The Boston Red Sox’s postseason exit was a underwhelming end to David Ortiz’s MLB days. But that’s barely a dent in Big Papi’s long and illustrious career, as evidenced by the thousands of fans who stayed to have one last look at their hero standing on Fenway Park.
“If one of these skateboards or ski boards or whatever they’re called hit a person, they’d break a leg because they’re just like a missile!” Pwuffy Pineapples shares a hilarious Canadian news report from 1985 about this dangerous new fad known as snowboarding.
After 21 seasons, Kevin Garnett has decided to retire from the NBA. Garnett is arguably the league’s most influential player from the past 20 years. He inspired a new batch of players to skip college, forced the NBA to impose salary limits, and heralded super team trades.
Did you know that American football got its name because players did use their feet (and hands) to move the ball forward instead of carrying and passing it? Or that it’s possible to score a single point in the game? All that and more in Mental Floss’ video.
In 2003, a failing small town horse track in Japan made a desperate gamble: hype up Haru Urara, a horse with a record of 0-88. The country rallied around her story, “a message about the value of trying hard even when no one’s looking.” Ganbatte kudasai!
The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan hung up his jersey just as he conducted himself in his 19-year career. Because really, there’s nothing left to say: 5 rings. 71% win rate. Made the playoffs every single year. Best power forward to ever play the game. We’ll miss you TD!