Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wild Zebras

For those who haven’t seen it, here is the hilarious “Giving him the business” call from the Maryland vs. NC State game.

Little beknownst to many, the call by ACC referee Ron Cherry was not the first time that phrase had been used by a football official. Here is a clip from a Jets vs. Bills game from the 80s in which Jim Kelly takes exception to Jets defensive lineman Marty Lyons lying on him, to which Marty can only respond by “giving him the business.”

Someone’s got to do this to Tom Brady.

It’s been a pretty solid year for referee explanations. First, it took about twenty minutes, five different explanations, and the Baltimore Ravens to be brought back out of the locker room when Cleveland Browns field goal kicker Phil Dawson hit the support for the crossbar on a kick at the end of the game (the kick was first ruled no good, but was subsequently overruled). Then comes this Ron Cherry gem.

We’re just waiting for a ref to belt out some 38 Special lyrics: “He just held on loosely, and never let go” or maybe some Bon Jovi for an illegal man downfield "Ooo, he's a little runaway."

In fact, maybe Ron Cherry should come out with a CD of cover songs for the holiday season, spicing up some bland referee calls:

Track 1 - Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Taking care of business (personal foul)
Track 2 - 38 Special: Hold on Loosely (holding)
Track 3 - Bon Jovi: Runaway (illegal man downfield)
Track 4 - The Beatles: With a Little Help From My Friends (too many men on the field)
Track 5 - Hootie and the Blowfish : Time (delay of game)
Track 6 - The Offspring: Keep 'em Separated (illegal contact)
Track 7 - Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gimme Three Steps (fair catch interference)
Track 8 - Notorious B.I.G.: Nasty Boy (taunting)
Track 9 - The Eagles: Lyin' Eyes (Bill Belichick cheating)
Track 10- Tupac: Keep ya' Head Up (leading with the helmet)
Track 11- Third Eye Blind: Never Let You Go (holding II)
Track 12- MC Hammer: Can't Touch This (illegal touching of the ball)

Thanks to Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician for the word on the initial video


Anonymous said...

Great research guys. Glad to see Jim Kelly featured in the blog.

Keep up the good work.

Still A Bills Fan in VA

Anonymous said...

guys, this is an incedible piece. I can't imagine how you came up with all those titles- they are perfect.