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Jimmy Graham vows to lead the league in penalties

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The NFL has passed what surely will be known as the Jimmy Graham rule.  And Graham plans to break it.

Repeatedly.

“I guess I’ll have to lead the NFL in penalties next year!” Graham said on Twitter after the NFL passed a rule banning the goal post dunk.  Graham’s tweet was accompanied by an image of Graham dunking over an official.

Obviously, the move isn’t banned; Graham can still dunk the ball after scoring.  But Graham will be subject to a 15-yard penalty and fines that will increase as the violations mount.

While many have accused the NFL of once again behaving as the “No Fun League,” the fact that Graham knocked a goal post cockeyed with a two-handed dunk last season likely prompted the league to eliminate the exception created when a prohibition on the use of props was passed several years ago.

And so while Graham may be inclined to blame the NFL for taking the fun out of the game, Graham needs to blame only himself for turning a touchdown celebration into a delay in play, which caused the league to turn the maneuver into something that is now frowned upon.

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230 Responses to “Jimmy Graham vows to lead the league in penalties”
  1. fthrvic says: Mar 25, 2014 10:37 PM

    Team player.

  2. phinfan says: Mar 25, 2014 10:37 PM

    Um no you won’t!!!

    -Sean Payton

  3. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:38 PM

    How selfish is this guy anyways? First, he makes a big deal out of being tagged as a TE in an attempt to make more money, and now this?

    Might wanna focus on helping your team in games that count because in the game vs the Patriots and Seahawks, you failed to show up. Penalties won’t help.

  4. getyourownname says: Mar 25, 2014 10:38 PM

    Ok, the rule is silly.

    But so is causing your team to be penalized in order to call attention to yourself.

  5. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 25, 2014 10:40 PM

    If they move the kickoff to the 45 another 15 won’t make a difference. I say keep on dunking.

  6. texansfalcons says: Mar 25, 2014 10:40 PM

    What a pathetic rule. It would just be soooo awful if the players showed emotion or celebration. Dunk on, Jimmy.

  7. ariani1985 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:41 PM

    And green bay vows to have the worst defense for the 5th straight year!

  8. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 25, 2014 10:41 PM

    Typical athlete, doesn’t value a dollar.

    Glad he’s not a Seahawk.

    #DYNASTY

  9. seatownballers says: Mar 25, 2014 10:42 PM

    He’ll change his tune once his checks keep shrinking.

  10. elwaysagenius says: Mar 25, 2014 10:42 PM

    I’m sure he’ll make friends fast amongst the coaching staff, his teammates, and fans. Not like he cares, he’ll be gone next year.

  11. gromit45 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:42 PM

    I would love to see every player dunk on a TD as a big middle finger to the league.

  12. bucsmightbegood says: Mar 25, 2014 10:44 PM

    Thank you in advance.

    -Bucs Fans

  13. dickshotdogs says: Mar 25, 2014 10:44 PM

    Well, I guess that makes him stupid. And I actually liked the guy.

  14. lordfletcher says: Mar 25, 2014 10:44 PM

    If you don’t like it quit your job…

    stop crying playes, life isn’t that bad

  15. lordfletcher says: Mar 25, 2014 10:44 PM

    players**

  16. thegoods24 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:45 PM

    Better lock up that contract first…

  17. nygmann says: Mar 25, 2014 10:46 PM

    Good for him! It’ll be a stupid rule to enforce. Why not just get rid of all sorts of celebration now?! Take the fun out of the game. Hey NFL Executives, get a clue!

  18. jordiway73 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:46 PM

    So why didn’t they just make the penalty no hanging from the goal post.

  19. idolized1 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:47 PM

    And I’m not talking about the players, rather the owners and Roger.

    They are the plague ruining the game.

  20. sonofsamadams says: Mar 25, 2014 10:47 PM

    His 2 game, 4 catch, 52 yard, 0 TD postseason showing didn’t scare any goalposts this year.

  21. larrybrown43 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:48 PM

    Just hand the ball back to the ref you asshat.

  22. pantfan89 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:48 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation!

  23. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 25, 2014 10:49 PM

    The NFL should consider making the players walk in a single-file line back to the sideline.

  24. firstroyal says: Mar 25, 2014 10:49 PM

    who cares if the penelty causes your team to lose- go get em buddy… Scoring makes it all about you!

  25. autumnwind999 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:49 PM

    Give it up, Jimmy. It’s not that impressive. You didn’t invent it. And it’s played out.

  26. knew8411 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:49 PM

    That sentiment will last about as long as it takes for some coach to chew his backside for causing the team a victory, or 60 yards in penalties.

  27. amazingguy101 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:50 PM

    This is just becoming NFL mess.

  28. rarelyclever says: Mar 25, 2014 10:51 PM

    The NFL didn’t like what Mark Cuban had to say, so they’re going to remove all traces of basketball from the game. There will also be no references of “rebounding,” “flopping,” or “former basketball-playing” tight ends.

  29. tnsteve says: Mar 25, 2014 10:52 PM

    So what stops Graham from doing a simulated goalpost dunk with NO football?

