‘Atomic Sit-Up Case’ Finally Gets Its Day In Court

There’s nothing in the football hazing manual more insidious than the atomic sit-up, that most evil of teammate pranks and proof positive that nothing in a high school locker room involving a towel ever comes to any good. Unfortunately our story here does not involve a girl, as the photo indicates. But if you’d seen the alternative photo choices, you’d thank me.

A former Stevenson High School (Chicago suburbs) football player is bringing a lawsuit against former teammates 10 years after a hazing ritual that he said caused psychological and emotional damage. Stamatios Shinas claims while he participated in a football conditioning camp for varsity players for the 1999-2000 season, he was administered the dreaded atomic sit-up, in which a person places his buttocks over a blindfolded person’s face, who then sits up into it. Lawsuit play-by-play, and instructional video, below. Read more…