Many people over the past week have suggested that Jonathan Martin is in some way a wimp and just couldn’t handle “an NFL Locker Room”. Others further contend that Incognito was just giving the guy a hard time in jest. Wrong. Just plain wrong. This wasn’t a playground bullying or garden-variety rookie hazing. It is alleged Martin was the target of repeated discrimination and harassment, the likes of which no one should have to endure in their place of work.
Carpenter v. Con-Way Cent. Express, Inc., 481 F.3d 611 (8th Cir. 2007):
To establish a Title VII race-based hostile work environment claim, a plaintiff must show (1) he is a member of a protected group, (2) he is subjected to unwelcome race-based harassment, (3) the harassment was because of his membership in the protected group, and (4) the harassment affected a term, condition, or privilege of his employment. Singletary v. Mo. Dep't of Corr., 423 F.3d 886, 892 (8th Cir.2005). A hostile work environment “is permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the victim's employment and create an abusive working environment” as viewed objectively by a reasonable person.Tademe v. Saint Cloud State Univ., 328 F.3d 982, 991 (8th Cir.2003) (internal quotation omitted). “To be actionable, the conduct complained of must be extreme in nature and not merely rude or unpleasant.” Nitsche v. CEO of Osage Valley Elec. Coop., 446 F.3d 841, 846 (8th Cir.2006) (citations omitted). “Allegations of a few isolated or sporadic incidents will not suffice; rather, the plaintiff must demonstrate the alleged harassment was ‘so intimidating, offensive, or hostile that it poisoned the work environment.’ ” Id. (quoting Tuggle v. Mangan, 348 F.3d 714, 720 (8th Cir.2003)).
Passananti v. Cook County, 689 F.3d 655 (7th Cir. 2012):
In claims of racial harassment, racially-charged words certainly can suffice. See,e.g., Hrobowski v. Worthington Steel Co., 358 F.3d 473, 477 (7th Cir.2004)(although plaintiff failed to show that employer was negligent in discovering and remedying coworker harassment, his work environment, in which he was repeatedly subjected to the word "n****r" and other race-based comments, was sufficiently severe or pervasive to support an otherwise actionable hostile work environment claim); Rodgers v. Western–Southern Life Ins. Co., 12 F.3d 668, 675–76 (7th Cir.1993) (finding an actionable hostile work environment claim when supervisors and employees referred to plaintiff by the term “n****r" between five and ten times during his employment).
Based on what we know so far it seems to me that Martin would have to have evidence of more than 1 or two incidents to have a successful claim. He'd also have to decide whether bringing a lawsuit is so antithetical to the NFL culture that it would wreck his career. But if I were a plaintiff's lawyer, I'd be champing at the bit to represent Martin.
Despite leaving Andre Johnson on the bench in 2 leagues (who knew Case Keenum would do the job?) and TY Hilton in a third (okay, that was a mistake), I still had what was probably my best week of the semester. Although I have not made up the ground I lost in my roto league, I continue to climb the ladder in Tabb's roto league and I won all three H2H games this week. Granted, I won one by 0.01 points, but a win is a win.
I'm watching this purported football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings, wondering if this is just the worst MNF game ever or the worst football game of all time?
The Vikings have the best running back in the NFL, but they decide to let Josh Freeman throw the ball on 2nd and 2 from the 23. Brilliant.— Sam Cooper (@Coop_Sauce) October 22, 2013
Josh Freeman 20 attempts to Adrian Peterson's 8 carries. Leslie Frazier is just trolling us, right? #FantasyFootball— Thomas F.X. Sullivan (@IrishHoodlum) October 22, 2013
If you're wondering why I continue to subject myself to it, I'm hoping watching this game is shaving time off my stint in Purgatory.
If Hell exists, it is spending all eternity being forced to watch teams QBd by Josh Freeman and Mark Sanchez play each other. #2009Draft— Robert Sawicki (@Rob_Sawicki) October 22, 2013
My up and down season continues. In ProfessorBainbridge.com's H2H league, I won to improve to 3-3, albeit by the narrowest margin I've ever had:
And I also won in Tabb's H2H league, to also go to 3-3 in that league:
Sadly, I lost in the ProfessorBainbridge.com last minute H2H league, dropping to 2-4. In the roto leagues I had a good week. I rose from 4th to 3rd in the ProfessorBainbridge.com roto league and gained ground (although still in 6th) in Tabb's roto league.
