Steve Johnson's Touchdown Dance Is Not the Worst Thing in the World

Brendan O'HareContributor INovember 30, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Receiver Stevie Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch in front of Cornerback Vontae Davis #21 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Steve Johnson’s touchdown celebration is not going over very well. Every media person has their adult hat on and is condemning Johnson’s dance as a travesty of Western arrogance. In case you are unaware, Johnson’s dance involved a faux-shooting of his leg a la opponent Plaxico Burress, then acting like a plane crashing into the ground.

You see, I find the whole thing to be brilliant. Maybe it’s because I am an outsider, a non-Bills fan. As a fan of fun things, I enjoy Johnson’s promenade extensively. I find the Jets' “Jet” celebration to be overall annoying, and a nice mocking was due. As for the “egregious” Plaxico mockery, I love that as well. Why is it suddenly a bad thing to make fun of criminals for breaking the law?

These folks think it is:

Yahoo’s Chris Chase:

But as far as mocking football celebrations go, none was as vicious as Stevie Johnson shooting himself in the leg and then acting like a plane crashing into the ground while playing against Plaxico Burress and the New York Jets.

Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders:

Classless: Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson mocked Jets receiver Plaxico Burress during an end zone celebration last Sunday.

ESPN’s John Clayton:

Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson may be on the receiving end of one of those fines after an excessive celebration of a second-quarter touchdown, forming his fingers into a fake gun and shooting himself -- a sick reference to the self-inflicted shooting that sent Plaxico Burress, now a Jets receiver, to jail for two years…

Buffalo News’ Jerry Sullivan:

Johnson is only 25 years old. He has a lot of growing up to do, a lot to learn. Maybe he'll do it for another franchise. Remember, it's his decision whether he stays. I've learned not to expect the wise choice.

Jets defensive lineman Sione Pouha:

Us being from New York, we like to hold ourselves to some integrity, and that airplane thing, in my opinion, was kind of a dagger considering the circumstances of remembrance of what we just had on Sept. 11.”

(Writers note: An actual human being said that.)

Well, there you have it. Steve Johnson’s celebration was “vicious,"  “classless," “sick," “immature" and “a dagger." It sounds like the description of a teenager shooting off fireworks in the middle of a funeral. I realize that Johnson’s penalty may/may not have cost the Bills the game (the 15-yard penalty on the kickoff that ensued immediately led to a game-tying Jets touchdown. Oh, and Johnson dropped about 32 fourth-quarter passes), but as someone who does not live and die by the Bills, I am OK with Johnson’s performance, and you should be too.

Johnson was fined $10,000 for the dance—a number that some people think is too low—which is probably the right amount for the NFL’s insane precedent (it’s the same amount Troy Polamalu was fined for texting his wife on the sideline after a concussion, an equally absurd fine). But do we really need to be so up in arms about this?

We mock Bob Costas for his inane Sunday Night Football tangents, but we still ostracize Johnson for a touchdown dance. It’s unnecessary, and a little ridiculous to be so concerned about a touchdown dance.