Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Thursday Quiz XCVII

The Thursday Quiz!

The Thursday Quiz is a twelve item is-it-or-isn't-it test of your knowledge, reasoning, stamina, and moxie!

Remember always the Fundamental Rules of the Thursday Quiz:

1. The Thursday Quiz is a POP quiz. No research, Googling, Wikiing, or use of reference books. Violators will never be able to look at themselves in the mirror again.

2. Don't get all stressed out about it! It's supposed to be fun!

College Football!

The big day is finally here! The University of Oregon kicks off its season against Boise State tonight in a big-time matchup that will almost certainly end with my testosterone level either up or down 20%, depending on which student athletes prevail!

The NCAA big show expands to 120 teams this year -- welcome, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers! Seriously! Here are twelve teams that may or may not be in contention, along with their respective helmets. Which IS and which ISN'T bona fide college football teams?

1. Arizona State Sun Devils
2. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
3. Navy Dreadnaughts
4. Nevada State Miners
5. New Hampshire State Dragons
6. North Carolina State Lions
7. Ohio Bobcats
8. South Carolina Gamecocks
9. Southern Methodist Mustangs
10. Tulane Bears
11. Virginia Cavaliers
12. Virginia Tech Lightning

Get your answers into the comments with a balanced pass/rush offensive attack.


Elaine said...


1. Yes
2. Yes
3. No, even if it sounds ship-shape
4. Hmm. No. Nuggets or Pinballs or Gamers or something, maybe.
5. Hmm. No. (Like I would have a clue.)
6. Looks more like a wolf. Nah.
7. Sure.
8. YES. (I think I know one!)
9. This is a Yes.
10. Newt Gingrich got a PhD at Tulane. I rest my case. NO. (Just on principle.)
11. No. Too unlikely sounding
12. Shoot. My nephew graduated from VaTech. Couldn't you ask about U of Evansville? I know The Purple Aces! That is SUCH an unlikely name! I always said, "Purple Asses," but that was just to torment our son ('05)...Oh, I'll say YES just to end on a "positive note."

Elaine said...

Here are my husband's answers. (Sports are the man's job, like killing spiders.)

3.NO (probably, not sure) (as in "no idea")
7. yes
His comment: Hmm, some of these are pret-ty obscure.

Um-hm! That's M5000's trademark!

Cartophiliac said...

1. Yes. Everyone in that state is going to hell for their blasphemy!
2. no
3. no
4. sounds plausible
5. nah
6. who knows
7. yep. fer real!
8. Yes. Go Cocks! (heh heh heh)
9. Yes. Resurrected after the death penalty
10. No. Not sure what Tulane calls themselves, but that is a Tennessee helm
11. Yes. The Gay Blades! (I don't know if that's a real nickname for them, but it should)
12. Nah.

The Calico Cat said...

1 - Yes
2 - no
3 - no
4 - no
5 - no
6 - no
7 - no
8 - yes
9 - yes
10 - no
11 - yes
12 - no
Where are the ducks?

d said...

1y 2y 3n (that looks suspiciously like a nebraska cornhuskers helmet.) 4n 5y 6n 7y 8y 9n 10n (isn't that a tennessee vols helmet?) 11y 12n.

Rebel said...

Um... Go Ducks!

(do I get points for that?)

Oh, and I think the helmet in #10 is for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Christine M. said...

1. yeppers
2. yeppers
3. nope
4. nope
5. there are dragons in NH? nope
6. nope
7. yeppers! Go cats!
8. yeppers
9. yeppers
10. nope. that is definitely a Tennessee "T". We see them a lot around here.
11. yeppers
12. nope

DrSchnell said...

1. Yes
2. yes
3. Nope. That'd be the Nebraska Cornhuskers' helmet, where, as the old Oklahoma dig goes, the "N" stands for [k]"nowledge"
4. I don't think there is such a school, so nope.
5. No such school. So nope.
6. No. I think they're a Wolfpack, or something like that.
7. yes
8. yes
9. yes
10. That looks like a Tennessee helmet to me, so, nope.
12. nope

Elizabeth said...

I wasn't going to do this quiz, football (the US kind at least) being approximately -132 on my list of things I'm interested in/know anything about, but then the ghost of Knut Rockne appeared and told me to go out and win one for the Gipper, and as I was born in South Bend, what can I do? So here's a hail mary of all guesses - without even looking at the pictures, so you know this is even more of a desperation play.

1. yes
2. yes
3. no
4. no
5. yes
6. no
7. yes
8. yes
9. yes
10. no
11. yes
12. no
13. no
14. yes

Oh, am I over the goal line already? Go Irish!

IamSusie said...

All I know for sure is that 4 is Northwestern and 10 is University of Texas.

mrs.5000 said...

Wow, that Elaine really knows when to take a vacation from the quizzes, is all I can say. Let's see how I fare, without even the benefits of random number generation.

