Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Let's get the swagger back in NCAA Football

Last Saturday's contest between LSU and Georgia highlighted the ridiculousness of the NCAA excessive celebration rule. Yes, this is a sports contest, but it is also entertainment. I find it absurd that college football's ruling body finds it necessary to punish a player or team for instinctual acts of celebration. It's as if the NCAA is saying "How dare they entertain" or find joy in their accomplishment. I for one loved the University of Miami's antics during the 80's and 90's. There were some classic battles that were hyped and fueled by on-field celebrations. To name a few we had the classic Catholics vs. Convicts 1989 Notre Dame/Miami game. We had the PSU/Miami National Championship game filled with trash-talk and great plays. The list goes on and on, but my point is the celebrations, trash-talking and pregame hype created rivalries, increased in-game intensity and kept the fan's on the edge of their seats. Now, I must say that there may be cause to throw an excessive celebration flag in isolated cases (i.e. Miami's Lamar Thomas running out of the stadium and through the tunnel (followed by a cameraman), only to return with fingers pointed simulating six-shooter's blazing. Which is my point exactly. Save excessive celebration penalties for truly excessive celebration.

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