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(CBS Sports)   NFL reduces total play time in an average game from eleven minutes thirty seconds to eleven minutes   (cbssports.com) divider line 46
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2014-03-25 07:09:10 PM  
No Fun League, indeed.
 
2014-03-25 08:19:27 PM  
I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."
 
2014-03-25 08:46:43 PM  

Prey4reign: I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."


Why? Really... why?

Why can't players and fans enjoy the game and all that comes with it?

We buy the Jerseys, the 8 dollar beers, the NFL packages, the seats, the parking... why can't we enjoy the game?

Lombardi was a great coach, but he was the most serious person on the field. That was his job. Why would his opinion matter in regards to actually enjoying the game?

The rest of us just want to have fun.

I guess next all fans will be required to remain silent, no distracting costumes... and above all act like you've been to a football game before.
 
2014-03-25 09:10:16 PM  

zamboni: Prey4reign: I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."

Why? Really... why?

Why can't players and fans enjoy the game and all that comes with it?

We buy the Jerseys, the 8 dollar beers, the NFL packages, the seats, the parking... why can't we enjoy the game?

Lombardi was a great coach, but he was the most serious person on the field. That was his job. Why would his opinion matter in regards to actually enjoying the game?

The rest of us just want to have fun.

I guess next all fans will be required to remain silent, no distracting costumes... and above all act like you've been to a football game before.


Why is it so important a bunch of multi-millionaires be allowed to perform stunts and orchestrated expressions of joy which really are just orchestrated stunts?  I go to a football game to see the players play and compete against the other team.  Frankly, I find myself looking at guys like Graham and think, "assclown, just play the farking game and stop the stunts."  Done once, the Ickey Shuffle or the group dance in the end zone or the dunk over the goal posts, might seem authentic and spontaneous.  But done over and over again, it gets old.  It's distracting, annoying and gets in the way of why I go to see a football game -- to watch the game being played.
 
2014-03-25 10:50:08 PM  

Prey4reign: zamboni: Prey4reign: I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."

Why? Really... why?

Why can't players and fans enjoy the game and all that comes with it?

We buy the Jerseys, the 8 dollar beers, the NFL packages, the seats, the parking... why can't we enjoy the game?

Lombardi was a great coach, but he was the most serious person on the field. That was his job. Why would his opinion matter in regards to actually enjoying the game?

The rest of us just want to have fun.

I guess next all fans will be required to remain silent, no distracting costumes... and above all act like you've been to a football game before.

Why is it so important a bunch of multi-millionaires be allowed to perform stunts and orchestrated expressions of joy which really are just orchestrated stunts?  I go to a football game to see the players play and compete against the other team.  Frankly, I find myself looking at guys like Graham and think, "assclown, just play the farking game and stop the stunts."  Done once, the Ickey Shuffle or the group dance in the end zone or the dunk over the goal posts, might seem authentic and spontaneous.  But done over and over again, it gets old.  It's distracting, annoying and gets in the way of why I go to see a football game -- to watch the game being played.


At the end of the day its about entertainment. Folks pay good money to enjoy their afternoon. People may like things you don't. You still get to see what you enjoy and they get to enjoy it in a different way.
 
2014-03-25 11:56:35 PM  

Prey4reign: Why is it so important a bunch of multi-millionaires be allowed to perform stunts and orchestrated expressions of joy which really are just orchestrated stunts? I go to a football game to see the players play and compete against the other team. Frankly, I find myself looking at guys like Graham and think, "assclown, just play the farking game and stop the stunts." Done once, the Ickey Shuffle or the group dance in the end zone or the dunk over the goal posts, might seem authentic and spontaneous. But done over and over again, it gets old. It's distracting, annoying and gets in the way of why I go to see a football game -- to watch the game being played.


I couldn't agree more.

Other things I don't like include:  Sack dances, butt slaps, high fives and clapping.  I'm not paying $8 a beer so I watch grown men enjoy themselves doing their jobs.
 
