A trivia question that carries – yes! – an invitation to blog

I’m going to cover the Hawks’ press conference — officially, we’re supposed to call it a “news conference,” but I delight in flouting regulations — this afternoon. It starts at 3 p.m. (or thereabouts — the Hawks always run late). I’m supposed to post something new by 3 p.m., but I need to go to the press/news conference to conjure up something for tomorrow’s print AJC.

Sooooo … here’s a little trivia question for you folks. (As anyone who has been following the extremely unedifying Melanie Griffith discussion today has doubtless realized, I know way too much trivia for my own good.) Someone posed this one to me a few years back, and I got it right. But I had to think hard for a few minutes. Maybe you will have less trouble.

Or maybe you just won’t care. I know trivia has that effect on some people. But there is, I should stipulate, a catch to this one. The first person to get this right will be extended the opportunity to write a Guest Blog in this space. You can pick the topic — it does have to be something regarding Atlanta/Georgia sports, as opposed, say, to Melanie Griffith — and I’ll edit it for style but not for content. (I might throw in my two cents’ worth at the end, but only briefly. I won’t do a point-by-point rebuttal. Promise.)

And if we — meaning me, but also meaning the higher-ups at AJC.com — are happy with initial results, we’ll see about making this a weekly feature. Trivia question on Monday, say, guest blog on, say, Friday. So, if you’d be interested in seeing your thoughts/opinion appear in a 300- to 500-word installment, have a go at this question:

What are the only two days of the year on which no major American sporting events are scheduled?

Ding, ding ding! We have a winner! First respondent out of the box, no less. Matthew H gets the opportunity to be this week’s Guest Blogger. (The answer, as pretty much everyone knew, is the day before and the day after the baseball All-Star Game. And tell me again why I thought that was such a stumper.)

If Matthew H chooses not to exercise his franchise, the first runner-up — Sting ‘Em Buzz — will be granted the opportunity. Thanks to all for playing this unbelievably hastily conceived contest (or whatever you want to call it). And I’ll try to make next week’s question a bit harder.

But here’s a warmup (meaning: this one doesn’t count): Who was on deck when Bobby Thomson hit the home run off Ralph Branca?

108 comments Add your comment

MatthewH

July 13th, 2009
2:18 pm

The day before and after the baseball All-Star Game

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
2:19 pm

the day before and after the Major league baseball all-star game

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
2:20 pm

a minute late and a dollar short

MatthewH

July 13th, 2009
2:20 pm

Sorry, buzz-let’s hope we’re right.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 13th, 2009
2:22 pm

Somebody already got it. I would have missed it anyway though. I would have guessed Sadie Hawkins Day and Mark Bradley’s birthday.

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
2:26 pm

I know for a fact it is the correct answer. Granted you do have the AAA All-Star game on Wednesday and all, but that is the answer to the question.

Chris

July 13th, 2009
2:27 pm

Days before and after the MLB all-star game.

Chris Broe

July 13th, 2009
2:28 pm

That’s easy. Pearl Harbor Day, and the Day they Sank The Bismark. Who could think about baseball, you know?

Brannon

July 13th, 2009
2:30 pm

The day after the NBA All-Star Game.

The day after the MLB All-Star Game.

Mrs. Chanandler Bong

July 13th, 2009
2:36 pm

Day before and after the Midsumma summa summa time Classic.

Mike

July 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

Guess I’m late, but……what they said.

Needabailout,too!

July 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

Day before and day after Superbowl Sunday

sd

July 13th, 2009
2:41 pm

wish i would have seen this one earlier. I knew it, but only because I heard the same question years ago.

Chris

July 13th, 2009
2:43 pm

By the way, looks like I’ve been beaten, but my real e-mail is now entered into my posts!

Jt

July 13th, 2009
2:43 pm

New Years Day and Thanksgiving

nate Greene

July 13th, 2009
2:43 pm

the day after the Superbowl and the day after the MLB all -star game

Mike

July 13th, 2009
2:44 pm

Well, clearly the originator of the question did not check the Atlanta Dream schedule as they play on Wednesday night. How could we have missed that?

Aaron Henderson

July 13th, 2009
2:44 pm

Day after MLB All-Star Game & day after Super Bowl

Ali Akbar Allah

July 13th, 2009
2:46 pm

The day before and after the All-Star game. YEAH BABY!!!

