Prior to the Michigan vs. Northwestern game this weekend, it was hard to get excited over any other football games. Watching the LSU vs. Florida game may have raised a few eyebrows though. The game looked like it was over from the start as #1-ranked LSU was in control. To put Florida down even more LSU ran a fake punt play where none of Florida’s defense went after the punter, Brad Wing. Wing saw nothing but open field ahead; 10 yards from scoring, Wing threw his arms out then ran it into the end zone.
Celebrating his first touchdown with the rest of his team and fans, Wing did not notice the penalty flag resting on the 10-yard line. His touchdown was called back due to the new rule implemented, which prohibits players from taunting and excessive celebration. Since this rule has been implemented, this is the second case where this has happened; the first time was when USC had a touchdown taken away temporarily for the team running out onto the field.
College Football is one of the nations most popular sports for viewing on television, and the NCAA is restricting too much when it comes to celebrating and players’ expressions. Make the game more interesting and let players wave their arms or point to the fans before scoring (Tate Forcier would have been penalized under the new rule). If it gets to far out of hand, then penalize. But keeping players from wearing eyeblack with expressions on them and restricting small celebrations can take the fun out of watching the game. The small celebrations would make the other team mad and motivated to come out and play harder the next drive. Also, the fans can get excited over it too. As long as players’ responses are kept small and not excessive, the taunting rule should be lifted.
Check out this montage of the Top Ten dance Moves from NFL History:
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