The NFL was probably tired of everyone calling them the No Fun League, so they are allowing fun celebrations again after scores and turnovers. Don’t get too excited, because it wouldn’t be the NFL without some stupid and ridiculous rules attached. We dissected the new rules to see exactly what players can and can’t-do, so let’s dive in, shall we?
For years the touchdown celebrations in the NFL were getting out of hand with props and gimmicks that were distracting from the game. So the NFL stepped in and made all celebrations other than spiking the ball and high fives illegal and subject to a 15-yard penalty. Then we were stuck in the doldrums for years as players were systematically penalized and dined for anything that showed any flare or originality.
Let’s face it, the NFL wanted a bland product that is palatable to the most people, so they watered down the product. As we have seen in the recent presidential election, our country is divided and certain people were not happy with excessive celebrations. Not even talking about the anthem protests, which is another whole ball of yarn but it still deals with similar issues.
Gladly the NFL woke up and realized the actual product is important and if its good, people will watch. They allowed celebrations back with restrictions but it has already improved ratings.
What you can and can’t-do are pretty funny actually…
-You can shoot the football like a basketball, but you can’t dunk it over the goal posts.
-You can’t shoot fake weaponry or throw the ball like a grenade, because of that would show violence…
This is the same NFL that has multiple teams with questionable mascots (I’m looking at you Washington and Kansas City), and a few teams with weapons that fire after scores (I’m looking at you Tampa and Minnesota). The NFL needs to chose if people can use weapons or not because the continued double standards are starting to get crazy. The NFL fined Washington CB Josh Norman for firing a fake Bow and Arrow but allows the Buccaneers to fire off a real cannon 7 times when they score a TD. Seems legit.
-You can jump into the stands and party with your entire team but you had better not twerk your butt in a sexual manner, that’s a penalty and a fine.
So if you do one pelvic thrust or booty shake you can get a 15-yard-penalty and a hefty fine.
-Don’t even think about using a prop or celebrating too long, that is excessive and will most likely get you a fine.
– Thankfully you and your teammates are allowed to do fun group celebrations, like when the Redskins intercepted a football and the team proceeded to frisk and arrest that player on the field. Talk about a protest celebration. I expect these players to get fined and the NFL will obviously be cracking down on these type of celebrations.
The NFL may have loosened up the strings a little bit, just don’t forget who runs the show and who writes the checks…
The Hall Of Fame Will Not Individually Honor Terell Owens
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will not individually honor Terrell Owens at the enshrinement of the new class set to take place next month.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Friday that they will not individually honor Terrell Owens at the enshrinement of the new class set to take place next month. The announcement was made after Owens announced he will not be there.
Owens has instead chosen to give a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His speech will take place on August 4th, while the enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for August 2nd. Owens name will still be announced when the whole class is announced, and his picture and videos of his playing days will be included in materials shown throughout the weekend.
The rest of the 2018 class joining Owens in the Hall includes Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, and Brian Urlacher. Certainly a star-studded class. So why did Owens choose to skip the ceremony?
Many believe it was because he was snubbed in the previous two years, the first two he was eligible. He had publicly complained about not being inducted in those two years and felt he was being unfairly treated due to how outspoken he was when he was a player. But make no mistake, he is one of the greatest receivers of all time and definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
“The focus is on the guys who are here,” Joe Horrigan, the executive director of the Hall of Fame said in an interview with the Talk of Fame Sports Network on Thursday. “There’s no reason to bring him up as an individual. He’s not here.” And he’s got a point. Why bring up former teammates and coaches to talk about their memories with Owens if he won’t then be brought up to talk himself? It makes perfect sense, really.
Owens played 15 seasons with the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals. When it was all said and done, he had 1,078 receptions (8th all-time) for 15,934 yards (2nd all-time) and 153 touchdowns (3rd all-time). But, as well all remember, he was also famously a problem player. Even getting in intense arguments with coaches and teammates on the sidelines during games.
In a way, I understand the decision by Owens. He gave everything he had to the game, but many people involved with it do not like him. They didn’t like his attitude when he played and they still don’t like it now. So why would he celebrate with them? Can you really blame him for wanting to celebrate his Hall of Fame career with people that love and appreciate him? I know I can’t.
