04 February 2006

So Complete Was My Outrage...

Seahawks tight end #86 Jerramy Stevens plucks a pass directly
from the hand of God. Posted by Picasa


I'm hazarding a guess that you haven't been following the hoopla (what little there is) surrounding Super Bowl XL. At least I'm pretty certain that you haven't TiVo'd everything with the word "Seahawk" in it, and then watched every single frame of it until you realized that you probably knew the players better than the team doctor by now. And then the words "obsession" and "professional help" crept into your mind. I'm guessing you haven't gone so far as all that.

So let me catch you up on this one little incident; indeed, the only incident of note that has bestirred the circus tent thus far. During press day this past Tuesday, Seahawks tight end #86 Jerramy Stevens made some remark about it being a sad day when Jerome Bettis (running back for the Steelers) went home without the Lombardi Trophy. Hijinx ensued. Steeler team psychopath-slash-loudmouth-slash-attention hound (and only incidentally outside linebacker #55) Joey Porter took a great deal of umbrage at this remark, and took it upon himself to swear hell and damnation against our Mr. Stevens. Since it was the only thing of note that had happened all week (save the fact that a hot dog had sold on eBay for $1,800), the sports press poured petrol on the whole thing, inserted a microphone into Mr. Porter, and recorded whatever rumblings his bile had to make.

Well I couldn't just sit there, could I? No no no. This was way too rich to pass up. So I crafted me a "letter" to Mr. Porter, I did, which - owing to the fact that I don't have his home address - I posted on the Seahawks fan site in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. (More surprising still was that a fan caught and understood the reference that I made to poet Theodore Roethke in the first paragraph. Man, Seattle must be well read!) Thought you'd enjoy reading it.

So here you go. Enjoy. Go Hawks!

Dear Jughead: Mister Webster called. He wants you to
stop misusing the words "wee", "dun", "axed", "foe" and

Mr. Joseph Porter
Motel 6 - Room 39
1471 Opdyke Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Dear Mr. Porter:

Allow me to get straight to the point:

So complete was my outrage upon hearing your untoward remarks about our Mr. Stevens that I nearly spilled my grande soy chai latte on my careworn copy of Theodore Roethke’s Words for the Wind. Such wroth invective will not be tolerated, sir. I am compelled herewith to defend the honor of our Mr. Stevens just as you felt it fit to defend the perceived social infraction against your team-mate, Mr. Jerome “The Auto-Bus” Bettis. Consider your challenge accepted, sir. And to you I say, en garde!

Let me be the first to say that you could have done much better with your epithets. For instance, you could have called Mr. Stevens a scalawag, jackanapes, or a ne’er-do-well (in order to prick at the tender point of his past legal imbroglios). To your discredit, you did not. You may have called him a rube, mountebank, cheese-peddler; or even a louche guttersnipe, doomed to scrofulae and all the trimmings of such an insalubrious estate - were you possessed of the brain-power to do so!

Indeed, I went there. Indeed I did. How are you enjoying my company now, Mr. Porter?

I understand that you intend to have a chat with Mr. Stevens during the warmups, and also that you intend to “put him on his back”. Let me ask you, at that time will you query him sweetly and discretely on his propensity for camping, fishing, marksmanship, and other skills of the Western chevalier? Let me put this to you as gently as I can, Mr. Porter. Don’t believe everything you see at the movies. Mr. Stevens is a married man, and does not ride sidesaddle, even when coaxed into places as idyllic as most national parks. Should you broach the Subject That Dare Not Speak Its Name with Mr. Stevens, prepare to be gravely disappointed.

Again – I went there. Mmm hmmm. Indeed. Indeed I did. And I arrived. Oh yes. Mais oui.

And finally, it must be said without reservation that your kicker is fat. In fact, so corpulent are his thighs, that the thunderous din of the galling spandex caught betwixt them will lead all Detroit residents to believe that they are attending a Grandmaster Flash concert whenever he takes the field. And his kicks? They shall all go wide - not unlike his thighs!

Touché, Mr. Porter. Point? Mine.

And to you I say good day, sir.

Thaddeus Gunn
Seattle, Washington

POST SCRIPT – To the person who reads this letter to Mr. Porter: Please ad lib your delivery with much gyrating of the neck, flaring of the nostrils, widening of the eyes, and articulated finger-snapping in a “z” pattern, if at all possible. Otherwise the impact – indeed the entire tenor of the piece – will be lost. Thank you so much. -TRG

1 comment:

luke keen said...

ooh hardcore double whammy!!

I'm sorry I missed the run up to this letter, and obviously have no back story or points of reference, but Joey Porter must be feelign pretty stupid right now.
not only did someone have a go at him about his remarks and publish them, but they were written in such a way that he wouldn't have had a clue what you were talking about!
leaving him feeling confused, but dumb! now most mongos' when faced with their own lack of nouse, lash out with considerable force, but I feel this is just a smokescreen to cover up the fact that they're crying inside.
so I hope what he said aboout Jerramy Steven's (with his tight buns, ermm, end) was worth making a grown man cry inside...
you big mental bully ;)