Mantenna – Randy Moss Retires

August 1, 2011
Randy Moss retires, Helen Mirren has the body of the year, and Kings of Leon cancel their entire U.S. tour…the Mantenna is forever young!

Randy Moss Retires

Photo: Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images Sport

Earlier today, ESPN confirmed that 34-year-old NFL superstar and future Hall of Famer Randy Moss has officially retired from the game of football. The wide receiver finishes his career with 954 receptions (eighth all-time) and 14,858 yards (fifth all-time) as well as 153 touchdowns, only second all-time to Jerry Rice who has an astounding 197 TDs. After the Vikings scooped him up as the 21st pick of the draft back in 1998, Moss went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. After a lackluster outing with the Raiders, Moss eventually found new life with the New England Patriots. Like many other controversial players before him, Moss’s overall greatest strength will always be up for debate due to the outlandish antics that seemed to overshadow his on-field play. Either way, the dude was always entertaining to watch each and every Sunday.

Helen Mirren Has Body of the Year

Helen Mirren may be 66 years of age, but that hasn’t stopped the senior citizen from beating out a raft of younger celebrities to be voted “Body of the Year.” The Academy Award-winning actress won 17.65 percent of the vote in a recent poll of 2,000 people conducted by the LA Fitness gym chain. LA Fitness’ Tony Orme said, “It's great to see the public celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes, and proving that you really can look fabulous over 40 and 50.” Aussie supermodel Elle MacPherson, who is two years shy of 50, came in at number two with just over 10 percent of the vote. Kelly Brook, Jennifer Lopez, and Cheryl Cole rounded out the rest of the top five. It just goes to show, some things do get better with age.

Kings of Leon Cancel Entire U.S. Tour

Photo: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic/Getty Images

After a recent abrupt stop to their gig in Dallas with lead singer Caleb Followill walking off stage mid-set, it’s been announced that Kings of Leon will be canceling all of their future U.S. tour dates. "We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion," said a statement from the KOL's publicist. "The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break." The announcement also stated that the 28 dates "cannot be rescheduled due to the band's international tour schedule and “tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.” Nice to know rock ‘n’ roll is still alive and well.

Fatty Foods Makes Us Happy

A new study reveals there’s a scientific reason why we grab a hamburger or down some ice cream when we’re feeling blue… it’s because it makes us feel happy. The study conducted at the University of Leuven in Belgium involved injecting 12 non-obese healthy subjects with fatty acids and “tracking their responses to sad and neutral experiences.” The researchers did this by playing sad music and showing the study’s subjects sad photos. The results reveal that those injected with the fat were happier than those injected with a saline placebo. Co-author Dr. Lukas Van Oudenhove said, “Eating fat seems to make us less vulnerable to sad emotions, even if we don't know we're eating fat.” The study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, may help formulate new ways to manage health problems such as obesity, eating disorders, functional dyspepsia, and depression.