From: Tony Cooper <>
Subject: Re: OT, kinda, video
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From: Tony Cooper <>
Subject: Re: OT, kinda, video
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:13:09 -0400
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On Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:23:07 -0700 (PDT), Whisky-dave<> wrote:

>On Thursday, 26 October 2017 18:05:43 UTC+1, Tony Cooper  wrote:
>> 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.
>As clear as mud :-)
The difference between American football and European football is that
the American football players attempt to advance the ball towards the
opponent's goalposts.  European football players mostly mill around
the middle of the field kicking the ball to and fro and not advancing
it in either direction.

Also, when an American football player goes down, it is because an
opponent, or a gaggle of opponents, has forced him down to stop his
advance.  When a European football player goes down, it is a dramatic
move worthy of a BAFTA award for Best Performance for a Solo Effort.

Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida