I THOUGHT SPORTS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!By Mike Mazzeo
Stevie Johnson has done some dumb things before -- like blaming God after he dropped a game-winning touchdown pass last season.
But this, his mockery of the Jets receivers heard 'round the world on Sunday, isn't one of them.
Even if it was wrong -- and clearly his sportsmanship was lacking -- give Johnson credit for coming up with it. His execution was flawless.
Johnson had to beat Darrelle Revis to catch the 5-yard touchdown pass -- no small feat in itself. It was one of the few Revis has allowed in his career. And it called for an epic celebration.
Johnson's pretending to shoot himself in the thigh, which Plaxico Burress actually did three years ago, and then making fun of Santonio Holmes' "Flight Boys" TD dance with a "crash and burn" -- albeit in bad taste -- was epic.
It was also comical and entertaining. Surely, New England's Chad Ochocinco and Carolina's Steve Smith -- two of the best at TD dances and celebrations -- would agree.
Johnson's mockery cost his team 15 yards. It could end up costing him a whole lot more than that. A fine from the NFL perhaps.
But we need to remember who Johnson is: a joker. Remember the T-shirt he revealed after scoring a TD on Nov. 21 of last season? It read: "Why so serious?"
This is football, right? It's supposed to be fun.
THIS WAS INDEFENSIBLEBy Jane McManus
First of all, I'd like to thank Mike Mazzeo for gamely taking the opposing viewpoint on this because there is no way to defend Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson for his post-touchdown celebration against the Jets that included shooting himself (a la Plaxico Burress), flying like Santonio Holmes, and then crashing the plane.
It's like a game of charades, only one that makes everybody in the room start whimpering like a bullied fifth-grader.
NFL players are big boys, but Johnson crossed the line, a fact that Roger Goodell will no doubt make clear later in the week when he takes a vacuum cleaner to Johnson's smug little pockets.
Think of all the planning that must have gone into those 10 seconds of choreography.
Could he have been sitting in the living room with some of his buddies, saying, "Yes, I'm gonna get a shooting and a plane crash into one celebration!" And they say, "No that's impossible, no one's ever done that!" And then Johnson gets out a white board and works it out to the last second, flag and all.
Of course, the Stevie Johnson Dance Academy could be a better motivator than Jets coach Rex Ryan, whose creativity begins and ends with having backup quarterback Mark Brunell take a few meaningless snaps on Wednesdays.