The news this week about all the new rules coming down from on high by the NFL owners and management wasn’t surprising, but I’ve got one thing to say: The powers that be better not even think about legislating the Green Bay Packers “Lambeau Leap.”
We all remember that frigid December day back in the mid-1990s when Reggie White recovered the fumble by the then-Los Angeles Raiders, proceeded to rumble down the left sideline and lateraled the ball to LeRoy Butler just before falling out of bounds. Butler then ran the rest of the way for the touchdown and spontaneously jumped into the stands at Lambeau Field.
It was the beginning of what has become an iconic touchdown celebration that has been perfected over the years by a number of Packers players. So popular has the celebration become that there have been other players from other teams who have attempted their own leap in their own stadiums.
But let’s not forget where the celebration started and why its moniker includes the name “Lambeau.” It’s because it is a Packers celebration that will only be done correctly by Packers players in their stadium. Period.
With the No Fun League deciding to penalize the dunk over the crossbar of the goal post, it could be just a continuation of legislation that could extend someday to the banning of the Lambeau Leap. Packers team President Mark Murphy said it will never happen.
Let’s hope he’s correct … because if an attempt is made, there’s no doubt in my mind that there will be a major outcry among those in Packers Nation.
That’s because we like to have some fun in Green Bay.