It was reported today by www.bleacherreport.com that the NFL is going to continue taking away from some of the most entertaining parts of the game, the players celebrating a big play (touchdowns, sacks and first downs)! It’s being reported that NFL referees are telling teams in training camp around the country that players will be penalized for celebrations during games. These celebrations include but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation); or dancing. In other words to me it seems they are trying to take away the individualatiy from players and in some cases teams aka the “Lambeau leap”! Just to give you an idea of what the NFL is taking away; the J.J. Watt salute, the Victor Cruz salsa and yes even Tebowing! This is just ridiculous to me because fans enjoy those celebrations and watching players have a little individuality. Or in the case of the “Lambeau leap” it’s really a chance for the fans to be part of the game and hug their favorite player or just a player from their favoriite team. The “Lambeau leap” is also a Green Bay Packers tradition that goes back as far as the team and to say players will be penalized 15 yards for doing it you might as well say the fans who catch the players will be arrested for harrasment! The NFL has a great product and instead of improving it they are trying to make it worse by taking away these celebrations. Now let me say I have no problem with the mind set of acting like you’ve been there before such as Adrian Peterson or the great Barry Sanders but if a player has something that shows their personality and individuality then they should be allowed to show it! No one wants to see a 10 minute celebration but all of these acts of joy tend to last seconds and no more so whats the big deal. With this decision the NFL is deciding to continue their reputation as the No Fun League and as a fan that is just no fun!!!

Here is the link to the Bleacher Report article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1728958-spinning-the-ball-will-get-you-a-penalty-because-the-nfl-is-no-fun?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national

By: David Hastings
@WeAreSportsZone
thisissportszone@gmail.com

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