The No Fun League, uh, I mean, National Football League is doing what they can to outlaw needless celebrations. Some of the bans are completely pointless while some are a bit more understanding, like their recent banishment of dunking on goal posts.
A time-honored tradition by wide receivers and tight ends alike will no longer be legal this season after the NFL decided the strain put on the goal posts by players was knocking the structure off balance. Of course, it’s questionable if those who are accustom to doing so *cough* Jimmy Graham *cough* will be scared off by the new rule.
Clearly that hasn’t been the case as of yet considering Jimmy Graham, after catching a touchdown during a New Orleans Saints practice, decided to throw it down between the sticks.
The scrimmage, which was being officiated by NFL referees, flagged the New Orleans Saints tight end for his excessive and now illegal celebration.
— Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) August 2, 2014
Of course, being it was just the Black & Gold scrimmage and not an official NFL game, Jimmy Graham’s pocket book won’t be any lighter. Still, as if he didn’t have a big enough target on himself already.
It should be interesting to see how the NFL handles players who do break the rule. They may not need to do anything once coaches start lighting into their talent for the poor field position after the penalty.
I have to say though, I think I’m going to miss all of those celebrations. I understand why that particular one was banned, but some of the others were rather silly.