Back to the Realm of Hard Bastards
Here is that sports quiz I promised many moons ago. Back when I was young, or as is more accurate, when I was 27-years-old.
This may be part of my drive to improve and tighten up an obvious relative weakness, and I must say delving into sport is always a lot more enjoyable than I think it will be, but - here's the "more so" part - really I just looked at the Trevor Montague's A-Z of Sport
perched atop my bulging box of quiz-related literature (this particular plastic receptacle is severely cracked and ready to spill its entirely trivial contents all over my bomb site of a bedroom, thus turning it into another even more heinous assault course) and thought I really must write me (and you) a set from it because it is a tremendously useful book for the sports ignoramus and fan respectively. So I did. One hundred and one questions.
Going back to the weakness, I think my main trouble when I am confronted with a sports and games genre paper is that my guesses are complete tripe and my near-misses are agonising to behold. I just don't pay enough attention to the important bits. Thus, I lose far too many points to carelessness. And carelessness does foul things to my psyche.
Therefore a bit of spit and polish is needed. A bit of discipline and serious application. Some more sturdy reinforcement.
My problem is that the majority of work I've been doing over the years and fading of my youth has been coralled from reference books and sources geared towards hard general knowledge that will, in all honesty, only be asked once during my entire life span if I'm lucky. Such sources which are scant when it comes to 1904 Olympic gold-winning swimmers or even 50kg right-armed arm wrestling world champs. Sport is far too superfluous a subject to cover in encyclopedias beyond "Muhammad Ali was a boxer. He won many fights. He is arguably the finest pugilist in history. More platitudes here"
. If such books could speak, they would say: "But we need all the room we can get for every Nobel Prize for Literature winner"
. And that is fair enough. Learning beats out people running around a field any day of the week, at least in the eyes of library reading room-bound academics.
Suffice to say, I consider this stuff quite hard, though it will probably appear somewhat straightforward to the stereotypical sports nutter. You may now chow down. Yum yum: get that athletic goodness down your gullet. If you care.
1 TB Bumsted of London's Scullers Club became the first winner of which event at the Henley Royal Regatta in 1844?
2 Which Swansea Town and New York Cosmos forward was known as "Little George"?
3 Born in the Hague in 1946, which cyclist is to date the only winner of an Olympic gold medal (in the 100km team trial at the 1968 Games) and the Tour de France, doing so 12 years later when Bernard Hinault was forced out with knee problems?
4 Who did Rocky Marciano beat in 1952 to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion?
5 Which Dane won the All-England Badminton Championship men's singles during the years 1960 to 1963, having done so in 1958 and again in 1965 and '67?
6 Waldi was the first official mascot of the Summer Olympic Games in 1972. What sort of animal was he?
7 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis was the final torchbearer at the 2004 Olympics. In what sport was he a champion?
8 Founded in 1916, the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol or CONMEBOL organises the Copa America, Copa Libertadores and Copa Pan-Americana. In which capital city is it headquartered?
9 Zinedine Zidane joined Juventus in 1996 from which French team?
10 A World Cup winner in 1958 and 1962, which Brazilian midfielder's real name was Jose Eli de Miranda?
11 In which sport is the goal 2.13m (7 ft) high and 3.66m (4 yds) wide?
12 In which sport are there four divisions: Full Contact (FC), Freestyle Rules (FR), Oriental Rules (OR) and Muay Thai (MT)?
13 What three-lettter name is given to the bow which competitors in Kendo exchange at the start of each match?
14 What is the name of Japan's Formula One Grand Prix circuit?
15 The Welshman Phil Miller was which World Rally Championship-winning co-driver in 2003?
16 In motor racing what colour flag signals the premature end of a race?
17 In curling, what name is given to the line behind which the stone must be delivered?
18 Joe Hogan, John Walters , Reg Bamford and Chris Clarke are all world champions in which sport?
19 Which boxer became the first man to win a world title by disqualification in November 25 1895 against Billy Plimmer in London?
20 The 1956 film The Harder They Fall
was based on a novel by which writer?
21 What sport is played by the Stevenage Rebels, Hull Stingers and Bath Romans?
22 Which field event was won by Bob Seagren at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics?
23 Common, Mirror, Leather, Linear, Wild and Grass are variations of which freshwater fish?
24 Which freshwater fish has the Latin name Leuciscus cephalus
25 Dick Lane, known as "Night Train", invented which type of tackle in American football, which involved thundering into his man high and hard instead of aiming at the knees?
26 Which New Zealander won the Badminto Horse Trials on Horton Point (1994) and Bertie Blunt (1996)?
27 Mr HWF Hoskyns and Gillian Sheen were notable British exponents of which sport?
28 To which team was Frank Lampard loaned from West Ham United in 1995?
29 Spain's international manager from 1969 to 1980, which Hungarian-born footballer is the only man apart from Alfredo di Stefano to have played for three countries?
