In the middle of a televised professional football game, star running back Hank Ives disappears from the bottom of a pileup. Insurance investigator Banacek, seeing the game on TV, soon looks into this curious vanishing act. Even though a ransom note arrives demanding two million dollars for Ives' safe return, Banacek suspects football promoter Jerry Brinkman of pulling off yet another crazy publicity stunt for which he is so well-known. Murder, however, makes it serious business. Written by
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The bartender seems to be especially appreciative for Banacek's $20.00 tip. After adjusting for inflation, that would be equivalent to $115 in 2016. That would also mean the $200 he gave to Holly would be worth $1145. See more
On the play that sets the mystery, QB Mulligan gives the ball to RB Ives, who runs to the side with the ball, is tackled, and vanishes. The cameras return to Mulligan getting up with his knee issue and the football is on the ground behind him, but it would have been over in the pile with Ives. They show the helmet, but not the ball, on the side after the pile clears. Just as big a mystery as how Ives vanished is how did the ball get back to the middle of the field to Mulligan!! No one ever comments on this, although the play is replayed numerous times later. See more
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