Fans divided on end-zone celebration antics
Posted: Thursday December 18, 2003 10:21PM; Updated: Thursday December 18, 2003 10:21PM
SI.com's Don Banks and Peter King went Head2Head on how the NFL should deal with excessive touchdown celebrations. Here are some of your reactions:
A premeditated post-TD celebration should be a penalty. The touchdown is nullified and the team is penalized 10 yards.
-- Lynn Zipinski, Chicago
Forget fines. TD celebrations are awesome to watch. How are they considered unsportsmanlike conduct? Kids play sports for fun. These athletes are forced to treat sports as a business, which professional sports are. But why is it a crime to have fun? That's what got them started in the first place.
-- Chris Pilla, Drexel Hill, Pa.
Everyone needs to just calm the hell down. Honestly, come on, both Horn and T.O.'s celebrations were great. Sure they were showboating but that should make the defense have more guts to try and stop them! If they don't get in the end zone to begin with, all this stupid fuss wouldn't be around. So just let the players play and let the fans in the stands and at home have a good time.
-- J. Gray, Washington, D.C.
How come Joe Horns' CellGate gets more press than Matt Millen's bigoted comments on Johnny Morton? I think what Matt Millen did is far worse than Joe Horn. Matt Millen should be suspended or fined more than a guy who looked very stupid with a cell phone on his ear with his helmet on.
-- Ram Kesavan, Union City, Calif.
Who cares about the "excessive" celebrations? I say the NFL needs to quit acting like a communist regime and let the players express themselves. I remember the days when whole teams would get involved in a TD celebration. It was great. It energized the fans and tested the players' creativity. The game was more exciting. I loved it. Bring it all back.
-- Samuel Yu, Corona, Calif.
Horn should be suspended for the rest of the season. Period! Then see if he calls ET again.
-- Chris Johnston, Vancouver, British Columbia
Considering that it was the Saints (then 6-7, all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs) routing the Giants (eliminated from the playoff race a LONG time ago) on prime-time television, if the NFL wants to ensure that its product is entertaining, maybe they should go buy some props. The cell phone thing was funny. So was the Chad Johnson sign. So was the Sharpie and the pom-poms. It's entertainment, not lawmaking. Let it go.
-- Jake Hannaway, Tampa, Fla.
My solution is simple -- don't show the "entertainment" on TV. Have the cameras pan the sidelines, the stands, anywhere but the end zone. Once these guys figure out that it's not being shown on TV during the game or on SportsCenter that night, it will stop. It's all ego. We just need to stop feeding it.
-- Brian Hughes, Glen Gardner, N.J.
Hit them and hit them hard. These ridiculous stunts are selfish and uncalled for. I'm tired of these players always thinking of themselves, doing anything to get themselves noticed, and don't they realize that they're making themselves look like IDIOTS?
-- R.J. Lamere, Phoenix
Hey, this was cool. It was a boring game to watch. Why take the game so damn serious? And we the people of Los Angeles DO NOT WANT A TEAM! We like having no blackouts.
-- Doug Vonberg, Los Angeles