The NFL Is Looking Into Penalizing Teams For Leaving The Bench To Celebrate, Thus Proving That There Truly Is No Offseason When It Comes To Needling The Saints
First, let's check in on the Saints for their thoughts on the matter...
If I were only allowed one way to describe my reaction to this news it would be unsurprised. We've long known that when it comes to having idiotic priorities advised by people whose asscheeks tend to be held as tight as their wallets, you really can't put any entirely unnecessary and non-football related rule change past the 'No Fun League'. Having recently given in to allowing orchestrated and/or choreographed group TD celebrations, it was only a matter of time before they were no longer able to ignore that inherent desire to suppress the showing of team spirit. They've probably been looking for a way to satiate the satisfaction they get from censorship since the first time the players' powers combined to...::audible gasp::...entertain their customers.
Now, as a Saints' fan, I'd be willing to bet that just as many coaches and owners suggested an amendment that took the ability to decide Conference Championships out of the cowardly hands of suspect officials. Unfortunately, as a Saints' fan, I also sit here colored with not one shade of shock that the league chose to use their unadulterated influence for the evil that is emotional inhibition as opposed to something that might actually uphold, or even improve, the integrity of their product.
Whatever theory there is to support that players leaving the bench is problematic, there is over a year's worth of execution that speaks directly to its harmlessness. The fact of the matter is that most teams have fully embraced flooding from the sideline to pose after turnovers, and I know this because most teams shamelessly stole that very celebration from the New Orleans' defense. Go figure, even during the offseason, the franchise targeted most by the NFL's incompetent attempts at governing itself is the one that employs Sean Payton. What else is fucking new?