Fired Chicago Coaches Trivia!

Any time a high-profile coach like Charlie Weis or Dick Jauron gets fired, we always think of Mike Ditka.  In honor of Da Coach, let’s take a look back at other fired Chicago coaches!

  • Ditka (Bears, Fired in 1992): Iron Mike is one of only two people (with Tom Flores) to win Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.  He’s also the only player involved in the Bears’ last two championships–as a player in 1963 and as Da Coach in 1985.
  • Dave Wannstedt (Bears, Fired in 1998): Wannstedt was drafted by the Packers in 1974, but spent his only season in the NFL on the reserve list with a neck injury.  On the day he was fired (December 28, 1998), five NFL coaches (1/6 of the league) lost their jobs.
  • Jim Riggleman (Cubs, Fired in 1999): Riggleman was the Cubs coach during their historic 1998 season, when Sammy Sosa chased Roger Maris’ home run record.
  • Don Baylor (Cubs, Fired in 2002): Baylor ranks 4th all-time in getting hit by pitches, a total of 267 times.  He twice beat team records for most Hit By Pitches in a season (24 in 1985 for the Yankees and 35 in 1986 for the Red Sox). Continue Reading »

Cheaters trivia!

In honor of Tiger Woods, check out this trivia about famous (alleged) cheaters.  See if you can match the picture with the correct trivia fact.  No cheating!

1. This famous cheater has degrees from Georgetown, Oxford, and Yale.

2. This famous philanderer came in third behind Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa in a Gallup poll of the most admired people of the 20th Century.

3. This famous alleged cheater was the only person to be named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year more than once and was named AP’s Male Athlete of the Year a record-tying four times (tied with Michael Jordan and Lance Armstrong).

4.  This famous cheater spawned the term “Grant’s Law,” which refers to his cheating with a Hollywood prostitute as evidence that men can never be satisfied sexually.

5. This alleged cheater is the youngest person to win a Grammy and the first country singer to win the Grammy for Best New Artist.

6. This actor, who cheated on his then girlfriend with his nanny, recently announced he was the father of US model Samantha Burke’s baby.

7. George Stephanopoulos reported that members of this cheater’s staff planned a “doomsday strategy”  if he got close to the presidential nomination.

8. This alleged cheater is from Springfield, Missouri and pursued a journalism degree at the University of Missouri before quitting to become an actor.

9. This cheater endowed a scholarship for C Students at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

10. This political philanderer voted against a bill that preserved sites linked to the Underground Railroad and for the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

11. This famous cheater was caught with a transvestite prostitute in 1997.

12. This big ole’ cheater has been married 3 times. His first wife was his former geometry teacher.

Answers after the jump…

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If you spent all of last week obsessing over Tiger’s transgressions and Adam Lambert, here’s a study guide for your next current events trivia round!

  • A baby boy was born on Southwest Flight 441 from Midway to Salt Lake City on Friday.  John Saran, a Naperville doctor, delivered the baby quite quickly…in 10-15 minutes!
  • The Blackhawks lost to the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Friday, ending their 8-game home winning streak.  The current Blackhawks record is 14 consecutive home wins, set in 1983 over two seasons.
  • Several members of one family got into a fight at a birthday party at an Arlington Heights Chuck E. Cheese.  Things were thrown, but no charges were filed.
  • Both Hoftstra and Northeastern cut their football teams last week, due to high costs and low fan support.  Both teams were members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference.
  • The Grammy nominations were announced last week, with Beyonce leading with 10, followed by Taylor Swift (8) and Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, and Maxwell (6 each).
  • Meredith Baxter announced that she’s a lesbian and has been in a 4-year relationship with a woman.  The 62-year-old actress has been married 3 times (to men) and has 5 children.
  • State officials found one Asian carp among tens of thousands of poisoned fish in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.  The deliberate fish kill was the largest in Illinois history.
  • All Slim-Fast canned drinks, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, or UPC code were recalled last week.  The drinks may be contaminated with the bacteria Bacillus cereus.
  • Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool was elected bishop of the Los Angeles Episcopalians.  If approved, she is the will be the second openly gay Episcopalian bishop.  The first was Gene Robinson, who took office in 2004.
  • “The Blind Side” won this weekend’s box office, earning $20.4 million.  The rest of the top five were “New Moon” ($15.7 million), “Brothers,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” and “Old Dogs”

What we learned at the Spot

Questions from last Tuesday’s trivia night at the Spot:

1. What is the largest country that is entirely in one time zone?

2. What is the largest state with no national park?

3. Winston Churchill said “I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and thankful” upon hearing about what event?

4. Who is the only person in US history to serve as president and vice president for two terms each?

5. What British prog rocker was a sound engineer on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon before starting his own band?

6. What is added to rubber to make it vulcanized?

7. The largest volcano in our solar system is on what planet?

8. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded by what institution?

9. What was Al Capone’s full first name?

10. What is the most popular opera in the US?

Answers after the jump…

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The Spot has many things to offer.  They have beer, wine, and spirit tastings, Glee viewings, football parties, and seasonally, the famed Diva Brunch featuring Scooty and JoJo.  And on Tuesdays, they have trivia, brought to you by Mike Trojan!

First things first, if you call, they’ll tell you trivia starts at 7pm.  False.  It starts at 8.  We found that out after inhaling dinner and running into the Spot and up the stairs, only to burst into…an empty room.  Well, it wasn’t completely empty.  Timmy the bartender was there to show off the holiday decorations and to offer us some pretty good specials: $2 off food (more on that later), $7 giant Fat Tires, and the Best Special Ever: a $6 24 oz. PBR in a brown paper bag.  Now that I think about it, it seems a little expensive, but our readers know that we think Giant PBRs are pretty much priceless.

Worth every penny

The upstairs green room is pretty small but there were only 4 teams playing this week.  Trivia costs $20 per team with a team limit of 4 people.  Half of the pot goes to the winners and the other half goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society… as Team in Training alumni, we can certainly get behind that.

Last time we went to trivia at the Spot, the food wasn’t the best.  Since then, they apparently locked themselves in a room with Printshop and several cases of PBRs  and came out with a menu with such offerings as “Totchos” (tots + nachos) and “What’s Are Mini Corndogs” (???).  Most of our team ate before trivia, but one team member did order the “Wing Wings,” chicken wings with a choice of sauces including Relationship (honey jerk, get it?) and A#1 (A-1, get it?).  The wings were ginormous and meaty.

Trojan reads 7 rounds of trivia: this week’s were geography, history, music, science, picture round, sports, and a double-point general knowledge round.  Each team can choose to double the points on one other round throughout the game.  The questions were difficult but reasonable and Trojan is a good host– he’s personable without too much banter.  The coolest part of the evening was when Timmy went all Cocktail on us and made root beer shooters for everyone.

We couldn't tell if he put alcohol in the shots but things got a lot funnier afterward.

We didn’t win, but everyone is a winner at the Spot so we walked away with Armored T-shirts and passes to see it this week.  Each week the actual winners get a spot in the Tournament of Champions, which starts in just a couple weeks.  Congratulations and good luck to Team Potent Potables (we’re suckers for a good Jeopardy reference)!

The Spot is a little off the beaten path in Uptown (at least until the Target across the street opens).  If you find yourself in the area, check it out!

The Spot
4437 N. Broadway, Chicago
8pm to 10:30pm
$20 admission/team of 4
2.5 paws (out of 4)

We’ve added a new Let’s Go trivia night to our List.  Great news for you ESPN addicts: this one features all sports trivia!

Trivia starts next Wednesday, December 9.  Be sure to check them out!

We’re moving!

Does anyone have a van we can borrow? We’re moving!

We’d like to announce some exciting news!  We’re moving our blog to ChicagoNow, an amazing site made for Chicagoans by Chicagoans.  It’s a collection of the best Chicago blogs and definitely the place to go if you’re want to read about CTA drama, the ups and downs of Chicago sports, or what’s happening in YOUR neighborhood.

We’ll have a name change and a bit of a makeover, but our list of trivia nights, reviews, questions, and breaking trivia news will remain the same.  We’ll make an announcement when we move.  We hope you’ll check us out!