

Triumph: Serena Williams is the best female tennis player ever and she couldn't beat the 100th ranked guy, whoever that is.

And while I'm being a pig, they gave the women equal pay for playing best of 3? Make 'em play 5 so they can learn to puke on the court like Sampras.


Who makes such an argument? I've never heard anyone claim the top woman in the world could beat any elite male. Of course men are physically superior to women. It's science, yo.
 
2013-08-26 01:48:55 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.


The "Fems" are too busy accusing men who ask women out for coffee and men who refill ladies' wine glasses of being serial rapists.

/Oh, and they're also too busy calling Mario a tool of the patriarchy.
 
2013-08-26 01:52:09 AM  
You mean that was supposed to be real?  Seemed like a stunt at the time, about as real as rasslin'.
 
2013-08-26 02:07:29 AM  

Farty McPooPants: You mean that was supposed to be real?  Seemed like a stunt at the time, about as real as rasslin'.


How dare you question the competitivness of professional wrestling! (fingerpokeofdoom.gif)
 
2013-08-26 02:27:44 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: Who makes such an argument? I've never heard anyone claim the top woman in the world could beat any elite male. Of course men are physically superior to women. It's science, yo.


It's a bit of a touchy subject with tennis announcers. They'll readily speculate about almost anything, but don't like to speculate what Serena's world ranking would be on the men's side, probably because some of them think it would be really, really low.
It's interesting that this story comes out now, because Conners admitted a few months ago to betting a million bucks on himself when he beat Navratilova (he only got one serve and she could hit into the doubles alleys). Like Riggs, he was a big gambler. This could open up a larger question of how commonplace it is for tennis players to dump matches for money.
 
2013-08-26 02:28:22 AM  
He was capable of making some incredible shots and really walloped Court. At the time I thought maybe he had a bad day (or was drunk) but this makes more sense. I don't know who would have won a fair match, but the way he played that day a good high school kid would have run him off the court.
 
2013-08-26 02:51:27 AM  
Bobby Riggs had been a tennis player since the late 1930s. Would he really have been willing to defame the game by intentionally losing?
 
2013-08-26 06:06:20 AM  
The most pressing question I had was did Billie Jean get a mustache ride?

/well, no you can't dick her....
/cuz she's a big clam licker.
 
2013-08-26 06:20:54 AM  
Maybe they could check into the 1976 Battle of the Network Stars. I lost $10 when Telly Savalas took a dive for the CBS tug-of-war team.
 
2013-08-26 06:43:39 AM  
MFAWG : This is 'news'? That rumor has been around forever, as in from day one.

Yeah, the only thing that surprises me about this story is that the mob fixed the match. The way it was done it had to be a set up from the get go. The whole event just reeked of show business manipulation, and there was only one way it was going to end. In those days there was a flat out liberal bias to the news, and they were attempting to make King, who was a despicable excuse for a human being, into a feminist hero. This is a woman who had an abortion without telling her husband, but who called in the news media and had it filmed. Her excuse for getting the abortion? "I won't bring a child into the world in a shaky marriage." Well no sh*t your marriage is shaky b*tch, when you pull crap like that.

After this phony match King could do no wrong, they trotted her ugly bull dyke ass out every time they needed a token feminist. Only trouble was she was so obnoxious that most people just turned off the TV when she came on. I know I did.
 
2013-08-26 07:04:39 AM  

stilted: Maybe they should get with Frontline and co-produce an in-depth investigation.


Thankfully, Bristol is right next door to Hartford and the top-notch Hartford Hospital Burn Center.
 
2013-08-26 07:08:13 AM  
"There are no mob people involved with this match," he says. "The mob doesn't even play tennis."

Get out of there, mob. You don't play tennis. You don't even have a racquet.
 
2013-08-26 07:51:16 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Bobby Riggs had been a tennis player since the late 1930s. Would he really have been willing to defame the game by intentionally losing?


Would Pete Rose be willing to give up the HOF fame by gambling on baseball?
 
2013-08-26 07:58:58 AM  

Farty McPooPants: You mean that was supposed to be real?  Seemed like a stunt at the time, about as real as rasslin'.


BAH GAWD KING! BILLIE WITH A LOW BLOW; THAT DAMN JEZEBEL! BOBBY RIGGS HAS BEEN BEAT LIKE A GOVERNMENT MULE! HE IS RUNNING AWAY LIKE A SCALDED DOG!
 
2013-08-26 08:08:27 AM  
A fourth event dubbed a "Battle of the Sexes" took place during the 1998 Australian Openbetween Karsten Braasch and the Williams sisters. Venus and Serena Williams, aged 17 and 16 respectively, had claimed that they could beat any male player ranked below 200, so Braasch, then ranked 203rd, challenged them both. The matches took place on court number 12 in Melbourne Park. Braasch first took on Venus and beat her 6-2. He then played Serena and won 6-1. Braasch said afterwards, "500 and above, no chance". He added that he had played like someone ranked 600th in order to keep the game "fun."--I don't even know why this was supposed to be a big deal. Even if she won fair and square, she was playing against somebody who was already washed up.And knowing he slaughtered the #1 woman in the world already, how could anybody with a brain see this event and not know it was fake.
 
