An Impossibly Smug Bob Costas Lectures America On Class, NFL End Zone Celebrations
November 28 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
If you'll remember, the Bills' Stevie Johnson did an over-the-top touchdown celebration yesterday, which included fake shooting himself in the leg, a la Plaxico Burress (the Bills were playing Burress' Jets). For that, he earned a 15-yard penalty, and no hard feelings from Burress. But there were some hard feelings from some people. Some people who thought Johnson did a very bad thing, a very bad thing indicative of the downfall of modern society, how kids these days just don't have any respect for anyone. Those kids need to be lectured, thought some people. So we got this (transcript here):
Part of me watched that and wanted to go "SHUT UP COSTAS STOP SCOLDING ME." But if you did that, then by provoking the exact kind of reaction he just decried, Costas would win. He would would also probably materialize in front of me and scold me for my lack of manners. Another part of me wanted to point out that maybe the anti-celebrations of Barry Sanders would mean less if everyone else did the same thing, and if everyone acted the same way, that would be really boring. But then I'd be taking this stuff just as hyper-seriously as Costas, so that's no good either.
So, instead, I'll congratulate Bob Costas, even more than he's probably already congratulated himself. I'll congratulate him because that segment above might well be his crowning Sunday Night Football lecture achievement. In a run that's moved people to say things like this (indeed, a run I might venture to guess has included just as much self-satisfaction as any touchdown celebration in football history), last night's harangue stood out. For a moment, he actually made me sympathize with the Kardashians. When someone does that they've achieved something out of the ordinary. So congrats, Bob...and I wouldn't be shocked if you celebrated your performance with an elaborate dance routine.
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