Friday, November 9, 2007

Terrell Owens Fined For Waving A Towel! Is This A Joke?

No, this is not a joke and the NFL fining players for touchdown celebrations has gone too far.

According to ESPN:

The flamboyant Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was fined $10,000 for violating league uniform and equipment rules by the NFL, The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.

The newspaper said that Owens was penalized for waving a personalized towel during Dallas' 38-17 win over Philadelphia on Sunday, a move that was picked up by television cameras.

It was the second time this season he's been fined for violating league rules after a touchdown.

Earlier this season, Owens was fined $7,500 for a celebration that included using the goal post and football to poke fun at the New England Patriots' spying scandal during Dallas' 37-20 victory over Miami this past Sunday.

The newspaper quoted the Cowboys wide receiver as saying the league has squeezed much of the fun out of the game for him and many others.

Terrell Owens had this to say:

"It's stuff like that," Owens told the Morning News. "People try to make a big deal out of it. It's not any different than Chad [Johnson] going to the sidelines and taking [out] a coat. All I had was a little towel, and now they want to make that into a big deal."

I could not agree more with Owens. I mean, c'mon, a towel! A TOWEL! Its not like this was a Taliban Towel or a pornographic towel either! Last Week, Chad Johnson was fined $5,000 for wearing "Ocho Cinco" on the back of his jersey. Did he kill anybody? Did he incite racism on his jersey? No! So let him wear the damn thing. Overall, football is supposed to be entertainment. Touchdown celebrations are entertaining. Therefore, logically speaking, touchdown celebrations should be allowed in football since football is entertaining and so are touchdown celebrations. Since these fines are extremely low compared to their paychecks, if I was Owens or any other football player who wanted to celebrate, I would just continue doing it and tell the NFL to shove it because this is ridiculous. I'll leave everybody reading this with one question: Why doesn't MLB fine Manny Ramirez for standing on home plate staring 10 seconds at the home run ball he just hit. Doesn't that count as celebrating? Whats the difference between showing off after Ramirez hits the home run ball and Owens waving a towel after he catches a touchdown pass? (I know, that was 3 questions).

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