2014-03-25 11:59:08 PM  

zamboni: Prey4reign: I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."

Why? Really... why?

Why can't players and fans enjoy the game and all that comes with it?

We buy the Jerseys, the 8 dollar beers, the NFL packages, the seats, the parking... why can't we enjoy the game?

Lombardi was a great coach, but he was the most serious person on the field. That was his job. Why would his opinion matter in regards to actually enjoying the game?

The rest of us just want to have fun.

I guess next all fans will be required to remain silent, no distracting costumes... and above all act like you've been to a football game before.


I didn't know dunking was a fundamental part of enjoying a game, oh wait its not especially since its not much of a dunk and the goalposts weren't meant for that. Its a moronic thing to do and a rule way past due.
 
2014-03-26 12:00:12 AM  
Next year they'll start with Seattle and KC by mandating that sound deadening materials be installed because it's getting too loud.

then they will say you have to cheer every play (good or bad) because the players will feel sad or some shiat like that.
 
2014-03-26 12:11:15 AM  
I'm fine for some excitement after an important score or a goal line stand. Don't care much one way or the other though I admit I often admire the more modest players. What does bother is when someone is strutting around like a peacock for something spectacular like making a first down down 21 points in the fourth quarter. I don't need to make a rule against out but the truth is when I see out I'm usually embarrassed for the guy. Who knows why. I mean I'm watching the game on tv intentionally. And the local crowd paid to be there. We're already watching - do I don't see the point in saying 'look at me!'. We already are looking at you dude.
 
2014-03-26 12:27:40 AM  

JohnBigBootay: I'm fine for some excitement after an important score or a goal line stand. Don't care much one way or the other though I admit I often admire the more modest players. What does bother is when someone is strutting around like a peacock for something spectacular like making a first down down 21 points in the fourth quarter. I don't need to make a rule against out but the truth is when I see out I'm usually embarrassed for the guy. Who knows why. I mean I'm watching the game on tv intentionally. And the local crowd paid to be there. We're already watching - do I don't see the point in saying 'look at me!'. We already are looking at you dude.


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2014-03-26 12:37:08 AM  
Why should players have fun?  It's not like they'll remember it after they're done anyways.

www.nevadabusiness.com
 
2014-03-26 12:45:03 AM  
But there will still be 3 hours of ads to tell me what sort of pick up truck and light beer will make me more of a man, right? Because I can't get enough of those. It's like an infomercial.
 
2014-03-26 01:08:04 AM  
I just wish they had more extended shots of guys sitting up high in boxes calling down plays to the field. Old bloaty guys sitting on their asses is real entertainment for me. It makes me think I have a chance in the NFL.
 
2014-03-26 01:19:44 AM  
I have never used, nor will I ever use Sass, due to its creator attempting to force Mozilla to remove its leader over a personal matter.
 
2014-03-26 01:49:27 AM  
I'm OK with celebrations, but it's obvious that the league needs to cover their ass after the goalposts in Atlanta were knocked askew. Would be very dangerous if they actually fell.
 
2014-03-26 01:53:11 AM  
What does banning NFL players from playing make believe pretend they are NBA players have to do with total play time in the game? Is submitter really stupid enough to think endzone celebrations count as playing time?
 
2014-03-26 01:55:47 AM  

Prey4reign: I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."


Please tell us about the onion on your belt!

// As was the style of the time.
 
2014-03-26 01:56:13 AM  
Today I learned that an NFL goalpost crossbar is 10 feet off the ground.
 
2014-03-26 02:04:41 AM  
So.  Um.  I'm all for calling out that football involves almost no actual playing time (I still love it, but it's silly).  But while this penalty might make games take longer, how does it go about reducing the amount of playing time?
 
