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Dave Mona’s Vignettes: Michigan State

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I COULDN’T RESIST ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE TRIVIA VIGNETTES, AND THIS ONE HAS A LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE FROM MOVIE LOVERS TO HOCKEY FANS.

READY? HERE GOES. 10 QUESTIONS. ANSWERS TO FOLLOW:

  1. 1. THE ICE HOCKEY ARENA HERE IN EAST LANSING IS NAMED FOR A UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HALL OF FAMER. WHO IS HE?
  2. 2. THIS ONE IS FOR YOU GEOGRAPHY MAJORS. WE ARE BROADCASTING TODAY FROM EAST LANSING. WHICH CAMPUS IS CLOSER TO DETROIT, MICHIGAN STATE OR THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IN ANN ARBOR?
  3. 3. MICHIGAN STATE HAD TO WAIT FOR A TEAM TO DROP OUT OF THE BIG TEN TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE SPARTANS. WHO LEFT THE CONFERENCE IN THE MID-FORTIES TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN?
  4. 4. IN WHAT CONFERENCE DID THE SPARTANS PLAY BEFORE THEY JOINED THE BIG TEN?
  5. 5. WHO WAS THE FIRST MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL COACH TO REACH 100 CAREER VICTORIES?
  6. 6. WHAT SPARTAN ALL  AMERICAN IS BETTER KNOWN TO FANS OF THE POLICE ACADEMY MOVIE SERIES AS MOSES HIGHTOWER?
  7. 7. MICHIGAN AND MICHIGAN STATE PLAY EACH OTHER ALMOST EVERY YEAR FOR WHAT TROPHY?
  8. 8. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE COACH WHO PRECEDED MARK DANTONIO HERE AT MICHIGAN STATE?
  9. 9. THE 1988 NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE BASEBALL PLAYER IS THE ONLY MAN TO WIN THAT AWARD WITHOUT EVER MAKING A MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM. HE TORMENTED THE GOPHERS AS A WIDE RECEIVER, BUT CHOSE TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL INSTEAD. WHO WAS HE?

10.IN 1996 A MICHIGAN (NOT MICHIGAN STATE)HOCKEY PLAYER NAMED MIKE LEGG SCORED A LACROSSE STYLE GOAL AGAINST THE GOPHERS ON A PLAY DESCRIBED BY MANY AS THE MOST MEMORABLE GOAL IN COLLEGE HOCKEY HISTORY. ONE OF LEGG’S TEAMMATES THE ICE THAT DAY NOW PLAYS FOR THE MINNESOTA WILD. CAN YOU NAME HIM?

OK, TIME FOR SOME ANSWERS.

  1. 1. THE ICE HOCKEY ARENA HERE IS NAMED MUNN ARENA IN HONOR OF CLARENCE BIGGIE MUNN.
  2. 2. ANN ARBOR IS EAST OF HERE AND CLOSER TO DETROIT.
  3. 3. IT WAS THE EXIT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WHICH PAVED THE WAY FOR THE SPARTANS TO JOIN THE BIG TEN.
  4. 4. TRICK QUESTION. THE SPARTANS WERE NOT PART OF ANY LEAGUE AND, LIKE NOTRE DAME, PLAYED AS AN INDEPENDENT TEAM.
  5. 5. THE FIRST SPARTAN COACH TO REACH 100 VICTORIES WAS NONE OTHER THAN HUGH DUFFY DAUGHERTY.
  6. 6. THE ROLE OF MOSES HIGHTOWER WAS PLAYED BY SPARTAN ALL AMERICA DEFENSIVE LINEMAN BUBBA SMITH.
  7. 7. THE NAME OF THE TROPHY PLAYED FOR WHEN MICHIGAN AND MICHIGAN STATE MEET IS THE MEGAPHONE TROPHY.
  8. 8. IT WAS JOHN L. SMITH WHO GAVE WAY TO COACH DANTONIO.
  9. 9. THAT BASEBALL PLAYER ALSO HIT ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE HOME RUNS IN WORLD SERIES HISTORY. YOU PROBABLY GUESSED CORRECTLY THE NAME OF KIRK GIBSON.

10.AND THE CURRENT MINNESOTA WILD PLAYER WHO WAS ON THE MICHIGAN TEAM WHEN THAT CRAZY GOAL WAS SCORED? THAT WOULD BE JOHN MADDEN.

 

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