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Graham dumps the goalpost dunk

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If Saints tight end Jimmy Graham still intends to lead the league in penalties, he’ll need to find something other than the goalpost dunk.

On Sunday, two days after getting a pair of flags for a pair of post-touchdown Fine Slamma Jammas, Graham said he’s moving on from his trademark move.

“For four years and however many touchdowns I always dunked it,” Graham said, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Time-Picayune. “I just got to stop doing that now.”

While that will get him a pass from Sean Payton’s doghouse, it likely won’t allow Graham to escape the inevitable financial ramifications that will arise from Friday night’s decision to ignore not once but twice the league’s decision to erase the exception to the rule against the use of props.

“That’s just the rule, which is unfortunate because I just love the game,” Graham said.  “I have a lot of passion for the game.  I go out there on Sunday and it’s fun for me.  It’s just fun.  Act like a little kid out there, and sometimes I act like it.”

The rule became the rule because Graham knocked the goalpost askew last year on a Thursday night against Atlanta.  It he hadn’t, he’d still be able to throw it down after every score.

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79 Responses to “Graham dumps the goalpost dunk”
  1. granadafan says: Aug 17, 2014 8:11 PM

    His trademark move? He copied that from Tony Gonzalez, who is a much better Tight End. What a selfish loser.

  2. elks84 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:12 PM

    Why not make the rule a delay of game penalty if someone knocks off the goalpost?

  3. snitor says: Aug 17, 2014 8:14 PM

    Only No Fun League decision I agree. If it slows down games, even once a year, get rid of it.

  4. firerogergoodell says: Aug 17, 2014 8:16 PM

    Just squeeze all the air out of the ball like Bruce Smith in Little Giants. Take that, NFL.

  5. SeenThisB4 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:17 PM

    Hail to the No Fun League. GEAUX JIMMY GRAHAM! GEAUX SAINTS!!!

  6. bender4700 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:18 PM

    They only made that decision because Tony Gonzalez retired.

    Which is RIDICULOUS.

    What’s the difference? Who cares? WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM?

    Just more of the NFL needlessly trying to control things.

  7. 619sdfan4life says: Aug 17, 2014 8:20 PM

    Actually Sean Payton “Dump the Dunk”…. Good little boy Jommy way listen to your coach. You should have not been selfish from the start and just obey the “Rule”

  8. nosleeptilsb says: Aug 17, 2014 8:22 PM

    Once again, …who’s Jimmy?

  9. slbasegame257 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:23 PM

    Who’s Jimmy?

  10. truenorth84 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:27 PM

    Props…. Green Bay fans are props for their players jumping into the stands. Ugly props, but still props

  11. dynastybeforeyoureyes says: Aug 17, 2014 8:31 PM

    Jimmy? Who’s Jimmy? Oh you mean that scrub who’s scared of the LOB? The guy who’s on the Saints and was beaten down twice? The guy who plays for the most overrated team outside of Santa Clara or Denver? The team that the world champion dynasty Seahawks own?

  12. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 8:33 PM

    Does anyone know: is Jimmy a little on the “slow” side?

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 17, 2014 8:33 PM

    Thomas Henderson claims credit for originating the idea in 1975.

  14. TheDPR says: Aug 17, 2014 8:34 PM

    I have a lot more respect for guys who act like they are professionals who have been there before and belong there rather jump around like children who just got a pony for Christmas. Maybe I’m not much fun, though.

  15. tjacks7 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:35 PM

    Shoot the three ball.

  16. floratiotime says: Aug 17, 2014 8:36 PM

    I wonder if he realizes what an amazing, wonderful life he leads when this is the worst thing in it.

  17. wtfchiefs says: Aug 17, 2014 8:39 PM

    These game delays of self expression need to stop so there’s more time for commercials, referee discussion huddles, and penalties.

  18. JackedUpSports says: Aug 17, 2014 8:42 PM

    If the game wasn’t slowed down by commercials already, it gets even slower with all the ridiculous penalties that are called now. At least I was lucky enough to see Graham dunk in person.

    NO FUN LEAGUE

  19. crip2nite says: Aug 17, 2014 8:43 PM

    Just raise the goal post another 2″ and he wont be able to dunk it :)

  20. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 17, 2014 8:46 PM

    NutherFLag

  21. justintuckrule says: Aug 17, 2014 8:50 PM

    It’s almost as lame as signaling a first down after catching an 11 yd pass on 1st and 10, that’s how lame the goal post dunk is.

  22. hakunamangata says: Aug 17, 2014 8:59 PM

    NFL: no fun league

  23. steelers4385 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:59 PM

    I hope someone goes all mortal kombat on goodell and his girlfriends who are day by day ruining and taking the fun out of football.

  24. sbc85 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:12 PM

    Jimmy sure does get a lot of hate here for being a great player who rarely causes any drama. It is only recently with his contract and this stupid rule that he’s been the cause of any stir, and the media made more of both than needed. Saints fans love Jimmy because he’s an overall great player, a player all his teammates love and he loves the fans back. Any other teams’ fans would love him too if he was yours.

    The goal post dunk literally had only caused a delay twice in the past 5 years and both ironically were at the Georgia Dome where Tony Gonzlaez was playing at the time. Maybe it was just the Georgia Dome’s field goal posts that were the problem. Of course, the Falcons’ president is head of the competition committee and this becomes a rule the second TG retired.

  25. breakingb says: Aug 17, 2014 9:13 PM

    “granadafan says: Aug 17, 2014 8:11 PM

    His trademark move? He copied that from Tony Gonzalez, who is a much better Tight End. What a selfish loser.”

    LoLoL

    Big Graham will have a better career than that face lifting loser.

  26. mdd913 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:23 PM

    Why not reprimand the Falcons for being the only team in the league with such shoddy goal posts? Nobody else’s goalposts fell apart, but I guess that’s what makes the Falcons such a second-rate organization.

  27. clownsfan says: Aug 17, 2014 9:24 PM

    Jimmy will stop dunkin’ when he blows his knee out doin it.

  28. crawfish2011 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:26 PM

    Games missed over the last two seasons. Jimmy Graham 1 Rob Gronkowski 16

  29. footballer4ever says: Aug 17, 2014 9:28 PM

    N”F”L- Let the dunking be done by real ballers (basketball), and the footballing to the real footballers. Laying an egg and throwing it aftrewards should be your celebration, Eggballers! :-“D

  30. pipnarsky says: Aug 17, 2014 9:30 PM

    He only has himself to blame. It’s his fault the rule was implemented in the first place.

  31. thereyougo2 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:30 PM

    The reviews are becoming more interesting than the games which are a series of commercials followed by a little football.

    No shuffle, no celebration unless you make a tackle. Remember those, they use to happen every play. Game was called rough tackle.

  32. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 17, 2014 9:30 PM

    Jimmy Graham will score more fantasy points in a standard league than any non-QB this season.

  33. glad4sgone says: Aug 17, 2014 9:30 PM

    Aw, shucks. Guess I’ll quit watching football now…

  34. learysdisciples says: Aug 17, 2014 9:32 PM

    Jimmy can’t dunk.

  35. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 17, 2014 9:34 PM

    Good idea Jimmy. Dont penalize your team for it. Im sure thats why Payton said it needs to stop now.

  36. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 17, 2014 9:41 PM

    He could still be doing it if he wouldn’t have gotten carried away and bent a goal post delaying a game. No one to blame but himself. Talks like he invented it or something.

    Goes back to 1975 with Dallas Cowboy LB Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson doing it after a pick 6. Also had a kickoff return TD too.

  37. kd75 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    “You no bring that in my house…”

    ~Dikembe Mutumbo

  38. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 17, 2014 9:45 PM

    Dreams.
    Legendary players.
    Touchdown celebrations.

    Atlanta ruins everything.

  39. patsbrat says: Aug 17, 2014 9:48 PM

    No props…no teammates… I thought joy was supposed to be spontaneous, not legislated.

    All the planned celebrations started the rules. Chad took it to another level and put TD celebrations in the spotlight. Harsher rules…now this.

    Can’t we just go back to the spontaneous stuff again?

  40. evilbilly3 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:49 PM

    They should have just made it penalty for any player who causes a delay of game to adjust the goal post.

  41. campcouch says: Aug 17, 2014 9:53 PM

    If you think the game is ruined or not fun, stop watching.

  42. FlashPatterson says: Aug 17, 2014 10:13 PM

    elks84 says:
    Aug 17, 2014 8:12 PM
    Why not make the rule a delay of game penalty if someone knocks off the goalpost?
    ———————–
    Because it’s unnecessary. Nobody wants to stop the game to fix a goal post and there is pretty much no good reason to even risk it.

  43. purpleppleeaters says: Aug 17, 2014 10:15 PM

    If you want to see dunks, perhaps you are watching the wrong sport?

    If you cannot find enough “fun” in football, without such a selfish act, perhaps YOU are not a very fun person, yourself?

    Maybe you would like to see NBA players “sack” opposing team players too?

    All in the name of fun, of course??

  44. 34defense2014 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:16 PM

    Jimmy is great at catching the forward pass and then running after the catch. But does or I should ask, can he block? I’ve never seen him block before? Can he do that? I know he can, Catch ball, run with ball, dunk ball, bend cross bar. Give me Jason Witten twice on Sunday or Gronk at least they can block so the Halfback can turn the edge! He was right, he’s a wideout, not a tight end! I’m not a Cowboys fan and I can’t stand the Pat’s. But like I said, Give me a tight end that can, catch ball, run with ball and block for his QB and running back!

  45. 12thman84 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:21 PM

    Seems pretty simple. “Jimmy” wasn’t athletic enough to perform the stupid, copied touch down….celebration….so…….

    Go Hawks!

  46. conormacleod says: Aug 17, 2014 10:30 PM

    He’s still an idiot.

  47. codythao35 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:42 PM

    Saints will always be known as cheaters.Bounty!!!!

  48. beastmode5150 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:53 PM

    “I just got to…” So intelligent…

  49. steelers4385 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:57 PM

    I like watching players celebrate. As long as its not excessive and causing 5 minute delays. The Atlanta incident was rare. If one team doesnt like the other players celebrating, then dont let them score. If graham cant dunk, then cam shouldnt be allowed to give the ball to the kids in the stands after. Thats a delay of game to. What if one of the kids gets an allergic reaction to a players sweat on the ball, and the family sues. Then what? Will the NFL stop allowing fans in stadiums? Barry Sanders was one of the classiest players EVER. But if every player just walked up to the ref and handed him the ball each time, that would be a god awfull bore. Most of you fake fans that act like you know football will never know what it actually takes to work your whole life to into the NFL. You work your whole life, and because a guy wants to dunk the ball in the goal post, people call him selfish? Have you ever met the guy? Who are you to judge a guy bc he wants to have fun, and make the game more fun to watch. Same moron fat blubbering couch potatoes that agree with the dumb rules peyton manning has brought upon us.

  50. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:59 PM

    Yup… this is STILL the headline.

  51. fansrus says: Aug 17, 2014 11:07 PM

    “…and it’s fun for me.” Therein is the problem. You are part of a team. You do not get a paycheck to do “fun for me.” Grow up and be professional or go amuse yourself in front of a mirror.

  52. jimsnchz says: Aug 17, 2014 11:09 PM

    The only problem I have with the whole dunk thing is that it became a rule, Graham said he would violate the rule and then did , twice. Against the wished of the coach. Perhaps he should work out a new dance, he could master the Ickey Shuffle and call that his creation as well.

  53. mikep363839 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:17 PM

    Graham played basketball when the regular season starts he’s going to fake dunk lay it in lol that’s what I would do

  54. flexx91 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:18 PM

    Ummm idiot, a team has to win more than one championship before it can be considered a dynasty.

  55. fansrus says: Aug 17, 2014 11:19 PM

    Class vs. trash. Give me class every time. His orchestrated, not spontaneous dunk is another brick in the wall of the dumbing down of sportsmanship in the sports culture. I don’t know who really wants their kid to identify with “check me out” immature, it’s all about me “athletes.” Parents! Show your kids what a role model should be.

  56. ariani1985 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:25 PM

    Average TE gate?

  57. slbcwrites says: Aug 17, 2014 11:31 PM

    Graham overcame a really crappy childhood to find success and he’s good at what he does and is typically a team player and nice person. People demonizing him over something as stupid as this is really mind-boggling.

  58. radar8 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:32 PM

    I don’t want to see players celebrate when they do what they are paid millions of dollars to do.

    If they want to celebrate every time they catch the ball or score a TD, then they should offer us all public apologies when they drop a pass or fumble or miss a block.

    These prima-donnas don’t have any class.

    IF they want to celebrate, they can do it after the game. I pay to see a team kick the crap out of another team, not to see a frickin Broadway show.

  59. goawayeverybody says: Aug 18, 2014 12:20 AM

    The reason he knocked the goalpost askew is because it’s Atlanta. Where everything is WEAK!

