Jabar Gaffney scored Washington’s first touchdown on Sunday. Then he ran toward the fans in the end zone, and leaped, a move later repeated by David Anderson and Josh Wilson.
Fans on Twitter debated whether this should be called “the Landover Leap” or the “FedEx Flop,” the first of which strikes me as too derivative and the second as too corporate. Plus, it’s hard to have a lovable touchdown celebration when you’re 4-9.
Anyhow, Kelli Johnson asked Gaffney about the move during Comcast SportsNet’s postgame show.
“All the receivers, we was gonna jump into the stands with every touchdown today,” the receiver replied. “And I think I went a little bit too high. I missed the ledge and I went over and I just ended up in the seat. It was a lot more comfortable in the seat, though.”
Ah, but there was more to it than that. Let’s go to the screengrab machine.
You’ll notice the immediate problem here is that Gaffney targeted a father and son (I’m assuming) for his leap. Both were in Patriots gear. The father is putting down his camera. The son is looking concerned.
The father, you’ll further note, is wearing a Red Sox jacket. Of course he is.
Oh hi, man in Georgia hat and Georgia sweatshirt. Seriously, were there any Redskins fans at the game?
“I would say at least half (of the crowd) was New England fans, so that was cool,” Rob Gronkowski told the Washington Times.
Well, there are some Redskins fans, trying to get a piece of Gaffney as he goes over the ledge. Plus a surly looking Patriots fan.
Red Sox dad is suddenly getting one more lapful of Redskin than he had bargained for with his front-row seats. You’ll notice he leans backward, which means Gaffney is going with him.
To the point that he virtually disappears into the crowd.
Which really doesn’t look comfortable at all, for either him or the Red Sox dad. Or the son, frankly. Need some work on this celebration. Next year, maybe.
(Images via @RecordsANDRadio)