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Payton “very upset” with Graham’s pair of post-touchdown dunks


When the NFL outlawed the goalpost dunk, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham vowed to lead the league in penalties.  While he’ll have competition from defensive backs throughout the league, Graham got off to a good start on Friday night.

Two touchdowns, two dunks, two flags for Graham.  And one pissed off coach.

Payton said nothing to Graham after the first one.  Payton apparently said something to Graham after the second.  Payton definitely said something to the media afterward.

“Yes, I was [upset],” Payton told reporters, via Nick Underhill of the Baton Rouge Advocate. “I’m very upset. Would you be upset? I was, particularly.”

In all, the Saints had 22 penalties.  But the most avoidable came from Graham, who simply needs to not continue to do that which became illegal after he knocked a goalpost askew in Atlanta during a regular-season game in 2013.

Even if Graham’s defiance of the rules and his coach ends now, it’ll likely be costly.  Under the 2014 fine schedule, a first offense unsportsmanlike conduct foul costs $11,025.  A second offense costs $22,050.  If the league decides to send a message to Graham, he could be donating $33,075 to the various charities that receive the fine money collected throughout the season.

Ongoing defiance would get more costly.  But it’s likely that Graham won’t have to worry about testing the NFL’s limits; Graham already has exceeded his coach’s.

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127 Responses to “Payton “very upset” with Graham’s pair of post-touchdown dunks”
  1. chc4 says: Aug 16, 2014 7:50 AM


  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Aug 16, 2014 7:50 AM

    Make an example out of him, discipline your players.

  3. folkcrusader says: Aug 16, 2014 7:52 AM

    “huh, huh. I’m Jimmy.”

  4. blkdogcreative says: Aug 16, 2014 7:53 AM

    Not to mention the field position it gives your opponent.

  5. dabears2485 says: Aug 16, 2014 7:54 AM

    Makes you wonder if the league will suspend him if he keeps it up.

  6. DaveKShape says: Aug 16, 2014 7:54 AM

    I still think Barry Sanders’ simple toss to the ref and jog to the sidelines was the most badass TD “celebration” around. Graham is a great talent and very fun to watch, but I can’t help but think that he’s a total tool after this nonsense.

  7. schmokes says: Aug 16, 2014 7:56 AM

    Look at me! Look at me!!!!! Real team player.

    Hey Jimmy, isn’t it time you came up with an original celebration, instead of just copying a better tight end than you’ll ever be?

  8. mrbigass says: Aug 16, 2014 7:56 AM


  9. learysdisciples says: Aug 16, 2014 7:57 AM

    Jimmy can dunk. Don’t mess with Jimmy. Jimmy’s down. Jimmy’s gonna get you Payton.

  10. tangeuray says: Aug 16, 2014 8:00 AM

    LOL Idiot.

  11. stevez1 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:04 AM

    He should dunk on every TD. And since the fines get progressively higher, he should make sure to hang on the goalpost to make it hang down on one side or the other. He’ll get more “bang for the buck” that way. If Payton & the Saints don’t like it, trade him or waive him. I’m sure another team or 2 may tolerate the “problem child.”

  12. tvjules says: Aug 16, 2014 8:04 AM

    So… Payton is more upset about this than Bountygate?

  13. kayakattack says: Aug 16, 2014 8:04 AM

    Yes, because the saints are real stickers about the rules and playing fair.

  14. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 16, 2014 8:07 AM

    Jimmy Graham: Whatever, Whatever, I do what I want.

  15. jkibler1 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:08 AM

    Imagine how much more fun work would be for all of us if we celebrated in some way after we accomplished the tasks that we are being paid to perform and expected to perform!!!
    How fun would it be to see garbage high giving each other after each can was collected! Or beauticians chest bumping each other after cutting someone’s hair!!!! Work would be so much more fun.
    Instead we simply go about our business performing the tasks that we get paid for and then move on to the next task to be accomplished just happy to get a paycheck at the end of the week without drawing attention to ourselves ! What is our problem???

  16. robbieboston says: Aug 16, 2014 8:08 AM

    but gronk likes to go to parties in las vegas!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. partmachine says: Aug 16, 2014 8:10 AM

    Typical of the modern athlete.

