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Warner says he’ll pay dance fine

QB: ‘Bob ‘N Weave’ worth every penny

December 12, 2000

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— Kurt Warner will pick up the tab if the Rams get fined, as expected, for doing the "Bob 'N Weave" touchdown celebration dance during their victory over the Vikings.

"I don't care if it was $50,000 or if it was $250,000," Warner said after the Rams ended a three-game losing streak with a 40-29 victory Sunday. "It was well worth it.

"If this team gets back on track, and these guys play like they're capable of playing that's exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to spark this team into playing with emotion and having fun again."

Coach Mike Martz tried to be politically correct.

"That's Kurt's business, I don't have any feeling about it," Martz said Monday. "It's a nice gesture on his part. It's a little bit more than dinner, I think."

Martz, who said he missed the first celebration because he was looking at game charts, had "mixed feelings" about the situation.

"I want it because of the enthusiasm and energy that it brings back to this team and how we were, and I know how it was meant," Martz said. "That was the sole purpose, to get some of that feeling back that we had going earlier in the year.

"So, I like that about it. (But) the league doesn't want it, so obviously we don't want it."

Anheuser-Busch Cos. also offered to pay the fines after August Busch IV ran into wide receiver Ricky Proehl at a restaurant on Saturday. The Rams were unclear about the status of that offer.

The St. Louis-based beer giant released a statement Monday night saying, "We are not aware of any actions taken in this matter and cannot speculate at this time."

Fines were expected to be announced later in the week.

The Rams used the "Bob 'N Weave," a group dance invented by then-rookie wide receiver Torry Holt, often during their Super Bowl season. It was banned before this season by the NFL's competition committee, co-chaired by Vikings coach Dennis Green.

The Rams tried inventing a new dance for this season, the "Duck Down," in which players squatted wherever they were on the field after a touchdown. That, too, was banned.

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