I read tennis.com regularly. I played “competitive” tennis for a while many many years ago ( I played for my high school and my military unit while in national service). I wasn’t that good.
It was in the 80s, when Lendl, McEnroe, Connors, Boris Becker, Martina and Steffi and Chris Evert were in their heyday.
I still follow the news. I like Steve Tignor’s and some other writers’ blogs and views. They have good perspectives and fair opinions. But Peter Bodo always rubs me the wrong way. I googled for a photo for this blog and almost instantly, the search led me to this photo of Mr Bodo. Quite uncanny I must say, especially if you were to see what I have written in my draft already. ( nothing against hunting per se, just saying)
And this is his awful latest. Yeah, he has his opinions, but his views are just often snide and chauvinistic and skewed. It is about the Women’s Tennis Association year-end championship moving to Singapore ( Singapore won the bid over London and New York) in 2014.
He tangentially, though with unsavory intentions, needled Singapore’s authoritative government, corporal punishment ( caning) and anti-chewing gum law. Don’t you think I don’t know what you meant to say, Mr Bodo. Just sour grapes NY lost the bid.
And why not “Singapore sling”? Just because we say no to chewing gums, we have an iron-fisted government and we cane criminals?
Well, I say yes, because at least in Singapore, we worry a little less about some gun-toting maniacs shooting Serena or Maria. We don’t have the National Rifle Association promoting and defending gun ownership; we don’t have rifles available for purchase in Walmarts; we don’t have rifles made for kids; and we don’t have a democratic government fighting tooth and nail and lost to a rich, powerful gun lobby. (Just about a month ago, the US government was unable to pass a law which allow for background checks on people wanting to own guns.) ANYONE can own guns in the USA.
Yeah, the gun lovers have always been pulling the US government by its testicles. They still do.
So, I think at least in Singapore, kids are more at ease going to school, the public has the FREEDOM in our authoritative state to walk about in the dark without the fear of being shot at. And may be the WTA could spend less on security and we won’t use armoured vehicles to bring Serena and Maria to our indoor stadium.
I think it is a right and freedom, to not feel threatened constantly by firearms while you live your daily lives.
I think Peter Bodo’s brand and idea of democracy, just like many people of the west, is a be-all and end-all liberty and freedom. But people lose that right to feel safe. I don’t think that is true freedom. That, I called, is wanton, irresponsible and decadent.
Freedom without confines means being lost.
Pete Bodo, quit your bigoted moral high horse. Stop harboring suspicions and skepticism of the rising east, like so many of your western sport-writers colleagues when anything spectacular comes out from Asia. That is the true premise for your spew.
I am not pro-Asia, but pro-fairness.