Watch This Hockey Fan Make a Ridiculously Difficult Shot & Win $100K

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Going home with $100,000 is probably the least likely outcome you’d expect from attending a minor league hockey game in central Florida, especially considering you’d have to make a goal from well over 100 feet to win it. Oh, and the hole you have to get the puck into to make the goal is barely bigger than the puck itself.

Still, an Orlando Solar Bears fan did it.

In a video posted to Twitter by the Orlando Solar Bears (the ECHL affiliate for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs), the announcer isn’t even talking about the contest when Nick Giovanelli sinks the improbable shot. When the announcer realizes what just happened, he freaks out almost as much as everyone down on the ice. The celebratory crowd isn’t that big, but it does include a polar bear mascot. (There’s also someone in a giant penguin or possibly duck suit, but I haven’t figured that one out yet. The Solar Bears were playing the Florida Everblades, whose mascot is an alligator, but whatever, winning $100,000 and celebrating with a giant polar bear and his mascot friend sounds fantastic.)

This was the first time the Solar Bears put on the contest, according to sports site BarDown. The Orlando Solar Bears did not immediately respond to an interview request from Credit.com.

I’ve reached out to Giovanelli to find out what he’s going to do with the $100,000 but haven’t heard back yet. Of course, taxes will cut into the amount of money he gets to play around with, but he’ll still get to make use of a significant sum. That kind of money can help you do all sorts of things, like put a down payment on a house, buy a new car, get out of debt, take a glorious vacation — it’s fun to think about the possibilities. (You can see how the current amount of debt you are carrying may be affecting your credit score by viewing your free credit report summary, updated each month, on Credit.com.)

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Watch Elizabeth Warren Grill a Former Regulator About the Financial Crisis

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hasn’t shied away from take on high-ranking officials for their alleged roles in the financial crisis of 2008 during her tenure in office during the past three years.

The latest target of her ire? Leonard Chanin, a former senior regulator at the Federal Reserve during the George W. Bush administration.

During a Senate banking committee hearing on Tuesday, Warren let Chanin have it after he called data about the increases in mortgage foreclosure rates “anecdotal,” arguing the Fed had nothing concrete to act on to get ahead of the subsequent subprime mortgage crisis — a “failure,” Warren said, which had “devastating consequences” for families across the country.

Chanin, currently an attorney in the financial services practice group of Morrison & Foerster and a former director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, had been asked by Senate Republicans to testify on the costs of current consumer finance regulations.

You can watch the rest of their hair-raising argument below.

Foreclosure rates in the U.S. have fallen in recent years, but families struggling to pay their mortgage could avoid losing their home by refinancing, negotiating with their current mortgage lender or seeking help from Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved counseling agencies. You can find more tips for saving your home from foreclosure here. You can also see how any missed mortgage payments may be affecting your credit by viewing your two free credit scores, updated each month, on Credit.com.

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