Thursday, November 25, 2010
Why so pre-planned?
From today's Buffalo News...
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was fined $5,000 by the NFL for his playful uniform statement at Sunday's game in Cincinnati.
The T-shirt quote was a reference to a statement by the character the Joker in the Batman movie "The Dark Knight." Bengals receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco refer to themselves as Batman and Robin. Johnson also was fined $10,000 after the Week Three game against New England in which he mimed shooting a musket after scoring a touchdown. The Patriots have a mascot fire off a musket on the sideline after New England TDs.
As a young fan, stuff like this didn't bother me. In fact, I thought things like this were funny. However, in my advancing age, premeditated celebrations like Johnsons' bug me. There's an old saying amongst football players regarding behavior in the endzone: "Act like you've been there before." I agree with this 100%. Hopefully, fans in Buffalo will send Stevie Johnson a message. We don't like clowns like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco around here. They have the same number of wins as they do reality shows. Instead of Batman and Robin, they should call themselves Lenny and Squiggy.
Johnson's one of the best players on the team, plays great every week no matter what the score, and brings with him an amazing story of NFL survival. However, look back at old films of Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison and let me know if they ever had to do stuff like this to get attention. They didn't. Probably because they were too busy setting NFL receiving records.