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Harvey Dahl apologizes after a penalty for swearing


Rams offensive lineman Harvey Dahl got flagged for holding on Sunday, and then things took a turn that was either funny (if you share my sense of humor) or offensive (if you’re an NFL official).

As referee Jerome Boger was announcing the holding penalty, Dahl screamed, “That’s not f–king holding,” loudly enough to get picked up on Boger’s microphone and heard by everyone in the stadium and everyone watching at home. Boger was offended by Dahl’s profane objection and threw another flag on Dahl, for unsportsmanlike conduct. After the game Dahl said he was sorry.

That was a mistake,” Dahl said, via the Belleville News-Democrat. “I shouldn’t have done that. You can’t make a bad situation worse obviously. I just have to stay composed there and not hurt my team. I didn’t know the microphone was on. My fault.”

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo benched Dahl and gave him a lecture on the sideline.

“My education to Harvey was: ‘You don’t talk to the officials,’” Spagnuolo said. “He has to be careful of that.”

Here’s another lesson for Harvey: If you’re going to drop an F-bomb on a ref, wait until he turns his microphone off.

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34 Responses to “Harvey Dahl apologizes after a penalty for swearing”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 19, 2011 4:10 PM

    This type of thing happens every other play…

  2. edmazeing1 says: Dec 19, 2011 4:10 PM

    Happien so fast, but I had my tv loud so I heard it clear, but we all grown here!!!

  3. tjacks7 says: Dec 19, 2011 4:10 PM

    LOLOL I’m sure this happens on just about every penalty. Just unlucky to have it picked up by the mic.

  4. r8rsfan says: Dec 19, 2011 4:11 PM

    Was anyone watching this game?

  5. orthodoxdj says: Dec 19, 2011 4:12 PM

    I support Harvey Dahl.

  6. earthtopft says: Dec 19, 2011 4:18 PM

    It’s the new “Harvey” Dahl. Wind it up and it releases a string of expletives and makes lewd suggestions to your little sister.

  7. normdogg says: Dec 19, 2011 4:19 PM

    Anyone who is OFFENDED by a certain string of syllables (a word) is a moron.

  8. readysethike says: Dec 19, 2011 4:21 PM

    Jerome Boger is by far the worst referree ive ever seen. He stumbles over every call and looks dumb founded every time he addresses the crowd

  9. docredskin says: Dec 19, 2011 4:21 PM

    Jerome Boger can hardly speak as it is. The reason it was so audible was that it was the only identifiable word being spoken at the time.

  10. wtfchiefs says: Dec 19, 2011 4:22 PM

    If you didnt laugh after hearing that when it happened, you have no sense of humor

  11. bjavie says: Dec 19, 2011 4:27 PM

    Scott Steenson once told a story in which he relayed that at the start of his first game as an NFL official he thought his initials were “S. S.” and quickly found out they were “M. F.”

  12. duece8 says: Dec 19, 2011 4:27 PM

    pretty sure that penalty wasnt too crucial! lol its only the rams!

  13. vanmorrissey says: Dec 19, 2011 4:28 PM

    Boger needs to get over himself, stuff gets said in the heat every play.

  14. haanster says: Dec 19, 2011 4:29 PM

    He was benched for this???

  15. pixelito says: Dec 19, 2011 4:29 PM

    LOL! I say if you’re going to drop an F-bomb, make SURE the mic is on.

  16. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Dec 19, 2011 4:30 PM

    Well, he was right. It wasn’t f…’ing holding!

  17. alexexum12 says: Dec 19, 2011 4:30 PM

    Lol. It was super funny

  18. abengalfan says: Dec 19, 2011 4:30 PM

    r8rsfan says:
    Dec 19, 2011 4:11 PM
    Was anyone watching this game?

    I was. Damn funny when it happened.
    You know how sometimes you hit rewind to be sure you actually heard what you think you heard?
    Not this time. Was clear as could be.

  19. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 19, 2011 4:33 PM

    Funnier than that was the player for New England yesterday who was in the bottom of a first half pileup who walked away with the ball and yelled “My f…’ing ball!”

  20. wyoyyz says: Dec 19, 2011 4:34 PM

    Wait a minute! Someone was actually WATCHING the Rams game?

  21. opshuns says: Dec 19, 2011 4:34 PM

    Any word said in anger is just as bad as the f-bomb. How come it is okay to say “screw”now? Mr Dahl just showed me he was human. No harm – no foul…

  22. thegreatness34 says: Dec 19, 2011 4:36 PM

    Hysterical!! These guys aren’t robots! A penalty for that is crap! So if the mic was off, would he have been flagged?

  23. fringetastic says: Dec 19, 2011 4:41 PM

    I’d like to help pay his fine.

    (And PFT? Thank you for a whole page of articles with hardly mentioning a QB in ski country. thankyouthankyouthankyou.)

  24. Slim Charles says: Dec 19, 2011 4:42 PM


  25. hitit49 says: Dec 19, 2011 4:42 PM

    He was picking on Boger

  26. fittytuckin says: Dec 19, 2011 5:22 PM

    Cursing is bad and offensive. This is the reason why society is in moral decline. I’m going to get in contact with Roger Goodell to explain how offended I was. I expect a handwritten apology from Mr. Dahl made from his tears.

  27. blueollie says: Dec 19, 2011 5:40 PM

    The lineman got a standing ovation from the fans (including me). But come on; if they flagged a player every time they complained, they’d throw a flag every play.


  28. ramofsteel says: Dec 19, 2011 5:52 PM

    Ya damn right some watched this game. They are called Rams and Bengals fan. I love the Rams no matter how good or bad they get.

    I’m glad Dahl was playing w/ emotion. Shows he cares. Besides this game was horribly officiated. 3 blatant helmet to helmet hits on Kellen Clemons and not one single penalty. On one of them a Bengals DL actually JUMPED and hit Clemons with his facemask. Even the announcers saw it. Oh but they flagged the Rams for a phantom PI call in which legs were tangled up.

  29. deathmonkey41 says: Dec 19, 2011 7:44 PM

    Spagnuolo is a fool. I can’t believe he benched Dahl for that, but when Cadilac Williams drops a backwards lateral and watches as the Giants pick it up and run downfield to score, he gives the guy a hug and a pat on the head as he comes back to the sidelines. That’s why he’ll be on the unemployment line come January.

  30. wardmanone says: Dec 19, 2011 9:37 PM

    Spags is in over his head pulls a player for cussing yet listens to his sorry butt kicker last week on a challenge and this same kicker missed yet another field goal this week, his punter has yet to figure out how to kick it out of bounds, his OC is smartest guy in room evidence of all 13 TD they scored, he wont or cant man up and address the issue they missed out on key waiver players his free agent signings are brutal plus he and GM have rose colored glasses on player selection and development and he pulls a player for cussing? They need a good house cleaning out at Earth City. “RAMS PARK”

  31. redskinsteve says: Dec 19, 2011 11:42 PM

    F***ing refs

  32. cshearing says: Dec 20, 2011 8:49 AM

    He got a penalty plus benched for an F-bomb? This is the clearest indication yet of the wussification of the NFL.

  33. umrguy42 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:38 AM

    Heck yeah, people were watching. I was just surprised that, living in central NY state, Bengals-Rams was being shown on the local CBS affiliate instead of the Bills game…

  34. stlouis81 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:48 AM

    My buddies and I were laughing our @$$es off when I heard that.

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