ESPN 100: Nos. 79-89
This story appears in the Dec. 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
79. A rainy U.S. Open was won by a guy named Lucas Glover. T or F: This is the first season since 2004 that no major was won by a golfer named Tiger.
80. In the Patriots' Nov. 15 loss to the Colts, Bill Belichick had his team go for it on fourth and two on its own 28, with a six-point lead and 2:08 remaining. The move backfired, but it was not without precedent. Since 2001, New England has converted how many fourth-down plays of that distance or shorter against its archrival?
A. Until their recent failure, the Pats had been 4-for-4 on recent fourth-and-two-or-less conversion attempts against Indy.
81. High winds flattened the Cowboys' practice bubble at a rookie session, injuring 12 people. When was the bubble built?
82. Rafael Nadal had a tough year. He lost the French Open for the first time in five seasons, withdrew from Wimbledon and lost his No. 1 rank. How many total weeks was Rafa top dog before ceding the spot to Roger Federer?
C -- 46
83. On Jan. 1, more than 40,000 fans watched the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks, 6-4, in a battle of Original Six teams in the outdoor game at Wrigley. What Original Sixer is host of 2010's game?
The Boston Bruins will host relative NHL newbies, the Flyers (born 1967), at Fenway on Jan. 1.
84. Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is seeking to buy a majority stake in the Nets. If he is approved, there will be how many overseas-based owners of NBA teams?
One. A Chinese firm does own 15 percent of the Cavs, though.
85. The Lions signed No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford to the richest rookie deal ever -- a guaranteed $41.7M. How long did the previous NFL record for guaranteed money last?
A. 10 days
B. Two months
C. 10 months
D. Two years
B -- Two months. Free agent DT Albert Haynesworth signed a contract with the Redskins on Feb. 27 that guaranteed $41 million.
86. T or F: U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn won her second consecutive World Cup overall title on March 11, matching the achievement of her idol, Picabo Street.
False. In 2008, Vonn became the first American woman to win the World Cup overall since Tamara McKinney in 1983.
87. Concussions continued to prove a big headache for major sports. Which of these leagues hasn't instituted, or isn't planning to institute, changes to protect its players?
C -- UFC
88. Meb Keflezighi was the first American male to win the NYC Marathon since 1982. What medal did Meb win at the 2004 Olympics?
Meb, who came to the U.S. at 12, won the marathon silver in Athens.
89. During the NCAA baseball regionals, Texas reliever Austin Wood threw 12 1/3 no-hit innings to help defeat BC, 3-2, in a 25-inning thriller, the longest-ever tourney game. How much longer was it than the longest MLB playoff game ever?
Seven innings. In 2005, the Astros beat the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS in 18 innings.
The year in sports had electricity (Bolt's 9.58), controversy (see: Mannygate) and one Super finish. But what do you get when you add firsthand memories to a lot of questions about the world of sports in 2009? ESPN The Magazine's ESPN 100.
1.First Person: Usain Bolt outruns the world
2. First Person: James Harrison's pick-six caps off first half of Super Bowl XLIII
3-11. Quiz Questions
12. First Person: Y.E. Yang bests Tiger at PGA Championship
13. First Person: Michael Vick returns to the NFL
14-25. Quiz Questions
26. First Person: Mine That Bird pulls huge upset at Kentucky Derby
27. First Person: DeWayne Wise saves Mark Buehrle's perfect game
28. Twitter becomes athletes' mouthpiece, changing everything
29. First Person: Syracuse basketball takes UConn to a historic six overtimes
30-47. Quiz Questions
48-60. Quiz Questions
61. First Person: LeBron James' buzzer-beater stuns Magic in Game 2
62-74. Quiz Questions
75. First Person: Anthony Napolitan's double front flip gets X Games buzzing
76-77. Quiz Questions
78. First Person: Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunks on LeBron James
79-89. Quiz Questions
90. Syracuse lacrosse squeaks by Cornell in NCAA Championship
91-100. Quiz Questions