1. Last night Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in history to reach 30,000 career points, but his career isn’t all about success. ESPN discovered that Kobe is on pace to have missed more shots than anyone in history by 2013.
You can read John Hollinger’s piece here.
This just goes to show you, even the greatest, most successful athletes in the world fail. And many of them don’t just fail. They fail at historic rates.
6. John Elway won multiple Super Bowls, was known as one of the most clutch football players of his era, and is a Hall of Famer. But even he had issues. He was sacked 516 times in his career. That’s good for second on the all-time list.
(A sack isn’t purely a quarterback’s fault, but he certainly bears part of the blame.)
10. The NBA has never seen a point guard as good as Magic Johnson. But no one’s turned the ball over more in the playoffs than he did, with 696 such mistakes.
11. Warren Moon is not just in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…he’s also in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame! But his 161 career fumbles is more than anyone but Brett Favre.
So in the words of a man whose coaching career had many ups and downs, and who faced down cancer only to become one of the most inspirational figures in sports history:
- U.S. Republican presidential candidates debated in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday's primary, and Sen. Marco Rubio malfunctioned 🇺🇸
- BuzzFeed News has identified a second member of the ISIS execution cell led by "Jihadi John."
- And it's Super Bowl Sunday. The Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, California at 6:30 ET 🏈🙌