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TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by WJMorris3 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:11 am

Welcome to Think Different 195!

In honor of the FIFA World Cup starting on Thursday, I present a Think Different about the beautiful game - soccer. Hopefully I've made the questions easy enough that there's at least one answer that comes to people's mind when it comes to each question.

Here are the rules:

1. Please send me your answers by private message. Please do not post any answers in this thread!

2. The deadline for submission is the full-time whistle of the Argentina-Bosnia and Herzegovina match on Sunday, June 15. I'm expecting that deadline to be in the neighborhood of 7:45 to 8:00 PM EDT, but only the referee knows for sure.

3. The object is to provide the least popular correct answer for each of the eleven "starting" questions.
a. Your score on a question equals the number of people (including you) who gave your answer.
b. Incorrect answers will be "sent off": they will receive the "SHEEP" score (highest score on that question) plus five.
c. Blank answers shall be considered as incorrect.

4. Most Think Different contests allow the contestants to drop answers and take a set score rather than answer the question. This is NOT most Think Different contests. All questions will be scored.

5. In addition to the eleven "starting" questions, there are three "substitute" questions (numbered 12-14) They have fewer answers available than the starting questions.
a. Should a substitute question be answered correctly, it will be scored and, provided a sufficiently low score, will replace the player's highest scoring answer. No starting answer that has been "sent off" will be eligible for substitution.

6. Answers must be provided out of the wealth of information that exists in your brain - no research! However, if you are lucky enough to stumble onto an answer between when you read the question and when you submit your answers, it is fully acceptable to use that.

7. The tiebreaker will be the number of singletons, then doubletons, then submission order.

8. If you have questions or comments, send them to me via private message unless you are sure that what you say will not reveal answers, offer hints, steer players away from negbait, or in any other way affect the outcome. If appropriate, I’ll post clarifications below the questions.

9. All of these questions are referencing men's soccer.

Good Luck!

THE STARTING XI

[spoiler]1. The Lev Yashin Award was first given out in 1994 to honor the best goalkeeper in the World Cup, and was named for the famous Soviet goalkeeper. The award was changed to the Golden Glove award in 2010.

Q: Name either a winner of the Yashin Award/Golden Glove Award OR the goalkeeper named to any FIFA World Cup All-Star team from 1930-1990. (20 answers)

2. Real Madrid just won their 10th European Cup/UEFA Champions League title, defeating crosstown rivals Atlético Madrid in extra time. Their ten championships are the most of any European club.

Q: Other than Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, name a team that automatically qualified for the group stage of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League based on their league position in 2013/14. (20 answers)

3. The World Cup is usually held amongst the best teams in the world. But with only 32 spots available for the over 200 countries in the world, there are great squads that just did not make the cut.

Q: Name any country whose team was ranked in the top 50 according to FIFA's Men's World Ranking in June 2014 but failed to advance to the World Cup. (23 answers)

4. Major League Soccer has started its 19th season. It's come a long way since the ten teams that contested the first MLS season in 1996; part of this is due to the existence of "Designated Players" - players whose salaries only partially count against the salary cap. The first of these players was David Beckham (and the DP rule was originally nicknamed the David Beckham rule). The most recent to sign was David Villa, who recently transferred to play for New York City FC in 2015 for an undisclosed salary.

Q: As of this writing, name any player signed to a current Designated Player contract for an active MLS team. (35 answers)

NB: New York City FC does not start play until 2015 so David Villa would be an incorrect answer.

5. For the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian government elected to hold games in twelve different cities. Unlike the 1950 World Cup where the sites chosen were concentrated in the southeast and south, this time the cities are all over Brazil; in fact, each city chosen is the capital of its state.

Q: Name any of the cities hosting World Cup matches in the 2014 tournament. (12 answers)

6. It's been said that the most nervewracking spectacles in soccer is deciding a match with a penalty shootout. For the losers, it's forever the question of what might have been. For the winners, it's a sigh of relief and (usually) preparation for the next opponent.

Q: Name any country that's won at least one penalty shootout in the World Cup since they were officially introduced in the 1978 tournament. (15 answers)

7. The Olympic Games still hold a men's soccer tournament every year. Currently the teams that are fielded are made up of players under the age of 23, with three overage players allowed. Curiously, Brazil, who has qualified for every World Cup, has yet to win an Olympic gold medal in soccer.

