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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

No Fun League at it again

NFL owners voted to limit touchdown celebrations Wednesday.

Instead of addressing real issues like old refs who can't keep up with the action, thus making horrible calls, the owners decided to clamp down on end zone dances -- particularly ones where players use props or where they go to the ground.

Another instance of "The Man" trying to keep the players down.

The owners did OK some tangible rule changes -- like making down by contact calls subject to instant replay and limiting replay reviews to 60 seconds instead of 90 -- but the end zone celebrations were not that big of a deal and the decision could alienate some fans. I know it'll upset players like Cincinnati's Chad Johnson and Carolina's Steve Smith -- two of the league's best receivers who harmed no one with their skits.

Lighten up, NFL. It is just a game.


Blogger Lee Hiller said...

You hit the nail right on the head Pedro. I just feel sorry for ESPN and all those other television folks that will now have to find REAL highlights to the games. The players aren't the ones that so much brought this on, it is TV that seems to think these celebrations were the main highlights and that is all they show. Too bad the NFL thinks that is more important some other things that need more attention.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Brett Roman said...

Look, I only follow teams that have the freshest dancers with innovative technique. When I’m not watching Solid Gold, I am downloading T.O’s gangster rap or reviewing Chad Johnson’s latest end zone shuffle. This new rule really takes away my interest from the NFL. Lack of style will be the death kneel of the NFL, they will be broke in a matter of years. Where is the XFL when we need it?

8:25 AM  
Blogger Pedro Pizarro said...

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10:59 AM  
Blogger Pedro Pizarro said...

You're right, Lee. It wasn't enough that they scored a touchdown, but they had to ham it up for the cameras to make "NFL Primetime."
LaDainian Tomlinson has the best TD dance in the NFL -- handing the ball to the ref.
Still, all the antics by T.O. or whomever shouldn't have drawn as much as attention as the litany of awful calls I saw last year.

And Brett, "Solid Gold." That's a good one. I'm more of a "Soul Train" fan myself :)
BTW, T.O. had better stick to running routes and catching passes - his rapping leaves much to be desired...
And hey, at least the XFL brought us "sky cam."

2:50 PM  

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