Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith reports players are being told that a rule on the books since last season will now be enforced:
“Reports from members of the media at Vikings camp and Panthers camp indicate that referees working training camps are warning players that they’ll be penalized if they taunt opponents by spinning the ball.”
The rule itself isn’t new. According to the 2012 list of official rules, the following portion is noted as acts that will garner unsportsmanlike penalties and a subsequent 15 yards:
* Sack dance
* Home run swing
* Incredible Hulk
* Spiking the ball
* Spinning the ball
* Throwing or shoving the ball
* Pointing the ball
* Verbal taunting
* Military salute
* Standing over opponent
* Dancing – Sorry Victor Cruz, no salsa for you
This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of. I’m sorry if they score and make a mad play of the game they should be allowed to celebrate. This isn’t golf people, its football. What’s next, fans won’t be allowed to cheer? Stop interfering in the fun of the game. The NFL truly is becoming the No Fun League. If they don’t come up with a new game plan to win over fans the NFL may be Not For Long.
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.