RUSH: David in Natick, Massachusetts, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
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CALLER: Yesterday while watching the Super Bowl with no team that I was really rooting for, just hoping for a good game — which I think we got — everybody was talking about the speed the football is being thrown at. I was wondering why they don’t use speed guns like they do in baseball to time the passes.
RUSH: It’s an interesting question. I’d have to just make a wild guess. I mean, I don’t really know. But I would say that the speed of a baseball that’s being thrown is directly relatable to how difficult it is to hit.
RUSH: I don’t know that how hard a football is thrown is related to how tough it is to catch. So it may not matter. Other than as a little point of interest: If some guy’s got a rocket arm, what does that mean for throwing a football? I bet you’re wondering because of Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback. He’s apparently got a bazooka for an arm.
CALLER: Yeah. Right. Do you have any idea what speed a football does fly at?
RUSH: I don’t. I know there are people that do. I just have never… If I’ve heard it, I don’t remember.
RUSH: But the benchmark for a baseball pitcher, fastball, is 95 or hundred miles an hour. If somebody can do that, that’s unique. I mean, that’s special.
CALLER: Right. A football would not go that fast.
RUSH: Yeah, I don’t know what it travels at. I’ll find out, though.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: I’ll find out. I’ve had one thrown to me by somebody that can throw that correspondingly hard. I got out of the way of it. I didn’t want any part of it. It’s unlike any pass I ever attempted to catch playing sandlot football. So it does take a special talent to catch those things, but those guys do have rocket arms. Maybe 50 miles an hour, I’m guessing, is a rocket coming off the arm of an NFL quarterback.
Okay, folks, we gotta take a brief time-out here. As you can see, there are no boundaries in terms of what we discuss here on the EIB Network.
RUSH: It turns out there was a New York Times story last week on a bunch of football facts and trivia, and it turns out that they do use The JUGS Gun at the annual Combine. That’s the radar gun, and that’s what they call it: The JUGS Gun. That’s the actual acronym for the things. You’re thinking of Raquel Welch, and it’s not that, Snerdley. It’s an acronym for whatever the radar gun is. It turns out that 50 miles an hour is a rocket for a football pass.
Elway clocks in at 60, and that’s considered freakish. Colin Kaepernick is around 50 and Drew Brees at 52 miles an hour. They check these quarterbacks at The Combine, which is where all the college prospects show up and basically go the meat market and show their wares.