Can you answer these real 'Jeopardy!' questions about sports?
Do you know your sports trivia? Think you have a firm handle on both the rulebook and the history books? Can you remember some of the most notable names and iconic locations in sports? If you get a little extra excited when Alex Trebek reveals a sports category on “Jeopardy!” then this is the list for you.
Stacker has compiled 25 sports trivia questions, testing your knowledge on all things sports, from the birth of baseball to the basics of basketball, and everywhere in between. They're taken from the J! Archive, a fan-created database with over 377,000 clues and counting.
Don’t worry non-sports fans; there’s plenty of information for you in this slideshow, too. See what category the clue appeared in, its value, and even what date the episode aired. You can then look up in the J! Archive whether contestants took a stab at the question—and whether or not they answered it correctly.
Stacker has provided some fun facts with every answer. Did you know the youth football program played by nearly 300,000 kids annually is named after a local college coach who was the only one to brave the weather to speak at a youth clinic? How about that the Miracle on Ice against the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics in New York wasn’t even the gold-medal game?
Cue the music and continue reading to find out if you can answer these real “Jeopardy!” sports questions.
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- Clue: Now, this guy loves football! Coaches the Bucs to a Super Bowl win, hits the MNF booth, then returns to coach the Raiders!
- Category: THE SUPER BOWL
- Value: $1,000
- Date episode aired: Jan. 31, 2019
Answer #1: Who is Jon Gruden?
Jon Gruden spent four seasons with the Oakland Raiders before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired his services via trade in 2002. In 2003, Gruden coached the Bucs over his former team in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21. He was fired in 2009 after seven seasons in Tampa and spent the next eight in the broadcast booth for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
The man they call Chucky for his signature sideline scowl—reminiscent of the doll from the “Child’s Play” horror movies—signed a 10-year, $10 million contract to coach the Raiders once again in 2018.
- Clue: This college coach lent his name to a youth football league.
- Category: POP QUIZ
- Value: $1,200
- Date episode aired: June 24, 2019
Answer #2: Who is Pop Warner?
Glenn Warner earned his nickname, Pop, as the oldest player on Cornell University’s football team in 1894. Warner helped shape the modern game of football, creating such innovations as the huddle, the spiral, screen pass, and double-wing formations during his 43-year coaching career.
Since 1934, the name Pop Warner has been synonymous with youth football, when Warner was the only coach out of a dozen to attend and speak at a youth clinic in Philadelphia. Nearly 325,000 participate in Pop Warner programs today, and the man himself is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and even had a U.S. postage stamp in his honor.
- Clue: Long thought to have invented baseball, he fought for the Union at Antietam and Gettysburg.
- Category: SOUNDS LIKE PIG LATIN
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: April 16, 2019
Answer #3: Who is Abner Doubleday?
Abner Doubleday reached the rank of general in the Union Army, commanding troops at Gettysburg for a day, and is credited as firing the first cannon shot at the Battle for Fort Sumter. The Mills Commission, which was formed to determine the origins of baseball, determined after three years of consideration that Doubleday invented the game near Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1839. Major League Baseball’s historians have traced the game back as far as the 1750s in Massachusetts. Doubleday Field still bears his name at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
- Clue: Basketball rules made just to hamper this 100-point scorer include you can't throw an inbounds pass over the rim.
- Category: THE RULES THEY JUST MADE UP
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: June 12, 2019
Answer #4: Who is Wilt Chamberlain?
Wilt Chamberlain remains the only player in NBA history with a 100-point game, completing the feat at the age of 25 on March 2, 1962, against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. The NBA instituted a number of rules to compensate for the 7-foot-1 “Big Dipper’s” dominance, including widening the paint, goaltending, and banning free-throw shooters from crossing the foul line since Wilt would throw the ball off the backboard and dunk it. Despite this, Chamberlain still holds 72 NBA records.
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- Clue: The 1970s Dodgers had the longest-lasting intact this group: Garvey, 1B; Lopes, 2B; Russell, SS; Cey, 3B.
- Category: IT'S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: May 28, 2019
Answer #5: What is an infield?
The quartet of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, and Ron Cey patrolled the Dodgers infield for nearly nine seasons from 1973–81. They would win the 1981 World Series title over the New York Yankees, as well as four National League pennants during their time together. The Dodgers are by far the longest-serving quartet, and only a few trios have manned their respective infields for as long.2018 All rights reserved.