A lot of attention has been paid this off-season to the new “Jimmy Graham” rule which goes into effect for the 2014 NFL season. The rule, if you haven’t already heard, now makes it a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to dunk the ball over the goalposts after scoring a touchdown.
While many fans have posted shrill Facebook comments whinging about the NFL becoming the #NoFunLeague, the reality is that Graham’s celebratory antics caused a 30-minute delay last season when he knocked the goalposts off-kilter versus Atlanta.
This new rule, it seems, actually does make sense.
At any rate, Graham protested the banning of his signature move this preseason by dunking twice after scoring against the Titans. The league promptly responded with a $30,000 fine.
So, when opposing Tight End, Toby Fleener of the Indianapolis Colts hauled in a TD against the Saints on Saturday, he decided to keep his money and instead taunt New Orleans with a fake-a-roo version of Graham’s post-score taunt.
Check it out.
It seems like ever since Kaepernick mocked Cam Newton in the playoffs by “borrowing” his Superman move, that celebration mimicking has become the next big thing in the NFL.
But we could have to wait a while before seeing Johnny Manziel’s money sign imitated in the regular season. Brian Hoyer has been dubbed the starter in Cleveland, for now at least.
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