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Sharp 7: Weekly sports quiz honors Mother's Day

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    Some baseball players use pink Louisville Slugger bats on Mother's Day to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.


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    In 2011 Mud Hens pitcher Charlie Furbush wore pink spikes in honor of Mother’s Day.

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Sharpen your sports wits with The Blade’s Sharp 7, a weekly trivia quiz designed to test your knowledge on a variety of subjects in the sports world. Today’s focus is on Mother’s Day, which was on Sunday.


Some baseball players use pink Louisville Slugger bats on Mother's Day to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.


1. Let’s start with a local question: What pair of Libbey High School graduates played crucial roles in the 1950 Ohio State-Michigan contest better known as the “Snow Bowl”?

2. In the 1948 Olympics, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals. What nickname was this 30-year-old Dutch mother of two given?

3. This former Oklahoma State basketball player played just 39 seconds in one game for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010, giving him the “shortest” career in NBA history. What is his name? Hint: His mom could not decide if she should give him the first name of “James” or “Leon” when he was born – so she gave him both. Well, sort of.

4. What basketball standout returned to action just six weeks after giving birth and eventually led the Houston Comets to the 1997 WNBA title?

5. This Brazilian soccer player was nicknamed Paulista, but his given name came from his mother liking an American rock band from the late 1960s. What is the first and middle name of this soccer player whose last name is Couto?

6. This former Memphis State standout, who teamed with William Bedford and Keith Lee, shared his last name with a famous detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and was given his first name by one of that detective’s best-known cases. What is his name?

7. The birthday “kicker” for May 14: What former Blade sports writer was born on this day in 1958? She now is a columnist for USA Today.

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1. Libbey High School grads Tony and Bob Momsen (get it? “Mom”sen) each played a critical role in the “Snow Bowl” of 1950. Bob Momsen, who played for Ohio State, recovered a blocked punt that led to a Buckeye field goal, but Tony Momsen, who played for Michigan, blocked a punt and recovered it in end zone for the only touchdown in the Wolverines 9-3 victory.

2. Fanny Blankers-Koen was nicknamed “The Flying Housewife” after winning four gold medals in the 1948 Olympics.

3. JamesOn Curry played just 39 seconds in one game for the Clippers during the 2010 season for the shortest career in NBA history. His first name honors his grandfather James and his father Leon.

4. Sheryl Swoopes returned after giving birth to a son to lead the Houston Comets to the 1997 WNBA title. She also was a three-time WNBA most valuable player.

5. Paulito’s given name is Creedence Clearwater Couto in honor of the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.

6. Former Memphis State basketball player Baskerville Holmes, who received his name from a mother who loved the books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was drafted by Milwaukee in 1986 but never played in the NBA.

7. Ottawa Hills native Christine Brennan, now a columnist for USA Today, was born on May 14, 1958.

Contact John Wagner at jwagner@theblade.com419-724-6481, or on Twitter @jwagnerblade.

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