King Ables writes:
> > My question is:
> > why are referees allowed to give such a silly penalty?
> 'Cause it's the rules.
> A few years ago, people were celebrating in... shall we say...
> with more enthusiasm than necessary. It was taking up a lot of
> time what with dancing and piling on and things in the end zone.
> So the bright boys that make the rules decided to make it a
> penalty whenever this happened. I think the point was to keep
> these 5 minute parties from happening in the end zone.
It was actually the result of many complaints from Tom Landry aimed
at the Redskins.
If memory serves me, about eight years ago, the Redskins used to have
a cute nickname for their wide receivers. I think it was the "fun bunch",
or some other stupid name. Anyhow, whenever any of them would score a TD,
they would all gather around in the endzone, join hands, play ring-around-
the-rosie, jump up and high-five each other.
The celebrations were even rowdier when they played Dallas, and got on
Landry's nerves so badly that he isssued an edict banning ANY COWBOY from
celebrating a score. I remember a game where Butch Johnson made a
spectacular grab for six points, and was just about to jump up and spike
the ball. The network cut to a shot of Landry, with half the veins popping
out of his head, screaming downfield. I don't think Butch could hear him,
but coincidently, he cut his move short and simply dropped the ball.
Tom lobbied and whined heavily for the League to abolish such celebrations.
After a couple or three years of ***ing, he got his way.
> Now if you do much more than spike the ball, you get a flag.
> Personally, I thought the double "pass out" that the Bucs did today
> was pretty amusing. And it didn't last long.
I'm waiting to see one of those dorks give himself a concussion from one
of those falls.
It reminds me of an incident involving a Dolphin receiver, Duriel Harris
I think (Aaron would know.). The guy had just caught a TD pass, and
proceeded to perform a back-flip. He landed flat-footed, and broke a
couple of ankle bones.
> Most people I've ever heard have an opinion on this think it's
> about the dumbest rule in the NFL (and that's saying quite a bit!).
The dumbest rule is the much famous:
"Personal foul - offense; personal foul - defense; Penalties offset."
IMHO, they should eject any player who draws a personal foul for at least