February 08, 2006

Apparently Wayne Gretzky was not the first Super Bowl MVP from a losing team.: Just noticed this. That's pretty neat. Basic test of sports knowledge and Google-Fu. I've been thinking about it, and I think I approve.

posted by DrJohnEvans to navel gazing at 02:17 PM - 35 comments

Funny, very funny.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:11 PM on February 08

That was fast -- the questions have been up for less than a day.

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on February 08

Any effect? Test run? Typo and !!!1!1!! filtered? Do tell.

posted by gspm at 04:01 PM on February 08

Eggselent. The only thing I noticed is that it doesn't appear to be case-sensitive (which is nice, I guess). Exact spelling is apparently a necessity (very nice). It lets you know the question you incorrectly answered, if any, which, if not deterred by the questions themselves, will most likely keep away those prospective users *cough*STEEELORS ROXORS!!1!1!*cough* too lazy to Google. I think I'll second DJE's approval.

posted by redsnare at 04:41 PM on February 08

Suggested addition: What is the best MLB team? (acceptable answers: Bahstan, baseball sux)

posted by yerfatma at 04:49 PM on February 08

If I may wax enthusiastic for a moment, I'm already impressed with the quality of the new membership as of today.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:59 PM on February 08

Is that what you call yours, DJE? enthusiastic?

posted by geekyguy at 06:57 PM on February 08

Is that what you call yours, DJE? enthusiastic? I laugh

posted by Folkways at 07:05 PM on February 08

Well, one out of 200 is not great, DrJ. But actually there are a few good apples joining the fray, it seems.

posted by Amateur at 07:36 PM on February 08

damn, is that member count of 9400 members right? A guy goes away for a while and the place goes crazy.

posted by usfbull at 07:47 PM on February 08

hey, usfbull! I was wondering where you went, you bastard. I like the "skill testing question" idea as well.

posted by chicobangs at 11:11 PM on February 08

I failed with flying colors. What !?! I was allowed to google !?! Is there a limit to how many tries you get?

posted by njsk8r20 at 07:42 AM on February 09

Is this serious? If it is, the first two questions are very US-centric IMHO. Neither would be a question of "basic sports knowledge" to most Europeans. Even allowing for google-fu you run the risk of discouraging new users who might just think, oh well if it's that US-oriented it isn't worth the effort. FWIW I just did an office straw poll amongst the sports fans here and none of them had even the faintest idea what the first two answers were. Out of 5, one had never even heard of ESPN, and only 3 knew what MVP meant.

posted by squealy at 07:44 AM on February 09

That's a really good point. Could we have a number of questions from different continents/ sports and have a minimum score?

posted by yerfatma at 08:20 AM on February 09

I wondered how the questions would look to non-American sports fans -- especially the newbies we'll attract in the run to the World Cup. I added an international alternative.

posted by rcade at 08:20 AM on February 09

The questions should be all cricket related. That is, if you want to truly keep these "STEEELORS ROXORS!!1!1!" people away.

posted by NoMich at 08:47 AM on February 09

Nice one rcade. But now it's too easy. I kid.

posted by squealy at 08:58 AM on February 09

Well, I for one welcome our new filtering device. It will do exactly as intended - stop the one-time posting anus faces from diluting our sweet, sweet ambrosia with their fetid urinations.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:00 AM on February 09

Good one on allowing Brazil or Brasil for international Q#1.

posted by redsnare at 09:31 AM on February 09

Nos flamanos.

posted by yerfatma at 10:08 AM on February 09

Hasta luego, fuego.

posted by rocketman at 10:27 AM on February 09

I'm better at the international one than the domestic one. I think we should add a third questionnaire asking only about the infield fly rule.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:51 AM on February 09

I like the questions. I think you should make them case-specific to weed out the people who don't know to capitalize.

posted by bperk at 11:04 AM on February 09

And prevent all German-speaking peoples from joining? For shame. How will we ever learn tolerance?

posted by yerfatma at 11:49 AM on February 09

I'm better at the international one than the domestic one. Me too. I'm not exactly sure what to think about that.

posted by chris2sy at 02:55 PM on February 09

Viva le difference, Christoosi.

posted by rcade at 03:23 PM on February 09

I nailed the International one, but flunked the US-centric one. I'm now only allowed to talk about cricket and F1 racing. :(

posted by grum@work at 03:33 PM on February 09

Along the lines of the international one, one of the questions for the North American one could be about what team has won the most titles in whatever (ie Yankees, Canadiens, Celtics)?

posted by gspm at 05:24 PM on February 09

Thank you google, I can get a new membership. Although I had to do it twice because I misspelled the first one and the third one I put the city instead of the country. Guess I need to learn to read better. I like this idea. You need to put in an effort before you can rant. Hopefully it will stop some idiots from joining. If a person is sincere they won't mind taking the time to complete. It only took me about 3 minutes total to google all three answers.

posted by skydivemom at 06:18 PM on February 09

I knew 1 out of 3 before I googled them, I too like the filtering process. :o)

posted by Steeler_Fan at 06:45 PM on February 09

There needs to be a Canadian version. "Who scored the winning goal in the 72 summit series" or something.

posted by mkn at 12:29 AM on February 10

Paul Henderson. Can I be Canadian now?

posted by 86 at 08:26 AM on February 10

Race traitor.

posted by yerfatma at 08:32 AM on February 10

There needs to be a Canadian version. "Who scored the winning goal in the 72 summit series" or something. I prefer: Name the Canadian player(s) who scored the last three game winning goals for Team Canada during the 1972 Summit Series. Of course, you'd have to put 3 separate answer boxes for them to fill in...

posted by grum@work at 09:53 AM on February 10

There needs to be a Canadian version. 1. J.P. Riccardi is clearly the best GM in baseball. This is not a question -- just a fact. 2. Explain why Canadian Olympic curler Brad Gushue's last name is so damned funny. 3. Bob or Doug Mackenzie? Why?

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:56 PM on February 15

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