We have seen in the last few years an infection of political correctness in sports that has to go.
To the NFL—No Fun League, we need to realize that sports is entertainment. There is nothing wrong with a touchdown celebration. While some are just stupid, most are creative and add to the game. There is nothing wrong with the fun bunch in Washington celebrating a score together. Even the Chad formerly known as Johnson has shown creativity in celebrating touchdowns.
The argument is that celebrations insult the team that was scored upon. I remind those that hold that position that the NFL is BIG BOY FOOTBALL. These guys are making millions of dollars playing a game. If their tender little egos are that badly damaged, they can afford to go to counseling. And for those that would need to find themselves in a sport that allows celebrations, give them a map!
In the same vain, it is time that bad refereeing be pulled out from under the rug of total protection from the league. Errors are made and should be acknowledged. Every time a coach is fined for telling the truth about a bad call, the league loses creditability with the fans. The fragile ego’s of the officials, both zebra on the field and those in the league office, must be ignored. Just like politicians, if you can’t take the criticism, get out of the business.
To Vince Young—When you score less than a 10 on the Wonderlick test, you may not be bright enough to play QB in the NFL. Learn the playbook or get used your athletic skills in another profession.
Major League Baseball, the NBA, and college sports—You all need to stop bowing to the gods of political correctness as well. Get some guts and get tough on steroids. Give the coaches freedom of speech about officials. They won’t run away crying. They are big boys and girls as well.
And while I’m at it—while I have to use my electric blanket in June in Ohio, the next politician that tells me we should be paying $5 a gallon for gas to fight global warming should be voted off the island immediately.
That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .