NFL Celebrations: Too Much or Taken Too Seriously?

Watch You Whip? Nae Nae.

The NFL has been under a lot of scrutiny this season. First there was Deflate Gate, poor officiating, players causing trouble off the field, and too many injuries on the field. With all of this negative attention that the league is getting, you’d think that they’d be a little more lenient on something as simple as a touchdown celebration, right? Wrong. With a little help from our buddy “The Media”, the touchdown celebration has become an issue. What kind of issue? Check it out.

Recently, Cam Newton was put on the hot seat for doing “The Dab”, a popular dance in today’s hip hop culture, after scoring a crucial touchdown. A mother, who was at the game with her 9 year old daughter, wrote a letter to the Charlotte Observer after the game criticizing Cam on his antics after his score. She claimed that what he did was unprofessional, and someone who holds a strong role model title such as Newton should act more appropriately. Really? Did she know that a few plays before, linebacker Avery Williamson sacked Newton and did a dance from Drake’s “Hotline Bling”? If you ask me, Newton was just evening the score. After the game, Cam also stated he didn’t mean the dance to come off disrespectful; it was just a suggestion from his brother on what to do when he scored.

In matters of race, the question was: why is Cam getting shit on for celebrating a touchdown, but Aaron Rodgers of the Packers is able to do his signature “Championship Belt” celebration and gets a State Farm commercial out of the deal? Like most things nowadays, something as simple as a touchdown celebration has become a race issue. I don’t think this at all. If that were the case, why weren’t there any letters written when Newton would do his Superman celebration at the end of his scores? What about when Victor Cruz of the Giants scores and hits the salsa, is that too much? Let’s not make everything a race issue, people. All it really comes down to is that someone’s mom got butt hurt and wrote a stupid letter over something as small as celebrating in football.

Are You Not Entertained?

I’m not the biggest fan of the NFL, but just like how people watch hockey for the fights, one of the reasons I watch football is for the touchdowns, and hopefully a cool celebration afterwards. Remember Terrell Owens? I’m sure he played for your favorite team once, and you better believe when he scored, he celebrated. Whether it was slamming the ball on the Dallas star, eating popcorn, or proposing to a cheerleader, he always kept people watching the game. What about Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson? The dude changed his last name to get attention! That, and had some of the coolest celly’s in the game.

This kind of reminds me of the movie Private Parts, which is about Howard Stern. He was basically almost kicked off of NBC radio for doing things that were considered out of the norm in radio. Even though what he was doing was a bit absurd, he had a fan base from both sides; the ones who liked him AND the ones who didn’t tuned in. Why? Because they “wanted to see what he would do next”. I can assure you that this same principle applies to Cam Newton and the rest of the players that celebrate after a touchdown. Leave race out of it, and leave the players to do what they get paid to do: entertain the fans.

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