Well, this season is setting up to be a second annus horribilis in a row in fantasy football, with all of my H2H teams mired at 2-3. I'm seriously considering giving up football for something even more mindless. Like, say, opera?
Anyway, when it comes to setting my fantasy football lineups, I have a new strategy: Put names on dart board. Throw darts. Thinking hasn't worked, so why not give random selection a try?
With one exception, my teams remain mired in mediocrity at the quarter mark of the 2013 campaign. Let's start with the good news. For the second week in a row, Da Commish remained in first place in the PB.com roto league, despite having only the fourth highest score this week. Second place Perpetuities had a stellar week, logging 223.85 points to my 171.95. Having Drew Brees as his QB helped a little!
Unfortunately, Bainbridge's Bruins remain mired in 8th place in Tabb's roto league.
Turning to the H2H leagues, I am now 2-2 in all three leagues. Cowboys Drool won in Tabb's Cowboy's Rule league:
Cowboys Drool got two big performances this week from Philip Rivers with 24.02 points and Wes Welker with 19.30, as they took down dizzle's Team, 89.87 - 77.59. While dizzle's Team (1-3) is only a game back of Cowboys Drool (2-2), they're quite a bit farther behind in points, 347.10 - 258.98. While each team hit their projections, Cowboys Drool scored 10.2% more than a projected 81.52 points to get the win. With Brandon Myers delivering zero points for Cowboys Drool, the gap could have been wider.
The Unseen Academicals squeaked out a narrow win in PB.com's H2H league:
Unseen Academicals got 29.60 points from Demaryius Thomas and 26.00 from Adrian Peterson to slip by I Pitta Da Fool 126.53 - 123.89. It was one of the closest matchups to date, and the 2.64-point margin of victory was the third-smallest recorded in the league this season. I Pitta Da Fool was led by Matt Ryan with 26.84 points and Jimmy Graham who scored 26.00. Unseen Academicals (2-2, 524.53 points) climbs into sixth place and I Pitta Da Fool (2-2, 545.40 points) drops to fifth place.
Sadly, however, Scalzi's Redshirts took a serious licking:
Rock and Load (fifth place, 2-2, 581.08 points) knocks Scalzi's Redshirts (2-2, 537.98 points) out of the league's top spot after beating them 164.38 - 123.72. Rock and Load overcame a 15.30-point projected spread to pull off the upset. They were led by Victor Cruz who got 32.40 points while Adrian Peterson scored 26.00. Rock and Load piled up 29.7% more points than projected (126.76). Scalzi's Redshirts fell short of their projections and got just 87.1% of their projected 142.06 points. Darren Sproles led Scalzi's Redshirts with 32.20 points while the Denver Broncos Defense brought in 18.00. With Brandon Myers delivering zero points for Rock and Load, the margin could have been bigger.
Big moves this week for the Unseen Academicals:
Hopefully that will strengthen the team going forward.
Week 3 turned out to be a much better week than Week 2. In all but 1 league, we saw considerable improvement.
Let's start with the ProfessorBainbridge.com Sixth Annual PPR Roto league, in which Da Commish vaulted into first place with a 42.80 point lead on second place Dana Pointers. Da Commish led all teams this week with 196.35 points, benefiting from huge games by Antono Brown (40.50!), Jordan Cameron, and the Chicago DST.
Turning to Tabb's Roto League, Bainbridge's Bruins crawled from 9th to 8th place in this 11 team league. This despite goose eggs from Hakeem Nicks and Jermichael Finle yand continued misery from David Wilson.