  30. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 25, 2014 10:54 PM

    Amen brotha, you just ruined it for everyone Jimmy, way to go. You stole it from Gonzo anyway

  31. packerbackernj says: Mar 25, 2014 10:55 PM

    He won’t follow through. He will fall in line. Plus a pretty lame thing to say when you want a new contract.

  32. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:55 PM

    Tony Gonzalez was ripped off. He was doing the goal post dunk since before Graham was alive.

  33. thestratagicexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 10:55 PM

    Jimmy Graham is an ex basketball player who scores a lot off touchdowns, I feel he could lead the league in penalties if he doesn’t follow this rule.

  34. thepassivefan says: Mar 25, 2014 10:55 PM

    That’s certainly what you want to hear from your grossly overpaid tight end

  35. theycallmescavenger says: Mar 25, 2014 10:56 PM

    Look, the new rule is impossibly stupid. But blatantly accruing fines and penalties against your team is almost equally so. Wait, no it’s not. But still. Dumb.

  36. justintuckrule says: Mar 25, 2014 10:57 PM

    What happens if you dunk the crossbar and don’t touch it whatsoever? Is the penalty reviewable? #anotherillconceivedrule

  37. mitchfla says: Mar 25, 2014 10:57 PM

    Tool,what a team player! How long do you think is coach is going to let him “lead the league in penalties”. I’d guess it won’t happen once if he scores. I thought he was going to file a grievance if he got tagged as a tight end? What happened to that? Lotta quack. Shut up and catch the ball.

  38. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 10:58 PM

    Football is serious business to me, as far as I’m concerned the penalty can just be a removal of the score that preceded that celebration move. I don’t like the idea of players using official pieces and fixtures of the field as celebration props. Heck, it annoys me when a player cracks a smile after getting in the endzone, but to dunk and hang on the post, oh that made me really mad. I have no problem with all the fun going away, that’s one thing that I do like to see the NFL take away!

  39. justsomerandomguy24 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:58 PM

    Why not just penalize it if the player dislodges/moves the goalpost in some way? If you mess it up and delay the game, that is a penalty… problem solved.

  40. 619sdfan4life says: Mar 25, 2014 10:58 PM

    Pretty sure your coach will let that happen once before he tells you to chill jimmy. Nice try but coach Peyton isn’t gonna let you celebrate at the sake of good field position for the other team.

  41. monctonvike says: Mar 25, 2014 10:58 PM

    I wish Goodell was banned from the league

  42. fluffybunny74 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:59 PM

    But will he do so as a WR or a TE?

  43. ninerz49 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:01 PM

    Great player, but why say that? Come up with your own unique TD celebration like Ocho Cinco & T.O. used to do. Those are more exciting to watch than a former 4 year UoM basketball player dunking through a 10 foot tall goal post.

  44. spartyownsyou says: Mar 25, 2014 11:02 PM

    I have a feeling Sean Payton will have something to say about that

  45. db105 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:03 PM

    Sounds like a team player with his team’s best interest in mind.

  46. poewing says: Mar 25, 2014 11:05 PM

    Drrrh,

  47. mheffner001 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:06 PM

    He’ll just hurt the team by continuing the gesture.

    He will no doubt be reminded of this game day .

  48. flipola says: Mar 25, 2014 11:07 PM

    He’ll have to go through Bernard Pollard first.

  49. dbones750 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:10 PM

    You should probably stop because you ruined it for everyone. Now I’m glad t gonz is retired.

  50. robertocfg says: Mar 25, 2014 11:10 PM

    Yeah, the fine is your problem and yours alone. You decide how you waste your money. But let’s see if your team is happy with those 15-yard penalties every time you score…

  51. bennyb82 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:10 PM

    Meanwhile his agent has just contacted the Saints to let them know he might be able to get Jimmy to stop dunking…

  52. marcolamorsa says: Mar 25, 2014 11:12 PM

    Get your check book ready!

  53. unbridledsexy says: Mar 25, 2014 11:12 PM

    That’s just dumb and selfish.

  54. howiefeltersnatch says: Mar 25, 2014 11:12 PM

    The dunk on the crossbar thing is dumb anyway. I wouldn’t want these guys hanging off of it either.

  55. mrbigass says: Mar 25, 2014 11:13 PM

    If they move the kickoff to the 40, then a 15 yard penalty will be moot.

  56. keltictim says: Mar 25, 2014 11:15 PM

    Yea cause that will truly endear himself to his coaches

  57. oslograss says: Mar 25, 2014 11:15 PM

    Remember, there’s no ‘Jimmy’ in ‘TEAM’…

  58. philyeagles5 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:16 PM

    15 yards on the kickoff isn’t that big of a deal

  59. spreadthecheese says: Mar 25, 2014 11:18 PM

    Way to put yourself ahead of the team, Jimmy.

  60. zo121179 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:20 PM

    What a DB….

  61. kd75 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:20 PM

    “I plan on leading the league…In penalties.”

    Brilliant thing to say when you are looking for a bank breaking contract.

  62. bertagnolli says: Mar 25, 2014 11:21 PM

    Why would this guy try and take credit for a celebration he plagiarized from Tony G? Further proof he is indeed a Tight End.

