Taunt is just the latest NFL rule that could ruin a Steelers game


Football is a tough, physical sport that features great athletes who often do really mean things to each other during an average game.

In fact, I think this could be the job description for your typical soccer player. Football is such a physical sport that these players are known to do some really weird things to relax before games. They paint their faces. They let out guttural cries as they pass through tunnels. They head butt their teammates. They dented their lockers. They show off their abs. They find players from the opposing team and let them know it’s going to be a long day for them.

In other words: they become different people.

Even the nicest guys off the pitch can turn into absolute animals – I think Troy Polamalu would fit that description.

How far have some players gone to prepare for the physical rigors of an NFL game? Just watch this clip of former Jaguars defensive lineman John Henderson asking the team’s coach to slap him several times before running onto the field to fight.

Henderson seemed to genuinely enjoy the one slap that spilled blood.

Either way, soccer players are tall and tough and scary. They are human beings, of course, but they are trained to endure a lot of physical punishments.

So why are they suddenly ill-equipped to put up with mean and / or disrespectful gestures during games? That’s right, the NFL, the league that can never really go out of its own way for five minutes, is emphasizing another rule that looks ridiculous to the naked eye and jeopardizes the integrity of its own. product.

I’m talking about mockery. The NFL simply won’t allow it in 2021. Why? I don’t know, but it got in the way of a lot of games in week two. NFL players were penalized 15 yards for spinning balls after catches, flexing muscles after breaking passes and, I’m sure, pointing fingers in a threatening fashion.

Again, I have to ask what brought this point of emphasis when the competition committee met last offseason? Do they take bets every other spring on how to ruin the games in a convoluted fashion?

I still don’t understand why the NFL spent many years forcing receivers to practically take a football with them in order to complete a catch, but the catch rule has certainly ruined many games.

As for the 2019 pass interference replay fiasco? At least the heart of the league was in the right place; In the wake of the very blatant non-penalty at the end of the game for the 2018 NFC title, exposing interference calls (or non-calls) to the replay system seemed like a good idea in theory. In application, however? Not really.

Thankfully, the NFL quickly realized that this was a horrible idea and gave it up long before the 2019 campaign was over (but not before perhaps knocking down the Steelers with an early victory. season).

You would think the league would have learned a valuable lesson from passing interference or certainly from the catch rule.

And if the NFL hasn’t learned from these examples, they should go back and look at the twerk era of 2016, when players were penalized for, well, twerking and other such celebrations that had nothing to do with playing an actual game, but could still have ruined one.

But no.

Has taunting ever been a major problem for the NFL? Has he caused fights in the past? Sure, but football has also caused a lot of fights over the years. It’s football; again, it’s almost the job.

It might be a stupid question to ask because I know what a lot of people think about this sort of thing, but do fans even care when they see taunts during an NFL game? Isn’t that a mockery in the eye of the beholder, anyway? I know a lot of people who view touchdown celebrations as a form of taunt (at least my mom does when she sees a Steelers opponent playing one).

Many call the NFL the No Fun League, but that’s part of the fault of the fans who often lament that these celebrations take place and say things like, “Act like you’ve been there before.” In fact, if Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, in many ways the Godfather of Modern Landing Celebration, played today, his name would be Billy “Diva” “Cancer” “Toxic” “Selfish” “POS “” White Shoes “Johnson.

Even if you truly despise touchdown celebrations and taunts, do you want them to interfere with the outcome of a match? Do you want to tweet # MuthDidn’tTauntHim years after a provocative call resulted in the Steelers defeating and harming their championship aspirations?

I know no.

Of all the people who shouldn’t want this, National Football League officials should be at the top of the list.

Is taunting really that important, NFL? It is not too late to rethink your curious emphasis on this subject in 2021.


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