First Annual Trivia Contest Answers
1. The name of the Twins message board on the scoreboard at Met Stadium
was the “Twins-O-Gram.”
2. Joe Nathan,
probably the best relief pitcher in Twins history, came here in a trade
with San Francisco in 2003 that also included starting pitcher Francisco Liriano.
3. Pedro Ramos
started and was the winning pitcher in the franchise’s first regular
season game ever, a 6-0 win in 1961 at Yankees Stadium against New York.
4. You qualify for a genius name tag with the right answer to this one.
Joe Mauer entered this season with a .327 career batting average
and Mickey Cochrane was second all-time among catchers with a
5. Jacques Jones,
a fan favorite, played his first major league season with the Twins in
1999 and hit .289 in 95 games.
6. The Twins Minor League Player of the Year in 2009 was Ben
Revere while the Pitcher of the Year was David Bromberg.
7. Tight end Jim Kleinsasser, a second round draft choice
North Dakota, is still with the Vikings after playing for head coaches
Dennis Green (1992-2001), Mike Tice (2001-2005) and
Brad Childress (2006 to present).
8. Freddie “The Toe” Cox is the Vikings’ all-time career scoring leader with
Brett Favre was originally drafted by Atlanta in 1991, played in two
games for the Falcons and was traded to Green Bay for the 1992 season.
10. In 2005 Reggie Fowler pronounced himself as “6-foot-1 and
tons of fun,” but didn’t become the Vikings majority owner. He did
become and remains a limited partner in the franchise.
11. Cris Carter
had 1,004 receptions and 110 touchdowns for the Vikings while Randy
Moss totaled 574 catches and 90 TD’s.
12. Donyell Marshall,
the Wolves No. 1 draft choice in 1994, didn’t drive a car, nor did he
have a license when he first played here.
13. This is a bit tricky but Kevin Love first played at Target
Center as a prep in the 2007 Timberwolves Shootout, an all day showcase
of high school teams from Minnesota and elsewhere.
14. The Wolves first director of player personnel was Billy McKinney.
15. Gerald Green,
the former Wolves player who excelled more at jumping than basketball, finished second
to Dwight Howard in the
2008 NBA slam dunk contest.
16. Former Wild general manager Doug Risebrough’s daughter
Lindsay played for the Gophers after being a standout tennis player
at Edina High School.
17. Darby Hendrickson
wore No. 14 from 2000 to 2004. Martin Havlat joined the Wild
last season and started wearing sweater No. 14.
18. Brad Bombardir,
one of the franchise’s most popular players ever, was recently named the
Wild’s director of player development.
19. The Wild have sold out 409 consecutive home games but Detroit holds
the all-time NHL record for sellouts with 452.
20. Doc Romnes
coached the Gophers from 1947 to 1952 and was succeeded by John
Mariucci. (Take a near genius name tag if you answered this one
21. The Gophers’ last men’s hockey national championship was in 2003 and
Thomas Vanek led the team in points with 69.
22. The Gophers defeated Fresno State in the 1998 NIT semi-finals, then
went on to beat Penn State to win the tournament. (Yes, the record book
now says those wins vanished because of NCAA sanctions.)
23. Maurice Walker,
from Toronto, will be a freshman for the Gophers this fall and along
with Devoe Joseph is the second Canadian on the team.
24. The Gophers won the Little Brown Jug most recently by defeating
Michigan in 1977, 1986 and 2005.
25. Eric Decker
led the Gophers with five touchdown catches last season while Nick
Tow-Arnett was second with three.
26. Lindsay Whalen,
who ranks with the state’s most legendary female athletes ever, is
married to former Gopher golfer Ben Greve.