Special Sub-Topic: Sportswriting 101
|The harriers had a great day yesterday, placing third of ten teams. What sport do harriers compete in?|
cross country. Harriers originally were dogs used to hunt hares, or rabbits.
|Coach said his cagers have not yet hit their peak. What sport do cagers compete in?|
basketball. Early basketball games were sometimes played with netting around the court to prevent the loose balls from flying into the crowd.
|The gridders will face a tough task next week as they take on their cross-town rivals from City High. Where do gridders play?|
a football field. The football field has been called a gridiron, due to the grid-forming lines of yard lines and hash marks.
|The linksters had to cool their heels as bad weather postponed both scheduled meets this week. What sport do linksters compete in?|
golf. The term "links" goes back to the origins of golf in Scotland and may refer to how fairways resemble sausages linked together.
|Johnson was four-for-four beyond the arc. How many points does a field goal from beyond the arc score?|
three. The arc is the three-point line in basketball, which was first used in the NBA in the 1979-80 season. In international ball today, the arc is 20 feet, 6 inches from the hoop.
|Brown took it to the house and brought the crowd to its feet. What does the team get when a player takes it to the house in American football?|
six points. Taking it to the house results in a touchdown, which is worth six points, depending on the point after. So a team could get seven or eight, if a one- or two-point conversion is successful.
|Of course, there are role models for all of us, including sportswriters. Who is credited with saying, "...not that you won or lost -- but how you played the Game."?|
Grantland Rice. The role model for all sportswriters, Rice also gave us The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. In a poem titled Alumnus Football, Rice wrote "For when the One Great Scorer comes/ To write against your name,/ He marks -- not that you won or lost -/ but how you played the Game."
|Twenty-seven athletes reported to the season's first practice for Hansen High, all no doubt dreaming of someday wearing pinstripes. In what sport would an aspiring young athlete dream of wearing pinstripes?|
baseball. Although the New York Yankees are universally associated with pinstripes, the first team to actually wear them were the Chicago Cubs in the 1907 World Series. The Yankees first used them on April 11, 1912, and permanently adopted them as their home uniforms in 1915.
|The cindermen will open the season in a quadrangular at Tipton High. What sport is engaged in by cindermen?|
track and field. The term cindermen goes back to the day when most tracks were composed of cinders, as opposed to today's much faster, and safer, composite surfaces.
|Fans always knew they were in for a treat whenever Jones came to play with his game face on. What emotion would one normally read in a game face?|
intense determination. The term "game face" first appeared in a reference to Chicago Bears rookie and future Hall-of-Famer Gale Sayers on October 31, 1965, in the Washington Post. The game face can often be intimidating when worn by a sport's biggest name players and is a sure sign of fireworks when the big games are on the line.
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