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Too much celebration?

Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at 4:16 PM

Please allow me to say I'm definitely old school when it comes to scoring a touchdown. Whatever happened to humble sports stars, the type who would pitch the ball to the nearest official rather than going into a bad dance routine, jumping up to bump chests with a teammate or some other routine?

Do you think all of this adds to the excitement of the game?

If so, do you still find it exciting when a player from an opposing team scoring against your team goes into some kind of wild post-touchdown routine?

This goes beyond football. Sometimes it seems basketball players can't score a field goal without excessive celebration.

During the past couple of weeks before teams head into their conference schedules I've seen some ridiculous routines.

One man stood there beating on his chest like Tarzan, even though he had been playing like Jane, and than pointed upward proclaiming himself number one...even though his team was down by 20 points and the game was still in the first half.

College basketball can be strange early in the season. Some major colleges would schedule a nursing home if they could find one with a basketball team to build a 20 or more win season.

I noticed in the bigger college bowl games, players were more likely to pitch the ball to an official after scoring.

Do you suppose the fact these teams made it to major bowl games may have been because the players had more energy left in the final minutes of regular season games because they didn't use all that energy up dancing, etc.?

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I heard some coach respond to this before with "Act like you've been there before". This is something that really turns me off when watching a game. It shows real class for a player to give the ref the ball, and I make a special note of the player when that happens.

-- Posted by cfder on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 5:20 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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