Not a Chance

HT to Vox Day for this.

While I have no doubt that Ronda Rousey is a very capable fighter–for her class–she would have as much a chance of beating male heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, as I have of getting into Ranger School. (For the low-information types, that would be zero, as I am pushing 47 and therefore too old to enlist, and cannot run without a back brace.)

And yes, while we can talk about how an outsized and out-gunned David beat Goliath, we must remember that (a) God was with David on that, and (b) David did not beat him in hand-to-hand combat. Goliath, for lack of better words, took a sword to a gunfight.

Rousey has to maintain her confidence–that is what fighters do–but surely to goodness she isn’t THAT stupid.

Every now and then, we get people who wish to compare the best women athletes with the best men. In her heyday, some wondered if Martina Navratilova could give John McEnroe a run for his money. Vitas Gerulaitis stirred the pot by saying that Martina couldn’t even beat the #100 men’s player. He was correct, and I say that as a fan of Martina.

Some like to point out the infamous “Battle of the Sexes”, where Billie Jean-King defeated Bobby Riggs. What gets lost in that discussion is that (a) there is credible evidence that Riggs threw the match in order to satisfy some gambling debts, (b) Riggs was in his 50s and was way past his prime, and (c) King never played the top men’s players who were her contemporaries: John Newcombe, Ilie Nastase, Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, or Manuel Orantes. Any one of those guys would have destroyed her.

Serena Williams is very impressive, and has a big serve that would have rivaled Bjorn Borg or John McEnroe or Andre Agassi in their heydays. Still, she couldn’t even beat them TODAY, let alone the top active men such as Nadal, Djokovic, or Federer. Put her in a best-of-5-set match with any of them, and it won’t even be a fair fight.

Some really inventive minds like to point out that top women’s fast-pitch softball pitchers can strike out the best baseball players in the game. While that is true, it is also akin to comparing apples with oranges. Put the best women’s softball team up against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Allow the Red Sox pitchers to pitch overhand, while allowing the women to pitch underhand. Again, it won’t be a fair fight. The Bosox would destroy them. I would also contend that, given a month to practice, the Bosox would beat the women in softball.

This is also why women boxers don’t box against their male counterparts. Put the best lightweight woman against even a mediocre lightweight man, and it’s over: the man will destroy her. The speed and strength differences alone will be decisive.

But yes, Vox is right: all this egging on of the women is going to get a woman killed one day. She’ll make her brags, a man will call her on it, and she’ll get knocked into a coma.

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