Friday, April 28, 2006

Sports Before and After

Faithful readers will be interested to know that I shot an amusing T-Mobile commercial this week. I’m one of two dads who are research subjects in a science lab, watching our daughters chatter endlessly in isolation booths. As the “T-Mobile Dad,” I stay calm and cheerful throughout the process, while the “Competition Dad” goes bonkers as his daughter exceeds their allotted minutes. Look for the spot in a few weeks!

Today’s entry relates to another one of my on-camera experiences: Jeopardy! An entertaining category that appears on the show from time to time is “Before and After.” For each clue, the answer combines two different subjects, with the end of the first being the beginning of the second. For example, if asked for the Florida basketball coach who quarterbacks the Philadelphia Eagles, you would answer “Billy Donovan McNabb.” Now that you’re prepared, go ahead and try your luck at the latest installment of “Sports Before and After.” Answers are listed at the end, and there’s no need to phrase your responses in the form of a question.

1. Pet Benatar’s 1983 hit about the 1997 PGA Championship winner

2. Classic 1950s sitcom about Penn State’s home field

3. Steven Spielberg film in which soldiers try to find a San Diego quarterback bust

4. Herman Melville classic about a screaming college basketball announcer

5. Beloved Christmas tune about a legendary 1960 gold medal sprinter

6. Denver Nuggets star who acted in Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club

7. Annual presidential speech about the Buckeyes

8. Asia’s smash hit about Dwyane Wade’s team

9. Classic 1968 zombie movie about a fiery Texas Tech coach

10. Fast food franchise used to defend a basketball opponent with a dominant scorer

11. Annual Williamsport sporting event focused on a mouse voiced by Michael J. Fox

12. Foul shot that’s a comedy starring Billy Crystal and Danny Devito

13. Vanilla Ice’s hit song about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s upset of the Soviets

14. Fighting Irish actress who won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love

15. Van Morrison ditty about a loved one who resembles a legendary Cleveland running back

16. Mel Brooks comedy about a star Texas quarterback

17. 1971 AL Cy Young and MVP winner who’s a popular Las Vegas act

18. Roald Dahl children’s book about a Cleveland Cavaliers superstar

19. Wayans Brothers comedy in which the 2003 Heisman Trophy winner goes undercover

20. Tony Toni Tone’s hit song about the Arizona basketball coach

21. Legendary Alabama coach who said, “Only you can prevent forest fires”

22. Cedric the Entertainer movie about a star Bengals receiver

23. James Joyce novel about the Demon Deacons’ school

24. NBC series in which Jill Hennessy stars as a UCLA point guard

25. