NFL fans have had enough. 2021 season is just a couple of weeks in, and fans are tired of the taunting penalties being called. This has led to "No Fun League" trending on social media once again. As mentioned by Yahoo Sports, some of the examples of taunting of today's NFL are a player spinning a football while another flashes an incomplete sign.
But the one play that stood out the most happened between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans. Down 30-23, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw an incomplete pass to A.J. Brown. Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed flexed at Brown while walking away and was then penalized. The Seahawks still prevented the Titans from scoring on that series, but fans still didn't like the call.
"That's something we discuss every year in the competition committee," Giants owner John Mara said in August about the new taunting rules. "We get kind of sick and tired of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field. We tried to balance the sportsmanship with allowing the players to have fun and there's always a fine line there, but none of us like to see that." Here's a look at fans calling the NFL the "No Fun League."
No Fun League!! Here’s all the excessive celebration penalties this week pic.twitter.com/unoPJ8K8jc— Adam Stark (@EverydayFFB) September 20, 2021
Bucky Brooks wrote: "The NFL has shifted from promoting celebrations one year to penalizing players for competitive enthusiasm the next year (taunting). I understand eliminating the silly stuff but it appears the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Common sense should apply."prevnext
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The No Fun League is ruining football with these taunting penalties pic.twitter.com/JaLuq6MVgR— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 19, 2021
Congrats to the refs for beating my chargers today… NO FUN LEAGUE pic.twitter.com/PIACSAvWgd— Lost In Space ⚡️🪐🛸 (@Captain__Clay) September 20, 2021
Rodger Sherman said: "The NFL took a big step forward when they let players start doing end zone dances, saw all the positive coverage and goodwill it generated, and decided to take 1,000 steps backwards by calling taunting penalties whenever any player gets excited about anything."prevnext
Reason number 4,378 that the NFL is unwatchable:— @RattleBoneJones (@workinglawfirm) September 19, 2021
In the NO FUN LEAGUE number 2 committed a penalty for taunting, but noseguard 99 did not. pic.twitter.com/chPKJJVesk
Taylor Rooks said: "This taunting rule is outrageous. Not allowing players to react when they make big plays does absolutely nothing. Nobody cares. That personality is FUN."prevnext
More to the Rule
I don’t think the taunting rule is just about the NFL being the No Fun League. It’s such something more sinister than that.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 19, 2021
Jim Rome wrote: "Way better to let 'em talk junk than jack it up with all these ridiculous taunting penalties."prevnext
It’s a game full of emotions and they want to take it out the game. No Fun League is back!!!! https://t.co/Zmax9eCzTa— Good Things (@Inferno_Rich) September 20, 2021