When Steve Johnson fell to the ground like a sputtering plane after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets on Sunday, the last thing we said in our blog post about the subject was that someone, somewhere would try to make a comparison between Johnson's "plane crash" and the tragedies of 9/11 and the comparison would be ignorant and wrong. Then, for 24 hours, nobody said anything and we figured that we had thought too little of people and that nobody was stupid enough to make the parallel and mean it.
And then Sione Pouha opened his mouth.
The New York Jets defensive tackle said Monday that Johnson's celebration was insensitive to New York.
"Us being from New York, we like to hold ourselves to some integrity, and that airplane thing, in my opinion, was kind of a dagger considering the circumstances of remembrance of what we just had on Sept. 11,'' Pouha told the New York Post. "It was just unprofessional. We all stand for pride around here, and that's a sacred moment for a lot of people and it's a very sobering moment."
Bro, you grew up in Salt Lake City. On 9/11 you were a college freshman at Utah, fresh off your two-year Mormon mission. You've played for the Jets since 2005 and that certainly makes you a New Yorker (or is that a New Jerseyite?) but, come on, let's not act like you're "from New York." And the Jets stand for pride? You mean the team whose coach tells fans "[expletive] you"?
If anything is insensitive, it's Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress spreading their arms and flying around like airplanes after scoring a touchdown. Under Pouha's misguided logic, wouldn't that be some sort of insult to the memories of those who lost their lives on the most horrible day in our country's history?
Steve Johnson was mocking the New York Jets, nothing more. Shooting himself in the leg to rip on Plaxico was hilarious. (Roger Goodell won't think so, but I enjoyed it.) The plane thing was pretty good too, right up until he got a penalty for falling to the turf, and had no deeper meaning about the history of terrorism in New York.
Sometimes an end-zone celebration is just an end-zone celebration.
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