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    Cathedral High School Loses Super Bowl on Very Questionable Penalty Call for Celebration, Taunting

    The message, apparently, is this: We want kids to go out, enjoy playing sports, enjoy competing and try to win a state championship. We just don't want them to soak it in -- that's outlawed.

    That's the case with Cathedral High School and Matthew Owens, who scored what should have been the Super Bowl-winning touchdown over the weekend, capping off what should have been an undefeated season and securing what should have been the school's first-ever Super Bowl victory. However, as the Boston Herald reports, the touchdown was nullified because Owens raised his hand over his head for about one second in celebration as he ran toward the end zone. A new Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rule, instituted this year, "bans any celebratory or taunting behavior by someone scoring a touchdown."

    It might be safe to say that rule needs to be reworked. Despite the rule being followed to the letter of the law, Cathedral was obviously disappointed by the penalty call.

    "[The game] got taken away from us, and what else can you do," Cathedral coach Duane Sigsbury told ESPN.com after the game. "If you're going to take away from a kid being excited because he just made the play of his life, shame on you."

    It would be easy to pile on the official who threw the flag, but it likely wasn't easy for him, either. It is not up to the official to agree or disagree with the rulebook; it's simply his job to enforce it. Nevertheless, the 18-year-old's father, Kenneth Owens, as you can imagine disagreed with the call.

    "He goes to a Catholic school where they are taught that their God is in the sky," Owens' father told the Herald. "So I know when he raised his hand, he was thanking his Lord for what happened to him today. Football is a team sport. There's lot of kids that are hurting today."

    They're hurting because they're not robots, and they feel emotions, just like Owens felt as he experienced the glory that every high school athlete dreams of tasting once.

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    Rule was in place. He broke the rule. End of story.

    Sure it's a stupid rule but what's the ref to do.
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    It's another rule that was instituted with good intentions, but left no room for common sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    It's another rule that was instituted with good intentions, but left no room for common sense.
    Exactly. The words "excessive celebration" could have left some leeway for such a simple gesture. Isn't that what the NFL has in their rules?
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    Can someone explain why the touchdown was reversed? Wouldn't the penalty be enforced on the kick-off?

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    He didn't break a rule. They read each part of the rule on the radio today and what he did doesn't fall under any of it.

    This situation is the best example you will find of how fucking pathetic things have gotten. Fucking adults suck sometimes.
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    The ref had money on the game, I tell ya.

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    I'm offended that they even kept score. How is making the losing team feel bad about themselves helping anyone?
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    RULE 9. SECTION 2. Unsportsmanlike Conduct Fouls - Unsportsmanlike Acts

    ARTICLE 1. There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct or any act that interferes with orderly game administration on the part of players, substitutes, coaches, authorized attendants or any other persons subject to the rules, before the game, during the game or between periods. Infractions for these acts by players are administered as either live-ball or dead-ball fouls depending on when they occur.

    Specifically prohibited acts and conduct include: 1. No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited to: (a) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat. (b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally. (c) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition. (d) Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves). (e) An unopposed ball carrier obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent’s goal line or diving into the end zone. (f) Removal of a player’s helmet before he is in the team area (Exceptions: Team, media or injury timeouts; equipment adjustment; through play; between periods; and during a measurement for a first down). (g) Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player. (h) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.

    PENALTY — Live-ball fouls by players: 15 yards. Live-ball fouls by non-players and all dead-ball fouls: 15 yards from succeeding spot. Automatic first down for fouls by Team B if not in conflict with other rules. Flagrant offenders, if players or substitutes, shall be disqualified.
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    The other team has to feel real good about that win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheresOnlyOneWay View Post
    I'm offended that they even kept score. How is making the losing team feel bad about themselves helping anyone?
    Exactly. I mean just imagine how it made the other team feel when that boy raised his hand into the air as he scored the winning touchdown. Shame on him for winning. That kid needed to learn the lesson that everyone is a winner in America, and that whatever you work for will be rightly taken from you and given to losers.


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