  63. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:21 PM

    Stupid way to lose money , should just take every td and donate the money you’d be fined for doing your td celebration . It was your dumba$$ who changed the rule by hanging on the goal and delaying the game . Deal with it tough guy , or as the hawks showed . “Front runner pretend tough guy ” . Don’t waste your money this is how those 30/30 shows start with stupid spending habits . You’ve come to far to do such stupid crap .

  64. mikejonesforum says: Mar 25, 2014 11:23 PM

    Sean Payton responds, “the day Jimmy leads the league in penalties is the same day that he becomes known as a blocking tight end.”

  65. vikingshawkeyes says: Mar 25, 2014 11:23 PM

    yay team

  66. motleytrap says: Mar 25, 2014 11:25 PM

    Some of these players are such children.

  67. addict2sport says: Mar 25, 2014 11:25 PM

    How long before the NFL bans the Lambeau Leap?

  68. biggestsaintsfanever says: Mar 25, 2014 11:31 PM

    Wouldn’t it have been better to implement a 15 yd. penalty IF/WHEN a goalpost is damaged, marred, or altered as the result of a dunk?

  69. sportswright says: Mar 25, 2014 11:32 PM

    It might not matter if they move the kickoffs to the 40 yard line.

  70. Gordon says: Mar 25, 2014 11:34 PM

    I’m sure Sean Payton will be a-ok with the 15-yd penalties each time. Seems like a really chill dude.

  71. thekiller678 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:36 PM

    It honestly doesn’t matter. If they move the kickoff up to the 40 everything will be a touch-back anyways.

  72. clssylssy says: Mar 25, 2014 11:37 PM

    The fact is that Jimmy Graham is not the only player to dunk the ball however, he is the one who turned a benign celebration into an excessive destructive act that gave the NFL an excuse to go full out gestapo mode with yet another rule! Way to go slick…you got a rule named after you. Guess everybody needs a claim to fame!

  73. fooath says: Mar 25, 2014 11:38 PM

    Ban the damn Lameblow leap while you’re at it!

  74. vikinganswer says: Mar 25, 2014 11:42 PM

    your the reason they had to make it a penalty d-bag.

  75. ultrawolf123 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:44 PM

    You will also end up leading the league in fines too probably

  76. cocheese000 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:45 PM

    If the kickoff is moved to the 40 yard line that 15 yard penalty will essentially mean nothing

  77. skiss68 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:46 PM

    So what!!! A 15 yard penalty on a kick off. They are probably going to kick off from the 50 yard line soon anyways!

  78. granadafan says: Mar 25, 2014 11:48 PM

    Weak “penalty”. This doesn’t hurt anyone.

  79. dustinb18 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:49 PM

    CAN’T DUNK THE CROSSBAR BUT PACKERS CAN JUMP IN THE STANDS !
    No Fun League !

  80. samapoc says: Mar 25, 2014 11:50 PM

    Logged in to point out that Jimmy is joking. It’s called sarcasm.

  81. bucsfanpc says: Mar 25, 2014 11:51 PM

    Soon, EA SPORTS Madden NFL will be more fun than actual football. wait! That’s a perfect idea for Goodell, eliminate the NFL completely and just air Madden tournaments every Sunday in the Fall.

  82. piratefreedom says: Mar 25, 2014 11:51 PM

    Team first guy.

    Here Drew , I gave you another 15 yards to pad your stats with! You’re welcome dawg.

  83. wenhawk says: Mar 25, 2014 11:51 PM

    I’m Jimmy! What a punk, is a TD celebration really worth 15 yards to your team

  84. biggsdarklighter says: Mar 25, 2014 11:52 PM

    That’s not really a vow.

  85. saintsstillwillwin says: Mar 25, 2014 11:52 PM

    Way to respond Jimmy?

  86. stampnhawk says: Mar 25, 2014 11:53 PM

    15 yard penalty is worth any celebration, certainly with the kickoffs already moved forward, meaning touch backs are standard before the penalty is even talked on.

    It’s the increasing fines that will prevent repeated violations. The Saints especially don’t need some secret dubious fund that everyone pays into for “performance” achievements.

  87. montsta says: Mar 25, 2014 11:53 PM

    Is the penalty on the ensuing kickoff? Because these days the kicker just gonna boot it through the endzone anyway so who gives a damn?

  88. grimreaper12 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:54 PM

    Overrated Tight End, can’t block to save his life. Give me Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, or Kyle Rudolph any day over this schmuck.

  89. beastmode5150 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:54 PM

    Graham selfish? NO WAY

  90. hugejass says: Mar 25, 2014 11:55 PM

    Great move by Goodell

    That will teach this punk a le$$on

  91. philliesnuts says: Mar 25, 2014 11:56 PM

    More like the Tony Gonzalez rule.

  92. chawk12thman says: Mar 25, 2014 11:56 PM

    Come up with something new Jimmy……Don’t get the penalty unless the game is completely over and you are willing to pay a fine. Stupid that they made this a point of emphasis, but you just have to let it go and move on…..

  93. kimbo71006 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:56 PM

    Can’t have fun anymore in the NFL…damn, that was a highlight for me every time JG dunked one over the goal post.

    Jimmy…come up with something even better that IS NOT on the “can’t do list.” NFL probably has thought of everything…yet!

