Sunday, April 25, 2010

Double Sports - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) L.C. Greenwood. The 6'6" defensive end, whose initials apparently don't stand for anything (he wrote his full name as L.C. Henderson Greenwood) liked to joke about becoming an actor but ended up running an electrical and plumbing supply company after retiring from football.
  • A2) J.D. Drew. David Jonathan Drew was known by his middle name Jon, so "J.D. Drew" effectively expands to the redundant "Jon Drew Drew".
  • A3) M.L. Carr. Michael Leon Carr guided the Celtics to a 15-67 record in 1996-97 and a franchise-worst .293 (48-116) over two seasons before being kicked upstairs to become Director of Corporate Development.
  • A4) B.J. Ryan. Robert Victor Ryan, Jr. (from "Bobby Junior") had saved 36 games and sported a 2.43 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 before the Toronto Blue Jays offered the huge free agent bucks.
  • A5) C.C. Sabathia. Lefty Carsten Charles Sabathia inked the deal with the New York Yankees, after winning the 2007 American League Cy Young Award and helping the Milwaukee Brewers win the 2008 National League Wild Card.
  • A6) O.J. Simpson. Orenthal James Simpson notched a then-record 2,003 yards rushing in 1973, for a 14-game average of 143.1 yards. The four other 2,000-yard rushers each needed a 16-game season to reach the milestone.
  • A7) Y.A. Tittle. Hall-of-Famer Yelberton Abraham Tittle was named MVP in both 1961 and 1963 with the New York Giants but retired after a disappointing 1964 season that included a concussion and a broken sternum.
  • A8) C.J. Hunter. Cottrell James Hunter, III was married to Marion Jones at the time, and she was stripped of her three golds and two bronzes from those Olympics for taking performance-enhancing drugs.
  • A9) A.J. Burnett. Allan James Burnett debuted with the Florida Marlins in 1999 and overcame 2003 Tommy John surgery.
  • A10) A.C. Green. The power forward, whose initials don't stand for anything (he's actually A.C. Green, Jr.), played every regular season game from November 19, 1986 to April 18, 2001, a span of 1,192 consecutive games, and missed only three of 1,281 games in his career, which ended after a three-and-out in the 2000-01 postseason.
  • A11) P.J. Carlesimo. Peter Joseph Carlesimo was head coach of the Golden State Warriors when the temperamental guard and forward lost his cool, eventually getting suspended for 68 games and getting traded to the New York Knicks.
  • A12) A.J. Foyt. Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. took the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500 in 1961, 1964, 1967, and 1977, the Daytona 500 in 1972, Le Mans in 1967 (with Dan Gurney), and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1983 (with Preston Henn, Bob Wollek, and Claude Ballot-Lena) and 1985 (with Wollek, Al Unser Sr., and Thierry Boutsen). The Texan is also the only driver to win Indy and Le Mans in the same year.

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