Scout.com’s article on new NFL rule changes has to be wrong. According to their interpretation the league banned the post-touchdown spike [emphasis mine]:
Individual players are prohibited from using foreign objects or the football while celebrating. They are also prohibited from engaging in any celebrations while on the ground. A celebration shall be deemed excessive or prolonged if a player continues to celebrate after a warning from an official. Previously, players were not prohibited from using props or celebrating on the ground.
Reason for the change: Promotes sportsmanship.
Taking the football and slamming it into ground looks like a violation of the rule to me.
A Hampton Roads (Virginia) Daily Press story puts the rule change this way [again emphasis mine]:
Another rules change will prohibit an individual player, not just two or more, from engaging in prolonged, excessive or “premeditated” celebrations. Players also cannot use a prop, such as the ball, to celebrate – a point illustrated in the video shown Thursday at Redskins Park by Washington running back Clinton Portis’ resuscitation of the pigskin last season.
As a response to Chad Johnson’s hijinks this is quite extreme. What next, banning the Lambeau Leap?
“NFL Rule Changes for 2006″
[Cross-posted to The American Mind.]
- NFL Limits TD Celebrations, Protects QBs
- U of New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert suspended indefinitely
- NFL Rules Named After Players
- Washington Redskins fire coaches Gregg Williams, Al Saunders
- Women turn on ref in soccer brawl
- Mike Shanahan to be next Washington Redskins coach
- Joe Gibbs resigns as Redskins coach
- Joe Gibbs Returning to Redskins in 2007
- NBA Fines Gilbert Arenas and Washington Wizards $25,000 each
- Why NBA Fight Rule is Good
- Eight is Enough- Edmonton beats Chicago 8-4
- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
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