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Mike Pereira calls loosening of end-zone celebration rules “a step back”

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The NFL has loosened its touchdown celebration rules, but not everyone is celebrating. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis now has company in arguing the move is a bad idea.

Fox analyst Mike Pereira, the league’s former head of officiating, calls the move “a step back.”

“I think it’s a sad day,” Pereira said, via Clark Judge of Talk of Fame Network. “I think that this is a step back that we worked — when I was there — so hard to kind of clean up the game and not send bad signals to young kids who were playing the game.

“This is not allowed in college. It’s not allowed in high school. It’s not allowed in Pop Warner. But now we set the tone as supposedly the idols, and kids are going to watch these acts again. And, to me, this is about the team, not the individual. They’re going to play to ESPN to see if they can get on the highlights. To me, it’s just a real step backward.”

Group celebrations, using the ball as a prop, going to the ground and snow angels now are all legal in the end zone following a score. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Ravens coach John Harbaugh pushed for the easing of the rules, but Lewis, who is on the league’s competition committee, opposed the change saying it is “not a very good example for young people.”

Pereira said officials likely stop throwing flags for touchdown celebrations.

“You’re not going to see many penalties thrown for celebrations. Period,” Pereira said. “Unless it’s the absolute obvious twerking or the shooting of the six-guns.”

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58 Responses to “Mike Pereira calls loosening of end-zone celebration rules “a step back””
  1. paulieorkid says: Jun 11, 2017 9:26 PM

    Thankfully, Pereira is not making the call here.

  2. realtruthteller100 says: Jun 11, 2017 9:26 PM

    hes so right. waht the nfl has done is a sickening act that wil ldrive our acountry down the tubes! i fo rone wil lrefuse to watch this “sport” if players start to get a way with these dancing acts that belong far away from the tv.

  3. I Must Break You says: Jun 11, 2017 9:26 PM

    Making a snow angel sends a bad signal to young kids?

  4. nimbushex says: Jun 11, 2017 9:27 PM


  5. pastabelly says: Jun 11, 2017 9:32 PM

    Stop worrying about “young people”. That argument ended as soon as they started allowing Viagra commercials. The only bad thing about the new rules is that there is referee discretion. Other than that, nobody really cares what these players do as long as it’s not in the face of an opponent.

  6. therealraider says: Jun 11, 2017 9:33 PM


  7. trainwrecksryan says: Jun 11, 2017 9:48 PM

    Old Man Yells At Cloud

  8. nepatriot1 says: Jun 11, 2017 9:48 PM

    I like Pereira, he comes on 98.5 in Boston frequently, but this is a stupid rule that should never have been. Nothing wrong with a little celebration after a hard earned score, has no bearing on the game.

  9. hishighness says: Jun 11, 2017 9:49 PM

    Mike Pereira should shut his mouth.

  10. papalurchdxb says: Jun 11, 2017 9:52 PM

    Won’t anyone think of the children…

    Shut up Pereira, it’s your kind of attitude and outlook on life that causes so many people to switch off from the game – see that, the GAME – people are supposed to have fun.

    You’re no longer relevant, take your stone age opinions to the country club.

  11. angelogiaquinto18 says: Jun 11, 2017 9:56 PM

    I think there are bigger concerns than end zone celebrations Mike!

  12. lewsblues says: Jun 11, 2017 9:58 PM

    I’m not a big fan of the post touchdown celebrations but I can live with them; however, I do have a suggestion for the NFL.

    To keep a handle on these “celebrations” and the occasional taunting flag that is thrown during the course of the touchdown, stop penalizing on the kickoff. It doesn’t make any sense.

    The next play is the point after attempt and the penalty should be enforced then. A few 50 yard extra point attempts will get the attention of the players and the teams quickly.

  13. linemanguy74 says: Jun 11, 2017 10:03 PM

    100% correct

  14. genericcommenter says: Jun 11, 2017 10:08 PM

    These guys aren’t children in a compulsory educational setting. But some people would like to always treat them like children, for some obvious and some not so obvious reasons.

  15. MichaelEdits says: Jun 11, 2017 10:11 PM

    He’s wrong.

  16. tonebones says: Jun 11, 2017 10:11 PM

    The NFL just set a new all time record for revenue. Yes, despite being the “No Fun League” and despite Colin Kaepernick’s protest, the NFL raked in record numbers of cash. I agree 100% with Pereira. Obviously there are enough people around the world who actually enjoy the game of football, they don’t need watch players display their low IQs.

  17. terrellblowens says: Jun 11, 2017 10:13 PM

    Marvin Lewis is worried about touchdown dances setting a good example for the young kids, but remind me which team drafted Joe Mixon

  18. mrf47 says: Jun 11, 2017 10:18 PM

    Why don’t you like fun?

