Holmes Fined $10K; Arizona Rewarded With 15 Yard Voucher to Cash in at Later Date

Only three weeks too late, the NFL has fined Santonio Holmes $10,000, officially acknowledging that this touchdown celebration after his game-winning catch in the Super Bowl was, in fact, excessive celebration: ↵
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↵Two weeks ago, NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said that Holmes should’ve been penalized 15 yards for his Ode to LeBron celebration. Not to harp on an event that is ancient history in internet years, but those 15 yards, combined with what went down on the incorrectly called last play of the game, would really have changed the dynamics of that final Cardinals’ drive. But hey, Holmes got fined 10 g's, so that should completely make up for the refs missing the biggest call of the entire football season. (Bascially, Arizona got totally hosed, and I will never stop believing this. Mostly because I hate the Steelers.) ↵

↵As for those excessive celebration rules, Commish Goodell is considering changing them up: ↵

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↵⇥Goodell said before the Pro Bowl that the NFL competition committee may consider making such celebrations legal if they occur long after a play ends. ↵⇥

↵⇥"As you know, part of this rule is to avoid having a reaction from opposing players and, from what I could see, only seeing it once, it didn't seem like it was anywhere near that," Goodell said. ↵⇥

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↵So, in other words, players would be able to celebrate however they want, but only after the opposing players’ backs are turned. That makes perfect sense. ↵

↵[Insert clever No Fun League reference here.] ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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