EB: Giving ’em the business!

Brain dumps from the original Bonehead.

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For awhile now some of the traffic that’s been coming to visit here has been netsurfers: somebody out there just riding the search engines and looking for something.  From time to time I’ll see a visitor and the search term they were looking for and just wonder ‘how the hell did they get here‘; but other times it just seems to make sense.  Today I had one of each:

Women givin other men head:
I’ve been thinking really hard about this one and I’m not sure how it happened.  I know it’s highly unlikely but have I written something about blowjobs that I just forgot about??

Definition giving someone “the business”:
Ah yes, an easy one!  “Giving him the business” is an expression I snatched out of pro football history.  Back in 1986 during a game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills someone committed a rare kind of violent foul.  The interesting twist here was that in a sport heralded for it’s harsh physicality, this play involved Buffalo’s quarterback!  Of the dozens of different positions one can play in this game only three are granted any kind of significant protection by the rules of the game and quarterback is one of them.

It would have been the sweetest of irony if the quarterback, Jim Kelly, had been the one commiting the foul but poor Jim was on the receiving end.  After being sacked (tackled to the ground),Marty Lyons, the Jets player, began repeatedly punching Jim in the head!  Although it’s clearly against the rules there is no specific entry in the rulebook against “kicking that guy’s ass”, so the presiding referee expressed himself in the best way he knew how.  He clicked on his mic and told the crowd this:

“Number 99 of the defense, after tackling the quarterback, was giving him the business down there!”

Hilarious.  The line immediately became part of National Football League history.  Why would I choose that for the name of the site?  Because all in that one moment you have a curious, awkward, but funny mixture; one guy got mad (Lyons), one guy got hurt (Kelly), one guy was left utterly speechless (Dreith, the referee), but true to the old adage humor was in the eyes of the beholders.


Correction: As pointed out by a visitor in the comments area, my reference was a bit off.  Marty Lyons wore number 93, not 99 as posted in the quotation I looked up.  Number 99 was “the New York Sack Exchange”, aka Mark Gastineau. 

May 23, 2006 - Posted by | Random Ramblings, Sports


  1. Interesting. I accessed the site just by searching your name…..(not “Nukey”…the your other name).


    Comment by Poca | May 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. Marty Lyons wore number 93… Mark Gastineau wore number 99.

    Comment by Tom | August 16, 2006 | Reply

  3. You’re absolutely right! Thanks for the correction, Tom.


    Comment by barber | August 16, 2006 | Reply

  4. Do you have access to video or audio of Dreith’s call on Gastineau??

    Comment by Fridge | November 22, 2006 | Reply

  5. Have you ever been able to find a clip of this on the web? My buddies and I talk about that ref all the time!

    Comment by Greg | December 18, 2006 | Reply

  6. I was looking for this quote when I came upon your site; below is a link to the video of the call on youtube. FYI – you had quoted Dreith correctly; he said number 99 in the call, but the penalty was actually on number 93.


    Comment by Brett | October 8, 2007 | Reply

  7. That’s curious. I just stumbled upon your site after seeing this video on another site.


    Odd that the link it would refer me to would specifically be a post you made about people wandering onto your site randomly after looking up that quote. 🙂

    Comment by Douglas | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  8. barber, your quote was accurate because although the visitor was right when he said, “Marty Lyons wore number 93… Mark Gastineau wore number 99.” the referee merely announced the wrong jersey number for Lyons.

    So actually, it is only your correction that needs to be corrected, as your reference was spot on

    Comment by Lee | November 26, 2007 | Reply

  9. Lee, another visitor already corrected the correction, so you need to correct your own incorrect correction of the correctly corrected incorrect correction.

    Comment by Lee | November 26, 2007 | Reply

  10. Bet your hit count went way up since last Saturday!

    Comment by Mike | November 26, 2007 | Reply

  11. It seems some referees know their history. This past week the official at the NC State v. Maryland game dished out the old personal foul “givin em the business”

    Comment by Justin | November 27, 2007 | Reply

  12. Thanks for clearing up ‘the business’. Great blog, btw.

    Comment by notyourmamasdeployment | February 17, 2010 | Reply

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