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1980 was a banner year for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He won his sixth MVP award on the way to his second NBA championship, but most importantly, that was the year he made his iconic cameo in the film "Airplane!"

But, what fans might not know is that Kareem's role was originally intended for another athlete, one whose name might surprise a few folks. From the AV Club's 'Surely you can’t be serious: An oral history of Airplane!':

David Zucker, writer/director: That was another lucky break that we got, because Kareem himself was not the first choice for that role. We actually wrote it for Pete Rose.

Jim Abrahams, writer/director: I’m not sure if Pete Rose actually accepted the role or not, or if we’d even gotten the green light from Paramount to use him. We may never have even sent him the script. I just know that we ended up having to film in August, so he was still in the middle of baseball season. 

Let's all be thankful that the film's producers decided to shoot in the summer because 'Tell your old man to drag Ray Fosse up and down the field for nine innings!' just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Which brings us to the quiz of the day. With the Oscars happening over the weekend, we wanted to see how many athlete movie cameos - both good and bad - you can remember. The list excludes athletes in primarily athletic roles - hence no "Space Jam." Also, the list is limited one movie per athlete. 10 minutes are on the clock. Good luck!

 QUIZ: Name the athletes who appeared in these movies


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Some things you don't want to see as a fan less than 24 hours after your team has dealt away their franchise player:

Just when it seems like the Knicks are far and away the most dysfunctional franchise in the NBA, the Sacramento Kings step up to say, 'Not so fast, my friend.'

Conversely, the end of the DeMarcus Cousins era in Sactown gives way to the 'Boogie and Brow' era in NOLA and Pelicans fans simply have to be ecstatic. Less than a week ago, Anthony Davis had to come out and publicly reaffirm his long-term commitment to the team, and now the Pels have two of the top 10 players in the league, both of whom are under 26.

But will the Pelicans stop there? Now that they have arguably John Calipari's two best UK pupils on one team, could someone finally attempt to build a super squad of Wildcats at the pro level? Ok, probably not, but that won't stop John Calipari from already issuing a denial on the rumor, because hey, free press...why not?

Which brings us to today's quiz. Since taking over for Billy Gillispie in Lexington in 2010, Calipari has sent an astonishing 28 players to the NBA. How many can you name? Six minutes are on the clock.

Good luck!

Hint: Draft year / selection number (UD = undrafted).

QUIZ: Name every NBA player John Calipari coached at Kentucky

PREVIOUS QUIZZES OF THE DAY:

2/17: The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

2/14: The 'Most relevant Mr. Irrelevant ever' quiz

2/9: The 'Mike Trout is well-versed in the Art of WAR' quiz


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Happy birthday to the GOAT of GOATS, Michael Jeffrey Jordan, who turns 54 on Friday, one day before this year's Slam Dunk Contest, the event that he (and Dominique Wilkins) put on the map and made into the phenomenon that it is today.

And speaking of, this year's Dunk Contest was supposed to be a rematch of biblical proportions, à la Jordan vs. Dominique in '88. But with Zach LaVine sidelined with an injury and Aaron Gordon less than 100 percent, the 2017 Dunk Contest is wide open and in desperate need of someone to step up and make this year's Contest a spectacle.

Enter Derrick Jones Jr. With just 24 minutes played so far this season, Jones might be the most obscure person to ever enter the contest, but his dunk game is legit. For real. No, seriously, he's absurd. And with NBA All-Star Weekend being tailor-made for creating indelible moments, come Monday, Jones Jr. could be the NBA name that everyone is talking about. 

So, for today, we'd like to see how well you know your Slam Dunk Contest history. Since the first contest in 1984, there have been 31 winners total. How many can you name? Eight minutes are on the clock.

Good luck!

HINT: Year / team winner played for.

QUIZ: Name every winner from the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

PREVIOUS QUIZZES OF THE DAY:

2/14: The 'Most relevant Mr. Irrelevant ever' quiz

2/9: The 'Mike Trout is well-versed in the Art of WAR' quiz

2/7: The 'But two days ago, Dan Quinn was a genius' quiz


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The Sacramento Kings would likely want to do a lot of things from the last decade over, but right atop that list would have to be trading away Isaiah Thomas for absolutely nothing in return (sorry, Alex Oriakhi). 