    If he really wanted to exclaim his prowess he’d shoot a 3-pointer through the uprights.

  18. ausernamethatisavailable says: Aug 16, 2014 8:13 AM

    He is just having fun and getting the crowd excited in the preseason. No way this continues in regular season. Having said that coach Payton is rightfully upset. Any coach wants the games taken seriously. Even in preseason.

  19. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:16 AM

    graham is still immature. hasnt grown up yet. maybe never will.

  20. bostonbadass says: Aug 16, 2014 8:16 AM

    maybe this goof just likes the charity all, his money is gonna go to !!

  21. clashpoint says: Aug 16, 2014 8:25 AM

    Y’know it was messing up the goalpost that screwed him over, and he only has himself to blame for that. When he screwed up game time while they had to fix it, he cost somebody some money. Never forget the NoFunLeague’s prime directive: MONEY OVER EVERYTHING. If he doesn’t mess up the goalpost, nobody cares.

  22. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 16, 2014 8:25 AM

    Definition of an oaf. I wouldn’t have paid him, let someone else deal with the headache. Can’t block. Scared to go over the middle. Only cares about his numbers.

    You’ll never win with a guy like that. Ever.

  23. wabbitslayer says: Aug 16, 2014 8:27 AM

    Increase UC penalties to 25 yards and make the fines a substantial percentage of the player’s salary for that week.

  24. dhaoracle says: Aug 16, 2014 8:27 AM

    Why is everyone mad at Jimmy? Yes he wasn’t suppose to do it but why is there a rule for that? He had been doing that for what two years now? After a while this game will be played by ROBOTS WHO ONLY OBEY.

  25. SeenThisB4 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:29 AM

    Sean Payton got to assess the bubble players trying to make his team, perform kickoff coverage duties two extra times. That is at least worth something to the team, in return for field position in a meaningless game. What Payton should be upset about is the other 20 flags. Oh, and no one cares what the Saints and Graham haters have to say.

  26. Ed Bandell says: Aug 16, 2014 8:29 AM

    “One thing I can do… finger roll.”

  27. tomtravis76 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:32 AM

    “Don’t fake the funk on a nasty dunk.”

  28. sportfan2 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:33 AM

    The Fine must not be high enough.

  29. titansbro says: Aug 16, 2014 8:35 AM

    Why would he keep doing this? It’s not even a cool celebration. And now it costs your team 15 yards. Bro you didn’t invent the goalpost dunk, let it go.

  30. laxer37 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:35 AM

    Time for Jimmy to switch to a layup or fade away jumper.

    He’s clearly fighting a losing battle. The Saints seem to be unable to control their player, but the league won’t allow this to continue.

  31. greenwave81 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:38 AM

    WTH! Jimmy I’ve got two kids in college right now! Can you send some of that jack my way instead of stupidly wasting it?

  32. FlashPatterson says: Aug 16, 2014 8:42 AM

    Its illegal because he jacked up a goal post while doing this in a game.. and its totally unnecessary. You caught a ball, good job kid.

  33. nyneal says: Aug 16, 2014 8:43 AM

    Graham is a good player, but also an idiot. If he’s that stupid about wasting his money, tell him to donate it to an orphanage or some place which will benefit kids.
    And if he can’t control his dunking, tell him to go play in the NBA.

  34. ariani1985 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:43 AM

    Inmates run this prison, doesn’t matter.

  35. sportsfan18 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:51 AM

    Payton to Jimmy…

    Dunking the football over the goal post doesn’t take out an opposing player…

    Do THAT and I’ll be happy son…

  36. tavisteelersfan says: Aug 16, 2014 8:53 AM

    Honestly, I think in preseason it is worth making his point. I think there is a little Nazi mentality in the league office. Despite the $billions, this is still all about some young guys playing football, competing and having fun.
    I think the league has better things to worry about, like, how a guy smoking pot (Blackmon, Gordon) face career ending suspensions. Or how about how to avoid the league going the way of big tobacco because the people who love it most are being physically disabled due to concussions.
    If Graham does this in a season game, Payton should bench him. that would be too selfish.

