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Nova Scotia Sports Trivia Challenge

The top 5 players:

1. Tim Roberts $2500
(2013 Champion, pictured above)
2. Troy Blades $1500
3. Glenn MacDonald $500
4. Andrew Oxner $300
5. Myles Amirault $200

Congratulations to them and thank you to all participants.

From left to right: Andrew Oxner, Troy Blades, Alain Savard, Champion Tim Roberts, Chronicle Herald's Glenn MacDonald, Myles Amirault.

Recap of the event for those who missed it

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, was held the first annual Nova Scotia Sports Trivia Challenge from 11am to 3pm at Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. There was no cost to take part in the competition. 34 people registered for it, and the following 24 showed up: Myles Amirault, Troy Blades, Andrew Caley, Richard Cashen, Luke Corey, Tyler Flynn, Dale Hancock, Jared hochman, Steve Jamael, Marc LeBlanc, Pat McCann, Glenn MacDonald, Jarrett MacDonald, Allan MacKinnon, Matthew MacCleod, George Magee, Steven Mahoney, Mallory McNeil, Jason McQuaid, Andrew Oxner, Andrew Pollett, Tim Roberts, Tim Stephenson, and Shawn Tomlinson.

These people were competing for $5000 awarded the following way: Winner $2500, 2nd place $1500, 3rd place $500, 4th place $300, 5th place $200.

Qualification Round: 18 multiple-choice questions were shown on several of the big screen TVs. The event’s host and organizer, Alain Savard, read them twice while participants filled out their answer sheets.

Qualification Round

1. How many Formula 1 Championships did Michael Schumacher win in his career?
A. 4   B. 5   C. 6   D. 7
6 out of 24 got the answer.

2. Who was the first NHL player to score 100 points and amass 100 penalty minutes in his rookie season?
A. Sidney Crosby   B. Gordie Howe   C. Eric Lindros   D. Alex Ovechkin
5 out of 24 got it.

3. In what sport does 61 in 61 means something?
A.  Baseball   B. Cricket   C. Football   D. Rugby
11 of 24.

4. Which of these teams has never played in the Canadian Football League?
A. Birmingham Barracudas   B. Memphis Mad Dogs   C. Sacramento Gold Miners   D. All 3 have played
9 of 24.

5. Which boxer was nicknamed the “Brockton Blockbuster”?
A. Jack Dempsey   B. Joe Louis   C. Rocky Marciano   D. Gene Tunney
8 of 24.

6. What is the name of this trophy?
A. Borg-Warner Trophy   B. Claret Jug   C. Jules Rimet Trophy   D. Premier League Trophy
17 of 24.

7. The NFL regular season was shortened by a strike in 1982. How many games were played that year?
A. 8   B. 9   C. 10   D. 11
4 of 24.

8. What team made it possible for Manon Rhéaume to become the first woman to ever play in the NHL?
A. Florida Panthers   B. Hartford Whalers   C. Tampa Bay Lightning   D. Vancouver Canucks
24 of 24!!!

9. During how many years were there 2 All-Star games in Major League Baseball?
A. 2   B. 3   C. 4   D. 5
0 of 24!!!

10. What is the diameter of a golf hole in inches?
A. 3 ¾   B. 4   C. 4 ¼   D. 4 ½
7 of 24.

11. Nacho Figueras is the David Beckham of what sport?
A. Bull fighting   B. Cricket   C. Polo   D.  Ultramarathon
8 of 24.

12. Who is the shortest man to ever play in the NBA?
A. Muggsy Bogues   B. Earl Boykins   C. Spudd Webb   D. Little General Johnson
17 of 24.

13. What team did Bobby Orr play his last season in the NHL on?
A. Boston Bruins   B. Chicago Black Hawks   C. Detroit Red Wings   D. New York Rangers
17 of 24.

14. What year did the Savoy Big Five become the Harlem Globe Trotters?
A. 1927   B. 1932   C. 1937   D. 1947
3 of 24.

15. What female tennis player was stabbed in the back during a match in 1993?
A. Jennifer Capriati   B. Steffi Graf   C. Martina Hingis   D. Monica Seles
19 of 24.

16. To what NFL team do we owe the Superbowl Shuffle?
A. Chicago Bears   B. Dallas Cowboys   C. Oakland Raiders   D. Washington Redskins
21 of 24.

17. What forced ace pitcher Sandy Koufax into retirement?
A. Arthritis   B. Shoulder Surgery   C. Vision Problems   D. None of the Above
10 of 24.

18. What year did Terry Fox run his Marathon of Hope?
A. 1978   B. 1979   C. 1980   D. 1981
14 of 24.

Tie Breaker
According to Google Maps, what is the driving distance in kilometers between the Halifax Metro Centre and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto?
Best guess: Jason McQuaid was 1 km off the mark!!! 

Answers to Qualification Round Questions
Q1:7, Q2: Sidney Crosby, Q3:Baseball. Q4: All 3 have played. Q5: Rocky Marciano. Q6: Premier League Trophy. Q7: 9. Q8: Tampa Bay Lightning. Q9: 4. Q10: 4 ¼. Q11: Polo. Q12: Muggsy Bogues. Q13: Chicago Black Hawks. Q14: 1927. Q15: Monica Seles. Q16: Chicago Bears. Q17: Arthritis. Q18: 1980. Tie Breaker: 1785 kms.

The top 15 players moved on. #1: Tim Roberts 14 out of 18, #2: Troy Blades 12, #3: Glenn MacDonald 11, #4: Andrew Oxner 11, #5: Jarrett MacDonald 11, #6: Allan MacKinnon 10, #7: Stephen Jamael 9, #8: Myles Amirault 9, #9: Andrew Pollett 9, #10: Mallory McNeil 9,  #11: Jared Hochman 8, #12: Marc LeBlanc 8, #13: Matthew MacLeod 8, #14: Luke Corey 7, #15: Steven Mahoney 7, 6 players scored 7 but only the best 2 (using the tie breaker) got to move on.

Quarterfinals Round: 18 questions + 1 tie breaker but only 4 were multiple–choice. The top 10 players moved on.

Quarterfinals Round

1. Who holds the NHL record for most goals by a defenseman in one regular season?
8 out of 15 got it right.

2. What NFL team did John Madden coach between 1969 and 1978?
12 of 15.

3. What two cities usually mark the extremes of English Channel swims?
3.5 of 15. (A half point was given if only one of the two was right)

4. What were Babe Ruth’s Christian names (2)?
11.5 of 15. (A half point was given if only one of the two was right.)

5. What is the colour of the bull-eye on an official World Archery Federation target?
4 of 15.

6. How many Olympic Games were cancelled because of World War II?
4 of 15.

7. What was Don Cherry’s wife’s first name?
9 of 15.

8. Who represented the male gender in 1973’s “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match?
6 of 15.

9. How old did Tiger Woods turn on December 30, 2012? Your choices: 33, 35, 36, or 37?
2 of 15.

10. The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race between Anchorage and what other Alaskan city? Your choices: Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome, Wasilla
9 of 15.

11. What is the name of the team from Summerside PEI in the National Basketball League of Canada?
4 of 15.

12. What country was involved in a bloody waterpolo match with Russia at the 1956 Olympics? Your choices: Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, United States
9 of 15.

13. What NBA team plays its home games at the American Airlines Arena?
3 of 15.

14. During his college career, was Peyton Manning a: bulldog, tiger, volunteer or a wolverine?
13 of 15.

15. What is the name of the Blue Jays manager who lied about his service in the Vietnam War?
6 of 15.

16. Which country won the very first FIFA World Cup in 1930?
6 of 15.

17. What racetrack is home to the Kentucky Derby?
10 of 15.

18. What are the first and last names of the Canadian boxer that twice fought Muhammad Ali?
8 of 15.

Tie Breaker
According to the website, how many athletes participated in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games?
Best guess: Matthew MacLeod was off by only 59 athletes.

Answers to Quarterfinals Round Questions
Q1:Paul Coffey, Q2: Oakland Raiders, Q3: Calais and Dover, Q4: George Herman, Q5: Yellow, Q6: 4, Q7: Rose, Q8: Bobby Riggs, Q9: 37, Q10: Nome, Q11: Storm, Q12: Hungary, Q13: Miami Heat, Q14: Volunteer, Q15: Tim Johnson, Q16: Uruguay, Q17: Churchill Downs, Q18: George Chuvalo, Tie Breaker: 2566 athletes.

The top 10 players were: #1. Troy Blades 15 out of 18, #2. Tim Roberts 14, #3. Glenn MacDonald 13.5, #4. Jarrett MacDonald 11, #5. Allan MacKinnon 11, #6. Matthew MacLeod 10, #7. Luke Corey: 10, #8. Mallory McNeil 10, #9. Andrew Oxner 8, #10. Myles Amirault 8. The tie breaker was not needed in this round.

Semifinals Round: 18 questions + 1 tie breaker with one true or false and one multiple–choice. The top 5 players moved on to the finals and all won money.

Semifinals Round

1. What was Pat Burns’ job before becoming a full-time hockey coach?
7 out of 10 got it right.

2. Who famously said: “It’s déjà vu all over again”?
8 of 10.

3. True or False. Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson are both right-handers who play golf left-handed?
6 of 10.

4. What are the first and last names of the athlete who collided with Mary Decker at the 1984 Olympics?
0.5 of 10 (A half point was given for the correct last name.)

5. How many NFL teams play their home games in the state of New York?
8 of 10.

6. What colour is the jersey worn by the leader in the King of the Mountains competition at the Tour de France?
2 of 10.

7. What league awards the Maurice Podoloff Trophy to its Most Valuable Player?
4 of 10.

8. What country did Andre Agassi’s father Emmanuel box for at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics?
1 of 10.

9. How many players are there per team in cricket?
3 of 10.

10. What number is located between 7 and 8 on a dartboard? Your choices: 12, 14, 16 or 18.
3 of 10

11. Brad Pitt played which baseball manager in the 2011 film “Moneyball”?
9 of 10.

12. What is the last name of the British ski jumper known as “Eddie the eagle”?
3 of 10.

13. What year did the Saint Mary’s huskies win their first ever Vanier Cup?
3 of 10.

14. What American defeated Sam Farha to win the main event at the 2003 World Series of Poker?
6 of 10.

15. What was Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s name before he changed it in 1971?
10 of 10.

16. Who scored the “hand of god” goal in 1986?
8 of 10.

17. What is the last name of the man who flopped to win the 1968 Olympic gold medal in the high jump?
6 of 10.

18. What is the name of the team from Toronto in the American Hockey League?
10 of 10.

Tie Breaker
According to the website “”, on July 4, 2012 Australian Samuel Groth broke the record for the fastest serve ever recorded at a professional tennis event. In kilometres per hour, what was the speed of that serve?
Best guess: Glenn MacDonald was only 3 km/h off the mark.

Answers to Semifinals Round Questions
Q1: Policeman, Q2: Yogi Berra, Q3: True, Q4: Zola Budd, Q5: 1, Q6: White with red dots, Q7: NBA, Q8: Iran, Q9: 11, Q10: 16, Q11: Billy Beane, Q12: Edwards, Q13: 1973, Q14: Chris Moneymaker, Q15: Lew Alcindor, Q16: Diego Maradona, Q17: Fosbury (Dick fosbury), Q18: Marlies, Tie Breaker: 263 km/h.

The top 5 players were: #1. Tim Roberts 14 out of 18, #2. Troy Blades 12.5, #3. Glenn MacDonald 12, #4. Myles Amirault 12, #5. Andrew Oxner 10. The tie breaker was not needed in this round since the other 5 players scored 9 or less.

4-Round Finals

In the finals, players were eliminated one by one. A series of 6 questions were asked and the player with the lowest score got eliminated. When more than one player had the lowest score, a maximum of 6 sudden death questions were going to be asked followed by a numerical tie breaker if players were still tied.

Round 1 of the Finals (5 players)

1. The next Super Bowl will be played February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium. Using roman numerals, write down this Super Bowl’s number.

2. Whose home run off of Steve Rogers in the ninth eliminated the Montreal Expos in the 5th and deciding game of the 1981 NLCS, on a day the became known as “Blue Monday”? (First and last name).

3. Nicknamed “Big Buff” by his teammates, Dustin Buffffflin has one of the hardest last names in the NHL to spell correctly. Can you do it?

4. In 2012, Lionel Messi broke Gert Muller’s 1972 record of 85 goals in one calendar year. How many goals did he finish the season with?

5. What was the former name of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise?

6. What did Roger Bannister break on May 6, 1954?

Players had to write their answer on a pad and either got an X or a check mark on a board (just like they do on TV during NHL shootouts). After 6 questions, Myles Amirault was the only one with the lowest score. He finished 5th and won $200.

Round 2 of the Finals (4 players)

1. What number do you get when you add Ken Dryden’s jersey number to that of Vladislav Tretiak?

2. The French open tennis tournament is held every year at Roland Garros stadium. Was Roland Garros a famous French: aviator, politician, tennis player, or writer?

3. What does the letter “S” stand for in NASCAR?

4. In feet and inches, what is the distance between the two uprights in the NFL?

5. What sport was standardized under the Queensberry rules?

6. Jackie Robinson’s first major league hit was a: bunt, double, home run

Because questions were scored live on a board, there is no written record. It is believed that one player qualified for the next round after 6 questions with the other 3 all tied with the same score. The following 5 sudden death questions were needed to eliminate the next player:

SD #1. How many consecutive strikes are needed to bowl a perfect ten-pin game?

SD #2. What 4 famous words did the character played by Cuba Gooding Jr. keep yelling to his agent in the 1996 film Jerry MacGuire?

SD #3. In what city is Wembley Stadium located?

SD #4. What 11-letter word is another name for a badminton birdie?

SD #5. What was the first city outside of Europe to host the summer Olympics?

By missing on the 5th question while his opponent got the right answer, Andrew Oxner finished 4th and won $300.

Round 3 of the Finals (3 players)

1. Clay Matthews is a third generation NFL player since both his father and grandfather also played in the league. What were the first names of the two elder Matthews starting with Clay’s father?

2. What professional wrestler used to have Channel #5 perfume sprayed in the ring before he wrestled?

3. What city is hosting the 2013 Mastercard Memorial?

4. What is Mike Tyson’s middle name?

5. Fernando Tatis is the only baseball player to ever hit two grand slam homeruns in the same inning. What pitcher served him both balls?

6. Who did the Toronto Raptors play in their first ever NBA game?

After those 6 questions, one player qualified for the last round while the other two were tied. The following 4 sudden death questions were required to separate them:

SD #6. What nationality is tennis player Kim Clijster?

SD #7. The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and what other race make up the Triple Crown?

SD #8. What is the name of the trophy given to Canada’s Athlete of the Year?

SD #9. What colour is the danger flag in Formula 1 racing?

Glenn MacDonald missed Sudden Death question #9 and his opponent got the right answer. He finished 3rd and won $500.

Round 4 of the Finals (2 players)

1. Name the singer that was the Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm of the 1970s.

2. What name was given to the biggest story to come from the 1919 World Series?

3. What team did the Miami Dolphins beat in SuperBowl VII to complete the first and still only perfect season?

4. Who did the Chicago Bulls draft 208th overall in the 10th round of the 1984 NBA draft in one of the weirdest picks in the history of the league?

5. American swimmer Michael Phelps won a total of 22 Olympic medals in his career. How many of each kind?

6. What are the first and last names of the four-time Bluenose marathon winner from Scotsburn, Nova Scotia?

After 5 questions, Tim Roberts was up by one point over Troy Blades. By answering question #6 correctly while Troy missed, Tim Roberts became the first Nova Scotia Sports Trivia Champion. He won $2500. And for his 2nd place finish, Troy Blades took home $1500.

We have no official date for the 2014 Nova Scotia Sports Trivia Challenge but will be announcing it early in the year. If you would like to be told about it, please write to us at and ask to be put on our mailing list. This is a very fun event, but we need better numbers to make it worth our while. Please help us spread the word so we can make this competition a Nova Scotia fixture. We are open to ideas and suggestions to make this event even better, so feel free to let us know what you think.

Answers to Round 1 of the Finals
Q1:XLVIII, Q2: Rick Monday, Q3: Byfuglien, Q4: 91, Q5: Seattle Supersonics, Q6: 4-minute Mile.

Answers to Round 2 of the Finals
Q1:49, Q2: Aviator, Q3: Stock, Q4: 18 feet 6 inches, Q5: Boxing, Q6: Bunt.

Answers to the first 5 Sudden Death Questions
SD #1:12, SD #2: Show me the Money, SD #3: London, England, SD #4: Shuttlecock, SD #5:St-Louis.

Answers to Round 3 of the Finals
Q1:Clay and Clay, Q2: Gorgeous George, Q3: Saskatoon, Q4: Gerard, Q5: Chan Ho Park, Q6: New Jersey Nets.

Answers to Sudden Death Questions 6 to 9
SD #6:Belgian, SD #7: Belmont Stakes, SD #8: Lou Marsh SD #9: Yellow.

Answers to Round 4 of the Finals
Q1:Kate Smith, Q2: Black Sox Scandal, Q3: Washington Redskins, Q4: Olympian Carl Lewis, Q5: 18-2-2, Q6: David MacLennan.

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