Dusty

July 13th, 2009
2:46 pm

As of now, the day before and the day after Francoeur hits three homeruns in one game and the Braves banish u-no-who to the Wren’s Nest.

MightyQuinn

July 13th, 2009
2:46 pm

What is….three men who have never been in my kitchen.

Michael

July 13th, 2009
2:49 pm

Yeah, what they said. That’s not as trivial as you would think, apparently.

Rufio

July 13th, 2009
2:51 pm

Wednesday and Saturday

crackbaby

July 13th, 2009
2:54 pm

Actually Mark, I believe the question is more accurately, what three consecutive days have no major North American sporting events scheduled?

A. The above plus the day in between… Funny and true.

Needabailout,too!

July 13th, 2009
2:56 pm

The day before and the day after NHL All-Star game.

Hugh Howard

July 13th, 2009
2:59 pm

the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All Star Game

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
3:01 pm

the WNBA doesn’t count as major

Mike

July 13th, 2009
3:03 pm

Geeze Sting, you really nailed it. My bad….

Amiright?

July 13th, 2009
3:04 pm

Christmas Day and Mother’s Day

L-Dawg

July 13th, 2009
3:05 pm

Mark Bradley’s birthday and April Fools Day

Michael

July 13th, 2009
3:05 pm

What constitutes an American sporting event? Sporting events like horse races occur constantly.

john gotti

July 13th, 2009
3:06 pm

Is this where I order a pizza??

H. Robson

July 13th, 2009
3:07 pm

The two days following the MLB All Star Game, there are no major American sporting events scheduled.
That is if you take into account the HomeRun Derby as a major event, ie being on national television. During the summer, after the NBA and NHL seasons have concluded, MLB is the only professional sport running out of the “Big 4.” NASCAR has Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays through the three major series.

Mike

July 13th, 2009
3:10 pm

Hey Sting, I heard Michael Jackson died. Can you confirm?

Mark Bradley

July 13th, 2009
3:10 pm

OK, so this was easier than I figured it’d be, or else you folks are one heck of a lot smarter than I am. (It took me a couple of minutes to get this one.) And there is, I should report, something of a connection between my birthday and Sade Hawkins Day: My mom met my dad on the latter in 1943. I was born in 1955.

Matt H has the chance to write this week’s guest blog. (I’ll email you, Matt, to go over logistics.) And remember, if by any chance Matt H cannot or chooses not to exercise his franchise, the first runnerup — Sting ‘Em Buzz — becomes Miss America. Or something like that.

Thanks to one and all for playing. Next week we’ll try a harder one: Like, who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Michael

July 13th, 2009
3:12 pm

is anna nicole smith still dead?

Hank Aaron

July 13th, 2009
3:13 pm

The day before and after the annual beat down of the Dawgs by the Gators in Jacksonville.

TomSSI

July 13th, 2009
3:13 pm

Is ajc not just sick, sick, sick, but absolutely desperate?

dr-knowitall

July 13th, 2009
3:15 pm

Xmas and Mothers Day

just a guess

July 13th, 2009
3:16 pm

mother’s day and the day before MLB all star game

FalconFan3

July 13th, 2009
3:18 pm

It’s the day before and the day after the MLB All-Star Game, and if anyone else backs out of doing the blog, my husband the sports whiz would be more than happy to oblige.

I told him to mention that, should he be selected, he should ask for season tickets to all the games, or at least free sports packages for our TV. :o )

Mrs. Chanandler Bong

July 13th, 2009
3:19 pm

We play baseball on Mother’s Day… hence, those cute pink bats.

MatthewH

July 13th, 2009
3:19 pm

Wow! Certainly the highlight of my week (I know, I know-that’s a little sad). I guess this just means I have too much spare time at work.

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
3:20 pm

Mike, I hear it is a conspiracy. Michael did die but once Elvis kicked the crap out of him it restarted his heart.

Dan

July 13th, 2009
3:21 pm

Mothers Day and Easter

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
3:22 pm

Kobe and Shaq seem to play each other each Christmas.

GT_AJ

July 13th, 2009
3:24 pm

Mother’s Day and the day after the MLB All-Star game

Sting 'em Buzz

July 13th, 2009
3:26 pm

Do some of you really not remember the pink bats on Mother’s Day?

IRISH25

July 13th, 2009
3:28 pm

FLAG DAY AND GRANDPARENTS DAY??

Mike T.

July 13th, 2009
3:31 pm

The day before and after the Dawgs whip Tech to start that string of wins again.