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Earlier this week, an ownership group out of Seattle formally applied for NHL expansion with a down payment of $10M, which has a whole lot more zeros in it than the down payment I put on my Starbucks soy latte this morning. This is a firm commitment to bring hockey back to the Pacific Northwest and a city that has been starved for a third major professional sports team ever since the SuperSonics left the city for flatter pastures in 2008. With this news, realignment in the Western Conference of the NHL has to be considered (sorry Calgary, Edmonton or Phoenix, but one of you is going to the Central Division), and the speculation for the franchise’s new name can begin. The idea of a rough-and-tumble Sockeye Salmon mascot doling out black eyes to unsuspecting opponents has potential in the fighting-friendly NHL, but a rose by any other name would smell...fishy.

Still, the citizens of Seattle can take heart in the most recent success for expansion in the NHL. Some people weren’t originally fond of the Vegas Golden Knights moniker, but their launch as the most successful expansion team in the history of professional sports has surely quieted those rumblings and grumblings. And another NHL franchise’s embrace of its past (fishing, whaling or otherwise) may be just cause for Seattle to embrace their Metropolitans moniker of old — a team that won America’s first Stanley Cup way back in the post-Melvillian times of 1917.

And yet, today marks an auspicious day in hockey history in which the entire 2004-2005 season was officially canceled. As one door to the hockey rink closes, another opens, unless of course the players careen over the boards to get on to the ice as they are wont to do. Hopefully, the NHL continues to make positive strides in increasing the fan base for the sport, while maintaining the competition level. If the new kings of Vegas are any indication, it has been a positive expansion, but rebranding can cause problems. It wasn’t long ago that the New Jersey Swamp Dragons were almost a thing. Seriously.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Back in the earlier days of professional sports, teams used to change locations and names with much more frequency. How many of the original incarnations of each of these franchises can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Note: We are looking for both the city and nickname for each answer.

QUIZ: Name the original name for each of these franchises

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If you've noticed some extra pep in the step of your extremely online baseball fan friend over the last couple of days, it's no coincidence. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training this week, meaning the MLB season is officially here. Like most sports fans, your last few months were likely occupied by keeping up with either the Winter Olympics, the Josh McDaniels saga or the daily drama provided by the Cleveland Cavaliers, so please allow us to get you up to date on the comings and goings and latest news from the baseball world.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. We'll have plenty of MLB coverage to catch you up in the coming weeks. We already have both our preview lists for the top 10 pitchers and top 10 catchers for the 2018 season available for your perusal. So, with that in mind, today we want to see how well you know your backstops. How many of the last catchers from every MLB team to make the All-Star Game can you name in five minutes? 

Good luck!


Note: The Colorado Rockies have never had a catcher make the All-Star Game, so to get us to an even 30, we included the Montreal Expos. 

QUIZ: Name the last catcher from every MLB team to make the All-Star Game

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It's Valentine's Day, so you would assume the levels of love in the air would be elevated today. However, it would seem that no one told NBA players this, as the week following the league's trade deadline has been filled with the airing of grievances, most of which are of the petty variety.

In Detroit, Blake Griffin refused to shake hands with his old squad following a loss, while in the nation's capital, John Wall and Marcin Gortat needed a summit to clear the air over a tweet. Out west, Jared Dudley called out Steve Kerr for disrespecting the Suns, even though he also admitted that the Suns don't need to be respected at the moment. In Utah, Rudy Gobert took a not-so-subtle jab at former teammate Enes Kanter, because there's an unwritten rule now in the NBA that says Kanter must be in a social media war of words with someone at all times. NBA pettiness also does not end when players retire, just ask any of the 2008 Boston Celtics who continue to be embroiled in some sort of drama for the better part of the last decade

Of course, no discussion of petty NBA beefs in 2018 would be complete without talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers. The new-look Cavs seemed to have righted the ship with their purge at the deadline, but that hasn't stopped the sniping on either side. LeBron got the ball rolling with his postgame comments after defeating the Celtics. Jae Crowder sent a volley back from Utah, but it's really been Isaiah Thomas who seems hellbent on fanning the flames of this mostly one-sided rivalry. Whether it be passive-aggressive social media maneuvers or blatantly calling out his old team not once, but twice, the newest Laker refuses to simply be the bigger man. And sure, being teammates with LeBron comes with its own set of obstacles, but he also tends to be a benevolent King when it comes to beefs past, so Thomas might end up waiting a long time if he's looking for LeBron to clap back any time soon. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. As mentioned, it is Valentine's Day, so why keep the focus on the teammate relationships that didn't work and instead look back at the ones that did? Since 1998, a team has sent three or more players to the NBA All-Star Game 17 times. How many of those all-stars can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that the player was in the starting lineup.

