Okay, the entries have been graded, checked, and double-checked, the points have been tabulated, and the bribes have been accepted. With all that out of the way, here are the results of the Distant Replays $200 gift card quiz:
The top contestants were Jerry Wolper and Marc Malfara, both of whom correctly answered 23 of the 25 questions. Rounding out the top ten: Timothy Fesmire (22 correct answers), Jeff Scott (22), Derek Traini (22), Jack White (22), Adam Strohm (21), Ethan Rowley (21), David Ribar (21), and Dan Donello (21). These ten readers will all be in the final drawing.
There were 117 other entrants. To choose the wild card finalist, I listed these readers according to their scores. Then I went to Random.org and had the site select a random integer from 1 to 117. This turned out to be 34, which corresponded with Christopher Marcinko‘s spot on the list (he had 18 correct answers), so he gets our wild card berth. His name, along with the names of the top ten scorers, will go into my Green Bay Packers helmet for the final drawing, which I’ll conduct on Thursday. Then I’ll announce the winner on Friday.
Big thanks to all who entered, and bigger thanks to Uni Watch intern Vince Grzegorek, who sacrificed his own chance to enter the contest so he could handle the scoring and tabulation duties instead (how about that for devotion).
Answers to all the questions, along with scoring methodology and the percentage of correct responses to each question, are as follows:
1) Who was the last MLB player not to wear an earflap while batting?
Answer: My pre-calc teacher used to refer to a math problem’s “right wrong answer” — in other words, the somewhat predictable incorrect response. The right wrong answer to this question is Gary Gaetti, who appeared to be the last unflapped batter when he retired in April of 2000. But then Tim Raines came out of retirement and played in 2001 and 2002. He’s the right right answer. (Correct response rate: 69%)
2) In Jim Bouton’s seminal 1970 book, Ball Four, he refers to a player who would “smooth his uniform carefully, adjust his cap, tighten his belt, and say, ‘I can add 20 points to my average if I know I look ______ out there.’ ” Who was the player, and what’s the missing word in that sentence?
Answer: It was Dick Stuart who uttered the immortal line, “I can add 20 points to my average if I know I look bitchin’ out there.” You had to have his name and the missing word in order to get credit for this answer. (Correct responses: 53%)
3) The NHL required all teams to wear player names on the backs of jerseys in 1977. But Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballward, who was opposed to the new rule, found a creative way to get around it. What did he do?
Answer: He put white names on the white jerseys and blue names on the blue jerseys. This question had the highest rate of correct answers. (Correct responses: 87%)
4) Only two NFL players have worn the controversial ProCap anti-concussion attachment during regular-season games. Who were they?
5) Name the last NHL player not to wear a helmet and the last NHL goalie not to wear a mask.
6) Only two current MLB team captains wear a “C” on their jerseys. Who are they, and what was the last NFL team whose captains wore “C” designations?
Answer: I gave half-credit for the two MLB names, which are Jason Varitek and Mike Sweeney, and another half-credit for the NFL team, which is the Cowboys. (Correct responses: 53% for the first part, 35% for the second, and 23% for both.)
7) Who was the last MLB catcher to wear a conventional mask with a backwards cap (i.e., no helmet, no goalie-style mask)?
Answer: Rick Dempsey, who retired in 1992. This is one of the two questions that Jerry Wolper got wrong. (Correct responses: 17%)
8) Durene was the go-to fabric for football, basketball, and hockey jerseys in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. What two fibers make up durene?
Answer: This turned out to be a poorly worded question, because there’s more than one way to make durene. Everyone got credit for this one.
9) Back in the 1920s, Notre Dame’s dominating backfield became known as the Four Horsemen. One of these four players later played a key role in the development of NFL uniforms. Which one of the Four Horsemen was it, and what was his impact on NFL uniform history?
Answer: Elmer Layden later became NFL commissioner. During his tenure, he instituted the rule requiring NFL players to wear high socks. (Correct responses: 52%)
10) Eyeglasses have been fairly common over the years in MLB and the NBA, but not in the worlds of hockey or football. Name at least three NFL and/or NHL players (including at least one from each of the two leagues) who’ve worn glasses — not goggles, mind you, but glasses.
Answer: Another bad question, because the distinction between glasses and goggles isn’t always so clear. Everyone got credit for this one, too.
11) The Milwaukee Brewers came into existence in 1970 wearing blue and gold. This is because:
- a) Blue for Lake Michigan, gold for lager beer.
b) Blue for Pabst Blue Ribbon and gold for Miller High Life, which were the city’s preeminent breweries at the time.
c) Blue and gold were the colors of the old minor league Milwaukee Brewers, who played from 1902 through 1952.
d) The franchise had previously been the Seattle Pilots, whose colors were also blue and gold, and the team’s new Milwaukee owners recycled the old Seattle uniforms because they were too cheap to spring for new ones.
e) The franchise had previously been the Seattle Pilots, whose colors were also blue and gold, and there wasn’t time to order new uniforms because it wasn’t clear whether the team would be playing in Seattle or Milwaukee until after the end of spring training.
f) The franchise had previously been the Seattle Pilots, whose colors were also blue and gold, and Topps asked the team not to change its colors because it would cause problems with that season’s edition of baseball cards.
g) Trick question — none of the above.
Answer: The answer is e. (Correct responses: 77%)
12) True or False: It is against the rules for an NFL player’s hair to obscure his nameplate, but this regulation is never enforced.
