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It looks like Jared Allen might be in the market for a new sack celebration. Or at least a different version of his current one.

By JUDD ZULGAD and CHIP SCOGGINS, Star Tribune staff writers


An NFL spokesman confirmed Sunday that the league has informed Allen and the Vikings that the All-Pro defensive end will be penalized and possibly fined if he performs his "calf roping" celebration after a sack. FOX Sports first reported the story.

The league prohibits players from going to the ground in celebrations. After sacks, Allen takes a knee, pretends to rope a calf and then throws his arms in the air. Allen presumably can still perform his celebration as long as he's standing on his feet.

Allen has performed his post-sack celebration for years so it's curious the league is threatening punishment now. Asked about the new stance, a league spokesman wrote in an e-mail: "That is how the new head of officiating wants it enforced."

The spokesman e-mailed the Star Tribune an explanation of the ruling:

"The Vikings were informed by Vice President of Officiating Carl Johnson that Jared Allen's demonstration, in which he goes to the ground on one knee, is unsportsmanlike conduct as defined by NFL rules. Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) of the NFL Rule Book states: 'Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations while on the ground.' Demonstrations of this kind by any player will result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (loss of 15 yards) and are subject to potential fines."

Dawn Shannon
Dawn Shannon on October 05, 2010 9:07am That is straight BS.
Krista Hendley
Krista Hendley on October 06, 2010 7:45am I was going to suggest the "Moss Moon" but, now that he's back I think he'll have it covered... I think it's a stupid rule!
Miles Spangrud
Miles Spangrud on October 06, 2010 7:50am Why does officiating have to damper our fun. While standing you should lasso a cow, spin it around your head and throw it into the audience. Yeah, that would be fun.
Becky Tanley
Becky Tanley on October 06, 2010 8:10am What a crock! Maybe you should try a little "deeze nuts" dance? You won't have to take a knee, just squat a little :)
Jose De Alba
Jose De Alba on October 06, 2010 8:40am Dumb rule. How about mimic opening a can of beer, drinking it and slamming it on the ground, sort of like Stone Cold Steve Austin but without the real cans. Or ask Ragnar the Viking for some dance tips.
Xphileamber sosa
Xphileamber sosa on October 06, 2010 9:53am Im soo sorry Jared! I think they are jealous of how awesome you look! Figure out a new dance and Im sure we will still love you the same!
Marshall Feimster
Marshall Feimster on October 06, 2010 12:38pm "Ride that pony and spank that butt"....Don't know how else to decribe it...but I know you've seen it...