These are random/interesting e-mails or Facebook posts I've received. The e-mails are italicized and left mostly unedited. My responses follow them.
1/25/10: Another Weekend of Hatemail
From P.Diddy (sent on MLK Day):
L O L HWO WAS TAHT WEAK 19 OF URS????? LOLOL U MUST HAV WANTED 2 KILL URSELF. I HAV A NAME U CAN CAL IT... BLACK 19
--> Black 19? That's racist! And to send this on MLK Day... you should be ashamed.
From Sal J.:
Now what? Can't wait to hear the excuses on why you lost this one... you stink bro. You shouldn't be so cocky when you're this bad.
--> Congrats on your +3.8-unit day! I was a little worried about Penn State when they went into overtime and went down by seven right away, but they held on for the cover. Still, as a PSU fan, I'm frustrated that they couldn't hold on for the straight-up victory. They were up by 15. Ugh. This team will never be good.
Thanks, and congrats again.
From Sal J. (Again):
What the hell does the PSU game have to do with you blowing another NFL game?
--> Penn State +13 was a 3-unit play. So was Mavericks -3.5.
From Sal J. (Yet Again):
You won two bball games...great!!!!!! Overall you stink at those as well.
--> Agreed. I'm only up $1,600 in three weeks of college basketball. If I didn't stink at that, I'd be up like $50,000. You're right - I should just give up and hang myself.
See you in the afterlife.
From Andrew C.:
I decided, after getting posted as the first hate mail of 2010, I'd give it a rest this weekend after yet another horrid performance, figuring that you'll prolly get enough hate mail anyway.
I just logged on to read the inevitable hate messages that I'm sure flood your inbox, and in response to one of them u claim to have a 340% ROI (return on investment) because you are up $3,400 on $100 bets. At first I thought you were just running into bad luck lately, but this proves you are a complete moron/failure in all phases of life; not just picking winners. Return on investment is calculated with the following formula (should have learned this in a high school math class):
Payback-investment / original investment
Now im not gonna take the time to go through your picks and see how much you had to invest to get to +$3,400 but what you are claiming to have done by saying you have a 340% ROI is that you've won $3,400 on EVERY $100 YOU BET. Once again, ill say it. You are a blowhard and a complete JACKA**.
--> Thanks for the compliments. I take pride in being a blowhard and a complete jacka**. It takes a lot of hard work, but it pays off in the end.
Yeah, I added on an extra zero to make it look cool (actually it was 4 AM when I replied to that e-mail so my blowhard-jackass brain wasn't working at 100 percent). My original investment was $100, so $3400/$100 is 34%. Whoops.
From Stephen B. (Via Facebook):
I ain't betting no more of my money on your loser picks! Can I get on your hate mail for this? lol.
I can't imagine the Pats trading JG for anything less than a 1st round pick. We're talking about a potential starting/franchise QB here who is game ready, looked great when he had the chance to play. He is probably a better prospect than any QB in this draft class. Given the fact that Brady is 39 and nobody knows for sure how many more years he decides to play, the Pats may want to hang onto him for at least another season while he's still under contract. I can't see the Pats giving him up cheap and I can see teams in need of a QB giving up a mid-late 1st round pick. Considering what some teams have given up just to move up a few spots in the draft for a QB, a 1st round pick seems pretty reasonable.