Scoring a touchdown in the NFL can be a religious experience.
There was quite a bit of justifiable outrage when Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was penalized for falling to his knees in prayer after returning an interception for a touchdown Monday night. The league issued an apology and said there should not be a flag for a “player who goes to the ground as part of a religious expression.”
Sounds like a sensible approach.
Unless you want to get technical about religious expression.
Why couldn’t a player say that his end zone dance was a form of religious expression? Does the NFL have a list of acceptable religions, or could players make them up as they go along?
Ridiculous? Of course it is, but the official who threw the flag Monday night was going by the letter of the law.
This zero tolerance insanity is obviously a result of touchdown celebrations that had gotten out of hand for too long.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was penalized 15 yards for doing a belly flop after scoring a touchdown in the Steelers’ embarrassing, penalty-infested loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs Sunday.
His was one of many amazingly stupid penalties taken by the Steelers and, at his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Brown had scored enough NFL touchdowns that it should be routine for him.
And he said it would be nice if Brown just flipped the ball to the official.
Brown was asked about it on his local radio show and he said, “I just like to have fun. There’s a lot of work and energy that goes into scoring a touchdown.”
Brown, of course, needs to grow up. He’s obviously unaware that the No Fun League’s zero tolerance policy on touchdown celebrations is in place.
Another guy named Brown, first name Jim, has been trying to convince black players, who are almost expected to dance – an obvious example of the soft bigotry of low expectations if there ever was one – that they are feeding a negative stereotype with every performance.
Jim Brown is almost universally considered the best NFL player ever and despite playing only nine seasons, when the seasons were 12 and 14 games long, is 10th on the all time touchdown list.
So, he knows all about arriving in the end zone.
And he cringes when he sees current players “having fun” when they get there.
“(It’s) the buffoonery, The things we fought to get away: the stereotypical gestures. The rolling of the eyes, the dancing, and all the Walt Disney stereotypical racial disgraces.”
“You wonder how these individuals can be so stupid not to understand how the general public is looking at them… If you study history, you don’t want to emulate the things that were degrading and humiliating.”
“The humiliation was real. Now, guys are playing the yes-a-boss slave. That’s embarrassing to me. To think in this day and age, these young men would be out there shaking their butts and not knowing much of anything else. Not understanding the dignity of man and how to play a game and play it hard and let that speak for itself.”
I wonder how many current NFL players have ever heard Jim Brown speak on the subject.
For that matter, I wonder how many know who Jim Brown is.
The solution is simple. When you score a touchdown, spike the ball or, better yet, give it to the referee. Say your prayers on the sideline.
God and/or Allah will find you.