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NFL morning after: Let them celebrate

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 27-23. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) AP

The NFL is facing some problems. TV ratings are down. There’s a general sense that this year’s slate of games has been unexciting. There’s a constant tension between concerns about player safety and concerns that tough, physical play is being legislated out of the sport. Distrust between the owners and the players is at an all-time high.

So what has the NFL decided to crack down on? Celebrations.

Specifically, players celebrating after touchdowns, which for some reason the league has decided is a great offense that must be stopped.

All season long, NFL referees have been cracking down on “excessive” celebrations, and those stupid penalties reared their ugly heads again yesterday.

The first player busted by the league’s fun police was Washington tight end Vernon Davis, who picked up a 15-yard penalty because he mimicked shooting a basketball after scoring a touchdown. He didn’t taunt anybody, didn’t do anything vulgar, didn’t put on an elaborate dance, he just pretended to shoot a basketball, and for that he was penalized 15 yards. That is stupid. And to make matters worse for Washington, that 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff led to Philadelphia returning that kickoff for a touchdown. Is that really how we want NFL games decided? On touchdowns set up by celebration penalties?

Davis’s teammate, cornerback Josh Norman, spoke out last week about the crackdown on celebrations after he was penalized for mimmicking the use of a bow and arrow.

Why can’t we have fun within the game?” Norman said. “It don’t even make any sense. It’s stupid in a way to a point where … like, who is running the ship? And why are we allowing things to happen like that that shouldn’t be? That’s kind of how I feel.”

Washington wasn’t the only team affected by celebration penalties, however. After scoring the game-winning touchdown for the Giants, Odell Beckham got a 15-yard penalty for taking off his helmet in celebration. That penalty nearly cost the Giants the game, as the additional 15 yards gave the Ravens good field position in the final minute. Fortunately for Beckham, the Ravens came up short, and the game ended with Baltimore throwing incomplete into the end zone.

Should Beckham know better than to take his helmet off in celebration? Sure. But why is that a 15-yard penalty? Who is it hurting?

NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said earlier this season that the league has to crack down on celebrations or else players will take them too far. “Believe me, if we let this go, it will continue to grow and certain players will continue to try to outdo each other, and then it leads to other things,” Blandino said.

The NFL’s officiating department should have better things to worry about, and the league should allow players to have a little fun and celebrate after a touchdown. The rule should be that if a celebration delays the game, the player is penalized five yards for delay of game. If it doesn’t delay the game, a player should be free to celebrate. A 15-yard penalty for a mild celebration is ridiculous. Football is supposed to be fun, and the NFL forgets that at its peril.

Here are my other thoughts from Sunday’s games:

What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers? Although Rodgers is a future Hall of Famer, the facts are the facts: He just isn’t playing well. He entered Sunday’s games dead last among the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks in completion percentage, and he turned in an ugly performance yesterday against the Cowboys. There haven’t been many times in Rodgers’ career that I’ve watched one of his passes and thought, “What the hell was he looking at?” But that’s exactly what I wondered when he threw an interception directly into the hands of Cowboys linebacker Barry Church yesterday. Rodgers’ completion percentage, yards per pass and passer rating last year were all career lows, and he’s even worse in all three statistical categories this year. Rodgers is simply not the player he used to be.

You can’t bench Dak Prescott. You just can’t. The flip side of Rodgers’ disappointing performance yesterday in Green Bay is that Prescott, the Cowboys’ rookie quarterback, remains outstanding. I wrote last week that Prescott is better than Tony Romo, and if anything I feel more strongly after watching the way Prescott carved up the Packers’ defense yesterday, even without the injured receiver Dez Bryant. The Cowboys claim Romo will return to the starting lineup when he’s healthy, but I simply can’t believe that. Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Brett Favre both said during the TV broadcast of Cowboys-Packers that Prescott is too good to bench, and I agree with them.

Marcus Peters can intercept a football like no one else in the NFL. Last week, as he prepared to face Peters, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr made a special point of saying he would avoid throwing in Peters’ direction. And yet Peters, the Chiefs’ second-year cornerback, managed to get an interception off Carr anyway. Peters now leads the NFL with five interceptions this year, after leading the NFL with eight interceptions as a rookie last year. Peters now has 13 career interceptions in 21 career games. That’s incredible.

Case Keenum is actually not bad. Keenum, the Rams’ starting quarterback and placeholder for No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, had the best game of his career in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. Keenum completed 27 of 32 passes for 321 yards, with three touchdowns. Keenum may never be a great starting quarterback, or even a good starting quarterback. But he’s playing fairly well. The Rams have their share of problems, but Keenum is not one of them.

The Falcons got jobbed. On fourth-and-10 with less than two minutes to play and Seattle leading 26-24, Atlanta had one last chance. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw a deep ball to Julio Jones, who had a step on cornerback Richard Sherman but had to come back for the slightly underthrown ball. As Jones went to catch the pass, Sherman grabbed his arm. Jones wasn’t able to catch the ball, but it was clear pass interference. The Falcons should have had the ball, first-and-10 at the Seahawks’ 36-yard line, already in range for what could have been a long game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, the officials missed the clear penalty, and the Seahawks won the game. That was a terrible non-call by the officials, one that has the potential to affect playoff seeding for the Falcons and Seahawks. The NFL’s officiating department should start worrying about why pass interference is called so inconsistently, and stop worrying about celebrations.

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141 Responses to “NFL morning after: Let them celebrate”
  1. mykpfsu says: Oct 17, 2016 8:50 AM

    By the rule, Beckham should not have been penalized. The rule states you must be in the field of play, Beckham was in the green past the out of bounds line of the endzone when his helmet came off.

  2. learysdisciples says: Oct 17, 2016 8:52 AM

    First you mime shooting a basketball. Then what? You mime shooting a teammate or fan? It has to stop. All lives matter even basketball lives.

  3. intrafinesse says: Oct 17, 2016 8:52 AM

    While I agree that the penalties for Excessive Celebration are way out of hand – it’s a business and the players KNOW the rule (or else should) so they should avoid doing something that hurts their team.

    Change the rule, but obey it so your team isn’t penalized.

  4. gettingzygiwithit says: Oct 17, 2016 8:52 AM

    Funny how the NFL penalizes ‘over celebration’, but they allow these losers to keep kneeling during the anthem. Which one makes your sport look worse? Both are ‘free speech’ Out of work, but at work the NFL gets to decide which one hurts their image. It’s easy to see one is hurting their image much more than the other. Start penalizing the disrespectful protestors.

  5. edukator4 says: Oct 17, 2016 8:54 AM

    “Believe me, if we let this go, it will continue to grow and certain players will continue to try to outdo each other, and then it leads to other things,”

    ________________________________________

    Its a well known fact that touchdown celebrations are a gateway drug

  6. v2787 says: Oct 17, 2016 8:54 AM

    The NFL is in the entertainment business. Celebrations after a touchdown are entertaining for the fans. Duh–hello? Also, celebrations hurt no one. After all, they’ve been earned. The object of the game is to score points. What’s wrong with enjoying that? Why is the NFL being ridiculous about this?

  7. weepingjebus says: Oct 17, 2016 8:55 AM

    Once you realize that Goodell hates football and those that play it, everything else starts to make sense.

  8. drunkraider says: Oct 17, 2016 8:57 AM

    The problem is where do you draw the line? Im all for guys having a good time and showing how happy they are when they score.

    but if you give these clowns a inch they will take a mile when it comes to celebrating. They will all be trying to top each other and it will just get even more ridiculous than it is now.

    The day of the idiot WR has come and gone with the likes of TO, Moss, Ocho and all those clowns. Odell needs to wake up and realise this before its to late.

    Stop trying to bring back the Diva WR Odell, shut your mouth and play football.

  9. arrowtoyourknee says: Oct 17, 2016 8:57 AM

    That last bit says it all. I’m not a falcons or seahawk fan, but holy cats that was a terrible no call. Get the calls on the field correct before getting so worked up over touchdown dances (which I’m not even a big fan of)

  10. shadywarrior says: Oct 17, 2016 9:00 AM

    Amazing that in a league of guys beating up women, driving 140+ with the headlights out while dipping the cops with a 12 year old and weed smoke in the car, guys shooting themselves by accident, and straight up murder, that making sure no one hurts anyone’s feelings with a TD dance is top priority for behavioral concerns. Just unbelievable.

  11. GettingNoRespect says: Oct 17, 2016 9:02 AM

    Davis has done that celebration many times, was never warned or told that it would draw a penalty, and nothing like it was in the film that the nfl had teams watch to show them what an excessive celebration was. There was no reason for him to believe that he would receive a penalty for that now. The rule needs to be changed. Taunting is different from celebrating, it should be clear to Refs what the difference is. We shouldn’t have rules to stop poor sports from getting their feelings hurt.

  12. geefan1 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:07 AM

    Just adopt the NCAA celebration and taunting rules. All the players know them and have played successfully under them in the past – takes all the guesswork out of it.

  13. akira1971 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:09 AM

    What a stupid rant, especially trying to defend OBJ. That idiot WAVED OFF his teammates from celebrating the TD so he could have his me-first moment, knowing full well that it would also cost his team 15 yards.

  14. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 17, 2016 9:10 AM

    Please keep picking against the Cowboys in the PFT Weekly Picks….

    That also goes for the likes of Peter King, Pete Prisco, Adam Schein and all of the North East Homers…

  15. kev86 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:11 AM

    the giants homer jones invented “the spike” because the league was fining guys 500 bucks for throwing the ball into the stands after touchdowns.

  16. factschecker says: Oct 17, 2016 9:11 AM

    Everyone is pushing for that Sports Center highlight. They all want to be the Monday Morning hot take. It helps them (the players) sell their product which is….themselves.

    That’s what this means. “Believe me, if we let this go, it will continue to grow and certain players will continue to try to outdo each other, and then it leads to other things,”

  17. kurdishpats1 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:13 AM

    Haven’t watched a game all year. I check the scores throughout the day but that’s it.

    And the points made in this article are exactly why.

  18. abninf says: Oct 17, 2016 9:14 AM

    When I go to a restaurant to sit down and buy a meal I don’t want to see the waitresses protesting some political issue. Same with football. The league doesn’t seem to realize who the majority of their paying customers are.

  19. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Oct 17, 2016 9:17 AM

    You keep on saying “Washington” when referencing a certain NFL team. Do you mean the Seahawks? Because that’s the only team in “Washington” I know of.

  20. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Oct 17, 2016 9:17 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Oct 17, 2016 8:55 AM
    Once you realize that Goodell hates football and those that play it, everything else starts to make sense.

    ________________________________________

    I agree with this, sort of like how George Lucas hated Star Wars.

  21. thewiseowloftruth says: Oct 17, 2016 9:18 AM

    Keenum giveth and Keenum taketh away. Rams could have and should have won on final drive were it not for a poor interception.

  22. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 17, 2016 9:21 AM

    We need to trade Romo to Washington.

    Cousins is obviously a bottom 12 QB in the league and he is being paid 16 million to do average an interception per game when he usually has 2.5 – 4 seconds in the pocket to find his WRs.

    Look at the tape from yesterday, he doesn’t even look at DeSean Jacksons side of the field 75% of passing plays

  23. fartweasel says: Oct 17, 2016 9:22 AM

    Rodgers looks like a whipped pup out there. I actually thought he was gonna cry a few times after a bad play, of which there were many. Even with 10 minutes to throw behind the most polished offensive line holding I’ve seen in years, he couldn’t hit an open receiver. He did get tackled hard once though, so maybe he broke a nail or something which affected his throwing hand.

  24. usedjock says: Oct 17, 2016 9:23 AM

    I say let the celebrate as long as they aren’t taunting the other team or using props let them do it when they score. But, what I don’t want to see is crazy celebrations when there is a meaningless tackle in the middle of the 3rd quarter.

  25. mmack66 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:26 AM

    “It don’t even make any sense. It’s stupid in a way to a point where … like, who is running the ship?”
    —————————-

    No one is running the ship, Josh. It’s missing a rudder as well.

