The No Fun League is at it again, or so we've been told.
The NFL announced several rule changes on Tuesday, including the banning of dunking the football over the crossbar. Technically, it's not a rule change as using the football as a celebration prop was banned several years ago, the NFL just hasn't strictly enforced it.
Starting this season, officials will flag players for using props, including imitating a basketball dunk. We've also confirmed that fade-away jumpers will not be allowed, either.
It's not so much about using props as it is about player safety. The league is concerned that the field goal posts could topple over one of these times, putting players at risk. Don't believe that could happen? It almost did in 2013.
This is why there will be no more dunking in the #NFL: Jimmy Graham screwed up a goalpost last season. Delayed game. pic.twitter.com/QR3Ivf1JPe— Jon Heath (@JonHeathNFL) March 25, 2014
With all of that said, the updated rule has not been well-received by fans or players.
The NFL says no more dunking over the goalpost. This one I don't understand. Looks like I got out just in time.— Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) March 25, 2014
I guess I'll have to lead the @nfl in penalties next year! #funpolice pic.twitter.com/ruX1TBarzC— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) March 25, 2014
It may seem like a petty rule, but the NFL is serious about producing a faster game flow. Player safety aside, game delays to adjust the goalposts is considered a good enough reason to ban dunking.
Sorry, when someone causes stadium ops to bring out a ladder and level to put back a crossbar, it's time to ban a goalpost dunk.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 25, 2014
It's not a popular rule change, but there are reasons for it.
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was among the dunking offenders last season. The former Portland State basketball star will be penalized if he dunks again this fall.
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