I Guess We Did Hear That Right…

4 comments November 1st, 2005at 04:17pm Posted by Eli

For those of us who watched the Bills-Pats game on ESPN, or perhaps for those who didn’t, an assist from the NY Daily News:

Since NFL refs first used wireless microphones to broadcast penalty calls there have been some strange announcements. However, none more bizarre than the one voiced by Ron Winter Sunday night during the first quarter of ESPN’s Bills-Pats cablecast.

With 8:55 left, Winter, calling a penalty against New England, turned on his microphone and said: “Delay of game – defense. Performing an unnatural act, not common to the game, in an attempt to get the offense to false start.”

The next sound was laughter coming out of ESPN’s booth.

“That (Winter’s call) sounded obscene to me,” Paul Maguire said.

Too bad Winter wasn’t around to describe Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction.

This easily eclipses my previous favorite, where a ref explained that a penalty was for “giving [another player] the business.”

How can anyone not love football???

Entry Filed under: Sports,Weirdness

4 Comments

  • 1. Elmo  |  November 1st, 2005 at 11:04 pm

    I laughed at that too, but Rian Lindell missed a 46yrd field goal that cost me my fantasy football game…

  • 2. Ol' Froth  |  November 2nd, 2005 at 12:32 pm

    The best part of the “giving him the business” call was the visual, as the ref mimed someone punching a guy in a headlock.

  • 3. Eli  |  November 2nd, 2005 at 9:52 pm

    I forgot about that; that was brilliant.

  • 4. Anonymous  |  November 11th, 2005 at 6:37 pm

    I was there for both of those bizarre Zebra calls. I’m still trying to determine what the unnatural act was… did the player make the “tossing off” movement with one arm???


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