Answer: False. (Correct responses: 72%)
13) The little hand-warmer muff worn by many NFL quarterbacks is sometimes referred to by a slang term. What is this term, and what is its derivation?
Answer: This turned out to be the toughest question in the quiz. Only one reader — Dave Frolick — knew that the hand-warmer is sometimes called a Pupello Pouch, after former Buccaneers equipment manager Frank Pupello, who’s widely credited with introducing the hand-warmer to the NFL. In fact, Frolick called it the Pupello Pocket, which isn’t quite correct, but I decided to give him credit for it anyway, especially since I couldn’t bear the thought of my entire readership being unable to answer one of the questions. (Correct responses: less than 1%)
14) Who is the only major-level athlete to have worn his birthday on his jersey?
Answer: Carlos May, who was born on May 17th and wore uniform No. 17, so his nameplate and uni number combined to read “May 17.” (Correct responses: 57%)
15) One of the following facemask designs was worn only in practice, not in an actual NFL game. Which one?
- a) “The Duck”
c) “The Gopher”
f) Trick question — they were all worn in NFL games.
Answer: All of these facemasks were worn in NFL games, so the correct answer is f. Oh, and for the several of you who were certain that this one could never have seen game action because it didn’t provide enough visibility, look here. (Correct responses: 44%)
16) In the 1940s, NFL officials’ stripes were color-coded by position — black and white for the referee, red and white for the head linesman, orange and white for the umpire, green and white for the field judge, and so on. This statement is:
- a) True
c) A trick question — NFL officials didn’t wear stripes until the 1950s.
d) A trick question — the NFL used two-man officiating crews until the 1950s.
Answer: Incredibly enough, this is true — another Elmer Layden innovation, incidentally. (Correct responses: 63%)
17) When the Expos switched from wool uniforms to polyester double-knits in the 1970s, Mike Jorgensen suffered an allergic reaction to the new polyester fabric, and a special non-poly uniform had to be made for him. This statement is:
- a) True
c) A trick question — Jorgensen actually had an allergy to wool and had to wear a polyester uniform while the rest of the team wore woolens.
d) A trick question — the player in question was actually Ken Singleton.
e) A double-trick question — the player in question was actually Ken Singleton, and he was allergic to wool, not poly.
Answer: By the time Ken Singleton joined the Expos in 1972, most other MLB teams had already switched to double-knits. But the ‘Spos were among the last two teams to make the switch — they were still wearing wool, and Singleton developed an allergic reaction to it, so a special polyester uniform had to be made for him. The correct answer is e. (Correct responses: 72%)
18) NFL players aren’t allowed to wear dark-tinted visors unless a doctor certifies that it’s medically necessary. This is because:
- a) You can’t market players as personalities if you can’t even see their faces.
b) If a player is knocked out cold, the medical staff needs to see his eyes without having to remove the helmet from his head.
c) The league is concerned that dark visors look gang-related.
d) Trick question — anyone can wear a dark-tinted visor, but most players prefer a clear visor, because it doesn’t cut down on their vision.
Answer: The answer is b. (Correct responses: 74%)
Answer: It was a memorial tribute to Doak Walker. (Correct responses: 84%)
20) The last time MLB managers wore street clothes was in 1950. One of the two skippers wearing civvies that season was, of course, Connie Mack. Who was the other one?
Answer: Burt Shotton. (Correct responses: 68%)
21) Juan Pierre is the only current MLB player to wear his cap under his batting helmet. Who was the last player to do so before Pierre?
Answer: The right wrong answer, which several people gave, is Eddie Murray. But the right right answer is Kurt Abbott. This is one of the two questions that Marc Malfara missed. (Correct responses: 28%)
22) Which one of the following MLB players did not wear a facemask attached to his batting helmet at any point in his big league career?
- a) Charlie Hayes
b) Ellis Valentine
c) Warren Cromartie
d) Dave Parker
e) Kevin Seitzer
f) Gary Roenicke
g) Trick question — they all wore facemasks.
Answer: All of these players wore masks in MLB games except for Warren Cromartie (who may have worn a mask during his stint in Japan, but definitely not during his MLB career), so the answer is c. (Correct responses: 37%)
23) One of the Original Six NHL teams has never used a lace-up jersey collar. Which one?
Answer: The Red Wings. (Correct responses: 66%)
24) Every volleyball team has two players whose uniforms are different from their teammates’. Who are these two players, and what is distinctive about their uniforms?
Answer: This question confused a lot of people, many of whom mistakenly thought I was implying that there were two liberos. What I wanted was this: The libero wears a different-colored jersey, and the captain’s uniform number is underlined. (Correct responses: 9%)
25) The NBA is the only major-level sports league whose uniforms don’t carry a sportswear manufacturer’s logo. This is because:
- a) The sportswear companies have never been willing to meet the NBA’s asking price for uni-borne logo placement.
b) The league and the players’ union have been unable to agree on how to split the licensing revenue, so the union has blocked a deal between the league and the sportswear companies.
c) The NBA’s TV partners have insisted on a cut from the licensing revenue, and the league has balked at that demand.
d) NBA commissioner David Stern strongly believes in the integrity of the league’s team brands, and doesn’t want to clutter up the uniforms with non-NBA logos.
Answer: Let’s hear it for David Stern — the answer is d. (Correct responses: 61%)
So there you have it. Please keep any comments related to the quiz itself. Today’s non-quiz commentary should be posted on the “Flock Market” entry, directly above this one.