Monday, January 2

Stevie Johnson Wishes Us a Happy New Year

Buffalo's Stevie Johnson has developed the reputation for making silly touchdown celebrations. I'm sure you remember his antics a month ago when the Bills played the Jets and he pretended to shoot himself in the leg, a la Plaxico Burress (who plays for the Jets), before miming a jet crashing into the ground. That act cost him a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, so he should have known what was coming when he pulled off this latest charade.

In the final game of the season against the Patriots (which really had no value for the Bills, as they were already eliminated from playoff contention), Johnson scored a first-half touchdown, then lifted up his jersey, wishing everyone a happy new year. Of course this warranted another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and the Bills' coach Chan Gailey benched Johnson for the remainder of the game. The Bills lost 49-21, after giving up 49 unanswered points, so I don't think the celebration or benching had too much to do with the outcome, since Johnson doesn't play defense. His wallet might be a little lighter, though, and as he is a free agent this summer, this may have been his last game in a Bills uniform. I'm with him, though, and want to wish you all a Happy New Year. Big things in 2012!

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