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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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Yesterday, NFL head of officiating, Dean Blandino, announced that in 2014 the NFL will be taking the next step in the war against celebrations. That's right, the NFL will be cracking down on touchdown celebrations again by adding to the list of celebrations that will be considered "excessive" and warrant a 15-yard penalty.

Apart from banning dunking on goal posts, the rule will also be expanded to explicitly ban such popular dances as "the Dougie", "the Twerk", and for those old school players, "the Macarena". Players also better not "Drop that dun dun dun", as it will now cost them 15 yards.

Mr. Blandino has explained that the objective of expanding the excessive celebrations list is to uphold the professionalism and integrity of the game and also "to hopefully keep players from competing in Dancing With The Stars during the off-season".

Finally, the NFL has also announced that in its continued effort to ensure player safety, the "Lambeau Leap" will be partially banned, despite being previously grandfathered in. While players will still be allowed to jump over the wall into the historic section of the Frozen Tundra, they will now be jumping into a foam pit under the close supervision of Hollywood trained stunt professionals. Former Packers' fullback, John Kuhn, expressed his relief to the new rule on Twitter stating, "New Lambeau Leap rule is AWESOME! Cn't wait to re-sign w/ the Pack now #doover #whitemenCANjump #you'llsee #safetyfirst".

It remains to be seen to what extent players will abide by the new rule, but rest assured, the NFL is taking no chances, as they have already warned the players that failure to comply will result in the league banning touchdowns, sacks, and long receptions, as well as any other play that could induce the sudden urge to celebrate.

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