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Phillips Takes Blame For T.O.’s “Celebration” Penalty, Still Tweaking Roster

Coach Wade Phillips told the A.P. yesterday that it was his fault that Terrell Owens was flagged in the Cleveland game for excessive celebration after his second-quarter touchdown reception.  He stated that it was he, and consenquently Owens, that wasn’t aware that “touching the ground” during any type of post-touchdown celebration was an automatic penalty under a new rule change adopted this year. 

Terrell Owens dropped the ball and got into a sprinter’s stance somewhat resembling the recent Olympic sprinter, Usain Bolt, and then made a one-step start before getting congratulatory slaps from his teammates after his 35-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.  He was immediately flagged by the officials and the penalty was walked off before the subsequent kick-off making Nick Folk kick from his own 20-yard line and giving the Browns good field position on their next drive.  Fortunately for Owens, the defense held the Browns to one of many three-and-outs afterwards.

If the NFL continues to make such rules regarding any type of player celebration, they run the risk of completely alienating the very viewers who make the game what it is today, and that is the best professional sports and “entertainment” in the country.  Take the example of the Arena Football League, they have rules that are much more fan-friendly and address the entertainment aspect of football.  Players can celebrate seemingly to any level and fans are allowed to keep any ball that goes into the stands.  There are a few other rules they follow in the AFL that I think would be great in the NFL as well, but that will most likely never happen. 

As for some other team news, the Cowboys released QB Richard Bartel and WR Mike Jefferson yesterday, and signed QB Brooks Bollinger as the number three quarterback.  Not so sure I like this move as I thought Bartel looked much better in the final preseason game than his opponent, Brooks Bollinger of Minnesota.  But evidently Dallas and Coach Phillips liked some of what they saw from Bollinger and waited until after the first week of the season to sign him up.  He also won’t count against the 45-man game roster.  Jefferson will be signed to the practice squad, as will Bartel hopefully, if they can clear waivers.

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2 Responses to “Phillips Takes Blame For T.O.’s “Celebration” Penalty, Still Tweaking Roster”

  1. Scott says:

    T.O.’s celebrations make the games even more fun to watch (unless he’s slamming the football on the Dallas star at the 50 yard line). The NFL should do away with the “touching the ground” mandatory infraction for endzone celebrations.

  2. bob says:

    TO’s celebrations make a big difference in the games because you are happy to score and you want to make the other team feel like trash

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