I made you.
If you are gonna call out Serena Williams, you better be prepared for what comes next. The latest to do so is the up and comer Sloane Stephens. Many casual tennis fans do not know who Sloane Stephens is. I like Sloane Stephens. She has her own interesting story, just Google her. She is the latest and brightest young black tennis prodigy to dare to follow in the Williams Sisters footsteps. So why did their relationship take a left turn?
Simple. Prodigy meets Guru. Prodigy beats Guru in a Grand Slam. All bets are off. Unfortunately for Sloane, when she beat the GOAT Serena at the Aussie Open earlier this year, it was not in the final. So as much as she gained from that historic win, without any hardware, it meant very much to Sloane and very little to the world.
I contend that this friction is all generational. Sloane being the precocious, unaware 20 year old and Serena being the sage 30 something. Something about the way Sloane handled the win at the time was off to me. She didn’t show the proper respect at the time and I knew it would come back to bite her later.
All of this talk about mentoring is overkill. Bottom line – the Williams Sisters “mentor” you from afar, if at all. Their very existence and what they stand for is the blueprint for all to follow. Yes, they opened doors for Sloane long before she ever picked up a racquet. They paid it forward if you will. All Sloane needs to do is thank them and move on. With the great ones, you often have to let them come to you, on their terms. Again I say it is generational. Somehow, Sloane thinks she is a peer of Serena and she can step to her in this way. Serena’s cryptic tweet shortly after the Aussie Open says it all - I made you.
For all of the cockiness the Williams Sisters (mainly Serena) get blamed for, anyone who has watched them over the years knows how much reverence they have for all-time greats Althea Gibson and Billie Jean King. Sloane needs to study her tennis history.
Memo to Sloane - win something first. I still like you Sloane. But you are not Serena. Not yet. Not ever. You didn’t do yourself any favors by inciting the great Serena Williams. Just ask Sharapova how that has worked out for her lately, she of the double bagel.
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Scout: Geno Smith ‘spoiled, pampered brat’
The SportsXchange (via Yahoo Sports):
“He’s going to have a tough time in New York,” the scout told ESPN New York said Friday. “Right now, he’s coming off as a spoiled, pampered brat.”
A spoiled, pampered brat playing quarterback…?
Get the phuck outta-here!