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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    I’d have to agree whole heartily with Mccoy on this one. Let the guys celebrate, as long as things like props and such aren’t involved. Making plays in the NFL has to be completely exhilarating. You’re playing against others of peak physical skill and condition and making a big play, I would go nuts.

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    The No Fun League is part and parcel to the ratings decline and decline in popularity of the game, for sure.

    A league that encourages players to make overt, disrespectful displays of political messages during the singing of the national anthem is also the same league that forbids players from celebrating their accomplishments on the field in a totally respectful, fun-filled display of exuberance. Go figure.

    Goodell apparently is a good negotiator and number cruncher, so the Owners keep him in charge. He’s the Ebenezer Scrooge of the NFL, pinching pennies while he’s pinching souls.

    Turn back the clock, turn up the fun. Get rid of non-football bullshit that is totally irrelevant to the game and which is guaranteed to piss off more than half the fans … and get rid of Goodell while you’re at it.

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    Agree with Gerald. And what makes it worse is they use some of these emotional celebrations that result in penalties to literally advertise their product! Same with the big hits.

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      How so? What advertising do you mean?

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    Gerald should bring back Jim McMahon’s “R O Z E L L E” headband, but with the Goodell on it. Gerald can afford to make a statement about the No Fun League.

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    Those two calls Mark cited were both total BS. I’ve seen far worse displays where no call was made. Neither should have been considered taunting when no opponent was being victimized. Fans come to the games to feel the excitement that can’t be experienced in front of their 65″ Sony. I think some of the salsa dances go a little overboard at times and I sure hate Scam Newton’s Superman act, but who doesn’t like the old Icky Shuffle?

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    The refs will have it out for Gerald now. Shame. And Goodell is going nowhere as long as Kraft is in charge.

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    Bout time someone said this. I was never an Oilers fan but watching Billy Whiteshoes Johnson dance always made me smile.
    Also liked the USFL for the same reasons, the guys were having FUN.
    Here is a proposal.
    Flag will be thrown for celebrating after 2 minutes have expired. Then we can challenge the penalty when it happens. It will be fun to watch the zebras run around with stop watches trying to figure out when 2 minutes has expired. More fun for us!!!!
    That choreographed penalty needs to be abolished.
    It’s a freakin game, let the players and the fans have some fun.

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    Here is another fun idea.
    If a zebra makes a bone head call in a game make him wear a pink hat the following week. I’d prefer a dunce cap but that might fall off. I got it, pink dunce cap with a strap to keep it on.
    But in all seriousness, Referees should be fined after making a bonehead call. Aren’t the players fined regularly?

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