David Tepper Officially Buys The Carolina Panthers
The sale of the Carolina Panthers to billionaire David Tepper for $2.275 billion was made official on Monday.
This isn’t exactly breaking news, we already knew the Carolina Panthers were being sold to hedge fund billionaire David Tepper. But the sale became official on Monday. The price? An NFL record $2.275 billion.
“I am thrilled to begin this new era of Carolina Panthers football and am humbled by the overwhelming excitement and support for the team,” Tepper said in a statement on Monday. “On behalf of the fans and myself, I thank Jerry Richardson for bringing the team to the Carolinas and for entrusting me with its future.”
Tepper bought the Cam Newton-led team from the man that found the franchise, Jerry Richardson. Richardson, as you may know, was recently fined a whopping $2.75 million by the NFL for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. In fact, Richardson’s announcement that he was selling the team came in December of 2017, just two days after the Panthers announced they were taking over an investigation into Richardson’s workplace misconduct.
No official statement was ever made linking the two bombshells, but it’s safe to assume his decision to sell the team had something to do with the investigation. He issued a statement that said he and his wife “are grateful to the Carolina community for the love and support you have shown your Panthers. Your enthusiasm for football and devotion to the team has been a source of strength for us and for everyone who calls the Carolinas home.”
Tepper was unanimously approved by NFL owners to buy the team back in the Spring. And since then he’s already gone out of his way to meet with Panthers team leaders, veteran players, and even some staff at Bank of America Stadium. But, as part of the sale, Tepper was forced to sell his 5% ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
And now it’s Tepper’s turn to see if he can finally take the Panthers to a Super Bowl victory. “Winning is the most important thing both on the field and in the community, and I am committed to winning a Super Bowl championship together. I look forward to being part of the Panthers’ family and to supporting this flourishing region.”
Tepper has already said he has no significant plans on changing the current roster or coaching staff. The Panthers have seen great success under quarterback Cam Newton and head coach Ron Rivera, including making it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2015. But perhaps the more important question is, how much will he try to change the culture within the organization that led to the sexual and racial misconduct allegations that were levied against the Panthers former owner?
Buccaneers’ QB James Winston Officially Suspended For Three Games
It was announced on Thursday that the NFL would be suspending Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season.
It was announced on Thursday that the NFL would be suspending Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season. The suspension comes after an Uber driver accused Winston of inappropriately touching her during a late night ride in 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The suspension will not be a paid one and Winston has said he will not appeal.
“First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize,” Winston said in his official statement. “I apologize to my teammates, the Buccaneers organization and fans for letting them down and for not being able to be out there for the first three games of the season.
Although I am disappointed in the NFL’s decision, I understand the NFL’s process, and I embrace this as an opportunity to take advantage of the resources available to help me achieve the goals that I have for myself.”
Unfortunately, it’s hard to take Winston very seriously at this point. This is far from his first bout of off-the-field misconduct, and far from the first accusation by a woman. Let’s take a quick look back at all the of the trouble Winston has found himself in over his short career.
December 2013: Winston was investigated as part of a sexual assault case at FSU (his alma mater) but was never charged.
May 2014: Winston was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a supermarket.
September 2014: Winston stood up on a table in a crowded campus cafeteria and yelled obscene phrases.
March 2016: Winston inappropriately touched a female Uber driver and was suspended three games by the NFL at the start of the 2018 season.
This is very disconcerting for the NFL and for the Buccaneer organization and their fans. Winston was already considered a risk before the draft due to all his problems at Florida State. But, for these first three seasons, it seemed like he had grown up and changed his behavior. Now that doesn’t seem to be the case. And I’m sure everyone in the organization is nervous this won’t be the last time Winston’s in the news for his actions unrelated to football.
Winston is required to take a clinical evaluation and he will also have to abide by any therapeutic recommendations made by the NFL. If Winston refuses or ignores any of the recommended treatment, the NFL could suspend or discipline him further. In a statement by the team, they said they are “disappointed that James put himself in a position that has been found to violate the policy.”
In the meantime, the Buccaneers will rely on NFL journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. Their first three games are against the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pittsburgh Steelers. All three very good teams with great quarterbacks. So they will likely need to score a lot of points to have a chance at winning any of them. Thankfully, the games against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are at home.
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