  37. dreaded9214 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:55 AM

    Why is everyone so butt hurt about the dunks? Before it was made illegal by the No Fun League all of us were excited to see the dunks. They were the icing on the cake. And now that it’s illegal y’all say it’s stupid? Smh. He messed up the goal post 1 TIME… Out of all the times he has dunked it. C’mon son. It’s not that big of a deal. LET THE MAN DUNK

  38. clebrowntown says: Aug 16, 2014 8:56 AM

    OMG…the GODell lemmings are out in droves today so this will definitely be a minority opinion.
    It used to be that celebration on the field was a part of the games. Look in the stands whn the home team scores…people go bonkers…including you. So the player(s) who successfully score are NOT allowed to show their emotions and celebrate because you and the dweebs running the NFL(the networks) are primarily interested in limiting length of games, not respect/disrespect towards your opponent?
    Some of the most dramatic games I’ve been to as well as watched included celebrations.
    God help us…
    Y’all need to get your meds adjusted
    It’s part of life to have emotions

  39. dcviking says: Aug 16, 2014 8:56 AM

    Payton is so mad he’ll probably cut off Graham’s access to his desk drawer where he keeps his “goodies” from the training room…

  40. dreaded9214 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:58 AM

    And we were hype when drew dunked it too.

  41. charism4 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:59 AM

    Way to reward the team that paid you.

  42. ravenswhat says: Aug 16, 2014 8:59 AM

    He’s part of the “ME” generation. Surprised none of these guys have taken a selfie in the end zone yet.

  43. richcranium2112 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:01 AM

    JG is taking the Seattle approach to his actions. If I just dunk it every time they will tire of throwing the flag and keep the game moving.

  44. bucsorbust says: Aug 16, 2014 9:16 AM

    Uh oh….Graham had better watch out…his team is known to put bounties on those who go against the grain!

  45. saintswillwin says: Aug 16, 2014 9:21 AM

    It’s PRESEASON people; the games don’t count!!

  46. bworacle says: Aug 16, 2014 9:21 AM

    Two words for Graham…GROW UP.

  47. lewsblues says: Aug 16, 2014 9:25 AM

    “Excessive celebration” penalties are against the rules (necessary or not) …

    These penalties are absolutely avoidable and the fact that some players continue to engage in this “selfie” demonstrates a lack of team discipline …

    Wanna stop it? Fine the head coach as well as the player …

  48. cags777 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:26 AM

    Not a Saints fan, but this is a stupid rule that should be outlawed by the NFL. What’s next? Are they going to start flagging players who spike the ball in the endzone?

  49. davikes says: Aug 16, 2014 9:27 AM

    After the arbitration loss in the offseason, Jimmy is just telling the NFL and the Saints what he thinks of them.

  50. toybkshr says: Aug 16, 2014 9:28 AM

    Two things I hope happen – The league does in fact fine him the 33k+ for this, and 2nd if he does it again, Payton suspends & fines him for “conduct detrimental to the team”, as that in fact is what it is.

  51. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 16, 2014 9:30 AM

    JG is taking the Seattle approach to his actions. If I just dunk it every time they will tire of throwing the flag and keep the game moving

    And yet Seattle’s DBs have been the least penalized in the NFL so far this season.

    Ironic, no?

  52. t8ertot says: Aug 16, 2014 9:32 AM

    He does what he wants, and I respect that

  53. tigersfandan says: Aug 16, 2014 9:37 AM

    kayakattack says:
    Aug 16, 2014 8:04 AM
    Yes, because the saints are real stickers about the rules and playing fair.

    Um, what does this have to do with playing fair? Graham is not cheating, he is stupidly hurting his own team.

  54. tigersfandan says: Aug 16, 2014 9:39 AM

    t8ertot says:
    Aug 16, 2014 9:32 AM
    He does what he wants, and I respect that

    So, you think he’s more important than his team?

  55. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:39 AM

    I could buy 1 on principle…but the second was just stupid, selfish…it was the titans in preseason FFS.

    Save it for a game winner or something

  56. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 16, 2014 9:40 AM

    DaveKShape says:
    Aug 16, 2014 7:54 AM
    I still think Barry Sanders’ simple toss to the ref and jog to the sidelines was the most badass TD “celebration” around. Graham is a great talent and very fun to watch, but I can’t help but think that he’s a total tool after this nonsense.

    That’s true but Sanders was a showboat also. If anyone did the polar plunge or whatever you want to call it where he turned around and fell into the endzone today it would also result in a penalty.

  57. bobby927 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:41 AM

    Two more words for Graham – Russell Wilson

  58. jerrykill4pres says: Aug 16, 2014 9:48 AM

    Barry always did it best. Score, toss ball to official, and run back to your sideline, smile, and enjoy the game.

    Randy Moss had a good one as well back when he played in MN… He always would run over to the corner of the endzone, because he paid for tickets for a handicapped child to come to the game, and he would run over there, and give him the ball.

    Don’t make a big deal out of things, and act like you’ve been there before.

  59. offthelows says: Aug 16, 2014 9:50 AM

    once he “hung on the rim” so to speak last year, it was pretty obvious they were going to change the rule. Instead of defiance, he should feel some guilt for his peers who did their dunks without hanging on the goal post.

  60. codythao35 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:52 AM

    If you have too much money share some. Good player but bad example guy. Randy Moss, I do what I wanna do. Saints are cheaters anyway.

  61. leatherface2012 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:59 AM

    he should punt it up into the seats. then they wouldnt have a ball to play with

  62. dreaded9214 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:59 AM

    I’m convinced that the majority of the people making comments on here are not saints fans.

  63. newjerseygiants says: Aug 16, 2014 10:02 AM

    So I guess doing a Mark Gastineau sack dance is out of the question.

  64. dreaded9214 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:03 AM

    The rule should only be applied if he messes up the goal post.
    Dunk + crooked goal post = fine
    Dunk + not crooked goal post = who cares let’s keep the game moving

    Everybody wins

  65. dmarado says: Aug 16, 2014 10:05 AM

    The people who are saying it’s a preseason game are spot-on. Payton is just being a good soldier for the Shield. LOL @ getting mad at this, dude get mad about stuff that matters.

  66. denverwally says: Aug 16, 2014 10:07 AM

    It’s called selfish. You do something that you know hurts your team because you “wanna do it”.

  67. 11inthebox says: Aug 16, 2014 10:08 AM

    This is the most salient point:

    If the league decides to send a message to Graham, he could be donating $33,075 to the various charities that receive the fine money collected throughout the season.

    I realize the purpose of this site is to trash guys like Graham and pretty much everyone who plays, but I kind of think money to charity is a pretty good thing–in any context.

  68. justintuckrule says: Aug 16, 2014 10:09 AM

    The celebration is corny. That said, you’d think Payton would ENCOURAGE it in the preseason for one, to give a big middle finger to that dope goodell who took 8 million clams from him for no reason and no.2… To test your kick coverage. No sense in having your kicker show off his leg in the preseason. You want to see what kind of kick coverage you got in case you ever need it.

  69. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 16, 2014 10:20 AM

    New Orleans won’t do anything this year if they have no discipline.

  70. ronnielottspinky says: Aug 16, 2014 10:26 AM

    Sean Payton: “Jimmy couldn’t been more than 27 at the time but he was already a legend. He was placed in a group home at 11 and was catching TD’s for the Saints at 25. Catching TD’s never bothered Jimmy, it was business, but what Jimmy really loved to do…what he really loved to do was dunk over goal posts, I mean, he actually enjoyed it. Jimmy was the kinda guy that rooted for the bad boys of the NFL.”

  71. footballfan72 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:33 AM

    Good job Graham bring FUN back to the N_L don’t sit idly by and watch Goodell destroy the game of football. For those of you that still wear pants how bout giving a thumbs up if you approve this message!

  72. jlbutler66 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:34 AM

    He will probably throw his shoulder out “dunking”when they play the Cowboys. Should be another track meet so get your pop corn ready unless Romo it not playing to his previous level or worse yet on the side lines.

  73. howiehandles says: Aug 16, 2014 10:40 AM


    “Why is everyone so butt hurt about the dunks?”

    Why? because the team gets penalized.

    Is it stupid, yeah. They should be allowed to celebrate, within reason, but a rule is a rule, and he’s hurting his team for his ego.

