St. Louis Blues Think This Is The No Fun League

The National Football League has done so much to eliminate touchdown celebrations.  Your not allowed to leave your feet, use a prop – or do a

No celebrations here. USA Today Sports Images

choreographed dance with your teammates when you gruel 100 yards or so down the field to score a touchdown – oh and don’t let your opponent see you spike the ball – that could get you 15 yards for excessive celebration.  The basic rule of thumb in the National Football League – act like you have been there.  And now the NFL wants to take a look at the pre-touchdown celebrations as excessive celebrations as well.  No more of that “not in my house” type wave as you easily cruise into the end zone.

The NHL leaves player celebrations alone – allowing a guy who scores to jump into the boards, slide on the ice – or do whatever when they are able to get the puck in the net.  Where would the Foligno legacy be if the sons couldn’t emulate their father – even if just once in their careers?  I hope that one day – Marcus or Nick Foligno have a son playing the sport in the National Hockey League who can leap on their first goal – paying tribute to Grandpa Foligno – who (at that point) played the game so long ago.

The Montreal Canadiens put the skids on the triple low five celebration between Carey Price and P.K. Subban during post game celebrations.  That I get – because the Canadiens wanted them to be a part of the team, to be one, not on a perch above the Canadiens.  I get that.

For the St. Louis Blues – the message the team wants to send through their players is act like you have been there before.  To help with that, the team is eliminating the cursory high five down the bench for the guy who just scored a goal.  The message though – is the wrong one to send.

The suggestion is not coming from the locker room, but former players who have a say in the way things are done in St. Louis.  Act like you have been there.  How about the guy who just scored his first NHL goal?  What about the guy who just snapped a goalies three game shutout streak?

I have to disagree with Brett Hull and Kelly Chase on this one.  The high five isn’t a celebration like you just won the Stanley Cup when you scored your team’s first goal late in a game to make it 2-1 – winning the Stanley Cup involves chucking your gear all over the ice and recreating a WWF pile on.  Hell – the Patrick Kaleta dice roll isn’t even that – its about motivation – its about camaraderie, and above all showmanship.

How many times has a proven goal scorer gone over the top with his goal celebrations?  I don’t care if you score 50 goals a year – or one goal a year.  Getting a fist bump from your teammates is just something that is done.  To me this is nothing more than an organization standing in protest against Tomas Hertl going between his legs for the fourth goal of the night in a blowout.

Your goals are short sighted St. Louis – there are larger issues in the game than acting like you have been there.  But I guess who have to be there, before you can act like it.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues

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  • [email protected]

    How lame. I like to see players congratulate each other and show some spirit after goals are scored. It isn’t unprofessional, it is showing how happy you are to be playing the game and it is entertaining to fans as well.

  • Caitlin Campbell

    WOW thats all I have to say

  • Kevin

    The disgusting part of the NFL not being able to celebrate is they don’t want to hurt the feelings of the other team. That’s what infuriates me. They are grown men, get over it or go cry to mommy. The league should not be band-aiding their feelings. As for the NHL, I certainly hope that that is not the same train of thought. I agree with Tim all the way, how stupid is that. Scoring and the excitement of scoring is what hockey is about. fans watching players celebrate adds to there own celebration. take that away and fans are left with less motivation for excitement. Fans already sit on their hands in NHL arenas compared to minor leagues. If they start taking away celebrations it will have negative reprocutions. Mark my words.

    • Jes

      100% agree Kevin. Celebrations should be a loud. Sure the players have been there before but seriously scoring a goal in the NHL no matter if you score 1 or 50 is a pretty friggin hard to do.

  • Colin Gambaro

    I think you have the wrong impression. The Blues still get excited after they score goals. They still give fist pumps and still jump into the boards after a big goal (Jaden Schwartz did this on Saturday). They still do the obligatory high fives and hugs among the five on the ice when a goal is scored. However, instead of going to the bench for the for high fives, they go straight to the face-off circle. It is more to send the message to the opponents: “We aren’t satisfied with one goal. We are going to go score again. And again. And again.”

    • Timothy Redinger

      No – I got the impression – I know why they are doing it. Doesn’t make it any less stupid. If I am a veteran leader sitting on the bench – and a young guy scores the first goal of his career…I want to be able to give the guy a fist bump in the moment…yell something encouraging at him….smack him on the top of the head…..get him fired up so he goes out there and does it again. Instead the kid gets to learn that I scored…must be robotic and skate to the faceoff dot and do it again.
      Lets turn the league into a robotic set of players who show less emotion so more fans leave. Got it. Message sent St. Louis….thanks for playing.

      • Kevin

        Also 9x out of 10 the team changes lines after goals anyways.

      • Andrew

        Well said, Tim.

      • Patrick Gilligan

        apparently you don’t get it though. As the poster pointed out, its not about not celebrating or showing less emotion. So no they are not trying to teach the kid to act like a robot. They took out one part of the celebration to suit their own needs…thanks for playing though.

        • D Yocom

          I’m glad someone gets it! It isn’t about teaching the team to hold in their excitement or frowning upon celebrating a team’s goal. The Blues still celebrate. They enjoy the moment, cheer in their teammates and before they lose any momentum, they are ready for the next face off and a chance to push it to the crease once again. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Let’s Go Blues!!

  • Jes

    This is beyond stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    The high-five down the bench (plus a standard hug by the skaters on the ice) is standard. There are outlandish celebrations…but that is standard.