You have got to love the Canadian Football League.
First of all, the CFL is actually underway. Yes, legitimate football games in the beginning of July.
And then there is this: “The commissioner has always said he wants the players to have fun, but you can’t go over the line,” said a CFL spokesman. “It’s not always easy to draw that line, but when you remove your equipment to lay down and delay the game, like he did, that’s where we draw the line.”
So which player, seemingly “having fun”, crossed “the line”? Does the name Arland Bruce ring a bell? Not likely, I suppose, unless you are a hard-core fan of the University of Minnesota and remember his time with the Golden Gophers in the late ’90s.
But, get this. Now with the Toronto Argonauts, Bruce has been fined for what he called his “Michael Jackson tribute” after a touchdown last night in Toronto’s 30-17 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
You’ve gotta see the highlights to believe it, but apparently Bruce thought it would be a good idea to remove his helmet, shoulder pads and uniform top, then lay down in the end zone and pretend to be buried.
Yes, I’d say that a fine and apology were warranted. I’m just glad that the CFL got that out of the way quickly. There is simply no reason to see that anytime during this upcoming NFL season. No moonwalks, no Bubbles the chimp, and no pretending to be buried.
Although lighting your hair on fire after a touchdown could actually be the all-time tribute. Ochocinco, whad’ya think?