Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Which tennis player from Edina, Minnesota, won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics?||Sports in Minnesota
Mardy Fish. Fish was born in Edina in 1981. Turning pro in 2000, he won his first ATP tour title in Stockholm in 2003. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he went all the way to the final before losing to Chile's Nicolas Massu.
|Which city would you need to travel to if you wanted to watch a Minnesota Wild home game?||Sports in Minnesota
St Paul. In 2013, the Wild played home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul. The team began NHL play in 1997 as an expansion team to replace the Minnesota North Stars, who relocated to Dallas in 1993.
|Which manager led the Minnesota Twins to World Series titles in both 1987 and 1991?||Sports in Minnesota
Tom Kelly. Kelly had been involved with the Twins organisation as a player and coach since 1971, mostly in the minor leagues. He was appointed team manager in 1986, and, in just his second season in charge, led them to World Series glory with a 4-3 win over the St Louis Cardinals. Four years later, the Atlanta Braves were their victims in another seventh game series decider.
Basketball. The Minnesota Lynx are a women's basketball team who began play in the WNBA in 1999. Based at the Target Center in Minneapolis, they won their first championship in 2011, defeating the Atlanta Dream in the finals.
Hazeltine. Hazeltine National Golf Club is located in Chaska, Minnesota. In 1970, Britain's Tony Jacklin won the US Open there by a seven-shot margin over Dave Hill. In the 1991 US Open there, Payne Stewart beat Scott Simpson in a play-off. Rich Beem and Y.E. Yang both won the PGA Championship there in the first decade of the 21st century. Hazeltine was also selected to host the 2016 Ryder Cup.
|The Minnesota Vikings made it to four Super Bowls between January, 1970 and January, 1977, all under the guidance of which head coach?||Sports in Minnesota
Bud Grant. Grant was head coach of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers before taking over at the Vikings in 1967. He quickly turned the Vikings into a regular contender, reaching Superbowl IV in January, 1970, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. Further big-game appearances followed at Superbowls VIII, IX and XI, but, sadly for the Vikings, they lost them all, to the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders respectively.
|The Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs were the national collegiate champions in which sport in 2011?||Sports in Minnesota
Men's Ice Hockey. The Bulldogs compete at Division II level in most sports, but the men's and women's hockey squads are Division I outfits, both being members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The women's team won five national titles between 2001 and 2010, and the men joined in the act in 2011, beating Michigan 3-2 in the championship game.
|The Minnesota Timberwolves began NBA play in 1989, but which other franchise played their home games in the state between 1947 and 1960?||Sports in Minnesota
Lakers. The Minneapolis Lakers began life as the Detroit Gems in 1946, but moved to the Minneapolis Auditorium after just one season. The team won five NBA titles during their stay in the Twin Cities, before relocating to Los Angeles in 1960.
|John Gagliardi was a college football coach who retired in 2012 with the then-record of 489 career wins, the most of any coach in any or all college football divisions. 465 of those wins came at which Minnesota college?||Sports in Minnesota
St John's. Gagliardi was appointed head coach of the St John's Johnnies in 1952. He spent an amazing 60 seasons in charge at Collegville, leading his teams to four national titles - two in NAIA and two in NCAA Divsion III. He eventually retired in 2012 aged 86.