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Calvin Johnson planning a touchdown celebration in Chicago

Zackary Bowman, Calvin Johnson AP

The last time Calvin Johnson had the ball in his hands in the end zone at Soldier Field, he didn’t hold onto the ball long enough, and what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown catch was instead ruled an incompletion.

Johnson has had 14 months to think about that, and he says that if he scores today at Soldier Field, he’s going to celebrate it in a major way.

I got to have something for this one,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. “If I get in the zone, I’ll have something.”

Johnson says a desire to celebrate in the Soldier Field end zone has been building up inside him since his touchdown catch was taken away a year ago.

“We all here … everybody felt it was a catch,” Johnson said. “We feel like we got screwed over on that one, but it’s payback. Payback time.”

Johnson has already tested the limits of the rules about what constitutes a completion. He’d be wise not to test the limits of the rules about what constitutes an excessive celebration.

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44 Responses to “Calvin Johnson planning a touchdown celebration in Chicago”
  1. yeahyeahyeahbono14 says: Nov 13, 2011 6:52 AM

    In other news, Andy Reid is still fat.

  2. vincentvega513 says: Nov 13, 2011 6:58 AM

    Don’t do it Megatron.

    Learn from the whole T.O., Chad Ochocinco experiment.

  3. snarkzilla says: Nov 13, 2011 7:06 AM

    >He’d be wise not to test the limits

    I certainly hope you let him know this. Otherwise, he could fined unexpectedly.

  4. jerseysportsbullies says: Nov 13, 2011 7:14 AM

    In Week 1 it was the horrible “no-catch” then later in the year the horrible 2-hand touch personal foul penalty on Suh.

    How will the NFL screw the Lions today in Chicago? This coming from an Eagles fan..

  5. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2011 7:16 AM

    Remember the good ole days, when you talked AFTER doing something?

  6. sdisme says: Nov 13, 2011 7:26 AM

    Enjoy these stories while you can. After the Eagles beat another team with a losing record, every story for week straight will be about them.

  7. kilowog77 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:28 AM

    jerseysportsbullies says:
    Nov 13, 2011 7:14 AM
    In Week 1 it was the horrible “no-catch” then later in the year the horrible 2-hand touch personal foul penalty on Suh.

    How will the NFL screw the Lions today in Chicago? This coming from an Eagles fan.
    ————————————————–

    The suh penalty didnt effect outcome of the game, bears were already in the lead an cutler was feet away from a first down. But you are right, im sure lions fans will find something to whine about after they lose later today.

    “soldier field is too messy”
    “chicago is too windy”
    “julius peppers is too good”

    they will definitely think of something.

  8. thechamp3 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:34 AM

    as part of megatron’s TD celebration, optimus prime will appear in the end zone.

  9. tatum064 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:38 AM

    Uh, Megatron, just worry about beating the Bears, beating double coverage and trying to stay focused. I would say “Act like you been there” but obviously the Lions haven’t.

    Under the radar, dude…this kind of thing isn’t like you. Let your coach run his mouth.

    Restore the Roar FOR REAL.

  10. elwaysbrain says: Nov 13, 2011 7:42 AM

    hope urlacher knocks him out and i dont even care for the lions or bears

  11. jnbnet says: Nov 13, 2011 7:44 AM

    He could turn into a rocket and fly to the opposite end zone….then tun into a car and race down the sidelines.

  12. fearthebengaltiger says: Nov 13, 2011 7:46 AM

    hes turning into a diva….as a bengals fan all my life, im skilled in spotting them.

  13. winnerwinnerchickendinner14 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:51 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 13, 2011 7:16 AM
    Remember the good ole days, when you talked AFTER doing something?

    —————————-

    The guy has been the best WR in the NFL….he’s already done plenty.

  14. garyman1 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:56 AM

    I think it would be great if after the touchdown, the other 10 offensive players circle Johnson and the ref in the end zone and all of them point to Johnson holding the ball like excalibur in the refs face.

  15. woodg8 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:58 AM

    “In Week 1 it was the horrible “no-catch” then later in the year the horrible 2-hand touch personal foul penalty on Suh.

    How will the NFL screw the Lions today in Chicago? This coming from an Eagles fan..”

    What about how the Lions got a horrible call on Urlacher this year just before the Pettigrew TD…. oh no that’ll never get reported

    Typical mongfans

  16. twb5003 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:10 AM

    Woodg8 did u know scheffle was concussed on that play? That’s helmet to helmet.

