Football Celebrations

19 10 2010

There has been a lot made recently of some of the celebrations made after a touchdown at some of the recent NFL and College games.  We have seen many flags being thrown by the referees which is their obligations according to the current rules.

Let’s examine this a little closer.  We are asking the players to play with the greatest of intensity during the game and then we’re asking these same players at the very climax of them scoring a touchdown to completely turn their emotions off.  I don’t know about you but I get pretty excited when I win a game of Monopoly, let alone a game as competitive as football.  I think the natural emotions that come with celebrating a team’s touchdown are only natural.

What I am against are two things, one taunting the players on the other team in any manner.  Examples of this might be of a players running out to the Silver Star in the middle of Texas stadium and stomping on it with his foot….can you say Terrell Owens!  This shows a lack of class and is about self promotion and self recognition in a team sport….this should not be allowed.  Another example might be a player carrying a sharpie, hidden in his sock, and using it to sign the football after catching it for a touchdown….can you say Terrell Owens!  This is not good sportsmanship and it was these antics that clearly wound up changing the league rule in the first place.  Why are we penalizing everyone including the fans for the actions of a few?  Personally, I think we should allow players to enjoy a moment of celebration after scoring a touchdown as long as it’s not self indulgent and is can be done with sportsmanship and class.

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Jerry Jones-“Open the roof”!

11 10 2010

Dear Jerry Jones,

You spent over a billion dollars to build the 8th wonder of the world that includes a retractable roof so that games can be played in natural conditions when possible.

Now, I can understand keeping it closed when the temperature is over 90 degrees for both the comfort of the fans and the health of the players.  I also can understand if the temperature was less than 50 degrees not wanting to keep the roof open.  The thing I do not understand is when the temperature is between 50-85 degrees, why the roof wouldn’t automatically be opened!

Jerry, you only have a total of 10 home games. We know that the first 2 pre-season games can be eliminated from this list as well as any game in September due to the heat. This will only leave you 6 or 7 home games.  I can see the games in December possibly being eliminated unless we have a beautiful day.  This will bring our total down to either 4 or 5 games depending on the schedule each year.  Don’t you think for the fans benefit you could open the roof for the 4 or 5 games you know will be reasonably comfortable?  Otherwise, why did you build it?

It seems as big as your ego is you would want the fans to marvel at what you built.  Instead we’re just left wondering what the atmosphere would be like if you pushed the magic button to open it up. If there is some other reason, please enlighten us!

Sincerely,

Disappointed Fan!