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WrestleMania XXX

For the wrestling fan, this is an exciting time of the year. And so, to explain wrestling a bit to the non-fan, I’m writing this blog. This Sunday (April 6), WrestleMania XXX will be held in New Orleans.

Hold it.

Okay, full disclosure: I can’t think of or discuss New Orleans without singing part of the classic Simpsons episode “A Streetcar Named Marge. So lets get this out of the way:

streetcar named desire“You can always depend on the kindness of strangers,

To pluck up your spirits, and shield you from dangers.

Now here’s a tip from Blanche you won’t regret.

A stranger’s just a friend you haven’t met.”

Well that was fun. On with the blog!

Wrestling and Me

wwe_For those of you who don’t know me, I am nscox and I am a wrestling fan and curator of the WWE subcategory. My favourite wrestler is Chris Jericho, my favourite match is Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin from WrestleMania 13 and my favourite Wrestlemania is X-Seven (2001).

Wrestling is in an odd place right now. It’s been a long time since the last boom period (roughly 1998-2001, known to fans as “The Attitude Era”) and ever since wrestling has had its ups and downs but has been nowhere near as popular as it was in the late ’90s (Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, etc.) or late ’80s (Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, etc.).

The Truth About Wrestling

The average sports fan views wrestling fanatics as the lowest of the low. In short, wrestling simply doesn’t get the respect it is due. This can be seen almost any time a WWE quiz is published as someone will say “this doesn’t belong in the sports category”.

Yes, WWE matches are fake. Or to be more accurate, they are fixed. The reason is simple: It enhances the entertainment value. If you watch a boxing or MMA match, you never know when it will end. It could be a first round knockout or it could be a long snooze fest. In wrestling, matches are scripted to be entertaining and to draw fans in. Yes, the wrestlers are selling their injuries (selling is an insider term that means “to act as if hit by a real move.” For more fun wrestling terms, check out this quiz) but that doesn’t mean there aren’t real risks. It takes a lot of athleticism and talent to be a great wrestler. For example, wrestlers must master the ability to take a fall – that is, to be able to minimize the impact of being thrown to the mat. It takes a long time to do this. And despite these precautions and the “fake” nature of the sport, a great many wrestlers have been seriously injured.

WWE-Triple-Threat-Tag-Title-MatchAs for the entertainment side of wrestling – it’s true that there have been some really bad storylines. And the “soap opera” aspect is a turn-off to some. But storylines are everywhere in sports. When you watch the NFL, the best games usually have some kind of storyline behind them. Whether it’s a team/player chasing a record, an upset, a rivalry or the potential for revenge. It can turn a good game into a great game because fans put all their emotion behind their team. It’s the same in wrestling.

Make no mistake about it, every professional sport is as much about entertaining the fans and making money as it is about athletic competition (which is why rules are often changed to speed things up or keep things interesting). And when sports fans accept this fact, wrestling will not seem so strange.

The Bout to Knock the Other Guy Out

So now that that is out of the way, let’s look at WrestleMania.  First, some context for the non-wrestling fan. The WWE has several weekly TV shows, with Raw being the flagship show. These programs help build up matches, which are then settled at events which can be watched on pay-per-view (ppv). There are 12 ppvs per year and the biggest is WrestleMania. To underscore the prestige of the event, many Manias have been in stadiums and some of the most legendary matches have been at WrestleMania. Celebrities are often brought in, big names of the past are brought back and wrestlers often do everything possible to make their match special.

An Exhaustive History of WrestleMania

Okay, that’s a lie. I’m not going to do a full rundown of the shows. It would take forever and is it really necessary? Instead, here’s a quiz that has Every WrestleMania Match Ever. If you want some more WrestleMania quizzes, here’s a listing of every one with an appropriate tag.