  94. kimbo71006 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:57 PM

    Make that “hasn’t” versus “has.” Long night…

  95. rrthomasxyz says: Mar 25, 2014 11:59 PM

    I hope graham gets fined and suspended. It’s annoying to wait while field technicians balance the goal posts.

  96. omniscient48 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:03 AM

    Pretty funny, but not as funny as “I’m Jimmy.”

  97. devindenv says: Mar 26, 2014 12:04 AM

    Uhhhh, I believe that Tony G created this move. Sorry, Jimmy

  98. uglynora says: Mar 26, 2014 12:04 AM

    So when does the Lambeau Leap get banned? If premeditation and leaving the field of play are both penalties, that seems like 30 yards worth of penalties to me.

  99. tinbender2000 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:09 AM

    A sucky rule made by sucky people, the No Fun League.

  100. louiedogg16 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:09 AM

    This seems like a very good idea.

  101. dawgpound2009 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:13 AM

    Heaven forbid if a player should want to dunk a ball. Dumb move NFL.

  102. wtfchiefs says: Mar 26, 2014 12:13 AM

    The NFL immediately acts on one little goalpost getting bent hoping to stop it, but they have allowed the Denver Broncos to exist since 1960? Ridiculous.

  103. huthuthut says: Mar 26, 2014 12:15 AM

    No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun No fun League.

  104. Mike Rigz says: Mar 26, 2014 12:19 AM

    If the penalty yards are added to the kickoff, we might actually see a return for a change.

  105. 4thqtrsaint says: Mar 26, 2014 12:21 AM

    I think he was joking personally. Sean Payton will put a stop to it.

  106. mrplow3 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:22 AM

    As stupid as this rule is, Jimmy is even more stupid (and selfish) for making his team suffer so he can have fun. 15 yard penalty every time? See how coach feels about that.

    Idiot.

  107. jetsfan67 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:30 AM

    lead the league Jimmy. As a Jets fan I support you.

  108. 2dimesandanickelback says: Mar 26, 2014 12:31 AM

    This should really only be a penalty if the goal posts do need to be adjusted, and that penalty should be a delay of game. There really isn’t anything more ”unsportsmanlike” about it than any other celebration.

  109. wareagletampa says: Mar 26, 2014 12:32 AM

    The penalty is ridiculous. Just make him apologize and promise to never knock a goalpost crooked again and move one.

    That being said, I highly doubt Graham would rack up the fines for this cause.

  110. dlk47823 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:34 AM

    The dude has a hard enough time staying healthy. Great player, think its time to retire the dunk.

  111. kappy32 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:36 AM

    Breaking News: Jimmy Graham is a liar!

  112. icanspeel says: Mar 26, 2014 12:38 AM

    Way to be a team player Jimmy

  113. footballtalk1 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:46 AM

    Not a Saints fan but hope he gets 20-25 TDS this season so he can give a big F you to Goodell and his systematic destruction of the NFL

  114. wimpyburgers says: Mar 26, 2014 12:48 AM

    Impressive display of a lack of intelligence. This kid is in contract negotiations and says stupid stuff.
    Way to show off your leadership skills.

  115. mazenblue says: Mar 26, 2014 12:53 AM

    At first I thought he was gonna say lead the league in offside penalties because he got tagged. YOURE IT!!

  116. monetdali says: Mar 26, 2014 12:59 AM

    The Jimmy Graham rule? How about the Tony Gonzales rule!? Give credit where credit is due.

  117. ChrisLance.net says: Mar 26, 2014 1:02 AM

    Worry about winning games rather then clowning around.

  118. soflosportsfan says: Mar 26, 2014 1:04 AM

    What if he dunks over the goalpost without the ball? Seriously, the penalty is going to be “using a prop(football)” but what if he dunks without the football?

  119. beardinals says: Mar 26, 2014 1:05 AM

    Not sure his coach and team will be too happy about the 15 yards. We’ll see how long that lasts.

  120. s0merand0mguy says: Mar 26, 2014 1:06 AM

    Enjoy all those 15 year penalties Saints fans. He sounds like he wants to stick it to ya for tagging him ;)

  121. walleye436 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:08 AM

    What if he dunks it but doesn’t touch the goal post????….no post ..no foul…..right ?

  122. miguelromerorhpat says: Mar 26, 2014 1:12 AM

    this is bs..what do you want in the nfl mr goddell..have an idea..why dont all the players and all of us the fans,just change the channel to the cfl??..maybeee there we can have fun!

  123. jayzus says: Mar 26, 2014 1:16 AM

    Cant wait to hear Mark Cuban’s take on this.

  124. magicmtndan says: Mar 26, 2014 1:17 AM

    It’s one thing to tweet that; it’s another thing if he actually does it.

    Imagine what his teammates and coaches will say if he repeatedly gets his team penalized.

  125. coachbeck says: Mar 26, 2014 1:18 AM

    Nice a team guy.

  126. SBoy says: Mar 26, 2014 1:27 AM

    Sometimes the NFL earns the nickname of no fun league, but I have to agree with the shield on this one… Don’t need the potential delay of game, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate.

