He may be remembered as the perpetrator of perhaps the greatest choke job in sports history (notwithstanding any Yankees of recent vintage), or more likely not remembered at all, but Today’s Hero of the Day at The Noy G Show is Jean Van De Velde.
“French golfer Jean Van de Velde will attempt to enter next year’s Women’s British Open because he is upset women may qualify for the 2006 British Open. (See Here)
This is exactly what I was talking about. His logic is just like mine. “My whole point is where do we draw the line? If we accept that women can enter our tournaments, then it applies that men can play with women.” And what, pray tell, is wrong with that logic? That seems incredibly fair to me.
If, for the sake of argument, we assume that Annika Sorrenstam can qualify, and finish better than 30 of the 60 men in the field, and finish right in the middle, well, then, wouldn’t she beat any of those 30 men if they were in a field of 60 women? So what’s the problem? What are women afraid of? If the problem is that allowing men to play on the women’s tour will result in another tour of mostly men, with only a few extraordinary women who can beat them, which is the case now with the men’s tour, then fine, keep the women and the men separated! Why is it OK for a woman to take a man’s spot in the Mens’ Open field, but not OK for a man to take a woman’s spot in the field at the Ladies’ Open? If you can satisfactorily address this issue and answer this question, then I might be willing to listen to your argument. Until then, you don’t have a leg to stand on. (And don’t make the disingenuous “what are the guys afraid of” argument about letting women play with the men. It’s a stupid argument. Because they aren’t afraid of anything, and letting women play with men is not what we’re talking about. It’s men playing with the women. So riddle me this, what are the women afraid of?”)
I’m really not going to get into the entirety of my argument all over again, but let’s just say that the reaction to Van De Velde’s statement as outrageous, idiotic and sexist is, of course, wrong. The man is a genius.
And he’s funny, too! “‘I’ll even wear a kilt and shave my legs,’ said Van de Velde.“