Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Reading: Footballs and Paper Planes

Paper-PlaneAre you ready for some football?!  Today is the second day of NFL playoffs, and things are already looking crazy.  I won’t bore you with the details (I only have a passing knowledge of them myself), but it’s worth noting the absurdity of a team with a losing record triumphing on Wild Card weekend.

To celebrate these gridiron shenanigans, I’d like to share with you toward what Deadspin calls “The Greatest Letter Ever Printed on NFL Letterhead.”

In 1974, Dale O. Cox wrote the Cleveland Browns a letter to complain about the “sailing of paper airplanes made out of the game program.”  He clearly felt the Browns weren’t adequately addressing the paper airplane menace.  Fearing for his eyes, the fan told the Browns that he would “hold [them] responsible for any injury sustained.” 

The response from the Browns is exquisite:

“Attached is a letter that we received on November 19, 1974.  I feel that you should be aware that some asshole is signing your name to stupid letters.”
I have no words.  Head on over to Deadspin to see this thing on actual letterhead.