I would have fined Carolina Panther rookie Mike Goodson $10,000 for his celebratory throat-slash gesture after his practice-game touchdown Monday against the New York Giants. That's $2,500 more than the NFL fined him.
(1) The gesture is worn out. The gesture is so tired I thought it had been retired. I don't mind celebrations. If they're original, I like them. But few are. Anybody who assumes a Heisman Trophy pose also should be fined. Are you so creatively challenged in your moment of glory that all you can do is something thousands of others have? If so, hand the ball to the ref. If a guy pulls a cell phone from the goal post, I like it (the first time). The second time? Fine him. Come on, fellows, originality is not that hard to come by.
(2) The reason I would have jacked the fine from $7,500 to $10,000 is because of Goodson's explanation for the slash. He said he was going back to his college days. Hey, he played at Texas A&M. The Aggies rarely scored. And when they did, they already trailed Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Texas Tech by 35. You can't celebrate when you team is out of the game by halftime.