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Pierre Thomas giftwraps touchdown, penalty

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We’ve seen just about every touchdown celebration possible over the years, but Pierre Thomas came up with a new one on the day after Christmas.

After bulling his way into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown, Thomas unwrapped a bow that was in his pants, put it on the football, and handed it to a fan in the crowd.

WWTV.com in New Orleans says the fan was Thomas’ mom.

Thomas was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after the play, which will cause a lot of hand-wringing. But Thomas’ celebration will live on for years alongside Joe Horn’s cellphone celebration, so that’s a small price to pay for immortality.

(Yes, it was stupid. But at least it was festive stupid.)

The penalty ultimately only cost the Saints eight yards because of Thomas Morestead’s booming kick on the ensuing kickoff.  And eight yards may not be worth much Monday night.

The offenses are dominating early, moving the ball up and down the field at will. New Orleans leads 14-10 early in the second quarter, but that will probably change by the time I hit publish.

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56 Responses to “Pierre Thomas giftwraps touchdown, penalty”
  1. melikefootball says: Dec 26, 2011 9:30 PM

    As this comment..stupid but fun. Yea that is the game today a player can get away with this crap including the socks and nothing is done. A player playing his position and making a football play gets fines or suspensions. This ia where God-del and his henchman want the game to go. Football will soon be known as basketball on grass!

  2. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 26, 2011 9:36 PM

    Jeff Triplette’s crew once again showing why they are the worst ref crew in all of football….thta d efensive receiver call was horrendous.

    Rest assured, the league will find a way to get this dog and pony show of a crew in Indy the first week of February. Guessing he has pics of Roger’s wife somewhere…..?

    Riiculous.

  3. commandercornpone says: Dec 26, 2011 9:37 PM

    who gets penalized?

  4. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 26, 2011 9:38 PM

    Defenseless receiver….

    ridiculous….

    Gotta love autofill….

  5. ireportyoudecide says: Dec 26, 2011 9:41 PM

    Stupid rule, guys are just trying to have some fun, it is a game after all.

  6. childressrulz says: Dec 26, 2011 9:41 PM

    Turnovers are why the Saints won’t survive the playoffs long.

  7. profootballwalk says: Dec 26, 2011 9:41 PM

    So if he didn’t score, Mama would get nothing for Christmas?

  8. commandercornpone says: Dec 26, 2011 9:44 PM

    stupid penalties are a big reason too.

  9. rmc1995 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:47 PM

    Stupid rule. I wonder how much Moore will be fined for the red and green spats?

  10. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 26, 2011 9:49 PM

    Wait what?!? Didn’t the Falcons take the insuing kickoff and score a touchdown to take the lead.

    So no one is going after him for essentially giving up a touchdown like Stevie Johnson and that whole Plaxico incident?

    It still baffles me. You telling me if Ryan Lindell had not whiffed on the kickoff it would have just been a funny (or in this case “festive) celebration? Just because the Saints have a kicker than can actually KICK the ball no one cares about Thomas, huh?

  11. Kyle Orton's Hangover says: Dec 26, 2011 9:50 PM

    Uh oh, you guys are liking anything that makes the game fun? Don’t let Bob Costas hear this.

  12. pravin68 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:51 PM

    The defenseless receiver penalty is a joke. It is not even consistently applied. And it is game changing.

    A receiver is defenseless on almost every damn play.

  13. briang123 says: Dec 26, 2011 9:52 PM

    If he were white, he would have never been given a penalty for giving the ball to his mama. Let’s not kid anyone.

  14. beantownbeastoftheeast says: Dec 26, 2011 9:53 PM

    Those penalties on the Falcons and Pierre Thomas are garbage. Too many stupid calls.

  15. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 26, 2011 10:00 PM

    Festive, yes. Amateurish and cheap? Hell, yes.

  16. hallcyon says: Dec 26, 2011 10:03 PM

    It’s actually really sweet. This is the type of story that can help grow the sport to others. But instead such a heartfelt action results in a penalty?

    Players do all types of celebrating, some are given penalties while others are not, so it’s not regulated fairly and justly. So some teams can do dance routines, but if another players gives the ball to his mother as a Christmas gift it’s wrong?

    And I thought I only hated the NFL for supporting SOPA and it’s concussion policy.

  17. pravin68 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:04 PM

    The refs have ruined defenses around the league. I know more offense is usually fun. BUt is this really fun when TDs becom e way too predictable?

  18. Ted Skroback says: Dec 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    Lame celebration. The first prop celebration of T.O. Autographing the ball is the best one. Joe’s cellphone thing was dumb he smashed the numbers so hard it closed the flip phone at one point

  19. glynners says: Dec 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    childressrulz says:
    Dec 26, 2011 9:41 PM
    Turnovers are why the Saints won’t survive the playoffs long

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    1st one in how long? I’ll take a freak INT and 3 TDs

  20. zonedogz says: Dec 26, 2011 10:17 PM

    NFL = No Fun League

  21. tednguyen73 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:17 PM

    Note to Gruden and all others who don’t know why penalties are called on hits for a defenseless receiver

    When you are a DB and you aim for a receiver’s upper body to knock him down, the chance of you getting penalized is guaranteed.

