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December 28, 2022

J.J. Watt Announces Retirement

J.J. Watt rewrote the script of playing defensive end in the National Football League. Now, the 11-year veteran is hanging up his cleats. The Arizona Cardinal made the announcement via Twitter, featuring a photo of his newborn daughter and his wife, Chicago Red Stars‘ Kealia Watt. Throughout his career, Watt accumulated three Defensive Player of the Year awards and five All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections. He also created a lasting philanthropic legacy, most notably spearheading a $37 million campaign in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. t

Eastbay to Shut Down after 43 Years

Long gone are the days of catalog-induced excitement. However, at its prime, there was no piece of mail hotter than the newest edition of Eastbay. Now the direct-to-consumer sportswear supplier is shutting down after 43 years. The company made the announcement on Monday, noting that it will close at the end of December.

Ed Reed Heading to Bethune-Cookman as Head Coach

Bethune-Cookman will have a familiar face on its sidelines starting next season. On Monday, the team announced former All-Pro free safety Ed Reed as its new head coach. By bringing in the talented NFL alum, the HBCU is hoping for a bump similar to that delivered by Deion Sanders at Jackson State. The Super Bowl champion knows a thing or two about winning and his new team, which went 2-9 this season, could use all the help it can get.

Tesla Stock Loses 75% of Value in 2022 

While most people’s attention remains locked on Elon Musk‘s Twitter tenure, Tesla has been floundering. The electric vehicle company’s stock has plummeted, losing three-quarters of its value in 2022. With the decrease, the company has lost its coveted spot as one of the Top 10 public companies. Tesla stock was trading at $109 per share in Wednesday’s premarket.

Bad Bunny Gives Back with Gift Drive

No one had a bigger year than Bad Bunny. The superstar is using his status as the biggest pop star in the world to give back to the people of Puerto Rico. He launched the “Bonita Tradición” gift drive along with his Good Bunny Foundation. Collectively, the drive distributed 20,000 gifts to children in San Juan and featured festive snacks and a chance to take a photo with Bad Bunny.

NBA Draws Big Christmas Day Viewership Numbers

There are few traditions as reliable as the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup. This year proved no different, as there were five marquee matchups, which drew millions of fans. The ABC and ESPN broadcasts delivered a 5% increase in viewership as compared to 2021, with a total of more than 23.5 million across the five games. The Bucks/Celtics match-up brought in the most with 6.033 million during the coveted early evening slot.