Packet by: Brian Weikle, ,Adam Rubenstein, Mark Erdahl and Jason Zuffranieri
In 1998, the Yankees traded this man, along with three other players, for a player who would be out of baseball by 2002. In 2001, he was named to his first of two All-Star teams and finished tied for 16th in AL MVP balloting after leading the majors in triples for a second consecutive year. Changing leagues via free agency in 2004, he missed the entire 2006 season due to injury but recovered to record the first hit and first run in his current team’s new stadium. The 2008 All-Star game marked his first major league appearance in the field at any position other than shortstop, and in August of 2008, he hit for the cycle against the Dodgers. For 10 points, name this former Twin, the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals.
ANSWER: Cristian (Antonio) Guzman
Those who tried and failed the most often include Phil Freeman (79 times), Karl Williams (55 times), Reidel Anthony (95 times), and Aaron Stecker (100 times). In total over 1800 consecutive unsuccessful attempts over nearly 32 full seasons were made until a 90-yard play in Week 15 of the 2007 season against division rival Atlanta. Clifton Smith has since joined Michael Spurlock as, FTP, the only players ever to have accomplished what particular feat that fans of a certain Florida football team had been waiting to see since the team's inaugural season of 1976?
ANSWER: a kickoff return for a touchdown for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [accept either team or city name; prompt on just “kickoff return” or similar; do not accept “punt return” or similar]
This man composed the soundtrack for a 1977 film and later appeared in a movie directed by John Huston. A UN Ambassador for Ecology and the Environment, this man was knighted in 1997 and is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. In 2007 he was retroactively awarded a gold medal for a 1962 competition, making him the only man to hold three such medals. Following that 1962 event he was declared an “official national treasure” to prevent his moving to Europe; as a result, he remained with his club, Santos, until 1974. In 1999 he was named Athlete of the Century by Reuters and the IOC. For 10 points, identify this legendary scorer of over 1200 goals, a Brazilian widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time.
ANSWER: Pele [or Ed(i)son Arantes do Nascimento]
In 2004 this man suffered a broken neck when the taxi in which he was riding overturned. Two years previously, he boxed against William “the Refrigerator” Perry to raise awareness of his Ring True Foundation supporting Sudanese refugees. He later appeared as a jockey and in an ice hockey game as fundraising stunts. In a 1993 game, he made 6 of 12 three-pointers against former teammate Charles Barkley and the Suns. He remains the only NBA player to finish his career with more blocked shots than attempted field goals. For 10 points name this son of a Dinka tribal chief, a long-time Bullet, Warrior and ‘76er who stands 7’7” tall.
ANSWER: Manute Bol
This University of Denver alumnus was drafted 69th overall in 1979 and watched the Miracle on Ice from the stands as a member of Team Canada. His rookie season was the first of nine 30-plus goal seasons, including 54 in ’83-’84 and ’85-’86. A clutch power forward, he is third all-time in playoff overtime goals and fifth in playoff game-winners. A key member of five Stanley Cup champions, he was traded to Toronto with Grant Fuhr in 1991 and in 1994 was traded to the Rangers where he was re-united with old linemate Mark Messier for a 6th Cup. Ending his career in St. Louis just short of 500 career goals, for 10 points name this long-time Edmonton winger, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
ANSWER: Glenn (Christopher) Anderson
In 1946, this team appeared in the inaugural Gator Bowl despite a 2-4-3 (“two, four, and three”) overall record. Its next bowl appearance, under longtime coach Paul Dietzel, was in the 1969 Peach Bowl following its only conference championship to date. Their period of competing as an independent in football from 1971-91 produced a Heisman Trophy but their first bowl win was in 1995 at the Carquest Bowl behind MVP Steve Taneyhill. They were forced to forego a bowl bid in 2004 following an on-field brawl with archrival Clemson. For 10 points, name this SEC team, the alma mater of George Rogers, currently coached by Steve Spurrier.
ANSWER: University of South Carolina [or Gamecocks; prompt on USC but accept things like “original USC”, “eastern USC”, etc.]
