I know that some of you have really gotten into the spirit which is the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and for that I am proud of you. It takes a certain sacrifice to sit down and watch a sport that you might not really care about otherwise, but you know its a big deal globally and you want to be a part of it. I get it. See, I've been a soccer fan since the late 90's, so I've become accustomed to watching a match for 90 minutes and seeing only one goal or sometimes no goals scored. Doesn't faze me.
However, I know it fazes you. You want to see action, you want to see goals, and you want to see someone win. Get outta here with these freaking ties you say. Understandable. So when we finally see a breakthrough in a soccer match, we see unbridled celebration by the players. Literally the entire team becomes unhinged and a player's raw emotion comes out. Sometimes, its a premeditated celebration...something that he's thought about for years, and he finally gets a chance to do it on the world stage. Sometimes, its just someone running around like a crazy man. That works too.
So why is it that we in the States cast stones at our favorite football players for doing similar celebrations when in fútbol it is beloved by the entire world?
Let me start this post by shouting out my dude Clark Matthews who gave me the inspiration to write this, because he is total opposite with me on this one. I appreciate you brother.
When scoring a goal constitutes in a laborious task of matriculating a ball up and down the field, I see nothing wrong with doing a celebration when finally scoring. In Clark's case, I get it that there is more scoring in football than there is in soccer and thus the need to celebrate for one glorious goal doesn't seem as needed. However, in a soccer match a game usually lasts for a little over 90 minutes, and while soccer players do flop and wear no pads, I would be remiss to say that the game is nowhere near as physically demanding as football.
So why is it that the NFL hates celebrating so much? They hate to see folks showing up the other team? Really? How about not letting the other team score? How about stop being so damn sensitive when someone else celebrates? Then NFL players have the shortest span of playing time for anyone in professional sports, and with a league that doesn't give out guaranteed contracts like they do in any other pro league, man let these dudes do the "Stanky Leg", "Josephine Johnny", "The Wop", "Southside", or any other ridiculous dance they want.
I tweeted a couple of days ago that the NFL was racist and just didn't want to see the brothers out there celebrating and showing up the rest of the league. I don't want to be the one to throw out the race card when it seems obvious, but what other reason can you come up with?
Now I can understand that you don't want to have folks doing what T.O. did, by having ole buddy run to the middle of the Cowboys star and look up to the heavens. (By the way, I still thought this was dope but I wasn't surprised to see George Teague then try to yuuule on Owens after the fact.) The NFL has always been reactionary when controversial things come into play, when Elmo Wright was the first player (a brother) to spike the ball it became the cool thing to do. Then folks started taking the spike to new levels and then they banned it. Same with Billy "Whiteshoes" Johnson started dancing in the endzone, it was cool at first, then they banned it. Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson started Riverdancing, putting with the pylon, and proposing to cheerleaders, all of this was cool, but then they shut him down too.
Yet you telling me folks doing triple sal cals, backflips, pelvic thrusts, and other dances and celebrations I can't even begin to describe is beloved and folks wait with baited breath to see in soccer? First off, where do you think they even got the idea to do some of these celebrations? From the United States! We were the inspiration for some of these dances!
First off, the dude that does the Street Fighter fireballs/Dragon Ball Z kah-me-ah-may-ah moves had me cracking up. Also, the dude getting knighted was awesome. You telling me if Larry Fitzgerald did that they wouldn't give him 30 yards in penalties but you'd be dying laughing.
Here's the thing, watch the videos. You tell me what's the difference between the two videos? Their eerily similar aren't they? I ain't saying, but I'm saying.
The NFL should take notes, and stop being the No Fun League.
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