Football is here again, and I am rejoicing along with all those who will revel in NOT hearing those words “World Champion Patriots” all year long. But we probably will next year, since they got the NFL’s easiest schedule this season.
Last year I made a simple suggestion to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that would improve my enjoyment of watching football. He ignored it. Since I’m used to being ignored (I have four kids you know) I decided to add another suggestion at the beginning of this football season. So here it is:
End Zone Celebrations
The NFL is often called the “No Fun League” since they don’t allow elaborate touchdown celebrations. I’m not sure why, maybe it cuts into time better spent on a commercial break. But these celebrations are enjoyed by fans, players, and members of the media alike. The only people who seem to dislike them are the owners.
My solution: I propose a new rule. As long as it’s not taunting, any touchdown celebration goes. Anything. (Remember when T.O. did the Ray Lewis dance in front of Ray Lewis? Guts, my friend.) You want to bring the whole team out and do the Hustle in the end zone, go for it (but practice, please). So long as it’s tasteful and you keep your clothes on, it’s fair game. You’ve got 45 seconds until the PAT attempt, it’s all yours, take the stage.
For any other play celebrations are banned. With a 15 yard penalty. Heck, I’ll make it easier. Any scoring play is allowed a celebration. I loved watching those kickers hurt themselves celebrating a 15 yard field goal. That’s good television. But other than that, get back in the huddle or back on the sideline.
It’s really annoying to see players who are supposed to be professionals celebrating after mundane plays. This is much worse than any touchdown celebration. Remember the NY Giants’ defense a couple years ago with that silly “jump shot” celebration after every tackle they made? On Monday Night Football, no less. That made the game almost unwatchable. Even Al Micheals commented that “This has to stop.”
So that’s the rule: You wanna celebrate, you gotta score.