To which of The Big Four US Sports Do These Facts Correspond?


By: Allison Lips

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With 4 billion fans worldwide, soccer is the most popular sport in the world. However, in the United States, it barely makes a dent. Most United States sports fans are more interested in football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. 

In the United States, the Super Bowl regularly averages more than 100 million viewers. Baseball is referred to as the national pastime. The entire country goes mad over March Madness and a generation is nostalgic for Michael Jordan's movie with the Looney Toons, which was called Space Jam. Last, but not least, is hockey. While hockey holds its own in the United States, it is more popular with the country's neighbor to the north, Canada. 

In fact, two of the United States major leagues have teams in Canada. The National Hockey League has the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Edmonton Oilers. That means seven of the leagues 31 teams are not in the United States. The other league with a team in Canada is Major League Baseball, which includes the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Find out if you know to which sport the following facts correspond. As a famous hockey player once said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Why not take a shot on this quiz? 

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls. To which sport does this correspond?

Other football teams have one five Super Bowls. They are the New England Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Dallas Cowboys.


Wayne Gretzky scored the most goals of any player. In which sport did he achieve this?

During his 20 seasons playing professional hockey, Wayne Gretzky scored 894 regular-season goals. He also had 1,963 assists and 50 hat tricks.


The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series titles in which sport?

The last time the Yankees won the World Series was in 2009. The Yankees won their first World Series in 1923.


LeBron James averages 27.2 points per game. In which sport did he accomplish this feat?

LeBron James has played for three different basketball teams. They are the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angles Lakers. He played for the Cavaliers from 2003 to 2010 and then from 2014 to 2018.


Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant helped the Los Angeles Lakers win three straight championships. Which sport do they play?

Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant both played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2004. The three NBA Championships were obtained in 2000, 2001, and 2002.


The Green Bay Packers are the only publicly owned team in which league?

The Green Bay Packers are considered a publicly held nonprofit. It is the only American sports team to have this arrangement. In the 1980s, the NFL changed the rules, so that no other football team could be structured this way.


In 1892, the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, donated the Stanley Cup to the NHL. To which sport does this championship trophy belong?

From 1914 to 2018, the Stanley Cup has been won 100 times. The cup was not awarded in 1919 due to the Spanish Flu epidemic and in 2005 because of a lockout.


In 1942, the Original Six era consisted of the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Which sport was it?

Of the Original Six, only two were original charter members in 1917. The teams were the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.


Babe Ruth had a batting average of .342. Which sport did this legend play?

George Herman Ruth Jr. had many nicknames. His most famous one is "Babe." However, during his baseball career, he was also called "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat."


Prior to the Red Sox win of the 2004 World Series, Boston sports fans referred to the 'Curse of the Bambino.' With which sport is the curse associated?

The 'Curse of the Bambino' is a superstition about why the Boston Red Sox did not win a World Series from 1918 to 2004. It began when the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees after the 2019 season.


Before he joined the NBA, Wilt Chamberlain was a Harlem Globetrotter. What sport is Chamberlain known for his skills on the court?

Besides the Harlem Globetrotters, Wilt Chamberlain played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. For one season, Chamberlain coached the San Diego Conquistadors.


Derek Jeter scored 260 home runs during his career playing which sport?

Derek Jeter retired from baseball on September 28, 2014. In 2017, Derek Jeter became part owner in the Miami Marlins.


In 1992, the Olympic Dream Team was made up of Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Larry Bird. For what sport are they known?

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, active NBA players were allowed to play in the Olympics for the first time. The team won the gold medal in a game against Angola.


In 1947, Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, making him the first African-American player in which sport?

Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956. After he retired from baseball, Robinson became a vice president for Chock Full o'Nuts.


Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and is the second-oldest ballpark still in use. Which sport is played there?

Wrigley Field was originally called Weeghman Park. From 1920 to 1926, it was known as Cubs Park. The park became known as Wrigley Field in 1927.


Wilson Sporting Goods Co. makes every ball used in the NFL. What type of balls do they make?

Wilson Sporting Goods provides the NFL with at least 24,960 footballs each season. Every team in the league receives 780 balls to use in games.


In 1969, Joe Namath boldly guaranteed the Jets would win the Super Bowl, a prediction he made good on when he brought the Jets to their only Super Bowl victory. What sport was it in?

Broadway Joe spent most of his career with the New York Jets. He played for the team from 1965 to 1976.


The Montreal Canadiens have won 24 Stanley Cups in which sport?

The Montreal Canadiens won the last of their 24 Stanley Cups during the 1992-1993 season. The team is also the only current NHL team to predate the founding of the NHL.


In 1903, the first World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans. Which sport did they play?

The Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. The final score was 5 games to 3 games.


Center Bill Russell won 11 championships with the Boston Celtics. What sport did he play professionally?

Bill Russell holds the record for most NBA championships. His entire career as a player lasted 13 years, from 1956 to 1969.


Frank Gifford played for the New York Giants for 12 years. Which sport did he play?

In 1952, he was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants. During his career, which lasted 12 seasons, Frank Gifford played 136 games.


Cal Ripkin Jr. played 2,632 consecutive games for the Baltimore Orioles. What sport was it in?

Cal Ripkin Jr. never missed a game in 16 years. He took the record from Lou Gehrig, who played for the New York Yankees. Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games had stood for 56 years.


The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967. Which sport holds the Super Bowl each year?

Super Bowl I was originally called the AFL-NFL World Championship. The Kansas City Chiefs represented the AFL and scored 10 points. The winner, the Green Bay Packers, represented the NFL and scored 35 points.


Gordie Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL. What sport was this?

Gordie Howe's NHL career lasted from 1945 to 1980. He retired at 52 years old.


Willie Mays hit 600 home runs and batted 3,293 hits. For what sport is he known?

Willie Mays made his Major League Baseball debut in 1951 for the New York Giants. On September 9, 1973, he retired. At the time, he played for the New York Mets.


Martin Brodeur holds the record for the most minutes played in one season in which sport?

During the 2006-2007 season, Martin Brodeur played 4, 697 minutes. Brodeur was with the New Jersey Devils for 21 years.


Dennis Rodman led the NBA in rebounds per game for seven years. What sport was he playing?

In 1986, Rodman was drafted by the Detroit Pistons. He would go on to play in the NBA for 14 seasons.


In 1970, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Terry Bradshaw. What sport did he play?

Terry Bradshaw was with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 14 seasons. While with the team, he won four Super Bowls. They were in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named the Most Valuable Player six times and was an All-Star 19 times. In what sport did he achieve this​?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played with the Milwakee Bucks from 1969 to 1975. He then moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was with the Lakers form 1975 to 1989.


Lee Richmond pitched the first perfect game, which means no player from the opposing team reached a base. What sport did he play?

On June 12, 1880, Lee Richmond struck out all 27 batters from the Cleveland Blues. The game took place at the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds in Worcester, Massachusetts.


In 1993, the Boston Celtics retired Larry Bird's jersey number, which was 33. In what league do the Celtics play?

Larry Bird played with the Boston Celtics from 1979 to 1992. He retired with a career 21,791 points.


From 1992 to 2007, Brett Favre played for the Green Bay Packers. What do the Green Bay Packers play?

During his career, Brett Favre played in the Pro Bowl 11 times. Once he left Green Bay, Favre played for the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings.


Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. What sport do those teams play​?

Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 1993 and again from 1995 to 1998. His career with the Washington Wizards was from 2001 to 2003.


In 1997, Allen Iverson played for the Philadelphia 76ers and was named Rookie of the Year. What sport was it in?

From 1996 to 2006, Allen Iverson played for the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2016, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


Mark Messier won this sport's championship cup with the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers. What sport was it?

During his 25-year career in the NHL, Mark Messier played for three teams. They are the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks.


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