  127. ohiobears says: Mar 26, 2014 1:30 AM

    I liked this guy before he started running his mouth..

  128. seadawgs72 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:32 AM

    This is no different than the gatorade bath. So tired & done to death. I have no problem with td celebrations but come up with your own. That’s Tony Gonzalez’s move. He started that when Graham was still in diapers. Maybe try the sprinkler. That’s original & fresh or better yet, hand the official the ball & act like you’ve been there before. I believe Marshawn Lynch is having a seminar on how to execute that move during this offseason. I hear many slots are still available.

  129. grandmachine says: Mar 26, 2014 1:36 AM

    I know it’s BS that the NFL is banning this, but Graham saying “I guess I’ll have to lead the NFL in penalties next year!” makes him come off as a selfish player that doesn’t care about his team.

  130. thegreatjimbrown says: Mar 26, 2014 1:55 AM

    “But Graham will be subject to a 15-yard penalty and fines that will increase as the violations mount.”

    How can Graham be assessed 15 yards? You mean the team?

  131. mountaindont says: Mar 26, 2014 1:55 AM

    Hurt your team because you want to show off ? Its all about me me me. Does everyone see me ? Here I am look at me!

  132. theycallmeyango says: Mar 26, 2014 1:59 AM

    I didn’t know that thing about him messing up a goal post and I agree with the NFL now. I’m all for fun, but that’s just ridiculous go high five someone instead of that nonsense

  133. cheddarisbeddar says: Mar 26, 2014 2:03 AM

    As a fan who wants to see the game move along as swiftly as possible, all I can say is, what a Selfish Douche.

    It’s not worth delaying the game like he did in ATL, nor is it worth the time spent throwing the flag, announcing the penalty, moving the kick back, etc. Just go about your business you fool.

  134. saintlaron says: Mar 26, 2014 2:06 AM

    Seriously?

  135. psly2124 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:11 AM

    TNB. Choosing to celebrate knowing a 15 yard penalty is coming instead of just handing the ball the ref. if I were Sean Peyton and he chose to celebrate and cost out team a win a 7 figure fine should handed out.

  136. mythaimyke says: Mar 26, 2014 2:14 AM

    Grow-up and quit being a baby!!! So you want to penalize your team, so you can pretend your a basketball player!! If you want to do it go to the NBA! You Baby!!!!

  137. casualcommenter says: Mar 26, 2014 2:17 AM

    That’s one way to avoid being franchise-tagged again.

  138. denver1983 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:23 AM

    Maybe this weird looking ginger should quit talking and go play in a Chucky sequel.

  139. sailbum7 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:31 AM

    I guarantee that if he does it more than once he will find himself fined by the league and the team. He may also find himself benched or not getting any calls when they team is in the red zone. No coach is going to tolerate an arrogant, narcissistic, jack ass continually racking up completely avoidable 15 yard penalties on kickoffs. Particularly when those penalties are resulting from completely selfish, self agrandizing behavior on the part of a player.

  140. 504in860 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:31 AM

    Did he really VOW? Don’t think so.

  141. MedicFL1 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:35 AM

    That’s right folks, He alone is responsible for the poor and perhaps dangerous quality of a goalpost.
    Thank nothing serious ever touched this goalpost, who knows how many might have been killed or maimed.

  142. mimitaroo says: Mar 26, 2014 2:37 AM

    Hardly a “vow”

  143. redbirdsrising says: Mar 26, 2014 2:38 AM

    No
    Fun
    League

  144. syphermce says: Mar 26, 2014 2:47 AM

    If something stupid like this is going to cause a delay in the game, I’m going to side with the NFL on this one. It’s not that big a deal. So you pump your fist into the air instead of dunking a football over a goal post, either way you scored, now go out there and do it again.

  145. bartpkelly says: Mar 26, 2014 2:48 AM

    We will see how long his teammates and coaches enjoy that penalty. If enforced on the kickoff it gives an advantage to the return team which could be significant.

  146. JackedUpSports says: Mar 26, 2014 2:49 AM

    now that’s a situation that could go sour

  147. hanklin89 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:52 AM

    Well I hope that Jimmy Graham’s team likes kicking from the 20 yard line every time he scores a touchdown.

  148. number1hawkfan says: Mar 26, 2014 3:06 AM

    Vikings fans vow to lead the league in envy.

  149. myfriendbobsacamano says: Mar 26, 2014 3:23 AM

    Jimmy’s got some new moves; Jimmy can dunk. Jimmy’s new in town. Jimmy we’ll see you later; Jimmy doesn’t like misunderstanding……

    DON’T TOUCH

    JIMMY!! LET GO OF JIMMY!!!”

  150. razzlejag says: Mar 26, 2014 3:33 AM

    What a dumb comment from him. One 15 yard penalty and Coach Payton will tear him apart.

  151. dontcensormebro says: Mar 26, 2014 3:36 AM

    A delay of play? 300 commercials per game is a delay of play!

    I think I might actually start watching NASCAR or something else instead of the NFL. It’s becoming a massive joke.

  152. ishallcomment says: Mar 26, 2014 3:38 AM

    well, the league has a point this time.

    Jimmy knocking that post was a really dumb move,

    act like you’ve been there.

