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The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!


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NOOOOOO BOOMER!

Perfect_im_not_2 Sigh... Say It Ain't So: Bad boy David Wells has agreed to join The Idiots. Oh well... I know it was a long shot that he'd come back to the Bronx. As much as he is a fan favorite, it was no secret that Wells was, um, er, disruptive in the clubhouse. So he'll fit right in with the Sox, assuming he can pass the physical. Somehow, I don't think he'll get the same warm applause next year when he shows up at The Stadium like he got in June 2004 as a Padre. Maybe he'll bring a little class to Fenway -- I don't see him cutting his toenails in the dugout like Damon did during the WS. (Yeah, yeah, meow.)

BTW, if you are a baseball junkie, his book is fascinating. Especially his recollections of his hysterical 2001 skit on Saturday Night Live where he and David Cone dressed up as groupies and hassled the Yankee "wives" (including Derek Jeter as as "Candy Soriano.") One of SNL's finest moments. :)

December 11, 2004 | Permalink

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Idiots? That's "World Champion Idiots" to you, missy.

And catch "Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino" on HBO this month if you can. Even Yankees fans will (I think) appreciate what this year meant to Boston fans.

Posted by: Rick Klau | Dec 13, 2004 12:33:36 PM

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