A few weeks ago I had a few words to say about the King of this foul shooting game, Mr. Ted St. Martin, who once drained 5,221 straight. Again, I say, Good Gawd.
And now this dude:
Both are owners of world records … Mr. St. Martin for his ridiculous streak, and the fellow seen above, Bob Fisher, who knocked down those 50 foul shots in a minute — taking about one per second, 59 of them, and missing just nine. Fast. I mean, really fast.
So in an effort to get into this world record game, we’ve recently applied to the Guinness folks to attempt breaking the mark for most foul shots made in 24 hours. We’re expecting to hear back from them within two or three weeks, at which time they’ll let us know: a) whether or not they’ll accept our attempt; b) how, specifically, we must document the effort; and, most importantly, c) what the current record is (kind of critical).
The best I can tell, the standing record appears to be 20,371, held by one Mr. Fred Newman. I haven’t heard that directly from the Guinness team yet, but that number is on the website of the National Basketball Shooters Association (NBSA, a lesser-known third cousin of the NBA), of which Mr. Fisher is a founding member and Mr. Newman and Mr. St. Martin are honorary members. Not incidentally, here are four other Guinness records that Mr. Newman holds, according to the NBSA:
Highest percentage for 24 hours (98.2); most free throws made in 10 minutes using two balls (388); most free throws made in an hour (1,639); and my personal favorite, the most free throw made in a row blindfolded (88).
So there’s your morning dose of NBSA news.
The NBA? Well, now that you mentioned it … how’s a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals sound, particularly when both those wins came at Orlando. Is it possible that the Celtics and Lakers are actually going to meet again in the NBA finals? Please, let it be so.
And as for Hoops For Heroes, the last four days have been productive, even if yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) effort was cut a little short by wind and a wet net (the ball was stuck there no fewer than eight times, as below).
… so we only got to 1,200 Wednesday, but 1,500 each of Monday, Tuesday and today. All totaled up, that’s 269,207 down, 730,793 to go to 1 million made foul shots.