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In the NBA's storied history, few players played with as much passion as Paul Pierce.

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Nicknamed "The Truth," Pierce was known the world over for his undeniable court savvy, clutch shooting, and killer basketball instinct. In 2008, he won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics and capped off his amazing playoff run with a Finals MVP award.


Pierce is also a champion off the court. His nonprofit, "The Truth Fund," empowers underserved youth by providing them with educational assistance. He's also the recipient of the NBA Home Team Community Service Award and has assisted various organizations with rebuilding parks and neighborhoods across the country.

This past season, Pierce stepped away from the NBA after a legendary 19-year career.

But just because he's no longer playing basketball doesn't mean he's lost an ounce of his passion for sports — he's still got plenty of it.

And aside from basketball, there's one sport in particular that Pierce loves — a lot. And it might take some people by surprise.

"I'm very passionate about bowling," he explains. He says part of the reason he loves it so much is because it is a very social sport.

"Even though there is a competition, it's a great social environment for you and your friends to go relax, get your mind off stuff, and also have fun with it," he says.

In fact, as Pierce started seeing success in the NBA, he never let go of bowling and always made sure it was a huge part of his life.

He talked all about it in a recent interview with YouTube sensation Hannah Hart on the YouTube show "While the Water Boils" — all while they cooked some delicious pastafeaturing Paul's special "Truth sauce." Check it out right here:

Pierce is especially passionate about sports because he loves seeing the work ethic that other athletes put into their craft.

That's why Pierce's next big step is to circle the globe and experience every major sporting event.

"I made a list," he adds. "I've never been to a Super Bowl. I was thinking about maybe, like, going streaking during the World Cup."

Clearly, that last part is a joke.

But what isn't a joke is his appreciation for what gets athletes to the pinnacle of their sport.

"People don't know how hard other athletes work," he says. "It's just like a certain admiration for them because I know, behind the scenes, they're doing something that we wouldn't probably imagine doing."

Whether it's basketball, bowling, or any sport, for that matter, to Pierce, the recipe for success is simple: Pour your heart into doing what you love. And keep doing it no matter how big the obstacles are in front of you.

Yes, following your passion takes a lot of sacrifice and dedication, but ultimately, it's all worth it.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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