Monday, September 12, 2011

Serena is part of a larger trend

Serena was flat coming out of the gate. Period. She did whatever she did out of an effort to gain an advantage. Can we fault her? Should we?

Serena Williams is part of a larger trend that needs to be addressed: Poor memory. She -- or more likely her whole team for the last twenty six years -- has not come to appreciate the reality that without a game, she has no life. And that game is tennis and tennis is determined by the rules of the game. Officials are a critical part of that. Serena has acted as if she is much more important than any other part of the game.Serena has forgotten how important this game is to her. Well, she has spoken, and it is time for the game to respond.

It happens to Alzheimer patients. It is a part of every argument between me and my wife. Once in a while a petulant prima donna whips it out in public, like here.


  1. McEnroe on Serena

    John McEnroe was defending Serena as she played out her match on Sunday. He got into it with Mary Carillo on the air a little, pushing the idea that Serena’s intention was a big part of the situation, and kind of dropping that in Carillo’s lap like a “talk to the hand” statement. You can watch it here.

    The link should show McEnroe in the same character he used thirty years ago when he threw tantrums on court and famously told one official, “I’m worth TWO HUNDRED of you!”

    But is he? Okay future debate topic: relative value of athletes v. support crew in televised sporting competitions. But let’s get back to ourselves, because we are really what is important here, right?

    This is at the heart of it. What do we want? Do we WANT to put the athlete above the game (possibly destroying the game in the process)? Do we want to celebrate belligerance when it is accompanied by athletic excellence? Or do we want to keep the game we love?