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The ‘No Fun League’ Is At It Again With Penalizing Goal Post Dunks

Submitted by on March 26, 2014 – 6:13 pmNo Comment

How much more fun can the NFL suck out of the league? Apparently, as much as they possibly can. The latest iron fist ruling from the league comes in the form of throwing a flag whenever a player dunks on the goal post after scoring a touchdown. The announcement came from the league’s vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino.

“We grandfathered in some, the Lambeau Leap and things like that, but dunking will come out,” Blandino said, according to NFL.com. “Using the ball as a prop or any object as a prop, whether that’s the goalpost, the crossbar, that will come out and that will be a foul next season.”

It seems like celebrations such as the Icky Shuffle and Deion Sanders‘ skip dance were so long ago. That’s when players could act like human beings instead of robots. Since then, celebrations are a thing of yesteryear and a touchdown is supposed to be met with looks of indifference. You know, like you score every day and don’t care. But players became innovative and one of the cool celebrations is been demonstrated regularly by New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham, who scores a boatload of touchdowns and is a former collegiate basketball player, has made it common practice to dunk the football between the uprights. It was fun watching other players fail and do a finger roll, but now that the celebration has been essentially considered foul play, what is there left for players to do?

The reason has much to do with the occasional delay of game when the dunk knocks the goal post off balance. It’s not really that much of a big deal to fans, but, you know, the NFL is just being the NFL and doesn’t enjoy you or anyone else having fun watching or playing.

It’s lame. But don’t expect Graham to adhere to the rules. He sent out a tweet saying the following:

“I guess I’ll have to lead the @nfl in penalties next year!”

Take that NFL!

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