Why Exactly Did Mark Ingram Get Penalized For Launching the Ball Against the Back Wall Of The Endzone?
Ugh, wait a minute here. I'm not going to go the whole 'Cam Newton is a thug' route on this, but I saw multiple Panthers doing coordinated, synchronized dances in the back of the Saints end zone for what seemed like the majority of the afternoon. That's all fine and dandy. I applaud the lengths they went to in order to entertain, but you can't then, in turn, penalize Mark Ingram for doing a celebration that hundreds of players have done thousands of times before. Seriously, I know, for a fact, that throwing the ball against the wall isn't a penalty. If it is then referees have been overlooking it for years. So, tell me, why was it that Mark Ingram was disciplined for doing it? Is it because his accuracy was TOO good in launching it just inches over the head of a kneeling camera man? Is it because he made said camera man's job TOO easy in giving him the shot of a lifetime? Tell me, why, of all people, was Mark Ingram the first player to get flagged for triumphantly throwing a football to put an exclamation point on a game changing touchdown run?
Oops, I'm sorry, I didn't see the woman standing five feet away from the camera man who's health was supposedly at risk. Now it all makes sense. Finally, the NFL is doing it's best to look out for the safety of the fairer sex. Did you see how scared this poor woman was when a football, that didn't even come remotely close to hitting her, was thrown in her general direction? Come on Mark, you almost sent her into a cardiac arrest. She may be traumatized forever because of this incident alone. A 15 yard penalty was the least the NFL could do to show that they take into account the best interests of the more nurturing gender. Sure, they missed the boat on the whole Greg Hardy situation, but what's done is done, and they are going to make it up to females one undeserved excessive celebration penalty at a time. By a show of hands, were there any girls in the front row that had to cover their eyes when this happened? I don't want to say it, but I think more action might need to be taken. How else can Roger Goodell and his merry band of officials prove that domestic abuse is no laughing matter? Sorry Ingram, I know you're in the middle of the best season of your career, but I see a two game suspension in your future. Everyone knows that's the going rate for instilling fear in a woman. She may not have had to endure any risk at all, but for a brief second she thought she did. That's enough for me to say that the NFL should probably make an example of Mark Ingram, and turn this two second celebration into a PSA on gender equality.
P.S. It's embarrassing that I don't have a first hand POV shot to post with this blog. Be better camera guy...