Using a Harvard Review word makes you seem intelligent. Unless you misuse a big word; then you seem like a dumb person trying to seem intelligent. This latter appears to be the case with Yahoo! Sports Steve Henson when he says the Marlins:
remain in the thick of the NL East despite being surrounded by the expensive, somnolent Phillies, Mets and Braves.
Somnolent means sleepy. If the Phillies, Mets, and Braves are somnolent, then the Marlins are in the NL East because of that, not despite that.
It's no wonder the board of Yahoo! didn't approve the offer from Microsoft, with quality like this. But of course, it begs the question of why Microsoft wanted to buy them.
I guess they were somnolent or something.