View Full Version : "Quote of the year:" Best football penalty ever

08-26-2009, 11:23 PM
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08-26-2009, 11:29 PM
Well, his number was 69!

08-27-2009, 12:35 AM
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08-27-2009, 12:52 AM
Most people probably didn’t realize that “giving him the business” was a 15-yard penalty in American football. Even more people probably forgot that this wasn’t the first time the “giving him the business” penalty was ever called. Back in 1986, an NFL referee by the name of Ben Dreith introduced us to this obscure rule during a New York Jets v. Buffalo Bills game.

Ben Dreith is a former American football official who worked from from 1960 to 1990 in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). Prior to his teaching and officiating career, he was a three-sport athlete at the University of Northern Colorado.During the 1976 playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots, Dreith called a roughing-the-passer penalty on Patriots tackle Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton, nullifying a third down incompletion and giving the Raiders an automatic first down deep in New England territory, which led to Oakland's game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left. Replays showed there was no illegal contact. Partially because of the controversy, the league never assigned Dreith to officiate Patriots games again.
In 1983 in his typical no-nonsense fashion, in a late season game of Steelers vs. Browns, Dreith punished Jack Lambert by ejecting him from the game on Lambert's ridiculously late, out-of-bounds "hit" on Brian Sipe. This was also Sipe's last game as a Cleveland Brown. Dreith is also known among football fans for his unique explanation of a personal foul penalty during a 1986 game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. After the Jets' Marty Lyons (misidentified as Mark Gastineau during Dreith's call) tackled Bills quarterback Jim Kelly to the ground and started to repeatedly punch him in the head, Dreith announced to the crowd: "We have a personal foul on number 99 of the defense — after he tackled the quarterback, he's giving him the business down there, that's a 15-yard penalty." [2]
Twenty-one years later, on November 24, 2007, during a game between University of Maryland and North Carolina State University, ACC referee Ron Cherry called a personal foul, saying, "He was giving him the business."

08-28-2009, 06:33 PM
That's so funny, I remember watching a game (maybe the first one), where the ref called someone for "givin him the business". My wife and I started cracking up, and she asked (she always says that anytime there's a penalty when we're watching a game) me if that was a real penalty.

I didn't know how to answer that one...