  17. jamezz23 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:32 AM

    Lol, who ever said that megatron is turning into a diva its on crack. He’s one of the the most humble receivers in the NFL and he’s the best. Listen to his interviews. If he was a diva you would have herd him get all over Chris carter for his comments but you know what he said? I’ll let my play decide that.

  18. windycitymonstersofthemidway says: Nov 13, 2011 8:33 AM

    Crybaby Lions gonna get it handed to them today.

    End of the Detroit arrogance.

    It was a great little run, with four meaningless games won at the end of last season and a bunch of lucky road wins this year. But now they’ve lost 2 of the last 3 and the Bears will make it 3 out of 4 for them, today. So much for the Lions Dynasty.

    And like Howard Cosell would yell, “Down go the Lions! Down go the Lions!!”

    They will NOT make the playoffs this year. Write it down and watch it happen.

  19. eyesofdisarray says: Nov 13, 2011 8:40 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 13, 2011 7:16 AM
    Remember the good ole days, when you talked AFTER doing something?

    Remeber when a player answered a reporter’s question and wasn’t accused of talking crap.

  20. packfaninchitown says: Nov 13, 2011 8:44 AM

    Here’s to hoping you have many celebrations today then Calvin. Go Lions…

  21. FinFan68 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:45 AM

    Just hand the ball to the ref and head to the bench. The TD is the statement, not the ridiculous “look at me” routines.

  22. rockinron2 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:59 AM

    Johnson said “I don’t know how many parts of my body got to hit the ground before (it’s a catch). My (butt), my hand, my knee. Even my hand went out of bounds before I even let go of the ball.”

    I can’t believe after a year he still doesn’t know the rules on a catch. It doesn’t matter if your whole body is on the ground or if you are out of bounds, you hold onto the ball.

    Get up and hand the ball to the officials to take any doubt out of it. If it happens again blame the player and the coaches.

  23. greenpacker says: Nov 13, 2011 9:04 AM

    i dont think he’ll even get into the endzone this time. i expect the good ole bad lions to rear their ugly heads in this one. Stafford is overrated and calvin johnson is the only weapon he’ll have– remember javid best was the one who tore up the feild in detroit.

    the bears are a team of destiny which means they win in unconventional ways. dont celebrate too early, calvin.

  24. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2011 9:12 AM

    eyesofdisarray says: Nov 13, 2011 8:40 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 13, 2011 7:16 AM
    Remember the good ole days, when you talked AFTER doing something?

    Remeber when a player answered a reporter’s question and wasn’t accused of talking crap.
    *************************************************
    He’s talking about an upcoming celebration after he scores a TD, what is it you don’t underrstand?

  25. terrorhawk2 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:15 AM

    This is verrry un-megatron. He hardly ever makes a peep. What gives? Just go college Herschel walker. Show no emotion, flip the ball to the ref, and do it again in 2 1/2 minutes

  26. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Nov 13, 2011 9:25 AM

    This is very, very newsworthy. I am sure many people have their hopes and dreams pinned on whether Calvin Johnson will do a meaningless 3 second dance after he scores. Sometimes the NFL and more often, the NFL media, are really, really stupid.

  27. dfeltz says: Nov 13, 2011 9:34 AM

    I don’t care one bit if megatron catches 2 td’s, as long as the Lions lose. I just want to hear Schwartz whine in the post game presser.

  28. bigboi30 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:37 AM

    First of all, all you Lion haters can eat it. Anyone who is anyone know that was a catch last year (including Bear fans). When your job is to catch touchdowns, and win games and one is stolen from you that would of ended at least 3 long looseing streaks, yeah I can understand his displeasure. As for the Bengal fan, really you think after the drama queens on your team, you want to compare that with Megatron? Look on the mirror and compare your team with the rageing Diva your looking at. I am not one that likes exxcessive celebration, but I can understand and respect his want and desire. Go for it Megatron celebrate, just make sure we get the win.

    GO LIONS!!!!!!!!

  29. snarkzilla says: Nov 13, 2011 9:55 AM

    What’s he going to do if he doesn’t get a TD today? Recite Malcolm’s speech from Act III of Macbeth?

    I miss White Shoes Johnson.

