Did Bobby Riggs throw the match against Billie Jean King?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by ZackyDog, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    I remember this being in the media, though I'm a bit rusty about the actual match.

    This was very interesting to me. Please watch the entire video before you opine. ;)

    Be well,

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  2. I don’t know. I’m not either of them.
  3. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Gretschie

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    I remember watching it live (or as live as sports tv was back then). Riggs was talented, and a showboat to boot, but imho King owned him that day.
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  4. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

    May 15, 2011
    Las Vegas
    I too watched it live. He didn't realize that she came to play. It didn't look like he had a clue what he was up against and by the time he got into the game she had cleaned his clock.
  5. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    And I still wonder who really won the Kaufman - Lawler wrestling match.
  6. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Best thing about tennis is that dogs everywhere love the balls.
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  7. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    Based on the comments, it looks like no one watched the video. :(
  8. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Scotty Moore announcing at ths beginning?
  9. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    I watched the vid . I remember this match as I was entering high school . Does seem like he threw the match especially the " double fault serve "
    And ya know what ?.... I still can't stand to look at him . The guy just looks like a snake IMO
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  10. dak55

    dak55 Country Gent

    May 31, 2018
    Central Florida
    I tried to get him a job as a ball boy. The problem was he wouldn't give them back.

    2 ball mouth.jpg
  11. Runamok

    Runamok Synchromatic

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Most good stories require a villain.

    Riggs’ projected ego might not have allowed the perception of a loss.
    He was however, a showman. These were a bit like Ali trash talking his opponents & how pretty he was.

    She likely was not afforded quite as much leeway.
    Can we get a do-over?
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021
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  12. Runamok

    Runamok Synchromatic

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Who knew tennis was a mobster’s game.
    Then it occurred to me they weren’t playing tennis.

    Mob bosses mucking about on the golf course, yes. Very believable.

    End of program, nothing is resolved. Now I won’t sleep.
    Always believe the witness story 40 yrs later on no evidence. A deathbed revelation.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021
  13. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Gretschie

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    I watched the video - thanks for sharing it, btw - but the conspiracy theory doesn't work for me. We'll never know the truth, so no hard feelings toward anyone who believes he lost on purpose. Riggs was such a prostitute for attention that I don't think he cared who actually won, so long as he was at the center of the hype. He certainly succeeded in doing that!
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  14. Dumbthumbs

    Dumbthumbs Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2020
    New Mexico
    Riggs was a huckster. He once bet he could drive a golf ball a mile. Some sucker took the bet providing Riggs didn't drive it in to the Grand Canyon. Riggs took him to a frozen lake, teed up the ball and swung. The ball bounced and skidded for three miles.
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  15. Runamok

    Runamok Synchromatic

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    I’ll play. Showing to be “off his game” excuses a loss.
    Owing mob bosses money is never a good idea.

    Golf courses are insidious places. With their share of shady characters.

    Now we’re going to need another “Battle of the Sexes.”
  16. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Kind of like the question who killed Kennedy. At this point it really doesn't matter. You can't change history even though lots of people these days try like hell to do it...:D.
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  17. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Don't feel bad. That's the nature of internet boards.
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  18. lathoto

    lathoto Synchromatic

    Apr 23, 2020
    King won that match.
  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I remember THAT it happened, not so much WHEN. Just a distraction on the news.
    Tennis is like golf, polo, or yachting to me.
    I haven't got the time, money, or inclination to get involved with any of them. When you work 12-18 hour days, sleep becomes more important than a minor celebrity pastime.
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  20. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    To be honest, Zacky, while I’m slightly interested, and certainly remember that match, I’m not willing to invest 15 minutes into that video to find out if it’s all that interesting. There would be nothing wrong with explaining what the video was suggesting to be the case.
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