2014-03-26 03:30:47 AM  
Where is my standard comment to past into these threads? Damn, I can't find it but it goes "something, something, something else, rugby"
 
2014-03-26 05:49:18 AM  

HotWingAgenda: What does banning NFL players from playing make believe pretend they are NBA players have to do with total play time in the game? Is submitter really stupid enough to think endzone celebrations count as playing time?


This. The whistle blows when the guy scores. The clock is not running when he dunks.
 
2014-03-26 07:48:12 AM  

Prey4reign: zamboni: Prey4reign: I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."

Why? Really... why?

Why can't players and fans enjoy the game and all that comes with it?

We buy the Jerseys, the 8 dollar beers, the NFL packages, the seats, the parking... why can't we enjoy the game?

Lombardi was a great coach, but he was the most serious person on the field. That was his job. Why would his opinion matter in regards to actually enjoying the game?

The rest of us just want to have fun.

I guess next all fans will be required to remain silent, no distracting costumes... and above all act like you've been to a football game before.

Why is it so important a bunch of multi-millionaires be allowed to perform stunts and orchestrated expressions of joy which really are just orchestrated stunts?  I go to a football game to see the players play and compete against the other team.  Frankly, I find myself looking at guys like Graham and think, "assclown, just play the farking game and stop the stunts."  Done once, the Ickey Shuffle or the group dance in the end zone or the dunk over the goal posts, might seem authentic and spontaneous.  But done over and over again, it gets old.  It's distracting, annoying and gets in the way of why I go to see a football game -- to watch the game being played.


Why does it demand punishment? Does it put his team at an unfair advantage or place players in the line of undue harm?
 
2014-03-26 08:05:01 AM  
I believe after you score a TD you should get 20 seconds to do whatever it is you want.

I hate all of the preening after plays in the field, often when the clock isrunning.

And if you dance around after a big hit on a play when the offense gained 15 yards, or if you're about to lose the game, you should be banned from the league.
 
2014-03-26 08:34:45 AM  
So this came about because the one time they had to go out and straighten the goal post after a dunk? Are the goal posts held in place with duct tape? The NFL makes eleventy gazzilion dollars a year. Buy an auger and bury the posts deeper so they don't move.
 
2014-03-26 08:39:55 AM  

MugzyBrown: I believe after you score a TD you should get 20 seconds to do whatever it is you want.

I hate all of the preening after plays in the field, often when the clock isrunning.

And if you dance around after a big hit on a play when the offense gained 15 yards, or if you're about to lose the game, you should be banned from the league.


I like this. Dance when you score or force a turnover. When you dance after a routine tackle, you look like an idiot.
 
2014-03-26 08:44:55 AM  
I say they should implement the death penalty for any player that dares crack a smile. Football is supposed to be punishment, not sport
 
2014-03-26 08:50:04 AM  

abhorrent1: So this came about because the one time they had to go out and straighten the goal post after a dunk? Are the goal posts held in place with duct tape? The NFL makes eleventy gazzilion dollars a year. Buy an auger and bury the posts deeper so they don't move.


They're designed to be able to be taken down for non-football events.

The base didn't move, the crossbar shifted
 
2014-03-26 08:50:33 AM  

JohnBigBootay: I'm fine for some excitement after an important score or a goal line stand. Don't care much one way or the other though I admit I often admire the more modest players. What does bother is when someone is strutting around like a peacock for something spectacular like making a first down down 21 points in the fourth quarter. I don't need to make a rule against out but the truth is when I see out I'm usually embarrassed for the guy. Who knows why. I mean I'm watching the game on tv intentionally. And the local crowd paid to be there. We're already watching - do I don't see the point in saying 'look at me!'. We already are looking at you dude.


MugzyBrown: And if you dance around after a big hit on a play when the offense gained 15 yards, or if you're about to lose the game, you should be banned from the league.


SuperChuck: I like this. Dance when you score or force a turnover. When you dance after a routine tackle, you look like an idiot.