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star trio from the same team since 1998

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On Feb. 13, 1954, magic happened on the basketball court at Furman University in South Carolina. Frank Selvy, a 6’3” shooting guard/small forward, was on track to lead the country in scoring with 41.7 points per game and would go on to receive a College Basketball All-American nomination. But Furman coach Lyles Alley was calling his shot a la Babe Ruth because the entire evening had already been predetermined as Frank Selvy Night. It was the first televised game in the state of South Carolina, and Furman brought in family and friends from Selvy's native Kentucky in an attempt to gain national recognition for both Selvy and the university.

The game plan was simple: feed the ball to Frank the Tank, and let him work his magic. He went 41-for-66 from the field and 18-of-22 from the stripe, scoring 37 points in the fourth quarter for an even 100 (the game was before the three-point era so his total would have been even higher). This was eight years before Wilt Chamberlain would pull off the same feat much more famously in the NBA. To this day, Selvy's century mark remains one of the most untouchable records in college basketball.

Selvy’s illustrious college career led him to be chosen No.1 overall by the Baltimore Bullets, and he would spend nine seasons in the NBA mostly with the Los Angeles Lakers. Selvy held his own on a team with Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West and contributed in the Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the '50s and '60s. Ultimately, he was most well-known for an infamous missed shot at the buzzer that would have clinched Game 7 of the 1962 NBA Finals. The Lakers would lose in overtime, leaving Los Angeles and Selvy wondering 'what if?' for the rest of his playing career.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Frank Selvy had 1209 points in 1954, and even though we just don’t see that kind of scoring these days, college ball players still know how to light it up (the comparisons for Oklahoma’s Trae Young to a certain NBA star are justified). With that said, how many players who have scored 800 or more points in a season since 1992-93 can you name in eight minutes?  

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the college basketball players who have scored 800 or more points in a season since 1992-93

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Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you had a good weekend, but even if you did, it surely wasn't as prosperous as the weekend Yu Darvish just had. 

On Saturday, the Cubs signed Darvish to six-year, $126M deal that, with incentives, could top out at over the $150M mark. The move takes the best starting pitcher off the market and, depending how you feel about J.D. Martinez, takes the best remaining overall free agent off the market also. Both the Twins and the Dodgers made formal offers to Darvish (something the Yankees reportedly did not do), but Chicago appears to have been Darvish's first choice, even if the feeling may not have been mutual

The signing fills a major need for the Cubbies, putting them square in the middle of the "best rotation in baseball" debate while also making them the prohibitive favorites once again to win the National League pennant. Now, it's up to the 31-year-old starter to prove that the infamous World Series flameout was just a fluke and not the beginning of a downward trend for a pitcher who, if you include his career in Japan, has already logged over 2,100 innings on his right arm. For comparison, Max Scherzer is about two years older than Darvish but has thrown 200 fewer innings than Chicago's new ace. But even if Darvish isn't the starter that he once was, he is still quite good, and an upgrade for a team that's hoping to make it back to the World Series after just falling short in 2017. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Pitchers and catchers report this week, so it's time to get the brain back in baseball mode. In 2013, Darvish led all of baseball in strikeouts while a member of the Texas Rangers. So, with that in mind, how many of the league leaders in Ks for both the American and National League since the year 2000 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the MLB pitchers to lead each league in strikeouts since 2000

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The 23rd Winter Olympics begin today in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the Opening Ceremony is sure to be a celebratory spectacle. To catch up on the biggest stories heading into the games, help organize your hockey viewing schedule or stay updated on the hottest fashion trends, such as the Dia de los Muertos inspired ski team, we have you covered. Or not, because that Tongan flag-bearer is at it again

Yes, the politics of the world are tense, but don’t lose your shirt over it. For two weeks we can see the greatest athletes in the world compete for gold and Olympic glory. If you are a stateside homer, these are the top 15 American athletes you might root for. If you are looking for inspiration to get off the couch, look no further than the bobsledder who is still aiming to compete despite having emergency surgery on Monday. If you just can’t resist an adorable, but political, statement look no further than Gus Kenworthy’s Instagram.

