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Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates a touchdown reception against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The ‘slam dunk’ over the goal post can be traced as far back as 1979, when Thomas ‘Hollywood’ Henderson did so as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams 28-0, and Henderson celebrated a last-minute touchdown off an interception by way of the dunk.

Nevermind the fact that the Lambeau Leap has only been around since 1993. I mean, that’s tradition, right? Player safety? Who cares about that!? Let’s not worry about fixing the other pressing issues of the game today, those dunks are killers!

Jimmy Graham will be forever linked to the ‘Goal Post Rule’. The action didn’t hurt anyone except Atlanta’s crummy goal post. Arthur Blank is just mad because Home Depot lost credibility after the debacle. The league isn’t really doing anyone a favor by putting this into place. It’s just another form of control.

As we’ve seen over the years, players aren’t going to let the rules dictate actions on the field. However, if we get to a point where we start seeing suspensions because of it (see James Harrison’s hits), then we should all go on a riot, and declare mutiny against the NFL.

We aren’t saying goodbye to the slam dunk. We’ll just read about more articles and watch multiple programs break it down when we get ridiculous fines that come of it. You grew up watching numerous people do slam dunks, and it won’t ever go away. It shouldn’t go away.

Maybe the powers that be just conveniently waited for Tony Gonzalez to retire. It’s funny how no one ever said anything about him doing it countless times during his career. He has that ‘basketball’ background every television analyst salivates over any chance they can to bring up during any point of a football game. Why are we even worried about it?

Maybe we should be focusing more on the fact that Graham had enough power to move the goal post in the first place. I’d love to see the Sports Science on that one.

Mr. Goodell, concentrate your efforts on things that matter.

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