I see complaints like this all the time any time "NFL celebrations" are brought up, so much so that I go out of my way to look for it in situations where they'd be stupid- and can't recall a specific time when I thought "Man, they're down 3 scores, why is he flexing his arms after that 2 yard stop on 2nd down?"

Can any of you provide me an example of this type of "inappropriate celebration" activity? No anecdotes, I'd like video. Not trying to be contrarian, just looking for evidence of a practice many complain about, but even being a football fan, can't recall specific examples of.
 
2014-03-26 09:06:33 AM  
grinding_journalist: Can any of you provide me an example of this type of "inappropriate celebration" activity? No anecdotes, I'd like video. Not trying to be contrarian, just looking for evidence of a practice many complain about, but even being a football fan, can't recall specific examples of.

Oh yeah, let me go through my time-coded & logged library of NFL videos.  I'm sure I have all of the 'inappropriate celebration' activity marked down and highlighted.
 
2014-03-26 09:14:29 AM  
There's worse things than a dunk over the goalpost. A sack dance when you're down 5 touchdowns, for instance.
 
2014-03-26 09:22:19 AM  

grinding_journalist: JohnBigBootay: I'm fine for some excitement after an important score or a goal line stand. Don't care much one way or the other though I admit I often admire the more modest players. What does bother is when someone is strutting around like a peacock for something spectacular like making a first down down 21 points in the fourth quarter. I don't need to make a rule against out but the truth is when I see out I'm usually embarrassed for the guy. Who knows why. I mean I'm watching the game on tv intentionally. And the local crowd paid to be there. We're already watching - do I don't see the point in saying 'look at me!'. We already are looking at you dude.

MugzyBrown: And if you dance around after a big hit on a play when the offense gained 15 yards, or if you're about to lose the game, you should be banned from the league.

SuperChuck: I like this. Dance when you score or force a turnover. When you dance after a routine tackle, you look like an idiot.

I see complaints like this all the time any time "NFL celebrations" are brought up, so much so that I go out of my way to look for it in situations where they'd be stupid- and can't recall a specific time when I thought "Man, they're down 3 scores, why is he flexing his arms after that 2 yard stop on 2nd down?"

Can any of you provide me an example of this type of "inappropriate celebration" activity? No anecdotes, I'd like video. Not trying to be contrarian, just looking for evidence of a practice many complain about, but even being a football fan, can't recall specific examples of.


Unless it's a big hit, it doesn't usually happen. Crotchety joyless old men like to complain so they make shiat up to complain about
 
2014-03-26 09:24:02 AM  

SuperChuck: MugzyBrown: I believe after you score a TD you should get 20 seconds to do whatever it is you want.

I hate all of the preening after plays in the field, often when the clock isrunning.

And if you dance around after a big hit on a play when the offense gained 15 yards, or if you're about to lose the game, you should be banned from the league.

I like this. Dance when you score or force a turnover. When you dance after a routine tackle, you look like an idiot.


I don't mind them when it's a big play and it contributes to your team winning. I used to be of a different mindset but that's because I grew up watching Barry Sanders. These days? Let them have their fun unless it's like a meaningless first down when your team is losing by 21 in the 4th.
 
2014-03-26 09:24:13 AM  

Prey4reign: zamboni: Prey4reign: I'm a firm believer in the advice given to scoring players by Vince Lombardi -- "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."

Why? Really... why?

Why can't players and fans enjoy the game and all that comes with it?

We buy the Jerseys, the 8 dollar beers, the NFL packages, the seats, the parking... why can't we enjoy the game?

Lombardi was a great coach, but he was the most serious person on the field. That was his job. Why would his opinion matter in regards to actually enjoying the game?

The rest of us just want to have fun.

I guess next all fans will be required to remain silent, no distracting costumes... and above all act like you've been to a football game before.

