On October 30th, it was reported that NFL offensive tackle Jonathan Martin walked out of the Miami Dolphins' facility
after a cafeteria prank. It was subsequently reported that Martin had been subjected to bullying by his teammate Richie Incognito
, long considered to be one of the NFL's dirtiest players
. Though the incident was initially thought to be a product of rookie hazing
(resulting in, among other things, Dolphins rookies footing thousand dollar bills at strip clubs), the backstory turned out to be far more serious. Incognito allegedly sent Martin threatening and racially charged text messages and voice mails
The revelation kicked off a flurry of discussion
about bullying in the NFL workplace. While many pundits and ex-players supported Martin, others blasted him for violating the "NFL Code
Incognito was then suspended for conduct detrimental to the team
, while claiming that the truth would come out
. Several days later, it was reported that Incognito had been asked by the Dolphins' to "toughen Martin up
" because Martin, a Stanford grad, was considered by some in the NFL to be "soft", a characterization which disappointed some ex-teammates
So what has been the reaction from the Dolphins' locker room? In recent days, a number of teammates have vocalized their support for Incognito
. Some defended his use of the n-word by claiming he was honorary
which prompted a rebuttal from Deadspin
posted by nathancaswell
on Nov 6, 2013 -
"The most bizarre Soviet marine mammal system was a dolphin paratrooper. A dolphin wore a harness attached to a parachute, and could be dropped from heights up to 3,000 meters." Not a computer game, but Brian "Skeptoid" Dunning on the military's killer dolphins in the US and elsewhere. All the more fascinating for being soberly researched and bullshit-free.
posted by Paul Slade
on Jun 9, 2011 -
.......will warm your black, cynical, withered MeFi hearts ya misanthropes! Labrador Retriever/Dolphin love! (SLYT)
posted by spicynuts
on Sep 3, 2010 -
It's the season once again for the annual dolphin drives
in Japan, the appallingly cruel
(see "Les massacres" video) practice of herding into shallow waters and brutally slaughtering these highly intelligent, self-aware and emotional creatures. There are those
trying to stop it, and should you be so inclined, you can sign their petition
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 20, 2006 -
Friday Flash Fun: Dolphin Edition.
It takes a little practice, and you probably should read the directions first. WARNING: May lead to a drop in productivity, sensation of lost time, or feelings of isolation.
posted by kyleg
on Aug 18, 2006 -
Is The Blood Red Water For Real?
A discussion on egullet
, of all places, suggests at least one of these shocking pictures (inside
) has been retouched. A more interesting question is: is it OK to "enhance" real evidence, if the salient facts are true? Or even, more radically, if the cause is just and dedicated to save lives or relieve suffering?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 1, 2003 -
According to UPI, the United States has been offered by coalition partner Morocco its tide-turning force
of 2,000 monkeys trained to detonate land mines. It wouldn't be so unbelievable if the U.S. wasn't already training dolphins and sea lions
to do the same. Considering the carnage already happening to humans in Iraq, this news doesn't inspire thoughts of happy endings
for our animal friends.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Mar 27, 2003 -
Run Ricky Run.
Ricky Williams, running-back for the Miami Dolphins, gets an A for effort for designing and maintaining his own website. He keeps a journal where he sounds off on everything from battling fame and the perks that come with it, to meeting his idol (Jim Brown). He even talks about money problems, just on a much larger scale then you or I would have.
posted by Starchile
on Nov 26, 2002 -
demonstrates mirror self-recognition in dolphins, an interesting dolphin link.
posted by bjgeiger
on May 1, 2001 -
an organization called earthtrust started project delphis in 1985 to determine how intelligent and self-conscious dolphins actually are.
this is very
posted by bwg
on Apr 5, 2001 -
reminds me of a quote, or, well, there are different version of this. "If dolphins are so smart, why don't they get a job?" Was it on Simpsons? or? Ohh well.
"Janik, a Scottish biologist now at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts, said that the signaling pattern of the dolphins is similar to what experts believe happened when ancient human beings first began organized speech."
posted by tiaka
on Aug 25, 2000 -
Do we really need virtual dolphins?
While I really find biomimetic research fascinating, I do sometimes wonder what it will end up actually producing. Then again, I am the guy who secretly wants it to produce battlesuits so I can play Iron Man
or what have you. I'm shallow that way.
posted by Ezrael
on Jun 15, 2000 -