Now in his second full season in Boston, the involuntarily diminutive Thomas has become a phenomenon in a league already not short on stars, and not just because of his size. His 29.8 points-per-game average is second in the NBA, ahead of James Harden and only trailing Russell Westbrook. He's also emerged this season as the NBA's best player in the fourth quarter, putting up numbers in the final frame that the league hasn't seen in two decades, which has put him square in the middle of the MVP debate. Meanwhile, back in Sactown, the Kings continue their years-long search into finding a playmaking, scoring point guard to play alongside Boogie Cousins.

Which brings us to today's quiz. Including Thomas, there are a record five second-round picks in this year's NBA All-Star Game. For perspective, since the NBA Draft went to two rounds in 1989, 17 second-round selections have been chosen as All-Stars. How many can you name in five minutes?

HINT: Draft year / draft number / team that selected player.  

Name the NBA second-round picks since 1989 to make the All-Star Game

PREVIOUS QUIZZES OF THE DAY:

2/9: The 'Mike Trout is well-versed in the Art of WAR' quiz

2/7: The 'But two days ago, Dan Quinn was a genius' quiz

2/2: The 'Punxsutawney Phil was the original Bad Boy' quiz

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With pitchers and catchers reporting next week, baseball season is officially back. And there is no better way to celebrate its return than by talking about just how phenomenal of a player Mike Trout has been through his first five seasons. To wit:

So yes, suffice to say Mike Trout is preeeeeetty good at this whole baseball thing. And while Trout is objectively the best player in the game today, others around the league are doing remarkable things as well, which brings us to today's quiz. No better way to get ready for the 2017 season than by looking back at the players who dominated the 2016 season. So, we want to see how well you know each team's best player by WAR (Wins above replacement) as compiled by the fine folks over at Baseball-Reference

HINT: Team name / WAR total.

Eight minutes are on the clock. Good luck!

QUIZ: Name every MLB team's leader in WAR from 2016


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Here's a quick recap of Dan Quinn's last 48 hours:

So, Quinn now finds himself in dubious company. Sure, even Bill Belichick has been on the losing end of the Super Bowl twice, but more often than not, losing the big game does not serve as any sort of guarantee that you will lead your team back to the promised land. Only 11 of the losing coaches also have a Super Bowl win under their belt and many from the list never came close to even coaching in another Super Bowl, let alone winning one. 

Which brings us to today's quiz. Of the 51 Super Bowls that have been played thus far, 34 different coaches have been on the losing end of the big game. How many of them can you name? Eight minutes are on the clock. Clue: Super Bowl # / Losing team.

Good luck!

QUIZ: Name the losing coach from every Super Bowl


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Happy Groundhog Day everybody! Don't forget to hug your local groundhog. They get sad around the holidays as well

Punxsutawney Phil and Hall of Fame NBA coach Chuck Daly have more in common beyond their immaculate teeth and glorious manes. They are also both inarguably Punxsutawney's most famous figures. Yes, the legendary Daly's career began with humble beginnings at Punxsutawney High School, whose sports teams are now called—wait for it—the Chucks. 

Daly spent the first eight years of his coaching career in Punxsutawney, and then the next 14 in the college ranks before finally making it to the NBA as an assistant with the Sixers in 1981. After a few stops, he eventually was hired by the Pistons and the rest is history. Daly took the Pistons from the depths of mediocrity to being the most feared team in the league, capping it off with repeat championships in true Groundhog Day fashion. 

Which brings us to today's quiz. In honor of Charles Jerome Daly, we want to see how well you remember the Bad Boys Pistons championship rosters. Sixteen different players won rings in Motown during those two seasons. How many can you name? Five minutes are on the clock.

Good luck!


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Founded as an expansion team in 1976, the Seattle Seahawks have had only eight coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes one Hall of Fame player and one Super Bowl winner. How many of the leaders of the Seahawks can you name?

Clue: Years Active


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Founded in 1946 as a member of the AAFC before joining the NFL four years later in the league merger, the San Francisco 49ers have had 20 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes one Hall of Fame coach, two Hall of Fame players, and two Super Bowl winners. The team is hoping for a fresh start with a new coach in 2017. How many of the leaders of the 49ers can you name?

Clue: Years Active

Note: One interim coach later went on to be hired as head coach.


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Founded in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams and having relocated to Los Angeles, St. Louis before returning back west, the Los Angeles Rams have had 28 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes two Hall of Fame coaches three Hall of Fame players, one coach with two stints with the team, and one Super Bowl winner. The Rams are hoping for a fresh start in 2017 with a new coach. How many of the leaders of the Rams can you name?

