Fantasy Football is a phenomenon that is quickly sweeping the United States. There are now entire television programs dedicated to assisting Fantasy participants with setting their lineups for each Sunday’s slate of NFL games.
Each member of the league then takes turns picking individual players in the NFL to fill their roster. From there, they must choose a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker, a defensive unit and an extra offensive player from any position besides quarterback, referred to as the “flex.”
Leagues vary in size, usually from 8-12 people, and most leagues require a buy-in, which serves as a wager. One would think that losing out on the money would be punishment enough, but many leagues have begun to implement an additional punishment for the contestant who comes in last place.
There have been several such punishments that have garnered national attention, such as this man who was forced to re-enact the music video for the popular song by artist Sia, “Chandelier”:[weaver_youtube 5v24i9XTJq0 rel=0]
One Warsaw man recently joined the growing ranks of those who have felt wrath of the other members of their league. A group of employees from Silveus Insurance Group battled all season in their fantasy football league to ultimately determine that Kurt Kammerer was to accept the punishment that comes with finishing in 12th place out of 12 individuals. Silveus employees looked on from the North Pointe Cinemas parking lot as Kammerer strutted up and down Mariners Drive wearing a sandwich sign that declared him the loser.
Kammerer’s wife and children were in attendance as his co-workers read off his team, mocking it at the same time. Kammerer’s team doesn’t necessarily look bad on paper, and one onlooker even commented that he finished with more points than several of the league’s other teams, but he was only able to manage two wins.
His team consisted of:
- Tony Romo
- Darren Sproles
- Bernard Pierce
- Keenan Allen
- Randall Cobb
- Andy Dalton
- Shane Vereen
- Andy Dalton
- Cleveland Browns’ Defense
- Jordan Reed
- Percy Harvin
- Miami Dolphins’ Defense
- Cairo Santos
And, last but not least, Adrian Peterson, who has not played for most of the year due to what was an on-going investigation into allegations of child abuse. Kammerer exclaimed several times that everyone present had, “Better let people know that I had A.P. (Adrian Peterson) as a keeper!” At one point he also asked, “Did someone send this to A.P.?”
Brian Catron explained that Kammerer was given the choice of spinning a wheel that had several possible outcomes, including some positive possibilities, listed in segments on the wheel. He was also given the choice to pierce his nipples and not have anyone outside of the league know about it. Kammerer instead opted to don the sign, which provided a nice break from work for everyone involved.