You know, Fireman Ed?
I was sure he'd be the one to be so insane with Jets-ophilia that he'd actually file a class action lawsuit against the Patriots and Bill Belichick over the videotape episode, the one that's already cost the Patriots' coach $500,000 and the team another $250,000 and draft picks. But no, Fireman Ed may bleed Jets green and open his eyes each morning to an alarm clock that plays "J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS JETS," but he's far too grounded in reality for this move. No, to get this wacky you've got to go to a whole other level of crazy. You've got to be an attorney.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York Jets season-ticket holder filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for "deceiving customers."
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., by Carl Mayer of Princeton Township, N.J., stems from the Patriots being caught illegally videotaping signals from Jets coaches in New England's 38-14 season-opening win Sept. 9.
"They violated the integrity of the game," Mayer's attorney, Bruce Afran, told The Associated Press. "This is a way of punishing Belichick and the Patriots."
"They were deceiving customers," said the 48-year-old Mayer. "You can't deceive customers."
The two calculated that because customers paid $61.6 million to watch eight "fraudulent" games, they're entitled to triple that amount -- or $184.8 million -- in compensation under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.
"How many times have the Patriots done this? We find it hard to believe they did it just once," Mayer said. "We just want to get to the truth of the matter of what the Patriots did to the Jets. I think the ticket holders are genuinely concerned about it. This is a type of misrepresentation."
Patriots spokesman Stacey James declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Mayer and Afran, who consider themselves public interest lawyers, have been thorns in the side of New Jersey politicians for years, filing lawsuits and demanding investigations to advance their grievances. They are well known in the state but generally have had little success in their causes.
Both have lost bids for elected offices, and Mayer once served as a presidential campaign adviser to Ralph Nader.
I don't think this suit will be the one to break the losing streak. There's something wrong with someone who consistently thinks being annoyed is grounds for legal action.