Last Sunday, during New England's blowout of the Arizona Cardinals, Pats receiver Wes Welker caught a touchdown pass and proceeded to do a little end zone celebration. No, this wasn't any of the usual take a hidden cell phone out of the goal post pad or taking out a pen and autographing the ball. Instead, Welker did a snow angel. Yes, a snow angel.
After some delay and wonder if he would get flagged for excessive celebration, a penalty was finally called. It was the first time I've seen a white receiver do a touchdown celebration, let alone one that gets a penalty. I can imagine the officials looking at each other wondering if that constituted it or not.
Welker was fined $10,000 for the act, something he has the option to appeal but I doubt will. You see, I think Welker wanted to get fined in an effort to not only get attention but show just how gangsta' he is.
Later in the game, Randy Moss caught a touchdown pass of his own, but did no celebration. Heck, he didn't even spike the ball. In fact, Moss has not done any real type of celebration since he was still a member of the Vikings in a 2004 playoff game against the Packers in which he mooned the crowd. This action, or lack of it, now gives Wes Welker the title of most thug receiver on the Patriots. Watch out Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. There's a new king of end zone celebration comin' at ya'.