Let’s start this off with a warning: If you have the means, you should never ever, ever, ever really do this. It’s an excessive celebration penalty. Every time. And, right or wrong, these kinds of things cost high school football teams dearly. Like this. Or, worse, this.
That said — sorry — this exchange Saturday night was pretty neat.
New Canaan end Zach Allen did the ol’ goalpost dunk after scoring on a 10-yard interception return to put New Canaan up 21-7 in the first half of their eventual 35-20 victory over rival Greenwich.
Impressive. He was, of course, flagged for the personal foul.
But in Allen’s case, the crime paid.
Asked why he couldn’t resist the dunk and the sure penalty, Allen told us he learned it by watching New Orleans’ Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who famously caused a 25-minute delay during last year’s NFL season when his dunk damaged a goalpost. The NFL responded by making it an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which was dubbed ‘The Jimmy Graham Rule.”
“One of my NFL heroes is Jimmy Graham, so I just wanted to do what he did,” Allen said.
We had already posted and Tweeted the video of the play on YouTube at halftime and GameTimeCT reporter Pete Paguaga just happened to mention Graham on Twitter.
Graham, who’s made no secret of his distain for the rule (“You can’t really have fun anymore,” he’s said) ate it up and responded on Twitter.
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) September 28, 2014
Even we have to admit, it was pretty funny.
But… so… yeah kids, don’t dunk over goalposts.