I have long bee ribbed by my colleagues for excusing students from any assignments the day after either the Chicago Bears or Chicago Cubs win (They may claim either a “Lovie” — after former coach Lovie Smith — or a “Cubbie.”) Indeed, with entry into the post-season, I awarded a week off in-class assignments in celebration. It appears that I am not alone. One of our regulars has sent me a story from MLB.com of a law student that was given permission to skip class due to Wednesday’s game against the Pirates. What is most impressive is that this is a waiver for an exam the day after the game. Good lawyering. Below is the exchange between Ben Larson and his University of Illinois law professor.
The Twitter exchange shows that there remains an element of grace and the divine left in our law schools:
I am unsure that I can take the tension of this “one and done” game for the Cubs (despite having a better record than most Divisional winners — the league needs to go to a 3 game system to avoid this problem). With the three best teams all in the Central Division this year, this will be a nail bitter. I will be wearing my Ernie Banks jersey and lucky Cubs hat Wednesday surrounded by my children in Virginia (an outpost of Wrigleyville with a banner in front of the house). I have told the class that if the Cubs win, we all win — with assignment waivers to follow.
Kudos: Nick Spinelli