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How To Undermine Your Rant: Use Comic Sans

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↵Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was understandably upset to hear last night that LeBron James intends to sign with the Miami Heat. Feeling aggrieved and frustrated, he penned an outraged letter to fans in which he vowed an even stronger commitment to bringing a title to Cleveland while condemning LeBron to the title-less misery that the sports public has come to associate with his now former city of employ.
↵The letter is definitely heated and there's one section where Gilbert lets loose an all-caps and bolded paragraph, but, y'know, the guy is angry. Emotions get the best of people. It's a venial sin.
↵But putting it in Comic Sans? Oh, that won't do at all.
↵Long the bane of font nerds everywhere, Comic Sans inspires blind rage from just about anyone who takes the written word seriously. In fact, the literary crowd antipathy has gotten so ubiquitous and pitched that some have even poked fun at the overwhelming hatred (NSFW language in that link).
↵While this stance might strike some sports fans as more elitism than is called for in this situation, it's hard to say that a vinegary rant from a sports owner - much less any correspondence in a professional context - doesn't look bizarre when written in a font most commonly associated with children's birthday invitations. That said, when so much about last night's "decision" was ill-conceived and embarrassing that maybe it's actually somewhat fitting, in a way.↵

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