Better Know a Curator: citkeane

citkeane

The Sporcle blog started a new series which highlights some of our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’ll be sharing their responses here on the blog.

This next post is from citkeane, curator for country and word ladder.

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Better Know a Curator: vikZ

vikz

The Sporcle blog started a new series which highlights some of our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’ll be sharing their responses here on the blog.

This next post is from vikZ, curator for tennis and logic.

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Better Know a Curator: skuban

skuban

The Sporcle blog started a new series which highlights some of our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’ll be sharing their responses here on the blog. 

This next post is from skuban, curator for lostoceania, and US Presidents–quite a diverse trio!

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Better Know a Curator: zalkon2004

Zalkon2004

Starting today, the Sporcle blog is going to periodically highlight some of our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’ll be sharing their responses here on the blog.

Today we start with a post from zalkon2004, who is the curator for the Actor and Movie Resume subcategories.

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‘Suck for Luck’ on Sporcle

Andrew Luck will obviously play for Sporcle in 2012.

One of the most important stories in the NFL this year has nothing to do with which teams will win enough games to make the playoffs or have best chance of winning the Super Bowl. In fact, this post doesn’t have anything to do with winning at all. It has to do with which team will lose enough games to be given the first overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Though it seems unlikely that a whole team of players would conspire to purposely lose games, fans of the league’s current basement dwellers across the country have been pushing their teams to “Suck for Luck”–Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck is considered by many draft watchers to be the most promising pro quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning or even John Elway, and will certainly be the first quarterback taken in the draft unless injury strikes. Coincidentally since most of the teams with poor records can blame their situation on the lack of an elite quarterback, the incentive to receive the NFL #1 draft pick is sky high.

Even the Indianapolis Colts, who are 0-8 this year while Manning sits on the sidelines due to injury, are said to be considering trading the one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history to make room for Luck should they “win” the first pick.
All of this illustrates the importance of having a premier quarterback to having success in the NFL. While college teams have been able to achieve success without a star signal-caller in many cases, it’s proven too difficult for most teams who lack at the position to achieve postseason glory. One only needs to compare the list of Super Bowl winning QB’s and their losing counterparts. Or you can take a look at how many quarterbacks have tried to lead the Chicago Bears or New York Jets to glory and failed. The list of Super Bowl MVPs is also dominated by quarterbacks.

‘Luck’-ily, we have plenty of quizzes to help you brush up on your knowledge of the all-time great NFL quarterbacks. One of our favorites is this quiz about the best individual QB seasons logged for each franchise. You can also see if you can master the QBs with the most passing yards in a season quiz or the QB with the most touchdown passes.

NHL Playoffs 2011

We here at Sporcle love the NHL. Though there isn’t a franchise based in our home of Seattle–yet–we’re all following the Stanley Cup Playoffs closely. Some of us may have even been leaving work early to watch games now and then!

It’s been an exciting playoff season so far. Several of the favorites, such as Washington, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference and Detroit and the defending champions Chicago in the West, have been eliminated already, proving that anything can happen in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

With the teams remaining down to a mere four, it’s hard not to start thinking about potential Stanley Cup Finals matchups. Will Joe Thornton return to Boston to play his old team? Will Tampa Bay and Vancouver match up in what will make the furthest distance between competing Stanley Cup Finalists ever?

It’s also easy to find a way to root for each team to hoist the Stanley Cup Trophy. A win for the Canucks would mark the first time since 1993 that the Cup would belong to a Canadian team. A win for the Sharks would help their fans forget all the playoff disappointments of recent years. A Bruins’ win would mean that lovable goaltender Tim Thomas would win his first Cup at age 37 only a few years after bouncing around the AHL and Finland. Finally, a Cup for the Lightning would be their second in the 2000s, putting to rest the notion that teams in the Southern United States can’t have success.

To gear up for the home stretch of the playoffs, try taking our quizzes on the Stanley Cup winners, Longest Cup Droughts, and Conn Smythe winners.

Let’s hope for some more exciting hockey!

The Curious Case of Vinny Testaverde

He's everywhere!

In our continuing series of blog posts about controversial or peculiar answers on the site, we’re going to discuss one of the most consistently included players on football-related quizzes: Vinny Testaverde.

Despite boasting a somewhat poor 90-123-1 career record and holding the dubious honor of having lead the NFL in interceptions thrown in four separate seasons, Testaverde seems to pop up on every quiz devoted to exceptional passers.

The key to Testaverde’s surprising appearances on many of these quizzes? Longevity. Testaverde’s NFL career lasted until age 44 (while starting all 16 games at age 41), including stints with seven different teams, and he’s 32nd all time in games started amongst players at any position.

Testaverde was always a pretty good player. He made the Pro Bowl in 1996 and 1998 and won the Heisman Trophy his senior year at Miami in 1986 (of course, he would throw five interceptions in the 14-10 Fiesta Bowl loss against Penn State a few weeks later, but we’ll let it slide). He was also the first pick in the 1987 NFL Draft.

Though Vinny never won a Super Bowl and probably won’t appear on many Hall of Fame ballots, he can take solace in the fact that he’s one of the most popular quarterbacks on Sporcle.