Whether it is Calvin Johnson getting tackled at the one-yard line five times in a season, having victory turned into defeat with a late stat correction, or any number of inordinately frustrating events, the football gods have a way of making sure that your fantasy losses are agonizing. But, in the end, they really only cost money and a bruised ego--at least you don't get physically disfigured. That is, unless you're in this Omaha, Ne.-based league, which bestows the ultimate ignominy upon its loser: a thigh tattoo designed by the champion.
Chronicled by ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, the so-called "Tattoo League" is now in its fourth season. In the first year, league creator Spud (team name: "Manifest Destiny") was rewarded for his idea with a poetically-just last place finish and a permanent unicorn on his leg: