The NFL continues to bolster its reputation as the “No Fun League.” In this latest case, the competition committee announced it would penalize players–notably the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham–for dunking the football over the goal posts following a touchdown. Seriously.NFL competition committee co-chairman Jeff Fisher said Graham’s routine–which he copied from now-retired tight end Tony Gonzalez–was at the heart of the decision to add the goal-post celebration to the list of post-touchdown actions that will draw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.“The background is when the committee basically defined unsportsmanlike conduct and celebrations, it grandfathered in the Lambeau Leap, provided only one person jumped into the stands,” Fisher said. “And also (the committee) made an emphasis, made it illegal, to celebrate using anything as a prop, whether it was a pen or it was a ball or what have you. But then again allowed the players to, in essence, use the goal post as a prop, to dunk, to shoot, whatever.“And then last year we had an incident in one of the games where there was a dunk and the goal post was tilted and the game was shut down for about 25 minutes until they could get the goal post corrected. That’s unnecessary, and so we just felt that we would include the goal post in that category as props.”Fisher didn’t specifically name Graham as the inspiration for the decision to add the dunk to the list of celebration no-nos, but when asked if it was the tight end he said: “It was a player that’s done it before that’s real tall, catches a lot of touchdown passes and is pretty good.”NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino revealed the change in how the goal-post dunk will be officiated Tuesday during a radio interview with “The Dan Patrick Show.”Graham, a former basketball player at the University of Miami, has tilted the crossbar twice during his career with a post-touchdown celebration. In the Saints’ game in Atlanta this past season, the game was delayed as stadium workers reset the crossbar.“And the same play he dunked and the goal post shifted, and then he used it as a punching bag,” Fisher said. “Now we’re not going to penalize back to back but the first one, the dunk, now is going to be a penalty. We just can’t afford — can you imagine if someone had a hamstring issue after a 20-minute delay in the game because we allowed a player to dunk?”
R.I.P. Peter Fonda. Most will post about “Easy Rider” – a great film – but I’d also strongly recommend his 2nd movie as a director – the little known lyrical western “The Hired Hand” – We did an evening together celebrating it at the Cinematheque – Peter was so proud of that film pic.twitter.com/hfY3c0BVlI— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) August 16, 2019 My heart goes out to Jane over the loss of her brother. Peter Fonda was a revolutionary filmmaker during a revolutionary time. Born in the house I now live in, his spirit will be missed.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 16, 2019 In the 1969 hit Easy Rider, Peter Fonda (center) starred alongside Dennis Hopper in a cross-country road trip movie that would define a generation. Columbia Pictures Actor Peter Fonda — best known for co-writing, producing and co-starring in the 1969 cult classic biker movie Easy Rider — has died at age 79 from respiratory failure related to lung cancer, his family confirmed Friday. “In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts,” the family said in a statement provided to multiple news outlets. “As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.”As the son of actor Henry Fonda and brother to the equally talented Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda acted for over 50 years, with roles in such notable films as Easy Rider, The Limey, Ghost Rider, 3:10 to Yuma and The Ballad of Lefty Brown. Fonda was nominated for an Oscar for his acting in the 1997 movie Ulee’s Gold. “I am very sad,” his sister Jane said in a statement. “He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”Fonda also worked closely with B-movie director Roger Corman on two counterculture classic films — the 1966 biker movie The Wild Angels and the 1967 nightmarish LSD drug movie The Trip. Also known for his skills as a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Easy Rider. Fonda’s more recent films included 2017’s The Most Hated Woman in America and 2019’s The Last Full Measure.Fonda’s fans, including filmmaker Edgar Wright, took to social media to pay tribute to the actor’s long film legacy. “RIP Peter Fonda, counter culture legend, groundbreaking actor and all round real life hero,” Wright tweeted on Friday. “His sampled voice in Primal Scream’s Loaded will echo on forever: ‘Just what is it that you want you to do…'””RIP Peter Fonda. Most will post about Easy Rider — a great film — but I’d also strongly recommend his 2nd movie as a director – the little known lyrical western The Hired Hand,” producer and writer Larry Karaszewski tweeted. “We did an evening together celebrating it at the Cinematheque – Peter was so proud of that film.” RIP Peter Fonda. Godspeed, Captain America.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) August 16, 2019 Peter Fonda made an artful, elegiac western with Warren Oates called THE HIRED HAND. Watch it. pic.twitter.com/uvjyCoWI83— Travis Woods (@aHeartOfGould) August 16, 2019 RIP Peter Fonda, counter culture legend, groundbreaking actor and all round real life hero. His sampled voice in Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’ will echo on forever: “Just what is it that you want you to do…” https://t.co/kVXWn7QQNA— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 16, 2019 Peter Fonda was a lovely person- a beautiful spirit. Peace at last Peter— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 17, 2019 2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment Tags Goodbye, Peter Fonda. 💔 I hope your trip to the great beyond was a groovy one. pic.twitter.com/Sgt0Jqoatq— Elle Schneider (@elleschneider) August 16, 2019 Share your voice Originally published Aug. 16, 5:15 p.m. PT. Peter Fonda should have won that Best Actor Oscar for Ulee’s Gold in 1998 and I’d shout it in Jack Nicholson’s living room. Go watch it this weekend. His performance is astonishing. pic.twitter.com/uJGGGhRBxc— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 16, 2019 0 EASY RIDER depicted the rise of hippie culture, condemned the establishment, and celebrated freedom. Peter Fonda embodied those values and instilled them in a generation. Independent cinema begins with EASY RIDER. Period. #RIPCaptainAmerica pic.twitter.com/HkprgavIM2— Illeana Douglas (@Illeanarama) August 16, 2019 Iconic PETER FONDA 1940-2019. Rest in Peace, “Easy Rider.” You got your money’s worth in this life.Said Jane Fonda: “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.” pic.twitter.com/Udc5b7sIPp— Theron Bell ⚾️ (@theronbell16) August 16, 2019 TV and Movies “Yeah, I’m, I’m hip about time. But I just gotta go.”Peter Fonda, 1940-2019. pic.twitter.com/bu6ODPNkih— Alamo Drafthouse (@alamodrafthouse) August 16, 2019 Peter Fonda was one of the oddest people I’ve ever met, and honestly, I think he’d be thrilled to know I remembered him that way. What a life.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) August 16, 2019 77 Photos My first job on a film set was as Peter Fonda’s personal driver. He sat in the front seat with me and told me stories about Easy Rider. He was kind and generous and patient. A tender spirit. A special man. pic.twitter.com/wMxhrIdnMX— ᴅᴀɴɪᴇʟ ɴᴏᴀʜ (@_danielnoah_) August 16, 2019
Mr. Mitesh Shah, Managing Director Advertisement MITSUMI Distribution, one of the largest technology and consumer electronics distributors in Africa, won the Africa Distributor of the year award at the EMEA Channel Academy 2014 Awards, which took place in conjunction with DISTREE EMEA.The distributor categories were voted live at a special awards ceremony by a jury panel of EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) level executives.DISTREE EMEA 2014 took place in Monaco from February 11-14th and attracted senior buyers and executives from the region’s leading e-tailers, retailers and distributors. – Advertisement – More than 150 brands participated, using the event as a platform to manage, build or launch channels across EMEA. Receiving the award, Mitsumi Managing Director Mitesh Shah said we feel proud to be recognised for this prestigious award.“Over the years, MITSUMI Distribution has garnered a reputation as being the most trust-worthy distributor in Africa, thanks to the attention that we pay our clients. This is the result of our pan-African distribution strategy with a clear Regional drive that guarantees our presence on the continent and allows us to launch targeted marketing campaigns to create demand generation.”“As a largest IT & CE African distributor, we understand the broader African continent, Mitsumi has 17 years strong presence in Africa.” he added.Farouk Hemraj, CEO and Co-Founder at DISTREE Events, said: “We would like to congratulate the entire Mitsumi team on winning the Africa Distributor of the Year Award at the ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’. This award demonstrates the strong relationships that Mitsumi has with both its vendor partners, and also its channel customer base, as it develops and expands routes-to-market across the fast-growing African continent.”Mitsumi has 16 point of sale and 12 service centers in East, West and North Africa as well as a strategic warehouse located in Jebel Ali, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.MITSUMI Distribution also won “Champion Distributor of the Year 2014” by INTEGRATOR East Africa magazine.