What the?! Refs Tell Detroit Fans They're Too Loud

Who: Lions fans

Where: Pontiac, MI

When: December 21, 1997 - the day Barry Sanders broke the threshold for 2,000 yards in a season

What the?!

The Pontiac Silverdome became so loud after a Sanders touchdown that the referees actually threatened Lions fans on the Jets' next drive. From the NFL rulebook:

When, in the judgment of the Referee, the level of crowd noise prevents the offense from hearing its signals, he can institute a series of procedures which can result in a loss of team time outs or a five-yard penalty against the defensive team.


For that ref's sake, it's a good thing there weren't memes back then...

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