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NFL Excessive Celebration Rule - Please Answer, for School Report
I'm doing a report on the rule and I need a survey of if you're against it, or for it.

So are you in favor of the rule?
Or do you just wish it was gone?
| Closed on 02/21/09 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | NFL | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
Team Breakout:
74 Fans 
19%a. I think the rule is best for the game.
81%b. I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.

 &nbp;
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#4 | 2064 days ago

Although I lose respect for any player celebrating when they are losing by 40.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
  
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#1 | 2064 days ago

Let them do what the hell they want.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#2 | 2064 days ago

number1cubfan wrote:
Let them do what the hell they want.
I agree.  Unless they're doing something to harm someone, it's not a big deal at all.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#3 | 2064 days ago

 maybe put a time limit on it...like 3 seconds, no need to re enact henry VIII
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#4 | 2064 days ago

Although I lose respect for any player celebrating when they are losing by 40.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#5 | 2064 days ago

My thought is that athletes in a lot of sports are being turned into robots. It's like they aren't supposed to be human and show ANY emotion. Just straighten those shoulders and walk calmly back to the bench after scoring please...DUH!

I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#6 | 2064 days ago

This rule is a stupid one that needs to be revoked. Football is a very emotional game, and asking the participants to not show ANY emotion is way too much. While "celebrations" intended to degrade the opponent are over the line, those can still be policed through a simple unsportsmanlike conduct call. The league should allow officials the latitude to determine that. A little common sense would go a long way.

I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#7 | 2064 days ago

Its a game.  A game.  Anybody who goes with choice "A" better not celebrate anything they ever accomplish in any game, whether it be a board game, computer game, or in sports.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#8 | 2064 days ago

(Edited by RichmondSpider)
Bottom line is all a celebration does is give the fan a reason to judge the player - guess it depends on how you want people to view you.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#9 | 2064 days ago

(Edited by MarkW49ers)
frenchy62 wrote:

This rule is a stupid one that needs to be revoked. Football is a very emotional game, and asking the participants to not show ANY emotion is way too much. While "celebrations" intended to degrade the opponent are over the line, those can still be policed through a simple unsportsmanlike conduct call. The league should allow officials the latitude to determine that. A little common sense would go a long way.

Good Comment 2002...However, the unfortunate reality about 'Stupid Rules' is they are often created to control stupid people...While Football is truly a mans sport, few could argue that sometimes the athletes on the field fail miserably living up to this distinction...Thus...we get stupid rules...But, I actually think the NFL got this one right...the NFL recognizes there is, as crazy as it may seem, marketing value in these celebrations...The home team fans love them...and, when an opponent celebrates in the home team end zone that aids in creating rivalry's...and rivalry's generate revenue...So, I think the important thing to keep in mind is the key term here is 'excessive', because at some point celebrations can and have become unsportsmanlike. And it does seem as if the refs are practicing reasonable discretion as very few flags were thrown for violating this rule in 2008.

I think the rule is best for the game.  
#10 | 2063 days ago

there is a distinct difference between unsportsmanlike conduct and celebrating your team getting the big 6 points, stopping a TD, sacks, supreme catches, etc......if you get in the other players face.....give em a fine

if they simply try and rally their team, their fans and ask for a clap on the back they should have full rights to do so

In a different perspective, these players, work their asses off for this game. to get 1 td on sunday....when they achieve what they have worked for they have a right to be loud and say hey look what all my hard work is done...what did you do when all your work paid off in school and you graduated...?? You had a WHOLE essembly dedicated to showing off what you have done...at which YOU CELeBRATED!!!! its part of life....you get a promotion you celebrate....

with the aspects that some people have brought i have to say do you think its not right to throw your Graduation hat into the air to celebrate your years of hard work????

