Posted on: June 2, 2008 1:49 am
Edited on: June 2, 2008 1:51 am

Celebrating with no imagination

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It is the opinion of this blogger that athletes need to put an end to a certain celebration. In a time when athletes do more and more crazy, idiotic, and rarely intelligent-looking things to get the attention of fans, a lot of them have gotten the false notion that one overused celebratory move is cool. The overused move is none other than what is depicted in the following link (It's to a photobucket account, so safe for those of you browsing on the job):

I’m not sure if it has a name, but I’ll dub it the "Hey, Let’s Jump Up In the Air Together and Bump Asses!" move, or HLJUIATBA for short.

Seriously, how overused is this move? Score a touchdown, bump asses mid-air. Sack the QB, mid-air ass-bump. What’s worse is seeing college and even high-school athletes attempting the same thing. Hey, the pros do it, so it’s cool, right? Some scrub NCAA team pulled an upset in the tournament this year and how did they celebrate? They pulled out the HLJUIATBA. Pathetic.

In years past, you could watch the NFL and see Ickey Woods do the Ickey Shuffle upon scoring a touchdown. Neil Smith hit a home run with an imaginary (but probably heavy and expensive) Louisville Slugger when he sacked a quarterback. Hulk Hogan had to twirl his hand at the side of his head 6 or 7 times before cupping it to his ear, so he could listen to the crowd going wild after (or before) doing something awesome. They had their own signature moves, and that was cool.

That being said, I realize that not all celebrations can or should be rehearsed. They don’t all have to be original. Jumping into the stands after a touchdown never gets old. The mid-court dogpile after a huge upset win is always in style. Gatorade over the coach’s head, assuming no malice, is often warranted. But let’s please keep the HLJUIATBA to a minimum. After all, the only reason its THAT annoying is because its grossly overused.

I leave you with a link to a short video featuring the absolute best endzone celebration ever. The video itself is a bit cheesy, but the celebration is professional, hilarious, and performed by my team of choice:

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