Originally Posted by Fiddler
The 9ers won the game anyway, so it's a moot point. But, that could have changed the game
& I don't know what some of you other guys are saying, but to slam that ball like that, that is a penalty. If that guy got a penalty for excessive celebration, that's a penalty for unsportsman like conduct.
Granted, the call is usually "delay of game" & since a time out was called, they probably couldn't really hit him with that one.
But that tantrum... he did make an effort to turn his head as if not directing it at the ref & maybe their giving him a pass because of that & they didn't want to "affect" the game any more than they should, but if they would have called it on any other player, they should have called it on him.
Like I said, if that little "look at me" in the endzone was worthy of a flag, that little tantrum was worthy.
I think Brady came across as a little biatch, but given the fact they were in a time-out (which was the cause of his temper tantrum to begin with), I'm not sure that spiking the ball is relevant. Screaming at the official (which it sure looked to me like he was doing) was another matter, and in my mind would have warranted a penalty - particularly since it was crystal clear that the Niner players were calling for the time-out well in advance of the ball being snapped.
Still, with the Niners managing to take home the victory, I'm glad it wasn't called - one less thing for the losing team to gripe about.