- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Recently, the sports editors here decided to streamline the e-mail system, creating a single account that will go directly to all people in charge of editing and assignments. It’s been a very nice upgrade that makes it easier for our writers to keep in touch with editors, and for the editors to get feedback from readers.

Apparently, it’s also been a favorite target from a new club I’ll call “The Passionate WNBA Fan Form Letter Association.”

Since the Mystics began training camp, we’ve received scores of e-mails that read:

“Dear Editor,

As a passionate fan of the Washington Mystics, I am writing to urge you to include more coverage of my favorite WNBA team in your paper.

The WNBA is an important sport and I would love to read more about the team, players and entire league this season.

Thanks.”

We were impressed with how many e-mails we were getting (even if they were form letters) and my editor responded to many of them personally.

But we had to chuckle when we saw this one:

“Dear Editor,

As a passionate fan of the Sacramento Monarchs, I am writing to urge you to include more coverage of my favorite WNBA team in your paper.

The WNBA is an important sport and I would love to read more about the team, players and entire league this season.

Thanks.”

At the very least, fans might want to change the name of the team on the form letter before you send it. It’s fair to ask us to cover the Mystics, but we closed our Sacramento sports bureau years ago.

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