Previous home venues for the current tenants of this facility include a since-demolished convention center and a Depression-era armory which is now used as a parking structure. Other arenas utilized by this building’s current occupants are better-known for ice hockey; these structures include Maple Leaf Gardens and the Arrowhead Pond. One facility was previously home to both current occupants, although not at the same time. The most famous prior venue for the occupants of this building is now owned by the Faithful Central Bible Church and is no longer named for the now-defunct Great Western Bank. For 10 points name this facility opened in 1999, the only arena currently home to two NBA franchises.
ANSWER: the Staples Center
In college at Oklahoma State in the mid-80’s, he won the Golden Spikes Award, a spot on the 1988 Olympic team, and later induction into the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Moving to the Majors in 1990, his 123 hits were the most by a rookie for his team since Ozzie Guillen. In 1999, he became the first player ever to hit grand slams in both games of a doubleheader, and his postseason that year included a “Grand Slam Single” to win Game 5 of the NLCS. His eighteen career grand slams is tied for fourth all-time, although perhaps his most memorable moment saw him on the losing end of a skirmish with Nolan Ryan. FTP, name this longtime 3rd-baseman the for Chicago White Sox and both New York teams.
ANSWER: Robin (Mark) Ventura
Babe Ruth attended this team’s first game, a 22-0 exhibition loss at Philadelphia. Their only productive player, leading rusher John Grigas, quit and went home mid-season. Grigas also threw more than half of this team’s astonishing 41 interceptions, and their second-leading passer finished with a quarterback rating of 3. This club was also dismal on special teams, setting a league record for lowest punting average and failing to make a single field goal. Linemen Chet Bulger and Vince Banonis would play for their franchise’s only championship team just three years later, but they couldn’t prevent this team coached by Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler from finishing 0-10. For 10 points, name this team created by a wartime merger and called by co-owner Art Rooney the “worst team in NFL history”, whose component clubs met in Super Bowl XLIII (43).
ANSWER: Card/Pitt [or the “Carpets” or other weirdass portmanteaus like “Cardeelers” or “Stardinals” or some combination of the 1944 Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers or really anything that includes both Chicago Cardinals and either of Pittsburgh or Steelers; prompt on just Chicago to distinguish the Cardinals from the Bears, and for the love of God do not accept anything with “Arizona”, “Phoenix”, or “St. Louis” in it]
The hockey team based in this city is nicknamed the Ice and features such players as Bubba Ferguson and Ryan Tremblay, while its baseball team, the Aces, finished two games back in the race for the most recent Claxton Shield. Both its mens and womens soccer teams are called the Victory, and the rugby-playing Storm are owned by a subsidiary of News Corporation. The basketball Tigers, led by local product former NBA first-round pick Chris Anstey, play their home games at The Cage, and other notable venues in this city include Etihad Stadium, also known as the Docklands, and its namesake Cricket Ground. For 10 points name this sports-crazed city, home to nine clubs in its nation’s Football league, a tennis Grand Slam event, and the 1956 Summer Olympics.
ANSWER: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A study by North Florida professor Cherrill P. Heaton revealed that this activity almost always begins at F and ends on D, regardless of who is doing the vocalizing. Popular legend holds that it was created following a play by Rich Yonakor of North Carolina. In a game in February of 1979, Yonakor was long on a shot that was corralled by Jim Spanarkel and that led to an easy Mike Gminski lay-up at the other end. The Cameron Crazies got involved and the rest was history. Thus was born, FTP, what mildly derisive chant directed towards an opposing player whose shot attempt misses the backboard and rim?
ANSWER: “Airball” (commend anyone who chants appropriately)
Upon reaching the major leagues, this man was tried at catcher, where one wag suggested he would have been great if anyone had tried to steal center field. He was moved to first base, where he led the National League in errors in 1978. He eventually found a home in the outfield, where he would win 5 consecutive gold gloves. He mustered only three singles in eleven career post-season at-bats, despite being one of the majors’ leading power hitters. Traded late in his career to the Phillies for the legendary Jeff Parrett, he retired in 1993 just short of 400 home runs. For 10 points, name this man noted for his clean-living Mormon lifestyle, who won consecutive National League MVP awards as the center fielder for the Atlanta Braves.
ANSWER: Dale (Bryan) Murphy