Why is it so important a bunch of multi-millionaires be allowed to perform stunts and orchestrated expressions of joy which really are just orchestrated stunts?  I go to a football game to see the players play and compete against the other team.  Frankly, I find myself looking at guys like Graham and think, "assclown, just play the farking game and stop the stunts."  Done once, the Ickey Shuffle or the group dance in the end zone or the dunk over the goal posts, might seem authentic and spontaneous.  But done over and over again, it gets old.  It's distracting, annoying and gets in the way of why I go to see a football game -- to watch the game being played.


this sounds pretentious

football is not serious business
 
2014-03-26 09:31:52 AM  

MugzyBrown: grinding_journalist: Can any of you provide me an example of this type of "inappropriate celebration" activity? No anecdotes, I'd like video. Not trying to be contrarian, just looking for evidence of a practice many complain about, but even being a football fan, can't recall specific examples of.

Oh yeah, let me go through my time-coded & logged library of NFL videos.  I'm sure I have all of the 'inappropriate celebration' activity marked down and highlighted.


I'm just saying, if it were as egregious and prevalent as the comments about it make it seem, I feel like it wouldn't be difficult to find an example or two on youtube. I looked myself, but "inappropriate celebration" and "dumb football dance" and variations just come up with actual stupid dances, not "I stuffed that guy real good on 2nd and 6 but we're down by 18 with 3 to play"
 
2014-03-26 09:38:16 AM  

grinding_journalist: MugzyBrown: grinding_journalist: Can any of you provide me an example of this type of "inappropriate celebration" activity? No anecdotes, I'd like video. Not trying to be contrarian, just looking for evidence of a practice many complain about, but even being a football fan, can't recall specific examples of.

Oh yeah, let me go through my time-coded & logged library of NFL videos.  I'm sure I have all of the 'inappropriate celebration' activity marked down and highlighted.

I'm just saying, if it were as egregious and prevalent as the comments about it make it seem, I feel like it wouldn't be difficult to find an example or two on youtube. I looked myself, but "inappropriate celebration" and "dumb football dance" and variations just come up with actual stupid dances, not "I stuffed that guy real good on 2nd and 6 but we're down by 18 with 3 to play"


They're not particularly noteworthy viewing, as such things go. It's the circumstance rather than the actual "performance." Not really "OMG greatest sack dance EVAR but his team is losing let's put it on YouTube" stuff. More like "Oh fark, what a clueless schmuck."
 
2014-03-26 09:39:20 AM  

Slow To Return: Prey4reign: Why is it so important a bunch of multi-millionaires be allowed to perform stunts and orchestrated expressions of joy which really are just orchestrated stunts? I go to a football game to see the players play and compete against the other team. Frankly, I find myself looking at guys like Graham and think, "assclown, just play the farking game and stop the stunts." Done once, the Ickey Shuffle or the group dance in the end zone or the dunk over the goal posts, might seem authentic and spontaneous. But done over and over again, it gets old. It's distracting, annoying and gets in the way of why I go to see a football game -- to watch the game being played.

I couldn't agree more.

Other things I don't like include:  Sack dances, butt slaps, high fives and clapping.  I'm not paying $8 a beer so I watch grown men enjoy themselves doing their jobs.


We should also ban championship celebrations and parades. We don't pay to watch these guys - or their cities - have fun. A football stadium should be akin to courtroom.
 
2014-03-26 09:41:11 AM  

grinding_journalist: I'm just saying, if it were as egregious and prevalent as the comments about it make it seem, I feel like it wouldn't be difficult to find an example or two on youtube. I looked myself, but "inappropriate celebration" and "dumb football dance" and variations just come up with actual stupid dances, not "I stuffed that guy real good on 2nd and 6 but we're down by 18 with 3 to play"



Are there a lot of videos of random 2nd & 6 plays on youtube?

If you've watched a lot of football you've seen what we're talking about.  Is it an epidemic that happens all of the time? No, it's just something annoying.

The Eagles were 4-12 a couple of years ago.  I saw a lot of garbage time football that year.  I saw D linemen jump up and pound their chest after stopping a running back in the backfield.. down by a couple of scores with not much time left.  I saw Dbacks who make a stiff tackle get in the face of a receiver... who just converted a first down.
 
