If the NFL is going to ban the goalpost dunk, fine. I liked it at first and then, like most touchdown celebrations, it became predictable. Players are good at finding innovative ways to reach the end zone. But once there, they do what tens or hundreds or thousands of players already have.
When Jimmy Graham of New Orleans bent the goalpost on a failed dunk last season in Atlanta, officials had to stop the game to level the goalpost. But how frequently does this occur?
The NFL loves rules that govern behavior, attire and post-touchdown creativity, and I'd like to see them add a few more.
I'd fine any player that imitates Deion Sanders' high step into the end zone. Sanders retired in 2005 and players still mimic him. If you can't be more creative than that, hand the ball to the ref.
I'd fine any player that affects the Heisman Trophy pose. Why would you do that in 2014? It's as creative as yelling "Freebird!" at a concert. It says, "Help me, I can't come up with anything original so I have to steal from somebody else."
Baltimore's Steve Smith -- what a strange phrase that is -- spins the ball after a catch. I doubt he was first. But he's made the move his. That's fine. Cam Newton's Superman pose also is fine. He created it.
So listen, all you impressionable young potential touchdown scorers. Create something and make it yours. I loved it when receiver Joe Horn pulled out a cellphone he had hidden in the padding on a goalpost. That might be the best of all time. I loved Terrell Owens pulling a Sharpie out of his sock. Like Horn, he created.
If you can't create, don't do it.
Or, do this: Do the Deion as you approach the goalpost, affect a Heisman Trophy pose in mid-air and then spike the ball.
The fine will be more than offset by the endorsements that come your, and my, way.