Fantasy owner files suit against Titans' Johnson
October 5, 2011
Irv N. Michaels, The Pigskin Weekly Journal
HOBOKEN, NJ -- As the popularity of the National Football League continues to grow to unprecedented heights in this country, so too does the popularity of fantasy football leagues. And while many regard these leagues as merely an entertaining way to get more involved in the games, for others, fantasy football has come to represent far more than just bragging rights.
On Wednesday, a Hoboken, New Jersey man filed a lawsuit against Tennessee Titans star Chris Johnson, claiming the running back has badly underperformed this season, given where he was selected in an early-September fantasy football draft.
“I drafted Chris Johnson in the first round, number three overall,” said Lou Nussy, a 38-year old a sanitation worker from Hoboken. “Every time I lose a game in my league, I’m out twenty bucks. Thanks to this bum, I’m 0-4!”
According to Nussy, Johnson’s numbers through four games are not indicative of what should be expected from a high first round fantasy draft pick.
“Every year of his career so far, this guy’s had at least ten total touchdowns,” said Nussy. “Two years ago, he had sixteen. This year he has the same amount of touchdowns as I do…zero.”
Johnson’s inability to reach the end zone, according to Nussy, hasn’t been the fifth year running back’s only shortcoming this season however.
“This guy’s averaging 2.9 yards a carry…2.9!” said Nussy. “Against the Denver Broncos he gets 21 yards on 13 carries! That’s less than 2 yards a carry against the stinkin’ Broncos!”
“I pick up trash for a living and I could manage 4 yards a pop against that train wreck of a defense!”
Although his team, Rex Likes Barefoot Kickers, currently sits at 0-4, and has scored fewer points than any other squad in his 10-team league, Nussy says he has no plans to sue any other player on his fantasy roster.
“If our league took away points for interceptions then yeah, Tony Romo would have been a co-defendant,” said Nussy. “Since we don’t though, the blame lies squarely on one guy…Chris Johnson.
Johnson, whose Titans face the tough task of taking on the Steelers in Pittsburgh this Sunday, was unavailable for comment.