After ripping through 2,000 in 72 minutes about a week earlier, we figured: Hey, while we’re here, why not make it a little more interesting and go for a world record?
So that’s what we did. With Jim and Seth on research duty, we discovered that the world record for most foul shots made in one hour was 1,680. (Keep the word “apparently” in your back pocket. It’s going to come in handy later.) We knew, unscientifically, that we had been close to that before, somewhere in the mid-1,600s in that first hour of shooting six days ago, and that was without really going full tilt. A few more than that? Sure, we figured we could handle it.
With the super-athletic Vinny Dustin in the mix, we went for it at the Epsom Central School gym on March 12 … and at the one hour mark, we had dropped 1,843 through the iron. It was unofficial, but obvious. We had blown the old record away.
It was a couple weeks later that I would finally take the time to do a little additional research, and that’s when I came upon the name Perry Dissmore, and the number 1,968.
If you’ve got a few minutes, check him out, breaking his own Guinness World Record last September with Regis and Kelly …
Nineteen hundred and sixty-eight in an hour.
Three hundred twenty-eight every 10 minutes.
Thirty-three every minute.
One made every 1.8 seconds, give or take a few nanoseconds.
Apparently, we weren’t really that close.