Our gallery elves have also been hard at work, churning out slideshows for the most victorious athletes, the best athlete from every state, the 20 schools most flush with Olympian alumni, the best Olympians born every year and, everyone’s favorite, the most notorious stories of the Winter Olympics. If you are just craving a Tonya Harding redemption appearance, you might be disappointed, so why not retake our ‘An I, Tonya for an eye (or knee)’ quiz instead? All in all, it is sure to be worth watching, just like Pavarotti’s final aria.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. The Winter Olympics are a chance for the world to come together in a snowy wonderland and bask in the awe of global unity, sportsmanship and dazzling performances. With that said, hosting the competition is a considerable honor. How many of the 23 host cities can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


Note: The 1940 and 1944 Winter Olympics were canceled due to World War II. 

QUIZ: Name every city to host the Winter Olympics

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Much like the 2009-10 and 2013-14 NBA seasons, the largest theme in the sport isn't about the games taking place on the hardwood. No, it's all about where impending free agent LeBron James will end up next.

It's easy to see why. The Cleveland Cavaliers do not appear to like each other very much — evident by LeBron's apparent snub of his newest and now former All-Star teammate — James reportedly went off on team executives recently and, surprise surprise, LeBron may be at odds with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert yet again.

This is nothing new for James, of course, as he's already left the Cavaliers once, taking his talents to South Beach some eight years ago to start the recent "superteam" trend in the NBA. LeBron is hardly alone in that endeavor, with the likes of fellow future Hall of Famers Kevin Durant and Chris Paul, among others, changing ZIP codes in the past year-plus alone. Throw in the upcoming Paul George sweepstakes coupled with the Clippers' fire sale, and there are sure to be even more All-Stars on the move — including the aforementioned Isaiah Thomas.

The days of an NBA superstar staying with one franchise his entire career aren't exactly over — Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan come to mind as recent examples — but it seems to be a rare occurrence indeed. In fact, there aren't many Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers ever who donned the same jersey their entire NBA careers.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. There are 382 individuals inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and less than 10 percent are players who spent their entire careers with just one NBA franchise. With that said, how many of the 38 Hall of Famers who played for only one NBA team can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


Note: This quiz does not take into account ABA teams, just NBA franchises.

QUIZ: Name every NBA Hall of Famer to play with one franchise for his entire career

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It appears that the Major League Baseball Players Association has had enough of MLB teams lowballing free agents this offseason. In a strongly worded statement from MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, the owners’ commitment to fans and the “integrity of the game” came into question with a “record number of talented” stars like Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta and J.D. Martinez remaining unsigned. Sure, other factors like the luxury tax and holding out for an even bigger hero next season are at play, but these players have earned their worth — at least in the current market.

This is where the problem may ultimately lie. Baseball players make more money than ever, and teams constantly have to show a willingness to navigate these salaries in order to stay competitive. That is the required job of the owners, who make even more than the players, as the revenue streams from baseball are at an all-time high. It is an endless valuation cycle for America’s pastime. Perhaps it might be worthwhile to take a look back at where it all began...

On Feb. 7, 1949, Joe DiMaggio became the first $100,000-a-year player in baseball, after making just $65,000 for the Yankees the year before. In a 1946 article, Fortune magazine looked into a crystal ball on the subject of the valuation of Joltin’ Joe, saying, “the Yankees easily owned $1 million worth of ballplayers. Who wouldn’t pay almost a quarter of a million for DiMaggio alone?”

If you considered the yearly salaries of the highest-paid player in MLB, you would see that it would be another 13 years before another player eclipsed $100,000. Even back then, this was a clear indication of backing away from the edge of overpaying. With the league-leading salary now topping $30 million a year, that 300-times markup might have a nation full of baseball fans reminiscing of the simpler times of DiMaggio. Where have you gone, indeed?

