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June 21, 2016, 4:47 p.m. -  Pete Roggeman

#!markdown I see both sides of the argument and I do not think at all that asking a question like that should force you into penitence. Similar themes run throughout pro sports - the NFL penalizes players for spiking the ball or excessive celebrations. Soccer players get yellow cards if they pull off their jersey after scoring a goal. Don't even get me started on baseball where a rookie or unestablished player isn't allowed to even watch the damn ball fly over the fence. Nope. Just put your head down and run the bases - almost apologetically, as if you have to worry about hurting the pitcher's feelings. Well listen, ace, don't hang it over the plate next time. Then hockey, where players - usually young ones - get berated for overly exuberant celebration, but other players like the Sedins have been criticized for their casual celebrations after goals. "They don't care enough" say the critics. So which way do you go with all of that? It's hard to discern. Personally I love players/athletes that have personality and flair. I think that celebrating is one thing, but it crosses the line when it's taunting. That's not at play with Rogatkin or in Slopestyle - those guys all seem to have a lot of respect for each other. At the same time, it does look studly when an athlete pulls off something god- like and then casually saunters over to play the next point, take a face-off, or whatever.

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