  74. tremoluxman says: Aug 16, 2014 10:44 AM

    Hey Jimmy. Football is a team sport. There is no ‘I’ in team, but there are two ‘I’s in ‘Idiot’.

  75. jdrewsy says: Aug 16, 2014 10:50 AM

    I’m Jimmy Graham!

  76. 4thandlonger says: Aug 16, 2014 10:55 AM

    If they banned it for no reason then fair enough.

    But they didn’t. They banned it because it delayed a game for 15 minutes which was great pain for everyone watching and it is at least some risk for causing injuries to crowds, fans or on field personnel.

    There are a bunch of rules regarding taunting and celebrating in the NFL that are stupidly heavy handed and typical no fun league.

    But this one came in for a pretty legit reason. If you don’t want to obey the rules they don’t make millions playing a sport. Every day people follow every day rules at work because they have to for safety no matter what the risk.

  77. mattryansnoodlearm says: Aug 16, 2014 10:58 AM

    Hahaha you haters are so stupid. It’s preseason. He’s not going to do it in a real game. Quit trolling and worry about your own sad teams.

  78. fansrus says: Aug 16, 2014 11:03 AM

    This is not about a player getting “emotional” and inspiring others. This is an orchestrated, preplanned “look at me” display that gets his team penalized into probable lousy field position. Can not respect anyone who puts his teammates in a hole like this. As long as there’s a rule, it’s a rule. Your move, coach.

  79. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Aug 16, 2014 11:08 AM

    I’m disappointed.

    I wish Payton had come out and said, “I have no problem with him doing it in the preseason, when field position really isn’t that big of a deal. It’s a really, really, stupid rule and if Jimmy wants to do it as a protest in the pre-season, and doesn’t mind paying the fines, more power to him. I trust him to be smart enough not to do it when the games count.”

    That’s what I would have said anyway.

  80. rosenburger says: Aug 16, 2014 11:14 AM

    I agree with his defiance in the PRESEASON. He will make his point and move on in the regular season. Maybe he can break out the dunk to put the icing on the cake of a sure win. Besides that maybe he can work on his throw downs without touching the rim. Or fake dunk finger roll.

  81. goawayeverybody says: Aug 16, 2014 11:14 AM

    The rule is very stupid in the first place. BUT you shouldn’t hurt your team just because you want to dunk the ball.

    How about this: Jimmy, if you learn how to block correctly, we’ll let you dunk the ball.


  82. steelerdeathstar says: Aug 16, 2014 11:15 AM

    You would think there might be a lot of peer pressure directed at Graham by his team mates after costing them 15 yds for knowingly and stupidly violating a league rule?
    And if a HC is a HC, he should certainly be able to tell Graham not to do it again, and that should be that?!

  83. mackcarrington says: Aug 16, 2014 11:23 AM

    Besides the position of quarterback, does anyone think that football players are intelligent?

  84. ahostiletakeover says: Aug 16, 2014 11:31 AM

    I’m against stupid rules but this isn’t one of them. Example: I’d love to see Graham dunk on a goal post, subsequently bend it, then once they switch sides of the field, the Saints miss a field goal when it clinks off of a upright due to a bent goal post. If it was to win the game, would any of you still be crying to let him draw attention to himself with a prop? Celebrating is one thing, but altering the equipment on field that helps determine who wins a game due to stupid “celebration” is another.

  85. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:32 AM

    Maybe he should try and sign with an NBA team if he wants to dunk that badly.

    If he keeps it up the team should suspend him for a game or two.

  86. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    How fun would it be to see garbage high giving each other after each can was collected! Or beauticians chest bumping each other after cutting someone’s hair!!!! Work would be so much more fun.

    I would love to watch beauticians bump chests!

  87. djshnooks says: Aug 16, 2014 11:45 AM

    Keep killing the game of football, losers.

    People don’t watch because the game is so slow as it is, now it’s gonna be an hour longer than it ever has been due to flags.

    It’s a joke now.

  88. Harve Gulch Cowboy says: Aug 16, 2014 11:47 AM

    When you score a touchdown, when you win a game, act like you’ve done it before. People celebrate first downs nowadays.

