Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Which city would you need to visit if you wanted to watch the University of Illinois playing a home game in football or basketball (or any other sport for that matter!)?||Sport in Illinois
Champaign-Urbana. Champaign-Urbana is a metropolitan area in east-central Illinois which has been home to the University of Illinois since 1867. The Fighting Illini are members of the Big Ten Conference. The school has won national championships in numerous sports, including men's gymnastics and tennis.
Medinah. Medinah Country Club is located just under 30 miles from downtown Chicago. In 2012, it was the host as Europe defeated the USA in one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history. The club was also the venue for three US Opens during the 20th century, whilst Tiger Woods won the PGA championship there in both 1999 and 2006.
|The Chicago Bears won their only Superbowl of the 20th cenury in January, 1986. Which quarterback led them to victory over the New England Patriots?||Sport in Illinois
Jim McMahon. The Bears finished the 1985/86 regular season with a 15-1 record, then proceeded to shut out both the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Rams in the play-offs. In New Orleans, they won Superbowl XX with a convincing 46-10 victory over the Patriots. As well as the outspoken McMahon, stars of the Bears team included running back Walter Payton, defensive end Richard Dent and defensive lineman William "The Refrigirator" Perry.
|Which Chicago-born boxer won the WBC heavweight title in 1994 with a victory over Lennox Lewis?||Sport in Illinois
Oliver McCall. McCall was born in Chicago in 1965. Turning pro in 1985, he fought Lennox Lewis in London for the WBC world heavyweight title. He upset the defending champion, winning by TKO in the second round. He lost his title to another British boxer, Frank Bruno, in 1995.
|In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks ended a 49 year drought when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. Who was their captain, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs?||Sport in Illinois
Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks had last won the Stanley Cup in 1961, during the "six team" era. In 2009/10, they finished the NHL regular season with the second best record in the Western Conference. They eliminated the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks in the playoffs to set up a meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals. The Blackhawks won it in six games, and Toews became the first Chicago player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
|Which tennis player from Hinsdale, Illinois was runner-up at the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 US Open?||Sport in Illinois
Todd Martin. Martin was born in Hinsdale in 1970 and turned pro in 1990. He regularly made the quarter-finals or better in Grand Slam events throughout the 1990s. He lost to Pete Sampras in the Australian Open final in 1994 and to Andre Agassi in the 1999 US Open final.
|The Chicago White Sox ended 88 years of frustration when they won the 2005 World Series. Which former Sox shortstop was the manager who led the team to victory over the Houston Astros?||Sport in Illinois
Ozzie Guillen. The White Sox had had last won the World Series in 1917, and their subsequent failure was often called the "Curse of the Black Sox", a reference to the 1919 team allegedly throwing that year's World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. All those years of pain for Sox fans ended in 2005 when they swept the Astros 4-0 to clinch the 3rd title in franchise history. Guillen had been an AL Rookie of the Year with the White Sox in 1985. He took over as manager from Jerry Manuel in 2004, and won it all in just his second year in the hot seat.