Wednesday, October 20

Sporting News Sports Trivia Challenge: Test Your Knowledge of SN Magazine’s Biggest Cover Topics



Sporting News will be 135 years old in 2021 and to help us celebrate our birthday, we are putting you to the test. Since SN was born as a print magazine in 1886, there have been many iconic sports legends that have graced the cover throughout the years.

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Here’s what you know and remember about them. How well can you answer these 25 questions about the biggest names in the biggest sports SN has covered since its founding?

  • Question 1: “Pioneers”

    Which MLB legend was the first person to write in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, and track) at UCLA?

  • answer 1

    Jackie Robinson. Two of his Bruins football teammates, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, helped make the NFL.

  • Question 2: “Dear basketball”

    What great NBA player won the League MVP, Finals MVP, a league scoring title, All-Star Game MVP, the Slam Dunk Contest, and a The academy?

  • Answer 2

    Kobe Bryant. Just two years before the late Lakers superstar tragically died in a helicopter crash in 2020, he accepted an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

  • Question 3: “He knows”

    What great athlete of all time made it to the MLB All-Star Game in 1989 and the NFL Pro Bowl in 1990?

  • Answer 3

    Bo Jackson. He hit a starting homer with a Royal in the All-Star Game. He rushed for 698 yards to earn his Pro Bowl nod a year later, but he didn’t play as a Raider.

  • Question 4: “Race to history”

    Who is the most recent driver to win a seventh NASCAR Cup championship?

  • Answer 4

    Jimmie Johnson. Joined by “The King”, Richard Petty and “The Intimidator”, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

  • Question 5: “Greatness”

    Who has won the most Hart Trophies (nine) as NHL regular season MVP?

  • Answer 5

    Wayne Gretzky. “The Great One” is the NHL’s all-time leader in goals, assists and total points. He has more assists than anyone else has points.

  • Question 6: “Let him reign”

    Who led your high school basketball team to a 101-6 record and won three state championships?

  • Answer 6

    Lebron James. The legend of James was born as the prince of St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio.

  • Question 7: “It was meant to be”

    Which defensive back, who won a national championship at the Rose Bowl and a Super Bowl ring at the Superdome, was born in Saint Rose, Louisiana?

  • Answer 7

    Ed Reed. He won big with the Miami Hurricanes and the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Question 8: “Gamebreakers”

    Who holds the NFL record for receiving the most touchdowns (23) in a single season?

  • Answer 8

    Randy Moss. He did it for the Patriots by catching passes from Tom Brady in 2007.

  • Question 9: “Big men”

    Who was the first pick in the 2002 NBA Draft?

  • Answer 9

    Yao Ming. The Houston Rockets took away China’s sturdy and skillful center 7-6.

  • Question 10: “Planebreakers”

    Who holds the NFL record for most TDs on the ground (28) in a single season?

  • Answer 10

    LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers legend had 31 total TDs that season and won the NFL MVP in 2006.

  • Question 11: “Bluebloods”

    Which coach has the most wins in Division I college basketball history?

  • Answer 11

    Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K has 1,097 wins after the 2020-21 season and no other Division I coach has reached 1,000.

  • Question 12: “Captains”

    Who is the No. 6 all-time major league hitter at 3,465?

  • Answer 12

    Derek Jeter. The former Yankees shortstop is only behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Tris Speaker.

  • Question 13: “Even bigger men”

    Who is the eighth all-time in NBA scoring, just behind Wilt Chamberlain?

  • Answer 13

    Shaquille O’Neal. He won two regular season scoring titles, first with the Magic in 1995 and second with the Lakers in 2000.

  • Question 14: “Great games”

    Who is the only player in NBA history to score 50 points or more in consecutive playoff games?

  • Answer 14

    Michael Jordan. He lost 50 and 55 points in the first two games of a Bulls series against the Cavaliers in 1988.

  • Question 15: “First”

    Who was the first player in NCAA FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season?

  • Answer 15

    Vince Young. He did it in his spectacular national championship season with Texas in 2005 with 3,036 yards passing through the air and 1,050 yards rushing.

  • Question 16: “Hit machines”

    Who was the last MLB player to hit above .390 in a season?

  • Answer 16

    Tony Gwynn. The Padres legend reached his career high of .394 in 1994.

  • Question 17: “Approve grades”

    Who holds the record for the most three TD passing games in the Super Bowl (four)?

  • Answer 17

    Tom Brady. He added his fourth in Super Bowl 55 with three first-half touchdowns against the Chiefs in the Buccaneers’ 31-9 win.

  • Question 18: “Give it five”

    Which NHL star scored goals in five ways (including strength, understaffing, power play, penalty shot, and empty goal) on December 31, 1988?

  • Answer 18

    Mario Lemieux. “Super Mario” did it for the penguins and no other player has done it before or since.

  • Question 19: “Unbreakable”

    Who holds the MLB record for the most career total bases at 6,856?

  • Answer 19

    Hank Aaron. The late Braves slugger also holds the record for most RBIs (2,297) and extra-base hits (1,477).

  • Question 20: “Speeding up the list”

    Who is the NFL’s all-time No. 5 in rushing yards at 14,820?

  • Answer 20

    Adrian Peterson. He’s only behind Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Frank Gore, and Barry Sanders.

  • Question 21: “More important games”

    Which college basketball player scored 44 points on 21 of 22 field goal attempts to help his team win the 1973 NCAA championship game?

  • Answer 21

    Bill Walton. He ensured UCLA would clinch a seventh title in a row with John Wooden by defeating Memphis.

  • Question 22: “Sluggers”

    Who was the first player in MLB history to hit 100 home runs for three different clubs?

  • Answer 22

    Reggie Jackson. The Hall of Famer did it for the Athletics, Yankees and Angels.

  • Question 23: “Triple Threats”

    Paul Hornung and Earl Campbell are two of three players to win a Heisman Trophy, were No. 1 in the NFL Draft and finished in the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Who is the third?

  • Answer 23

    OJ Simpson. He ran the 1968 Heisman for USC before being drafted by the Bills for the first time in 1969. He was inducted into Canton in 1985.

  • Question 24: “Crossovers”

    Which winner of two Cy Young Awards was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL Draft, ahead of Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille?

  • Answer 24

    Tom Glavine. The Braves took him in the second round of the 1984 MLB Draft. The 10-time All-Star was also a World Series MVP in 1995 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

  • Question 25: “First family”

    How many Pro Bowls combined did Archie, Eli, and Peyton Manning make in their careers?

  • Answer 25

    twenty. Archie Manning was appointed to two. Eli Manning did it four times. Peyton Manning got 14 nods.




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