Serena Wins By A Nose.

She's a winner even if you can't put a saddle on her.

Hey, did you hear Serena Williams was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year?    Way to go, Serena.  After that nasty meltdown at the U.S. Open  and the $82,500 fine you were slammed with, you probably could have used some good news.

Too bad you had to beat out two horses to win.

That’s right.  Horses.   The AP thought it was appropriate to throw a couple of horses on the list of female athletes.   If there was any irony intended you’ll be hard pressed to find it.

Here’s the AP list and the votes each nominee received:

Serena Williams 66
Zenyatta 18
Kim Clijsters 16
Lindsey Vonn 15
Diana Taurasi 14
Maya Moore 13
Rachel Alexandra 10
Bridget Sloan 3
Jiyai Shin 2
Erin Hamlin 1

That is un-freaking-believable.  I don’t know who Bridget Sloan, Jiyal Shin and Erin Hamlin are but they have to be PISSED they lost out to a freaking horse!

Women + horses=nags.   Racism?  Yeah, maybe a little bit.   Sexism?   In spades.    In the comments section of the Globe and Mail one smart-ass quipped, “I would have chosen the horse over the cow.”

"I beat out a horse. A freaking horse. Are you kidding me?"

Haw-haw.  Ain’t demeaning women fun?    When NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson was named Athlete of the Year by the AP, there was no mention where his car placed.

I’m just wondering what idiot could be so clueless to put a horse on a list of the best female athletes of the year.   That takes a special sort of stupidity and a cold callousness I hope I never become familiar with.   Williams deserves the award, but it’s too bad the AP couldn’t have exhibited a bit of class and respect in the process.

2 thoughts on “Serena Wins By A Nose.

  1. You know, there really should be a bigger stink about this one. When I heard about Serena winning, I just said “who else.” But to have animals listed with humans is really incredible. In a non Olympic year I’m not surprised that female sports stars are less in focus. But horses? Good job shining a little light on this.

    By the way, Sloan is a gymnast, Shin is a golfer, and Hamlin competes in the luge. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Sportscenter to feature them.


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