  19. Bob says: Jun 11, 2017 10:18 PM

    I agree with Pereira. Sadly, sportsmanship is a lost cause in this country.

  20. itsfootballfolks says: Jun 11, 2017 10:18 PM

    He’s absolutely correct in my opinion. I just hope Belichick doesn’t allow it.

  21. yahdoood says: Jun 11, 2017 10:24 PM

    Back in my day we used to wear onions on our belts…

    I think the crux of whether this will work or not is whether the celebration is tasteful and positive.

    Players grabbing their junk or taunting other players should probably be penalties, but dancing, dunking the ball in the goal posts and other nifty entertaining celebrations are just simply fun.

    And it’s about time somebody brought some fun back to this league.

  22. hamlet423 says: Jun 11, 2017 10:28 PM

    Mike Pereira comes out strong against football having any sense of enjoyment or fun. When will he be back as the new commissioner?

  23. charger383 says: Jun 11, 2017 10:42 PM

    good time to run commercials

  24. charger383 says: Jun 11, 2017 10:43 PM

    celebration is what fans do, not the players

  25. motleytrap says: Jun 11, 2017 10:46 PM

    I think the vote banning group celebrations was 30-0, with only the Rams(Bob N Weave) abstaining.

    It is funny how the owners could be unanimously against this fifteen years ago and all in favor of it now.

    What changed?

  26. cobrala2 says: Jun 11, 2017 10:48 PM

    It’s also not professional entertainment in College (ahem), High School or Pop Warner.

  27. Ramasez says: Jun 11, 2017 11:13 PM

    Best example for the kids is to make everyone robots.

  28. ChampKind813 says: Jun 11, 2017 11:24 PM

    Maybe Pereira and that idiot lame duck coach Lewis should focus their energies on what americas youth could pick up and adapt to the positive off the field influence some of these NFL players provide. Talk more about the Walter Payton Man of the Year recipients and qualifiers.What they can do to join that movement instead of moaning whining over weather someone will use the pylon as a golf club putting the football. (If legal idk) but point being any of the mentioned legal celebrations. Which really are not that bad at all and I’m glad they loosened the reigns some.

  29. thingamajig says: Jun 11, 2017 11:42 PM

    Sorry but I agree 100% with Pereira.

  30. deeckon says: Jun 11, 2017 11:47 PM

    But they also started alcohol advertising

  31. deeckon says: Jun 11, 2017 11:48 PM

    But MP doesn’t seem worried about that

  32. lks311 says: Jun 12, 2017 12:02 AM

    …and while you’re at it, get off my lawn!

  33. ibillwt says: Jun 12, 2017 12:46 AM

    Good for him. It’s going to get really childish again.

  34. dreemeagle says: Jun 12, 2017 12:53 AM

    somehow it just doesn’t make much sense to put on a juvenile display of histrionics simply for doing your job;

    all it says is ‘look at me’ while ignoring the other ten men who had to do their jobs equally so well or better in order for you to do yours;

    in most any other circumstance that would be called selfish and immature, so why is it considered acceptable here?

    is this what we want to say to young fans and players, that it’s okeh to be so selfish on a national stage, that such selfishness is ‘fun’?

    doubtless it’s just me, but i always admired the way Barry Sanders did it, like he’d actually been in an end zone before…

  35. uknowimright1 says: Jun 12, 2017 1:15 AM

    Sadly, yet another win for the ESPN (otherwise known as the new BET) supporters & the increasing acceptance that acting a fool is more important than sportsmanship…liberalism wins again & the NFL will truly regret this idiotic decision…it’s called a slippery slope for a reason, fools…

  36. ayokel21 says: Jun 12, 2017 1:41 AM

    Well they were idiotic rules, just like Pereira.

  37. mongo3401 says: Jun 12, 2017 2:04 AM

    I remember when the NFL was full of men that just wanted to play football. Now it’s full of ghetto clowns,’freeloaders and people that could not hold a job down if they didn’t have football talent. Outside of Gronk spiking the ball you won’t see anyone on the Lats doing citations in the end zone. BB don’t have to say anything, they would be on the next bus out. Go ahead, make fun of BB and call him an old man.

    All that old man does is keep reprinting the name on the back of his boat next Spring it will be named 6 Rings.

  38. eddiea25 says: Jun 12, 2017 4:26 AM

    Marvin Lewis said it sets a bad example for kids?You better take a look at your roster over the years Marvin, could’ve played the con team in “The Longest Yard”.

  39. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 12, 2017 5:11 AM

    “no fun league”

    Blah blah blah. Spare me.

    It’s not about fun, it’s about acting like a no class jackass.

  40. thisistheendifyouletit says: Jun 12, 2017 5:58 AM

    Why not just have the TV cameras capture the sideline or crowd reaction after the score? Then their celebration will just be silly.