30 At which football ground did Jock Stein die on September 10, 1985?
31 Where are the following British greyhound tracks located a) Belle Vue b) Brough Park c) Hall Green
32 Which American won the Formula One driver's title in 1961, driving for Ferrari?
33 Ayrton Senna made his debut in Formula One with which team in 1984?
34 Which Widnes-born loose forward with St Helens and Widnes from 1952 to 1966 was called "The Wild Bull of the Pampas"
by the Australians?
35 Who stopped Stephen Hendry's run of five wins at the then Benson and Hedges Masters in 1994 with a 9-8 victory in the final?
36 Who was the only non-Japanese male swimmer to win a gold medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, winning the 400m freestyle?
37 Which British no. 1 table tennis player of the early 1960s later became assistant to racehorse trainer Martin Pipe?
38 Famous for his hard-bat defence, which Vienna-born table tennis player won the world title in 1937 and then left Austria due to the German invasion, settled in Britain and won further world championships in 1939, 1948 and 1950 representing GB?
39 The first game of which sport was played at Springfield College on July 7, 1896?
40 In skiing, what name is given to the starting gate or housing?
41 Which boxing manager famously said "We wuz robbed!"
after Max Schmeling beat his charge Jack Sharkey in 1932?
42 Which baseball commentator, born in 1926, is credited with the saying: "The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings"
43 The Brazilian midfielder Didi is credited with perfecting the "folha seca"
kick, which bent around defensive walls. What does "folha seca"
44 Which English league football club, nicknamed the Pirates, were originally named the Purdown Poachers?
45 The first known club devoted to which sport came into existence in 1776 at Swaffham, Norfolk, thanks to the enterprise of Lord Orford?
46 Which undisputed heavyweight boxing champion was nicknamed "The Boston Strong Boy"?
47 Ingemar Johansson won the Olympic heavyweight silver medal in 1952 when he lost to which man? He did so in such disgraceful fashion that he was disqualified after two rounds for not trying and only received his medal 32 years later.
48 What name is given to the most notorious bend on the Cresta Run?
49 What famous sporting side have their origins in a team of players from Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago, who played in the Negro American Legion League as Giles Post?
50 Which Czech decathlete won Olympic gold in 1992 with a points total of 8611?
51 Which American won the first ever 100m and 400m Olympic golds in 1896?
52 What surname is shared by the first-ever father and daughter Olympic gold medallists - the former Jamaican and the latter American (who won a 4x100 relay gold in 1996)?
53 How much does a woman's shot put weigh in kilograms?
54 Domestic competition in which sport has rounds called Albion, York, St George's and Hereford?
55 Nicknamed "The Diesel", which running back became the first Jet to rush for over 1000 yards in 1975 and had his most famous game at Super Bowl XVII where - playing for the Redskins - scored the winning touchdown from 43 yards and was named MVP?
56 What does the Olympic flame actually commemorate?
57 The Russian athlete Yuriy Borzakovskiy is the current (2004) Olympic champion in which event?
58 Where would you find a racecourse at Prestbury Park?
59 Jay Berwanger became the first winner of which award in 1935?
60 What is football manager Alex Ferguson's middle name?
61 Known as "Don Elias", which footballer with Penarol (1967-72) and Internacional Porto Alegre (1972-77) was voted Chilean Player of the (20th) Century?
62 Yugoslavia were the first winners of which Olympic team sport in 1972, defeating Czechoslovakia in the final?
63 On which horse did Alex Greaves become the first female jockey to ride in the Derby in 1996?
64 Which trainer is married to former champion National Hunt jockey Terry Biddlecombe?
65 Who owned Sun Chariot, the fillies' Triple Crown winner of 1942?
66 In which sport are the Americans Scott Hamilton, Dick Button and Hayes Alan Jenkins multiple world champions?
67 Pete Sampras won his first Grand Slam, the US Open, in which year?
68 Whose only men's Grand Slam singles titles were the US Open in 1972 and French Open in 1973?
69 Which tennis player married investment banker and ex-professional footballer Jon Leach, brother of tennis player Rick, in 2003?
70 The Englishwoman Constance MK Applebee is said to have introduced which sport to American women in 1901?
71 The Australian Lionel van Praag became the first individual world champion in which sport in 1936?
72 Where will you find corners called Druids Hill and Dingle Dell and straights named Clearways and Minter?
73 A major accident at Assen in Holland nearly ended the career of which motorcyclist, who later became 500cc champion on Honda from 1994-98?
74 What company was founded by Siegfried Bettmann and Mauritz Schulte, both, originally from Nurnberg, in 1888 in Coventry to make pedal cycles?
