|Jeebus. Johnson was penalized for wishing others well. (AP)|
By Ryan Wilson
Stop us if you've heard this before: Stevie Johnson, the Bills' explosive wide receiver and one of the best young players in the AFC, struggles to avoid silly penalties at critical points in important games. Earlier this season, he did the "Plaxico" touchdown dance against the Jets, which involved going to the ground after pretending to shoot himself in the leg. And he was promptly flagged for excessive celebration.
Against the Patriots Sunday, Johnson caught a first-quarter touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to give the Bills a 14-0 lead (Buffalo has scored again, and now lead 21-0 late in the first quarter). But that wasn't enough. Johnson pulled up his jersey to reveal a "Happy New Year!!!!" message on his shirt. Somehow, that's an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.
Look, we get that commissioner Roger Goodell and the folks at league HQ want a sterile, staid NFL. But isn't this a tad much? (That's rhetorical. Of course it is.)
Anyway, it's not the first time Johnson has written personal messages on undershirts. He had a note for the Bengals and the self-proclaimed Dynamic Duo a year ago.)
Silver lining: if this whole NFL thing doesn't work out, Johnson has a future wearing sandwich boards.
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