In a large city apartment block, a fire broke out. Fire fighters arrived on the scene only to find that a lady resident holding her small baby was stranded on an 18th floor balcony overlooking the alley at the rear of the building far above the height any rescue ladder might reach. All fire escape exits are indoors and filled with smoke or fire. There are at least twenty stories above the stranded woman and other tall apartment blocks just across the alley making the use of a helicopter rescue impossible. The fire is spreading rapidly. There is not enough time to stretch a rope from the apartment block across the alley. The only escape possible was to find a rope to lower herself, but with no rope available and a baby in tow, that option was not available. The firemen set up a rescue net below the balcony and shouted for the woman to “Jump”.
“But the baby will be killed”, shouted the frightened woman.
“Throw the baby and we will catch it.”, shouted the firemen, “and then jump yourself.”
“No, I’ll miss and the baby will die.”, screamed the panicking mother.
Just then a tall young man stepped out on a balcony one floor down in an apartment block across the alley. “Throw me the baby.”, he shouted at the mother.
“No, you will not catch him and he will die.”, screamed the woman. By now the fire is starting to come out the patio door on to the balcony where the woman is standing.
“Lady, I’m Jerry Rice of the San Fransico 49ers. I’ve never dropped a crucial pass in my life. Please, we don’t have time to argue. Throw me the baby and then jump yourself.” said the young man on the opposite balcony.
“Oh Jerry, you are my hero. My husband and I will find the TV channel showing every game you play. We have never missed one of your games. Thank goodness you have arrived. I know you will catch my baby and save his life.” With that she throws the baby with what looks like a two handed lateral across the alley to the football player and leaps safely to the net below.
The football player catches the baby making one of those over the shoulder sensational receptions and the crowd below goes nuts cheering.
At that point, in a moment of excitement imagining he has just made another game winning touchdown, the football placer spikes his new catch to the ground and shouts, “Yesssssss.”