Minnesota Vikings mountain man/defensive end Jared Allen only has one sack so far this season. Despite a lousy 1-2 start to the season, number 69 is being targeting by the NFL for his signature cattle wrangling celebration he performs after a big sack. Because the NFL hates fun and loves enforcing arbitrary rules, the league is now classifying Allen's hee-hawin' "sack dance" as unsportsmanlike conduct. Details via ESPN after the jump.
The Vikings were informed by new NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson before their Sept. 26 game against Detroit that Allen's demonstration, in which he touches the turf with his knee, qualifies as unsportsmanlike conduct under the league rule that prohibits players "from engaging in any celebrations while on the ground."
According to the NFL, Johnson is trying to enforce the rule as it's written.
Allen, who has paid his share of fines over the years for various hits, said he felt a little unfairly targeted because of all the celebrations that occur in a typical game.
"I guess rules are rules, and as long as I don't put my knee on the ground I'll be OK," Allen said.
He added: "I wouldn't be too mad, but it's the 15 yards that really get you. It's the penalty. The fine? I'll eat the money."
Of course he'll eat the money. Allen probably devours a handful of Andrew Jacksons as an hor d'œuvre before his usual protein-rich meal of stewed turkey leg gristle, fried possum, and wild boar Korean meatballs. He has a right to b*tch about the change, seeing as Barry Cofield can electrocute himself in celebration as long as he's standing. All the beast has to do is keep his knees from touching the ground.
Anyway. What NFL rule really pisses you off? Sound off in the comments.