September 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Tennis star Serena Williams was fined $2,000 for her outburst at the U.S. Open finals. I watched, amazed, that she again lost her cool on a huge world stage.
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To this day, I can’t stand the sight of John “Super brat” McEnroe for his similar behavior 30 years ago. What a human embarrassment. People will never remember the final score, but they will always remember how a player conducted him/herself.
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MacEnroe was dubbed a “bad boy” and fawned over by the media for the most part.
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Serena is a BAD slam to all womanhood…..McEnroe was/is an amoeba.
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Poor little rich girl, like alot of celebrities. My advice is don’t waste ink on them. She simply sounds like a sore loser, used to winning, and now older and slower. *YAWN* Sorry, it’s all so boring.
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I hate to pick on Michelle’s column, but I felt that, like her first few columns, this one was disappointingly lacking in substance.
She opens with only two sentences that (sort of) provide some insight into her views on sports. Then she continues with five whole paragraphs recapping and quoting the childish outburst of Serena Williams, followed by an overly lengthy and not terribly interesting analogy comparing the pathetic fine paid by Serena to a fantasy football scenario.
When I read the other columns in the Forum, I feel that I actually get some insight, analysis and opinion of the writer. I feel, by the end of the other columns, that I get to know the writer on a little more personal level, regardless of whether I agree or disagree with that point of view. Michelle’s column gives me nothing of the sort. It’s almost as if she has nothing to say, so she writes a couple of sentences of original thought and fills the rest of the space with quotes or (in previous columns) old e-mail forwards.
Why couldn’t she have flipped it around, summed up Serena’s dopey remarks in about two or three sentences and spent the remainder of the column explaining why it mattered to her (or why it should matter to me the reader)?
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Craig, do you have a hard time reading or understanding? This is an OPINION column. Which means it will be her opinion, said in her way. So you can’t identify with her. So what, I am sure a lot of people would not identify with you. I don’t for the simple fact that you have not liked her from the beginning yet continue to read. That makes no sense.
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Thug tennis, judge if you don’t call it how it should be then I will kill you? The comment was long and thought out. I think she needs a bigger fine or a suspension.
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Craig…give it a break! Jumangi said it right that it is an opinion column. If it’s too hard on you when reading it…dont’ read it! I’m sure Michelle will be okay with that.
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T and Jumangi, it is obvious I wasn’t clear. You yourselves say this was an “opinion” column. That’s exactly the problem; she never really expressed her opinion! Since I’m so dense, why don’t you tell me what opinion Michelle actually offered, or what thoughtful insight you derived from the column?
I would have found it refreshing if Michelle actually would have expressed her opinion. I think Serena’s deplorable behavior is a good topic of discussion, and I think it’s something that could be explored further. The problem I have is that, in the entirety of the column, Michelle never really did express much of an opinion. I would love to have read the point of view of someone who, like Michelle, has been in the world of television reporting. However, she never really got around to giving us her feelings on the matter because she took up so much of the column with quote after quote from Serena and her lengthy fantasy football analogy.
Again, I don’t disagree with her feelings on the matter, because she never really told us, and she never said how the topic struck her personally or how it might impact on the readership of the Forum.
Finally, to say “if you don’t like it, don’t read it” is a ridiculous statement. That would mean that we should never debate or discuss anything. We should just close our eyes and cover our ears to avoid seeing or hearing anything with which we disagree. How about this; if you don’t like my response to Michelle’s column, don’t read it!
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