  153. iplayforrexryan says: Mar 26, 2014 3:46 AM

    An interesting strategy if you’re playing against a bad kicker.

  154. dontouchmyjunk says: Mar 26, 2014 3:51 AM

    You’re turning into a douche Graham! Maybe you always were. The games are too bleeping long as it is with constant stopping to not have your mouth breathing antics delay the game for even longer.

  155. jtylert says: Mar 26, 2014 4:13 AM

    Coach is gonna be so proud.

  156. mzew233 says: Mar 26, 2014 4:37 AM

    You were not picked up by New England, so you will not get to the SB, so you get Nothing and YOU LOSE. Good Day Sir!

  157. bigwinintx says: Mar 26, 2014 5:15 AM

    “DUNKING” the ball is one thing, hanging onto the crossbar like a dumb@ss AFTER the move is another!

    Given that Graham is unhappy with his being tagged in New Orleans, I’m willing to guess he’s not going to make anybody happy on the sidelines anyway!

  158. gunnybunny31 says: Mar 26, 2014 5:25 AM

    Just hand the ball to the ref. No one cares about your cheesy celebration. You’re 6’6″. Not impressive.

  159. vaughnjoe says: Mar 26, 2014 5:49 AM

    Thank you competition committee for changing the rules every year for the past few years. The storied NFL is no more. When will it stop??

  160. unkleruckus says: Mar 26, 2014 5:53 AM

    So you’re suggesting that Graham is responsible for a rule that punishes everyone and the league couldn’t have passed a delay of game penalty specific to the event that actually caused the change in policy. Sounds about right for the NFL. Carry on.

  161. celticsforever says: Mar 26, 2014 5:53 AM

    Aren’t the flags that the players will be using in 2 years for tackling considered props as well?

  162. 100uv says: Mar 26, 2014 6:00 AM

    Seems like Jimmi Graham is sending a message to the Saints after what been going on in contract negotiations

  163. rritter72 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:16 AM

    That just shows he cares more about himself rather his team and the penalties that will happen. Here is a thought…if you want to dunk, go play basketball. This is football…your job is to catch the ball and score a touch down. It is about the team, not you.

  164. ravensfan8780 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:21 AM

    If they make some rule changes that would be dumb like if they push the pat back to the 25 yard line that 15 yard penalty could be costly because now the pat would be from 40 and a 2 point conversion would be from the 17 yard line.

  165. tyn27 says: Mar 26, 2014 6:21 AM

    The easiest thing to do in life is to just follow the rules and do the right thing. I can only hope he is kidding about leading the league in penalties. Be pretty selfish to get a penalty after a TD just because you want dunk a football over a yellow bar. Just follow the rules and be a good role model. You might not agree with it but rules are rules and you are not the boss.

  166. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 26, 2014 6:34 AM

    Why not only make it a penalty if there’s a delay in play? Stupid BS…

  167. restorativejusticeprogram says: Mar 26, 2014 6:55 AM

    I hate the Commish as much as the next fan, but I support this rule change.

    Now can the league please hire full time officials that are not under the sway of gamblers who pay them to influence games with pass interference and holding penalties.

  168. punkscotty says: Mar 26, 2014 6:56 AM

    So will the league officials at least allow a nice finger-roll layup for the MJD’s out there who are too short to dunk? :)

  169. orivar says: Mar 26, 2014 7:06 AM

    He can pay the fines off the interest he makes from his money.

  170. drew2k2 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:06 AM

    Is it illegal for him to do a phantom dunk without the ball?

  171. rahavort says: Mar 26, 2014 7:09 AM

    You can celebrate a touchdown without bringing the whole uprights down. Cmon now, Jimmy

  172. discosucs2005 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:09 AM

    I definitely hate this rule, and I’m bummed I won’t get see players slam one home (or, in my favorite player, Vernon Davis’ case, get rejected by the crossbar), but once the rule is in place there is no reason to hurt your team over a celebration, although I do appreciate JG’s rhetoric.

  173. heyguru1969 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:18 AM

    May want to check with Coach on that, Jimmy. 15 yards may not mean much to you but it could have a major impact on the game. How about starting the first UNDER-post dunk? Can’t penalize you if you “miss”…..

  174. gammynomnom says: Mar 26, 2014 7:23 AM

    Just run to the sidelines and dunk over Matt Ryan every time you score on the Falcons,that should be good for getting it out of your system for the year.

  175. cheapglazers says: Mar 26, 2014 7:23 AM

    It’s because they are making it higher and the posts can bend out of position and the uprights could be tilted no?

  176. NoRespect says: Mar 26, 2014 7:28 AM

    Translation: “I am going to be selfish and punish my team.”

  177. nuttyj says: Mar 26, 2014 7:32 AM

    What a child

  178. musicman495 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:33 AM

    I like his spunk and sense of humor, but Sean Payton will have something to say about it too.

    As for the rule change being Graham’s fault, how about some blame for whoever made the Atlanta goal posts out of aluminum foil?

  179. steelerdeathstar says: Mar 26, 2014 7:34 AM

    If Graham is serious, it’s one of the most immature and boneheaded things he could have said. What he appears to be saying is that he doesn’t care if he gets penalized, possibly even mutiple times a game, thus hurting his team…as long as he gets to do his tired goalpost ‘dunk’ routine? I wonder what Sean Payton and Graham’s Saints teamates think about that statement?

