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Doin Work Mailbag

Welcome to the first installment of the Doin Work Mailbag. Some of these go pretty far back, since we haven’t published any e-mail feedback to this point. You’ll be surprised at some of the letters we got….

Dear Doin Work,

I don’t caer for yor coments about me. I never listen to crittics. Oviusly you didn’t wach any of owr games. I’m the onley one out there playin good. You try throwin ta guys named Chaz, Louis, and Jonnie Lee. Shoot, I can’t even see past my center’s hair. Plus, the ofensiv line is teribel. As soon as I can get out of Oakland, you’ll see. I’ll be wining. A lot. You probbably see me holding a mvp trophey one day.

-Jamarcus Russell

First off, allow me to apologize. We didn’t want to make it look like you didn’t bring value to the team. You give fans something to cheer for – like, when you get hurt or yanked out of the game. You also keep things interesting. We love going into a game against a team like the Chiefs or Browns knowing that we could very well get shut out. We also love the fact that you could be replaced by a backup QB and we could beat any team in the league.

Dear Doin Work,

I really don’t appreciate your use of my likeness as the Joker in your Doin Lines feature. Was this supposed to be a subtle reference to my overdose? I don’t remember doing any cocaine that night, if that’s what you’re getting at. I’ll let you off the hook for now, but I swear, mate, if you put up a picture of Jake Gyllenhal and I the next time a pro athlete comes out of the closet, that’ll be the 10th thing I hate about you. You don’t wanna see that!

-Heath Ledger

Don’t worry, Heath. I’m sure that wasn’t the reason Chappy put your picture up. I think it had something to do with New Year’s, and how the Joker gassed up the Gotham City NYE celebration. Yeah, I’m sure that’s it.

Dear Doin Work,

Thanks for posting Brass Bonanza on Christmas Eve! It’s still the greatest sports song of all time. We may not have the Whalers anymore, but there’ll always be NHL 94 on Sega!

-Greg R. Hartford, CT

Greg, you don’t have to tell us twice! Brass Bonanza will live on for eternity with such classics as NBA on NBC and Rock and Roll Part 2.

Dear Doin Work,

Don’t blame me for “spoiling” USC basketball. I didn’t do anything wrong. Money was on the table, I took it. No one would do anything different – ask Stephen Jackson. Whatever, SC got what they deserved. I don’t care if they have to forfeit wins or postseason appearances. I was never a Trojan. I just wanted to play my one year of college ball in LA and move on.

-OJ Mayo

You’re right, and let’s face it, anything to keep eyes off the football team is a good thing.

Dear Doin Work,

What’s up with all the Tyreke Evans hype? Everybody knows Brandon Jennings will be the rookie of the year. He scored 55 points in a game! What’s Tyreke’s season high? It definitely wasn’t 55. He also has a lot more help on his team with great players like Sean May and Andres Nocioni. Brandon Jennings has no one, yet he scored 55 points in a game! It’s called the rookie of the year award, not rookie on the most surprising team of the year. Did I mention Jennings scored 55 in a game?!

-Jake R. Waukesha, WI

Perhaps we’re biased living on the West Coast, but Tyreke Evans has been having a more consistent, more impressive year. If Evans fails to notch a 55 point game, though, the award is all Jennings’.

Dear Doin Work,

I heard you wrote about me “having fun in Charlotte.” I tried to read the article, but when I picked up my laptop, I fumbled it off my foot and it went out of bounds.

-Stephen Jackson

Understandable. If you get it back though, just shoot it. I hope you don’t take that the wrong way.

Dear Doin Work,

Please take down the video of me blocking Kobe’s dunk attempt. True, it was a most beautiful block, but Kobe is the best player in the game. By posting this video, you are devaluing the game of basketball. I hope you will reconsider this practice in the future. Until then, go Lakers Warriors!

-Ronny Turiaf

First off, let me just say I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of ‘Movie Time with Ronny’ on Warriors Weekly. Your analysis of The Hangover was fantastic. If I hadn’t seen it already, I surely would’ve rushed to Blockbuster to pick it up. I never would’ve guessed it was “very funny.” As for the video we posted, some of us are Warriors fans. We know you’re still a Laker at heart, but I’ve spent the last few years cheering against you, first at Gonzaga, then in Los Angeles. You wear a Warriors jersey and you blocked Kobe Bryant. We’re going to show that no matter what.

Dear MCeezy,

I’m sorry to hear about your frustration with Xbox. I can’t say that I’m sorry, because I really have nothing to do with that. However, you may be happy to know you can still play great games on your PC. It looks like you are running Windows 7, a fine choice. If you have any other questions, feel free to respond to this email via Microsoft Word, the best word processor available. How come there are no posts about the Seattle Sonics on your page?

