Today, most baseball stadiums are named for corporate sponsors. While I understand the economic realities of that trend, I'm sure most fans are like me and yearn for the days when stadiums had unique names that identified them with a city and its team.
Below are the names of ten stadiums that have gone the way of the Sunday afternoon doubleheader. Pick one and tell me the team that called it home. I also want it to be the name of team when it actually played there. While some stadiums may have hosted another team on a temporary basis at some point, I want the name of the team (both geographic and nickname) that is most identified with that stadium. By this, I mean the team that played more home games there than any other team.
Remember to give both the geographic name and nickname for the team whose stadium you select.
The biggest sporting event in this country is the Super Bowl. Name a city where a Super Bowl has been played. For this question, I want the actual city where it was played, not the name of the major city close by that the media may identify as the host city. For example, there has never been a Super Bowl played in Phoenix, Arizona, but the game has been played in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Any future games that have been awarded but not yet played are considered incorrect.
Laker fans may disagree, but no NBA team has a deeper heritage or does more to honor it than the Boston Celtics. To date, 19 people who played for the Celtics have been honored by having their numbers retired and hung in the rafters of the team's arena. Another player's number wasn't officially retired for him, but he is honored along side the others and he is an acceptable answer. Two non-players who were associated with the team had a number assigned for them and retired. In addition, another person associated with the Celtics had an inanimate object retired for him and he is an acceptable answer. So there are 23 possible answers to this question.
Name one of the 23 men who are honored by the Celtics on a banner above the court.
For many years, the National Hockey League was a stable six team league. Then they went through a rapid period of expansion in the 1960s and 70s, including absorbing the surviving WHA teams, which caused the league to grow to 21 teams. They stayed at that number until the 1990s when they began to expand again, growing into the current 30 teams.
Name one of the nine teams to join the NHL since the start of the 1991-92 season. I need the name of the team, both geographic and nickname, that it had when it began play.
5. Track and Field
The winner of the Olympic decathlon is sometimes called the world's greatest athlete. While this may not be the case, it is still a grueling athletic challenge.
Name one of the ten events that made up the 2012 Olympic decathlon. To my knowledge, these are the same events used in all decathlons, but I just wanted to avoid any cases of uncertainty.
While it does not get the huge media attention as the Final Four, the NCAA Wrestling Championships are still a hotly contested event. This year's championships will be held later this month in Oklahoma City.
To date, a total of eleven schools have won the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. Name one of these eleven schools
The biggest sporting event on the planet is the FIFA World Cup. Qualifying for the cup is a lengthy process where the world is divided into geographic regions. One of these regions is CONCACAF.
To date, there have been ten countries from this region that have advanced to the World Cup. Name one of them.
In 1930, Bobby Jones won the U.S. and British Amateurs, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship (aka the British Open). Since then, the amateur events have slipped in prestige and have been replaced by the Masters and PGA as golfing majors. Since the change, no one has won all four majors in a single calendar year. In fact, only five men have won all four in a career, while another eleven have won three of the four.
Name one of the 16 men who have won at least three of the following tournaments....The Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA. (Bobby Jones is not a correct answer).
9. Horse racing
While thoroughbred horse racing is not as high a profile sport as it once was, the triple crown races still generate a great deal of attention. These races, restricted to three year olds, are the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. A horse that wins all three is said to have won the triple crown.
Name one of the eleven horses to win the triple crown.
Mike Tyson burst onto the scene at a very young age. He was known for his early round knockouts and became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time at the age of 20 in 1986. He continued to dominate the heavyweight division until a self destructive lifestyle outside the ring led to an upset loss to Buster Douglass in 1990. A rape conviction landed him in prison, but he was able to regain the title after leaving prison, though he was never able to regain the stature he once had.
Name one of the ten men Tyson defeated in a heavyweight title bout prior to his loss to Douglass on February 11, 1990.
The biggest team prize in mens' tennis is the Davis Cup. Prior to 1972, the finals were a challenge format, where the previous year's champion faced the winner of a world tournament to determine who won the Davis Cup. This changed in 1972 when the defending champ was required to compete in the full tournament with the tournament winner claiming the Cup.
Name one of the 13 countries to win the Davis Cup since the challenge format was abolished in 1972.
12. Sports at the Movies
Sports have long been a popular subject for movie plots. Select one of the movies below and tell me which sport is the focus of the film.
Blades of Glory
The Fish that saved Pittsburgh
It Happens Every Spring
Somebody Up there likes Me
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