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Ridiculous NFL Celebrations After Each Play Must Be Stopped

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The single stupidest move an NFL player can make during a game is to actually go through with his ridiculously choreographed celebration dance.

Yes, I am one of the apparent few who does not tune in to a football game to watch players dance. If you do find yourself to be one of the many viewers who does tune in to an NFL game to enjoy watching men gyrate their hips and make kissy faces, perhaps you need to check your manhood card at the door.

In 2009, John Clayton, of ESPN, wrote about the league and how the owners took a 29-3 vote in favor of giving officials the power to penalize any team with unsportsmanlike conduct 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff for a player or players who conduct excessive celebrations anywhere on the field.

Seven years later and one again the NFL is making a point to curb excessive celebrations. I, for one, am happy see the smack down, although I don’t think the league goes far enough to stop idiotic celebrations.

The NFL bylaws—2000 Resolution G-3A—specifically state that the “Competition Committee is concerned about overall on-field player conduct, including (1) celebratory acts taking place on the playing field that go beyond the natural, spontaneous expressions of exuberance that add to the excitement of NFL games, (2) actions that are sexually suggestive or can be otherwise be construed as being in poor taste, and (3) actions that are unsportsmanlike toward officials.”

Now, I am not against a spike, dunk or any other act that is truly an act of spontaneous exuberance after a score. But those acts that are clearly choreographed like the ridiculous dances players concoct should be flagged, not just for unsportsmanlike, but for stupidity alone. If you, as a player, actually took the time to dream up some idiotic dance moves, how much time did you waste not studying or practicing for the game itself?

Antonio Brown! Can you hear me? Or am I taking away from your dance practice? Unbelievable. Unbelievably stupid is what it is. But at least he scored a touchdown.

What really irks the utter s***t out of me are the players, with teams losing by as much as four touchdowns, who dance, wiggle and jiggle after they make a play. One play out of 200 on the day, I might add. This player could have been getting beat on every play before, but gets one good lick on his opponent and all of a sudden it’s as if he just won the Super Bowl single handedly.

I remember last year two Oakland Raiders I think it was, while losing the game, made a great play on defense and decided run behind the offense about 20 yards to celebrate together. Meanwhile, the offense ran the next play and voila. Penalty on the defense for being offsides. Morons. Complete and utter morons.

This is the kind of stupid that should be bred out of society. But no. We reward these people with more money than 20 average people could ever see in a lifetime. The least we could do is penalize these players even if they don’t commit “normal” penalties. Amen!

I have been writing professionally for more than 20 years on various topics, including sports. Football is my passion and the Redskins are my favorite team. I will try not to have this favoritism influence my opinions. I hope that this passion translates into my writing as I bring my very opinionated pieces to you via Sports Rants.

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Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges

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Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.

According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).

Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

 

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.

Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.

“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.

The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”

While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.

“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.

Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.

The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

 

 

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WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo

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In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.

Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.

Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:

  • Caught 71 percent of the passes
  • Targeted 449 times
  • 319 passes caught
  • 130 passes dropped
  • 3,271 reception yards
  • 23 Touchdowns

For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.

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