From: Tony Cooper <>
Subject: Re: OT, kinda, video
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Subject: Re: OT, kinda, video
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:05:40 -0400
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On Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:33:48 -0700 (PDT), Whisky-dave<> wrote:

>I heard the other night on TV  regading bombers, that the expression the whole 9 yards comes from
the belt lengh of the guns on the B-17    as in give them the whole or full 9 yards.
>I always thought it was an american football term ;-0

Nine yards has no real significance in American football.  It's a gain
or loss in yardage, but the significant measurement is ten yards.  If
a team gains ten yards or more in their series of plays, the next down
is a first down and they have four more downs in possession.

Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida