The Santana Moss Celebration Penalty
Sixteen times out of 17, I endorse excessively flamboyant celebrations by NFL wide receivers, even if they occasionally draw an unsportsmanlike call. They're entertaining, and harmless, and they strike back at the soulless NFL suits, and they give kids something to imitate, and they make great YouTube fodder.
Here's the 17th time: when you're fighting like crazy to keep your season alive, on the road, against a one-win team, and down by 17 points. In that particular case, maybe it's best to keep the towel in the pocket and the cleats unshined.
Santana Moss was asked repeatedly about his celebration penalty last night (video here); I heard his answer twice. The first time:
"I don't care, I really don't care," he said, when asked if he knew his celebration would draw a flag. "We needed something, something to boost us, and we had a touchdown so I was feeling real good, you know what I'm saying? Other than that, I really don't care about it. What we needed to do is keep scoring."
And it is true that the Bengals failed to capitalize on their field position, and then launched a lousy punt, and the Redskins started at their own 24 and managed a field goal. But, those facts aside, it felt like a chance to seize some real momentum was gone after Moss's penalty and Shaun Suisham's kickoff put the ball in Washington territory.
Still, the second time Moss was asked about it, less than five minutes later, he repeated similar thoughts.
"I didn't really care," he said. "I mean, don't get me wrong, I cared that I didn't know it was gonna be a penalty, but we needed a spark, and a touchdown was everything for us at that moment. As far as the penalty, when I found that it was a penalty, I told Coach Zorn that, hey, I didn't mean to put us in that situation, I didn't know that it was gonna hurt, but I should have known better. We're in someone else's house, they're looking for anything. So therefore I've got to be better with that, know the rules a little better, but other than that, that really is nothing. That's petty, as far as what we have done to date as far as trying to give ourselves a chance to win."
Several other players were also asked about the penalty, but I didn't hear any remarkable responses, and Jim Zorn was not asked about the issue in his press conference.
"They're going to call what they want to call," Clinton Portis said, according to my colleague, Barry Svrluga. "We know they're judging everything, and they're going to make those calls. They told us that before the season. It was going to be flagging you for everything and fining you for everything, so it was no surprise."
"I didn't see what happened, I just play the game," London Fletcher said. "We didn't give up any points off it, but obviously you don't want those things to happen/ But you play with the cards that you're dealt. Wherever the ball's placed, as a defense you go out there and take the field and play football."
December 15, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
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