Round 3 rc cola 2008: questions by michael kearney and charlie steinhice

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  1. He was one of the five African-Americans to integrate the South Atlantic League, where one writer said “he led the league in everything except hotel accommodations.” Despite a work ethic that Ted Williams saluted, his first major league manager, Charlie Grimm, called him “Stepin Fetchit.” He won batting titles in 1956 and 1959, but finished third in both 1957 and 1963, and in each case that cost him a Triple Crown. The last active major leaguer to have played in the Negro Leagues, he was the first player to record both 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, even though his best season only produced 47 homers. Still the career leader in total bases and RBIs, FTP name this Hall of Famer who for 33 years held the career home run record.

ANSWER: Henry “Hank” Aaron

  1. The movie begins on Christmas Eve, and ends with the main characters wondering what they’re going to do for New Year’s. Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon were early choices for the part of Ronna Martin, but it eventually went to Sarah Polley. The plot revolves around the magic number of 20 hits of ecstasy, which is apparently the border between intent to sell and trafficking. To sum up, there’s two gay lovers, a diarrhea inducing shrimp buffet, a father-son bouncer team from the Crazy Horse, and an undercover cop played by William Fichtner. FTP, name this movie, described as Pulp Fiction for teenagers, an achronological, multiple point-of-view movie that chronicles a drug deal gone wrong.


  1. He had a troubled childhood that included his mother’s abuse with extension cords, which likely led to his alcoholism. After bringing back a dark spectre from the land of dreams, his eyes now glow red whenever he becomes angry. He is the author of the book series entitled Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga. He owns a remote control to repel either witches or dogs, but not both at the same time. He’s incredibly protective of his niece Annarchy, but not his wife, as he accidentally killed her while demonstrating a move from Splinter Cell. FTP, name this alter-ego of Jerry Holkins, foil to John Gabriel in the comic strip Penny Arcade.

ANSWER: Tycho Brahe (accept either)

  1. He played in 181 of a possible 190 regular-season games, including his first 91games. Selected fourth overall in the 1969 NFL draft, he was Defensive Rookie of the Year and received the first of his eleven straight all-conference selections. This North Texas State alum’s interception and key red-zone fumble recovery helped seal the victory in Super Bowl IX, the first of four, though he never achieved his desired “one for the thumb.” FTP, name this Hall of Famer, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and mainstay of Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain defense.

ANSWER: Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene

  1. Their most recent album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”, debuted at #46 on the Billboard charts, and hoped to revitalize the band’s US following. A greatest hits collection called “Stars – The Best of 1992-2002” also failed in this regard, causing the band’s breakup in 2003. Since then, Fergal Lawler joined The Low Network, Noel Hogan started a project called Mono Band, and the lead singer released an album titled “Are You Listening?” They’re best known for their song about an IRA bombing in Warrington, where they claim “It’s the same old theme since 1916” from the album No Need to Argue. FTP, everyone else is doing it, so why can’t you name this band fronted by Dolores O’Riordan, known for their hit songs Dreams, Linger, and Zombie.

ANSWER: The Cranberries

  1. The book begins with the attempted assassination of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, which is then foiled by the main character. The assassins retreat to their Libyan training camps, and plan a counterattack on the hero’s wife and daughter, which culminates in a massive shootout on the highway. This forces the hero into the CIA, working as an analyst in Langley, Virginia. The terrorists come back, and led by Sean Miller, plot to kidnap the Royal Family, murder the hero’s family, and kill off most of the heads of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. FTP, name this Tom Clancy novel where Jack Ryan fights the Ulster Liberation Army.

ANSWER: Patriot Games

  1. He began his career with the series Troubled Souls, about a young Protestant swept up in the Troubles. In 1990, he would move over to 2000 AD, where he would take over the writing position on Judge Dredd. He would meet up with longtime collaborator John McCrea with his work on The Demon, where he would introduce the super-powered contract killer, Tommy Monaghan. His work with Steve Dillon is considered his most memorable, with highlights such as Hellblazer, Punisher, and the Saint of Killers. FTP, name this foul-mouthed comic scribe, creator of Preacher.

ANSWER: Garth Ennis

  1. On American Top 40, after playing the Pointer Sisters “Dare Me”, a listener’s Long Distance Dedication of this song to his dead dog Snuggles resulted in a profanity-filled tirade by Casey Kasem. This song reached number 6 on the charts in 1976, resulting in the singer’s only Gold record. Like Mandy, the song was actually written about a dog, in this case, Carl Wilson’s beloved Samoyed. With lyrics like “I hope she’s drifting out to sea, she always loved to swim away.” FTP, name this song that was the only hit for Henry Gross.

ANSWER: Shannon

  1. He shows up in the parody movie Loaded Weapon 1, as his house is blown up with him in it. He was originally based on both Joe Leland, the main character of Roderick Thorp’s novel, “Nothing Lasts Forever”, and Frank Malone, the main character of Walter Wager’s “58 minutes”. His wife finally divorced him after an 8-year separation, most likely due to his alcoholism. He has two children, John and Lucy, both of whom appear in the first movie, the latter of which was played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He’s never been promoted above Lieutenant Detective, probably due to his rampant vigilantism, which leads some to refer to him as Cowboy. FTP, name this foe of Thomas Gabriel, Colonel Stuart, and both Gruber brothers in 4 Die Hard movies.

ANSWER: John McClane

  1. He was the second person in the history of the Harvard Lampoon to serve as its president more than once. He appeared in the music video for the White Stripes “The Denial Twist”. He appeared on an episode of The Office, but Michael Scott failed to recognize him in New York. In 2006, a Reverend from the Archdiocese of Boston was arrested for stalking him. He co-wrote two comedy pilots about an unintentional detective, 1991’s Lookwell, and 2006’s Andy Barker P.I. He created the website, after NBC was afraid of being sued by people who didn’t realize it was fictional. FTP, name this third cousin of Denis Leary, superhero member of Pale Force, and future host of the Tonight Show.

ANSWER: Conan O’Brien

  1. He taught math at St. Joseph’s in Dublin, making him the only Hogwarts professor to actually have teaching experience. He played Michael Collins in a BBC adaptation biopic called The Treaty, which would lead to his later role opposite Liam Neeson in Michael Collins. He played William Wallace’s second-in-command, Hamish in Braveheart, Walter McGinn in Gangs of New York, Menelaus in Troy, but is probably better known for his heart-rending turn as Frank in 28 Days Later or as Beowulf’s sidekick Wiglaf. FTP, despite all these credits, this actor is probably best known for his role in the Harry Potter films as Professor Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody.

ANSWER: Brendan Gleeson

  1. In 2005, a New York DJ spliced audio and video from George W. Bush's speeches to make it seem like he was singing this song. It paraphrases Matthew 10:35 and 1 Corinthians 15:32, and uses machine-gun-style drumming and an electric violin. The most well known live version took place on November 8th, 1987 in Denver, right after the bombing in Enniskillen. The lead singer used his usual white-flag waving mid-song talk break to scream “Fuck the revolution”, and condemn the Americans who supported it. FTP, give the name of the greatest protest song ever written, U2’s anti-war anthem.

ANSWER: Sunday Bloody Sunday

  1. He’s responsible for creating the Japanese martial arts tournament known as Pancrase, and is considered to be the world’s premiere shootfighter. His MMA record is 26-13, with most of his wins coming from submission, specifically ankle locks and kneebars. He fought Royce Gracie to a draw in the first Superfight in UFC 5, and lost to Rich Franklin in the finale of the Ultimate Fighter, which inexplicably led to his selection as one of the coaches in the third season of Ultimate Fighter, opposite Tito Ortiz. Ortiz won three straight fights against him, all with TKOs that eventually led to his retirement from the UFC in 2007. FTP, name this MMA fighter who’s best known for his WWF nickname, the World’s Most Dangerous Man.

ANSWER: Ken Shamrock

  1. When he was twelve, his mother attempted to send him to Vietnam to make a man out of him. After college, he worked as an intern for Ted Kennedy. After his divorce, he gained full ownership of an Arby’s outside of Telluride. No matter what the occasion, he wears a tuxedo after 6pm. Robert Parker’s Wine Newsletter described his vintage as “the urine of satan after a hefty portion of asparagus”. He is the creator of MILF Island, Seinfeld Vision, the co-creator of Gold Case, and the designer of GE’s Trivection Oven. FTP, name this Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming on NBC’s 30 Rock.

ANSWER: Jack Donaghy

  1. Miguel Olivo and Jose Guillen are among current players who have served minor league suspensions for its use. Former Kansas City Royals star Amos Otis has admitted using this for much of his career, and the Detroit Tigers’ Norm Cash told Sports Illustrated he used this extensively in 1961, the year he won the AL batting title. While Rule 6.06 (d) does not specifically mention it, that was the rule invoked in the suspensions of Billy Hatcher in 1987 and Wilton Guerrero in 1997. In August 2007 Mythbusters found its use to be counterproductive. Usually mixed with sawdust and glue and occasionally replaced by crushed Superballs, FTP name this substance that earned Albert Belle and Sammy Sosa suspensions when it was found in their bats.

ANSWER: cork; accept corked bat or equivalents

  1. He’s the only actor to have been twice nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same character in non-sequel movies. Like Ben Affleck, he was the bomb in Phantoms, yo. He’s played 5 Lords, 3 Captains, 3 Kings, and 3 Knights, despite rejecting a knighthood in 1987. He’s played both Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle, Tiberius and Augustus Caesar, Pope Paul III, and Bishop Cauchon, for which he won an Emmy. He’s best known to this question writer as King Cedric Willingham, next in succession after John Goodman’s King Ralph. FTP, name this portrayer of Anton Ego, Mr. Chips, Henry II, a perpetually overlooked 8-time Oscar nominee.

ANSWER: Peter O’Toole

  1. Its name may come from a rehab center that catered to vagrants. One of their previous members began using the name Spicy McHaggis after a trip to Scotland. They’re best known for albums like The Warrior’s Code and Blackout, and songs like Walk Away, Fields of Athenry, and Last Letter Home, a song about a veteran of the Iraqi war. They’re influenced by the Pogues and Swingin Utters, yet their early albums were based on the Oi! Bands of the 1970s. FTP, this Boston-based rock band is best known for the song “I’m Shipping up to Boston” featured in The Departed and the Red Sox 2007 World Series advertisements.

ANSWER: Dropkick Murphys

  1. He claimed that the only life he’d ever saved was that of a drunken dog, yet he’d previous performed an emergency tracheotomy on a choking soldier while under fire. He lost most of his hearing after a mortar attack, but had it surgically corrected after returning to America. He eventually made Captain, but only after an appeal to the Pentagon by Colonel Potter. FTP, name this man alternately known as Dago Red, played by both William Christopher and Rene Auberjonois as the chaplain of the 4077th Mobile Army Support Hospital.

ANSWER: Father Mulcahy

  1. One of them would co-star in Blade 2 as the gadget-man named Scud. Another would play Greg Stillson in the TV adaptation of the Dead Zone. The third one would mostly go back to his comedy touring, appearing in A Series of Unfortunate Events as Uncle Monty. The film was originally released in only 5 theaters, for the spanof a week, but later gained cult status due to an exclusive deal with Blockbuster Video. Recently, director/writer Troy Duffy released a YouTube video that stated that a sequel was green-lit with all of the original actors returning, with the exception of Willem Dafoe, and presumably his gun fingers. FTP, chant In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, and name this movie about twin vigilantes played by Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery

ANSWER: The Boondock Saints

  1. Someone does this only once in seasons 6, 7, 8, and 11, and twice in season 9. The National Guard, a snowspeeder, a bear, a goldfish, Ozzy Osbourne, the phonics monkey, and Ms Ellen have all done this. No one does it in season 10, unless you count the griefer in the World of Warcraft. A wheelchair, stage light, an anal tampon, a bull, the plan-e-arium, and a dodgeball all do it, and in one episode, it takes the Mir space station, a falling statue, and a chainsaw-wielding Kyle to do it. FTP, name this action that’s frequently followed by the exclamation, “YOU BASTARDS!”

