Ladies and Gentlemen...
1. 3-and-out on the first series of the game
2. Fumbled handoff
3. Fumbled kickoff return
4. INT returned to the ISU 17
All of this happened before Leonard's boneheaded play. While the PF didn't help, let's not pretend we had things locked down at that point in the game. And it WAS a stupid play on Leonard's part. The defense had just gotten a stop and he put himself in a position to get the flag. If he's not standing over Shipley barking at him, the contact never happens. I really don't care whether the head butt was intentional or not. LJ made a huge mistake and trying to absolve him of responsibility on that call is dumb.
I think there is a mix here that needs to be discussed. I love it when we get a sac or tackle for a loss and the team stands up in celebration pointing to the bench or the throws a fist in the air with excitement. Give your team or teammates and the fans a show all day long and i'll celebrate with you.
But when you take your celebration to rub it in the face of the other team, that shows no class and that isn't the type of team I want to celebrate with. We all agree that the LJ penalty was stupid, but I have no problem with the celebrations that happened before the headbutt. The Dbacks were slapping each other five and celebrating the play which was great. As soon as they got in the face of the other team, taunted, or headbutted somebody, that is the line that shouldn't be crossed. There is no class in that and there is certainly no honor in that. Winning by any means necessary isn't what I teach my kids and winning doesn't cure all. Honor before victory indeed.
The better commissioners (Goodell and Stern) in the pro ranks understand that a majority of people are turned off by this stuff and they are doing everything they can to try and limit it.
But it is everywhere...did you ever see a guy like Frank Robinson "profile" after a homerun like Ryan Howard did yesterday? Nope. Was Jim Brown dancing in the endzone after every touchdown? Nope.
And I am not some old geezer...Robinson and Brown were both done playing before I can remember sports. I was at ISU in the mid 80s when this sort of "swagger" was rearing its head and somewhat unusual...specifically at the University of Miami (FL).
Also, Stern has done nothing for this "epidemic." Do you watch the NBA. They may be the biggest drama queens of anyone. Goodell is a good commissioner but they don't call it the No Fun League for nothing. No dance Deion Sanders ever did hurt anyone. Remember Merton Hanks' dance? That was awesome. I guess I just like to see a little fun being had. It's a game. It's entertainment. Of course, I am from that rogue generation so maybe that has something to do with it.
Hell, I'm 21, and I don't care for a lot of that kind of stuff (and not just from ISU). Some swagger is good. Emotion is good. But there are some guys who get out of control with it. And when you're down big, just throw all of that stuff out the window. You look like an idiot when you're throat-slashing anyway, but to do it in a game when you're down 34-0? Ridiculous.
Play ball FIRST. THEN you can worry about all the other crap if you really want to. But if the showboating is coming without the actual performance, then shut up.
I'm guessing most that agree with the OP didn't play college football. I'm guessing none of them did. WR's and DB's talk smack. Have for the last 30 years in football. They push each other, they jaw, they "headbutt" (its not really a headbutt but whatever). Doesn't mean they are showboating, thugs, etc. They are competitors and it happens.
I don't play in college, but high school was easy enough in the classroom that I could pretty well devote myself to sports. I was very heavily invested. But you wouldn't find me talking smack when we were winning, much less when we were down big (and at Wayne, the latter was pretty common). Seriously, it's not difficult to be excited without doing something stupid.