Tuesday, June 01, 2010
As the calender turns to June, my thoughts turn to SCOTUS, baseball and golfI was pleased to see an interesting bit of judging data in this new "Sidebar" pieceby Adam Liptak in today's New York Times. The piece is headlined "This Bench Belongs in a Dugout," and it is mostly about baseball fandom on the Supreme Court. But one of my other passions also got mention thanks to important research in the The Baseball Research Journal:
“Nothing in the law of sport matches the frequency of baseball’s interaction with the institutions of the law or the tendency of lawmakers who speak of sports to talk in baseball terms,” Ross E. Davies, a law professor at George Mason University, wrote in an essay in The Baseball Research Journal last year.
He provided data. There have been more references to baseball in federal and state judicial opinions over the last century or so than to any other sport, though golf is a surprisingly close second.
With the calender turning to June, and the wonderful Memorial Tournamentstarting in my backyard, and my fantasy baseball team showing a little life, and with the Justices dues to issue a bunch of big opinions starting today and through the whole month, and SG Kagan's confirmation hearing to start at the end of the month, it is a great time to be a SCOTUS and sports nerd. And I am so pleased to learn thanks to this new "Sidebar" piece that I can reasonably hope for baseball and golf references as I plow through new Supreme Court rulings.