I was scanning GoErie this morning and I found John Dudley's blog. He keeps it up to date, but there are very few comments.
One of his recent posts is about NFL TD celebrations. His article, and my reply, appears below. I thought this might get some conversation going on our Blog (some of which might carry over to his).
It's all about synergies, baby.
No more post-TD skits?
By John Dudley
Just as Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Steve Smith are elevating post-touchdown celebrations to off-Broadway levels, the NFL has once again cracked down on the type and duration of theatrics players may engage in after crossing the goal line. This is an ongoing issue for the league, but it's back on the agenda at this week's annual meeting in Orlando because competition committee chairmen Jeff Fisher, coach of the Tennessee Titans, and Rich McKay, general manger of the Atlanta Falcons, believe enforcement hasn't been strict enough recently.
If you long for the days when Barry Sanders set the standard for the understated celebration by simply flipping the ball to the referee after he scored -- he had, after all, been in the end zone a few times before -- then you'll appreciate the fact that the league wants to penalize offenders' teams 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
Such penalties always seem to get the attention of coaches, who you can bet will be particularly vigilant about enforcing the celebration ban if they face unsportsmanlike calls. Naturally, the league will provide for some, uh, wiggle room, allowing that dances are permitted as long as they aren't too lengthy or involving too many teammates. (And that's just what we need -- NFL officials with more latitude on judgment calls.)
One curious portion of the proposal calls for players to come to their feet before beginning a celebration. Those who begin gyrating or dancing while still on the ground will be penalized.
So much, then, for the celebration I'd truly like to see -- T.O. writhing on the turf beneath a stampede of greased-up agents.
So, are you for or against TD celebrations? Am I right to assume that you prefer the low-key Barry Sanders approach?
I must admit that the regulations against TD celebrations seem racist to me: White men behind desks telling black athletes that they can't jump and dance and more or less create inspired water fountain buzz for Monday mornings...basically because it's offensive to white audiences to watch a black man gyrating and proclaiming his physical dominance in the white world.
Personally, I don't care what the athletes do, as long as they keep their clothes on, avoid sexual innuendo, and it doesn't take more than 30 seconds. I love the creativity of it...and you gotta admit that whole cell phone routine was brilliant.