  41. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 12, 2017 6:07 AM

    It’s a sport. What’s more, its entertainment. Lighten up.

  42. greymares says: Jun 12, 2017 6:47 AM

    I agree 100% in fact if the celebrating is now allowed, the celebrant should be open for a punch in the throat. I would make both acceptable. I’m guessing only really important scores would generate a celebration.

  43. linemanguy74 says: Jun 12, 2017 7:04 AM

    I watch the NFL to watch football,not some guy act like he has never scored a TD,made a tackle or int in his life.

  44. stipez says: Jun 12, 2017 7:12 AM

    Curmudgeons gonna curmudgeon

  45. leroyquimby says: Jun 12, 2017 7:18 AM

    Lots of things aren’t allowed in high school that adults are allowed to do. Children at some point have to learn that too.

  46. autumnwind999 says: Jun 12, 2017 7:50 AM

    The celebrations are so corny. Go watch ice-dancing if you want to see that sort of stuff.

  47. hodag54501 says: Jun 12, 2017 8:11 AM

    Lets see: the customers(fans) would like to see the rules loosened a bit so their favorite players can show joy about scoring a touchdown.

    The customers in the seats are paying very high prices to see the games and the fans at home have to sit through commercials, time outs from the action, and babble before they see the game resume.

    So a little fun in the end zone is a bad thing?

    This isn’t the freakin’ military Mike. Whether you and the fascists at NFL central know it or not, the fans (customers) own the game.


    So shut the h— up.

  48. bzingha says: Jun 12, 2017 8:14 AM

    Not a huge fan of the end zone celebrations but if the criticism is based upon setting good examples for our youth then let’s get our priorities straight. Let’s resolve player behavior with respect to domestic violence, DUI’s, steroid and HGH use, and vulgarity-laced tirades on social media and in the backs of taxi cars, for example. Kind of think these are more important than snow angels in the end zone.

  49. kcflake says: Jun 12, 2017 9:09 AM

    Periria sounds like a real Old Man with these statements.

    When he pops in to comments on a call in your nfl game, it is just so very exciting.

  50. joetoronto says: Jun 12, 2017 10:35 AM

    Crap, I don’t like the fact that I have to agree with Mike Pereira.

  51. jbutina says: Jun 12, 2017 10:57 AM

    How is having fun playing sending the wrong message?

  52. edgerules says: Jun 12, 2017 11:07 AM

    uknowimright1 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 1:15 AM
    Sadly, yet another win for the ESPN (otherwise known as the new BET) supporters & the increasing acceptance that acting a fool is more important than sportsmanship…liberalism wins again & the NFL will truly regret this idiotic decision…it’s called a slippery slope for a reason, fools…

    15 19

    What does politics have to do with this? Funny you call ESPN the “new BET,” especially since they, along with PFT, which you commented here, cover the NFL, which is predominantly African American. If you have problems with African Americans, why do you follow the NFL, with all those African American players?

  53. edgerules says: Jun 12, 2017 11:09 AM

    As for Pereira, he needs to worry more about concussions, domestic violence, and CTE, than players doing snow angels.

  54. bhuettl says: Jun 12, 2017 11:25 AM

    I think that the NFL does go too far in limiting some celebrations. I also think that they do a good job of limiting a lot of tasteless actions.

    What really irks me is that some of these players act like they just won the Superbowl for the tenth straight year when all they did was get a first down or tackle someone after a five yard gain. DO YOUR FLIPPEN JOB and walk back to the huddle. Save your participation celebrations for when you do score or provide a takeaway on defense.

  55. kemp13 says: Jun 12, 2017 11:53 AM


  56. fanasaurus says: Jun 12, 2017 1:09 PM

    All this talk about “fun” in celebrations is nonsense. Isn’t playing the game and the act of scoring a touch down the “fun” the players should be after. The celebration will be all about who can out do the other with preconceived choreographed “look at me” B.S.

  57. rootgamble says: Jun 12, 2017 1:19 PM

    Player scores touchdown: Would someone think of the CHILDREN!? They’re so impressionable and they’re going to pick up on the things they see on TV. Celebrations are bad.

    Game goes to commercial: Hey, drink this beer and you’ll have tons of cool, good looking friends! You’ll have a great time if you drink beer!

  58. kniddynamite says: Jun 13, 2017 1:33 AM

    uknowimright1 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 1:15 AM
    Sadly, yet another win for the ESPN (otherwise known as the new BET) supporters & the increasing acceptance that acting a fool is more important than sportsmanship…liberalism wins again & the NFL will truly regret this idiotic decision…it’s called a slippery slope for a reason, fools…

    What exactly is so liberal about the NFL getting rid of a heavy-handed regulation that turned it’s refs into the PC police, exacting penalties for potentially hurting someone’s feelings?

    Sounds pretty conservative to me.

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