Update. Well, the scintillatingly exciting litigation games continue. After loudly filing a lawsuit against mlb, Selig and the union a couple of weeks ago, today ARod quietly dismissed it. Appears he’ll take his punishment. His attorneys have cancelled their orders for Bentleys and house remodelling work. Meanwhile, after dragging its two million feet for nearly a month, San Jose finally filed an appeal in the antitrust case against mlb. Strangely, they’ve asked the court of appeal to expedite briefing and hearing on the matter, arguing that they’ll be irreparably harmed if they have to negotiate an extension of their sweetheart deal to sell the A’s some real estate at below market rates. Yeah, right. Here’s mlb’s rather dismissive response to that.
For anyone interested, that brief, at pp. 5-8 (including fns. 2-6), in fairly plain language, gives a thumbnail sketch of just how slim San Jose’s chances overall on appeal are.
The Super Bowl has become our national mardi gras. It’s Fat Sunday for everyone, and a hangover as sour as Lent follows. February is the dullest month, delivering swimsuit editions instead of sports. The push to March madness is ok; hockey interests some; the dubs are fairly entertaining this year; Sochi, however, with the time-zone difference, will just be annoying. News will concern A-Rod’s litigation, San Jose’s litigation, the football team at NW’s litigation (trying to convince the NLRB that they’re employees, I believe), and various concussion litigation matters. Meanwhile, as the winter days imperceptibly lengthen, Spring Training will start. Hope’s on the horizon.
Personally, I have a stack of books here and a new rack on my car. Beach by day, fireside in the evening sounds good to me. (Well, we’ll see how that works out.) How are you going to spend the dullest month?