    If a DB aims for the lower half of the body, you won’t get penalized as seen when the TE for Atlanta got nailed in the back.

    It’s not that hard to understand why the NFL is calling these penalties…to reduce the chance of a blow to the head.

  22. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 26, 2011 10:22 PM

    Incredibly blatant and obvoius hold on the Graham TD before half.

    Spare me the Packer favoritism…this is ludicrous.

    Rigged? Can’t be…

  23. pravin68 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:37 PM

    Gruden is not missing the point. The call for defenseless receiver has no relation to helmet to helmet hits. It does not say “Oh if you hit in the upper body , call it, but if the guy is speared inthe back, don’t”

  24. aljack88 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:50 PM

    rmc1995 says:
    Dec 26, 2011 9:47 PM
    Stupid rule. I wonder how much Moore will be fined for the red and green spats?
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    I hate writing this, but after the fines Bennett got for wearing shoes that were too orange (less orange would have been ok), Moore has to be fined more.

  25. thereisnoiinteam says: Dec 26, 2011 10:53 PM

    I think the 2 INT’s by Brees have sewn up any discussion of him passing Rodgers for the NFL MVP.

  26. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 26, 2011 10:56 PM

    The Saints are a lot better than the Packers.

  27. thereisnoiinteam says: Dec 26, 2011 10:57 PM

    Not sure how you see that. Saints defense is no better than the Packers, and the Saints have not proven they can play outside on the road.

  28. JMil_ATL says: Dec 26, 2011 11:02 PM

    Anyone other than Falcons or Saints fans see any discrepancies in the officiating tonight? Saints don’t need any extra calls…seem to be doing well enough without any zebra help. Bad call early against Lofton with hitting defenseless WR, 2 missed calls against Saints for doing the same thing and the just now missing the easy encroachment call.

  29. thereisnoiinteam says: Dec 26, 2011 11:02 PM

    Green Bay is 2nd in takeaways per game.
    New Orleans is 32nd in takeaways per game.

    Green Bay is 14th in Pts allowed.
    New Orleans is 16th in Pts allowed.

    Green Bay 1st in Pts scored.
    New Orleans is 2nd in Pts scored.

    Green Bay is 14-1
    New Orleans is likely to be 12-3.

  30. thereisnoiinteam says: Dec 26, 2011 11:06 PM

    Oh and by the way, they are the LEAST penalized team in the NFL.

    New Orleans is 16th.

  31. thom4msu says: Dec 26, 2011 11:11 PM

    Merry Christmas, mom. I knew going in this 80 cent bow would cost me 15 grand, but you’re worth it and I can afford it.

  32. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 26, 2011 11:11 PM

    thereisnoiinteam says:
    Dec 26, 2011 10:53 PM
    I think the 2 INT’s by Brees have sewn up any discussion of him passing Rodgers for the NFL MVP.

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    Well, that…and the fact that:

    1) New Orleans plays in a cush division…often in a good set of cushy domes or stellar weather.

    2) Brees has 4 good RBs to Rodgers none.

    3) Brees has an o-line like Marino had….to Rodgers’ pathetic patchwork line.

    Brees is lighting it up, but Rodgers means more to his team, and is doing more with less. Much less.

  33. gioreeko says: Dec 26, 2011 11:15 PM

    Brees throwing a lot of passes right into the hands of Falcons defenders that they have dropped. His decision making is nowhere near Aaron Rodgers, obviously!
    Rodgers will be the second unanimous MVP this year.

  34. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 26, 2011 11:19 PM

    thereisnoiinteam says:
    Dec 26, 2011 10:57 PM
    Not sure how you see that. Saints defense is no better than the Packers, and the Saints have not proven they can play outside on the road.

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    They can try to prove it in mid/ late January when it’s 3 degrees above zero outside at Lambeau.

    Saints are batting .000 on the road playoff games, in franchise history.

    Worried? No.

  35. thereisnoiinteam says: Dec 26, 2011 11:20 PM

    I think Rodgers should be unanimous, but since Brees will break 2 big records more than likely, he will steal some votes.

  36. thereisnoiinteam says: Dec 26, 2011 11:21 PM

    Brees should have 4 INT’s tonight.

  37. thatswhatimsayin says: Dec 26, 2011 11:23 PM

    Is this a Packers thread? just wondering.

  38. thereisnoiinteam says: Dec 26, 2011 11:33 PM

    It morphed into one when someone commented that the Saints are better than the Packers, so wonder no more.

  39. tednguyen73 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:35 PM

    Ok…I stand corrected per NFL rulebook:

    Prohibited contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture is:
    (1) Forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or
    shoulder, regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless
    player by encircling or grasping him; and
    (2) Lowering the head and making forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/”hairline” parts of
    the helmet against any part of the defenseless player’s body.

    So, Basically, you use your helmet and you will get penalized. IMHO, The call was warranted against Atlanta and not so against the TE.

