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1. Football is the top sport that lends to razzle-dazzle being used, as the teams' offenses set up plays directly against the opponents' defense. This first play involved the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Miami Hurricanes college football teams in the 1984 Orange Bowl. Nebraska's quarterback left the hike on the ground after which an offensive lineman picked the ball up, ran the opposite direction the play appeared to go and managed to score a touchdown. Nebraska had a name for the play...what did they call it?
2. What is often looked upon as the greatest play in college football history occurred November 20, 1982. The play nowadays is simply called that..."The Play" and involved multiple moments of "razzle dazzle". After gaining the lead with four seconds left in the game, Stanford University kicked off, and their opponents managed five laterals to avoid being tackled and got into the end zone for the game winning score, also avoiding running into the marching band who had run onto the field thinking the game was over. What college scored this unlikely touchdown?
3. A play on September 2, 2010 involving some "razzle dazzle" had Presbyterian College throw a backward screen pass to a receiver after which the receiver threw down field to another receiver for a touchdown. While an uncommon play, it isn't necessarily rare enough to warrant a quiz question. What happened in the play that made it unique?
4. In a playoff game in 1982 against the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins executed a play they called "87 Circle Curl Lateral" to end the first half. Quarterback Don Strock threw twenty yards to receiver Duriel Harris, who immediately chucked a lateral to a full-speed Tony Nathan who ran the last 25 yards for the touchdown. The origins of the term to describe this play are unknown, but it has garnered a standard name. What is this type of play now called?
5. In a football game between the NFL Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers in 1978, Raiders quarterback Ken "The Snake" Stabler fumbled the ball on the last play of the game. Two different Raider players got their hands on the ball, both being sure to move the ball forward toward the goal line. In the end, Dave Casper recovered the ball in the end zone for the win. This play has been given a name, what is it called?
6. This display of "razzle dazzle" is huge in terms of importance in National Football League history. A playoff game was decided between the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills near the end of the 4th quarter. Down one with :16 left, the Titans' Lorenzo Neal received the kickoff, handed off to Frank Wycheck who ran to the right side of the field, drawing all the defenders to that side. He then threw a lateral across the field to Kevin Dyson who ran 75 yards for the game winning score. What has this play come to be known as?
7. In one of the most brazen displays of "razzle dazzle" in college football history, Boise State would bring two remarkable plays in the same game. The first was a fourth down play which would force overtime. In overtime, instead of kicking an extra point to continue the game, Boise State went for two in an all or nothing bid to end the game. They got the win by perfectly executing a play that has been named after a famous landmark in the USA. What was the play called?
8. The term "razzle dazzle" doesn't get used much in basketball, as the level of scoring opportunities is considerably higher, so not much trickery is seen. That said, a player on a fast break may add some "razzle dazzle" to his shot to pump the fans up a little more. This consists of jumping high enough to forcefully send the ball through the hoop downward, better known as a 'slam dunk'. Three of these are synonyms for 'slam dunk', which of these is NOT?
9. Baseball doesn't lend itself to trickery and "razzle dazzle" much either. But there is one incident, while rare, that could qualify successfully for this theme. The play consists of a man on base being tagged out from a fake throw to the base he is standing on. All fielders have to be in on it, as they have to act like the ball was overthrown and is loose on the field. If the trick works, the runner will attempt to run to the next base, at which point the pitcher, still holding the ball, will easily throw the runner out. This play has garnered a name as well, named after a Midwestern city. The play is called the _____ Pickoff.
10. Hockey doesn't lend itself to "razzle dazzle". But a University of Michigan hockey player pulled off a "razzle dazzle" goal that got his name forever associated with the method. From behind the goal and motionless, this player scooped the puck up with his stick and finessed the puck lacrosse-style into the upper corner of the net all while maintaining his position behind it. Sometimes called the "Michigan", it is more commonly called what?
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