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Baseball players make a lot of money, and given the rates of inflation, they probably did back then, too. But that’s OK because there is a lot of money to be made in the game. With that said, how many of the league’s salary leaders can you name since 1918 in six minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name MLB's annual salary leaders since 1918

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On Feb. 6, 1990, Brett Hull found the back of the net with his 50th goal of the season. This was not an uncommon feat in the excessively high-scoring days of the late '80s and early '90s; after all, it was the first of five straight seasons in which Hull would tally 50 or more goals on his way to the fourth most goals in NHL history at 741. But this particular achievement held special significance because it marked the first and only occasion that a son joined his father in reaching a 50-goal season.

Bobby Hull, the “Golden Jet,” was the first scorer to surpass the 50-goal mark with 54 in 1965-66 and topped his own record with 58 in the '68-'69 season, the most in the Original Six era back when the league wasn’t constantly expanding. With his son outpacing him, the Hulls certainly land on the list of greatest father and son duos in NHL history. And in a heartwarming story, last month both father and son were on hand to celebrate a 95-year-old lifelong fan of the St. Louis Blues attending her first game. Handing over a personalized jersey was Mary Walkenhorst’s favorite player, Brett, who is liked “better than anybody because he got goals all the time."

Unfortunately, the NHL currently seems to be lacking in superstar scorers who get goals all the time. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a league-wide scoring drought is taking place, but with no 50-goal scorer in 2016-17, and no guarantee for one this year, something is definitely amiss. Perhaps it is a greater emphasis on bench management and depth, with all four lines consisting of players who can score, or shorter shifts translating to less ice time. Either way, the game of hockey has changed, and we may have seen the last of Brett, Bobby and Jaromir for that matter.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Since 1989-90, 81 players have scored 50 or more goals in an NHL season. How many can you name in seven minutes? 

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every 50-goal scorer in the NHL since 1989-90

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Now THAT was a game. 

The Philadelphia Eagles' offense gave Brady, Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots a whupping unlike anything they have seen in this era in a game featuring the most yards in NFL history, regular or postseason. Simply put, everything went Philly's way. From orchestrating their own version of The Helmet Catch, to having not one, but two controversial touchdown catch rulings fall in their favor, to pulling off the ballsiest trick play in Super Bowl history, the Eagles could do no wrong on Sunday. Sure, they now have the unenviable task of deciding if they should ship the reigning Super Bowl MVP out of town, but right now Nick Foles seems like a person who is in a very good place both personally and professionally and is likely ready for whatever the future might bring him. Which, for right now, is nothing more than free drinks alongside God Status in the City of Brotherly Love for the rest of his life. 

It gets a bit murkier on the Patriots' side. Brady says he will be back next season, which likely means that so will Bill Belichick, even if they have some issues to work out. But Brady's top target, Rob Gronkowski, wouldn't commit to coming back for another year, which is not the news you want to hear if you're a Pats fan. Following Malcolm Butler's benching and his subsequent postgame comments, you'd have to think that this is the end of the road for another former New England Super Bowl hero as well. And despite an earlier report that Josh McDaniels might not fly the coop, the Patriots will be looking to replace both coordinators. For a team that was ahead late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, there sure will be a lot of soul searching in Foxborough this offseason.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Lost in all the Super Bowl shuffle, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its class of 2018, and it might be one of the best we've seen yet. Despite this, only two members of this star-studded class were part of Super Bowl-winning teams. Including the class of 2018, 95 NFL Hall of Famers have won at least one Super Bowl. How many of these 95 legends can you name in eight minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every NFL Hall of Famer to also win at least one Super Bowl

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We are now just two days away from Super Bowl LII, and Sunday cannot get here soon enough. The week's biggest cliffhanger (that was never actually a cliffhanger) was answered yesterday when the Patriots announced that Rob Gronkowski will play on Sunday. His coach, Bill Belichick, is so focused on stopping the Eagles' front seven that he spent his Thursday night courtside watching a T'Wolves game. Over on the Philly side, the focus is on keeping the Rocky statue safe, luchador masks and unwanted pep talks from NFL Hall of Famers. Suffice it to say, everyone from coaches to the players to the fans is ready for some Super Bowl football.

