This Day in Failure: September 21

2014: Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch suffers a torn ACL in his left knee while celebrating a sack of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. After the play, Tulloch springs to his feet and attempts to mimic Rodgers’ signature touchdown celebration—instantly recognizable thanks to State Farm’s Discount Double Check television commercials—but lands awkwardly and falls to the turf in pain. The injury forces Tulloch to miss the remainder of the 2014 season.

2010: A 109-yard footbridge connecting a parking lot to New Delhi’s Jawaaharlal Nehru Stadium collapses, injuring 25 construction workers. The structural failure occurs just days before the scheduled opening of the Commonwealth Games, initially seen as an opportunity to showcase India’s modernity and competence in hosting a major sporting event. On this day, athletes’ representatives slam the still-unfinished Games Village, calling it “filthy” and “uninhabitable,” thanks to plumbing, sanitation, and wiring problems.

2006: Japanese golfer Mitsuhiro Tateyama sets a Japanese record by taking 19 on a par-3 hole during the Acom International at Tokyo’s Ishioka Golf Club. It’s the worst single-hole score for a professional since Norio Suzuki accidentally signed for a 42, his nine-hole total, at a Japanese tournament in 1987. The previous worst for one hole was 15.

2003: “I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves.” —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C.

1959: The first Plymouth Valiant rolls off the assembly line, a car originally named the “Falcon.” When Chrysler discovered that Ford Motor Company had already reserved the name Falcon for its new compact, the vehicle’s logo and marketing plans had to be scrapped. The Valiant name and logotype did not appear on the car together until 1961.