Friday, July 18, 2008

Year in Review Quiz-Year 2

Were you paying attention to everything that happened this season? Pencils ready.

1. Fargo pitcher Javier Henriquez
a) won the National League Cy Young Award
b) will eventually have the Cy Young renamed the Javier Henriquez Award
c) will have the trophy permanently on display on his mantle and force the NL to have another Cy Young trophy made
d) all of the above

2. Arizona LF Osvaldo Johnson
a) won his second straight NL MVP award.
b) led the league in runs
c) hit 53 home runs
d) all of the above
e) divorced his wife and is dating Madonna

3. Which was the most painful to watch?
a) Trenton losing 21 of their last 26 to blow the NL East
b) Milwaukee losing games 6 and 7 at home to lose the ALCS
c) The New York Mets losing a 7 game lead with 17 to play to blow the real life NL East
d) Any commercial with the Geico cavemen

4. Arizona's archrival is
a) their main competition for the best team in the division, the Salem Sacrifices
b) the reigning NL champions, the Fargo Dirtbags
c) any team belonging to anyone who picks against Arizona in the blog
d) all of the above

5. Which of the following has the best chance of fielding a ground ball?
a) Greg Burkhart in Game 6 of the World Series
b) Dan Uggla in the real life All-Star Game
c) Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series
d) An inanimate cardboard box placed anywhere on an infield.

6. Which song title best describes the Trenton Traffic season?
a) "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty
b) "The Great Collapse" by Nine Inch Nails
c) "I Predict a Riot" by Kaiser Chiefs
d) All of the above

7. The Milwaukee Manic Maulers
a) won 112 games
b) outscored the Bucks this season
c) petitioned the league to have Monterrey expelled from the league
d) petitioned the league to allow bratwurst and beer in the dugout

8. Which of the following names is NOT the name of a ML player in The Bigs?
a) Shooter Mahoney
b) Hooks Williams
c) Pinky Higgins
d) Zephyr Palmer
e) Dweezil Marquis
f) Footsie Lewis

9. Gregg Black failed to win his second straight AL MVP award because
a) Milwaukee's Burt Stevenson had an outstanding season, hitting 64 home runs and driving in 150
b) he "only" hit .320, which was a 65 point drop from last season
c) Rollie Fingers kept calling him asking for his mustache back
d) he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated
e) both A and B

10. Which of the following cannot be seen without a telescope?
a) Saturn
b) The moons of Jupiter
c) Any galaxy other than the Milky Way
d) Vancouver in the AL West division race
e) All of the above

Essay: In season 1, the Trenton Traffic surprised the league with 100 wins and an NL East title. In season 2, the favored Traffic collapsed down the stretch and Atlanta won the division despite scoring fewer runs than they allowed. In 800 words or less, explain what we should expect from the NL East in Season 3.

Answers: 1. d 2. d 3. d, and whoever came up with the idea of them having their own TV show should be sentenced to life without parole. 4. d, although you could make a case for e) the other 31 teams. 5. d 6. d and speaking of Kaiser Chiefs, "Oh My God" might work just as well. 7. a 8. c Higgins played in real life for the Philadelphia A's and Detroit Tigers during the 1930's and 1940's. 9) e, although we've heard rumors the Fingers has Black's home phone number 10. e
Essay question: any answer containing "How on Earth should I know?" or "in an All-Star game, the NL North could spot them 5 runs and still win" is acceptable.

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