We’re trying out a new feature here on Above the Law to reward all of the commenters who make this site such an active and engaging place.
Sure, a lot of comments are mean, sexist, racist, and devoid of thought or compassion, but on the positive side… well, what I think I was trying to say is that we have a lot of t-shirts in the office that need a home.
The rules are pretty much whatever I say. I am a kind, but arbitrary sort. This week, I focused on the comments from our most commented on stories. Next week, who knows. But, I can tell you I prefer funny with a point over random acts of meme-ing or multi-paragraph term paper comments.
And I also gave preference for people who had actually registered with Disqus….
The comments on the Andrew Sweat story were really intense. I particularly enjoyed all of the commenters who couldn’t quite understand the concept of time, and how Sweat could always go to law school next year, after he takes a shot at making bank in the NFL.
Obviously, I think Sweat is making a poor decision, and the fact that his father is a lawyer doesn’t really change things. Sure, he’ll have a job after law school (unlike a lot of people choosing between the law schools Sweat is looking at), but again, working for Daddy in 2015 isn’t substantially different than working for Daddy in 2016.
I was tempted to go with Learned Paw for Comment of the Week with his:
I hope that Mr. Sweat will follow the lead of other football players and donate his brain to science so that we may one day discover if an abnormality in his head is to blame for this unfortunate decision.
But in the end, I decided that it probably wasn’t even Paw’s best effort this week, and frankly, we could probably name this thing the Learned Paw Award and call it a day. Paw, you’re on notice that you would be held to a higher standard.
Instead, the inaugural comment of the week goes to the Honorable_Learned_Hand for:
To be fair, if they give him a shot as a rookie, the money will be good but he couldn’t possibly last more than 10 years of being on the road and getting the shit beat our of him on a weekly basis. Not to mention, how many years will it take off of his life expectancy?
I am, of course, talking about Biglaw.
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