2013-08-26 08:18:25 AM  
So we know that the Mafia isn't as powerful as the NFL these days.
 
2013-08-26 09:00:37 AM  
Honestly, if you're at interested enough to read the linked synopsis, you should read the full article at ESPN.  Or subby could have linked to that in the first place, I suppose.
 
2013-08-26 09:23:58 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.

And the only sports we give a shiat about that they play is beach volleyball.

/otherwise, repeal Title IX and force them back in the kitchen



My ice hockey defenseman daughter would like to meet you.  On the ice.
 
2013-08-26 09:28:14 AM  

steamingpile: The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.

Only idiots think an old fart of a man is better than a women's tennis player in her prime, let alone one of the greatest women's players.


Just months before the King match, he beat Margaret Court, the #1 women's tennis player in the world, 6-2 and 6-1. He was 55 years old.
 
2013-08-26 09:46:33 AM  

Galloping Galoshes: OtherLittleGuy: The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.

And the only sports we give a shiat about that they play is beach volleyball.

/otherwise, repeal Title IX and force them back in the kitchen


My ice hockey defenseman daughter would like to meet you.  On the ice.


How old is she? Since girls mature earlier than boys, they can hold their own until puberty hits the boys. Then usually they get destroyed
 
2013-08-26 10:00:35 AM  

Galloping Galoshes: My ice hockey defenseman daughter would like to meet you. On the ice.


In my old hockey league there was a team that was made up of wives/girlfriends of the local NHL team.  They weren't very good, but were really cool...except for the fact they were extremely dirty.  Hooking (not the good kind), checking (in a non-checking league), slashing, etc. were the norm for them.  They would try to lay you out, but heaven forbid you even look at them the wrong way and you're in the penalty box.

//They were really hot, though.
 
2013-08-26 10:16:26 AM  
HEY DID ANYONE MENTION THAT BOBBY RIGGS BEAT MARGARET COURT TWO MONTHS BEFORE BEATING BILLIE JEAN KING?
 
2013-08-26 10:25:16 AM  
well duh... It's not like a girl could beat a dude in sports..
 
2013-08-26 11:04:17 AM  

steamingpile: Only idiots think an old fart of a man is better than a women's tennis player in her prime, let alone one of the greatest women's players.


Well I guess Riggs was an idiot. You dont have to throw matches you couldn't have won.
 
2013-08-26 11:09:00 AM  

Mateorocks: steamingpile: The Stealth Hippopotamus: No no no no no you can't take that one away from them!! It's all they have! Without that one example the Fems are going to have to admit that women can't compete with men on the field of sports. And buy extension law enforcement, fire fighting and warfare.

Only idiots think an old fart of a man is better than a women's tennis player in her prime, let alone one of the greatest women's players.

Just months before the King match, he beat Margaret Court, the #1 women's tennis player in the world, 6-2 and 6-1. He was 55 years old.


Yep, that.  Sign me up with the idiots.
 
2013-08-26 11:10:11 AM  

varmitydog: MFAWG : This is 'news'? That rumor has been around forever, as in from day one.

Yeah, the only thing that surprises me about this story is that the mob fixed the match. The way it was done it had to be a set up from the get go. The whole event just reeked of show business manipulation, and there was only one way it was going to end. In those days there was a flat out liberal bias to the news, and they were attempting to make King, who was a despicable excuse for a human being, into a feminist hero. This is a woman who had an abortion without telling her husband, but who called in the news media and had it filmed. Her excuse for getting the abortion? "I won't bring a child into the world in a shaky marriage." Well no sh*t your marriage is shaky b*tch, when you pull crap like that.

After this phony match King could do no wrong, they trotted her ugly bull dyke ass out every time they needed a token feminist. Only trouble was she was so obnoxious that most people just turned off the TV when she came on. I know I did.


Dude, it's been 40 years. Just let it go.
 
2013-08-26 11:36:55 AM  
Bobby Riggs was Tennis' greatest hustler, so I'm not surprised that he'd be implicated in a fixed game. Still need more evidence, though. He used to handicap himself against inferior opponents by using a frying pan instead of a tennis racket, or playing his shots seated in a chair that he'd drag around the court. He always reminded me of "Titanic" Thompson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_Thompson the greatest golf hustler who ever lived.
 
2013-08-26 11:57:20 AM  
I thought this was common knowledge. Maybe not the gambling debts part, but that he threw it. I always just assumed that was part of the stunt/showmanship.
 
2013-08-26 12:07:20 PM  
Any real man would rather have their legs broken then lose to a women.
 
2013-08-26 12:19:44 PM  
Women are physically inferior to men. News at 11
 
2013-08-26 12:22:47 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org


                                                                        RIP  Martin Riggs
 
2013-08-26 12:25:32 PM  

Farty McPooPants: You mean that was supposed to be real?  Seemed like a stunt at the time, about as real as rasslin'.

the NBA.

FTFY
 
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