The Return of Jayson Stark Baseball Trivia – March 31, 2011

And there was much rejoicing. For opening day marks the rebirth of Jayson Stark’s baseball trivia. Time to dust off the cobwebs folks. Here are some past questions to get you started.

Today’s question went like this:

“Chase Utley has driven in 100 R 4 times. Only 3 current 2B have done it once! Think they can name them?”

Answers below THE man.

"In a lot of ways, yes, I do love him, but that is not a love letter in the way that you're thinking of! Okay? There's nothing sexual or..." - Mac

ANSWERS!!!!

(Robinson Cano – 109 in 2010)(Dan Uggla – 105 in 2010)(Aaron Hill – 108 in 2009)

Stark said that the most common wrong guesses were Brandon Phillips (98), Ian Kinsler (86), Dustin Pedroia (83), Rickie Weeks (83), Jose Lopez (96).

Until next time!

About Last Week…

In case you couldn’t make it to Maddy’s last Wednesday, here’s a sampling of the quiz. But don’t let it happen again! We’re back on TONIGHT at 7:30 — Maddy’s Bar & Grill – 1726 Connecticut NW, Washington DC.      SEE YOU THERE

  1. (Television) NBC has approved a pilot for a new Wonder Woman TV show produced by David E. Kelly. What was the name of the actress that played Wonder Woman in the original 1970s series?
  2. (Geography) In what country can you find Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall at 3,200 feet?
  3. (Famous Furry Animals) The subject of an animal-rights controversy in 2007, Knut the polar bear tragically died this past weekend after gaining celebrity status in what European city’s zoo?
  4. (History) Lead by the Righteous Fists of Harmony, what was the name given to the movement that occurred in China at the turn of the 20th century that opposed Western imperialism and Christianity?
  5. (Famous Figures) In 1991, Elizabeth Taylor was married for the 8th and final time to construction worker Larry Fortensky on what celebrity’s property?
  6. (Movies) What was the name of horse in the 1944 Elizabeth Taylor film National Velvet?
  7. (Military History) What is the term for the ritual suicide by disembowelment that Japanese Samurai practiced in order to die with honor?
  8. (Music) What is the collective name for the musical collaboration between rapper Cee Lo Green and DJ Danger Mouse, which up until recently I thought was a single individual?
  9. (Sports History) The New York Yankees team logo as we know it today was first adopted in 1909 and is based on an 1877 design by what company, who first used it on a medal of honor issued to the first NYC police officer shot in the line of duty.

SPOILER ALERT!!!

(Lynda Carter)(Venezuela)(Berlin)(Boxer Rebellion)(Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch) (Pie) (Seppuku or Harakiri) (Gnarls Barkley) (Tiffany’s & Co)

Pop Culture Overload: Top 22 Snakes in Popular Culture

We’re still on the lookout for an Egyptian Cobra that escaped the Bronx Zoo last Friday (and has since joined Twitter). So I would like to prepare you for a chance encounter with this sinister yet sensual beast in the only way I know how: rattling off snake references in popular culture.

Movies

We start with movies. Because movies could take up this whole post to be honest. Because movies rock. Do you know who else rocks? Samuel L. Jackson. He played a detective, i think, or a cop? I don’t know, I actually never got around to seeing it, in 2006’s Snakes on a Plane (1) (bonus snake reference to Cobra Starship (2) who provided a song for the film’s soundtrack).

The Kill Bill series centers around the former members of the Deadly Vipers Assassination Squad (3), each with snake-themed code names (Copperhead, California Mountain Snake, Cottonmouth, Sidewinder, and of course, Black Mamba).

My great grandfather always used to say “Remember the Anaconda” (4). He was a big J’Lo fan. Come to think of it, he was an even bigger J’Vo fan.

There was that scene (5) in Road Trip with Tom Green. Unleash the fury!

Snake Plissken aka Kurt Russell tries to escape from the post-apocalyptic prison island of Manhattan in 1981’s Escape from New York (6) .  He did it again in 1996 but this time for West Coast (7) viewers. No word yet on the third film, Escape from the Bronx Zoo.

And lastly, everyone knows of Indian Jones’ Ophidiophobia (8). “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Because the Bronx Zoo is apparently trying out a new open-door policy.

aka he'll give you a nasty case of Ophidiophobia

Television

Nuclear meltdowns aside (too soon?), the town of Springfield doesn’t usually have much to worry about, except the occasional armed robbery/car jacking by Snake (9), who doesn’t get enough credit for his one-liners. “Um, I must have, like, fallen on a bullet, and it like, drove itself into my gut.” BONUS trivia: His full name is Snake Jailbird.

Aurelian Jake Smith, Jr. is a former WWF star best known by his ring name of Jake “The Snake” Roberts (10), and often brought actual snakes into the ring, including a boa constrictor named Damien. He also reportedly de-venomed his pet cobra, Lucifer.

“Snake” (11) was the nickname of Stefan Brogren’s character Archie Simpson on the Canadian TV series Degrassi High, the third iteration of the Degrassi Series. Never seen it. Meh.

Oh, wait! I almost forgot about the Whacking Day (12) episode of The Simpsons. Barry effin White is in it!

Sports

First thing that comes to mind is Jake “The Snake” Plummer (13). Because I am a relatively young mind. I should really be thinking of Oakland Raiders quarterback Kenny “The Snake” Stabler (14).

The Arizona Diamondbacks (15) are named after a rattle snake.

The Arizona Rattlers (16) play Arena Football. Just so you know.

Kobe’s nickname is the Black Mamba (17). “Bryant assigned himself the nickname of “Black Mamba”, citing a desire for his basketball skills to mimic the snake of that name’s ability to “strike with 99% accuracy at maximum speed, in rapid succession.”

More!!

We can’t just dismiss one of the historically great video games, Snake (18).

Also, Cobra Command (19) is of course the fictional organization that nemesizes GI Joe.

The Cobra (20) is a 2010 thriller novel by Frederick Forsyth about the international cocaine trade

“Snake” is a (probably) sexy song (21) off R. Kelly’s fifth studio album, Chocolate, in 2003.

Cobra (22) is the name of a roller coaster in an amusement park in Montreal called LaRonde.

Alright I’m spent. Did I miss anything crucial? Did I miss Harry Potter on purpose? Maybe? Shout out in the comments or on Twitter.com/sayknowtotrivia.

Phamous Photography

Answer the question based on each famous photo. You get 5 points for each correct answer (answers below). You can redeem those points for a free shout out on Twitter. Or I’ll buy you a beer if you come into trivia this Wednesday.

 

 

AHHHH! ANSWERS!!!

(Johnny Cash)(1989)(Bobby Orr)(Sonny Liston)(Ansel Adams)(Afghanistan)(Dallas)(The Blue Marble)(Churchill, FDR, Stalin)(Che Guevara)

 

And for no particular reason…Photography Edition

Sometimes I like to make themes for some of my rounds. Most of the time, they have nothing to do with anything going on in the world at the time. They’re just questions that make for good theme-trivia. So please enjoy the second edition of And For no Particular Reason….Photography edition.

  1. (Famous Figures) What photographer is credited with taking some of the most famous (and some of the most revealing) photographs of Demi Moore, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Miley Cyrus?
  2. (US Presidents) The famous photo of President Harry S. Truman holding up a newspaper with the headline that mistakenly read “Dewey Defeats Truman” was from what newspaper?
  3. (Music) Written for their 8th studio album in 1981, “The Camera Eye” was the last song by this band to be longer than 10 minutes.
  4. (US History) Photographer Matthew Brady was noted for his depiction of what war?
  5. (Movies) The title of the Stephen King short story that was the basis for the film The Shawshank Redemption referred to a poster of what actress?

Answers below the cow.

I took a picture of this toy cow with my iPhone. This is why photography is dying.

(Annie Leibovitz)(Chicago Daily Tribune)(Rush)(The Civil War)(Rita Hayworth)

Hey Disney fans, make sure to check out the first edition of No Reason here.