Stevie Johnson's Classless Display Proves Why NFL Will Ban TD Celebrations

Thomas GaliciaContributor IINovember 28, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Stevie Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills  watches the action during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Let's first start off with my views, both when it comes to NFL touchdown celebrations and politics. 

I'm all for a good touchdown dance. I like a good touchdown dance as much as I liked Walter Payton and Jerry Rice's "act like you've been there before" touchdown celebration of giving the ball to the referee. As long as you're tasteful and fun and not making a fool of yourself, your team or the opposing team, I say celebrate away. 

I'm also a partial Libertarian, which means people should be allowed to do what they want as long as they do not infringe or harm others while doing it. 

I say partial because I know that my dreams of an Ayn Rand-endorsed Libertarian society aren't going to happen. With total freedom comes total responsibility for one's self. While many people can handle the responsibility of having such freedom, there are others that simply can't.

You can see this in any freshman dorm on any college campus across the country. There are some college freshmen that in their first year being responsible for themselves tend to thrive, while there are others that struggle, with many of the people who struggle winding up back at home for their sophomore year of college. 

Because of this I find myself extremely resentful of stupid people. It is because of stupid people doing stupid things that laws and rules that restrict freedom get passed. 

Stevie Johnson is a stupid person who, yesterday, did something really stupid. 

If you're a Bills fan, I know nothing can be stupider than dropping three passes that could win the game and keep Buffalo's playoff dreams alive, but the way I see it, that was karma paying Johnson back for what he did earlier in the game. 

Johnson will in due time be known as the man responsible for getting touchdown celebrations banned in the NFL. 

If you saw the Jets-Bills game, you saw his celebration. It started off with Johnson mocking Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress by pretending to shoot himself in the leg. This was followed by Johnson flying around with his arms spread out like he was pretending to be a plane, then falling to the ground. 

As a Dolphins fan, I can tell you that I would be upset if Johnson scored against the Fins and mocked them by reenacting a scene from The Cove (then again, at least the Dolphins didn't let him get into the end zone; had to include a potshot at the Jets in here somewhere).

Considering what had just happened at Oklahoma State with their women's basketball team, this was even more tasteless (not to mention another event that included planes that took place in New York City about a decade ago that I won't mention). 

I also hate that Johnson mocked what was likely Plaxico Burress' lowest point in his life. It's tough to lose everything because of a stupid decision, and usually tougher to get it all back. I give credit to Burress because of the fact that he took the punishment for the crime, came back and since then has been a law-abiding citizen. We all deserve second chances in life. 

I'm not the moralizing type, I'm not a fan of either team and I'm actually in favor of some celebration after a touchdown. But thanks to Johnson's display on Sunday, we could very well see the NFL use the same celebration rules that the NCAA instituted in the early '90s, which I'm against. 

And all because some idiot can't show a little bit of class. 

Thanks Stevie Johnson, for screwing that up for the rest of us!


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