Roger Goodell is expected to tell NFL owners group celebrations, using ball as prop after TDs, going to ground, snow angels are now allowed.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 23, 2017
One clap for Roger Goodell and the rules committee today, as they finally made a positive change to the No Fun League, going against their usual agenda. Players can breathe a sigh of relief as they won’t accumulate those stupid penalties and fines while putting on a little show for the fans, as they can now use the ball as a prop and engage in creative group celebrations like we got used to in the early 2000’s.
“We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown,” Goodell said in an announcement to fans. “And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”
This got me thinking about my favorite demonstrative TD celebrations I would mimic in the backyard growing up throwing around the pigskin. I will always back the cause of having harmless fun, at the end of the day these are grown men getting paid millions to play a kids game they fell in love with long ago. Best part, the snow angel is back!!!
Even though this rule change will definitely make me want to punch a hole in my television as the Jets will give up a lot more TDs than they score. I can picture it now, Tom Brady doing some douchebag group celebration with Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks and Edeljew in the end zone as the Patriots go up 52-3 at Metlife this season. Oh brother. With that said, I’m looking forward to the creativity from the homies this season.
Here is the official LordTreeSap Top 5 Touchdown Dance list.
5. Randy Moss – “Full-Moon at Lambeau”
Randy Dandy turned his last name into a verb, but also left a parting gift and a sight that Packer fans will never forget back in January of 2005. Moss caught a 55-yard Culpepper bomb to put the Wildcard match-up out of reach extending the Viking lead to 14 in his last season in purple. 84 was hit with a $10,000 fine and was met with harsh criticism from Joe Buck who was calling the game.
4. Stevie Johnson – “Why So Serious”
The Buffalo Bills Wideout channeled his inner joker writing “Why So Serious” on his game undershirt which he promptly brought out after a third quarter touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick in Cincinnati back in 2010.
Side note: I’ll never forget when he scored on the Jets back in 2011 and seeing Stevie J mock Plaxico shooting himself and a crashing Jet mocking Santonio Holmes. Absolute savage move, but I respect it.
3. Terrell Owens – “Sharpie”
I could go on and on with T.O. celebrations whether it was his taunting of the Cowboys on the Dallas star, taking pom-poms from the cheerleaders or taking popcorn to the face Owens always kept you guessing with his next move. My personal favorite, bringing out the Sharpie from his sock on Monday Night Football and signing his John Hancock on a football and handing it to his financial advisor back in 2002.
2. Chad Ochocinco – “Riverdance”
Chad Ochocinco epitomized giving fans their money’s worth by being the ultimate showman. A true pioneer of the endzone celebration, 85 always brought creativity to his dances and made the game a joy to watch. It’s impossible to single out one moment because there’s so many. The Riverdance has to be at the top of the list along with proposing to a cheerleader and who could forget Ocho using the pylon as a putter and rocking his own Hall-of-Fame jacket on the sideline.
1. Joe Horn – “Cell-ebration”
Horn became an immortal in the touchdown celebration category, setting the standards for others to live up to. Joe brought out a cell-phone after a touchdown on Sunday Night Football against the G-Men in 2003, which was hidden under the field goal padding. He even attempted to make a phone call. I still remember watching it to this day and probably will never forget about it. I’m sure whenever people see him in the street this is all they bring up. NFL Blitz even adopted the celly into its video game the following year.