Living up to the No Fun League nickname, the NFL decided to begin penalizing players that celebrate a touchdown by dunking the ball over the goalposts. The news comes as the league's owners meet in Orlando to consider rule changes and NFL bylaws.
There's some logic to the rule change; as NFL players continue to get larger, their dunks have at times affected the structure of the goalposts. In turn, stadium operations crews have to come out and make sure the crossbars remain level, delaying the game.
But so what? Dunking over the crossbar is fun, not that many players do it, and it's pretty rare the stadium crew has to come out. For most, the NFL's move to flag the celebration just seems like more control from a league that craves power.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is probably the NFL's most famous dunker now, but he did not make the move famous. That would be Tony Gonzalez, who retired after the 2013 season, and offered a great reaction to the anouncement.
The NFL says no more dunking over the goalpost. This one I don't understand. Looks like I got out just in time.— Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) March 25, 2014