1. I actually know this one, so it's all downhill from here. yes
2. why not. yes
3. Aren't they just "Navy"? Though they should be the Navy Beans. no
4 uh, yes
5 uh, no
6 That doesn't look like a lion. I'd call it a wolverine. no
7 The helmet design isn't saying "Bobcat" to me, so I'll say no. Also, are there really bobcats in Ohio?
8 I like that. yes. You know, I just have to say at this point that I'm troubled by the Riddell Co. helmet monopoly. I think it should be looked into.
9 yeah, sure.
10 why not? yeah.
11 A little synaptic hunch thinks this is really Virginia Tech. I'm hoping this is a message from brain cells still in touch with brain cells who might have actually noticed such things when I was on the Virginia Tech campus for a day or two twenty-odd years ago. no
12. See "fat chance" above. no

mrs.5000 said...

Man, sorry, Elaine. Pretty grim stuff to encounter just before a trip.

I forgot to say: GO DUCKS!!!

fingerstothebone said...

Jot strikes again! (Oh yeah, and jot says GO DUCKS!)

1. no
2. no
3. yes
4. yes
5. yes
6. no
7. yes
8. no
9. no
10. no
11. yes
12. yes

Elaine said...

Yeah, well, my hubby's undergrad alma mater was PENN STATE.

Remember the Rose Bowl!

(small ducky-down feathers floating down....down....down....faint oboe solo)

TOLD you to wait!

Ben said...

Well, I only recognize one of these, and not coincidentally, it's the only Pac-10 team in today's quiz.

1. Is.
2. Sure.
3. Dreadnaughts? Isn't that the cutout in a guitar body to allow for easier wailin' on those high notes? Isn't.
4. What the heck. Is.
5. Is?
6. Doesn't really look like a lion, so Isn't.
7. Isn't.
8. Is.
9. Is.
10. Isn't.
11. Is.
12. Isn't.

Did I mention that I was guessing?

Unknown said...

3. booooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
4. yaaaaaaay!!!!
5. yaaaaaaaay!!
6. boooooooooo.....
7. booooooooo!!!!!!!!
8. booooooooo!!!!!
9. yaaaaaaay!!!
10. booooooooo......
11. yaaaaaaay!!!!!!
12. booooo.....

Snowgirl said...

1. Yep
2. Yep
3. Nope, Nebraska helmet
4. Nope, Northwestern helmet
5. I'm going with nope, M5K trickery
6. Nope, wrong helmet/name
7. Yep (representing the MAC)
8. Hmmm, Yep on the name, is that the right helmet? I'll go with Yep.
9. No clue here, so Yep.
10. Nope, Tennessee helmet
11. Yep
12. Nope, wrong all around...

PB said...

I hope I'm getting these in just ahead of the buzzer:

1. Is
2. Is (maybe?)
3. Isn't - pretty sure that's a Nebraska helmet, anyway
4. Isn't
5. Is
6. Isn't - NC State Wolfpack
7. Is - not sure on this one - almost put isn't because I thought it was Ohio State
8. Is
9. Isn't - could be wrong here, but I'm thinking that might be the Boise State helmet
10. Isn't - pretty sure that's the Tennessee helmet, at least, and I can't imagine orange bears.
11. Is - my alma mater (for grad school at least). Wahoo-wa!
12. Isn't - they're the Hokies, which is apparently some sort of turkey.

The Calico Cat said...

Navy Midshipmen for those who care...

Just as an aside as I was driving yesterday, I saw a sticker for New Jersey Devils & realized that they too were missing from the quiz & that was so far removed from a gimme - like the Ducks - you might get kicked right on outa oregon man!

Michael5000 said...

Testosterone.... need.... testosterone.....

1. Yep
2. Yep
3. Nah, Navy is the Midshipmen. That's a Nebraska helmet. The only thing I like about Nebraska is their old-school helmet.
4. No way. No such thing as "Nevada State." Helmet courtesy Northwestern University.
5. No, there's no "New Hampshire State" either. The helmet is from Alabama-Birmingham.
6. No, NC State is the Wolfpack. The helmet is from Nevada, which is also the Wolfpack.
7. Yep
8. Yep
9. Yep
10. No, Tulane is the "Green Wave." Seriously. The helmet is Tennessee's, of course.
11. Yep.
12. No, VTech is the "Hokies." Seriously. The Helmet is Air Force's.

Michael5000 said...

Which means that the Gold, Silver, and Blue Stars go to our three college athletic enthusiasts who nailed it with 12/12: QB la Gringissima, WR DrSchnell, and RB Snowgirl.

Kudos -- but alas, no stars -- to Elaine's husband and PB, who scored 11/12

Michael5000 said...

@Calico: Say what, now?

Anonymous said...

I missed this quiz, but I'd like to submit for the record that I have been to the Army-Navy game really a lot of times.

Elaine said...

And I was hoping--not to WIN, which was ridiculous-- but at least to best my husband, who cruelly beat me at a card game just this lunchtime! Alas.

Oh, and I DID watch the news, with the Oregon Duck pecking (or decking) the unwary Boise Stater. Them ducks is vicious!

Not to rub it in, or anything....