The fellow pictured here is not David Carr’s father. No, it is David Boies, the lead attorney for the NFL owners. This guy is a super-duper heavyweight lawyer, folks. The NFL is armed and ready, make no mistake about it. If the players have been perceived as sweating a bit lately, he is the reason.
Boies is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale and is on the Board of Trustees of the National Constituion Center in Philadelphia, a museum dedicated to the U. S. Constitution. He represented the Government in its suit against Microsoft, was Chief Counsel for the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and Judiciary Committee. He represented Al Gore in the 2000 Florida vote recount case, then joined Bush’s attorney to overturn California’s Prop. 8 ban on gay marriage.
“Few lawyers today can rival Boies’ string of major triumphs… Boies’ strengths include an encyclopedic mastery of the facts of a case and a chess player’s sense of predicting a course of action.” Cary Reich, New York Times Sunday Magazine, June 1, 1986
This guy would be described by Bum Phillips as “He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.”
He also looks like Arthur H. Hoggett, the farmer who won the sheep herding contest with his pig, Babe the Sheep Whisperer. After a couple bottles of champagne at the victory party.
And Boies is dyslexic. Nate Davis fans can take new heart for their hero. Providing, of course, Nate actually gives a crap.
Obviously, Boies is not the sort of guy you’d want to get into a debate with. Unless, of course, the debate could be won by cracking him on the skull with a beer bottle. This is not likely to occur in Judge Nelson’s courtroom Wednesday, so we’re going to put this injunction legal skirmish down as a victory for the owners. This is a rare case of common sense bearing out in the judicial realm. If the players are whining about the effect a lockout has on their wallets, they should not have quit the bargaining process. Case closed. Get back to the CBA table, boys. And get a deal done.
Not that anything will happen immediately. The players will appeal the decision and waste another month or so posturing and avoiding the negotiations. Time will not be on their side, though. A month from now, the draft will be completed and the players will be starting to panic, along with NFL fans everywhere.
I’m sure the players have very smart lawyers on their legal team also, but those lawyers have no idea how gutless these players are when it comes to holding the fort and postponing their profligate life styles, and in many cases just staying out of jail. The players went on strike in 1982 and 1987 and caved in both times. They’ll cave in again if this crapola is not settled soon.
— Skeebers D. Brinkley, reporting from Minnesota.