We're certainly ready too, and if you need any last-minute reading material, we've got you covered:

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Brady is the overwhelming favorite to take home Super Bowl MVP honors, and like everything else he does, the Pats QB is more than prepared should he take home that award for a record fifth time. The Super Bowl MVP Award has been given out 52 times through 51 Super Bowls (one Super Bowl had co-MVPs). So, with that in mind, how many of the past MVPs can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every Super Bowl MVP

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By just stepping onto the field at U.S. Bank Stadium this Sunday, Tom Brady will set a new record. He will surpass Jerry Rice to become the oldest player to take the field in the Super Bowl who wasn't a kicker, which is one of the few times in history that Rice will have one of his records broken. Sure, there have been other older non-kickers on a Super Bowl roster, but they were backups who never made it into the game. But while everyone is talking about Brady this week, we want to take this time to remind folks about just how dominant Rice was, especially when it came to the NFL's biggest stage.

Here are just a few of the Super Bowl records Rice owns: most catches in a career, most receiving yards in a career and individual game and the most receiving touchdowns in a career and individual game. He is just one of six wide receivers to be awarded the Super Bowl MVP, and his three Super Bowl appearances as a member of the 49ers are all on the shortlist for greatest individual Super Bowl performance of all-time. (Rice wasn't too shabby in his last Super Bowl appearance either as a member of the Oakland Raiders. In the game in which he set the aforementioned record for oldest non-kicker at age 40, he managed five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort). His 215 receiving yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII is still the only time any player has topped 200 yards receiving on the NFL's biggest stage. The performance itself is legendary, but what many don't remember is that he did all of that on an injured ankle. From the New York Times preview of SB XXIII, which turned out to be quite prophetic:

The player in Super Bowl XXIII considered most dangerous, the odds-on game breaker, is Jerry Rice, the 49er wide receiver. Slowed by an injury to his right ankle in practice on Monday, he is hurting, but should be effective. He enters with sterling playoff production: 10 catches for 194 yards, a 19.4 average yards per catch, a long grab of 61 yards and five touchdown receptions, all in two games. His counterpart is Eddie Brown, who is elusive, shifty and a big-play threat on nearly every down.        

''I feel fine and I'll be ready,'' Rice said. ''This is something that's been bothering me all year, so I just have to go with it. After all, this isn't a track meet.''        

But a healthy Rice can turn Super Bowl XXIII into just that.        

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. On Tuesday, we asked you to name every player who rushed for over 100 yards in the Super Bowl. Now, it's the receivers' turn. In Super Bowl history, a player has topped the century mark in receiving yards on 42 occasions. The GOAT, Jerry Rice, owns three of the top eight. How many of those 42 can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that the player was not a wide receiver.

QUIZ: Name every player to top 100 or more receiving yards in the Super Bowl

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There is no shortage of underdog stories going into Super Bowl LII, as the Philadelphia Eagles attempt to take home the Lombardi Trophy from the favored and returning champion New England Patriots, but the greatest underdog matchup will stay on the sidelines. David, in the form of Eagles coach Doug Pederson, will attempt to fell Goliath, Bill Belichick, hooded in all his glory, with a perfectly slingshotted stone of dizzying offensive and defensive schemes and play-calling worthy of praise from the GOAT himself. But the question remains: Can Doug do it?

There is little doubt that Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the NFL, and all sorts of mind-blowing stats support this claim. Whether it is the fact that he has the most playoff wins (28) by a long shot (next highest is 20), or that his tenure in the NFL has been rife with turnover for the other 31 teams, Belichick has a longstanding and undeniable history of winning. And he does so in unique fashion, now literally. Belichick routinely dismisses the media as if it were the AFC Championship Trophy, whether it be purposefully misidentifying social platforms or outright mocking their questions. Despite the grumpy demeanor, many expect Belichick will be a champion for a record sixth time.

But in the shadow of greatness stands a worthy adversary, and perhaps turning the magical age of 50 on this January 31 is the extra push Doug Pederson needs for victory. We can see the stark difference of Pederson’s friendly and accessible personality at Media Night as he engages Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Live. Doug has beaten Bill before, both as a starting quarterback for the Browns and as Brett Favre’s backup in Super Bowl XXXI. With a win on Sunday, Pederson will become just the fourth person to ever win the Super Bowl as player and head coach. Rumor has it, he will be calling on a favor from an old friend to pep up the Eagles before the big game. Hopefully, it helps.

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Last year, we chronicled the Super Bowl losing coaches in this space following Dan Quinn’s meme-worthy choke job, so it only seems fitting to honor the winners this time around. With that in mind, how many of the Super Bowl winning coaches can you name in six minutes? 

