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Referee Profile: Michael Binkowski

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Family: 
Wife: Michelle, Son: Eric (Harvard '00), Daughter: Lauren (Columbia '05)
High School:
JFK '68
Occupation:
Teacher for 37 years at Cheektowaga Central (now retired)
Years Being a Referee:
42
Favorite NFL Team:
Buffalo Bills
Favorite NFL Coach:
Marv Levy
Favorite Meal: 
Meatloaf
Pet Peeves: 
People that think refs purposely make "bad" calls.
Hobby:
Referee, writer - wrote two books, but not yet published. 
Favorite Singer:
Fleetwood Mac
Favorite Song:
"5 o'clock somewhere"
Favorite Actor:
Denzel Washington
Favorite Movie:
All the Presidents Men
Favorite TV Show:
Seinfeld and Cheers
Why do referees dress like zebras?
Because if we dressed like a hippy, then people would be convinced we were on drugs!
Why did you choose to be a referee?
It just seemed to fit like a glove.
Who is the best referee?
Ben Dratt (retired NFL)
What was the best game you refereed?
I was able to red Bills vs. Cleveland Browns games at Columbus college. It was unbelievably FAST!! Also, I officiated four State Championship finals and two semi-finals. I guess it is hard to call a game the "best"; I like it when a game is close and when its over, no one, even a fan, has a complaint. That is the best!

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