So we like quizzes, do we ? OK.....
...I have a doozy of a quiz for everyone (read: the 3 or so people that read this blog). It's a sports quiz that I made for Lynda last fall, mostly for laughs, and also to see if she would actually do it. (As you can see, I have way too much time on my hands.....) To date, she hasn't finished it, or even started on it...not that I blame her. Can anyone help her out?
Your score: __________
0: You’re a girl
45 – 5: Good guesser
75 – 50: Great guesser
105 – 80: Google is wonderful, isn’t it?
135 – 110: Sports Babe (Dinner on me)
155 – 140: Hot Sports Babe (Nice Dinner on me)
175 – 160: Super Hot Sports Babe (Really Nice Dinner and Movie on me)
200 – 180: Will you marry me?
1. (5 points) I’ll start with an easy one. February 22, 2005 will be forever remembered in the annals of history for a historic dating event: the first date of Jerry and Lynda. 25 years earlier, on February 22, 1980, a historic sports event took place. What was it?
2. (15 points) In the movie Rudy, Sean Astin (Rudy), Charles Dutton (Fortune the Groundskeeper), Ned Beatty (Rudy’s dad), Lilly Taylor (Rudy’s girlfriend), and Robert Prosky (Fr. Cavanaugh) all were established Hollywood actors and all filled major roles in the film. Jon Favreau, who played D-Bob, Rudy’s friend at ND, would later become a star in his own right in movies like “Swingers”, “Very Bad Things”, and host of other movie starring and co-starring credits. Many smaller roles were filled by various obscure actors and Notre Dame students, particularly the football team in the movie, which is comprised of almost entirely ND students. However, one player on the movie team, an unknown Hollywood actor at the time, has since gone on to be one of the bigger stars in Hollywood today (he co-starred in one of last summer's biggest box-office movies, and was in another popular summer movie in a supporting role). Who is he?
3. (5 points) Getting tickets to major sporting events can be both difficult and expensive. For which of these events, year after year, is it both the easiest and least expensive to get last minute (or last couple of days) tickets for?
Super Bowl ______
World Series Game ______
NBA Finals Game ______
NCAA Basketball National
Championship Game ______
College Football National
Championship Bowl Game ______
NHL Finals Game ______
Bonus (5 points): Why is it so easy/inexpensive to get tickets for this contest?
4. (10 points) Joe Montana quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers to 4 Super Bowl championships in the 1980’s and is generally considered one of the finest quarterbacks to every play the game. Before his NFL career, Montana starred at Notre Dame, leading the Irish to the 1977 National championship and numerous come-from-behind victories, including the famous 1979 Cotton Bowl comeback win over Houston. However, which of the following is true of Montana’s college career?
_____ he was never once a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team All-American
_____ he never received a single Heisman vote
_____ he was not a first round draft pick
_____ he neither holds nor set any Notre Dame passing record
_____ all of the above
_____ none of the above
5. (20 points) The TV network ESPN Classic shows classic sports contests from years gone by. These games cover an expansive time span, from (for example) boxing in the 1940’s to baseball in the 1950’s to college football from the 70’s and 80’s to recent games. However, two games that get shown quite often happened on the same day: October 15, 1988. What two games were they, and why are they shown?
Game 1: ________________________
Game 2: ________________________
6. (15 points) From time to time, a professional sports franchise will leave a city and move to another. The owner will decide he wants a new stadium or a better deal from the city, and when he doesn’t get it, will move the franchise. Such moves often cause heartbreak to the longtime fans of the city that was abandoned. Some franchise moves in the last 25 years:
Montreal Expos moved to Washington DC
Kansas City Kings moved to Sacramento
New Orleans Jazz moved to Salt Lake City, Utah
San Diego Clippers moved to Los Angeles
Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis
Oakland Raiders moved to LA, then back to Oakland
Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis
St. Louis Cardinals moved to Phoenix
Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis
Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore (became Baltimore Ravens)
Atlanta Flames moved to Calgary
Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas (became Dallas Stars)
Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver (became Colorado Avalanche)
Hartford Whalers moved to South Carolina (became Carolina Hurricanes)
Winnepeg Jets moved to Phoenix (became Phoenix Coyotes)
However, there is one professional sports franchise that neither can nor will ever move to another city. What is that team and why can’t/won’t they move?