ANSWER: To Kill Kenny (Accept close alternatives)

  1. It had no official status in 1984, when Sports Illustrated derided it as being “known on campus as the official embarrassment.” It followed a wave of unsuccessful claimants to replace the non-PC Saltine Warrior, including a penguin, a gladiator, and a troll named Egnaro. An attempt in 1995 to make the official school mascot a wolf met such strong student resistance that this became the official mascot. Over the years it has made frequent cameos in “This Is SportsCenter” ads and cheered for Tebucky Jones, Etan Thomas, Daryl Johnston, Gerry McNamara, Dwight Freeney, Marvin Harrison, and Carmelo Anthony. FTP name this mascot of Syracuse University.

ANSWER: The Orange and/or Otto

  1. How about the power to kill a yak from two hundred yards away? With Mind bullets! That’s telekinesis. Name the following movies about TK FTPE.

Scott Baio and Willie Ames accidentally discover for telekinesis, and proceed to use it to look under dresses and win baseball games.

ANSWER: Zapped!

Chevy Chase gains TK in a nuclear waste accident, and proceeds to use his powers to be a jerk to his ex-girlfriend.

ANSWER: Modern Problems

Sean Patrick Flanery played the title telekinetic albino who got his powers in the womb after his mother was hit by a lightning bolt

ANSWER: Powder

  1. Sometimes, you want to release an album, but you don’t wanna embarrass yourself. So you invent a persona, and release an unbelievably terrible album with a different name on it. Name the following alter-egos FTPE.

For some reason, punk rocker David Johannsen thought that he needed to release an awful dance hit called Hot Hot Hot, so he created this big-haired idiot in a suit

ANSWER: Buster Poindexter

Arsenio Hall really wanted to be a rapper, so he put on a fat suit and gold chains and released the song Owww! as this corpulent character

ANSWER: Chunky A

Joe Pesci wanted to continue his early career as a lounge singer, so he went back to the well as this character from My Cousin Vinny

ANSWER: Vincent Laguardia Gambini

  1. Sometimes a show is so bad, it gets canceled after one episode. Name the television show that you probably didn’t see FTPE

This ABC series starred Heather Graham as a self-help writer who can’t find love of her own. She also couldn’t find an audience of her own.

ANSWER: Emily’s Reasons Why Not

This NBC series about hip digital-age twenty-somethings was picked up from MySpace. Seriously. MySpace

ANSWER: Quarterlife

Fox aired this reality show where an adult who had been put up for adoption tried to pick out her biological father from a group of 25 men

ANSWER: Who’s Your Daddy?

  1. On a 5-10-20-30 basis, given current Winst... er, Next… I mean Sprint Cup drivers, tell what make of auto they are driving in 2008:

a) Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Mike Skinner

ANSWER: Toyota

b) Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Dario Franchitti


c) Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Casey Mears, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

ANSWER: Chevrolet [accept Chevy; prompt on GM]

d) Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, Clint Bowyer

ANSWER: Chevrolet [ditto]

  1. Mel Brooks has made some great movies, but these aren’t them. FTPE, name the lesser oeuvre of Mr. Brooks

Leslie Nielsen played the title character in this idiotic vampire movie

ANSWER: Dracula: Dead and Loving It

Brooks took on the naturally comedy-filled Bolshevik Revolution in this 1970 film starring Frank Langella and DomDeLuise

ANSWER: The Twelve Chairs

Mel played the main character in this riches-to-rags story of a businessman who lives amongst the homeless for 30 days

ANSWER: Life Stinks

  1. The 80’s were an excellent time for weird science fiction shows. Name them FTPE.

Desi Arnaz Jr. starred in this show about a computer generated superhero and his sidekick Cursor

ANSWER: Automan

This show started the career of Courteney Cox as a telekinetic teenager alongside an electrified rock and roller and a shrinking tall man

ANSWER: Misfits of Science

Burt Reynolds played the father of Evie, a half-alien teenage girl who could stop time

ANSWER: Out of this World

  1. God of War 2 is a pretty violent game. It is the only game this writer has ever played in which you can crush Theseus’ head in a door.

