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Terribly Tough Trivia

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

We hate to do this to you, sports fans, but today we woke up in a real ornery mood. So today’s trivia quiz is gonna be rough. I mean, real rough. There are absolutely no “gimmes” in this one. In fact, if you can answer, oh, half of these questions correctly, you can consider yourself a true sports trivia expert. Besides, after taking this quiz, at the very least you’ll have gained some cool additions to your own trivia arsenal. So let’s get on with it!


1. What was heavyweight boxer Sonny Banks’ greatest claim to fame?

2. Who were the two competitors in tennis’ highly-publicized 1973 “Battle of the Sexes”?

3. NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen has been in the news a lot lately. Where did he play his college ball?

4. Jay Berwanger was the first to win this prestigious sports award.

5. What gymnast has won the most women’s world all-around titles, with five?

6. Who was the last Rainbow Warrior basketball player to collect 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game? (Hint: He played under then-head coach Bob Nash.)

7. In 2007, the Oakland Raiders selected QB JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Russell is regarded by many to be the biggest bust in NFL history. Who was picked second in that first round?

8. The American League batting trophy is currently named for what Hall of Fame player?

9. Besides being an Olympic champion in swimming, the great Duke Kahanamoku also served as an alternate player of what Olympic team sport?

10. The Rainbow Wahine volleyball program has won four national championships. On three of those occasions, they beat a Pac-12 team. Which non-Pac-12 team did they defeat for a national title?



1. Banks was the first fighter to knock down Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay). He sent Ali to the mat in the first round in their February 1962 fight. Ali would beat Banks via fourth-round TKO.

2. Billie Jean King easily beat Bobby Riggs, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. King was 29 years old at the time, while Riggs was 55. The match was held in the Houston Astrodome, with more than 30,000 people in attendance and another 50 million watching on TV.

3. Pippen played at Central Arkansas.

4. In 1935, Berwanger became the first-ever winner of college football’s Heisman Trophy Award.

5. That would be Simone Biles.

6. Against the Lamar Cardinals in December 2009, forward Petra’s Balocka became justbthe third UH men’s player to achieve a 20-20 game (joining Bob Nash and Melton Werts).

7. With the very next pick, the Detroit Lions selected “Megatron” himself, Calvin Johnson.

8. Rod Carew.

9. Kahanamoku was an alternate team member for the 1932 U.S. Olympic water polo team.

10. On Dec. 8, 1979, Hawaii beat Utah State to claim the Rainbow Wahine’s first-ever national championship.

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