-Bill Gates

Don’t worry about it Bill. I crafted a beautiful chart of my experience with Xbox on Microsoft Excel, then exported it to Microsoft Access for review. I’m just putting some finishing touches on it in Microsoft Publisher and I’ll show it to you once I set up my Microsoft Outlook. As for Sonics news, just search Kevin Durant and you’ll find plenty of mention of the Sonics.

Dear Doin Work,

Hey Brah, I really hope you weren’t making fun of us with the cross country snowboarding vid. Skootching a serious sport man.

-Tyler F. Kings Beach, CA

Not at all….. Not at all.

Why I’m Done With XBox

I know this has little or nothing to do with sports, but I need to vent and this is my forum. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been an avid XBox user and supporter. When all my playstation friends questioned my allegiance, I had no reasons to back it up. I just liked it better. But today, I’m officially retiring from the XBox world. It’s obvious that they don’t care, but perhaps you will, as you’re probably in the same boat if you’ve ever owned an XBox. There’s definitely no shortage of bad press out there along these same lines, however if anyone can manipulate the search results to make those harder to find, it’s Microsoft. I’d even go so far as to guess that Google does it for them. Anyway, here’s the series of events that lead up to my resolution.

  1. One year after purchase, my console stops working and the working green lights are replaced with scary red ones. I go online for some support, and the message is basically “The red lights are inevitable. Without fail (for lack of a better word) the console breaks after a given time. Fortunately, it was still under warranty, so I got it “repaired” free of charge. Although, I had to wait a few weeks to get my “new” console returned.
  2. Upon signing up for XBox Live, I’m offered a free month of Netflix service. However, within 2 weeks, I’m charged for the first month of service. Oddly enough, the more I deal with XBox support, the less I blame Netflix for this misleading offer.
  3. I sign up for a 1 month XBox Live membership with the card I received to make up for the repair I needed. After a couple weeks, I’m impressed with the service and purchase a 3 month subscription. It says it will just add on to the end of my current subscription. Instead, my new expiration date is exactly three months from the date I redeemed my new card, as opposed to the final date of my existing membership. I really wanted to continue with my service, but I wanted to make sure I got those extra two weeks back that I paid for. I called support, explained that I fully intended on extending my membership, but wanted to get those two weeks back first. The dickhead on the phone said he wanted to explain why it was like that but insisted on my answering ONE specific security question. He asked me what my grandfather’s occupation is. I explained to him that my grandfather died when I was six, and I had no idea what he does for work in the afterlife, therefore, there is no way I would’ve chosen a response to that question. I told him I’d be happy to provide any other information about my account. You know, relevant stuff. He stuck to his guns, insisting on me telling him what my deceased grandfather does for a “living.” Trying to get passed this nonsense, I tried to tell him I simply wanted to extend my membership, but wanted those two weeks back before I could continue with my service. He didn’t budge, and was happy letting me hang up the line even after I told him this had discouraged me from continuing with the service. I guess they lost that sale right?
  4. WRONG. A couple weeks later I noticed my credit card had been charged for another month of service. What’s odd is I never used my credit card for Live service. I was using prepaid cards. The only thing I used my credit card for was to purchase Points. Somehow they used that information and enrolled me in automatic payments. When I called, they told me to sign into my XBox Live account and it shows where automatic payments were set up. That’s great and all, but I never did that. They refused to reverse the charges, so I had to resort to my bank. What’s worse is the guy never took to the time to show me where I could cancel automatic payments – something I had to discover on my own after they charged me again for two more months.
  5. Couple weeks later, my console stops displaying on my TV screen. I do everything listed in the customer support section to no avail. I’m basically told I have a faulty A/V cable and need a new one. A/V Cable = $40
  6. Fast forward to today. I plug in my new A/V Cable and I have sound! But, no picture. I try it on my other TV and get nothing. Since I have a brand new cable, I go back to the support page and try everything they suggest. When that doesn’t work, I call tech support. Dickhead #2 wastes 10 minutes asking me questions like “is my tv turned on” and “are the components plugged in.” Now, trust me, as much as I wanted to be a dick, I understood that they had to ask these questions first, so I complied. Ultimately he told me I’d have to pay another $100 – $120 if I wanted to request the repair over the phone with him – and send it in yet again, and wait another month or so to get it back. I expressed my frustration with the ongoing issues and told him this was pretty much the last straw. I’d blindly supported XBox for 10 years but I just didn’t feel like I was getting anything in return. I was blown away by the complete disregard for customer retention. He let me walk.

In conclusion, XBox has taken over the number one spot on my shitlist right above Comcast. I’m going to make one last ditch effort to take apart my console to see if I can make it work. When that fails, I’m going to take my old friend out on the balcony and liberate myself by sending crashing violently to the ground. I plan to capture it on video as well. I’ll post it here if and when it comes to that. Anyone else have some ridiculous experiences with XBox they’d like to share?