Should we not have graduations in schools because it may hurt another schools feelings that you graduated more people AND are celebrating it???

they dont celebrate that the other team sucks....they celebrate to show that AT THAT TIME, their team was better, they put in more work or were faster, or whatever caused the TD...

everyone forgets that a dam mascot got fined this year....a mascot for celebrating......its his job and they fined him.....no one finds that ludacris

moving on to the refs.....these MOFO's are PAID TO JUDGE life CHANGING DECISIONS, to make sure a game is fair.....does anyone truly think they are not capable of handling wether a dance move was done to "hurt" another players feelings...or teams. if they arent they dont need to be judging games now do they?

closing.....it doesnt hurt anyone to celebrate except maybe the people whos team got celebrated on....its a part of football and its just what happens....fines havent changed anything and they never will....all it will do is cause us of FANIQ to have convos wether its right or not. ultimately i see it as falling into freedom of speech myself and i think its wrong that they take away that right...or fine you for it....

with the above comment someone will come on and say but Peyton ROB this is a job man and the employers can do what they want..

it still doesnt make it right.....
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#11 | 2063 days ago
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I Ref HS/Semi-pro/ youth Arena Football.... Rules are there and need to be inforced... I tell the players who just made a TD just act like you have been here before hand over the ball and you can high 5 each other on the sideline...  In Pro ball the guys have to one up each other and it gets old fast....
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#12 | 2063 days ago

Many of you are making comments like the rule is against "CELEBRATIONS"....it is not.

The rule clearly states that a player can dance or celebrate if he wishes, he just can't leave his feet, involve more than one person, use any props or do it too long.

The point is to help speed up the games and keep "Professionals" from rubbing it in the faces of other "Professionals".
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#13 | 2063 days ago

SwampThang wrote:
Many of you are making comments like the rule is against "CELEBRATIONS"....it is not.

The rule clearly states that a player can dance or celebrate if he wishes, he just can't leave his feet, involve more than one person, use any props or do it too long.

The point is to help speed up the games and keep "Professionals" from rubbing it in the faces of other "Professionals".
or lay on the ground....or slam the ball a certain way, or back bump their mascot.....as far as getting em off the field to speed up the game if im not mistaken 9 out of ten times they run off the field afterwards...before those big ol lineman
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#14 | 2063 days ago

do you think your team mascot should get fined for giving one of your players a high five after a score ?
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#15 | 2063 days ago

It really is a fine line, no pun intended. If your team just rallied from 20 points down to take the lead, everyone is going to go nuts. That's understandable. How can they throw a flag for that? On the other hand, if a guy just scored to put his team up by 24, an excessive celebration is probably unwarranted. However, you can't judge the two situations differently if you are going to have a rule against celebration.

Personally, I think the rule should be that you have 5 seconds to do whatever you want that isn't obvious taunting. With only 5 seconds, you don't have time to do anything outlandish, but if six guys want to do an end zone celebration dance, they can. The current rule should only apply to field plays. There is nothing worse than seeing a guy celebrate like it's freaking New Years for a tackle on 2nd and 5 when his team is down by 10 points.
#16 | 2063 days ago

biskit67 wrote:
It really is a fine line, no pun intended. If your team just rallied from 20 points down to take the lead, everyone is going to go nuts. That's understandable. How can they throw a flag for that? On the other hand, if a guy just scored to put his team up by 24, an excessive celebration is probably unwarranted. However, you can't judge the two situations differently if you are going to have a rule against celebration.

Personally, I think the rule should be that you have 5 seconds to do whatever you want that isn't obvious taunting. With only 5 seconds, you don't have time to do anything outlandish, but if six guys want to do an end zone celebration dance, they can. The current rule should only apply to field plays. There is nothing worse than seeing a guy celebrate like it's freaking New Years for a tackle on 2nd and 5 when his team is down by 10 points.
agreed!!!!!!!!!
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#17 | 2063 days ago

biskit67 wrote:
It really is a fine line, no pun intended. If your team just rallied from 20 points down to take the lead, everyone is going to go nuts. That's understandable. How can they throw a flag for that? On the other hand, if a guy just scored to put his team up by 24, an excessive celebration is probably unwarranted. However, you can't judge the two situations differently if you are going to have a rule against celebration.