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the winning coach from every Super Bowl

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We're just days away from Super Bowl LII and most of the focus so far has been on the QBs and coaches, with good reason. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are looking to add to their already legendary Super Bowl legacies, while Doug Pederson and Nick Foles are each trying to begin their own. But if you're looking for x-factors for Sunday's game, look no further than each team's collective running back groups.

Each team trots out a four-man running back committee in which none of the players were selected higher than the fourth round of the draft, if they were even selected at all. On the Pats side, you have James White (4th round), Dion Lewis (5th), Mike Gillislee (5th) and Rex Burkhead (6th), while Jay Ajayi (4th), Kenjon Barner (6th), LeGarrette Blount (undrafted) and Corey Clement (undrafted) stand on the Eagles sideline. The coincidences don't stop there, as arguably the most prominent member of each group, Lewis and Blount, began their careers on with the other team, although Blount probably looks back more fondly at his time in Boston than Lewis does regarding his stint in Philly. And while none of the eight players mentioned above have any really shot at taking home the MVP trophy we could see one or more names from this group to become the surprise player who walks away from this year's Super Bowl as a household name

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. With both teams taking the committee approach when it comes to their ground games, we're not likely to see anyone top 100 rushing yards this Sunday. That's not uncommon because in Super Bowl history, a player has topped the century mark in rushing yards just 21 times. So, with that in mind, how many of those 21 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every player to rush for 100 or more yards in the Super Bowl

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If you, like us, are sick of hearing about that unstoppable, ageless, terrificly handsome quarterback from Massachusetts via Michigan and just want to scream into the ether like Jan – the forgotten middle child of the Brady Bunch who eponymously thrice-cursed her perfect elder sister – please do so. All together now: Tommy! Tommy! Tommy!

Now that that’s out of the way, we really only have one week’s worth of news-cycle madness left before we can put Tom Terrific to rest for another (all too short) offseason, so let's see what the man named Brady has been up to of late. Thanks to the removal of the most consequential stitches of all-time, Tom’s body is once again in peak condition, so much so that some are speculating that he’ll keep playing beyond this year despite his better half's clever machinations. Although his fitness regimen will have you believe he is more machine than man, Tom’s beating heart can certainly still hold inspiration (or pettiness) in the form of a Deflategate suspension letter keepsake. And just because it's Super Bowl week, don't think Brady won't have time to come to the defense of his family – this time, his five-year-old daughter – who was on the receiving end of disparaging remarks from a Boston radio host regarding her behavior in an episode of “Tom Vs. Time.

Acolytes of the almighty No. 12 will be flocking to the mecca of Minnesota, clad in his cloth (except for the lone fan who adorned the Rocky statue in Philly), and looking to retake Carson Wentz as the king of jersey sales once and for all. But close eyes will be kept on the game-worn jersey lest we have another theft of his holy vestment of victory. And while some still refuse to call him what he is – the greatest of all time, how you beat a Brady and Belichick-led squad is still anyone's guess

Which brings us to today’s quiz of the day. Whether or not you believe he is the GOAT, Tom Brady truly is ageless and will be the oldest player in the Super Bowl for the third time in his career. With that said, how many of the elder statesmen from every Super Bowl can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


Note: To qualify, player just had to be on either Super Bowl roster. They did not have to play in the game itself.

QUIZ: Name the oldest player to appear in every Super Bowl

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WWE's annual Royal Rumble weekend is here, and this year's event will make history as for the first time ever there will be a women's Royal Rumble match to go along with the traditional men's match. That, in itself, is big news, but the intrigue around the women's match doesn't stop there as rumors have been going around for some time that former UFC champion Ronda Rousey could make her long-awaited WWE debut this Sunday

Rousey has already stated, both publicly and emphatically, that she will not be making her debut this weekend. But that hasn't stopped oddsmakers from making her the prohibitive favorite to win the inaugural women's Rumble and the WWE has reportedly been planning a big match involving Rousey at this year's WrestleMania for some time now. Even if Rousey doesn't make her WWE debut at the Rumble, expect her to pop up on WWE TV in the not too distant future. And expect wrestling fans to vociferously complain about the angle, regardless of outcome.