  89. boogerhut says: Aug 16, 2014 11:56 AM

    dreaded9214 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:55 AM

    Why is everyone so butt hurt about the dunks? Before it was made illegal by the No Fun League all of us were excited to see the dunks. They were the icing on the cake. And now that it’s illegal y’all say it’s stupid? Smh. He messed up the goal post 1 TIME… Out of all the times he has dunked it. C’mon son. It’s not that big of a deal. LET THE MAN

    Maybe not all of us are “excited” to see something that many people have done in the past. Maybe not all of us are “excited” by the delay caused by a fool that can’t clear the bar “that 1 TIME…”. Did the post move? Did it get higher? Did someone block his dunk attempt? He messed up the post and caused a delay 1TIME so it could happen again. Don’t watch the “No Fun League” and don’t whine, those are your choices.

  90. dalcow4 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:58 AM

    This is how we know Graham is a WR not a TE– WRs do stupid, selfish stuff.

  91. melikefootball says: Aug 16, 2014 11:59 AM

    If Payton is so upset than fine the crap out of him. We continue to allow these selfish players to feel as if they are the most important thing on the field.

  92. nosleeptilsb says: Aug 16, 2014 12:00 PM

    Who’s Jimmy?

  93. jackvcr says: Aug 16, 2014 12:12 PM

    “Who’s Jimmy?”

    Great. I didn’t know Richard Sherman’s tag was nosleeptilsb!!!

    Graham is just another turd floating in a bucketful of them.

  94. gbatap says: Aug 16, 2014 12:16 PM

    It’s funny because he’s emulating Tony Gonzalez by doing it but at the same time if the league told Tony that it was now illegal he wouldn’t disrespect the rules, his teammates or his coaches by continuing to do it.

  95. cgillen20 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:29 PM

    Glad to see all the Saints haters alive and happy. As a saints fan I was laughing when he did this. Sticking the middle finger up to Goodell is natural to us down here. And honestly I’m not sure why all of y’all are upset. I thought the whole league hated goodell. If anything y’all should be on the players’ side on this one. And to the idiot who said we’ll never win with Graham…check back with me when we are on a plane to Arizona in January.

  96. beavertonsteve says: Aug 16, 2014 12:30 PM

    No soul = No conscience

  97. broncosnative says: Aug 16, 2014 12:36 PM

    I understand Jimmy’s frustration with this rule but hurting your team is nit gonna change anything. It is very selfish when what you’re ydoing is hurting the team, jimmy needs to stop thinking about himself and think about the team

  98. rgwhodey says: Aug 16, 2014 1:00 PM

    2 personal fouls, maybe they should consider throwing him out of the game for complete disrespect to the rules..

  99. damcmp says: Aug 16, 2014 1:00 PM

    They are all egotistical tools!!!!!

  100. smackingfools says: Aug 16, 2014 1:02 PM

    Somebody is gonna have to take the charge.

  101. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 16, 2014 1:05 PM

    LOL at Payton…. can’t control his team

  102. nirvana504 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:10 PM


  103. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 16, 2014 2:13 PM

    This guy is a good talent, but I would not want him on my team.

    If you look up the definition of what a team is, this guy violates it. He should put his stupid celebration aside and do what’s best for the team.

  104. jason9696 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:34 PM

    Jimmy Graham is like the scarecrow. He needs a brain.

  105. axespray says: Aug 16, 2014 2:43 PM

    but…but …Every time Jimmy Dunks – it rebuilds a house in da’ area.

  106. banky74 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:52 PM

    It’s a shame that the NFL doesn’t allow this anymore but it’s (obviously) rather foolish of Graham to be doing this. If I was Payton I’d be having a long talk with him.

    Someone else earlier in the comments mentioned Barry Sanders’ TD “celebration” and I have to agree. That simple toss to the official and jog back to the sidelines always looked to me like Barry was saying “Yeah, yeah, no big deal. It’s just a touchdown and trust me, I’ll be back in here again before the game is over.”

  107. justinnelson71 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:54 PM

    I watched the post game conference. Peyton didn’t seem like he really cared. He was just saying it because he has to. I’m sure once the regular season starts jimmy will stop doing it.

