1. As ratings have shown, no one cares much about boxing. Name these
current heavyweight boxing champions, for ten points each.
- The WBA champion, this "Quiet Man" won the title in December 2003
against Hasim Rahman, months after losing said belt to Roy Jones, Jr.
Answer: John Ruiz
- The WBC champion, this Ukraine native won the title in April 2004
against Corrie Sanders, shortly after Lennox Lewis vacated the belt.
Answer: Vitali Klitschko
- The IBF champion, this Michigan native won the title in December
2003 against Evander Holyfield, shortly after Lennox Lewis vacated the
belt. Oh, that Lennox.
Answer: Chris Byrd
2. Answer questions about these not-quite fairy-tale films, for ten points each.
- Butchered into a 139-minute cut, this Sergio Leone film starring Robert DeNiro and James Woods was eventually restored to its 229-minute director's cut.
Answer: Once Upon A Time in America
- Tsui Hark's (CHOY HARK) Once Upon A Time in China series stars Jet Li as what Chinese folk hero?
Answer: Wong Fei-Hung
- Subtitled Once Upon a Time in India, this 2001 film starred Aamir Khan as a man who tries to save his village from a devastating land tax by challenging the British to a cricket match.
3. Name these restaurant chains owned or once owned by McDonald's, for the stated number of points.
- (5) "We're Always Cooking" is the catchphrase of this "home style meal" restaurant, known for such entrees as Double-Sauce Meatloaf, Hand-Carved Rotisserie Turkey and Sweet Garlic Rotisserie Chicken.
Answer: Boston Market
- (10) This fast-food Mexican chain, named for a type of pepper, is known for its gourmet burritos and tacos.
- (15) McDonald's sold its interest in this pizza chain in 2003.
4. Identify the TV series given the goofy "save our show" campaign, for ten points each.
- Fans sent bottles of Tabasco, the aliens' favorite condiment, to keep this show afloat. The effort got UPN to pick up the show after the WB canceled it.
- As part of Operation Haverchuck, fans sent peanuts -- a near-fatal allergen to one character -- to media and networks to try to save this show, now on DVD.
Answer: Freaks and Geeks
- Fans sent flattened cracker boxes, a reference to the episode "Crackers Don't Matter", to try to save this Sci-Fi show produced by the Jim Henson Company.
5. For ten points each, name these nominees for the 2005 Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association:
- This Christian music legend, responsible for such crossover hits as "Friends" and "Place In This World," received a Song of the Year nomination for "Healing Rain."
Answer: Michael W. Smith
- This Jon Foreman-led group, which saw crossover success in 2004 with the album The Beautiful Letdown and the single "Meant to Live," was nominated for Group of the Year and Artist of the Year.
- This Mark Hall-led group received seven Dove nominations, including Song of the Year for "Who Am I?"
Answer: Casting Crowns
6. The life and times of Hunter S. Thompson, for ten points each.
- Adapted from a two-part Rolling Stone article, this Thompson work
on his drug-fueled misadventures in Sin City, was adapted into a 1998
movie starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke.
Answer: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- This collection of Thompson's ESPN.com essays was subtitled Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness -- Modern History from the Sports Desk.
Answer: Hey Rube
- Thompson's first novel, it was written in 1959 but not released
Answer: The Rum Diary
7. Barbie isn't the only doll helping indoctrinate young girls into America's narcissistic consumer hegemony. For ten points each, given clues, identify these members of the Bratz line.
- Before the Bratz were inappropriately dressed tweens, they appeared in this incarnation -- think slutty toddler and you've got a good picture of this spinoff line whose accessories include a minibike and carriage.
Answer: Bratz Babyz
- These male Bratz counterparts were orignally offered in two types: Dylan (African American) and Cameron (Caucasian).
Answer: Bratz Boyz
- This special Bratz pairing consists of Phoebe and Roxxi: one is sweet, the other nasty.
Answer: Bratz Twiinz
8. Given a feature in a national pavilion at Disney's EPCOT, name the country so represented, for ten points each.
- Maelstrom, a flume-like ride.
- You learn about this nation on "The River of Time," kind of an It's a Small World with a Latin flair.
- Amid the shops and food options here, you'll also be entertained by Imaginum - A Statue Act.
9. Name the gimmick associated with these films, ten points each:
- This was the name John Waters gave to his scratch & sniff cards in Polyester.
- This low-frequency audio boost made seats vibrate, and was used in Battlestar Galactica and Rollercoaster, among others.
- This gimmick, used in William Castle's The Tingler, placed motors under theatre seats to administer electric shocks at key moments.
10. (AUDIO) Even when they retire, they won’t shut up. Identify these former athletes turned color commentators from clips, for ten points each.
- Clip 43
Answer: Tim McCarver
- Clip 44
Answer: Joe Theismann
- Clip 45
Answer: Bill Walton
11. For ten points each, identify these Real World alums who were able to find success after their season went off the air in something other than the Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
- An up-and-coming model during her time on Real World: London, she has had major movie roles in The Human Stain, Ladder 49 and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Answer: Jacinda Barrett (accept either)
- The "angry young black man" on the first Real World, he is a well-received author and social critic and commentator on racial issues.
Answer: Kevin Powell (accept either)
- While she has appeared on a Real World/Road Rules Challenge, this former soccer player and Real World: Paris alum appeared as a model in Sports Illustrated's 2005 swimsuit issue.
Answer: Mallory Snyder (accept either)
12. For ten points each, name these jazz guitarists:
- Although he has more recently done songs by Charles Mingus on the album Peggy's Blue Skylight and songs by Thelonius Monk on Green Chimneys, he is better known as the guitarist in the Police.
Answer: Andy Summers
- Also collaborating with Carlos Santana on the album Love, Devotion, Surrender, this Brit played on and is the namesake of one of the tracks on Miles Davis's Bitches Brew.
Answer: John McLaughlin
- Bassist Steve Rodby and pianist Lyle May are core members of this man's namesake group, which had some crossover success with the 1980 album American Garage, featuring the song "(Cross the) Heartland".
Answer: Pat Metheny
13. Answer these questions about the history of overtime in college football, for ten points each.
- Overtime decided the national championship at the January 2003 Fiesta Bowl between these two schools. Ten points all or nothing.
Answer: Ohio State and Miami, Florida
- Overtime was first used in 1995 at this bowl game that saw Toledo beat Nevada 40-37.
Answer: Las Vegas Bowl
- In 2001, this SEC school defeated Eli Manning-led Ole Miss, 58-56, in seven overtimes. Quarterback Matt Jones ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for this school in the overtimes.
Answer: University of Arkansas
14. Fill in the blanks to the following lines from 1983's A Christmas Story, for ten points each.
- (2 words) Only one thing in the world could've dragged me away from the soft glow of (BLANK) gleaming in the window.
Answer: Electric Sex
- (2 blanks, but only 1 word) Be sure to drink your (BLANK). (BLANK)? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!
- (3 words) Some men are Baptists, others Catholic, my father was (BLANK)
Answer: An Oldsmobile Man
15. For ten points each, name these related groups.
- Started in 1994, this technical help service has what they call "precincts" in Best Buy stores and will come to you in their special black and white VW beetles to help you out.
Answer: Geek Squad
- Before they got crapped on in a movie, this crime-fighting unit made up of Peter, Linc, and Julie were played on TV by Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, and Peggy Lipton, respectively.
Answer: The Mod Squad
- This rap act featured among its members Big Punisher and Fat Joe, who introduced the group on his 1998 album Don Cartagena.
Answer: Terror Squad
16. Forget Revenge of the Sith: The movies to watch for in 2005 are animated. Name some of them, ten points each.
- Already Japan's second-highest-grossing film, Hayao Miyazaki's latest is based on a Diana Wynne Jones book, about a girl who is transformed into an old woman by a witch’s curse.
Answer: Howl's Moving Castle or Hauru no ugoku shiro
- In October, Aardman Animation will present Wallace and Gromit in their first feature film, with this subtitle.
Answer: The Curse of the Were-rabbit
- Richard Linklater uses the animation style he brought to Waking Life to adapt this Philip K. Dick novel. Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., and Winona Ryder star.
Answer: A Scanner Darkly
17. Given a name of a British TV show, identify the American remake, for ten points each.
- Till Death Us Do Part
Answer: All in the Family
- Man About the House
Answer: Three’s Company
- One Foot in the Grave
18. For ten points each, name these related things.
- Formed by Stacy Jones, this group found it greatest success with the 2001 single "Flavor of the Weak".
Answer: American Hi-Fi
- This 1980 film starred Richard Gere has a high-priced southern California escort.
Answer: American Gigolo
- This company, founded in 1908, competes with Hallmark with its own line of cards and related items. Its corporate family includes the Learning Horizons line of educational toys, Balloon Zone, and GuildHouse Candles.
Answer: American Greetings Corporation
19. For ten points each: name these things from the Sugarhill Gang’s "Rapper’s Delight":
- Big Bank Hank mentions early in the song that he owns two cars. One he refers to by make and model, the other just by make. Name either car.
Answer: Lincoln Continental and Sunroof Cadillac
- When the Sugarhill Gang is asked what they like on their breakfast toast, they respond with this two-word answer.
Answer: Hot Butter
- Wonder Mike raps about a miserable time he had when he went to a friend’s house to eat. Problem? The macaroni was soggy, the peas were mushed and the chicken tasted like, what?
20. We searched for him for years. We found him. And we don't want him back. For ten points each:
- A scraggly Bobby Fischer railed against the U.S. government and Jews in an animated press conference in this country that granted him political asylum.
- Fischer had been imprisoned for nearly a year for trying to leave without a passport in this country, whose prime minister he called a puppet of George W. Bush.
- During his press conference in Iceland, he lit into this ESPN reporter, partly for being a Jew and partly because his father once wrote that Fischer "didn't have a sane bone in his body."
Answer: Jeremy Schaap (more on Schaap)
21. Piers Anthony has peculiar tastes and fetishes, but he's sold a whole lot
of books, so here's his bonus. For five points each, name any six of the seven novels that make up Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series.
Answer: On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, With a Tangled Skein,
Wielding a Red Sword, Being a Green Mother, For Love of Evil, And
22. For ten points each, name these baseball players who hit at least 50 homers in a season.
- Before Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire obliterated the National League single-season mark, this Hall of Famer hit 56 homers and drove in 191 runs as a Cub in 1930.
Answer: Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson
- This Pittsburgh Pirate Hall of Famer led the National League in
homers for seven straight seasons, including 51 in 1947 and 54 in 1949.
Answer: Ralph Kiner
- This leadoff hitter hit 50 homers for Baltimore in 1996. His
second-best season for homers? 1999, when he hit only 24.
Answer: Brady Anderson