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NFL to take a closer look at celebrations

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NFL players may soon have something to celebrate, figuratively, regarding their ability to celebrate, literally.

As explained on Sunday’s edition of NBC’s Football Night in America, the NFL will be taking a closer look at player celebrations in the offseason. Specifically, the league office will produce for the Competition Committee a compilation of a wide variety of player celebrations.

The evidence could prompt the Competition Committee to conclude that the rules regarding celebrations should be relaxed. This year, many players and fans have balked at the so-called No Fun League’s decision to flag and/or fine players for displaying excessive exuberance.

The recent explanation from senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino that the officials have a certain amount of discretion to permit snow angels fairly could be regarded as a hint at what could come after the Competition Committee considers the issue and makes recommendations to ownership. Under current rules, the officials have no discretion regarding players who go to the ground for any reason other than prayer.

There’s a chance that the current rules could end up getting a bit of an overhaul, with players given greater freedom to express themselves after achieving a positive outcome on the football field.

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57 Responses to “NFL to take a closer look at celebrations”
  1. tmcb7 says: Dec 11, 2016 8:52 PM

    The Emanuel Sanders post TD celebration penalty was a complete joke. Kind of like the rule itself…

  2. kcchefs58 says: Dec 11, 2016 8:55 PM

    I thought the enforcement from recent years was just fine. This year? Nope.

  3. idiedpretty says: Dec 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    I’ve been watching the NFL for a long time, seen alot of good celebrations, but I think my fave was Randy Moss using the goal post and simulating a stripper dance against the Pack (?). It seemed totally spontaneous, he had all the moves, and it was totally in your face. Loved it!

    Bronco fan

  4. abninf says: Dec 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    Why are these players today so obsessed with choreographed celebrations? They act like it’s the end of the world if they can’t “express their emotions”. Are there actually fans who believe the game is no fun to watch if they can’t see other men dance and prance around the field? This whole subject got annoying long ago.

  5. jag1959 says: Dec 11, 2016 8:59 PM

    Just a guess but figuring 3 pumps will still be considered excessive. Outside of over the top taunting, props and excessive vulgarity why not just let them do whatever the heck they want for 20 seconds. There are real things that actually need addressing instead of this trivial crap

  6. nyneal says: Dec 11, 2016 9:02 PM

    Why don’t we cut through all the crap and just hand them all joints when they score? This way they could all get high and really do some crazy dances!!!!!

    The NFL wastes more time dealing with utter nonsense than any sport I’ve seen. That’s because the league is filled with a bunch of immature punks who came off the streets and have gangster mentalities.

  7. duffelbagsports says: Dec 11, 2016 9:03 PM

    I like the old Barry Sanders rule: Act like you’ve been there before son!

  8. abninf says: Dec 11, 2016 9:06 PM

    Dance when you win the friggin Super Bowl.

  9. dohczeppelin says: Dec 11, 2016 9:07 PM

    nyneal says:
    Dec 11, 2016 9:02 PM
    Why don’t we cut through all the crap and just hand them all joints when they score? This way they could all get high and really do some crazy dances!!!!!

    The NFL wastes more time dealing with utter nonsense than any sport I’ve seen. That’s because the league is filled with a bunch of immature punks who came off the streets and have gangster mentalities.
    _____________________________

    Must be tough having so many NFL players on your lawn.

  10. r502 says: Dec 11, 2016 9:10 PM

    Spike the ball, celebrate with your teammates and get off the field. The look at me generation has gone far enough.
    While you’re at it, get off my lawn.

  11. abninf says: Dec 11, 2016 9:15 PM

    If you make a good play, give your teammates a high five and act like a man. Not like some teenager pretending to be a backup singer for Madonna.

  12. wtfru2 says: Dec 11, 2016 9:20 PM

    The only reason the NFL doesn’t like celebrations, is they take up too much advertising time with the networks re-showing them!

    I have the NFL package and while ads were being shown on the game I was watching, I switched to another game, then another and after 4 games I found ads on all of them. No wonder people are abandoning football, there are twice as many ads as there is football.

    Next year, no Directv advertising package for me!

  13. exinsidetrader says: Dec 11, 2016 9:27 PM

    If not sexual or threatening, then let it go 100%

  14. crashlion says: Dec 11, 2016 9:28 PM

    Fans want to be entertained, and celebrations are entertaining. Punching goalpost, sliding down it, using football as a prob, doing the riverdance with teammates…that should all be legal. It’s a dangerous game…let people have fun.

  15. Bonerz'NPudz says: Dec 11, 2016 9:31 PM

    KC and the Sunshine band is not going to be too happy about this…

  16. Bonerz'NPudz says: Dec 11, 2016 9:32 PM

    NEither will Kool and the Gang.

  17. richc111 says: Dec 11, 2016 9:38 PM

    I like the way Mike F sez the players and fans, like the media doesn’t have anything to do with it. Some media won’t like it until the Broadway show breaks out after a score.

  18. rowdymon says: Dec 11, 2016 9:40 PM

    Billy “White Shoes” Johnson approves this.

