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bobbyray21
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Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes

Watching it right now. Fascinating.




shifty94
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pretty interesting stuff here


bobbyray21
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
And it makes sense. How does he beat Margaret Court 6-1, 6-2 and then lose to BJK 3-6, 4-6, 3-6? Court was #1 in the world. BJK was #2. Something doesn't make sense there.


ItNeverRains
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
BJK knows he threw it.


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ElderTiger
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
Probably the most hyped media event in the last 50 years. I remember it like it was yesterday. Seemed like the whole country shut down to watch it.


bobbyray21
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Probably the most hyped media event in the last 50 years. I remember it like it was yesterday. Seemed like the whole country shut down to watch it.



Ali Frazier I


ElderTiger
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quote: Probably the most hyped media event in the last 50 years. I remember it like it was yesterday. Seemed like the whole country shut down to watch it. Ali Frazier I


My disagreement with you here would be because Ali - Frazier l was a legitimate sporting event...and one hell of a fight... while The Battle of the Sexes was just a made for TV event.


bobbyray21
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My disagreement with you here would be because Ali - Frazier l was a legitimate sporting event...and one hell of a fight... while The Battle of the Sexes was just a made for TV event.


Fair


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ohiovol
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I understand that the match generated a lot more respect for the women's game and female athletes, but I always find it funny when I hear someone cite a 29 year old beating a 55 year old as proof that women can play sports just as well as men.
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Tiger Ugly
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
From some of the highlights I saw, sure looked like he was tanking it. Of course he was in his 50's so maybe he was just old and tired.

BJK of course said no way, that she's seen tanking and she would know. What would you expect her to say though?


Wishnitwas1998
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
So what is their evidence that it was rigged?

Personally I think it'd be funny if it was


Wally Sparks
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So what is their evidence that it was rigged?


IIRC Riggs had huge gambling debts to the Mafia.


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Bestbank Tiger
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
Wait, Bobby Riggs vs. BJK? How is that a battle of the sexes?


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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
I once saw a documentary on this match and one thing that affected it was Riggs' dismantling of Margaret Court who was the #1 player in the world. As I recall, Riggs went into the Court match in tip-top shape, but because it was so easy, he took King lightly and went into the Battle of the Sexes out of shape. It makes sense that he would take the #2 player lightly after humiliating the #1 player.


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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
Bobby Riggs was a hustler. Why would anyone think he was above betting against himself if the odds were favorable?


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TH03
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
plus he was what, 55 and BJK was in her 20s?


etm512
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re: Outside the Lines: Bobby Riggs fixed The Battle of the Sexes
Just got done reading the article on it - LINK


bobbyray21
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So what is their evidence that it was rigged?


An interview with a guy who was privy to it. Riggs had huge gambling debts to the mafia and cooked a scheme where he would beat Margaret Court and lose to BJK.


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bobbyray21
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Just got done reading the article on it - LINK


Or just read the article.


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