The game starts out with a bang, then a stomp, as you’re tasked with beating up this ridiculously huge statue.

ANSWER: Colossus of Rhodes

Kratos replaces his Blades of Chaos with these lookalike blades given to him by a goddess.

ANSWER: Blades of Athena

Perseus tries to kick the crap out of you for no apparent reason but to bring back this voice actor, best known for playing Perseus in a famous 1981 movie

ANSWER: Harry Hamlin

  1. Children’s books aren’t just for children. They’re for people who have dentist’s appointments, but hate National Geographic. Name the following books FTSNOP

FFP, these titular woodland creatures star in books where they Get the Gimmies, Go To Camp, Get In a Fight, and Go Out for the Team

ANSWER: Berenstain Bears

FTP, this Sesame Street book involves Grover trying to prevent you from flipping the pages, until he realizes that he himself is the titular character

ANSWER: The Monster at the end of this book

FFPE, these three books by Laura Numeroff involves giving a titular animal a baked treat, only to have them request more and more

ANSWER: If you give a moose a muffin, If you give a mouse a cookie, If you give a pig a pancake

  1. Vanity bands are really awesome. And by awesome, I mean unlistenable. Name the artist from the celebrity band FTPE

This tag-team partner of the Hardy Boys moonsaults her way into awful metal with the Luchagores.

ANSWER: Lita (Also accept Amy Dumas)

Wicked Wisdom is the backing band for this star of Jason’s Lyric and Set it Off

ANSWER: Jada Pinkett-Smith

30 Seconds to Mars is the most famous of all modern celebrity bands, due to the hotness of its lead singer, whom you know better as Jordan Catalano

ANSWER: Jared Leto

  1. By the time you hear this, the 2008 Sweet Sixteen will be down to half an Elite Eight and half a Final Four. Before we forget the early rounds, let’s note that six collegiate conferences placed exactly one team each in the Sweet Sixteen. For 5 pts. each, name those conferences; you have 15 seconds to begin your answer.

ANSWER: Atlantic Coast or ACC; Atlantic-10 or A-10; Conference USA; Southeastern or SEC; Southern; Sun Belt [the respective teams: North Carolina, Xavier, Memphis, Tennessee, Davidson, Western Kentucky]

  1. In the world of ABC sitcoms, it’s totally ok for your vague relatives to mooch off you for years. FTPE, name these people who should just find their own apartment.

In Perfect Strangers, Larry Appleton gets saddled with this homeless Myposian, played by Bronson Pinchot

ANSWER: Balki Bartokomous (prompt on Balki)

In Step by Step, the Lambert family got stuck with this unemployed loser cousin played by Sasha Mitchell


The Winslow clan from Family Matters had to deal with sister Rachel, played by this member of Tony Orlando and Dawn

ANSWER: Telma Hopkins

  1. The Outlaw Josey Wales is the best Western ever made. It has a really excellent cast, which we’ll ask you about right now. Name the actor FTPE, if you need an easier clue you’ll get 5.

10-He played Travis Cobb, and his Western resume includes playing Pete Nolan on Rawhide.

5-He sang the song Purple People Eater.

ANSWER: Sheb Wooley

10- He played Fletcher, and also played the Mayor in Dirty Harry and Police Chief Mooney in Killer Klowns from Outer Space

5-He played Dean Wormer in Animal House

ANSWER: John Vernon

10- He played Lone Watie, and was chief of the Squamish Band of Burrard Inlet

5- He was nominated for an Oscar for playing Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man

ANSWER: Chief Dan George

  1. Dr. Strange knows things beyond your ken. Beyond your Barbie, even. Name the following mystical characters invoked by Strange during his incantations FTPE

Strange’s Amulet is an image of this mystical entity’s All-Seeing Eye

ANSWER: Agamotto

Agamotto is a member of this trinity of sorcerers, alongside Hoary Hoggoth and the Omnipotent Oshtur

ANSWER: Vishanti

Strange no longer invokes this elder god’s crimson bands, since it was revealed that he’s completely evil, along with being the source of the Juggernaut’s powers

