Excessive celebration penalties take some of the fun out of watching sports.
I remember the old Miami Hurricanes football team, they were so much fun to watch. They would dance after touchdowns, and have crazy celebrations. It made for great entertainment.
Now, all of that stuff is illegal.
Sometimes I think we forget that sports are there to entertain.
Also, I think there is a bit of racism in there as well. White America wants their sports to look a certain way.
There was no reported taunting. So what is wrong in celebrating a little ones success or accomplishments? Some boards are taking things to extreme.
Are you one who thinks winning/success should not be celebrated?
This is just like that wrestler who held up the match to pray and then complained about being disqualified. Rules are rules, and you don't get a special exception because you broke them with religious intent. Now, I think raising your arm or cheering or something like that does not qualify as "excessive" celebration, but that's not what the thread is about. It's about pretending that a similar gesture of non-religious intent wouldn't have qualified while this did. And that is nonsense.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
I don't care if you're Tebowing or doing the Icky Shuffle, celebration is an act of individual expression and, as a fan, I like seeing that stuff because it's entertaining.
It's not a stupid rule, it's a rule which has come about because of a very real lack of sportsmanship in sports. Contrary to popular opinion, sports are not about winning, but in this "win at all costs" culture we now have, we seen taunting on a regular basis. I have no problem with a rule which cracks down on unsportsmanship like behavior.
You're happy to have black athletes on your team if they help your team win, but god forbid you should get a little bit of black culture in your living room.
Sports are about having fun. Celebrating is fun. Spare me your whitewashed ideals of "sportsmanship."
Raising an arm is "excessive celebration"??
I can only shake my head.
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