  40. steelerhypocrite says: Dec 26, 2011 11:41 PM

    Not very classy…typical from NO – the armpit of America.

  41. harleypuppy says: Dec 26, 2011 11:42 PM

    I use to like this team but after the selfish display of Thomas and Brees I hope they get eliminated re fast they are both scum bags.

  42. packerbacker12 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:45 PM

    The celebration may have been ‘nice and sweet’ but rules are rules. He should know that by now.

  43. pnut87 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:49 PM

    Can’t wait to see the fines handed down to those couple of Saints player wearing red and green socks… I’d say worry about the complete lack of consistency with the penalties before worrying about harmless in-the-season stuff like this.

  44. mattmillen4president says: Dec 26, 2011 11:54 PM

    Tim tebow is flabbergasted?

  45. harleypuppy says: Dec 26, 2011 11:56 PM

    You can see the difference between Rogers and Brees one is super intelligent and one went to Purdue one could care less about records and one just keeps passing because records mean everything I am certainly glad I route for the PACKERS.

  46. packerfan1000 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:59 PM

    Makes you wonder how many guys get back to the locker room after not scoring a TD with props still stuffed in their pants…

  47. packerfan1000 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:02 AM

    The Saints are a lot better than the Packers.

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    Not sure how you can make a statement like this. What makes them better? Their record? Their head to head match up? The confidence the Saints have given you that they can go on the road and win?

    Not sure if you know this, but the Saints, if they make it that far, will not be playing the Packers in the Superdome.

    Here are a few statements that make sense: The Saints are a lot better than the Falcons. The Saints are really really good at home. Drew Brees is an excellent quarterback.

    But saying the Saints are a lot better than the Packers is just stupid. They are both great. But the Saints are not a lot better than the Packers. Think before you write…

  48. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Dec 27, 2011 12:47 AM

    He put a bow on a ball and gave it to his mom?!?! The game is irreparably tarnished! (thinks the NFL is getting stupider by the week)

  49. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 27, 2011 1:25 AM

    @So no one is going after him for essentially giving up a touchdown like Stevie Johnson and that whole Plaxico incident?

    Please, never mention Stevie Johnson and any Saints player in the same sentence for the rest of your life.

  50. thetruth619 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:34 AM

    So let me get this straight. Flexing your biceps, pointing at your own name on the back of your jersey, throwing the ball as hard as you can at the wall right near the fans, etc. equals no penalty? Putting a bow on a football and handing it to your mom in the stands the day after Christmas….penalty? Makes perfect sense..

  51. jaltreality says: Dec 27, 2011 2:42 AM

    1. The touchdown celebrations are fun. I think most fans think so. Perhaps inappropriate ones should be penalized (a precarious suggestion, I realize, because it necessitates subjective discretion on the part of refs), but this kind of stuff is fun.

    Besides, I seem to remember Goodell saying that players who went to the ground for a prayer wouldn’t be penalized as he didn’t want to be smote by god. Surely a Christmas celebration isn’t too far off.

    2. Someone said the Saints are a lot better than the Packers. I am a Saints fan. The Saints are not a lot better than the Packers. The Packers are really good, have a better record and beat the Saints earlier this year. Those are the facts. I would be very, very interested to see a rematch, however.

  52. thetruth619 says: Dec 27, 2011 6:20 AM

    harleypuppy says: Dec 26, 2011 11:56 PM

    You can see the difference between Rogers and Brees one is super intelligent and one went to Purdue one could care less about records and one just keeps passing because records mean everything I am certainly glad I route for the PACKERS.

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    I wonder if the Purdue guy is intelligent enough to know that the expression is ”COULDN’T care less”

  53. 700levelvet says: Dec 27, 2011 6:47 AM

    Putting the word “festive” in front of the word stupid, doesn’t bely the selfish stupid act. Professional athletes these days will do anything to call attention to themselves. It was a thought out deliberate act, knowing full well the men who are doing their jobs would be penalized as well. Hell, i love my mom, and would do anything for her, but show some professionalism and some class. Stop putting yourself above the team. Now, i realize the gesture was harmless, but the league will fine him, as well they should. What’s next…Talib handing his mom a glock after a interception?

  54. infrno says: Dec 27, 2011 8:59 AM

    thetruth619 says:
    Dec 27, 2011 6:20 AM
    harleypuppy says: Dec 26, 2011 11:56 PM

    You can see the difference between Rogers and Brees one is super intelligent and one went to Purdue one could care less about records and one just keeps passing because records mean everything I am certainly glad I route for the PACKERS.

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    I wonder if the Purdue guy is intelligent enough to know that the expression is ”COULDN’T care less”

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    I dunno, but I bet he doesn’t “ROUTE” for the Saints.

  55. jpb1976 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:24 AM

    It wouldn’t be unsportsmanlike if people were good sports about TD celebrations. Who is this offending?!

  56. kevinfromphilly says: Dec 27, 2011 10:03 AM

    Maybe instead of a football, he should have given his Mom better tickets. How’s she gonna see he game from the back of the end zone?

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