In the H2H leagues, Scalzi's Redshirts won to improve their record to 2-1 in ProfessorBainbridge.com's First Annual Last Minute League. In doing so, the Redhsirts seized first place in the league standings (parity's a bitch). Here's Yahoo's recap:
Scalzi's Redshirts (2-1, 414.26 points) swaps first place with Non-Billable Hours (2-1, 378.68 points), beating them 147.48 - 116.32. They overcame an 11.84-point deficit on Monday night, and put up the second-highest point total in the league this week. With this win, Scalzi's Redshirts scored 8.7% more points than projected and has now beaten expectations every week this season. Cam Newton, with 36.42 points, racked up the third-highest score for the week. To make matters worse, Non-Billable Hours got zero points from Hakeem Nicks.
In Tabb's H2H Cowboys Rule League (worst league name ever), my Cowboys Drool team finally won a game and thus improved to 1-2 (for 8th place):
Cowboys Drool got the second-highest player score of the week from Cam Newton (28.71) to get the win over Armadillo Armageddon 99.31 - 76.48. With this loss, Armadillo Armageddon scored 78.7% of their projected points, and has now failed to meet projections every week this season. Drew Brees, with 29.89 points, brought in the highest score this week. Cowboys Drool (1-2, 257.23 points) climbs into eighth place while Armadillo Armageddon (1-2, 259.78 points) drops to seventh place.
Sadly, in Professor Bainbridge's Sixth Annual H2H League, the Unseen Academicals lost for the second week in a row, falling to 1-2, having run into a buzz saw powered by Matthew Stafford, Jordan Cameron, and Cecil Shorts:
AvariciousAmphibians got the highest score this week on the way to their third win in as many matchups when they beat Unseen Academicals 146.50 - 106.64. The streak is due in part to AvariciousAmphibians having the second-highest scoring output in the league at 149.77 points per matchup. Unseen Academicals stays in seventh place with a 1-2 record. AvariciousAmphibians remains unbeaten and in first place having also beaten Vaqueros (162.63 - 123.38) and Portland Drizzles (140.17 - 103.23).
Roughly in the order they're pissing me off.
|Player||# Leagues Drafted||Round(s)||Points||Comments|
|David Wilson||2||4 and 4||-0.40 and -0.40||Coughlin's not half as mad as I am|
|Stevan Ridley||1||2||2.30||He's killing me in Tabb's H2H league|
|C.J. Spiller||1||1||11.70||what happened to running him till he throws up?|
|Chris Ivory||2||7 and 7||6.70 and 6.70||not exactly bell cow numbers|
|Kyle Rudolph||2||7 and 8||9.60 and 17.90||so much for being a low TE1|
|Danny Amendola||1||4||20.40||my fault for drafting Mr. Fragile|
|Larry Fitzgerald||1||2||33.30||weak Week 2 numbers, possible nagging hamstring|
These guys were all drafted with the idea that they would be starters (at least flex starters), except maybe Chris Ivory. All have disappointed, but my ire is mainly for the top three. Wilson has been terrible the first two weeks and is dragging two leagues down with him. Spiller and Ridley were drafted 1-2 in the same league and have dragged it down to disaster two weeks in a row. Time to start trolling the waiver wires.
Sunday Bloody Sunday for my #fantasyfootball teams: Eddie Lacy, David Wilson, Larry Fitzgerald, André Johnson, Jared Cook all hurt me— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) September 16, 2013
Looking at 0-3 this week in head to head #fantasyfootball leagues. Ugh.— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) September 16, 2013
As a lifelong Washington Redskins fan and a Green Bay Packers shareholder, tough game today. Wish 'Skins had played better.— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) September 16, 2013
It's a good thing Giants have nobody else to run the ball, b/c I've got David Wilson in 2 #FantasyFootball leagues— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) September 9, 2013
It's never too early to worry: Drafting Stevan Ridley in 2d round may have been a mistake. Benched forever? #FantasyFootball— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) September 9, 2013
The NFL will keep a close eye on hits to the knees of defenseless players this season, with the possibility of extending the rules protecting such players.
If the league's competition committee finds enough evidence this season that hits to the knees are "becoming a problem," it could take action, chief of football operations Ray Anderson told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The committee could make a recommendation to the owners next March to prohibit direct hits to the knees of defenseless players. The owners would then vote on such a change.
The NFL created this problem when it started going after hits to the head. Players are now going low to avoid fines and penalties. If the NFL bans low tackles (NFL defenders define defenseless, please), you might as well turn the whole thing into flag football.