    The fact that Blandino, who has absolutely zero prior football experience, is the head of officiating, should tell you all you need to know.

  26. 3beeps says: Oct 17, 2016 9:27 AM

    The NFL has too many rules, the Rule Book resembles the IRS Tax Code in complexity. Many of those rules penalize minor things that happen in the course of play.

    The League is relying on part-time officials to enforce these rules. When a player can explain the Pass Interference rules better than the Insurance Salesman enforcing them…..you know you have a problem.

    The TV Ratings are down — The games start to feel like Judge Judy’s Courtroom. Ya think there’s a connection ???

  27. diveleft says: Oct 17, 2016 9:27 AM

    “Rodgers is simply not the player he used to be.”

    Well said.

  28. skmad2014 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:27 AM

    “And to make matters worse for Washington, that 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff led to Philadelphia returning that kickoff for a touchdown.”

    Really? So Washington’s special teams are off the hook for failing to cover a kick off? I agree that’s a stupid penalty, but c’mon.

  29. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 17, 2016 9:28 AM

    I get that removing your helmet is a penalty. (Player safety issue). But anything that isn’t “taunting”, isn’t potentially physically harmful to anyone, and less than 5 seconds; should be allowed.

  30. FlashPatterson says: Oct 17, 2016 9:28 AM

    Beckhams 5 minute td celebration was pathetic. Who is that for exactly? He made a fool of himself with the net a couple weeks ago.. now he is trying to cover for it by pretending to propose?

    Basically when things are going well he wants to act like a clown, and when they’re losing he throws a fit.

  31. artvan15 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:28 AM

    Hand the ball back to ref like they do in college. Go have your fun on your sideline. We don’t need to see your ridiculous antics they come up with.

  32. truthfactory says: Oct 17, 2016 9:32 AM

    I do agree that allowing excessive TD celebrations are “bad” in the sense that it will piss off the other team for being “disrespected”, which will lead to a scuffle, which will lead to headhunting within the actual game. Which will lead back to a “player safety” discussion, which will lead to more talk about concussions and the NFL is trying to avoid that by putting a wet blanket on any celebrations, even minor ones.

    I think they have gone overboard with their restrictions this year, but as a concept if your goal is to keep football as “civil” as possible then it’s a “smart” move… but you may alienate some fans who just want to watch their team and have some fun along the way. They are just playing a game afterall…

  33. Kerouac says: Oct 17, 2016 9:35 AM

    “he just pretended to shoot a basketball, and for that he was penalized 15 yards. That is stupid.”

    – what’s stupid is a player(s) who know a penalty will result but showboat on anyway, so ‘me me me’ that they do not care about the ramifications to their ‘team’. As in everyday life, if you don’t follow the rules/laws, and you pay the price. Moral: abide.

  34. churchofthehoody says: Oct 17, 2016 9:35 AM

    What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers?

    _________________________________

    I’ll just note that Rodgers decline coincided almost exactly with the leagues renewed emphasis on PSI protocols…

    And we all know how Aaron likes his balls…

  35. chris11le says: Oct 17, 2016 9:36 AM

    As much as I hated the 15 yarder on OBJ, it did NOT make that much of a difference.

    If the kickoff wasnt set back by that 15 yards, I assume it would have made it into and through the end zone for a touchback, taken out to the 25 yard line.

    As it was, the Ravens were able to field it outside the end zone and pretty sure they only ran it out to the 30 yard line. So, 15 yards became an extra 5.

    And OBJs penalty wasnt for excessive celebration, it was for removing helmet while on the field which has been a penalty for a very long time….I dont think it hurts anyone where/when he did it, but they flagged it anyway. All he had to do was take 1 or 2 more steps out of bounds and it wouldnt have been flagged.

  36. teal379 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:36 AM

    I agree – let them celebrate but that’s not going to bring back ratings.

    Ratings are down because HOW the game is played, no defense, no hitting, stupid penalties, protests are still part of it.

    Celebrations alone aren’t the cure. Not even close.

    Bring back real football.

  37. tv426 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:36 AM

    I think that players should be able to celebrate.

    That being said, someone really needs to point out just how stupid these guys look when they do.

    No one likes to see some dude in a bunch of football gear twerking or whatever. It can cause permanent damage to the retinas of anyone viewing it.

    Once they realize how idiotic they look, perhaps the celebrations will be more in line with what the NFL wants now.

  38. chicagobtech says: Oct 17, 2016 9:37 AM

    “Football is supposed to be fun, and the NFL forgets that at its peril.”

    Football is supposed to be fun, true, but the players are professionals. They should to well to remember that, especially the part about how they agreed to abide by the rules of the game.

  39. chuckshontaspads says: Oct 17, 2016 9:37 AM

    Look how much fun Goodell seems to have, jovial, out going, engaging, a joke machine…he wants to keep all the fun for himself…and Deano the Blandino…a laugh riot!!!!

  40. mazenblue says: Oct 17, 2016 9:39 AM

    Im one that think celebrations are used so much they lost their value. Ya, I get it, its only asport and entertainment. Its not entertaining tho, one example, Stephen Tulloch gets a meaningless sack for the Lions and does a corny celebration and is out for the season with an injury. Or any other meaningless celebration. If youre up by 21 in the 4th and you get a TD running two yards untouched, why are you doing a rehearsed skit? Mostly the divas and me me me types. I mean, its only the divas and me me me types that go overboard with celebrations.

  41. puffnstuff5005 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:42 AM

    Celebrating is OK in moderation. But Odell Beckham took it too far, acting like he had just won the Super Bowl! Geez!

  42. rainsarge says: Oct 17, 2016 9:42 AM

    Odell running up and down the field, proposing to the net, acting like a nut no problem. Taking off his helmet is way too far.

  43. patsbrat says: Oct 17, 2016 9:42 AM

    15 yards for taking off your helmet is one thing, but to be penalized when you are not on the field of play is rediculous.

  44. imodan says: Oct 17, 2016 9:42 AM

    What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers? Simple answer. Name another QB who’s performance has dropped as much as his has since the league started testing PSI. Mr. Sneak in overinflated balls because that’s how I like them has sucked since. Oh yeah, P Manning blew chunks his last year too.

  45. thepaleskins says: Oct 17, 2016 9:43 AM

    EXCESSIVE celebration: A fake jumpshot that took 2 SECONDS!!

    I’m really starting to HATE the NFL (after 60 years of loving it).

    Now if he did a fake layup, a fake dunk, a fake 3 pointer along with a fake jumper, then MAYBE, MAYBE that would be EXCESSIVE!

  46. pkrlvr says: Oct 17, 2016 9:45 AM

    Something is definitely wrong with Rodgers and I don’t think it’s got anything to do with age.

  47. rollotomasi14 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:46 AM

    How’s that four game suspension of Brady working out for everyone?

  48. whispersd says: Oct 17, 2016 9:47 AM

    “Change the rule, but obey it so your team isn’t penalized.”

    You say that as if the rule has specific language prohibiting a basketball shot celebration. It doesn’t.

    “KNOW the rule”. Maybe you should read it first.

    Davis didn’t go to the ground. He didn’t do a “choreographed” celebration. He didn’t use a prop. He didn’t simulate an act of violence. He didn’t taunt anybody. There’s literally no language in the rule that would imply that Davis’s celebration constitutes a foul. Certainly it was less “excessive” than jumping into the stands (but there’s an explicit allowance for that, because Green Bay).

  49. whispersd says: Oct 17, 2016 9:47 AM

    The NFL shows its authoritarian nature here. Let’s remember that this is the league that added a rule against removing a helmet after a touchdown after that became Emmitt Smith’s signature move. Why would they do that?

    They apparently don’t want stars. They don’t want the players to feel any joy or power.

    Dean Blandino’s slippery slope argument is absurd.

  50. tmcb7 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:48 AM

    So it’s not okay for NFL officials to determine what is excessive celebration, but is okay to allow refs to judge what is pass interference and what is not in the games most critical moment… really? cause they continue to get get it wrong on both ends every week. The inconsistancy from referee crew to crew week to week IS the NFL’s biggest problem. Throw in the ridiculous rulings & decisions by a pitiful commissioner and it’s no wonder why the tv ratings are on the decline.

  51. fumblenuts says: Oct 17, 2016 9:50 AM

    They keep saying Julio Jones was interfered with but NO mention of of the blatant PI on WR Jermaine Kearse in the end zone??

  52. trevor190 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:50 AM

    My son saw the Vernon Davis celebration. I think I’ve lost him forever. Thanks, Vernon.

  53. chadsmith013 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:51 AM

    How bout them Dolphins!!!

  54. joefakeraiderfantoronto says: Oct 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    This all started because of the circus shows that T.O. and Chad Johnson began. Throw in Joe Horn’s Cellphone TD gimmick and fans wee getting sick and tired of the long, elaborate Broadway TD celebrations which took all of 39 seconds or more. Spike the ball, jump for joy, or high five a teammate. There shouldn’t be a reason why choreographing the curly shuffle with your offensive lineman. Keep it simple and under a couple seconds and you won’t be dinged. Having fun doesn’t mean you have to make a production out of it.

  55. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says: Oct 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    I’m not sure why the owners haven’t told Goodell to relax the celebration penalties, as it’s their teams getting penalized. Maybe it’s Jerry Richardson’s way of toning Cam down, which is certainly something he’d do.

    I remember the 85 Bears and 88 Bengals having some celebrations that would warrant a penalty under today’s rules, and things didn’t get out of hand back then. Blandino is simply wrong.

  56. charger383 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:52 AM

    If you can dunk the football over the goalpost you should be allowed to do it

  57. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 17, 2016 9:53 AM

    When a player mimes pooping a football it’s time to put a stop to these clowns. I don’t watch football to see ballerinas.

    There’s a cadre of players who don’t get that the difference between style and class.

    If I want to see clowns, I go to the circus.

  58. janvanflac says: Oct 17, 2016 9:53 AM

    Penalties should be reviewable and challengeable. Especially PI which is often missed and often called in error, and can be a 40 yard penalty.

  59. bocadiver1 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:54 AM

    Beckham took off his helmet AFTER he was out of the end zone. Check the tape. Totally incorrect call. He’s earned his reputation for being a jerk at times, but on this one he was targeted by the refs. NFL is becoming hard to watch. I want to see football, not volleys of flying yellow flags.

  60. hairpie2 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:55 AM

    What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers? Although Rodgers is a future Hall of Famer, the facts are the facts: He just isn’t playing well. He entered Sunday’s games dead last among the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks in completion percentage, and he turned in an ugly performance yesterday against the Cowboys.


    is this a joke? you think its a coincidence that exactly since they started checking the PSI of footballs, he’s dropped off???

  61. tompeppermint says: Oct 17, 2016 9:55 AM

    I suspect the NFL is just doing it to use as a bargaining chip in the upcoming CBA situation.

    The NFL will offer removing Goodell as arbiter of disciplinary actions and relaxing the celebration rules as some great concession and in turn demand the monetary distribution remain grossly out of balance in favor of the owners.

  62. leroyquimby says: Oct 17, 2016 9:56 AM

    Haven’t they been playing football for 80+ years? Have you ever heard of 1 instance where a TD celebration led to anything dangerous?

  63. Kelly's Chronicles says: Oct 17, 2016 9:56 AM

    Case Keenum is better then Aaron Rodgers right now. Think about that for a second. Ok stop. Yeah I got a headache too on this one.

  64. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:57 AM

    If you dont want the refs to screw you over, don’t put your team in a position where one call makes the difference. Crying about refs is the last refuge of fans whose team didn’t play well enough

  65. str82dvd says: Oct 17, 2016 9:57 AM

    lol Do you really think ratings are down because we aren’t seeing enough childish gyrations?

  66. doob187 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:58 AM

    The NFL has no integrity.

  67. meximyke says: Oct 17, 2016 10:01 AM

    The NFL is finally right on something! No need for celebrations, give them an inch and they will take it a mile! Look at the braided hair, every one wants to have it longer than the other guy!! Put pink in it, bleach it and anything to be noticed!! Just make plays and you will be noticed! GIRLS!

  68. getadealdonealready says: Oct 17, 2016 10:02 AM

    I feel like a broken record, but I have been saying for a long time PI needs to be fixed! Calls way to inconsistent, the yardage involved has major implications on the game. I know it seems to make sense to fix it which means it will never get done, but sure would be nice to see.

  69. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:02 AM

    Who cares if a celebration takes 39 seconds or if Joe Horn has a cellphone? It takes longer than that to line up for the extra point.

  70. gromit45 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:04 AM

    Heck, if every time a running back scores the linemen link up and do a Rockette dance for 15 seconds I don’t care. Let’s put some *fun* back into the game. Now if the score makes it 45 to 14 and you’re 14 that’s going to look super stupid but that’s on you.

  71. obsessedvikingfan says: Oct 17, 2016 10:05 AM

    From Peter King’s MMQB:

    Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was never lower than fifth in yards per pass attempt in the NFL in the five seasons between 2010 and 2014. Stat mavens love yards per pass attempt, because it encompasses completion percentage and depth of completion.

    Since the start of the 2015 season, Rodgers, at a moribund 6.63 yards per attempt, is 33rd among all NFL passers (minimum 200 pass attempts).

    Johnny Manziel (6.73) is better.

  72. bigblue431 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:08 AM

    The penalties have gotten ridiculous. If the NFL is worried about obscene or overly long celebrations, then control that (although Brown’s twerking was awesome). No lewd or obscene gestures, no violence, and nothing longer than a few seconds.

    Vernon’s penalty was ridiculous. Norman gets penalized and fined for a bow and arrow celebration that Brandon Cooks has done all season. OBJ gets penalized for taking off his helmet when already out of bounds and running towards his own sideline.

    Really? This is what the NFL is worried about? Meanwhile, no one knows what a catch is, what PI is, or where you can hit someone without a flag. Perhaps that’s what they should be worried about.

  73. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:09 AM

    Every game has shots of scantily clad cheerleaders gyrating on the sidelines (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Every game has Viagra commercials, causing parents to have to explain the meaning of a four hour erection

    Yet the NFL says pelvic thrusts by players are inappropriate. Sheer hypocrisy.

  74. ohand16 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:09 AM

    You want to avoid celebrations? Play for the 49ers, or Browns. There you go – problem solved.

  75. ballistictrajectory says: Oct 17, 2016 10:12 AM

    I get the league’s perspective on the one- upmanship that takes place, making the celebrations longer than the game.

    1) It is a form of disrespect. While not rising to the extent that taunting does, it does “rub your face in it”. This, done to immature, steroid fueled, players leads to issues on the field.

    2) It wastes time. With fans already weeping and sobbing about the length of games it makes sense to tone down the volume on celebrations.

    So here’s a simple rule that all can follow:

    No celebrations for any play whatsoever. No gestures. No expressions at all. Just hand (not spike, not toss, nuthin’) the ball to the appropriate official and be done with it.
    Be a professional. Celebrate in your Twitter account.

    Note that it’s for any play not just end zone celebrations. No more stomping around like a toddler with a load in his diaper just because you made a tackle.

  76. isitheshoes says: Oct 17, 2016 10:15 AM

    Vernon Davis’s shooting mechanics were completely off in his celebration warranting the flag.

  77. jag1959 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:20 AM

    The Davis penalty was ridiculous and a great exhibit A but using Beckham as part of your argument waters it down. Even Seattle12’s know the helmet has to stay on. Beckham is a self indulgent child and needs to be on the receiving end of of some locker room justice. Can’t help but wonder how different things would have been with him if Cruz had stayed healthy and been in that room every day.

  78. fallingdown19 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:21 AM

    They need to really think hard about they are changing the game. The last two eagles games were horrible – in part because of the eagles penalties, but also because of the phantom calls from the refs. There are just way way way too many penalties now a days. It’s very tough to complain about the phantom calls when the eagles are making so many legit penalties, but it’s changing the game. Then you add stuff like this – which actually helped the eagles, but which shouldn’t be a penalty. The product the NFL is putting on the field is not as good as it was a few years ago.

  79. godofwine330 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:21 AM

    Why no fun? The NFL is run by the least fun people in the history of the world – wealthy White men. These men celebrate a BILLION dollar deal by smiling broadly and shaking hands – seriously. So it isn’t shocking that these men are put off by exuberance and want to put a stop to it.

    “Just do your job. No need for all of that.”

    This isn’t a race thing, it’s a culture thing. And that culture ruling over the culture of players who make them billions and while doing so cannot show emotion is terribly flawed.

  80. umrguy42 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:23 AM

    “He entered Sunday’s games dead last among the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks in completion percentage”

    And this is a league with Case Keenum and whoever the Browns are putting up this week…

  81. bkostela says: Oct 17, 2016 10:23 AM

    fumblenuts says:
    Oct 17, 2016 9:50 AM
    They keep saying Julio Jones was interfered with but NO mention of of the blatant PI on WR Jermaine Kearse in the end zone??
    ____________

    Because it wasn’t on the last play. Which makes it somehow less important. Which is absurd.

    Just like the rule where it’s legal for the offense to advance a fumble as long as it’s not in the last two minutes of the game. Since, you know, three minutes left in the game isn’t a crucial time as well.

  82. greenlargo says: Oct 17, 2016 10:24 AM

    edukator4 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 8:54 AM
    “Believe me, if we let this go, it will continue to grow and certain players will continue to try to outdo each other, and then it leads to other things,”

    ________________________________________

    Its a well known fact that touchdown celebrations are a gateway d
    —————————–
    A guy high fives a team mate it leads to pretending to light up a cigar, next thing you know they are pretending to light a blunt, next thing you know…..

  83. charger383 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:29 AM

    I’ll trade acting respectful for National Anthem for letting them act like silly fools when they score a TD

  84. greenlargo says: Oct 17, 2016 10:29 AM

    Oct 17, 2016 9:42 AM
    Odell running up and down the field, proposing to the net, acting like a nut no problem. Taking off his helmet is way too far.

    —————

    Did he propose to the net? I thought he was just hitting on her, and she did seem into it.

    The helmet was like a half step early. The smart player just keeps it on not just for another step but maybe get back up the sideline. But also because it was only like a half step the smart ref points it out to him and warns him and only flags if he doesn’t settle down.

    Also the smart ref just ignores Vernon Davis and doesn’t make the NFL a laughingstock.

  85. senxic says: Oct 17, 2016 10:32 AM

    I just don’t think Rodgers trusts himself right now. He’s holding the ball much longer than usual and hes not threading passes as he used to. He’s obviously in a prolonged slump that he’s just not finding his way out of yet.

    I don’t think he trusts his receivers either. They are both off on timing and Rodgers either misses them entirely or they drop it. A little mind boggling to say the least but his accuracy has been sub par.

    They usually right the ship, but his play the past year is extremely troubling. Haters gonna hate.

  86. sikoix says: Oct 17, 2016 10:32 AM

    doug flutie was 5’10”, brees isn’t much taller at 6′ flat

  87. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Oct 17, 2016 10:37 AM

    The coolest thing in the world was the Raiders in the 70’s and early 80’s who celebrated TD’s with nothing more than a businessman handshake. They were that good.

  88. rcali says: Oct 17, 2016 10:38 AM

    Agree with the celebrations. Whenever I send a great email at work I run out of my office, slam my laptop down, and then run through the cubes telling everybody how great I am. Every now and then I’ll pick one person out, point at them, and let them know how much better an emailer I am. Then I grab a dry erase marker and whip it into the cafeteria.

  89. polegojim says: Oct 17, 2016 10:41 AM

    The need to choreograph and form personal statement celebrations like 10 year olds is just ridiculous. Grow up.

    Ratings may not be down because of NFL restraint… but maybe… maybe… folks aren’t watching because of the degree of childishness already displayed.

  90. polegojim says: Oct 17, 2016 10:43 AM

    Beckham is a NUT JOB loner who fully embraces his own legend to the exclusion of everyone else… including his team mates.

    Runs BY team mates to show off with… a net and camera’s.

    Really man… get some help.

  91. flavordave says: Oct 17, 2016 10:44 AM

    LOOK, Im Im watching them call Vernon Davis for a penalty then I see Gronk later on spike the ball.

    Both are examples of using a ball as a prop but one isn’t a penalty? Makes no sense.

  92. sdchicken says: Oct 17, 2016 10:45 AM

    So Roger and Blandino are worried about gateway celebrations? I’m. It sure what mimicking a jump shot is going to lead to guys…

    Lame

  93. elvoid says: Oct 17, 2016 10:45 AM

    I love people that say “know the rule” when they don’t “know the rule” themselves. Case in point:
    ________________
    whispersd says:
    Oct 17, 2016 9:47 AM

    You say that as if the rule has specific language prohibiting a basketball shot celebration. It doesn’t.

    “KNOW the rule”. Maybe you should read it first.

    Davis didn’t go to the ground. He didn’t do a “choreographed” celebration. He didn’t use a prop. He didn’t simulate an act of violence. He didn’t taunt anybody. There’s literally no language in the rule that would imply that Davis’s celebration constitutes a foul. Certainly it was less “excessive” than jumping into the stands (but there’s an explicit allowance for that, because Green Bay).”

    _________________________

    Well, Whispersd, what Davis DID do is use the ball as a prop, which is prohibited by the rule. So… ready for it? Surely you see it coming…

    Know the rule, Whispersd… know the rule.

    Having said that:

    Yes, the celebration penalty pendulum has swung too far. It’s getting silly, and how to fix it, I don’t have any good advice.

    I will tell you I love the guys (there are a few) that 9 times out of ten act like they’ve been there before. Hand the ball to an official, give a high five, maybe a “jump bump” and go about their business. Classy.

  94. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Oct 17, 2016 10:52 AM

    rcali says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:38 AM
    Agree with the celebrations. Whenever I send a great email at work I run out of my office, slam my laptop down, and then run through the cubes telling everybody how great I am. Every now and then I’ll pick one person out, point at them, and let them know how much better an emailer I am. Then I grab a dry erase marker and whip it into the cafeteria.
    ————————————————————-

    Your story is believable, except for the part about your having a job.

  95. patsrthegreatest says: Oct 17, 2016 10:53 AM

    The Icky Shuffle goes down in history as one of the game’s most celebrated celebrations…. how fast would a player get ejected for doing that now?

  96. ghostofgilchrist says: Oct 17, 2016 10:55 AM

    Didn’t we have this problem with Aaron Rodgers not too long ago?

    (I’m looking at you Olivia!)

  97. franklinstking says: Oct 17, 2016 10:57 AM

    Truth be told, Beckam is a product that the NFL and it’s sponsors created. From the one handed catch that made him a “superstar”, to his meltdowns, he’s the poster boy for “entitled crybaby”.

  98. duffelbagsports says: Oct 17, 2016 11:02 AM

    But you experts told me Aaron Rogers was the best QB in football, better than Brady (who has won, you know, championships).

  99. edukator4 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:06 AM

    What’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers? Simple answer. Name another QB who’s performance has dropped as much as his has since the league started testing PSI. Mr. Sneak in overinflated balls because that’s how I like them has sucked since. Oh yeah, P Manning blew chunks his last year too.

    _________________________________________

    great point on rodgers, but manning was just physically shot.

  100. str82dvd says: Oct 17, 2016 11:07 AM

    Things I assume most adult fans hate:

    Stupid, silly TD celebrations, especially sexually suggestive dances.
    That moronic eating motion thing.
    The double-biceps flex.
    The cross-arms posturing thing.
    Poopy-pants stomping after a sack.
    Anything Cam Newton does after a positive play.
    Pretty much anything besides handing the ball to the ref and getting back into the gd huddle.

    We do appreciate good sportsmanship, helping the other player up every once in awhile, and doing the opposite of whatever OBJ has cooked up for next weekend.

  101. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 17, 2016 11:14 AM

    Unless it’s during an episode of family guy, no one wants to see shipoopi reviews on the field, and that’s where we’re headed.

    Some guys never get past singing for nickles on the corner.

  102. granadafan says: Oct 17, 2016 11:16 AM

    One has to only read PFT comments from the older conservatives on this board as to why the NFL cracks down on celebrations. Too often the comments consist of “Just hand the ball to the ref!” or “stop dancing, you fool!”. The NFL is trying to appeal to a certain demographic.

    That said, there needs to a middle ground. Do you guys not remember players pulling sharpies out of socks or hiding cell phones in goal posts or running to the middle of the field to stand with their arms raised, throat slashes, grenade tosses into groups of linemen, etc?

  103. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 17, 2016 11:22 AM

    The Patriots will face Steelers playing with a backup QB. The path to the SB just got easier.

  104. leroyquimby says: Oct 17, 2016 11:23 AM

    Agree with the celebrations. Whenever I send a great email at work I run out of my office, slam my laptop down, and then run through the cubes telling everybody how great I am. Every now and then I’ll pick one person out, point at them, and let them know how much better an emailer I am. Then I grab a dry erase marker and whip it into the cafeteria.
    =======================

    When 75,000 people show at your job to watch you email, let me know.

  105. pologroundsvet says: Oct 17, 2016 11:27 AM

    A lot of people have already noted that Beckham was out of bounds when he took his helmet off and never came back in bounds. Where does THAT one end? Can they be penalized for celebrating too much closer to the bench if just out of bounds is not enough? This is all getting stupid. Not to mention it was about as much a quiet “celebration” as I’ve ever seen.

  106. mistyzhang says: Oct 17, 2016 11:27 AM

    Keenum is well below average he just happened to play a awful Lions Defense and I’m a Lions fan. We are hot garbage on that side of the ball. Load up on Kirk, Deshaun, Jones and company in fantasy as well as all them Lions for fantasy.

  107. boisestatewhodat says: Oct 17, 2016 11:30 AM

    Pass interference happens to every team, every week. Non-calls and bad calls that should have never been called. Its the human element of the game. It sucks for everyone involved but it does happen each week to every team in the NFL.

  108. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:32 AM

    People who are vehemently opposed to player celebrations need some perspective. Just ignore it, because it doesn’t (or shouldn’t) mean anything to you. The only reason it is distracting from your enjoyment is because you are allowing it to.

    Take charge of your own emotions, and try to watch the game for the enjoyment of watching, instead of looking for something to be offended about.

  109. steviaquinn says: Oct 17, 2016 11:34 AM

    As a Falcons Fan, this is just par for the course. we are the Raiders of the NFC. The refs determining the outcomes of games is a bigger story than endzone celebrations.

    I cant wait for Blandino’s explanation on how the refs were right on this non call

  110. johnodocks says: Oct 17, 2016 11:36 AM

    “Haven’t they been playing football for 80+ years? Have you ever heard of 1 instance where a TD celebration led to anything dangerous?”

    Didn’t T.O.’s mid-field “star” celebration in Dallas instigate a fight between the Niners and Cowboys?

  111. mysterytonite says: Oct 17, 2016 11:37 AM

    Celebrations are the least of the problems when it comes to the penalites that are called in the game.

    The weekly inconsistency of the penalities that are/ are not called has gotten me to an unwatchable level. It feels like they are blatantly trying to rig games and they have gotten so bad at making it look subtle it’s turning off the casual viewer. There are also many bad teams in the nfl apparently and teams like the Pats, Broncos and Cowboys seem to end up coming out like a rose every week. If this is what the NFL wants pair down the league to 8 teams and let them go at it, cause the casual viewer isn’t buying the garbage the league is slinging. Endless commercials, poorly officiated games and a capitalist league make the game unbearable to watch anymore.

  112. newmancave2016 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:37 AM

    The officiating isn’t just something we complain about anymore. It’s deciding games. The Eagles lost in Detroit literally BECAUSE of the officiating. This week was better, but not much. There is photographic evidence of PI and holding all over the place that wasn’t called on the Washington Professional Football Team, while we were called for every minor infraction. It’s got to stop.

  113. thangkatruck says: Oct 17, 2016 11:42 AM

    I’m sick of the No Fun League. The TD celebration rule should be this: no props, no vulgarities, and get it done within the play clock. Who cares if 5 guys decide to dance together. What’s the big deal?

  114. hairpie2 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:50 AM

    the Falcons cant complain about anything.. they were caught cheating for years by pumping fake crowd noise into the stadium. thats a health hazard for fans and a competitive advantage for the team.

  115. glac1 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:55 AM

    I don’t celebrate every time I do something I’m paid to do at work.. These drama queens are the reason I don’t watch as much football as I used to.

  116. glac1 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:57 AM

    I don’t go nuts every time I do something I’m paid to do. These “drama queens are the reason I don’t watch as much football as I used to…

  117. alltee says: Oct 17, 2016 12:11 PM

    a bow an arrow gesture is a fine, but what is alright for the goodell is ignoring and covering up of ray rice smashing a girl in the head and knocking her out cold

    roger goodell has truly ruined the NFL and people are starting to show their distaste

    i now only watch my team and thats it

    i will return when roger is gone

  118. bigblue431 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:13 PM

    polegojim says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:43 AM

    Beckham is a NUT JOB loner who fully embraces his own legend to the exclusion of everyone else… including his team mates.

    Runs BY team mates to show off with… a net and camera’s.

    ————————-

    I think you’re missing the irony – he’s actually making fun of himself. He knows he looked the fool when he got hit by the net, so he’s having fun at his own expense. I think that’s a good sign that maybe he may, maybe, get it.

  119. bigblue431 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:17 PM

    glac1 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:57 AM

    I don’t go nuts every time I do something I’m paid to do. These “drama queens are the reason I don’t watch as much football as I used to…
    ————–

    Well, not that I necessarily disagree, but unless you’re a high-priced athlete who dedicates the prime of their life and long-term health to achieve physical and mental skills to do what is, for most people, superhuman, and then actually accomplishes it against other near-superhumans, I think you would be pretty pumped too.

    I do miss Barrie Sander’s non-event, but boy some of the more tasteful TD celebrations can be fun (remember the icky shuffle??).

  120. gibbskins9 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:17 PM

    NFL football is dying.

    Penalize V Davis for a basketball shot, but you miss the Julio Jones pass interference. SAD

  121. antkowiak666 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:21 PM

    Who needs the NFL when you have the NHL:)
    They actually play for a full sixty minutes and you only have to sit through 3 commercial breaks during each period.

  122. hairpie2 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:30 PM

    I excessively celebrate everything i successfully do all day long regardless of where i am.

  123. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Oct 17, 2016 12:30 PM

    “Falcons got jobbed.” What a joke. Refs had been letting contact like that go all game. It was a good non-call.

  124. jackedupboonie says: Oct 17, 2016 12:40 PM

    If you want review of non calls. Better start Falcon heave ho from the start and watch Julio swat punch Sherman in the helmet nearly knocking him down coming off line of scrimmage. That was an obvious illegal hands to the face not called.

  125. snaponrules says: Oct 17, 2016 12:40 PM

    Back when football was real when a player scored the would walk over and hand the ball to the official. The celebration have already gone to far, they now celebrate every single play. I am no fan of either the cowboys or packers but watching the idiot ‘zeke’ celebrate every 3 yard run got old. I know its a stretch to ask for a team like the cowboys to play with some class, but how hard can it be to just walk back to the huddle?

  126. vikesfan says: Oct 17, 2016 12:43 PM

    zerotrophiessince1961 says: Jul 25, 2016 2:49 PM

    This is going to be a special year for the Packers. 500 points scored is where this offense’s over/under should be set. And I’d take the over…

    ______________________________

    How’s that bet working out for you?

  127. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Oct 17, 2016 12:46 PM

    The idiots that run the NFL GOODELL, BLANDINO AND THE OWNERS seem to have forgotten they are in the entertainment business.

    Ratings are tanking because the NFL is as exciting as watching paint dry.

    If i want to be bored, id read poetry

  128. crush22 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:48 PM

    thangkatruck says:

    Who cares if 5 guys decide to dance together. What’s the big deal?
    ___________-
    Because 5 guys dancing together is just….you know…..weird.

  129. steves11 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:01 PM

    Why doesn’t the NFL just make the rule that anything beyond handing the ball to an official after a TD draws a 15 yard penalty? The idea of interpreting what is excessive and what isn’t is just ludicrous. Just make it clear cut and say that ANY celebration is excessive.

  130. trumb1mj says: Oct 17, 2016 1:27 PM

    If the Lions somehow make the playoffs with this horrendous defense, Matthew Stafford should be the league’s MVP.

  131. tqaztec says: Oct 17, 2016 1:31 PM

    Rodgers had one good playoff run in his whole career.

    HOF?

  132. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:35 PM

    @glac1 – I don’t celebrate every time I do something I’m paid to do at work. ”

    As noted above, you are not doing whatever you are paid to do in front of 75,000 people. Get some perspective- stay in your lane.

  133. rideforjesus says: Oct 17, 2016 1:47 PM

    Hall of fame QB’s don’t drop off in their prime….

    Just an FYI……

    So is Rogers truly a HOF QB? How many super bowls has he won?
    What passing records does he own???

  134. cadreamer1969 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:53 PM

    It’s a team game and the overboard celebration should be when the team wins not when some diva makes a play. The media loves it because it’s a side show. I enjoy watching football not listening to the TMZ media and watching divas market themselves.

  135. bullcharger says: Oct 17, 2016 1:56 PM

    It has to be stubborn old owners that want the celebrations out. It isn’t the fans. Team celebrations are even better. Call delay of game if they take too long, like running to midfield. That’s it.

  136. bullcharger says: Oct 17, 2016 2:00 PM

    steves11 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 1:01 PM
    Why doesn’t the NFL just make the rule that anything beyond handing the ball to an official after a TD draws a 15 yard penalty? The idea of interpreting what is excessive and what isn’t is just ludicrous. Just make it clear cut and say that ANY celebration is excessive.

    ————

    Turn them into an 80s video game. Good idea

  137. SM says: Oct 17, 2016 2:16 PM

    I’d prefer the “circus-like” celebrations not happen at all and I think the NFL should go with the college rule. To me, it seems like the college rule keeps it more team-focused and sportsmanlike. However, the NFL and the networks feed heavily into the me-me-me, diva culture and it’s no wonder that these guys do their little dances for camera time.

  138. abqpacker says: Oct 17, 2016 3:33 PM

    Perhaps the first time in the history of PFT that I agree with every word written.

  139. laserw says: Oct 17, 2016 9:34 PM

    I’m okay with celebrations if the other team can then beat the flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior out of the celebration pig.

    I’d like to see Cam Cheating from the Carolina Paper Tigers sent to lalaland by the entire defense after he puts on one of his dance shows.

    If one celebration is good, having a brawl would make it even better.

    And ban all of those pink ribbons, towels, and shoes. Stop pandering to women and turn October back into its real meaning – recognizing that the NFL has players like Big Ben who commit domestic violence and get away with it. Make this pig a shunned example of what a worthless man is like.

  140. varangia says: Oct 18, 2016 3:41 AM

    End zone celebrations are part of what turned fans off to begin with. Reviving dancing players in the end zone won’t bring back fans. It’s a big turnoff for real men. Gays may like it fine. Let’s see the cheerleaders dancing, and the players playing.

    It brings up a point. Why aren’t the cheerleaders shown more? The game is watched mostly by men. Just showing the cheerleaders more is an easy fix to pump up ratings.

  141. aj66shanghai says: Oct 21, 2016 4:52 AM

    The real problem is one I see all the time in the real world. Guys get a job and their overseers expect results without defining them. So guys like Goodell et al need to always be doing SOMETHING, to demonstrate that they are working. Even if the results are detrimental, you can’t say they aren’t working.
    I used to work for companies who would send someone to watch me and give me feedback about my work. I’m very good at what I do, but it was their job to critique me, so I would get all sorts of asinine feedback. Just ’cause. Maybe that’s what’s happening here.

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