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On Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:13:09 -0400, Tony Cooper<> wrote:

>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.

Then there is this

It looks as though a giant wall is about to descend on the ball


Eric Stevens