Billie Jean King

Just noticed the post over at Free Dartmouth on Billie Jean King receiving an honorary degree at commencement this year. The post does, and I’m sure her intro at graduation will, reference the “Battle of the Sexes” match with Bobby Riggs in the mid-70s. Ever since the first time I heard about the match, I’ve wondered why it was such a big deal. I mean Bobby Riggs was a 55-year-old journeyman while King was a top player in the prime of her career. She should have beaten him. And the worst part is that every anniversary of the match, there has to be a self-righteous piece on the news about how it was such an important event. It wasn’t. It was just a circus.

At least when Annika plays in the Colonial next week, she’s playing against the best.