  60. eljefedelmundo says: Aug 18, 2014 12:32 AM

    Well that takes out 9% of our penalties…

  61. rgledz says: Aug 18, 2014 12:53 AM

    It’s too bad he doesn’t play in Green Bay, then it wouldn’t be illegal. The league always makes special exceptions for them. No planned celebrations for any team….except the Lambeau Leap in cheese land. No sale of phony stock certificates to finance stadium improvements for any team….except Green Bay. All teams must have one majority owner…..except Green Bay. See, he’d have no issues there…..

  62. gettingpwned says: Aug 18, 2014 1:30 AM

    Stupid rule. There’s so much hypocrisy behind it I don’t even know where to begin. Between the nba comparisons it draws to the players, to the fine he’ll get compared to Ray rice’s fine. The league is just a joke these days.

  63. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 18, 2014 1:35 AM

    Great. Next move? Dye that red hair to any other color.

  64. salsendardo says: Aug 18, 2014 4:34 AM

    Can he just shoot foul shots to mess with them? 1 and 1 of course.

  65. wabbitslayer says: Aug 18, 2014 6:04 AM

    OMG…..prima donna has to follow the rules!!!!

    Call the WAAAAAAAMBULANCE!!!

  66. gammynomnom says: Aug 18, 2014 6:17 AM

    People have been doing that in the NFL forever. The main ything he copied from Tony Gonzalez was being a selfish loser. Wonder how long it will be before he wants to sit out training camp.

  67. RegisHawk says: Aug 18, 2014 6:36 AM

    The trademark move that he swore he would continue to do despite the fines and penalties? Took all of one preseason game to go back on his word? Yeah, sounds about right.

    I’m Jimmy!

    LOL

  68. sidepull says: Aug 18, 2014 7:33 AM

    So a dunk over the cross bar is the football move hes most associated with. I associate him with not showing up and delivering in the biggest game of his life. Thats what i remember about that guy. He was shutdown when it mattered most. Keeping dunking fool.

  69. kev86 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:44 AM

    Good rule.

  70. ckruszka says: Aug 18, 2014 9:48 AM

    Why all the vitriol over this play? Jimmy said he would still dunk and incur the penalties for charities . Such a selfish man! He did this in preseason. Pretty sure he has no intention of doing this in the rgular season. Get over it haters. He did nothing to hurt you.

  71. ravensfaninflorida says: Aug 18, 2014 10:24 AM

    Must be nice to get paid millions of dollars to act like a kid !!!!!!

  72. winningitall2014 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:50 AM

    Time for something new Jimmy..that’s all..just keep on getting those touchdowns..maybe look at some of those cool dance moves of lance moore. Do those…that will certainly fill the void. Who s Jimmy!? The highest paid tight end in football history!? Tony Gonzales was a great tight end nobody’s disputing that..He didn’t bend a goal post so no one’s talking about him on this issue? Anyway..it just feels good for some reason to say this…so coming from the depths of my soul…Who Dat!!!

    !?

  73. madddogg365 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:53 AM

    Can’t wait to see the NEW rule on DBs holding WRs take effect this year. You want to talk about delaying the game? #SeahawkDynasty…NOT.

    I am a Seahawk

    LOL

  74. dstep24 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:14 PM

    Coach Payton: “Jimmy, I’ll make you a deal…the moment you do anything significant against the Seattle Seahawks, you can dunk it.”

    Jimmy: “But coach, that Bruce Irvin guy was a big meanie. He took my ball and kicked it away from me when I was trying to act big and tough in warm-ups. Those guys weren’t even intimidated by me at all.”

    Coach Payton: “Jimmy, as awesome as we all think you are here in New Orleans, there are a lot of people out there who realize you’re pretty much still a basketball player in a football uniform. They know you’re still a bit of a lily-livered, thin-skinned sissy-boy. I love you though.”

    Jimmy: “Means a lot, coach.”

  75. devildog911 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:17 PM

    The consensus around here it’s that…nobody likes Jimmy Graham!

  76. madddogg365 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:22 PM

    Still @ it……….

    Vikings will always be known as losers. #FarveNFCChampionshipMVP

    Now what?

  77. bigmark67 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:23 PM

    Save it for the Pro Bowl, have a dunk championship at half-time of the Pro Bowl for players who want to dunk the ball over the goal posts.

  78. sb44champs says: Aug 18, 2014 1:46 PM

    A lot of Saints hate coming from Hawks fans these days… Must be scared at the thought of the NFL cracking down on defensive holding/cheating and they know there is no way they’ll come close to repeating lol

  79. ckruszka says: Aug 18, 2014 7:38 PM

    NFLN : Jimmy Graham dunking over goal post poll: 70% NO BIG DEAL. BOOYAH!

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