College athletes today are getting a raw deal. What kind of world are we living in where a punter is chided for excessive celebration? Poor Brad Wing. I doubt he’ll ever get the chance again to make such a play. It took me a few times to finally see the “excessive celebration” in the footage and all I can say is, damn, what a play!
I realize I’ve billed myself as a somewhat prim blogger. But these kinds of rules don’t make sense in sports. What we’re witnessing is political correctness infecting a wholesome activity. True, manners shouldn’t be completely discarded. I’m a fan of FIFA’s “Fair Play” initiative and I agree that there should be a level of civility on the playing field. Especially in international soccer which is prone to racial and religious discrimination among the players.
But Wing made a gesture. A gesture! “Taunting,” yes. But I’m sure no one’s feelings got hurt. Call me old-fashioned, but I miss the days of dancing in the end zone. When my Miami Hurricanes unleashed their swagger it was something to be enjoyed. I can’t help but think that the people behind this new era of excessive sportsmanlike behavior just can’t dance.
And what would soccer be without all the post-goal celebrations. I should be so lucky to one day pull my jersey over my head and run around the field with my arms stretched out as if I were an airplane.
Not only is celebrating looked down upon, but so is passion in general. So what if Serena Williams loses her temper during a game? The knee-jerk post-game apology statement is ridiculous. Those statements only exist because of endorsement deals and skittish execs. I’m sick of all the apologies, the Debbie Downers, and the buzzkills. This isn’t a self-esteem retreat set to the tune of Kumbaya. It’s sports. And if you can’t handle it, Lifetime is currently showing a nice movie.