NFL delivers message: spin out

NFL delivers message: spin out
August 6, 2013, 10:30 pm

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The NFL apparently wants to become — with apologies to Bill O’Reilly — a no-spin zone.

Pro Football Talk reports that officials visiting training camps have told at least two teams that referees will be enforcing the rule against spinning the ball in celebration. It’s already been among the acts listed as verboten, though not necessarily flagged. The idea, apparently, is that the ball spin is a form of taunting.

Now, does this mean that any ball spin will draw a flag? Deadspin followed up on the story and was told by the NFL that what the league really wants to cut down on is not spinning as part of end zone celebrations, but those that occur in the field of play during the course of a drive.

Well, that’s quite a different matter. After all, if old-school types are given to admonish exuberant players to act like they’ve been in the end zone before, they certainly should act like they’ve gotten a first down before.

However, there is room left to wonder whether the league wants to cut down on touchdown dances. Let’s certainly hope not, because we have to think that the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones, already inventive enough in the end zone, could be ready to take it to another level after a season on “Dancing With The Stars.”

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