Q: Name any country that's won the Olympic gold medal in men's soccer. (18 answers)

8. Every continent has their own continental championship. Here in North America, that's the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup has been contested 12 times between teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Only North American teams have won it - Mexico six times, the United States five times, and Canada once.

Q: Name a CONCACAF member (other than Canada, Mexico, and the United States) who has competed in the Gold Cup at least once since the inaugural tournament in 1991. (15 answers)

9. The United States are wearing red jerseys at this World Cup. This is the first time we've seen the Yanks in red at the World Cup since June 15, 1998, a 2-0 loss to Germany. (Incidentally, current USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann scored for Germany in that game.)

Q: Name any nation that has worn a predominantly red jersey for at least one game in any of the last three World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010). (21 answers)

NB: Striped jerseys and other similar design will be adjudged to be the color of the back panel (where the player's name and number are), provided it's one of the colors of the pattern.

10. The film Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl features a wonderfully done sketch depicting a football match between two teams of philosophers - Germany versus Greece.

Q: Name any philosopher who was supposedly on the pitch at the start of this alleged game. (25 answers)

11. Tbe Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award has been awarded since 1930 to the top goalscorer in the tournament. In older tournaments, all players who were tied with the most goals would share in the award; now, if there's a tie, there are tiebreakers to determine the winner.

Q: Name any player who's won the Golden Boot at the World Cup. (25 answers)[/spoiler]

THE SUBSTITUTES

[spoiler]12. While the Premier League is the top flight of England, no English-born manager has ever won the league - the last English manager to win at the top level in England was Howard Wilkinson, who hoisted the old First Division title at Leeds United in 1991/92, the year before the Premiership's founding.

Q: Name any manager who has won the Premiership since its founding in the 1992/93 season. (7 answers)

13. North America has its own club championship as well, known as the CONCACAF Champions League. Under normal circumstances, five MLS teams qualify for each tournament: four from the United States, one from Canada. With the parity that MLS has seen in recent years, fifteen different squads from MLS have participated in at least one CONCACAF Champions League game.

Q: Name any MLS team who, as of the conclusion of the 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League, has yet to play in a CCL match since the tournament's current format started in 2008/09. (4 answers)

14. The 2015 Asian Cup has been scheduled to take place in Australia this upcoming January. It's the 16th edition of this continental tournament, the first taking place in 1956. Within the last two weeks, Palestine qualified to play in this tournament, making their tournament debut.

Q: Name any nation that's won the men's Asian Cup. (7 answers)[/spoiler]
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by WJMorris3 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:13 am

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  1. gamawire
  2. Paucle
  3. mennoknight
  4. Leander
  5. geolawyerman
  6. CrunchyTaco
  7. tjconn728
  8. econgator
  9. DadofTwins
  10. Turd Ferguson
  11. zakharov
  12. CheezeWhiz
  13. jjwaymee
  14. chalupabatman786
  15. MarkBarrett
  16. mitchparov
  17. Paulsaysthought
  18. jepkid97
  19. CoachP
  20. dklee12
  21. dnbguy
  22. dott888
  23. ihavejeoprosy
  24. JoshuaRQI
  25. Bamaman
  26. amorris525
  27. goforthetie
  28. xxaaaxx
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by Bamaman » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:06 am

WJMorris3 wrote:Welcome to Think Different 195!
Hopefully I've made the questions easy enough that there's at least one answer that comes to people's mind when it comes to each question.


Speaking for myself, you failed miserably on that goal. :lol:

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by gamawire » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:02 am

Bamaman wrote:
WJMorris3 wrote:Welcome to Think Different 195!
Hopefully I've made the questions easy enough that there's at least one answer that comes to people's mind when it comes to each question.


Speaking for myself, you failed miserably on that goal. :lol:


I agree. I have no idea on the majority of these, but I will enter to save everyone else from being in last place.
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by immaf » Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:31 am

I'm not touching this TD with a 10-foot pole. I can make a guess at a couples of the questions, but I am not absolutely sure I know a correct answer for any of them. Best of luck to those of you who do.
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by debramc » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:22 am

gamawire wrote:
Bamaman wrote:
WJMorris3 wrote:Welcome to Think Different 195!
Hopefully I've made the questions easy enough that there's at least one answer that comes to people's mind when it comes to each question.


