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Masters of Suspensions

For his vicious hit on Ryan Hollweg, Chris Simon of the New York Islanders was suspended an NHL-record twenty-five games on Sunday. This bests the twenty-three games Marty McSorley was punished for taking his stick to the head of Donald Brashear. Gordie Dwyer received an equivalent suspension for abusing officials/leaving the penalty box/fighting in 2000.

In the NFL last season, Tennesee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth received a five-game suspension for stepping on the head of an opponent. I should mention the opponent was not wearing a helmet, and Haynesworth was wearing cleats. That was a record punishment for on-field conduct.

In the NBA, Ron Artest's eighty-five game suspension in 2004-05 is best-in-class. He earned this distinction for fighting with fans in Detroit.

In baseball, Pete Rose "“ later banned for life for gambling "“ took thirty games off in 1988 for shoving an umpire. In 1977, Lenny Randle punched his manager in the face and also got thirty games.

Let's take this out of the sports world. Anyone have any anecdotes about suspensions in their office or organization? Five days for parking in your boss' spot? Thirty days for polluting the water cooler?

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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