Answer to 8-25 Fearless Sports quiz

Answer to yesterday’s question:

(a) Bruins and Blackhawks. Bobby Orr played 10 years with the Boston Bruins (helping them to Stanley Cup titles in 1970 ad 1972) before playing two seasons in Chicago. Injuries hampered Orr with the Blackhawks, forcing him to retire in 1978 at age 30.

I’m going to have to take a little break from these quizzes (but I just got started) in order to undergo surgery and then have a period of recuperation. I hope to be back sometime in October with more irrelevant facts and figures. See you then.


The Mad Historian’s Fearless Sports Quiz for Aug. 25, 2017

Today’s category: The NHL

Bobby Orr was one of the best hockey players of his generation, exploding on the scene in 1966 and playing until 1978. A perennial National Hockey League All-Star and Hall of Famer, Orr played for which two NHL teams? Were they-

a) The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks
b) Detroit Red wings and St. Louis Blues, or
c) Montreal Canadiens and Hartford Whalers.

The answer, with a special announcement, will be in the crease tomorrow.

The answer to yesterday’s question is—-

a) Ryan Leaf was the San Diego chargers’ quarterback drafted right after Peyton Manning in 1998. Leaf didn’t work out as well as Manning, playing just five years in the NFL, and suffering with various drug and legal problems after football. Ben Rothlsberger (b) has played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Johnny Unitas (c) was a Hall-of-Famer with the Baltimore Colts who finished his career with the Chargers.

The Mad Historian’s Fearless Sports Quiz for Aug. 24, 2017

Today’s category: The NFL draft.


What San Diego Chargers quarterback was drafted right behind Peyton Manning in 1998? Was it-


a) Ryan Leaf

b) Ben Rothlsberger, or

c) Johnny Unitas.


Catch this space tomorrow for the correct answer.


The answer to yesterday’s question was—


b) Alan Kulwicki, who won the 1993 NAXCAR Sprint Cup championship, the only one not captured by Dale Earnhardt during a five-year period from 1990-94. Jeff Gordon (a) won four Sprint Cup titles between 1995-2001, right after Earnhardt and Kulwicki, while Rick Mears (c) was an Indy car driver who took the checkered flag at the Brickyard four times between 1974-1991.


The Mad Historian’s Fearless Sports Quiz for Aug. 23, 2017

Today’s category: NASCAR


Dale Earnhardt won four of five NASCAR Sprint Cup championships between 1990-94. Who won the fifth? Was it:


a) Jeff Gordon

b) Alan Kulwicki or

c) Rick Mears



You’ll find out tomorrow.


The answer to yesterday’s quiz was—


(b) Johnny Kerr. The longtime NBA standout was the first coach of the expansion Phoenix Suns, serving for the team’s first two seasons, 1968-70. They weren’t very successful (hey, it was an expansion team), losing 66 games that first year and losing a coin flip for the overall number one pick in the 1969 NBA draft, who turned out to be Lew Alcindor of UCLA (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Phil Jackson (a) was of course the coach of the Chicago Bulls during their dynasty of the 1990s (I think some guy named Michael Jordan had something to do with that) and the Los Angele Lakers during the heyday of Saquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. (c) Bill Wennington was a Bulls center and is now part of the team’s broadcasting crew.


The Mad Historian’s Fearless Sports Quiz for Aug. 22, 2017


Today’s quiz category: The NBA.


This comi9ng professional basketball season marks the Golden anniversary (50 years) of the Phoenix Suns’ entry into the National Basketball Association. Who was the first head coach of that expansion franchise?

Was it:


  1. a) Phil Jackson
  2. b) Johnny Kerr, or
  3. c) Bill Wennington.


The answer (plus another question) will be revealed tomorrow.


The answer to yesterday’s question was—-

c) Jake Scott was the Miami Dolphins defensive back-punt returner who was the Most valuable Player of the Dolphins’ 14-7 Super Bowl VII victory over the Washington Redskins, capping their perfect 17-0 season in 1972-73. Scott intercepted two passes for a then-record 63 return yards as the “No-Name Defense” helped the Dolphins nail down the only perfect season in Super Bowl-era NFL history.

Mike Bass (a) scored the Skins’ only touchdown in that game, returning a Garo Yepremian fumble (he tried to throw a fumbled snap on a field goal attempt) 49 yards for the score. Larry Csonka (b) rushed for 112 yards in the game and was MVP the next year as the Dolphins repeated as Super Bowl champs with a 24-7 romp over the Minnesota Vikings. Csonka rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns in that game.

The Mad Historian’s Fearless Sports Quiz


I am back and I have new source of power (an old ESPN desk calendar which I finally unpacked and will use as source material), so now I will return with (what I hope) to be a daily sports quiz. That is, at least until I run out of questions. Oh, and did mention that I will be leaving after this week to undergo surgery and will be gone until sometime in October?

Today’s category: The Super Bowl (NFL training camp is underway, so why not?):

The Miami Dolphins were a perfect 17-0 en route to winning Super Bowl VII 14-7 over the Washington Redskins after the 1972 season. Which Dolphins defensive back-punt returner was the most valuable player of that game. Was it:
a) Mike Bass.
b) Larry Csonka, or
c) Jake Scott.

The answer (along with another question) will be revealed tomorrow. You have been warned.

The old man in the stands

Each day, someone brought him out to the field. He was an old man who could no longer see, but while the years had taken their toll on him, robbing him of his vision, he still came out each day to mimic old sports announcers and give play-by-plays to imaginary games.

On this day, he was an old Cubs’ announcer, calling something that announcer had never called.

“Gabby Hartnett, stepping to the plate. Two out, nobody on, bottom of the ninth and we’re tied 5-5,” he said, channeling and old Wrigley Field sportscaster. “C’mon Gabby, get something started. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you up-to-date on what happens after today and any playoff information as it becomes available. Brown winds and fires. That ball’s pretty well hit, deep to left, back, back…. HEY! HEY! HEY! HEY! Gabby Hartnett has just smacked a solo home run over the left field fence and the Chicago Cubs have won the 1938 National League pennant! WOW! What a wallop!”

Richard and Melanie chuckled at the old-timer before looking out on to the field. Melanie spotted a woman sitting next to the old man and sat down next to her.

“I’m Jack’s granddaughter,” the younger woman saud. “Grandpa’s eyes aren’t that good anymore, but we bring him every weekend. A lot of people like is old calls.”

“Whose bats are those over by the backstop?” Melanie asked, a mischievous grim crossing her face.

“They’re here if somebody gets a game up.”

She walked over to the backstop, picked up a bat, handed it to Richard and then motioned for him to go to the plate. As he embarassingly walked over to home, Melanie went back to the stands and whispered something to the grandaughter, who relayed it to her grandfather.

“Go on, take a few swings,” she then called to Richard, who sheepishly complied.

“Joe DiMaggio stepping in, with a runner on and a man out in the eighth,” said the old-timer, making like Mel Allen.

“Get a hit Joe,” Melanie cooed.

“Wow, there’s some brunette down the third base line cheering on Joe,” the old man said.

Richard smiled, took a swing and started charging down to first base.

“Aw Marilyn,” he thought to himself. “Do you have to wear the dark-haired wig?”