2014-03-26 09:58:56 AM  
<soapbox>NFL football sucks balls anyway. I don't know who in their right mind finds that entertaining, it takes cheap, piss-flavored pilsner beer, an ass-ton of cheesy snacks and commercials with Hollywood budgets to make the Super Bowl interesting - and that's just one game. The regular season is entertainment for morons who have no idea what gamesmanship and athleticism really look like.</soapbox>
 
2014-03-26 11:03:52 AM  
If they knock off another 10-15 seconds of play time per game, that'll be enough to add another game to the schedule and have the same total play time as before.
 
2014-03-26 11:38:20 AM  

JohnBigBootay: I'm fine for some excitement after an important score or a goal line stand. Don't care much one way or the other though I admit I often admire the more modest players. What does bother is when someone is strutting around like a peacock for something spectacular like making a first down down 21 points in the fourth quarter. I don't need to make a rule against out but the truth is when I see out I'm usually embarrassed for the guy. Who knows why. I mean I'm watching the game on tv intentionally. And the local crowd paid to be there. We're already watching - do I don't see the point in saying 'look at me!'. We already are looking at you dude.


As much as I want to say "shut up, Big Booty!" everytime I see you post, this is exactly my feeling as well. Celebrate the big stuff. Banning the goal post dunk is stupid. But when you're celebrating every time you make a play, it starts to look stupid.
 
2014-03-26 12:19:05 PM  

grinding_journalist: Can any of you provide me an example of this type of "inappropriate celebration" activity? No anecdotes, I'd like video. Not trying to be contrarian, just looking for evidence of a practice many complain about, but even being a football fan, can't recall specific examples of.


Can't find the video thanks to the page being deleted, but there's an article immediately following one famous example:  http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/cam_newtons_dumb_superman_td_c e lebration_while_being_blown_out_by_ny_giants_video/11772100
Also mentioned here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/time-cam-newton-exile-superman-nethermos t -regions-universe-001600785--nfl.html

But then, Cam Newton is an assclown.

/supporter of as much celebration as possible
//don't ban it, just let us all shame idiots like Newton who celebrate a TD when they're down four scores late in a game
 
2014-03-26 01:08:20 PM  
Why are the goal posts so fragile that they are bending/falling from someone "dunking" a football?  It's not like the dude is hanging on it.

Also, so you don't like it, in what way is it interfering with the game?  He scored a touchdown, which is being reviewed anyway, so it's not like it should be taking any time away.
 
2014-03-26 01:20:12 PM  
I would just say that of all the celebrations that should be banned, the ones that actually cause damage to integral parts of the game would be on the top of the list.
 
2014-03-26 03:13:49 PM  

MugzyBrown: The Eagles were 4-12 a couple of years ago.  I saw a lot of garbage time football that year.  I saw D linemen jump up and pound their chest after stopping a running back in the backfield.. down by a couple of scores with not much time left.  I saw Dbacks who make a stiff tackle get in the face of a receiver... who just converted a first down.


The best by far is the 1st and 10 play where the running back gains 3 yards, gets tackled, and both him and the tackler get up and celebrate.
 
2014-03-26 03:59:20 PM  
I was going to say that they made the whole thing moot since they also voted to "raise" the goalposts by 5 feet.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24501229/nfl-approves-ra i sing-goal-posts-by-five-feet

Then I RTFA and realized the author is illiterate, being incapable of differentiating between "higher" and "taller."

/ beer-thirty yet?
 
2014-03-26 04:13:40 PM  

IAmRight: I would just say that of all the celebrations that should be banned, the ones that actually cause damage to integral parts of the game would be on the top of the list.


We've got a rare situation where I'm going to agree with you.  For the most part, I say do what you want, as long as you're not delaying the game too much, but not when you're risking damage to the equipment or other people.
 
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