We are now in the life imitating art imitating life portion of the ridiculousness of the NFL. The crackdown on celebrations so far this season has been notable, and inconsistent in its application. Key & Peele spoofed the NFL penalizing touchdown celebrations a few years ago, with the fictional rulebook penalizing players after the third pump.
and now, we’ve come full circle, where we might be counting the number of pumps when deciding what is and is not a penalty. Antonio Brown would like a clarification if two pumps is okay but three pumps is not.
A hard and fast two pumps rule may be coming. If the NFL wants to address its declining ratings, the best way to do that would be a Roger Goodell instructional video on what is acceptable pumping, introduced during halftime of its next primetime game.