  30. alwaters9 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    I see Moronelli has the Bears defense on the slow descent to oblivion, just like he did in Detroit. 23rd and dropping. Too bad for Lovie, but when you hire someone dumber than you are bad things happen.

  31. cmunch78 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:18 AM

    JoeToronto
    He said “IF” he gets into the end zone. He didn’t guarantee anything. How is that talking crap? So if someone hopes to play well that equates to trash talk, got it. I guess Bears fans are getting a little sensitive.

  32. thridandlong says: Nov 13, 2011 10:41 AM

    Come on Vagabond, if you should score, act like you have been there before….14 months of waiting for redemption, is living in the past, and the Lions cant afford that.

  33. lionskeet says: Nov 13, 2011 11:01 AM

    Rod Marinelli + Mike Martz + Roy Williams = FAIL
    How do you expect to win with those 3 guys? Bears might be able to beat an overrated Eagles team, but when you play a good team, like the Lions (who beat you once already this year) it’s going to be a different story. A story that involves Calvin scoring at least one touchdown and perhaps an epic TD celebration.

    GOOOOOOOOOOO LIONS

    Bear down Chicago, you’re going to take it hard this afternoon. Today your T-formation is going to be Cutler lying unconcious on the ground after a Suh sack, and there will be no pride and joy for Illinois this weekend.

  34. honolulubluekoolaid says: Nov 13, 2011 11:07 AM

    The bears need this game alot more than the Lions.
    The bears will be even if they win, but 2 behind and the playoffs would be a long shot for them.
    That said, Bears should be favored in this one still. The wind helps them, but the winner of the coin toss will likely defer to get the wind advantage early.

    If the Lions win, it will be a true statement game – beating a “surging” divisional rival at their house.

    Forte will have a big day, but so will the Lions run game (Morris, Williams, and Jones) the bears give up yards on the ground via big runs at times (119 to Philly last week mostly from 15-50 yard jaunts) and look vulnerable to the screen pass.

  35. Rex Grossman says: Nov 13, 2011 11:59 AM

    He’s going to do the Scott Calvin. From the movie Santa Clause. Where Santa (Scott Calvin) is walking down the hallway with all the elves and doing that silly dance. The Scott Calvin.

  36. rarson says: Nov 13, 2011 12:30 PM

    “Remember the good ole days, when you talked AFTER doing something?”

    No, I don’t. Namath ran his mouth before Super Bowl 3, how far back do you expect us to go?

  37. woodyg says: Nov 13, 2011 12:33 PM

    The sweat is beading up on all foreheads of Loin’s Fans …… They are starting to realize that their hopes & dreams of finally going to the playoffs is not a sure thing …… They forgot that a 5-0 start does not make a season …… Now even their best players are losing focus ……

    It can be simply explained using mathematics …… 6-2+2-6 = 8-8 = zero ……

  38. honolulubluekoolaid says: Nov 13, 2011 3:19 PM

    woodyg says:
    Nov 13, 2011 12:33 PM
    The sweat is beading up on all foreheads of Loin’s Fans ……

    ————-
    Loin’s fans? This is a family site buddy!

    Where is your head at? Your not a Loins fan huh?

    Go Loins…..I mean Lions!

  39. bigboi30 says: Nov 13, 2011 3:28 PM

    @woodyg

    First of all its Lions, not Loins. Duh! Go back to first grade. I really cant wait to see your expression when the Lions beat the Bears, and later when where in the playoffs and your team is doing what you are. Sitting at home on the couch. True Lion fans know its week to week with us, and were ok with that. So after your done learning how to spell, come on back and flap your gums some more. We laugh and feed off pathetic haters.

  40. iabearsfan says: Nov 13, 2011 6:11 PM

    I must have missed Calvin’s celebration. Could one of you lions fans describe to me. i was busy watching the bears win

  41. lilczar says: Nov 13, 2011 6:35 PM

    I guess Major Wright figured that Megatron wouldn’t be needing his touch down dance today, so he decided to use it himself. It’s good to see Detroit is still Detroit and they still suck.

  42. mantastic54 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:23 PM

    We should be seeing that celebration any minute now

  43. alracv03 says: Nov 14, 2011 10:09 AM

    Waiting….Waiting….and still waiting for that celebration…

  44. sfkforever says: Nov 14, 2011 1:48 PM

    only celebration i saw was megatron getting leveled on that vicious hit!!! Detroit sucks…spread the word

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