OT - the NFL is making an educational video on proper celebrations

Submitted by kehnonymous on March 22nd, 2017 at 10:19 AM

We're developing an educational training video for players to show clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations. pic.twitter.com/3yzBxAaQuk

— Troy Vincent (@TroyVincent23) March 21, 2017

So... yeah. Still, I am definitely of two minds about this. Yes, this is pants-on-head stupid. On the other hand, I'm a Browns fan who adopted the Lions as his second team so penalizing players for excessive touchdown celebrations will only help my teams in the long run.



March 22nd, 2017 at 12:18 PM ^

I think its about money. In 2016 the league fined players $310,000 for excessive celebration. That is $310,000 for absolutely nothing. The players aren't doing anything wrong. When was the last time you actually saw a celebration that was "offensive"? It's the easiest way for the league to make $310k.

Source: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/fines-suspensions/2016/fines/


March 22nd, 2017 at 10:31 AM ^

knee-jerk hot take answer:  the league's execs are stodgy old men who are offended that players show joy or emotion when playing a physically intense game.

tinfoil hat answer that I suspect is probably not 100% untrue:  the league probably doesn't care *that* much about TD celebrations, but is OK have people rage at such a transparently idiotic policy so they don't rage at other more legitimately awful things the NFL does (or doesn't do) re: concussion protocol, non-guaranteed contracts, gouging taxpayers with stadium deals, etc, etc etc. 

Everyone Murders

March 22nd, 2017 at 11:28 AM ^

Suggesting that the TD celebration issue is driven by an ulterior motive is untenable.  It would be like suggesting that the Tom Brady Deflation Issue was actually driven by a desire to have people focus on a non-issue rather than domestic violence and rampant PED use plaguing the NFL.

I mean, who would believe that?


March 22nd, 2017 at 1:16 PM ^

Agreed. I'd guess that the focus groups frown upon them. Think about the types who believe in idiocy like "the sanctity of the game." Think about their TV and radio preferences. Then, think about where the celebrations originated (WWW search: Elmo Wright) and who's associated with them.


March 22nd, 2017 at 10:54 AM ^

For the same reason that the Super Bowl half time shows always have such middle of the road acts:  So nobody gets offended.

The NFL wants to portray itself as a mainstream family-friendly league, and so it twists itself into a pretzel to not show anything that looks offensive.

This is also why they always try to immediately cover up truly bad actions by players / coaches / owners as an almost reflexive knee-jerk reaction, rather than actually addressing it.

Never is heard a discouraging word in their little Potemkin village.

They are Disney with concussions.



March 22nd, 2017 at 10:52 AM ^

happen. i've got no problem with some hootin' and hollerin' and high fives, but the other stuff is not a great example for kids. i would add that our fair university does it just right in that regard.  


March 22nd, 2017 at 11:32 AM ^

I actually find the topic interesting.

On the one hand, some people need to lighten up. It is just an intense game, and celebrations seem right when you score a TD.

On the other hand, it is easy to say "lighten up,Francis" until you are the one being offended. I think many of us have seen a mean bully excusing themselves and their mean spirited actions by saying, "lighten up. It's just a joke."

What I think probably crosses the line are celebrations that really are about taunting and demeaning your opponent, and maybe celebrations that are full of sexual innuendo? Would be interesting to see the video.


March 22nd, 2017 at 12:43 PM ^

Celebrations with full team orchestration  or sexual innuendo is where the line needs to be drawn.  Pulling sharpies out of your sock after scoring is freaking ridiculous.  I have no problems with some fun and excitement, but when you spend more time preparing your celebration and coordinating with other teammates, it borders on the absurd.  I like soccer for this reason, they let you celebrate and have fun after a goal, but you will get carded if it gets out of hand.  Players like Terrell Owens are why the league took this step to the extreme.

At the end of the day, I like a player like Barry Sanders, whose play was far more exciting than any dance or celebration  would ever be, he handed the ball to the ref, and that was perfect for me.  Barry won with cruelty on the field but utter class everywhere else.  Todays athletes need to learn a little about sportsmanship and respect for the opponent.