  108. gr8insa says: Aug 16, 2014 2:56 PM

    If Jimmy Graham doesn’t take his position on the Saints seriously, give it to Andy Tanner who will

  109. selliott504 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:05 PM

    I’m a bleed-Black-and-Gold SAINTS fan but I can still recognize bad behavior when I see it. Not the man-of-character he is supposed to be. Fine him and let’s move on. This is getting way too much attention which was the point to begin with.

  110. thrstr says: Aug 16, 2014 3:52 PM

    bottom line: If he keeps it up, no more TDs for Jimmy.

  111. macjacmccoy says: Aug 16, 2014 4:05 PM

    I never had strong feelings either way about Graham, and I supported him in his contest against the franchise tag, but his reaction to a rule change that he is responsible for completely changes the way I see him, and not for the better. I comes across as a petulant child who is more worried about his ego and tough guy image, then he is about the well being of his team.

    This is worse then anything Desean Jackson ever did when he was with the Eagles. He might have acted childish off the field but he never did anything to purposely hurt his team on the field.

    I don’t care how good he is I’d rather take Desean back today if it meant keeping Graham off my team. There is no place in the NFL for guys who put self ahead of team.

  112. bigjd says: Aug 16, 2014 5:01 PM

    One of the negatives of drafting basketball players.

  113. darkneptune73 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:01 PM

    Looks like the Saints will lead the NFL in penalties this year.

  114. helicopterpilot13 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:38 PM

    Isn’t Graham from Ferguson,MO?

  115. wny49er says: Aug 16, 2014 5:39 PM

    Hey Jimmy, act like you’ve been there before!

  116. FinFan68 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:44 PM

    Bench him for the first part of the next game. Let him work with the subs

  117. kando53 says: Aug 16, 2014 6:25 PM

    Get a clue people. This was predictable for a preseason game. He’s had his fun, and stated how he feels about it. Now it’s over. Big deal.

  118. radar8 says: Aug 16, 2014 7:12 PM

    TD celebrations are ridiculous.

    “Look at me. I actually did what I get paid millions of dollars to do. I did want most kids do every year playing football.”

    It’s a touchdown, moron, not world peace. Guys that celebrate a touchdown like they’ve cured cancer are clowns.

    Show some class. The other guys on your team helped you to get that TD.

  119. vikingcheesegrater says: Aug 16, 2014 9:30 PM

    Someone needs to tell the coach that dunking a football after a TD is nowhere near as big of an infraction as overseeing a defense full of cheaters who collect bounties on opposing quarterbacks.

    Enjoy that ring, Payton. It means NOTHING unless you win fairly – something you didn’t do in 2009.

    Before getting mad at his tight end for breaking a minor rule, the Saints’ head coach needs to think about who really broke the rules, and in a major way.

  120. jayfish6402 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:32 PM

    That’s just stupid.

  121. charleypattonsguitar says: Aug 16, 2014 10:37 PM

    I respect the opinions concerning my “Aints” and our superstar, and I personally have always hated his little dunk thing because it detracts from the team’s accomplishments. But you suck clowns that troll the same thing on every Saints thread are tired and sad.

    So, let’s look at the Big Board:
    4 + “Bountygate” references
    1 + veiled Katrina reference
    1 + 2009 NFCCG reference

    4+1+1 = combined IQ of trolls on here. Thinking hurts the first time, so you might want to approach it slowly.

  122. Ninervana says: Aug 17, 2014 11:28 AM

    His number is also his IQ. Uncanny.

  123. ckruszka says: Aug 17, 2014 5:45 PM

    Some people just don’t know how to lighten up and have fun! Jimmy just having fun in preseason. Everyone complaining how Goodell ruining the game, then you side with him.

    Saints haters!

  124. ckruszka says: Aug 17, 2014 6:49 PM

    Just leave Jimmy alone. Its preseason.

  125. ckruszka says: Aug 18, 2014 7:44 PM

    Hatorade is bad on this site.

  126. ckruszka says: Aug 18, 2014 7:47 PM

    Saints are gonna tear it up this season. WHO DAT! Guess that’s why there’s so much whining from other teams fans. Must be doing something right.

  127. chargers308 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:55 PM

    With all the money he got paid this off-season he can dunk it all he wants.

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