Personally, I think the rule should be that you have 5 seconds to do whatever you want that isn't obvious taunting. With only 5 seconds, you don't have time to do anything outlandish, but if six guys want to do an end zone celebration dance, they can. The current rule should only apply to field plays. There is nothing worse than seeing a guy celebrate like it's freaking New Years for a tackle on 2nd and 5 when his team is down by 10 points.
Agreed on the group celebration thing, but what caused the problem with the group thing is when teams started choreographing the celebration and waiting on everybody that was going to participate to show up.  If you happen to have 6 guys in the end zone or the backfield when the play is made, by all means take a couple seconds and let the world know you are happy......and move on.

Isn't this rule also one of those judgement calls?

You typically see the ref talking to or motioning to or at the player as if to say, "that's enough" and if it continues, they throw the flag.

Most celebrations are allowed, just not allowed to get out of hand.
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#18 | 2063 days ago

Among other arguments that I won't repeat as they are better stated elsewhere-

Sports are for entertainment.  Plus, we put refs in a bad position if they have to judge what is celebrating and what is excessive celebration.  The rule cannot be applied equally throughout the league.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#19 | 2063 days ago

ApopCane wrote:
Among other arguments that I won't repeat as they are better stated elsewhere-

Sports are for entertainment.  Plus, we put refs in a bad position if they have to judge what is celebrating and what is excessive celebration.  The rule cannot be applied equally throughout the league.
they judge everything else about football but cant handle if its unsportsmanlike or not.....hell i've seen refs dance and crap on the field
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#20 | 2062 days ago

i got a solution!! How about a delay of game penalty if it goes to long after the clock stops??

delay for too long and unsportsmanlike conduct for ACTUAL unsportsmanlike conduct.......

how is pretending your sleeping on a football after a score unsportsmanlike? or going to the ground for anything?
fact is most celebrations are WITH THE CROWD...to include them more...get some applause....why do players jump into the crowd after a score?? think on that for a sec, because its about them performing for the crowd when they succeed they expect the attention, its what they play for (well UNTIL the NFL ) for that love, taking it away from them would be like taking theyre money, it kinda makes everything pointless

Players play for different reasons some money, some just love playing football (the ones NOT getting the money) but to some athletes football gives them acceptence, that feeling of being needed by people or wanted by people or all out loved by people, you take that away and it makes it meaningless for some. like your job taking your 401k, you still get paid your regular money but youve lost one of your perks.... just my outlook anyone else with any insight?
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#21 | 2062 days ago

Deadpool wrote:
Although I lose respect for any player celebrating when they are losing by 40.
lol how about by 39 is that still cool?
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#22 | 2062 days ago

RobPeyton wrote:
they judge everything else about football but cant handle if its unsportsmanlike or not.....hell i've seen refs dance and crap on the field
Now they should definitely be penalized and fined if they crap on the field......

Nobody wants to see that
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#23 | 2062 days ago

SwampThang wrote:
Now they should definitely be penalized and fined if they crap on the field......

Nobody wants to see that
hahahaha im sure they have, at some point or another maybe not on the field hahha good catch
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#24 | 2062 days ago

Next time... put which rull you talking about... Hell.. there are a lot of rules that are stupid... and even though I put the rule is good...I change my mind... I like to see the guys celebrate.. as long as they don't have a gun in their pants and start shooting the refs...  come on.. it is a part of the entertainment...
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#25 | 2062 days ago

RobPeyton wrote:
there is a distinct difference between unsportsmanlike conduct and celebrating your team getting the big 6 points, stopping a TD, sacks, supreme catches, etc......if you get in the other players face.....give em a fine

if they simply try and rally their team, their fans and ask for a clap on the back they should have full rights to do so

In a different perspective, these players, work their asses off for this game. to get 1 td on sunday....when they achieve what they have worked for they have a right to be loud and say hey look what all my hard work is done...what did you do when all your work paid off in school and you graduated...?? You had a WHOLE essembly dedicated to showing off what you have done...at which YOU CELeBRATED!!!! its part of life....you get a promotion you celebrate....

with the aspects that some people have brought i have to say do you think its not right to throw your Graduation hat into the air to celebrate your years of hard work????

