flipping isn't cheating.. flipping isn't stealing...
flipping is a celebration... and while I don't love it I tolerate it.
Wow, this has turned into an interesting discussion. Put me in the "do not like" column regarding the me first celebrations. The problem I have is that the NFL really forced this on the players. Remember when the team could celebrate after scoring a TD? I thought that was fun and good entertainment but it seemed the powers that be in the No Fun League thought otherwise. They outlawed the group celebrations so the players found a way to celebrate by themselves.
If I recall correctly the first time I remember an annoying celebration from an individual it was Mark Gastineau. He had that stupid sack dance which I think the NFL did outlaw. White dude if I remember correctly. Maybe this isn't a 'Black culture' thing ... maybe it's an 'Italian culture' thing. :rolleyes:
people always complained about Mendenhall's poor ball security but if you look at the 3 full seasons where he played 16 games for us he had a total of 6 fumbles... a 2 fumble per year average.
Adrian Peterson averages 4 fumbles a year...
Marshawn Lynch averages 2.3 fumbles per year...
Arian Foster.. 3.6 fumbles a year...
Jamaal Charles.. 3.4 fumbles a year...
*I only used the years where they played 16 games to get these averages*
Now I understand these other RB's may have more touches or may not be considered the best ball security guys... oh wait, If they aren't considered great ball security RB's I wonder why they are still considered the best of the bunch? Hmm...
If I have a talented RB who is more comfortable holding the ball with a little less security because he feels more comfortable I wouldn't be all that concerned with it if he doesn't fumble that often. Could it cut down on fumbles? Maybe, maybe not. The other guys get paid too... If my RB feels like holding it high and tight will limit his agility and stop him from being awesome then yep... I'm OK with it because it doesn't happen that often.
(of course I will still be upset anytime he fumbles but it's football, it happens)
That would be like telling Ben to stop extending plays because he could get hurt or fumble... it's part of what makes him awesome so while I would love for him to never get hit, cough up the ball or throw a crazy INT I understand it's part of the game. You hear coaches say it all the time.
I don't want to change how (insert players name) plays the game because it's what makes him special... however, I would like him to yada, yada, yada (no one listens or cares about the rest because it's just fluff.
My issue with Brown's constant first down celebrations is that a first down isn't a big enough accomplishment to warrant it unless there's some kind of mitigating factor involved. If it's a first down that seals a win, I can understand it. If it's a hard fought first down that involves some kind of ludicrous playmaking ability, I can probably get on board. The problem as I see it, is that he does it every. friggin. time. While we're losing, while we're winning, regardless of the situation: Every friggin time.
TD celebrations are understandable to me. It's a touchdown. Even sack celebrations that aren't too "out there" are understandable to me because they don't happen every game. While first downs are obviously a good thing, they should be rather commonplace. To me, it's a question of where the line is drawn in regards as to when something is appropriate to celebrate and when it isn't. I believe the line to be drawn on the other side of most first downs. That's it. To me it doesn't make sense. Save the celebrations for things worth celebrating.
Also, what if this trend continues? Someone rushes for 2 yards then gets up and starts doing the cabbage patch? We successfully snap the ball and the center starts breakdancing?
Brown is consistent. Every first down.. its coming.
Browns first down routine doesn't bother me at all.
The tumblesault into the EZ does