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The Greatest Letter Ever Printed On NFL Team Letterhead
Deadspin ^ | November 21, 1974 | James N. Bailey

Posted on 12/24/2010 5:18:07 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets

In November of 1974, a Browns fan and season ticket holder sent a letter to the team regarding a concern of his.

The Cleveland Browns (specifically, their general counsel) sent back an absolutely epic response.

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Epic. I could not get Dan Rather to vouch for its journalistic authenticity.
1 posted on 12/24/2010 5:18:10 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

>> I could not get Dan Rather to vouch for its journalistic authenticity.

Well, it’s kinda like Santa Claus: I WANT to believe it because it’s such a heartwarming story, so for the time being I’m going to.


3 posted on 12/24/2010 5:28:38 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Now that was funny! ROFL-CGU


4 posted on 12/24/2010 5:32:58 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: Nervous Tick

There is a lawyer with that name who graduated from Michigan in the early 1970’s and is now practicing in Idaho. I suspect it’s authentic. Young lawyer is annoyed, uses company letterhead to complain, get royally slapped down.


5 posted on 12/24/2010 5:35:16 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Young lawyer is annoyed, uses company letterhead to complain, get royally slapped down.

If you mean the lawyer was disciplined...that's doubtful considering it was the general counsel of the stadium.
6 posted on 12/24/2010 5:39:14 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision

I was referring to the young lawyer who sent the letter. The guy who sent the letter was a recent law school graduate who sent the letter using his firm’s letterhead. Notice that it was not typed by someone else, unlike the Stadium’s letter, (”JNB:bjn” means that someone with the initials bjn typed it for someone with the initials JNB) and does not cite a client.

I suppose when the stadium got a “lawyer letter” they sent it to legal, and the legal staff saw through it immediately. Notice that Art Modell (God love him) was copied on it. He almost certainly green lighted it before it was sent. That was just a notice to the (then) twerp that the general council was not acting on his own.


7 posted on 12/24/2010 5:52:51 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Dale O. Cox is on the letterhead of the original letter.


8 posted on 12/24/2010 5:56:23 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Now that’s the kind of curt, to-the-point responses we need more of. Especially with respect to these hypersensitive politically correct busybodies we are dealing with today, complaining about Christmas trees, candy canes and such.


9 posted on 12/24/2010 5:57:45 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

True or not, I absolutely love the sentiment of the response.


10 posted on 12/24/2010 6:08:01 AM PST by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I missed that the GC copied Modell, LOL.


11 posted on 12/24/2010 6:10:05 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Notice that Art Modell (God love him)
Modell better hope God loves him, because Browns fans sure as hell don't.
12 posted on 12/24/2010 6:13:20 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: freekitty

I suspect that the guys on the left hand column are partners, and the guys on the right are associates, i.e., employees (sorted by time with the firm, perhaps?), but I do not know for sure. Still, it looks like he was acting on his own and “hired” his employers law firm to provide the letterhead.


13 posted on 12/24/2010 6:16:49 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: oh8eleven

In a famous incident, writers Pete Hamill and Jack Newfield wrote their own list of the three worst villains of the 20th century on a piece of paper to settle a discussion they were having over lunch. They each wrote the same three names in the same order: Hitler, Stalin, Walter O’Malley.

Add Art Modell to the list.


14 posted on 12/24/2010 6:21:26 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

If you read down the comments on the page, you will see that the guy that wrote the story tracked down the original author. It is authentic.


15 posted on 12/24/2010 6:25:40 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Don't taze my junk bro.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“Add Art Modell to the list.”

bob irsay was worse. May he rot in hell.


16 posted on 12/24/2010 6:29:18 AM PST by Holen1
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To: Vermont Lt

Based on a comment. The comment could be a lie. Still, I’m inclined to believe it. I suspect the Ravens (the current name of the franchise that was the Browns in 1974) will have something to say about it.


17 posted on 12/24/2010 6:30:39 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Holen1

My brother told me that story and I guessed the three entries, in the correct order, btw.


18 posted on 12/24/2010 6:35:19 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Pete Hamill
One of all-time my favorite writers.
Walter O'Malley and Horace Stoneham should be tied for third on that list. I lived in NYC and was a Giants fan.
19 posted on 12/24/2010 6:36:04 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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“Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham should be tied for third on that list.”

I would offer to add to the list: jack kent cooke and his butt-boy, paul tagliabue.


20 posted on 12/24/2010 6:41:45 AM PST by Holen1
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Ahh. I didn't look at the original letter.
21 posted on 12/24/2010 6:42:21 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: mylife

*ping*


22 posted on 12/24/2010 6:44:07 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: NeoCaveman; hobbes1

Football fan ping, even though it’s not about football.


23 posted on 12/24/2010 6:55:34 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

OMG!!!

That is hilarious. LOL


24 posted on 12/24/2010 7:11:37 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously..... You won't live through it anyway.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

(breathe)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


25 posted on 12/24/2010 8:18:56 AM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

In my opinion the reply was both rude and stupid. If my attorney sent a letter like that to a customer I’d fire him immediately.


26 posted on 12/24/2010 8:42:28 AM PST by devere
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Meanwhile, I was looking at a webpage describing Pittsburgh slang and pronunciation, an ‘at, and I saw one that made me burst out laughing. I kinda feel bad relating it because I know people in both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, but we all know about the rivalry between the Browns and the Steelers, right?
So apologies to any Browns fans but here is one bit of
Pittsburgh slang:

Taking a crap/defecating = “Sending the Brahhhns to the
Super Bowl”


27 posted on 12/24/2010 8:53:48 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I guess it is like Santa. I want to believe because in believing, it makes the whole thing better.

Merry Christmas.

I am in MA too, so you don’t have to be lonesome. Unless you are a guy. Then we can just be pals. ‘Cause, I am not THAT much into being from MA!


28 posted on 12/24/2010 2:53:37 PM PST by Vermont Lt (Don't taze my junk bro.)
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To: secret garden

That was on TGG two days ago.
Hilarious.

Be sure to Drink your Ovaltine.


29 posted on 12/25/2010 10:21:48 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to...." ;)
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