Speaking for myself, you failed miserably on that goal. :lol:


I agree. I have no idea on the majority of these, but I will enter to save everyone else from being in last place.

I will try to enter to compete for last with you. Hubs is having surgery this week though, so, you know, not much time. I'm not sure I even know the Monty Python one for sure, and I've seen that sketch several times.

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by Leander » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:35 am

I might enter, but I will be outright guessing on about half of these.

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by gamawire » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:13 am

Leander wrote:I might enter, but I will be outright guessing on about half of these.


I guessed at way more than that, but I have never missed a TD since I signed up on the old boards, so I felt compelled to enter - no matter the embarrassment involved. :lol:
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by ihavejeoprosy » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:17 am

Good luck scoring my entry. I'm going to make so many random guesses, it may break your scoring system.
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by Paucle » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:14 pm

I don't think I knew a single answer. I'm shooting for 3 correct as my goal.
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by goforthetie » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:21 pm

You don't seem to specify this anywhere, but are we to take it that these questions only apply to men's soccer?

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by Peggles » Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:51 pm

The sum total of my knowledge of soccer:

a) most of the world calls it football

b) Pele was awesome

c) David Beckham is not as good-looking as he thinks he is

d) the New England team is called the Revolution


Th-th-th that's all folks.

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by Woof » Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:01 pm

Peggles wrote:The sum total of my knowledge of soccer:

a) most of the world calls it football

b) Pele was awesome

c) David Beckham is not as good-looking as he thinks he is

d) the New England team is called the Revolution


Th-th-th that's all folks.


Oh, come on, Peggles. Surely you know that it's played with a ball and feet, too? :lol:

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by econgator » Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:57 pm

gamawire wrote:
Leander wrote:I might enter, but I will be outright guessing on about half of these.


I guessed at way more than that, but I have never missed a TD since I signed up on the old boards, so I felt compelled to enter - no matter the embarrassment involved. :lol:


Ditto. I'll miss at least 8 of them.

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by Peggles » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:44 pm

Woof wrote:
Peggles wrote:The sum total of my knowledge of soccer:

a) most of the world calls it football

b) Pele was awesome

c) David Beckham is not as good-looking as he thinks he is

d) the New England team is called the Revolution


Th-th-th that's all folks.


Oh, come on, Peggles. Surely you know that it's played with a ball and feet, too? :lol:


I do. But I figured that was such basic information, that I need not mention it. For example, basketball = basket and balls, football/soccer = feet and balls, badminton = oh, never mind. ;)

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by CrunchyTaco » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:13 pm

This will be fun in a "let's see how many people actually know less about soccer than I do" kind of way.

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by JoshuaRQI » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:05 am

I don't know most of these, so that's problem one, but I plan to enter anyway. But I think my lack of soccer knowledge is hurting me in another way (or more likely just block headed ness). Substitutions replace the worst starters, but starters that are "sent off" are not eligible for substitution. I assume sent off in this case doesn't mean answered since I need to answer in order to determine the worst starter. So I'm confused about the "sent off" clarification that probably reads clear as day to everyone else.

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by WJMorris3 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:44 am

JoshuaRQI wrote:I don't know most of these, so that's problem one, but I plan to enter anyway. But I think my lack of soccer knowledge is hurting me in another way (or more likely just block headed ness). Substitutions replace the worst starters, but starters that are "sent off" are not eligible for substitution. I assume sent off in this case doesn't mean answered since I need to answer in order to determine the worst starter. So I'm confused about the "sent off" clarification that probably reads clear as day to everyone else.

Any incorrect answer is considered to be "sent off". In exchange for the penalty for an incorrect score being less than the apparently-standard double the sheep score, incorrect answers are not permitted to be substituted for - the subs are designed in case you take a sheep or three.

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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by Wheatley » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:11 am

Hmm, this TD is "pretty" difficult.
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Re: TD 195: The Beautiful Game

Post by zakharov » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:27 pm

I was going to sit this one out as only a medium-interest soccer fan, but reading the thread I may have a chance after all! Or I'll fail miserably again, but hey.
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