"Are you there, are you there, are you f*cking anywhere? Are you an angel now? F*ck you."
Courtney Love's last words to Kurt Cobain seem to capture our feelings towards the whole Anaheim Angels vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fracas perfectly. For those of you not keeping up with petty sports politics, Angels owner Arte Moreno is being sued by the City of Anaheim for changing the team's name. The city claims that by calling the team "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" he is violating the terms of his stadium lease.
The trial began in earnest yesterday at the Orange County Superior Court with City Manager David Morgan testifying. He finishes today and will be followed by Greg Smith, the city's convention, sports and entertainment director. Various Disney officials, whom Moreno bought the stadium from, are expected later this week.
So far, the Angels have proved that nowhere in the lease is it spelled out that the team has to be called the "Anaheim Angels", while the city has proved that the word "Anaheim" is required to be in the name, which Morgan believes implies the exclusion of other geographical names, like "Los Angeles".
You can probably guess where LAist falls on this side of the battle, but really we just like keeping up with the story because it's indicative of Orange County's dislike with being lumped into the metro region. Case in point: Potential jurors were asked whether they read the L.A. Times or the Orange County Register and if they watched The O.C.
Clearly, the solution is to let Sandy Cohen arbitrate.