  180. floratiotime says: Mar 26, 2014 7:40 AM

    He’s obviously not very bright.

  181. jgedgar70 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:41 AM

    As much as this Panthers fan hates the Saints, I’m totally with Graham on this one.

    If I were Graham, I’d respond the same way, especially if they stupidly move the kckoff up to the 40. They have a kicker strong enough to get a kickoff from the 25 near the goal line. The Saints special teams coach better have a superior training camp, since his squad will be the only one actually engaging in kickoff coverage.

  182. tbmoe1 says: Mar 26, 2014 7:45 AM

    Why couldn’t they just have made it to where if the players touches or manipulates the goal then a penalty will be assessed and subject to a fine. Jimmy doesn’t do this as a hot head, he is an ex basketball player who has become HIGHLY successful in the No Fun League. Trust me, I’m the first one against ridiculous celebration but this one clearly shows who graham is and he is letting people know that.

  183. schmokes says: Mar 26, 2014 7:48 AM

    A true team player. Jimmy Graham has always been about showboating and bringing attention to himself instead of his team. This is exactly what I would expect him to say.

  184. DonRSD says: Mar 26, 2014 7:50 AM

    What a moron.

  185. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Mar 26, 2014 7:57 AM

    NFL = NO FUN LEAGUE!

  186. agelardi says: Mar 26, 2014 8:01 AM

    What a great teammate. I’m sure the team & the fans will appreciate all those 15 yrd setbacks.

  187. saintsly says: Mar 26, 2014 8:15 AM

    Jimmy wont win this battle because GODell will send down his rath.

  188. mydogsnameisvick says: Mar 26, 2014 8:18 AM

    Graham is obviously not the brightest bulb (nor the threat on the field he thinks he is given his performance vs. Seattle). I’m sure his coaches are ecstatic with this statement.

  189. beeygin823 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:20 AM

    Jimmy Graham once again proves that he thinks he is above the rules and lacks the proper class that an NFL player should have

  190. arlingtonassasin says: Mar 26, 2014 8:22 AM

    I never liked guys that dance like tools after a touchdown. Always loved the “act like you’ve been there before” Barry Sanders approach….very classy. But I never minded the dunk….or the spike. That’s pretty much football…not anymore I guess

  191. itsjustmyopinionbut says: Mar 26, 2014 8:24 AM

    THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!

  192. jpat2424 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:31 AM

    Stupid rule. But that the NFL for ya.

  193. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 26, 2014 8:32 AM

    that’s putting the team first Jimmy, way to go!

  194. buttasaurus says: Mar 26, 2014 8:33 AM

    Watch a replay of the Atlanta game. The goal post was clearly loose in the first place.

  195. sb44champs says: Mar 26, 2014 8:33 AM

    Yeah, it’s all Jimmy Graham’s fault…..NOT the No Fun League’s

  196. icedvike5000 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:35 AM

    Delay of a game may be an issue for the NFL and while I agree that the NFL should not become the NBA, I think the deeper issue for fans and players has become the No fun in the end zone league. At first it was “don’t celebrate with anyone but yourself” then it’s a delay of game for spiking the ball. Now it is acting out a dunk after a score. What is next, no more screaming in joy over scoring? I am also bothered by some of the rules pertaining to hits in the secondary, pass interference calls, the referee’s, and the replay system which sometimes doesn’t even get it right when it is supposed to! The only thing that has not turned me away completely is THE GAME.

    I love the game of football, but it is being stripped away by bad rules, and even worse officiating. Now they are considering moving the kickoff back to the 40 yard line basically eliminating the kickoff return, and moving the extra point back to the 25 yard line? This has gotta stop! Maybe Mark Cuban was right! The NFL had better be careful about the changes they are making, or rules won’t be the only thing the NFL loses, It just might be the fans that they lose in the end!

  197. easyeddie says: Mar 26, 2014 8:36 AM

    Megatron dunks better.

  198. thegonz13 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:37 AM

    The headline should read “Jimmy Graham plans to hurt his team with stupid penalties by acting like a jackwagon”!

  199. jeffcfalcon says: Mar 26, 2014 8:38 AM

    douche oops

  200. noringsforvikings says: Mar 26, 2014 8:39 AM

    Jimmy was clearly joking. If you think that Payton will allow repeated 15 yard penalties then you’re a dim bulb.

  201. dolphinfan17 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:39 AM

    Why ban it? Whats the point?

  202. nxtinline says: Mar 26, 2014 8:39 AM

    arent they calling this a penalty involving the ball? cant he just drop the ball and do it anyway?

  203. steelerben says: Mar 26, 2014 8:42 AM

    I think everyone might want to slow down a little bit with the Graham criticism here. First off, just because he tweeted something doesn’t mean he actually plans on going out and getting 10-16 penalties for dunking the ball after a touchdown. Second off, if he does, I think the team can eat it because it wouldn’t negate the touchdown that he would have just scored (which definitely helps the team). Finally, from a fan perspective, if he scores a touchdown and the ball is moved back fifteen yards on the kickoff, we might actually get to see one of those kick returns that the league is steadily trying to phase out.