  19. noncentsicle says: Dec 11, 2016 9:48 PM

    Let them do their thing but put a time limit on it (10-15 seconds). I’m not interested in seeing some long drawn out choreographed production but let them bring some flair to the game.

  20. gbp12ever says: Dec 11, 2016 9:49 PM

    Florio this whole thing is so dumb. Guys cant do fun celebrations yet Zeke can wave his spoon that signifies cooking crack? Or Cam can dab? Drug references should go the way of the beer ads but other celebrations should be allowed

  21. 6thsense10 says: Dec 11, 2016 9:51 PM

    abninf says:
    Dec 11, 2016 8:56 PM
    Why are these players today so obsessed with choreographed celebrations? They act like it’s the end of the world if they can’t “express their emotions”. Are there actually fans who believe the game is no fun to watch if they can’t see other men dance and prance around the field? This whole subject got annoying long ago.
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    Why are old prudes even worried or annoyed about player celebrations???? Seriously the only celebrations that really bothered me are those that are taunting the opponent or disrespectful like TO running to spike the ball at mid field in his opponent’s field after a td. If you don’t like celebrations after a TD then here’s a novel idea…don’t watch them…use it as an opportunity to get another cold beer or use the bathroom.

  22. kerzondax says: Dec 11, 2016 10:01 PM

    Why on EARTH do they let them pray?? I mean I’ve got no problem IF they let them celebrate but saying that prayer is special is utter BS.

  23. lingsun54 says: Dec 11, 2016 10:04 PM

    Celebrations are just examples of poor sportsmanship. The NFL should never have caved on that.

  24. JSpicoli says: Dec 11, 2016 10:14 PM

    Just like the celebrations in baseball when they score a run.

    Oh yeah, nevermind. We have fastballs to police that.

  25. marima07 says: Dec 11, 2016 10:15 PM

    Woo! NFL’s gonna allow four full thrusts instead of just three.

  26. A Reader says: Dec 11, 2016 10:16 PM

    For the love of Pete, hand the ball to the ref and get ready for the next play. Games are too long already.

  27. elwaypeedinyourcheerios says: Dec 11, 2016 10:19 PM

    Here is an idea, Instead of trying to regulate how people behave after a TD, how about stop them from scoring! And then celebrate that!

  28. internetcommenter7 says: Dec 11, 2016 10:25 PM

    A lot of “act like you’ve been there before” talk from people who haven’t been anywhere near there.

  29. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Dec 11, 2016 10:30 PM

    Truthfully, I’d be happy if the NFL would take a closer look at the refs’ sobriety.

  30. statman25 says: Dec 11, 2016 10:33 PM

    I loved the old school celebrations when they handed the ball to the ref & went to bench. Didn’t act like they’d won the Super Bowl every time they got a 1st down either!! Those guys realized scoring TD’s were what they wer paid to do. Guessing they’d heard the quote “act like you’ve been here before and expect to be here again”.

  31. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Dec 11, 2016 10:34 PM

    bp12ever | Dec 11, 2016, 8:49 PM CST
    Florio this whole thing is so dumb. Guys cant do fun celebrations yet Zeke can wave his spoon that signifies cooking crack? Or Cam can dab? Drug references should go the way of the beer ads but other celebrations should be allowed
    ___________________________________________

    Zeke with the spoon is a reference to viral vid about the Cowboy’s eating breakfast. He’s in the video spooning cereal out of a mixing bowl. Has nothing to do with drugs.

    Cam’s dab is a dance move called “the dab” based out of ATL. Dabbing, yes, is consuming wax-based THC. But it’s also an unrelated dance move. And since we don’t live in Footloose-ville, I don’t see why you’d care.

  32. icebowler says: Dec 11, 2016 10:38 PM

    I’m OK with anything that is short and sweet, but there definitely has to be a time limit.

  33. ahs2 says: Dec 11, 2016 10:39 PM

    Until they award points for celebrations, just spike it & get off the field

  34. jackedupboonie says: Dec 11, 2016 10:40 PM

    They need to have a small Mobile stage that after a touchdown gets quickly into position in the endzone with spot lights and a huge travel tool/prop wall that each player from each team can have their favorite prop on this wall to use for their TD celebration. 20 seconds, stay on stage….the no flag endzone dance/ celebration fun zone!

  35. omegalh says: Dec 11, 2016 10:41 PM

    I like when they celebrate and they call it back.

  36. tonebones says: Dec 11, 2016 10:46 PM

    Don’t underestimate the silent majority. The people who call it the no fun league are the vocal minority. If you get too many professional football players acting like clowns, a lot of TV sets are going to get turned off. People don’t want their kids watching that crap.

  37. carloswlassiter says: Dec 11, 2016 10:49 PM

    Hopefully Doug Baldwin’s super bowl squat over the ball will be allowed again and we all get to see that every Sunday.

  38. yourunclerico says: Dec 11, 2016 11:09 PM

    how bout they focus on playing football instead of the coreographed gay dances. enough of these narcissists!

  39. dallasfan76 says: Dec 11, 2016 11:28 PM

    Somehow the Packers can jump into the stands after every touchdown and there is never a flag? The NFL is just full of it.

