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On May 23rd, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL announced a few changes to the celebration rules. This included the lifted bans of group celebrations, using the ball as a prop and on-the-ground celebrations.
Let me start off by saying that I’m proud of the old wrinkly bastards that run the NFL for once in my life. It usually seems that they try to find ways to ruin the sport and make crucial decisions with little to no explanation. But this time, they backtracked on their awfully enforced rules.
It’s 2017, not 1948. I’m not even that “pro-celebration dances”, but I don’t get bothered by it either. It was clear that this fine was way out of bounds. What are they doing that’s so terrible in this picture? Did they become triggered when they saw Odell reach for his fake camera? Do they not like The Salsa?! These are the hard-hitting questions.
Roger Goodell also said, “Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized,” according to ESPN.com.
So lets go over the new rules.
Sorry Antonio, twerking your ass in front of Redskins fans was also a fond memory for me.
But in all seriousness, the players are what bring in revenue for the league. People don’t turn on football games to see some old farts sitting in a booth. When I watch a football game, I want to see Rob Gronkowski stiff arm seven guys en route to the endzone. And if he wants to put on a show after the play, so be it.
Clearly the NFL had an epiphany in the middle of the night for some odd reason. Oh wait, it’s not an odd reason. They just figured that the more popular players become, the more popular the sport will become and that will of course lead to more money in their pocket.
Back to sleep!