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  • Homer Jones/Bob Hayes '67 Pro Bowl Match Race

    Well Mara put the kibosh on this one:

    http://www.helmethut.com/Giants/Jones.html

    ...He preferred wearing long sleeved jerseys while most other skill position players wore the short sleeve variety. In 1967 the Pro Bowl organization (Los Angeles Herald), in an attempt to improve the recent year's sagging attendance figures for the annual event, planned to stage a pre-game 100 yard race between Homer and the Cowboy's Bob Hayes. The race was intended to settle the long debated question of who was the fastest player in the NFL. The winner was to receive $25,000 which was a ridiculously high sum during an era where most players earned between $10,000 and $15,000 for the entire season. At the urging of Giant's owner Wellington Mara, Homer reluctantly withdrew from the race and instead accepted a $5,000 bonus from the team for his decision. Mara felt the race would not be in good taste for the league -- too much of a carnival like spectacle. Homer spent the remainder of his career being asked if he felt he would have won the race. He responded with typical Homer Jones logic, "What hurts more, getting hit by a 22 caliper bullet (Hayes' jersey number and smaller 5' 11" 185 pound frame) or a 45 caliper bullet (Homer's jersey number and reference to his significantly larger body)?"

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    Re: Homer Jones/Bob Hayes '67 Pro Bowl Match Race

    Originally posted by Bijan
    "What hurts more, getting hit by a 22 caliper bullet (Hayes' jersey number and smaller 5' 11" 185 pound frame) or a 45 caliper bullet (Homer's jersey number and reference to his significantly larger body)?"
    Granted, the .45 hurts more, but in this case the muzzle velocity of the .22 far exceeded that of the .45!! :!:

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      Re: Homer Jones/Bob Hayes '67 Pro Bowl Match Race

      Originally posted by Marlow
      Originally posted by Bijan
      "What hurts more, getting hit by a 22 caliper bullet (Hayes' jersey number and smaller 5' 11" 185 pound frame) or a 45 caliper bullet (Homer's jersey number and reference to his significantly larger body)?"
      Granted, the .45 hurts more, but in this case the muzzle velocity of the .22 far exceeded that of the .45!! :!:
      A 45 makes a big hole in the front and back while the high velocity 22 makes a small hole in the front and blows out the entire back.

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        Re: Homer Jones/Bob Hayes '67 Pro Bowl Match Race

        well, unless you're a hit man, that is, in which case you do a .22 to the head, and instead of coming out the other side the slug bounces around inside the skull, ensuring maximal brain scramble.

        (I won't tell you why I know this :twisted: )

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        • #5
          Re: Homer Jones/Bob Hayes '67 Pro Bowl Match Race

          Lee Harvey told you?

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