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29 04 2011

A.F.C. Darwen is a football club from north England.They play their home games at the Anchor Ground.The club originally played rugby football as well as cricket. It adopted Association rules in 1875.In 1875 they played a representative team from Blackburn in their Barley Park ground.This match, though is not important for any academic purpose it actually experimented with something that was way too modern for those times.What was that?

Answer = The use of floodlights for the first time in sport.

Good crack by all of you!!





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29 04 2011

This stadium located in Pittsburgh,USA is a multi-purpose stadium and hosts various sports like hockey, basketball, tennis, boxing, wrestling and soccer matches and historically holds a special significance in the world of sport.Name the arena and the significance.

Answer = The Civic Arena(Mellon Arena) had the worlds first retractable roof  in 1961.
Mithilesh gets half point





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27 04 2011

This Irishman proposed a certain idea in the late 1800 after seeing the game of football getting a little violent.The idea was first met with great opposition but was later accepted,infact the very next year.Who is he  and what was the idea that has been there ever since?

Answer = William Mccrum who proposed the idea of the penalty kick in 1890. It was in his role as member of the Irish Football Association that McCrum proposed the idea of the penalty kick in order to stop the prevalent practice at the time of defenders professionally fouling an attacking player in order to stop a goal. The idea was submitted to the June 1890 meeting of the International Football Association Board by the Irish FA’s general secretary and IFAB representative Jack Reid but was initially opposed.
Public opinion may have changed after an FA Cup quarter final between Stoke City and Notts County on 14 February 1891 where an indirect free kick after a deliberate handball on the goal line did not result in a goal.

Good crack by Siddharth Pai!!





420

23 04 2011

This guy realized that there was a problem plaguing the law enforcers of his country in the later part of the 19th century. Hence he invented something. He perfected it after dropping a violin and observing the effects. Who is he? What did he invent?

Answer = This is Joseph Hudson, an inventor in Birmingham, England during the late 19th century and the founder of J Hudson & Co in 1870, later to become the world largest whistle manufacturer. He entered a competition held by the Metropolitan police force in London in 1883 to design a better way of attracting people’s attention. He won a contract to supply the police with their new devices, a small but loud ‘whistle‘. Prior to this time the police force had to rely on hand rattles and whistles were only thought of as musical instruments or toys, his whistle is still used by the force and many others world side. He later invented the first referee whistle for football matches, prior to this handkerchiefs were used at games. Hudson also invented the ‘Acme Thunderer’ (first ever pea whistle – after his violin broke and made a sharp sound) which has been, and remains, the most used whistle in the world, from train guards to dog handlers, party goers to police officers.

This question was given by Balaji, who along with Siddarth Pai, happen to be the winners of Week 74. Congrats guys! Incidentally, Bala will be hosting Week 75 for you, as I will be indisposed because of exams. Have a nice time!





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21 04 2011

Two parts to this question:

A) Say you are a student at Cambridge. If you happen to represent them in a team sport, say cricket, and you are reasonably successful at the national level, what will the university award you?

B) Same criteria, except that you are successful only in the county level. Now what is the award that you will get from the university?

Answer = Full blue and half blue are the answers. A Blue is an award earned by sportsmen and women at a university and some schools for competition at the highest level. The awarding of Blues began at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It is found at British, Australian and New Zealand universities.At the first Ox-Bridge Boat Race in 1829, the Oxford crew was dominated by students of Christ Church, whose college colours were dark blue. They thus wore white shirts with dark blue stripes, while Cambridge wore white with a pink or scarlet sash. At the second race, in 1836, a light blue ribbon was attached to the front of the Cambridge boat, probably as it was the colour of Eton. These colours — light blue for Cambridge, and dark blue for Oxford — became the official colours of the two boat clubs, and through the rivalry of the Boat Race became inextricably linked with the universities and contests between the two.





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20 04 2011

I hate this question. A question about one thing in sports I hate a lot. Anyway, here goes:

The colours of which team were supposed to symbolise the fact that they meant to be leaders in both departments of the sport in which they play?

Answer = Kochi Tuskers Kerala wear a orange and purple jersey, denoting the orange cap being given to the player with the most runs in IPL and the purple cap to the highest wicket taker. IPL – ugh! KTK – ugh ugh!





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20 04 2011

What will combining their initials in the right combination give you?

Answer = These four chaps are Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd. As you might have guessed now, they founded March Engineering, the Formula One constructor team. They did so in 1969. The team participated in F1 from 1970 until 1992.