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Weixlmann's Tidbits: Players Should Be Allowed to Celebrate Without Penalty

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 12, 2008

As a fan, I am adamantly against the NFL and CFB having a fifteen-yard penalty each time they celebrate a score.

After all, the fans pay top dollar to watch a game that will entertain them. Back when Cincinnati Bengals' wideout Chad Ocho Cinco could find the endzone, fans would wait with excitement to see what touchdown celebration he would come up with next.

Dallas Cowboys' star Terrell Owens has also been in the spotlight in the past for his Sharpie, pom-poms, popcorn, running to the Dallas star as an Eagle, and most recently, impersonating world-class sprinter Usain Bolt.

What's even worse, though, is that FBS and FCS officials are much more stringent with regards to the celebration penalty.

In fact, in the BYU-Washington game, Huskies' quarterback Jake Locker received such a penalty with two seconds remaining after scampering into the endzone for a late touchdown. That score didn't mean much though, because according to the officials, Locker was "excessively celebrating", and therefore the Huskies had to settle for a 30-plus yard PAT attempt which was blocked.

Looking at the replays, Locker merely dropped the ball out of his hands and exalted in happiness. He didn't spike the ball, he didn't pull anything out of the ordinary.

I would also like to point out that there is far too much discrepancy when it comes to throwing flags for these acts.

For example, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers received no disciplinary penalty after taking his first "Lambeau Leap".

The 15-yarder is much too severe for the majority of the punishable offenses, and it needs to be harshly critiqued this offseason for the betterment of both leagues.

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