  40. coloradofort says: Dec 11, 2016 11:49 PM

    I just want to see less little yellow flags thrown so you can actually watch a game in less than 4 hours….

  41. tjacks7 says: Dec 12, 2016 12:01 AM

    I would just throw it into the stands as far as I could. Get rid of the evidence… You never know when the NFL will go on another PSI witch hunt.

  42. tjacks7 says: Dec 12, 2016 12:03 AM

    People don’t want their kids watching that crap.

    If the worst thing kids ever see is a player celebrating a TD I think their parents have more than sufficiently smothered the kid.

  43. SeahawksBMX says: Dec 12, 2016 12:11 AM

    Check out the opening few minutes of BASEketball if you haven’t seen it (or again if you have). Celebratory hilarity.
    I’m an extra in that movie towards the end. There was really no reason to throw that in, but too late for takebacks.

  44. polegojim says: Dec 12, 2016 12:28 AM

    Hate the celebrations… HATE them.

    Be a Pro.

  45. cdysart101 says: Dec 12, 2016 12:40 AM

    The refs need to just..relax..a little, who cares about a little dancing.

  46. packmanfan says: Dec 12, 2016 12:58 AM

    If they somehow decide to let them celebrate a bit more than they do now (Yeah, right. Like that will happen under Goddell’s NFL.) then they should return ALL the fine money to those they fined.

  47. packmanfan says: Dec 12, 2016 1:02 AM

    The TD celebrations is part of what makes it fun.
    No doubt players rehearse for when they make it, which is no small feat.
    Simply put a time limit of like 20-30 seconds on it and let them cut loose as long as they don’t rub it into the opposing team players faces.
    And it’s not the celebrations that disrupt the play of the game. It’s all those goddamn commercials that do.
    Instead, flag and fine the networks for the interruptions of play.

  48. packmanfan says: Dec 12, 2016 1:06 AM

    kerzondax says:
    Dec 11, 2016 10:01 PM
    Why on EARTH do they let them pray?? I mean I’ve got no problem IF they let them celebrate but saying that prayer is special is utter BS.
    ———————————————————————————–
    Yeah. Why don’t they point at the sky or get down on one knee if they miss a crucial 3rd down catch or fumbles the ball?
    If “god” helps him score than “god” must also be blamed for helping him mess up.

  49. marmac2768 says: Dec 12, 2016 2:37 AM

    I know that I am not the only person in the world who just cringes when I see the headlines “NFL to take a look at …………… (insert rule name here)”?

    Why don’t they quit looking at things?? It won’t be long before a referee will be throwing a flag on EVERY play!! Let’s just play ball and quit changing the rules all the time!! PLEASE!!

  50. zakkwyldeslespaul says: Dec 12, 2016 4:29 AM

    It’s my understanding that the networks will not show a drunken fan running onto the field. Since the play will be reviewed anyways just cut to the replay and spare us the celebration scene. You’re welcome Rog.

  51. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Dec 12, 2016 5:10 AM

    I think all players should perform choreographed dances after each play. 60 second time limit. Up to 3 props guys allowed per player.

    I mean come on people, if these players aren’t allowed to dance we may see a total breakdown on the very fabric of our society. They must be allowed to express the joy for which they have not yet learned the words.

    It’s not like these players are grown men or something

  52. evrybdyhas1 says: Dec 12, 2016 5:36 AM

    The NFL needs the referees to get the rules and penalties correct between the whistles before worrying about a snow man or mannequin celebration. These guys that own these teams are billionaires right!

  53. vonkaiser2001 says: Dec 12, 2016 5:55 AM

    I say let celebrations be legal. I prefer they make it a 5 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct every time a player jumps up after a pass play crying at the ref about wanting a flag for pass interference. That’s more showboating times TWENTY if u ask me…3 mock flag pulls from the hip in one game = ejection.

  54. justafanofnfl says: Dec 12, 2016 8:01 AM

    The NFL is trying to slow down Blount of the Patriots. His “photo shoot” celebration with the minutemen must be stopped at any cost.

  55. yhnbgt says: Dec 12, 2016 8:16 AM

    I doubt that the owners are pleased with the changes to the culture of the game over the last 20 years. At the end of day though its all about making money, and loosening rules re celebrations is likely viewed by them is necessary to shore up sagging TV ratings.

    Today’s players and younger fans sadly view the world through a me first and everything else second perspective. Celebrating even the smallest accomplishments is reflective of that. And the ever more outrageous/vulgar celebrations are simply a way to ensure that the TV camera is on you.

  56. melikefootball says: Dec 12, 2016 9:05 AM

    What the NFL should look at is how game our officiated. The calls non calls on interference calls our just mind boggling. The officials hunt for celebrations but as we saw yesterday Talib starts a fight and they don’t effect him, but low be hold a player does a rain dance, that is just a no no.

  57. avenger9800 says: Dec 12, 2016 10:37 AM

    It’s a look at me league. I’ve seen games where a team is getting killed by 20+ points, and the winning teams defense gives up a junk score with seconds left in the game, and the loosing team player dances like he just won the super bowl. It’s freaking pathetic! It’s your job, act like a professional. Barry Sanders professional!

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