Dead Letters: "If Melo Hates Jews, OK, That's His Choice"S

Welcome back to Dead Letters, the feature in which we reprint our favorite fan mail from throughout the week. It's like Deleted Scenes, but without all the scuzz money. We should take this moment to remind you that all emails to Deadspin and its editors are on the record unless otherwise specified. Now for your letters.

Subject: Melo's Hitler Mustache

From: Eric
To: The Staff

I'm a Knick fan. Is anyone gonna tell Melo that he needs to ditch his hitler mustache? If he hates jews, ok, that's his choice, but he plays for the NEW YORK Knicks—you can't wear a modified-Hitler-stache on the big stage in NEW YORK CITY and get away with it. Barkley called out MJ for his, now who will call out Melo? All these guys have 20 personal handlers on their staff, how has no one told him this?

Eric,
New York, NY

Ed. note: The above photo is from the game on Tuesday, April 3. Yeah, we don't know either.

Subject: UK Players Throwing Gang Signs During Introductions?

From: William [Last Name Redacted]
To: The Staff

Don't use my name if you post this.

Knowing a little bit about the topic, having tried to talk students out of joining gangs, I'm pretty sure several UK players threw up the Bloods gang sign during the introductions. One variation of the sign is a B made with the thumb and index finger put over the eye. This is the one they made. Perhaps they meant something else with the sign, or perhaps they were throwing gang signs on national TV.

Subject: The case of the missing podcast - sports guy

From: K M
To: The Staff

The Sports Guy did a podcast with Jonathan Abrams and Rembert Browne about the media coverage of the death of Trayvon Martin. Let's just say it was pro-hoddie.

It's no longer on the espn site. Maybe they took it down due to the edited 911 tape/maybe too much outrage from idiots like me. (they both could of walked away), but i think they flunked journalism 101 - facts before anything else.

Ed. note: the podcast is still available on ESPN.com.

Subject: Annals of Bullshit: The Myth Of The Myth Of Cal Ripken's Historic Home Run

From: Jim Oremland
To: Tom Scocca

You clearly have no idea what the difference is between fact and truth.

Fact is irrefutable and because someone says he didn't groove it doesn't mean he's telling the truth which makes it somewhat less than irrefutable.

Nice story of truths, but few facts.

Thank you,

Jim Oremland
Market Coordinator
Flow Wine Group
www.flowwinegroup.com

From: Tom Scocca
To: Jim Oremland

Thanks for reading. What's not a fact? That the Angels were in a tightening pennant race? That, literally, one more victory that year would have won the division for them? That Boskie served up multiple home runs that night?

You win. I can't prove that Shawn Boskie didn't choose to serve up a home run to Cal Ripken because he wanted to trade a playoff share for a tiny cameo in someone else's highlight reel. I also can't prove that Boskie didn't groove the pitch to Bobby Bonilla because he'd seen a baby unicorn in the bleachers and he wanted Bonilla to crush the unicorn with the ball because he was afraid of unicorns.

Subject: the jeffrey loria piece

From: Bruce Rubin
To: Tommy Craggs

Hi. I realize you want to be provocative and edgy. I was just wondering-as the editor, don't you think the last line is over the top?

Bruce Rubin

[Full text of Loria piece quoted]

Bruce S. Rubin, APR | Senior Counsel | www.rbbpr.com
Three Time "PR Agency of the Year"
2009 - Holmes Report | 2008 - PRWEEK | 2005 - PRWEEK

From: Tommy Craggs
To: Bruce Rubin

Nah, not really. You still doing PR for Loria?

From: Bruce Rubin
To: Tommy Craggs

You didn't answer, so I guess you are comfortable with this. So be it.

Bruce S. Rubin, APR | Senior Counsel | www.rbbpr.com
Three Time "PR Agency of the Year"
2009 - Holmes Report | 2008 - PRWEEK | 2005 - PRWEEK

Ed. note: Rubin didn't appear to have received our email.

From: Tommy Craggs
To: Bruce Rubin

I did answer. See below.

[Craggs attached his first response, in which he asked if Rubin still represented Loria.]

From: Tommy Craggs
To: Bruce Rubin

You didn't answer, so I guess you are.

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