  204. pw1265 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:48 AM

    Saints players, proving once again, they are not the most intelligent people out there…..

  205. pjamdragon says: Mar 26, 2014 8:49 AM

    why not just raise the crossbar 5 feet ?

  206. kev86 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:54 AM

    what a diva

  207. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:01 AM

    The refs were supposed to call players for “going to the ground” after a TD last year and I saw many many instances where it was ignored and never called.

    This will be a penalty the refs call a few times in the preseason and then only pull out when they feel like it during the regular season.

  208. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 26, 2014 9:10 AM

    One.

    Trick

    Pony

  209. wfmulder says: Mar 26, 2014 9:12 AM

    Yeah, that delay of game really hurt. It took all of what, 5 minutes to fix the goal post? Somewhat like the 2 minute delay of game in Green Bay every time they score and jump into the stands. Because, you know, jumping over the boards, into a hoard of people never delays game AND IS the safest practice in the NFL.

    Funny how they enacted this rule AFTER Gonzales retired.

    SMH

  210. wfmulder says: Mar 26, 2014 9:13 AM

    higheriqthanyou says:
    Mar 26, 2014 9:10 AM

    One.

    Trick

    Pony
    —————————————————-
    16

    TD

    Receptions (League Leading)

  211. axespray says: Mar 26, 2014 9:25 AM

    doofus

  212. vdub6146 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:29 AM

    here’s an idea. why don’t you act like you’ve been there before (in the endzone) and show a little class instead of the “look at me, look at me” mentality. and you can say what you want about the nfl taking the “fun” out of football. but I think it’s a good thing. you want to dunk, then go play basketball…..the pelicans could use you. dunking throws off the alignment of the goal posts

  213. ShimSham says: Mar 26, 2014 9:30 AM

    The league didn’t care he did this until he messed up expensive equipment. And people are blaming the league for taking fun out? Do you have children? If your kids break expensive furniture while playing ball in the house, do you let them continue playing ball in the house in the exact same way that led to the broken furniture?

  214. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 26, 2014 9:34 AM

    He’s a funny guy. Doesn’t have a job, but he’s funny.

  215. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 26, 2014 9:41 AM

    all mouth! Saints aren’t going to put up with that.

  216. wydok says: Mar 26, 2014 10:01 AM

    The rule is beyond dumb.

    But he’s probably being snarky and not serious.

  217. jimb031 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:02 AM

    he was obviously joking. he had a picture of a poorly photoshopped referee trying to block one of his dunks.

    lighten up people.

  218. trollhammer20 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:24 AM

    2015 NFC Championship…Seattle vs. New Orleans….Graham scores with three minutes to play to cut it to a three point game….and New Orleans then must kick off to Percy Harvin from their own 20 yard line…..

    You get on with your bad self, Jimmy.

  219. corduroy88 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:32 AM

    Ok, so dunking isn’t allowed. How about a lay up? A finger roll?

  220. thegonz13 says: Mar 26, 2014 10:38 AM

    @seadawgs72… The sprinkler’s already been done by Darrell Jackson, a one-time Seattle receiver. In fact, outside of a River Dance choreography, it’s pretty much all been done.

    The only vow Jimmy Graham should have taken was a vow of silence…

  221. lionswinnextyear says: Mar 26, 2014 10:46 AM

    So why not just make it a penalty if the cross bars are knocked off kilter? If they dunk & don’t delay the game then no harm, no foul. Now there’s some common sense.

  222. dochighness says: Mar 26, 2014 11:04 AM

    The penalty should suit the crime. Penalty should be the loss of one finger. After 5 penalties, Jimmy will be dunkin’ left handed….after 10, well, problem solved.

  223. dodohead418 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:13 PM

    I hope this is a joke.

  224. gburr75 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:53 PM

    Rules are meant to be broken, and Jimmy WONT be the only one doing it!!

  225. djshnooks says: Mar 26, 2014 2:00 PM

    Delay in play? Get real, seriously.

    What a joke this league has become.

  226. eljefe322 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:00 PM

    That’s genius. Let’s say Graham gets a penalty against the Falcons and the kickoff moves from the 35 to the 20. Which means Devin Hester would certainly have plenty of room to make a play. And that would drive Payton nuts.

    Brilliant. They outlawed it, Jimmy. Spike the ball, hand it to the ref, whatever.

    I predict he gets 0 penalties for this because Payton will simply tell him it’s not allowed. Period.

  227. rl7911 says: Mar 27, 2014 3:44 PM

    If they are going to eliminate this, they need to eliminate player jumping into the stands as well.

  228. shadylamp says: Mar 27, 2014 8:32 PM

    Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson was the first person to dunk a football over a goal post. Tony Gonzalez stole it from him.

  229. bcgreg says: Mar 30, 2014 7:59 AM

    They could still allow it but penalize ONLY if the goal post gets knocked out of whack as a result of the dunking–Delay of Game.

  230. vikingworldorder says: Mar 31, 2014 4:26 PM

    I think he’s just saying that he’s going to score a plethora of touchdowns this year and call each of them “dunks”

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