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After 5 months of action, we’ve finally reached Super Bowl week. While the Broncos and Panthers go through final preparations, let’s take a short quiz to test your knowledge of the big game.
Questions (answers below)
- Which city is hosting this year’s Super Bowl?
- Who won the first two Super Bowls?
- Player on the winning teams of the first 11 Super Bowls earned $15,000. What did the Patriots players earn after winning Super Bowl 49 last year? a) $97,000 b) $150,000 c) $237,000
- This brash, young quarterback promised a Super Bowl III victory, and then delivered the upset.
- Name one of the three teams that have appeared in the most Super Bowls (8).
- Phil Simms was the first Super Bowl MVP to tell the world, “I’m going to ____.”
- This former contestant on Dancing with the Stars holds the record for most Super Bowl touchdowns. Name him. Hint: all touchdowns came on pass receptions.
- Pittsburgh holds the record for most Super Bowl victories. How many times have the Steelers won the big game?
- Of 49 games, how many Super Bowls have been decided by 3 points or less?
- Which of this year’s two teams, Carolina and Denver, has a better record in the Super Bowl?
Bonus question – 3 points
Walter Iooss will be at his 50th Super Bowl this year. Who is he?
Hint: he does what I would want to be doing.
- This year’s Super Bowl is in Santa Clara , California. Give yourself a point if you responded San Francisco or the Bay Area.
- The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.
- The Patriots players earned $97,000 for winning the Super Bowl 49.
- Joe Namath promised and delivered a victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl II.
- The Patriots, Steelers, and Cowboys have appeared in eight Super Bowls.
- Phil Simms was the first MVP to say “I’m going to Disney World.”
- Jerry Rice scored 8 Super Bowl touchdowns.
- The Steelers have won the Super Bowl six times, followed by San Francisco and Dallas with five victories
- Eight Super Bowls have been decided by 3 points or less.
- Denver. The Broncos have won twice in seven games, Carolina is winless in one game.
Walter Iooss is a Sports Illustrated photographer.
1-4 You watch for the commercials
5-7 All Pro
8 – 10 MVP
Thanksgiving traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season. To begin the celebration, let’s see how well you know the holiday with a short quiz (answers below):
- While Christmas is always December 25, where can Thanksgiving be found on the calendar?
- True or false. The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the 1600s?
- Who sings the Thanksgiving Song?
- Which President declared Thanksgiving a national holiday?
- The National Foot League features three games on Thanksgiving day. The Detroit Lions are one of two teams on the schedule each year. Name the other team.
- How much turkey do Americans eat on Thanksgiving?
A) 50 million pounds
B) 250 million pounds
C) More than 750 million pounds
- What is the name of the parade that takes place that day? Bonus points if you know its original name.
- Each year, the President of the United States pardons a turkey. Who started that tradition?
- When the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line opened in 1981, six people responded to 11,000 calls. How many will the call center answer this year?
- Which state produces the most cranberries? Hint: it also leads the nation in production of cheese.
- Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.
- True. The Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in 1621. According to sources, it included 50 people who traveled on the Mayflower and 90 Native Americans.
- Adam Sandler sings the Thanksgiving Song.
- President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving in 1863.
- The Dallas Cowboys join the Detroit Lions as NFL regulars on Thanksgiving Day.
- According to the National Turkey Federation, approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2012.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally the Macy’s Christmas Parade.
- The origins of the Presidential Turkey Pardon are somewhat fuzzy, but Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy are both believed to have spared a turkey. The first official “pardon” was issued by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Give yourself a point if you named any of these leaders.
- More than 50 experts on the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line will respond to 100,000 calls this year.
- Wisconsin holds the title of largest producer of cranberries, followed by Massachusetts.
1- 4 You’re at the kids table
5 – 8 You’ve earned an extra serving
9 – 10 The drumstick is yours!
- The first one’s easy: Who won the World Series last year?
- In the television show Seinfeld, what was Jerry’s favorite team?
- What was Babe Ruth’s primary position when he played for the Red Sox?
- With a runner on first and one out, the batter hits a pop up to the shortstop. But before the fielder catches the pop, the umpire calls the batter out. Why?
- What is a southpaw?
- Which team did the Mighty Casey play for?
- These three brothers all played professionally: Joe, Dominic, and Vince. What was their last name? Hint: the best known one played for the Yankees.
- Name the last person to have a batting average over .400.
- In the play/movie Damn Yankees, what does the lead character do in order to play for his beloved Washington Senators?
- What is the claim to fame of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, of the Chicago Cubs in the early 1900s?
- This uniform number has been retired across baseball. What is the number and who wore it? Hint, the number was the title of a 2013 movie about that player.
- Name the two Major League Baseball teams with nicknames that do not end in “s.”
- What is the distance between the bases?
- Which team has the highest payroll in baseball?
- The Cy Young Award is given to the best ___ in each league.
- The popular movie series “Major League” is about a hapless team of misfits that unite and win the pennant. Name the team.
- The 2014 season really began earlier this month when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played two games in this faraway land. Name it.