Should we not have graduations in schools because it may hurt another schools feelings that you graduated more people AND are celebrating it???

they dont celebrate that the other team sucks....they celebrate to show that AT THAT TIME, their team was better, they put in more work or were faster, or whatever caused the TD...

everyone forgets that a dam mascot got fined this year....a mascot for celebrating......its his job and they fined him.....no one finds that ludacris

moving on to the refs.....these MOFO's are PAID TO JUDGE life CHANGING DECISIONS, to make sure a game is fair.....does anyone truly think they are not capable of handling wether a dance move was done to "hurt" another players feelings...or teams. if they arent they dont need to be judging games now do they?

closing.....it doesnt hurt anyone to celebrate except maybe the people whos team got celebrated on....its a part of football and its just what happens....fines havent changed anything and they never will....all it will do is cause us of FANIQ to have convos wether its right or not. ultimately i see it as falling into freedom of speech myself and i think its wrong that they take away that right...or fine you for it....

with the above comment someone will come on and say but Peyton ROB this is a job man and the employers can do what they want..

it still doesnt make it right.....
I REALLY LIKED YOUR COMMENT...VERY, VERY INTELLIGENT... AND I AM NOT BEING FUNNY... I REALLY LIKED IT...smile
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#26 | 2061 days ago

preciousblackone wrote:
I REALLY LIKED YOUR COMMENT...VERY, VERY INTELLIGENT... AND I AM NOT BEING FUNNY... I REALLY LIKED IT...smile
thank you so much!!!!!!!! that made my day....well night but if it was day!!!
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#27 | 2049 days ago
mooser58 (+)

One of the reasons they put in the celebration rule was because many of the "celebrations" were taunting in nature which led to retaliation and violence. 
I think the rule is best for the game.  
#28 | 2047 days ago

I think having the rule takes away from freedom of expression. That's how I feel about coaches/players getting fined for criticizing officials (when half the time, the victim is right).

I'm so going to procrastinate on my paper.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#29 | 2044 days ago

first down & sack celebrations are just getting plain ridiculous during the game... on touchdowns, you have player position changes on both sides... as long as it does not interfere with that transition for the extra point attempt... or border on violent / rude / offensive gestures, then I don't have a problem with that...
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#30 | 2036 days ago

Seems like a lot of people are confusing the rule as not allowing any celebrations. The key word is excessive. It is still legal to celebrate a score or good play; just don't take 5 min. to play out some celebration that delays the game or disrespects the other team into a fight. Then there is the competition to one-up each other that gets old real fast.. These celebrations also have a trickle down affect to the college and high school levels where I have seen players celebrate to the point of taunting.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#31 | 2034 days ago

Celebrate good times come on!
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  
#32 | 2034 days ago

SeattleRules wrote:
Seems like a lot of people are confusing the rule as not allowing any celebrations. The key word is excessive. It is still legal to celebrate a score or good play; just don't take 5 min. to play out some celebration that delays the game or disrespects the other team into a fight. Then there is the competition to one-up each other that gets old real fast.. These celebrations also have a trickle down affect to the college and high school levels where I have seen players celebrate to the point of taunting.
I noticed a lot of really small celebrations being flagged or fined this past NFL season.  They are really on the players about this.  Wes Welker got what, 25 large for doing a snow angel in the end zone?  Come on.  Three weeks AFTER Santonio Holmes' Super Bowl winning TD he does the Lebron celebration which is basically nothing and he gets hit with a $10,000 fine?  It's absolutely ridiculous.

One of my all time favorites was during Ken Norton, JR's brief time with the Niners and he retured an INT for a TD and then went to work on the goal post pad like a heavy bag which was an obvious tribute to his father, a professional boxer.

Bring back the days of Ernest Givins, Merton Hanks and the Ickey Shuffle.  Use the old "Tim Harris rule".  If it is profane or lewd, or if you do it in the face of an opposing player or coach, flag them for taunting and fine them based on severity.  If you're doing it to nobody in particular away from the player, let it go.
I think it's stupid and needs to be overturned.  

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