7. (15 points) In 1984, guard John Stockton of Gonzaga and forward Charles Barkley of Auburn were both drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, Stockton by the Utah Jazz and Barkley by the Philadelphia 76ers. Both:
· were considered to be questionable picks (Stockton too slow and white, Barkley too small)
· enjoyed long careers – Stockton retired in 2003, Barkley in 2000.
· were perennial All-Stars.
· will be first-ballot Hall of Famers.
· were named to the NBA’s 50 All-Time Greatest Players list in 1997
· won gold medals as members of the 1992 and 1996 USA Olympic Basketball team
· never won an NBA championship
· led their teams to the NBA Finals (Stockton in 1997 and 1998, Barkley – with the Phoenix Suns – in 1993) only to lose to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 6 games each time
However, there is one other distinction they share, an event that happened to both of them in June of 1984. What was it?
8. (10 points) Many players in baseball learn little tricks to help certain umpire calls go their way. Catchers catch a pitch outside the strike zone and quickly jerk the glove into the strike zone to fool the ump. Outfielders will sometimes trap a ball against the ground (not an out) but then place the ball in the top part of the web of their glove (called “snowconing”) to make it appear as though they caught it for an out. The Chicago Cub outfielders, when playing in Wrigley Field, are taught to do something when the opposing batter hits a long shot to the outfield wall. What are they taught to do to fool the ump?
9. Nicknames: Provide the nicknames for the following athletes (4 points each):
Larry Bird _______________
(Boston Celtics 1979-1993, Hall of Famer)
Earvin Johnson _______________
(LA Lakers 1979-1991, Hall of Famer)
Karl Malone _______________
(Utah Jazz 1985-2003, Future Hall of Famer)
Jason Williams _______________
(Sacramento and Memphis, 1998-present)
Gary Payton _______________
(Seattle and LA Lakers 1990-2005,
Future Hall of Famer)
Randy Johnson _______________
(Pitcher, played on numerous teams,
currently with New York Yankees,
Future Hall of Famer)
Bill Lee _______________
(Pitcher, played on numerous teams,
Ted Williams _______________
(“Quite simply, the Greatest Hitter Who
Ever Lived”, Boston Red Sox, 1939-1960,
Hall of Famer)
Joe DiMaggio _______________
(Most popular and highly regarded player
from the great Yankees teams, 1936-1951,
Hall of Famer)
Frank Thomas _______________
(Numerous teams, most famously with the
1993 Chicago White Sox)
Billy Johnson _______________
(Houston Oilers, 1974-1980)
Kenny Stabler _______________
(Oakland Raiders 1968-1979, Hall of Famer)
Javon Kearse _______________
(Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles,
Deion Sanders _______________
(Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas 1989-1997)
Walter Payton _______________
(Chicago Bears, 1974-1987, Hall of Famer)
Team and Unit Nicknames:
1960’s – 1970’s Minnesota Vikings Defense _______________
1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers Defense _______________
1970’s Dallas Cowboys Defense _______________
University of Houston men's basketball
teams of 1982-'83 and '83-'84 _______________
1982 Milwaukee Brewers _______________
10. Match these well-known figures of entertainment and politics with their sports backgrounds (2 points each):
_____ Actor John Wayne
_____ Actor Mark Harmon
_____ Actor Dean Cain
_____ Actor and Comedian Bob Hope
_____ President George W. Bush
_____ President Gerald Ford
_____ President Ronald Reagan
_____ Congressman J.C. Watts
_____ Senator Bill Bradley
_____ Senator Tom Osbourne
a. football lineman at Univ. of Michigan
b. coached Nebraska to 3 national football championships
c. cheerleader at Yale
d. football lineman at USC
e. defensive back at Princeton
f. All-American basketball player at Princeton, won NBA title with NY Knicks
g. professional boxer
h. quarterback at UCLA
i. radio sports announcer
j. quarterback at Univ. of Oklahoma
OK, that's it....how did you do? I'll post the answers if I get any correct responses in the comments....