The NFL's constantly been labeled the 'No Fun League' by disgruntled fans. The name is warranted given the amount of outrage there seems to be whenever a player decides to celebrate, lay a little trash talk or interact with the fans. There used to be a time where we'd get dances like the Dirty Bird or the Ickey Shuffle and nobody would bat an eye.
We've gotten some classics like Joe Horn pulling out a cellphone from the uprights or Terrell Owens taking out a sharpie and signing the football, but those days are long gone. Teammates can barely even celebrate anymore and risk getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. They also risk receiving the NFL's biggest F word - fine.
The NFL loves to hand out fines for just about any excuse they could find; whether a player's socks or shoes don't match the uniform or promoting the wrong brand, the NFL is like an overbearing babysitter that doesn't let the guys just breathe.
Heck, look at the Panthers this year. The team has had an unbelievable season and keep defying critics week after week. What does everybody talk about though? They celebrate too much!! Wahhh!
Celebration and showmanship has always been a part of football and if not for colorful characters of the past, the league wouldn't be as popular as it is today. Coach Ron Rivera even admitted the league has gone soft after the team's pregame baseball bat ritual was criticized due to Odell Beckham reportedly feeling threatened and lashing out during the game. "To avoid the situation, set of circumstances, let's just eliminate it," Rivera said. "It's the No Fun League for a reason."
You can't help but roll your eyes whenever the NFL hands out a fine these days because it really does seem like you can't have any fun even though sports still fall under the entertainment banner. Here are 15 fines that just left us fans scratching our heads. For the record, we'll be sticking with the silly fines. Fines that show you just how petty the NFL can be.
15 Marshawn Lynch
14 Colin Kaepernick
13 Cam Newton
12 Wes Welker
11 Brandon Jacobs
10 Randy Moss
9 Nate Burleson
8 DeAngelo Williams
7 Troy Polamalu
6 Clinton Portis and Sean Taylor
5 Ryan Clark
4 Brandon Marshall
3 Frank Gore
2 Chad Johnson
1 Brian Urlacher
It was hard to decide what to put in the top spot, but the fact that Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 for wearing a Vitamin Water hat warranted the top spot here. On media day of Super Bowl XLI, Urlacher thought the biggest thing he had to worry about that week was Peyton Manning, but it was the NFL brass he had to fear. After wearing the hat, the Bears' leader was handed the massive fine. Let's hope the company treated him well, at least.
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