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KOSTYA KENNEDY
December 03, 2007
EVEN FOOTBALL refs have their heroes, to whom they pay homage. During a Jets-Bills game in 1986 Ben Dreith won a permanent spot on NFL highlight reels when he flagged New York's Marty Lyons for a personal foul on Buffalo QB Jim Kelly and, while making a gouging motion, told the crowd that Lyons "was giving him the business down there." (The clip is easily found on YouTube.) It is the penalty-call equivalent of The Catch or Wide Right, and last Saturday ACC ref Ron Cherry referenced it in the Maryland--N.C. State game, declaring that Wolfpack offensive lineman Kalani Heppe had been penalized for "giving [the Terrapins' Kevin Barnes] the business." (Watch the call at SI.com/clickthis.) It was one of the few moments the home fans could smile about: N.C. State lost 37--0.
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EVEN FOOTBALL refs have their heroes, to whom they pay homage. During a Jets-Bills game in 1986 Ben Dreith won a permanent spot on NFL highlight reels when he flagged New York's Marty Lyons for a personal foul on Buffalo QB Jim Kelly and, while making a gouging motion, told the crowd that Lyons "was giving him the business down there." (The clip is easily found on YouTube.) It is the penalty-call equivalent of The Catch or Wide Right, and last Saturday ACC ref Ron Cherry referenced it in the Maryland-- N.C. State game, declaring that Wolfpack offensive lineman Kalani Heppe had been penalized for "giving [the Terrapins' Kevin Barnes] the business." (Watch the call at SI.com/clickthis.) It was one of the few moments the home fans could smile about: N.C. State lost 37--0.

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