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Good news, Atlanta Falcons fans: the NFL is relaxing its celebration rules

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The Atlanta Falcons are no stranger to elaborate touchdown celebrations. From the wondrous “Dirty Bird” to Tony Gonzalez’s rim-rattling goal post dunks, we have a history of rewarding ourselves handsomely when things go well. Unfortunately this the NFL, and in recent years, “legal” touchdown celebrations were significantly curtailed by boring people in suits.

As you all know, the NFL likes to shake things up every offseason, changing rules as needed. Lucky for us, one such rule change involves a re-authorization of certain touchdown celebrations.

Moving forward, commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday, players will be allowed to use the ball as a prop. They'll be allowed to celebrate on the ground -- in instances such as snow angels -- and will also be able to celebrate in groups once again.

This is one instance where the NFL paid attention to its fans and the players. Kudos to them. Fans like celebrations, because they make people happy. Happy fans are more apt to enjoy their fan experience. Players work hard, and their hard work should be rewarded, even if its self-congratulation. This isn’t rocket science, y’all.

If all goes according to plan, we’ll be warming our hands by the football fire and having shootouts with our football guns in no time. Bad news is that twerking is still illegal, so you’ll twerk at your own risk.

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