"Dick Honig will be the replay official in Ann Arbor for this weekend’s Penn State - Michigan game. You’ll remember Honig as the official Joe Paterno infamously chased down following a blown call in the 2002 Iowa game. What was it about Tony Johnson and those two-feet-in-bounds catches that were always ruled incomplete? Did he wear green shoes or something?
Incidentally, Honig was also the replay official that granted Jordan Norwood’s circus touchdown against Buffalo last week. The more insane Penn State supporters are already working the “he just gave us the touchdown so make it look less obvious when he screws us next week” angle. I’m not ready to make that leap.
As a backgrounder, here’s Honig’s story:
He worked as an on-field official for 22 years in the Big Ten and now works in a supervisory role and replay official for the conference while also living in Ann Arbor. He’s a 1963 graduate of the University of Michigan with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology. He was an All-Big Ten shortstop on the Wolverines national championship baseball team in 1962. He coached for ten years at Michigan as an assistant basketball coach and assistant baseball coach.
One area of Dick’s office is a tribute to the University of Michigan. A picture with an aerial view of the stadium, several inscribed baseball bats, and the famous “Block M” memorabilia are immediately visible."
Yer darn tootin' this angers me. Given the refereeing boners on BOTH sides of the ball, and given that PSU still got the worst of these calls, i would think that the B10 would acquire some kind of impartiality, officiating-wise.
A warning to Dick: I will be in attendance, and I will be paying attention. And I have magic powers which are activated by alcohol. For instance, I once soared down a stairwell, naked, clutching an empty forty. The forty broke, but I didn't. So how's that make you feel, Dick? Huh?
Figure 1-2: I will take you down. I will take you down to Chinatown
And I still blame Jim Delaney for everything.