Clue: Years Active

Note: The team was inactive in 1943 because of WWII


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The Chicago Cardinals were a founding member of the NFL in 1920, and the storied franchise history includes a detour in St. Louis before solidifying their status as the Arizona Cardinals. The team has had a league-leading 40 coaches including three Hall of Fame coaches and four Hall of Fame players. Unfortunately, out of all of those coaches, none have lead them to a Super Bowl Victory and only one has lead them to the big game. How many of the leaders of the Cardinals can you name?

Clue: Years Active

Note: 1944 featured Co-coaches, 1961 featured 3 Co-coaches and there are 2 members of the list that had multiple tours with the team.


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Dating back to their founding as an expansion team in 1976, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had 11 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes one coach who lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. While the team has had only a few seasons of success, they appear off to a good start with the new coach. How many of the leaders of the Buccaneers can you name?

Clue: Years Active


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Dating back to their founding as an expansion team in 1967, the New Orleans Saints have had 16 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes three Hall of Fame players, one Hall of Fame coach and one coach who lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. How many of the leaders of the Saints can you name?

Clue: Years Active

Note: The current coach had his tenure interrupted for a year in which there were two different acting Head Coaches.


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Dating back to their founding as an expansion team in 1995, the Carolina Panthers have only had 4 coaches in NFL franchise history. Unfortunately, no coach has lead the team to a Super Bowl victory, but two of the four have taken the team all the way to the big game. How many of the leaders of the Panthers can you name?

Clue: Years Active


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Tom Brady, at 39 years old, will make his record seventh Super Bowl appearance on Sunday, more than every player on the Falcons combined. And you don't get to seven Super Bowls without playing with at least some all-time greats like Randy Moss and Gronk, but more often than not, Brady has been given an island of misfit toys to work with in lieu of an actual receiving corps and he's still worked his Brady magic. Just ask the Steelers, who were lit up in the AFC Championship Game by the indomitable Chris Hogan to the tune of 180 yards and two touchdowns. 

But how well do you remember Brady's supporting cast? In his first six Super Bowls, Tom Terrific spread the ball around to 28 different players. How many players who have caught a pass from Tom Brady in the Super Bowl can you name? In honor of Brady's six appearances, we'll put six minutes on the clock.

Hint: For those who need a refresher, here are the Patriots' opponents in the six Super Bowls: St. Louis Rams (XXXIV), Carolina Panthers (XXXVIII), Philadelphia Eagles (XXXIX), New York Giants (XLII & XLVI) and the Seattle Seahawks (XLIX). 


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Dating back to their founding as an expansion team in 1966, the Atlanta Falcons have had 16 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes two Hall of Fame players and one coach who returned for a second stint. Unfortunately, no coach has lead the team to a Super Bowl victory, but the team was on destiny's doorstep in 2017. How many of the leaders of the Falcons can you name?

Clue: Years Active

 


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Dating back to their founding as an expansion team in 1961, the Minnesota Vikings have had only 9 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes one Hall of Fame coach who returned for a second stint, and one Hall of Fame player. Unfortunately, no coach has lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. How many of the leaders of the Vikings can you name?

Clue: Years Active


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Dating back to their founding in 1919 and their official beginning just two years later, the Green Bay Packers have had only 15 coaches in NFL franchise history. This storied list includes two Hall of Fame coaches, two Hall of Fame players, and three who won the Super Bowl. How many of the leaders of the Packers can you name?

Clue: Years Active

Note: Following the late season resignation of one coach, two shared the interim head coaching job. One of these coaches was hired full time a few years later.


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Dating back to their founding in 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans before relocating in 1934, the Detroit Lions have had 26 coaches in NFL franchise history. This list includes two Hall of Fame coaches and one who returned for a second stint. Unfortunately, the team has never won the Super Bowl and has not won a playoff game since 1991. How many of the leaders of the Lions can you name?

Clue: Years Active


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Dating back to their founding in 1919 as the Decatur Staleys before relocating in 1921, the Chicago Bears have had 18 coaches in NFL franchise history. This storied list includes one Hall of Fame coaches who had multiple stints with the team, two Hall of Fame players, and one Super Bowl winner. How many of the leaders of the Bears can you name?

Clue: Years Active

Note: On two occasions, the team had co-Head Coaches.

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