KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos salutes after catching a 56-yard touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Denver defeated Kansas City 17-10. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
During the Broncos win over the Kansas City Chiefs - forgive me, I just like typing those words - anyway, during the Broncos win over the Chiefs - IN KANSAS CITY - Eric Decker was penalized 15-yards for an excessive celebration. Specifically, Decker was called for taking his celebration to the ground.
What did Decker do? Just look above. Decker, in a tribute to the men and women of the US Military - on Veteran's Day Weekend, no less, went to one knee and gave a little Mile High Salute. As Chris Chase from Yahoo's Shutdown Corner points out, the NFL is a wee-bit hypocritical here:
Legal in the NFL: Scoring a touchdown and then running 100 yards down the sideline to give the ball to your girlfriend who's a cheerleader for the opposing team.
Not legal in the NFL: Scoring a touchdown and saluting the troops on Veterans Day weekend.
How correct Chase is.
At the time, I called Ron Winter and his group of keystone cops with worst officiating crew in the NFL. Along with Jeff Triplette, Winter's crew is at the tops of the NFL in penalties per game. They are doing all they can to take the fun and excitement from a game that is played with passion.
To Decker's credit, he took the high road, on Twitter last night, saying he was 'sad to get a penalty for saluting the men and women of the U.S. Military.' So am I, Eric, as are millions of Broncos fans and Americans who are trying to figure out what the NFL is trying to do with penalties like these and so many others we see every week.
The next move is up to the NFL. Will they actually fine Decker for his penalty? I'd be hard-pressed to think so, but in a day and age where a defensive lineman can mock Tim Tebow after a sack by feigning prayer, or Tony Scheffler can do the same after a touchdown yet Eric Decker can not salute the men and women of the military, anything is possible.
Luckily for us, those freedoms that are protected by the men and women Decker is saluting allow me to rip Ron Winter and the NFL for making the call. I love this Country!