- Speaking of the Dodgers … what is a Dodger?
- What is a “can of corn?”
- Shoeless Joe Jackson and other deceased players return from the beyond to play ball in a field built at the site of an old cornfield in this 1989 movie.
- The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series.
- Like the real-life Seinfeld, Jerry was a Mets fan.
- Babe Ruth was a pitcher with the Red Sox, and a very good one.
- The batter is called out because of the Infield Fly Rule. It prevents the fielder from intentionally dropping the ball and turning a double play (the runner would be staying on first because of the pop-up, thus being an easy out).
- A southpaw is someone who throws left-handed.
- In the poem written by Ernest Thayer, The Mighty (albeit overrated ) Casey played for the Mudville nine.
- Joe, Dominic, and Vince DiMaggio all played in the majors.
- Ted Williams batted .406 in 1941.
- In Damn Yankees, Joe Hardy makes a deal with the devil to play for the Washington Senators.
- The three Cubs ability to turn a double play was immortalized in a poem, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon.” Written by a New York Giants fan during a game, it begins: “These are the saddest of possible words: Tinkers to Evers to Chance …”
- The number 42, worn by Jackie Robinson, has been retired across Major League Baseball.
- The Red Sox and White Sox are the only teams with nicknames that do not end with an “s.”
- The bases are 90 feet apart.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball at $235 million, followed by the Yankees ($204 million) and Philadelphia Phillies ($180 million).
- The Cy Young Award is given to the best pitcher in each league.
- The “Major League” movie series portrays fictional players of the Cleveland Indians.
- The Dodgers and Diamondbacks played the first two games of the season in Australia. The Dodgers won both.
- The name Dodgers dates back to the team’s days in Brooklyn, when it was called the “Trolley Dodgers,” a tribute to the many trolley cars throughout the borough. The name was eventually shortened to Dodgers.
- A can of corn is an easy-to-catch fly ball.
- Shoeless Joe Jackson and others returned from beyond to play in Field of Dreams.
11-15 All Star
0-5 Bench warmer
What a difference a century makes. I recently ran across a list of children’s most requested Christmas gifts from 1913. No iPhone, X-Box, or designer label clothing. While some of the items — dolls, candy, skates — still resonate today, the list clearly reflects a simpler time:
- Rocking horse
- Toy Train
Yes, things were much simpler in 1913, and some would argue that we’ve become too materialistic with our big screen televisions and SUVs. Maybe, but after I wrap this up I’m heading outside to clear a foot of snow off my driveway, and am thankful that I have a snowblower, not an old wooden shovel to do the job.
Happy holidays to you and yours.
Your turn. Does this list represent a better, more practical time? Or is it more important to appreciate what you have, whatever era you live?
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Festivus, odds are good that you’re a Seinfeld fan. So to celebrate the season, let’s test your knowledge of the hit show.
- What was Kramer’s first name?
- Who was Jerry’s arch enemy?
- George worked at which well-known organization?
- Which comic strip hero appeared in every episode?
- Who won “The Contest?”
- During a blind date with Elaine’s cousin, Jerry was turned off by what physical feature of the woman?
- What’s the fictitious name regularly used by Jerry and George?
- What was Jerry’s favorite baseball team?
- What distasteful act did Elaine do at a company party?
- Seinfeld co-creator, Larry David, gained success as the star of his own show. Name it.
- Elaine worked at which catalog company?
- Which of the following was not part of the Festivus celebration: Airing of grievances, feats of strength, a metal pole, eating broccoli?
- When Kramer moved to Los Angeles, he was mistakenly arrested for what?
- Who was the voice of late Yankee owner George Steinbrenner?
- What was the name of the diner where the gang hung out?
- What career professional did George pretend to be?
- Kramer was said to have the “kavorka.” What is that?
- Which legendary comedian played George’s father?
- What was unique about the episode in which Elaine’s friend, Sue Ellen Mischke, was married?
- Jerry was unable to kiss his girlfriend, played by Kristin Davis, because she used something that fell in the toilet. What was it?
Bonus: The opening dialog in the first show and the closing dialog in the final episode were about the same topic. Name it.
- Kramer’s first name was Cosmo.
- Newman was Jerry’s nemesis.
- George worked a number of jobs, most notably for the New York Yankees.
- Superman appeared in every episode, usually in the form of a figurine on Jerry’s shelf.
- In the final episode, we learn that Jerry won The Contest, when George confessed that he cheated.
- Elaine’s cousin had “man hands.”
- Jerry and George often referred to the fictitious Art Vandelay. BTW, he has a profile on LinkedIn.
- Jerry was a fan of the Mets.
- Elaine was a terrible dancer, a fact that George discovered at one of her office parties.
- Larry David stars in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- Elaine worked at J. Peterman.
- Eating broccoli was not part of the Festivus celebration.
- The police thought Kramer was a serial killer.
- Larry David provided the voice for George Steinbrenner.
- Monks Café was the restaurant’s name.
- George pretended to be an architect (as well as a marine biologist).
