Quick note from the world of politics: Sonia Sotomayor, she of the Maurice Clarett decision and the influence in ending the baseball strike, is facing her confirmation hearings today. Whether you approve of her nomination A) depends on your political partisanship, and B) is completely irrelevant. Sorry, we don’t care what you think about her viability as a Supreme Court Justice. That’s not what we’re here to talk about.
(She’s not even wearing umpire’s gear! Reject her at once!)
What we do want to discuss, though, is the pervasive inanity of the senators on the Judiciary Committee when it comes to her hearings. Democrat or Republican, it makes no difference: hamfisted sports references are as bipartisan as they are abundant today. Get ready for some total head-scratchers and reminders that nobody debases politics as effectively as the politicians themselves.
The imminent retirement of Supreme Court Associate Justice David Souter has opened broad speculation about his possible replacement. If you don’t think that matters much in the world of sports, you better ask around. The NFL is especially interested in the actions of the current Court.
The leader in the clubhouse is Sonia Sotomayor, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit, has already changed the course of American sports multiple times. She shut down the union-busting attempt by MLB in 1995, ending the 1994 baseball strike. She also stood up for the NFL’s age limit against Maurice Clarett a decade later.
However, she’s not the only speculative shortlister with an effect on recent sports history:
Rejoice, fantasy baseball geeks! The U.S. Supreme Court is on your side!
The WASHINGTON POST passes down the verdict that the Court rejected an appeal by Major League Baseball over the use of player names & statistics in fantasy leagues. Read more…