WrestleMania XXX: Not a Porn Parody (I Hope)

wrestlemania-xxx-posterThis year’s show should be a good one. The top 4 matches should all be good, but the bottom 4 really aren’t much to be excited about. A problem they always have is that they try to cram too many people into the show (this is pretty nice of them, since it entitles the wrestlers to ppv bonuses) which means we get multi-man matches where the main goal is to make sure every wrestler has a chance to get in the ring and perform a move.

The WWE Tag Team Championship should be okay, if it doesn’t get bumped to the pre-show. The New Age Outlaws return to join up with Kane to face The Shield. The Divas Championship match will probably be forgettable. The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal could be entertaining if given enough time.

undertaker-vs-lesnarIn the top four matches, The Undertaker faces Brock Lesnar. Undertaker is, of course, undefeated at WrestleMania. Will Lesnar end the streak? Probably not. John Cena faces Bray Wyatt. This will be Cena’s first non-main event or title match since WrestleMania 20. Wyatt should win, but who knows? There will be a lot of upset 10-year-olds if Cena loses. Daniel Bryan faces Triple H with a spot in the Main Event on the line. Triple H gets a lot of flack. There’s no denying his talent, but many fans feel he used his position in the company to keep himself on top for too long. He could buy a lot of good will by putting Bryan over strong.

Finally, the Main Event Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Winner of Bryan/Triple H for WWE Championship. There can be only one ending that benefits the WWE: Daniel Bryan winning and leading a huge “Yes” chant. So there’s a good chance we won’t get that. But the optimist in me is hoping for the right thing.

Sporcle World Order

Now we get to the Main Event, some quizzes!

Three Unique/Interesting Quizzes

Pro Wrestlers by Mug Shot

Wrestler or Supervillain

WWE Wrestlers by ’80s Action Figure & WWE Wrestlers by ’90s Action Figure

Three Royal Rumble Quizzes

Royal Rumble Runners-Up

Royal Rumble Winners

WWE Royal Rumble Final Four

Three WCW Quizzes

WCW Most Nitro Matches

WCW Most PPV Matches

WCW World Heavyweight Champions

Three WWE Championship Quizzes

90 Second Blitz: WWE Champions

WWE Champions (Redux)

WWE Heavyweight Champs

Three WWE Title Quizzes

NWA/WCW/WWE United States Champions

WWE Intercontinental

WWE/WCW Cruiserweight Champions

Post-Match Promo

So in closing, thanks for reading.

I hope non-wrestling fans learned something. And for wrestling fans – enjoy the show! And if you didn’t like this, I’ve got two words for ya: I’m sorry.

I’ll end this with a few inspiring words…

“Dean Malenko, you claim to be the man of 1,000 holds, but I counted, and you know about 60. Well, I know 1,004, and I wrote ‘em all down, here we go. Hold 1: Arm Drag, Hold 2: Armbar, Hold 3: The Moss Covered three-Handled Family Credenza…”

And that sums it all up.

Check out the Sporcle WWE Facebook page for more great quizzes, and you can always email me (nscox22@hotmail.com) for feedback or suggestions for curator picks!

nscox

 

Winter Olympics: The Beginning of the End

Disclaimer: The Olympics curator is Canadian. He just finished watching an amazing women’s hockey game in which Canada scored twice with two minutes remaining to tie the United States, then scored again in overtime to win their fourth consecutive gold medal. We apologize for any unnecessary smugness.

women's hockeyTwo Minutes to Midnight

When I set Thursday as the deadline for Sporcle Olympics Blog IV, I knew I would be writing one of two ways. Most likely, it would either be in a depressed fashion in which I said “well, you can’t win them all” and congratulated the American team. Or it could be in utter jubilation as Canada once again vanquished our southern enemies. With two minutes to go, I was preparing my whiny rhetoric. Then, it happened. My satellite died (curse you freezing rain!). Yep, I missed the final two minutes of the game. I wasn’t depressed because I figured the Americans had it. After learning of the tie, I rushed to a neighbours house and watched the amazing overtime.

So Canada is again Olympic Champions in hockey. That is great. Tomorrow will come another epic battle as the Canadian men try to beat the Americans in the semi-finals. Can Canada repeat as champions, or will the Americans get some revenge (Note: By the time this blog is published, the game will be over).

What I liked the most about the game was… Wait, what’s that? This is a Sporcle blog? I can’t just write about the great Canadian comeback? Oh, you’re no fun any more.

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Winter Olympics: Germany, Unconventional Countries and More

Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by the Sporcle Olympics’ curator nscox. 

Hello Olympic fans! And Sporcle fans! Week 1 is officially in the books. And what a week it was. Triumphs, tragedies and, of course, figure skating judging controversies.

This week in the official Sporcle Olympics blog (insert musical fanfare) we’re going to take a look at two things:

Germany: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Guess Both East and West

map East West GermanyUp first is an issue that always comes up in quizzes that deal with countries at the Olympics. Someone always points out that Germany and West Germany are essentially the same entity. Or that “Germany” should be acceptable for both East and West.

In short: The issue is that East Germany, West Germany, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia no longer exist. They either merged (Germany) or broke up. And many Sporcle users forget this when they play quizzes and think that Germany should work for the Germanies, Russia should work for the Soviet Union, etc., etc. Others suggest a merging of the totals.

There are all sorts of political arguments that figure into the debate, but to me the clincher is this: The IOC considers them separate and so should Sporcle. They all have different National Olympic Committees than their present day counterparts and don’t forget that three of them were made up of several nations. Besides, all five countries are pretty well known, so it’s not unreasonable to expect Sporcle users to know of them. There should be a note in quizzes which states that these nations are included, but I believe they should be separate.

There is also another Germany adding to the fun – the Unified Team of Germany, which was a combined East/West team that was around in the 50s and 60s. And the 1992 Summer and Winter Games saw the participation of the “Unified Team”. This was basically the Soviet Union, but since the USSR had broken up, a bunch of former Soviet countries participated together under this name. It is unrealistic to expect Sporcle users to know either of these facts, so I always accept Germany for the former and Soviet Union for the latter.

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Winter Olympics: Game On!

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Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by the Sporcle Olympics’ curator nscox. 

The games have begun, and I am in full “Canada rocks, everyone else sucks” mode (I am from Canada for those unaware). Typically this involves using harmless slang terms that have been rarely used in the last 50 years. I’m not going to elaborate on this because the last thing I want is angry e-mails.

As I write this, Day 3 coverage has just ended and Canada is in the unusual position of being tied for overall medals. There hasn’t been too much in the way of huge surprises yet. Russia is slipping in a few medals they weren’t supposed to get, but that’s to be expected from the host.

The five nations with the best chance of finishing on top in golds or total medals – Russia, the US, Germany, Norway and a certain country that is home to a certain sporcle curator – are all pretty even.

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Winter Olympics Are Here!

Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by the Sporcle Olympics’ curator nscox. 

sochi-2014-logo-4It’s that time of the year. The Olympics are upon us, and it’s time to get excited.

Not everyone enjoys the Games, but I do. My name (well, my username) is nscox and I’m an Olympics fan. And the Sporcle Olympics curator. And a Canadian. I’ve been an avid Games follower since 1996 and have been pulled along ever since by the epic roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. From the thrill of the favourite being crowned, to the excitement of the upset winner, to the devastation of a legend failing to do well, the Olympics have it all.

The great thing about the Olympics is the focus on lesser appreciated sports. Downhill skiing, speed skating, snowboarding, etc. are all fun to watch. And over the next two weeks, fans will be getting a steady diet of winter action. Adding to the fun is the battle of nations. As we all know, the greatness of a country is measured by Olympic success, and so many questions will be answered in the coming weeks. Can Canada finally top the charts in total medals? Can the U.K. win more than 2 medals for the first time since 1936? Will the Norwegian curling team’s pants drive them to gold? Can Russia win Olympic hockey gold? Can Slovenia? Can Kyrgyzstan finally take a winter medal?

But this isn’t a sports blog. This is a Sporcle blog (insert musical fanfare here). And what better way to get ready for 2 weeks of winter sports bliss than some quizzes?

For quiz creators: Basketball and hockey (the ice variety) have been done to death. Keep that in mind when creating quizzes. If you want advice, help or a curator pick, send suggestions to nscox22@hotmail.com.

hockey_2010WinterOlympicsFor quiz players:

First, test your knowledge of the sports you’ll be watching with Winter Olympic Sports.

Next, see if you can remember the Olympic host cities. Special bonus points if you can remember how to spell the 1936 Winter host without looking it up: Olympic Cities.

Then, get ready for the Winter Olympics premiere event (yes, I said it) with Olympic Hockey Countries.

Take some time off, and remember the figure skating greats in Olympic Figure Skaters.

Finally, take a moment to remember the less fortunate countries with No Winter Olympics Medals.

So with all that being said, best of luck to all the athletes, and lets all hope for a clean and (most importantly) safe Olympics. Let the Games Begin!

 nscox

NFL Week 4: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know

Five teams are now undefeated after four weeks, while four teams are still looking for their first win.

footballThe Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia tidbits. Here’s your NFL Week 4 fast facts:

San Francisco 49ers 35, St. Louis Rams 11

The Rams were held to 18 rushing yards, the fewest in a game by a team so far this season. The Rams hadn’t been held to 18 rushing yards or fewer as a team since week 12 of the 2008 season.

Detroit Lions 40, Chicago Bears 32

The Lions 40 points against the Bears is the most they’ve scored against the Bears since scoring 55 in 1997.

Buffalo Bills 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

Flacco’s seven interceptions are tied for the 2nd-most through the 1st four games of the season by the defending Super Bowl MVP.

Kansas City Chiefs 31, New York Giants 7

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants -85 point differential is their worst ever through the first 4 games of a season.

Minnesota Vikings 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 27

Thanks to the Vikings, the Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968. Maybe now Adrian Peterson’s daughter will be happy.

Seattle Seahawks 23,  Houston Texans 20

This is the first time in franchise history the Seahawks have won a game in which they trailed by at least 14 points entering the 4th quarter; it is also the first time they have started the season 4-0.

 Indianapolis Colts 37,  Jacksonville Jaguars 3

Andrew Luck is tied with John Elway for the most wins (14) in his first 20 starts by a quarterback drafted No. 1 overall since 1970.

Arizona Cardinals 13,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

This is the tenth 0-4 start in franchise history for the Buccaneers.

Cleveland Browns 17, Cincinnati Bengals 6

After trading Trent Richardson, the Browns are tied for first place in the AFC North.

Denver Broncos 52,  Philadelphia Eagles 20

The Broncos are averaging 44.8 points per game; that’s more than the Buccaneers or the Jaguars have scored all season.

Tennessee Titans 38, New York Jets 13

The Titans are only the 2nd team in NFL history without a turnover in the first 4 games, the other was the 1995 Rams.

San Diego Chargers 30, Dallas Cowboys 21

The Cowboys have three defensive TD this season, matching their total from last season.

Washington Redskins 24, Oakland Raiders 14

The Redskins won despite the fact that Robert Griffin III had a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 38.1.

New England Patriots 30, Atlanta Falcons 23

This is the 2nd time both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have started 4-0 in the same season.

New Orleans Saints 38, Miami Dolphins 17

The Saints are 4-0 for the 4th time in franchise history; the last time they started this strong was in 2009 on their way to a Super Bowl title.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

NFL WEEK 2: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

footballA whopping twenty-two NFL games have been decided by 7 points or fewer in the 1st two weeks of the season.

The Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia tidbits. Here’s your NFL Week 2 fast facts:

New England Patriots 13, New York Jets 10
The last time the Patriots scored 13 or less points was September 20, 2009. October 18, 2009 marked their highest scoring game ever with a score of 59-0 against the Titans.

Buffalo Bills 24, Carolina Panthers 23
EJ Manuel’s touchdown pass with 0:02 seconds left to win the game was one of 5 come-from-behind wins this week. He had 296 yards passing in the win, that’s the most by Bills rookie since Dennis Shaw in 1970.

Baltimore Ravens 14, Cleveland Browns 6
Just over an hour before kickoff, Joe Flacco’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child.

Chicago Bears 31, Minnesota Vikings 30
For the first time in franchise history, the Vikings had a kick return touchdown and a fumble return touchdown in the same game.

Kansas City Chiefs 17, Dallas Cowboys 16
The Chiefs are 1st team to start 2-0 after winning two or fewer games the previous season since the 2002 Panthers.

Green Bay Packers 38, Washington Redskins 20
Running back James Starks is the first Packers RB with 100 yards in almost 3 years. That’s 44 straight regular-season games without a 100-yard rusher.

Houston Texans 30, Tennessee Titans 24
The Texans Titans game went into overtime after Texans’ kicker had 4 tries at a game-winning field goal; the first three didn’t count due to 2 timeouts and an offsides call.

Miami Dolphins 24, Indianapolis Colts 20
Andrew Luck had the NFL’s longest active streak with 165 straight passes without an interception before Brent Grimes picked him off. The NFL record is 358 passes set by Tom Brady during the 2010-11 season.

Philadelphia Eagles 31, San Diego Chargers 24
On Sunday, the Chargers and Eagles combined for 1,050 total yards. That’s just over a half a mile of offense.

Atlanta Falcons 31, St. Louis Rams 24
Osi Umenyiora’s 68-yard interception return is the longest interception return touchdown by a non-defensive back in Falcons’ history.

Arizona Cardinals 25, Detroit Lions 21
Cornerback Patrick Peterson both caught a pass and threw a pass in the Lions/Cardinals game.

New Orleans Saints 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
According to advancednflstats.com, The Bucs have lost 2 straight games where they had a greater than 95% chance of winning inside of the 2 minute mark.

Denver Broncos 41, New York Giants 23
This week is likely the end of Manning Bowl. Currently, Eli and Peyton aren’t scheduled to meet again in regular season play until 2017 (Peyton will be 41). Peyton is 3-0 when the brothers face off.

Oakland Raiders 19, Jacksonville Jaguars 9
In the first two games of the season the Jacksonville Jaguars have more penalties (14), sacks allowed (11), and punts (19), than offensive points scored (9).

Seattle Seahawks 29, San Francisco 49ers 3
Fans at CenturyLink Field set the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium when the noise level reached 136.6 decibels during the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. This broke the previous record of 131.76 decibels, set two years ago during a soccer game in Istanbul, Turkey.

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
The Steelers are 0-2 for first time under Mike Tomlin. The last four times the Steelers started 0-2, they ended the season with a winning record.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

NFL WEEK 1: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

footballFootball is back.

The 2013 NFL season began this weekend. Some teams won. Some lost. Others were just happy to field a team. Each week Sporcle will bring you trivia tidbits from each game.
Here are your NFL Week 1 fast facts:

Denver Broncos 49, Baltimore Ravens 27
On Friday morning, The Columbus Dispatch posted a headline that read “(John) Elway throws seven touchdown passes”. Elway hasn’t played in an NFL game since 1998 – the same year that Peyton Manning was drafted.

Kansas City Chiefs 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 2
Bryan Anger set a franchise record for the Jaguars on Sunday with 11 punts in a single game. The NFL average is 5 punts per game, and there has only been one game in NFL history where neither team had a punt during the game – Buffalo Bills vs San Francisco 49ers in 1992.

New England Patriots 23, Buffalo Bills 21
The last Buffalo Bills quarterback to beat the New England Patriots on Opening Day was Drew Bledsoe. Incidentally, no Bills head coach has ever won his season-opening debut.

Miami Dolphins 23, Cleveland Browns 10
The Cleveland Browns have the lowest league prices for tickets, beer, and parking. The Dallas Cowboys have the highest.

Tennessee Titans 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 9
The first score of the full opening day of the NFL season was a safety. Four different teams gave up safeties in week one games. There were just 13 in the entire 2012 NFL season.

St. Louis Rams 27, Arizona Cardinals 24
The Rams won their first season opener in 7 years. The last time the Rams won their season opener was against Denver with a score of 18-10.

Detroit Lions 34, Minnesota Vikings 24
Joique Bell rushed for 2 TD in the season opener. Only two other Lions have done so in the last 35 seasons: Billy Sims (1980) and Jahvid Best (2010).

Dallas Cowboys 36, New York Giants 31
Eli Manning’s first NFL career victory came at the Cowboys’ expense.

Indianapolis Colts 21, Oakland Raiders 17
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed for 112 yards, breaking the Raiders’ single-game rushing record by a quarterback. The previous mark was held by Rich Gannon who rushed for 85 rushing yards on Oct. 8, 2000, at San Francisco.

New York Jets 18, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
Geno Smith’s Quarterback Rating (QBR) jumped from 29 in the 1st half to a 69 in the 2nd half. It was the largest increase by a rookie in a season opener over the last 5 seasons. Geno Smith joins the list of 25 other starting Jets’ quarterbacks since Joe Namath retired; see how many you can guess in the New York Jets quarterback quiz.

San Francisco 49ers 34, Green Bay Packers 28
A fan fell to his death at Candlestick Park during the 1st quarter of Sunday’s game. In the last ten years, there have been more than two dozen cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States.

Chicago Bears 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21
New Head Coach March Trestman joined Hall of Famer George Halas, Neill Armstrong and Dick Jauron as the only coaches to win their Bears debut.

New Orleans Saints 23, Atlanta Falcons 17
Atlanta has lost seven of eight in New Orleans since Sean Payton became coach.

Seattle Seahawks 12, Carolina Panthers 7
Despite two dynamic quarterbacks, these teams often meet in a defensive battle. Last year’s score was a 16-12 win for Seattle.

Philadelphia Eagles 33, Washington Redskins 27
The Eagles had 26 points at halftime, a mark they reached just once last season.

Houston Texans 31, San Diego Chargers 28
During Monday night’s game, Andre Johnson broke the record for most 10+ catch games in NFL history.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

BCS Championship and Sporcle

The holiday season is upon us, and for sports fans, that means college football and the BCS Championship series.

It’s that time of year when college football comes to an end and college basketball is just beginning, when team rivalries mix with family get-togethers, and when shouts at the TV are powered by Christmas cookies and eggnog.

Historically, there has been general frustration about the logic and fairness of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) picks. Regardless, the final BCS standings are out and picks have been made. Speculations and predictions have begun, fans are buying tickets, and here at Sporcle HQ we’re on the lookout for quality 2012 college bowl quizzes.

No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama take each other on in the BCS championship game, which will be played on January 7 in Miami. Both teams are major powerhouses, though when it comes to Sporcle quizzes, Notre Dame football quizzes have more plays than Alabama. Not that popularity or trivia-worthiness has anything to do with performance.

Notre Dame has always chosen to set themselves apart, simply by refusing to join a conference for football and remaining independent all these years. That alone is a piece of trivia that Alabama just lacks. But Alabama does have historically high rankings, along with two BCS Championship wins in the last three years, to give them some extra confidence.

Rounding out the BCS Bowl Games:
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
Orange Bowl: No. 12 Florida State vs. No. 15 Northern Illinois
Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Florida vs. No. 21 Louisville

Want to take a walk down memory lane? Consider playing the BCS Championship Game quizzes from the last few years:

2011/12: LSU vs. Alabama
2010/11:  Auburn vs. Oregon
2009/10: Texas vs. Alabama

In the weeks ahead, as you sit on the couch watching hours of football, remember Sporcle. We’re here to break the monotony of  stale holiday commercials, drawn-out delays for challenged plays, and defensive battles which leave you wanting some added excitement.

 

‘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.