Even I, avid Cowboy fan, initially thought the fun T.O. and McNabb were having on the sideline November 15 was pretty amusing. After all, they were sort of poking fun at themselves (see: Pittsburgh) but at the same time twisting the knife they had plunged into the heart of Cowboy nation. I know the Cowboys aren’t doing so well right now(read: they suck!). It was hard to handle the defeat nonetheless, let alone rubbing the salt into the proverbial wound.
I am on the side of the players and the fans who think the NFL took out a certain fun aspect of the game by making endzone celebrations a penalty, taking them out completely. Football is a game of stats, analytical thought, strategy, and tactics. It is also a game of emotion. Telling a football team as a whole not to celebrate after completing a 89 yard, 17 play drive for a touchdown in the final minutes of a game is missing the forest for the trees. Yes, it was taking time away from the game and making them too long. Don’t cut them out completely though. Make a time limit of sorts. It should also be unconstitutional to tell the crowd to quiet down. Part of the game, friends. That’s what ‘home field’ is all about.
That being said, watching T.O. and McNabb having their fun on the sidelines caused me to flash forward about 2-3 years. After a touchdown, 7 or 8 members of the team, on their own sidelines, acting out a ‘skit’ of sorts that takes a minute or two(big deal you say. A whole minute! Sit still and watch the clock for 60 seconds and you’ll notice how long it really is given the situation.). It will escalade into the WWF and the antics of sideline shows and celebrations will take away from the game. It has me thinking about how cheerleaders are inclined to think they are more important than the games they cheer on. Hey, honey, wag your bottom, shake your bosoms, and than get the hell out of there! There is a game going on. Your what we gawk at during breaks. Nothing else. Should we have to decide to either watch the main event on the field or the silly stunts being pulled by the players on the sidelines.