ANSWER: Cyttorak

  1. Get a group of funny people together, add an empty theater, and you’ve got a comedy troupe. Name some of them FTPE

This group began as a live radio show in Los Angeles, and they’ve released albums such as I Think We’re All Bozos on this Bus, Everything you Know Is Wrong, and How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All

ANSWER: Firesign Theatre

These guys rode the YouTube boom all the way to Saturday Night Live with videos like The ‘Bu, Bing Bong Brothers, and Young Chuck Norris

ANSWER: The Lonely Island

This Chicago group got their own Comedy Central show, where they purported to undermine civilization with bizarre events and pranks

ANSWER: Upright Citizens Brigade

  1. Sometimes, even fictional characters need a stiff drink. FTPE, given a list of ingredients, name the drink

One bottle of Ol’Janx Spirit, one measure of Santraginus V sea water, three cubes of Arcturan Mega-Gin.

ANSWER: Pan Galactic Gargleblaster

Three measures of Gordon‘s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, and a large thin slice of lemon peel

ANSWER: Vesper

A six-pack and a couple bags of skittles

ANSWER: Skittlebrau

  1. Board Games are really awesome. Especially when they have 8 million pieces….and then your cat whacks one under the couch, and you have to play with quarters. Name these complex games FTPE.

This strategy game is a battle between 4 players to build the most cities and roads, but it’s mostly an excuse to giggle when your friend asks you if you’ll give him wood for sheep

ANSWER: Settlers of Catan

This game involves creating cities, cloisters and roads in various patterns, and capturing other peoples followers

ANSWER: Carcassonne

This game based on the work of HP Lovecraft involves a group of investigators trying not to go insane while shutting gates so that the great old ones can’t get into this world

ANSWER: Arkham Horror

  1. Note to modern rock bands. If you want to cover a beloved rock song, at least attempt to modify it a little. FTPE, name these rock songs that are no different than the originals, except they suck

Fred Durst and Limp Biskit decided that they would cover this venerable Who song, but I think he really does know what it’s like to be hated.

ANSWER: Behind Blue Eyes

Uncle Kracker thought that he could add something to this Dobie Gray song, which is itself a cover.

ANSWER: Drift Away

Smashmouth managed to make the Monkees look brilliant by failing to erase the doubt in our minds with this song

ANSWER: I’m A Believer

  1. Answer these questions about the 3,000-hit club FTPE.

On September 16, 1996, he became the first - and so far only - player to record career hit number 3,000 on a triple. ANSWER: Paul Molitor

On August 7, 1999, he became the first - and so far only - player to record career hit number 3,000 on a home run. ANSWER: Wade Boggs

On September 30, 1992, he became the first - and so far only - player to record career hit number 3,000 and then be immediately picked off first base.

ANSWER: George Brett

  1. It’s brunch! Brunch means egg dishes. Name the following egg dishes FTPE

This type of baked egg dish involves the typical eggs and cream in a pastry crust, but this most famous Frenchvariety also adds bacon.

ANSWER: Quiche Lorraine (prompt on quiche)

This Italian dish is basically an omelette with leftovers from the fridge, thrown into a skillet, finished in a broiler, and served openfaced

ANSWER: Frittata

This Japanese dish is an egg custard with ginkgo seeds, shiitake mushrooms, and shrimp, served in a tea cup

ANSWER: Chawanmushi

  1. I’ve gotta have more Cowbell. Name the following songs featuring the holy instrument FTPE

This only hit by the band Mountain is about a girl who taught the singer how to love around Louisiana Way

ANSWER: Mississippi Queen

Wild Cherry released this song about white people’s inability to dance

ANSWER: Play That Funky Music

This song by Tone Loc is actually about a peach and cranberry vodka cocktail.

ANSWER: Funky Cold Medina

  1. Sometimes a theme song is so totally awesome that it revitalizes a musician’s career. Given a TV show, name the singer FTPE

The Wonder Years

ANSWER: Joe Cocker

Welcome Back Kotter

ANSWER: John Sebastian

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse

ANSWER: Cyndi Lauper

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