- The kavorka, or the lure of the animal, made him irresistible to women.
- George’s father was played by Jerry Stiller (who happens to also be Ben’s father).
- The scenes in the Sue Ellen Mischke wedding episode were aired in reverse chronological order.
- Kristin Davis’ toothbrush fell in the toilet. She used it before Jerry was able to alert her.
BONUS: The first episode opened, and the last show ended, with Jerry commenting on the placement of a shirt’s buttons.
How did you do?
15 – 20 correct: NBC executive
10-14 correct: Comedy writer
5-9 correct: Network intern
1-4 correct: Kramer
Related post: Good communication no laughing matter for Seinfeld
In honor of the Red Sox World Series victory, let’s test your knowledge of the Beantown nine. Answers are below.
- Jimmy Fallon played a Red Sox fanatic in this 2005 movie, which also starred Drew Barrymore.
- How tall is the Green Monster, the left field wall at Fenway Park?
- What was Babe Ruth’s primary position during his time in a Red Sox uniform?
- Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912, but was pushed off the front page by what event?
- Which New York Yankee hit the game-winning home run in the 1978 playoff game at Fenway Park? Extra credit if you know his nickname.
- In his book The Teammates, author David Halberstam writes about the lifelong friendship between Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and which other Red Sox legend?
- True or false: Ted Williams crash landed a plane during the Korean War.
- Name the Red Sox centerfielder who won both the Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player Award in 1975.
- This former manager led the Red Sox to the 1967 World Series, and later won two World Series in Oakland.
- How many World Series have the Red Sox won?
- The manual scoreboard at Fenway has a series of dots and dashes — Morse Code. What does it spell?
- In days gone by, Fenway Park sported only one advertisement. What was it?
- Speaking of signs, what is the famous corporate sign, located in nearby Kenmore Square, that is often associated with Fenway Park.
- Who is considered the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox?
- Let’s end with an easy one…what is the unofficial theme song of Red Sox Nation?
- Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore starred in Fever Pitch.
- The Green Monster is 37 feet tall.
- Babe Ruth was a pitcher, and a darn good one.
- The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, five days before Fenway Park opened.
- Bucky Dent homered off Mike Torrez to win the one-game playoff game. He’s known in Boston as Bucky “Bleeping” Dent.
- Johnny Pesky is the fourth teammate in Halberstam’s book. The four are immortalized in a statue outside of Fenway.
- True. Captain Ted Williams served in both WWI and Korea. During the latter, his plane was hit by enemy fire. He considered ejecting, but feared it would destroy his kneecaps.
- Fred Lynn became the first player named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season, 1975.
- Dick Williams managed the “Impossible Dream” season of 1967, and won World Series with the Athletics in 1972-74.
- The Sox have won 8 World Series titles: 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007, and 2013.
- The Morse Code on the scoreboard is TAY and JRY, the initials of former owners Thomas A. Yawkey and his wife, Jean R. Yawkey. See photo, below.
- The lone advertisement at Fenway was the Jimmy Fund.
- The CITGO sign, a landmark in Boston, is located just blocks from Fenway.
- World Series MVP David Ortiz.
- Sweet Caroline is played in the 8th inning of every home game.
I found myself thinking about how things have changed over the years, and thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the people, events, and things that played a role in American pop culture during our lives.
How many items from this list do you remember?
- You had to dial a telephone (above)
- The world watched the first moon landing
- Polaroid cameras meant no waiting for your photos
- New York City had two NFL teams
- Before cable, most of us could only get three television stations
- Pet Rocks were popular
- Everyone wore Bell bottom pants
- The once a year showing of the Wizard of Oz on television was a big deal
- Calculators threatened to replace paper and pencil
- TV dinners were heated in the oven
- Wind up clocks lulled you to sleep (or kept you awake) with their tick-tock, tick-tock …
- The S.S. Minnow set out for a 3-hour tour
- Your could buy Sea Monkeys through the mail
- Cassettes tapes replaced records
- John Wayne was the hero of the west
- Kids laced up PF Flyers sneakers
- A drink at the drugstore soda fountains always tasted better
- The Beach Boys sang about summer fun
- The Gong Show offered talented and not-so-talented acts.
- All pitchers in baseball batted before the designated hitter
- Banana seats on bicycles were cool
- Millions watched the Jerry Lewis Telethon every Labor Day weekend
- The U.S. Bicentennial marked the nation’s 200th birthday
- Soda came from vending machines in glass bottles
- Klick-Klacks – loud and fun
- What’s My Line? kept viewers guessing
- Phil Donahue hosted a groundbreaking talk show
- The world was stunned by the death of Elvis Presley
- George Burns played God
- The search for Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster was the rage
- The Monkees offered an American version of The Beatles
- Avocado green kitchen countertops were the latest style
- The Le Car was certainly a conversation starter
- ET, the Extra-Terrestrial set box office records
- Al Capone’s vault came up empty
- World Series day games meant no late nights for fans
- And finally … The Flowbee promised a stylish haircut at home with no mess.
Your turn. What would you add to this list?