Do we recall when wide receiver Stevie Johnson was fined $10K for his touchdown jubilee? I do. Johnson was punished financially as a result of a celebration in which he made fun of Jets receiver Plaxico Burress. Johnson imitated him shooting himself in the thigh. Ouch. Burress served 20 months in prison on a weapons charge after accidentally shooting himself at a club in the Big Apple. Nice.
I love touchdown dances and celebrations. I was not one who agreed when the NFL became known as the No Fun League. So I am rather giddy now that those restraining orders have been relaxed. Watching Josh Allen and his teammates doing all kinds of fun poses happens often these days with the high potent offense McBeane has assembled.
I for one enjoyed Icky Wood’s touchdown dance. It was referred to as the Icky shuffle. That is tough to say since our Bills lost to the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game that season back in the BIG ’80s.
Chad Johnson grabbing the touchdown pylon and using it as a putter, tapping the football for a birdie was brilliant. He had one celebration where he was putting on a replica of a Hall of Fame Jacket. How did he get it in the stadium? How did he get it in his possession after scoring? I know not. Johnson’s river-dance impression was a lot of fun. Johnson was dominating the celebration scene league-wide and continued by proposing to a cheerleader. I was surprised when he took over a real camera from the cameraman. Those are not cheap. He performed CPR on the football. Come on Man! These were historical. Those who claim they have no place in football. They hated parties in high school, fraternities in college, and happy hours throughout the land.
Panther’s Wide Receiver Steve Smith scored a TD and pulled out a towel. He proceeded to wipe the back of the ball, burp it, and then put it down for a nap. Very original. Humorous. He did also perform the row-your-boat.
How about that game against Dallas when Terrell Owens was with the 49ers shining? After his two touchdowns, he ran to the middle of the field on the Cowboys’ star. TO has got some extremely big uh uh uh… guts. On the second score, he spiked the ball on the star. This resulted in him being drilled blindly by Cowboys’ safety George Teague. Owens also contributed 24K to the commissioner’s slush fund. He also had to sit out for a week and think about what he did. Bad Terrell! Bad! His sharpie skit was quite legendary.
Joe Horn had to be creative after the NFL made it basically a felony to have any kind of props on a player’s body. He hid a cell phone behind the goalpost padding. The remarkable thing was that he scored his touchdown in the correct end-zone. When he scored he quickly retrieved the phone and acted out a phone call as if being a big deal.
“I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal.
People know me. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” –Ron Burgundy
The Green Bay Packers have a special connection with the fans which results in the ongoing legendary Lambeau Leap. This one simply can make anyone envious of what they have.
While on the Lambeau Leap topic, Randy Moss did a nice celebration pretending to “moon” the Cheese heads in Green Bay. This was not very popular in the land of the frozen tundra. It was indeed responsible for many laughs throughout the rest of Football Land.
Ezekiel Elliott jumped in the Salvation Army Donation Bucket which caught me off guard. It was quite entertaining despite not being a first.
Stevie Johnson was benched for lifting up his jersey exposing a Happy New Year message. He was becoming the trendsetter for t-shirts with his Why-so-serious exbibit.
Scott Chandler is my favorite as he played house doing the snow shovel impression. The funny part was that the game was relocated to the Dome in Detroit due to a blizzard back in Buffalo.
On that note, drum role please… I digress….
Things We Know About The Buffalo Bills This Week:
The Bills signed the Raiders’ former seventh-round draft pick Treyvon Hester. He is a defensive tackle playing his college ball at Toledo.
Out there in the City of Sin, Vegas odds-makers have the Bills’ over/under at 10.5 wins.
Wide receiver Jeff Badet visited Buffalo for a workout. He would potentially be on special teams returning punts and/or kicks.
The Bills have hired Sophia Lewin as a full-season offensive assistant coach.