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Bitches be catty…

09/20/2010

The best rivalry in sport isn’t between men.  USC vs. UCLA has nothing on this clash.  Red Sox vs. Yankees is a friendly affair in comparison.  One of the greatest head-to-head conflicts in all of sport was Chris Everet vs. Martina Navratilova. They met 80 times; McEnroe and Conners only went mano-a-mano 34 times; that’s same number for Aggasi & Sampras.  These women matched 14 times in Grand Slam titles.  Federer and Nadal only have seven such meetings.

These women hated each other.  They respected each other’s game, but they were the fiercest of rivals.  Each has won 18 grand slam titles.   Federer only has 16.  Stefi Graff has 22, but she had no equal during her reign.  Had Everet chosen to go to Barbazon College to pursue a career in cosmetology, Martina might well have 36 slams.

So imagine my surprise to tune into ESPN’s “Unmatched,” an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary to find these two women sitting on some over-stuffed Hampton couch spewing congratulatory words toward each other.  They put their racquets down, retreat their claws and recount the moments that made their 15-year clash so epic. The two walk on the beach pouring out their souls. Everet even admits “she was jealous” of her Czech mate. They speak of their failed relationships while driving the countryside in a vintage Mercedes ragtop.  It sounds so sappy that Hallmark could have sponsored it.

But it is not, and they didn’t.  This exquisitely produced documentary was forged by the original female sideline reporter, Hanna Storm among others. I haven’t watched any of the other installments of the “30 for 30” series, but if they are all done as well as this, then I am certainly missing out.

Chris Evert is coming off a divorce from golfer Greg Norman. By my calculations, she is 55-years-old, and she looks great.  Likewise, Martina has turned out to be quite the handsome man herself…

What, I couldn’t go the whole post and invoke its very title?

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  1. 09/23/2010 11:13 pm

    Chris Everet was married to the “Shark”?? How did I miss that? US Weekly must not have deemed that noteworthy. Ageist.

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