Sports are full of strange and amazing stories. Kevin Durant joining a rec flag football game. Converting Indian cricketers to pro baseball prospects. Paul Bissonette’s Twitter feed. But this tale from the late 1970s may just be the weirdest one you’ve ever heard.
Sacramento Kings assistant coach Clifford Ray once saved a dolphin’s life by reaching down its throat and grabbing a metal bolt that was stuck in its stomach. The year? 1978. the dolphin? Marine World’s Dr. Spock. The X factor? Ray’s 45-inch reach.
Seriously, can you imagine this happening today? The Instagram feeds alone would be enough to make your head explode. That above photo looks like a Willow filter, non? Personally, I would’ve went with X-Pro II.
Ray may have won an NBA title as a player with the Golden State Warriors, but he says his brief stint in rudimentary dolphin surgery ranks just as high on his bucket list.
“I tell people all the time that that was my 15 minutes of fame,” he recently told a local news channel.
So listen up pro athletes, time to step up and use your skills for greater use. And Gilbert Brule, picking up a hitchhiking Bono doesn’t count.