Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Horsing Around

So a horse walks into a bar, and the bartender asks "why the long face?"

Zenyatta, the five-year-old mare who capped her 14-0 career by becoming the first female horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, then explained her second place finish in the Associated Press's Female Athlete of the Year voting.

Yes, you read that right: a horse finished second in Female Athlete of the Year voting.

Tennis star Serena Williams was the only human to outperform Zenyatta the horse, winning by a huge margin of 48 votes. Is this year's class of female athletes that bad that they had to open things up to other species just to get some good competition going?! That's unbelievable!

Williams won Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the Tour Championships and three Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus this year, so is well-deserving in that respect. But some people don't think she deserved the AP honour because of an on-court outburst during a US Open semifinal loss to eventual tourney winner Kim Clijsters, during which she apparently threatened to shove the ball down the bleeping throat of a line judge for calling a foot fault on her previous serve.

Either way, I feel pretty bad for Clijsters - the first unseeded woman to win a US Open and the first mom to win a Grand Slam title since 1980 - she didn't deserve to win the Athlete of the Year title, but she probably deserved to finish ahead of a fricken horse!

Between this AP business (which some people are blowing way out of proportion) and the female ski jumpers losing their final legal challenge in their bid to compete in next year's Winter Olympics, it's been a pretty rough day for women's sports.

Hopefully the ski jumping situation can be sorted out before the 2014 Olympics, because they're obviously passionate about getting in there and competing.

At the very least, all the press over this in the past while will hopefully get more women into the sport!

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