Speaking of grumpy, vocal wrestling fans, on the men's side of things, this will be the first Royal Rumble back in Philadelphia since the fans there so mercilessly booed Roman Reigns out of the building after he won the event three years ago. Not even The Rock could quite grasp what was happening at the time. The hate would not stop there as Reigns would face boos and loud, vocal disapproval at arenas all across the country for the next few years. But now with Roman (somewhat) back in the good graces of the WWE Universe, will WWE pull the trigger and troll the Philadelphia faithful once again?

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. The Royal Rumble is arguably the WWE's most exciting annual pay-per-view. The first Rumble match took place in 1988, and since then there have been 31 winners in total. How many of the 31 can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the winner of every WWE Royal Rumble

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The ballots are in, the results have been announced and congratulations are in order for the four newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame: Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman. 

Jones and Thome made it on their first year on the ballot, Guerrero got in on his second, while the third time was the charm for Hoffman. It is also just the fifth time in history that the Baseball Writers Association of America has elected four or more players in a single class. Add in Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were voted in by the Veterans' Committee last month, and we're looking at one of the most talented classes of new inductees to come along in some time. 

But as with any Hall of Fame election, the intrigue lies with who didn't make the cut. Edgar Martinez, whose candidacy has been a big storyline throughout the process, fell just short of the 75 percent of the vote needed for induction. Martinez has just one year left on the ballot, but the good news for the former Mariners DH is that he looks to be in good shape to finally make it in in 2019. A 2019 election would be fitting for the Seattle legend, as he would be inducted alongside Mariano Rivera, who is a lock to make it in in his first year on the ballot. Rivera, objectively the greatest closer of all time, has famously opined about how Martinez was by far the toughest batter he ever faced in his career:

I couldn’t get him out. It didn’t matter how I threw the ball. I couldn’t get him out. Oh, my god, he had more than my number. He had my breakfast, lunch and dinner. He got everything from me.

The news was less promising for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who continue to be made examples of by the voters. Both have just four seasons left to get over the 75 percent threshold or else end up on the dubious list of baseball greats who were left on the outside looking in when it came to the Hall of Fame. 

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Not only did Chipper Jones make it in on his first try, he also appeared on more than 90 percent of ballots, a rare feat in and of itself. In fact, Jones' 97.2 percent is the 10th highest all time. Vlad Guerrero also got more than 90 percent of the vote, coming in at 92.9 percent in his second go 'round. As of 2018, just 35 MLB players have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with 90 percent of more of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. With that in mind, how many can you name in six minutes? 

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every player to get elected to Cooperstown with 90% or more of the BBWAA vote

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We are still 11 long days away from the New England Patriots taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, and fans looking for their weekly football fix are left on their own to sort through articles about the weather, presidential prop bets or wild speculation about Bill Belichick's coaching future. But if those articles aren't your particular cup of tea, we have our own wall-to-wall Super Bowl coverage for you to parse through as you wait (im)patiently for the big game:

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. The list of players to score the first touchdown in every Super Bowl is a mixture of legends, cult heroes and players you never heard from again. So, with that in mind, how many players from that list do you think you can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!


Note: For this quiz, we are looking for the person who carried the ball into the end zone. So on a passing touchdown from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski, Gronkowski would be the answer. Tom Brady would only be an answer if he ran the ball in himself. (HINT: Neither Brady nor Gronk are correct answers in this quiz.)

QUIZ: Name the player who scored the first touchdown in every Super Bowl

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It's only Tuesday, but it's already been quite the week in the NBA, so let's get caught up on all things currently happening in the Association:

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Lost amidst all the histrionics in Cleveland is that LeBron is about to join a very exclusive NBA fraternity. The King needs to score seven points against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night to become just the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau. So, with that in mind, how many of the NBA's top 30 career scorers can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name the NBA players who have scored the most career points

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After all that...after injuries both catastrophic and overblown, after miracles both mundane and mind-blowing, after one of the more unpredictable seasons in NFL history, the No. 1 seed from each conference will square off in Super Bowl LII...again

Here are a few of the more interesting points about the Conference Championship Games and the upcoming Super Bowl rematch:

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day. Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will be just the seventh rematch in Super Bowl history. With that in mind, how many of the starters from their first matchup in Super Bowl XXXIX can you name in five minutes?

Good luck!


QUIZ: Name every starter from Super Bowl XXXIX

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