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Old 12-02-2004, 03:21 AM   #3
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Every week I scan the play-by-play page of every NFL game on their web site, and taunting flags are being thrown quite often, the vast majority of them on plays where a touchdown has been scored.

Of course marking off the 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff is symbolic and toothless - if they allowed the defense the option of taking the penalty on the conversion attempt it might actually have some sort of deterrent effect; sooner or later someone would miss an extra point, which the penalty would turn into the same thing as a 35-yard field goal try (or a team would have to settle for the kick because going for two with the ball at the 17 1/2-yard line is tantamount to throwing a point away), and a game would be decided because somebody taunted.
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