Dec 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; A yellow penalty flag rests on the turf during the game against the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants at M

NFL moving towards a game of rules

So far this year, there have been two instances at training camp scrimmages where the officials have pointed out that spinning the ball on the ground can result in a penalty.  This act will fall into the category of excessive celebration and taunting.

With the amount of rules that seem to come out every year, it seems that a game of competition is now moving towards who can stay within the rules the best.  At some point I wouldn’t be surprised to see kickoffs and punts taken away as well as flags for the quarterbacks.

Although this rule is not new, 2012 Rule Book, I personally don’t remember last year when a player way flagged for spinning the ball.  The unsportsmanlike penalty reads

“These acts include but are not limited to: sack dances; home run swing; incredible hulk; spiking the ball; throwing or shoving the ball; pointing; pointing the ball; verbal taunting; military salute; standing over an opponent (prolonged and with provocation; or dancing.”

The Panthers and Vikings are the teams that have so far reported that the officials are making it a point to mention this new/old rule, which leads me to believe that we are in for a some stricter enforcement of some of the rules that are in the book, but swept under the rug for entertainment purposes.

Is a celebration worth 15 yards?  I would say for Buffalo Bills fans there would be one time that a celebration would be worth the 15 yards.  10 seconds left on the clock, Bills are up by 21 points against the Patriots and it is a game to determine who makes the playoffs.  At this point the I would give the 15 yards for a little celebration.

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