Let us all stipulate that this has not been a good decade for the NFL, which has been so riddled with controversy and scandal that it had no choice but to relax the rules restricting flamboyant touchdown celebrations.
Don’t see the connection?
Don’t kid yourself. The decision this season to allow players to have a little more fun in the end zone was a subtle indicator that commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s owners were finally starting to recognize that they were losing touch with both their players and their fans.
The signs since then have not been subtle at all.
The only surprise is that it took so long for the league to...