Stevie Johnson: master of mockery
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • November 28, 2011 @ 9:26am
Stevie Johnson, the Bills’ wide receiver who’s been lambasted by the local and national media because of his costly antics Sunday, celebrated his touchdown against the Jets in style. First, Johnson mimicked Plaxico Burress shooting himself— Burress was arrested and incarcerated for carrying an unlicensed gun—then proceeded to mock Santonio Holmes’ usual TD celebration by crashing to the ground after a brief “soar” with arms-spread.
The ensuing 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration encouraged Bills’ head coach Chan Gailey to call for a squib kick on the kickoff, and Buffalo kicker Dave Rayner miss-hit the ball into a Jet player, and New York recovered inside the Bills’ 40 yard line. None other than Burress himself went on to score a touchdown 1:03 later to swing the momentum of the game before halftime.
The Bills went on to lose 28-24, pushing their losing skid to four games and virtually erasing any shot at the post-season. On the game’s final drive, Johnson dropped a pass deep over the middle of the field, one that could—some say “would”—have gone for a touchdown.
It was this second celebration that drew the ire of the referees, as leaving one’s feet in celebration is widely frowned upon by the NFL. There’s a serious double-standard here, as the Lambeau Leap in Green Bay and “dunking” the football through goal-posts are accepted, even though both involve leaving the ground.
If Johnson had mocked only Burress, he probably would have escaped without penalty. The “shooting” was obviously a taunt—it might have led to an eventual fine by the NFL—but that alone, considering its brevity, wouldn’t have drawn a flag. Stick to one taunt at a time, SJ 13.