This Day in Failure: December 12

2010: The roof of Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome—home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings—tears in three places and collapses under the weight of 15 inches of heavy snow, forcing the postponement of a game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. The dome’s roof also deflated in the wake of an April 1983 snowstorm, a year after the facility opened.

2008: Brett Leonhardt, 26, a six-foot-seven former Div. III hockey goalie and an employee of the Washington Capitals, suits up as the Caps’ backup goaltender for a game against the Ottawa Senators. The team’s actual backup goalie, Jose Theodore, had injured his hip during the morning skate, leading the club to sign Leonhardt—a cameraman for the team’s Web site—to an amateur trying contract. Leonhardt’s NHL career, which he refers to as a “dream come true,” lasts all of ten minutes, ending when Simeon Varlamov, recalled from Hershey, Pennsylvania, arrives midway through the first period.

2008: Army fires football coach Stan Brock, six days after a demoralizing 34-0 loss to Navy. Brock compiled a 6-18 record over two seasons, going 3-9 each year.

1990: New Hampshire’s men’s basketball team plays 11 minutes and 48 seconds against the University of Connecticut before scoring a single point, spotting the Huskies a 32-0 lead. Connecticut goes on to win the game 85-32.

1913: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is recovered in a hotel in Florence, Italy, two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting is returned to the Louvre, where it is exhibited today behind a shield of bulletproof glass.