Your scholarship as a sports fan is up for renewal. Not to worry. Just answer a dozen questions from 2019 and you’re on your way. The passing grade? That’s up to the crew in the replay booth.
President Donald Trump served”massive amounts” of burgers, fries and pizza at the White House to Clemson’s championship football team because …
a. he was unable to serve Tiger prawns — in honor of Clemson’s nickname — due to a trade war with China.
b. a partial government shutdown led to furloughs among some federal workers, including those at the White House.
c. he believes real men are not afraid of cholesterol. FEBRUARY
Who said the following? “So I’m just sore on top of sore. My neck is killing me. But at the end of the day, no one cares if my neck hurts.”
a. Alex Ovechkin.
b. Lindsey Vonn.
c. James Dolan. MARCH
Match the NCAA Tournament team with its canine nickname:
2. Runnin’ Bulldogs.
3. Huskies. APRIL
Magic Johnson abruptly quit as president of the Los Angeles Lakers. His reason?
a. He needs to concentrate on his health.
b. He plans to enter business ventures with LaVar Ball.
c. He wants to have fun again. MAY
Maximum Security finished first at the Kentucky Derby but was disqualified for interference because it appears he suddenly …
a. jumped when whipped.
b. jumped a puddle.
c. jumped to conclusions. JUNE
The St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup, with “Gloria” as their victory song. Why did it become the team’s anthem?
a. Blues players heard the song in a Philadelphia bar while watching an NFL game.
b. Laura Branigan, who sang the 1982 hit, was a longtime Blues fan.
c. Video surfaced of Gary Bettman singing “Gloria” in a karaoke contest. JULY
Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon in an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker. After the match, the longest Wimbledon final in history, Roger Federer said on court …
a. he wants to forget what happened as soon as possible.
b. he wishes Djokovic had taken up badminton instead of tennis.
c. he needs to take a shower and lie down. AUGUST
Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown traveled outside the country during the offseason and developed foot problems. What went wrong?
a. He stumbled while running with the bulls in Pamplona in Spain.
b. He underwent cryogenic therapy in France, with the extreme cold leaving his feet severely blistered.
c. He had a botched acupuncture treatment in Japan while visiting the Itsukushima Shrine. SEPTEMBER
The progeny of two baseball Hall of Famers had notable games on the same night. Which choice is incorrect?
a. Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle.
b. Mike Yastrzemski homers at Fenway Park.
c. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drives in four runs. OCTOBER
LeBron James said Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was “misinformed” when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong activists. Which educational credential applies to Morey?
a. He has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
b. He majored in East Asian Studies at Stanford.
c. He has lectured at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University. NOVEMBER
Student protesters flooded the field during halftime of the Harvard-Yale football game. They chanted …
a. No to Nike! Drop the brand! / Asian sweatshops cannot stand!
b. Hey, hey! Ho, ho! / Fossil fuels have got to go!
c. Alpha, beta, upsilon, phi / Tuition here is too damn high! DECEMBER
Baseball union leader Marvin Miller was finally voted into the Hall of Fame. In 2008, four years before his death, he wrote in a letter …
a. he no longer wants to be considered for election.
b. the Hall of Fame is an obsolescent mouthpiece of the baseball establishment.
c. he does not want to belong to a club that has Bowie Kuhn as a member.
Answers: January b. February b. March a-3, b-2, c-1. (Other tournament teams with dog nicknames — Gonzaga, Mississippi State, Washington, Yale — were not listed out of respect for the test taker.) April c. May b. June a. July a. August b. September c. October a. November b. December a.