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12 Athletes Injured During Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums often lead to ejections, suspensions, and fines. But these 12 athletes went the extra mile and actually physically hurt themselves, too. DAVID POKRESS/MCT/Landov 1. Amar’e Stoudemire When New York Knicks’ big man Amar’e Stoudemire punched a glass case housing a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 playoff loss against the Miami Heat, he needed 15 stitches [...]

On This Date in 1974, Cleveland’s “Ten Cent Beer Night” Went Horribly Wrong

Image via Homage.com To bring fans to see the miserable Cleveland Indians play the Texas Rangers on June 4, 1974, management decided to sell 10-ounce cups of beer for only 10 cents. More than 25,000 fans showed up for the event, but management forgot one small detail: drunk people get restless. Among the more tame incidents was [...]

Say What? When Athletes Are Misquoted

Note: Tomorrow night at 7pm, Bud Shaw will be speaking and answering questions at the mental_floss store in Chesterland, Ohio. Stop by and say hello! Last summer, United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin and Golf Channel contributor Jim Gray engaged in a heated exchange after Pavin accused Gray of misquoting him. Gray quoted Pavin saying he [...]

Attention Cleveland-Area _flossers!

Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist and mental_floss contributor Bud Shaw has always had a soft spot for the quirky side of sports. His travels have put him in the living room of wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who would later become governor of Minnesota, in the office of a Buddhist monk in Japan who was dressed [...]

Another Side of Browns Coach Eric Mangini

Because mental_floss has an office outside Cleveland and a couple writers from Ohio, I end up chatting a fair amount about the woeful Browns and their embattled coach, Eric Mangini. (Here’s Bud Shaw’s recap of the time Mangini fined a player $1,701 for taking a bottle of water from a hotel minibar.) The 1-7 Browns are [...]

Friday Happy Hour: Fanatical Parents & School Assemblies

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. The other day my daughter and I were playing in the grass near a junior varsity girls’ soccer [...]

Month in Review: August’s Most Popular Stories

Numbers-wise, August was our best month ever. Remember when Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ home run record? Our August stats were like that, except if instead of hitting 70 home runs, McGwire had started a website and racked up 22,000,000 pageviews. Thanks to all 7-million-plus of you who stopped by. Here’s a look back at [...]