Touchdown Dances and Celebrations
When athletes taste victory, their emotions and adrenaline can trigger very animated reactions - touchdown dances, somersaults and of course, Randy Moss' recent "mooning" at Lambeau Field. Here's a look at some of the wild and wacky victory celebrations from your favorite athletes.
The Moss Moon
Some called the Moss Moon tasteless, Randy said he was just having fun. After scoring his second touchdown of the game in the Minnesota Vikings 31-17 thrashing of the Green Bay Packers, Randy Moss pretended to pull his pants down and "moon" the crowd at Lambeau Field. He finished off his TD celebration by rubbing his butt against the end zone uprights. Moss' unique celebration made some people irate - but really, what's the big deal? It's not like he burned the flag or used the Declaration of Independence as toilet paper.
Joe Horn Calls Home
After scoring a TD for the New Orleans Saints in 2003, wide receiver Joe Horn grabbed a cell phone that a teammate had hidden in the goal post padding and called his mom. The NFL, which hates endzone celebrations, fined Horn $30,000. Horn and the Saints won the game 47-17 over the New York Giants.
Terrell Owens Looks Sharp
Terrell Owens, who attracts more attention to himself than Paris Hilton at a wet T-shirt contest, had the NFL in a fit after his Sharpie TD celebration in 2002. After scoring a touchdown, Owens grabbed a Sharpie marker from inside his sock, autographed the football and handed it to his agent who was sitting in the endzone stands.
Chad Johnson Proposes
Besides being one of the NFL's best wide recievers, Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals is also one of the most entertaining TD celebrators. After scoring a touchdown during a 2005 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Johnson kneeled down on one knee and gave a mock proposal to one of the Bengals' cheerleaders. The cheerleader accepeted Johnson's faux proposal, despite the fact that Johnson didn't even know her name!
The Lambeau Leap
After a touchdown in Green Bay, the player who scores for the Packers will jump into the stands at the back of the endzone where he is mobbed by the fans at Lambeau Field. You may have seen this ritual performed in 2004 by running back Ahman Green.
The Bob and Weave
This touchdown dance was made famous by the St. Louis Rams in 2000 - the year they won the Super Bowl. After a touchdown, the Rams would form a circle, crouch down low and then bob around as if they were shadow boxing. It was harmless, but it was too much fun for the party poopers that run the NFL. They banned the dance and said they were concerned "about the effects celebrations like the Bob and Weave will have on children watching."
In 2006, the NFL decided to crack down on some of these celebrations by handing out penalties for any TD celebrations in which the player uses a prop or leaves his feet. all about it.
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