Thursday, September 20, 2012

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick - Bruce Lee

September 20,

National Punch Day

What a strange holiday. Wonder if they are talking about Hawaiian Punch, perhaps Rum Punch...yum!
Maybe they are talking about a good old fashion flogging! You know like a punch to the stomach....that's the one I am going with. It is actually quite appropriate, considering what happened on September 20, 1973. 
Bobby Riggs was a pro tennis player in the 1930's & 40's, He was actually No. 1 on three different occasions. He was known as quite the hustler, even bragged about winning $105,000 in 1939 by betting on himself to win at Wimbledon (that's almost $2 million today!) In 1973, while he was 55 years old, he started itching for a little attention.In a move that would garner him and the sport he loved some need attention, he challenged the best of the best female tennis player to a game. He proclaimed that the female game was inferior, and that a top female player couldn't beat him at even the age of 55. 
He approached Billie Jean King, who by this time had already won 5 Wimbledon's grand slam singles, 9 grand slam doubles, and a combined 8 US Open titles. King snubbed the idea at first turning Riggs down. He then approached Margaret Court, the no. 1 ranked female tennis player in the world at this time, who took him up on his challenge. On May 13, 1973, Mothers Day, Riggs would claim victory over the 30 year old Court (she still wins best tennis player name, hands down, maybe rackets down) This landed Riggs back in the lime light, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Time magazines.

Puffed up with confidence Riggs began to taunt all female tennis players, that was enough to get King on board, that and a lucrative pay day. Dubbed the "Battle of the Sexes". the match was promoted quite heavily, with Briggs even being interviewed on 60 Minutes. On September 20, 1973, the nationally televised event would begin. King entered Cleopatra style, being lifted by well built shirtless men. Not to be out done, Riggs entered in a rickshaw pulled by scantily clad models. At the end of the day, King would be crowned Queen of the Battle, winning all three matches; 6-4, 6-3, 6-3! 
That's where the punch comes in....ugh, right where it hurts!
This ones for  any "in your face!' moment you have ever got to enjoy! It's for every person you have wanted to sucker punch in the nose, and didn't (pat on the back, yeah you!) And to drink fountains... they are pretty flipping cool!

Planter's Punch
So real party punches should be left at baby and wedding showers. I like a punch with...well, a kick!
The recipe comes from Jamaica mon, but it's name supposedly comes from were it originated in the states, Planter's hotel in Charleston, SC.
2 oz Dark Rum (Meyers)
2 oz. OJ
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Lime juice
Dash of Grenadine
Orange slice and cherry to garnish

Pour all your juices and the rum in a shaker filled with ice
Do that thing you do, when you do what you do
(that means ShAkE iT!)
Pour into a hurricane glass
top with grenadine and garnish!
Oh...this actually does make a nice party punch for your fountain!
Just evenly add to your amounts depending n the number of servings you want.

If I am to be a chauvinist pig, I want to be the number one pig. 
Bobby Riggs

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning 
Billie Jean King 

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