You can fake a lot of things.
People can have thousands of Facebook friends and fake popularity. Men can wear a power tie and fake success. Women can fake orgasms.
It’s just the way of the world.
But you can’t fake sports. In fact, it might be the one true thing you can’t fake. And if you want to know what “faking” sounds like while it’s happening, tune in and listen to a Cast-off New York Cop and the Smartest Guy in an Empty Bathroom bumble through their idea of local sports talk every morning.
Last night, at Buffalo Wild Wings in Owings Mills, as part of the Baltimore Sports Media Superstar Competition, WNST proved why it’s the only sports media outlet who has the right to call itself “real” Baltimore sports talk.
The quiz that Nestor and the crew drummed up was the type of stuff that would make even the most seasoned historians, like Bob in Parkville, shutter before going into one of his classic historic tirades. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most of the sports media in this town wouldn’t come near any sort of respectable score on the WNST quiz.
I’ve taken a lot of local sports quizzes from outlets like The Sun–and I’ve aced them all without so much as breaking a sweat. WNST’s was the toughest I’ve ever seen and I loved every minute of it. It was exactly what you’d expect from real sports people. The ones who don’t fake it.
In order to join in the festivities, I’m tossing out a quiz of my own quiz this evening. If you can pass this with an “A,” you can call yourself a Baltimore Sports Fan. If you struggle, well, I suggest you rectify your sins by taking a deep-dive into the past works of Steadman, Rosenthal, Eisenberg, McMullen, Aparicio, and Vecsey. Ok–just kidding on the Vecsey thing; those of you who lived through and endured that horror will understand the sarcasm.
Here’s the Wiz Quiz–straight off the top of my head…
#1 In what year did the St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore?
#2 What was Rex Barney’s famous tag-line?
#3 What is the significance of Cubs GM Theo Epstein to Baltimore?
#4 Who was the first player to enter the Ravens’ Ring of Honor?
#5 Baltimore had three minor league hockey teams, what were their names?
#6 Baltimore’s USFL team’s nickname was?
#7 Which player won a Grey Cup with the Stallions and a Super Bowl with the Ravens?
#8 Who was the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Stallions during their Grey Cup victory?
#9 Who owned the Baltimore Stallions?
#10 Former Maryland Terps Basketball Coach, Bob Wade, has what significance to Baltimore?
#11 Which former Orioles’ pitching prospect had vanity license plates that read “24KTARM”?
#12 Which Orioles’ third baseman won Sporting News’ AL Rookie of the Year Honors in 1989?
#13 Cal Ripken Sr. wore which jersey number as a coach for the Orioles?
#14 Which two former Orioles make up two of only four members in MLB history to record more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs?
#15 Which movie was filmed at Camden Yards?
#16 Which movie was filmed at Ravens Stadium?
#17 Which owner played a major role in Baltimore not being awarded an expansion team over Jacksonville and Carolina?
#18 Who was the owner of the fashion store Merry-Go-Round, who also played a key role in the ”Give Baltimore the Ball” campaign?
#19 Which receiver holds the Ravens’ single-season record of 14 touchdown receptions?
#20 Who was “Zeus”?
#21 Who was “Full Pack”?
#22 Which Orioles’ favorite was known for eating Froot Loops before games?
#23 In the 1989 season, in the fateful series in Toronto to finish the season, what strange injury caused Pete Harnish to miss his scheduled start?
#24 Which former Oklahoma Sooners basketball star was once thought to be the heir apparent to Cal Ripken?
#25 Who was “Iron Hands”?
#26 Who returned the blocked Al Del Greco field goal for a touchdown in Tennessee, paving the way for the Ravens to move on to the AFC Championship in January 2001?
#27 Which Ravens’ defensive back fueled much of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry by stepping on Plaxico Burress’ head during a scuffle?
#28 What is significant about the Esskay sign in right field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?
#29 Who is Len Burrier?
#30 Which long-time NFL punter went to Towson University?
#31 Which Dunbar standout played alongside of Joe Smith, Exree Hipp, Johnny Rhodes and Duane Simpkins?
#32 What number did Deion Sanders wear as a member of the Ravens, and why?
#33 What is it customary to hold up as visiting opponents’ lineups are being announced at the University of Maryland basketball games?
#34 Which former O’s pitcher lost 21 games in 1954, and went on to throw the only perfect game in World Series history two years later as a member of the New York Yankees?
#35 Why would a true Baltimore fan despise the number that precedes this question?
Do you know this stuff without Googling? Have a trivia question for me? Shoot a message or leave a comment on how you did.
Check back on Friday for the answers.