Can We Guess Your Favorite American Sport?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can We Guess Your Favorite American Sport?
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About This Quiz

If the name Dave Kingman means something to you, you're probably a baseball fan who grew up, or at least lived, in the 1970s. If the name Joe Namath means something to you, then you're a similarly aged football fan. Mark Messier is name known to hockey fans from 1979 to 2004. Athletes are a way of remembering an age, and marking history.

Sports are a common language in America. No matter where you are from, certain American sports are popular enough that you are at least vaguely aware of their goings-on. Some parts of the country favor one particular sport or another, but even in football country, you'll find huge fans of lacrosse, basketball and hockey. The factors that make someone love one sport or another are a combination of outside influences such as region, family, the success of local teams, local climate, the skill and quality of local coaches, and one's natural abilities. Evidence of this is the frequent appearance of professional baseball players from all four corners of the Earth, where baseball is anything but popular.

We have worked out a series of questions guaranteed to tell us what American sport is your favorite. We know about the direct influences on what sports Americans follow, as well as indirect factors, such as how fans expect athletes to behave off the field. Your answers will tell us what sport you follow as clearly as if we had just come straight out and asked you. Take this quiz, and we will tell you what American sport is your favorite. Try us!

How do you feel about showboating?
It's the best!
It can be pretty cool.
It's hot garbage.
It's a great way to get hurt.

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How popular are PEDs in your sport?
I think everyone uses them. Everyone. I'm not even sure if there's a ban.
I don't think anyone uses them.
They used to be everywhere, but now people who use them tend to get caught, so you don't see it as much.
I have no idea, but there's so much blood spilled in it that testing athletes should be easy.

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How many of your favorite players are from the USA?
All of them
About two thirds
About half
Almost none

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How do you feel about players taking dives?
It's just stupid.
It's just part of sports.
It's unsportsmanlike.
It's a great way to get badly hurt.

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What do you think of soccer?
Dumb sport for people who like to chase a polka-dot ball.
They don't take enough dives.
It's a sport poisoned by poor sportsmanship.
Isn't it only played by children?

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How do you feel when there's an on-field fight?
A fist fight? Shocked, frankly.
I think, "Oh, this again?"
I get pretty concerned. It usually turns into a brawl.
Like it's time to refresh my drink.

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How important is the character of a professional athlete?
Totally unimportant
It's important, for marketing purposes.
It's very important.
If I don't know about the problems, they don't exist.

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How many variations are there on your sport?
Just three or four
Like a dozen
A few
Two

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Is your sport popular among both men and women?
To watch it, yeah. Very.
To watch and to play, both!
More to watch than to play, but we get both.
Men like to watch the adults play more, but more women watch youth games.

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Is your sport played at The Olympics?
No
Yes!
It used to be.
Oh yeah, and it used to be one of the biggest events.

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What word do you use to refer to the big guys on a team?
Defense
Freaks
Power
Goons

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How much do you worry about young athletes getting hurt?
I don't care at all about that.
I don't worry much, because it's never that serious.
I worry a lot.
I worry a little, but only past a certain age.

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How stylish are you?
Not very
I'm the height of fashion.
I prefer "classic".
What does that word even mean?

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What physical makeup does one need to play your favorite sport?
Muscle, and lots of it
Height and speed
As long as you can run, you should be fine.
Whatever you've got, you need balance.

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How would you describe your sense of style?
Croc-esque
Flashy
Denim-American
Warm

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How many physical fights did you get into, growing up?
A few
None
One or two
Loads

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What's the worst behavior you'd be OK with a professional athlete doing?
Anything. Literally anything. They can do whatever they want... except make political statements.
Saying really, profoundly stupid things
Threatening someone
Putting another player in the hospital

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How interested are you in what athletes have to say?
I don't care at all, unless I agree with them.
I'll always listen.
I try to ignore it.
Did they have something to say? I wasn't aware.

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What kind of rules are the most important ones?
The ones on the field of play
The ones you get caught for breaking
Unwritten rules between players
The ones that refs are willing to enforce

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How should professional athletes deal with pain?
Walk it off!
Get immediate help.
Be stoic, but don't be stupid.
Revel in it, for it means you are alive!

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Who is it acceptable to punch?
Anyone. Literally anyone.
People who mess with you away from the game
Only drywalls
Anyone you're playing against

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How specialist are you in playing your sport?
Everyone's a specialist.
I'm no specialist.
I'm very specialized.
I'm specialized, but I can be flexible.

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What is the most important quality in an athlete's makeup?
Sheer mass
Speed
A good eye
Killer instinct

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How important is clubhouse atmosphere?
Not that important
Somewhat important
It's the most important thing.
It's really important.

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Which of these athletes do you respect the most?
Paul Anderson
Paula Radcliffe
Nasir Hussein
Joe Frazier

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Where do the best athletes come from?
The USA!
Central Europe
The Caribbean
Eastern Europe

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If the whole world played your favorite sport, what country would rival the USA?
Australia
France
Romania
Canada

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What is the most important virtue your sport teaches to youngsters?
Killer instinct
Organization
Teamwork
Discipline

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What can really skinny players do in your sport?
There's a job for them. Just one job.
They'll do well!
Some of our best players are skinny!
If they can put on some weight, they might live!

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How do you feel about cheating?
If my team does it, it's fine.
I don't even know how one would cheat.
If it's artful, that's fine, but I'm done with PED users.
I don't particularly worry about it.

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