75 Red Rum was foaled by which horse out of which horse in 1965?
76 Who became the first man to speed past the 100mph mark in 1904?
77 In which sport's world championships, first held in 1966, are there different disciplines called Classic Distance, Short Distance and Sprint?
78 Which British competition is the oldest powerboat race still in existence?
79 What was the original route of the University Boat Race?
80 Run over 2 3/4 miles at Ascot, what is the longest flat race in the UK?
81 What race was founded in 1926 by Steve Fairbairn?
82 In which year did Great Britain last win the rugby league World Cup?
83 Which Wakefield player was the first winner of the Lance Todd Trophy in 1946?
84 Often considered the father of British sailing, which King raced the Duke of York over a course from Greenwich to Gravesend and back for the sum of £100 (he won)?
85 Swallow, Tempest and Dragon are discontinued events in which Olympic sport?
86 Which Bolton-born snooker played made news headlines in 1982 when he beat defending champion Steve Davis 10-1 in the first round of the world championship in 1982?
87 Which English amateur billiards champion (1931-34) and world champion (1933) was the referee for Pot Black
88 What sport is also known as 3-cushion billiards?
89 How many active players are there in a water polo team?
90 Which Canadian footballer won World Superstars
in 1978, 1979 and 1980?
91 Which Canadian athlete gave her name to the equivalent to the Fosbury Flop in high jumping?
92 What is the hooked and netted stick used for carrying the ball in lacrosse called?
93 In which sport would you use a "cradle grip"
94 In sailing, what name is given to the large triangular sail carried forward of or opposite the mainsail?
95 A runner-up in the previous year, which woman athlete won the 1963 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award?
96 IFNA is the world governing body of which sport?
97 What is the meaning of "judo"?
98 The 1936 film One in a Million
made which sportswoman a huge movie star?
99 Dhyan Chand, nicknamed "The Wizard"
, is considered one of the greatest ever players in which sport?
100 Taking his first name from a legendary US golfer he greatly admired, which South African winner of four Open Championships was nicknamed "Old Muffin Face"
by the Americans?
101 Which Bexhill-born golfer is the only player to date to have won the Open Championship outside England and Scotland, doing so at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland in 1951?
CAnswers to BH108
1 Diamond Sculls 2 Giorgio Chinaglia 3 Joop Zoetemeik 4 Jersey Joe Walcott 5 Erland Kops 6 Dachshund 7 Boardsailing 8 Asuncion 9 Bordeaux 10 Zito 11 Field hockey 12 Kickboxing 13 Rei 14 Suzuka 15 Petter Solberg 16 Red 17 Hog line 18 Croquet 19 Pedlar Palmer 20 Bud Schulberg 21 Basketball 22 Pole Vault 23 Carp 24 Chub 25 Neck-tie tackle 26 Mark Todd 27 Fencing 28 Swansea City 29 Ladislav Kubala 30 Ninian Park 31 a) Manchester b) Newcastle c) Birmingham 32 Phil Hill 33 Toleman 34 Vince Karalius 35 Alan McManus 36 Clarence Lindon "Buster" Crabbe 37 Chester Barnes 38 Richard Bergmann 39 Volleyball 40 Schuss 41 Joe Jacobs 42 Dan Cook 43 "Dry leaf" 44 Bristol Rovers 45 Coursing 46 John L Sullivan 47 Ed Sanders 48 The Horse Shoe 49 Harlem Globetrotters 50 Robert Zmelik 51 Thomas Burke 52 (Lennox and Inger) Miller 53 4kg 54 Archery 55 John Riggins 56 Prometheus's theft of fire from Zeus 57 800m 58 Cheltenham 59 Heisman Memorial Trophy (for Chicago University) 60 Chapman 61 Elias Figueroa 62 Handball 63 Portuguese Lil 64 Henrietta Knight 65 King George VI 66 Figure skating 67 1990 68 Ilie Nastase 69 Lindsay Davenport 70 Hockey 71 Speedway 72 Brand's Hatch 73 Michael Doohan 74 Triumph 75 Quorum out of Mared 76 Louis Rigolly 77 Orienteering 78 Harmsworth Trophy 79 Hambledon Lock to Henley Bridge 80 Queen Alexandra Stakes 81 Head of the River Race 82 1972 83 Billy Stott 84 Charles II 85 Sailing 86 Tony Knowles 87 Sydney Lee 88 Carom 89 Seven (and 4 substitutes) 90 Brian Budd 91 Debbie Brill, as in the Brill Bend 92 Crosse 93 Bowls 94 Spinnaker 95 Dorothy Hyman 96 Netball (International Federation of Netball Associations) 97 "Gentle way" 98 Sonja Henie 99 Hockey 100 Bobby Locke 101 Max Faulkner