Excessive celebrations have long been a punishable offense in the NFL, but officials plan to further crack down on celebrations in the upcoming football season. Word around training camps is that officials will penalize players who spin the ball after making a play.
This is not a new rule: The 2012 official playing rules listed examples of prohibited acts that will result in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, saying, “These acts include but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation; or dancing.”
The No Fun League strikes again. While some players get carried away after making routine plays, enthusiasm and excitement after a big play should not be eliminated from the game. Or maybe it's just time for players to make a more original celebration.