Over the last week, we have challenged our readers to let the NCAA Mens Tennis Selection Committee members (namely one Ms. Sybil Blalock) know how frustrated, confused, and angered we are by their decision to deny the #2 men's tennis team in the nation the honor of hosting their own regional. What follows after the jump are excerpts from a few of these interactions which you readers shared with us.
Reader ColRebsLastBreath attacked first, using good diction, an expanded vernacular, and more complex syntax to scare, confuse, and humiliate the selection committee:
I am writing you to express the outrage of the Ole Miss community and to inform you that even though the NCAA has the reputation for unfair, brainless, laughable and senseless decisions, your decision and treatment of the Ole Miss and Baylor Tennis Teams is one of the most ludicrous, deficient, nonsensical and out of touch decisions in the history of the NCAA.I ask you one question to begin with: Had it been Mercer who was the #2 overall seed and undefeated in their conference, would you have allowed them to travel to a regional hosted by another university in the Atlantic Sun, to a regional of Mercer's arch-rival OR allow SIX lesser ranked teams in the Atlantic Sun to host regionals while Mercer was forced to travel? The simple answer to that question is no, and no rational person would have made the decision that you did.(...)Quite frankly, the obtuse, simple-minded and short sighted reasoning of the NCAA selection committee is appalling, and the lack of respect for the players, coaches, students, administration and fans of the University of Mississippi and Baylor University is nothing short of a direct insult to all that they have worked for and accomplished during their seasons.
(...)Every single senior, who worked their entire academic and athletic career to pursue a national championship in tennis deserves your personal apology for not being able to play the last regional of their entire lives at their university on their home court in front of the largest home crowds that attend tennis matches in the country. You and the other committee members personally robbed them of that. You robbed them of a joy that they rightfully earned and deserved as the #2 team in the country, and did it for a reason that can't and will never be able bring any comfort to them. For that they deserve your a public personal apology.
No doubt you are a genius (how else would you have this job?) but even someone as brilliant as yourself might not literally know everything there is to know in the world. That being said let me clue you in on something you may have overlooked, Ole Miss has the highest attendance of any tennis program in the NCAA. Yet in spite of these facts you, in your infinite wisdom, decided the fair thing to do would be to send Ole Miss to a regional at LSU, our biggest rival.(...)I cannot come up with a logical explanation for this other than 1) You are totally and completely incompetent (despite being a genius) or 2) You are a bureaucratic hack with an agenda against the state of Mississippi for some historical grievance, the state flag, or whatever p.c. bullshit excuse you could come up with.(...)You have taught [the tennis team] a great lesson: even in America hard work and success can still be punished, rather than rewarded, on the whim of an incompetent hack with too much power and not enough common sense.
The term "swamp monsters" made me chuckle. The 2nd letter, which is signed by "A pissed off Rebel Tennis fan," generally avoids the strategy of "presenting an argument" in favor of just cutting it short and calling names:
Letter number three is from ARRebel himself and, after presenting the facts in easy-to-read bullets (these people obviously need it), he takes a very diplomatic approach to his grievances:
Big-time thanks are in order for all of you. If anyone else would like to share their correspondence with these stooges, create a fanpost (the button is on the left) and share it with everyone here (it'll then show up on the right). As for me, I'm going to forward them some cool emails we have been getting at our old RSC address. If she thinks travel expenses are a bitch, I've got some friends in Cameroon who have apparently got some legit cash flow and an abnormally strong urge to share it!
P.S. - You're still a stupid bitch, Blalock. If you or any of your cronies pull this shit on us again, we'll sic RebMIK, Yancy Porter, and GonzoHog on you.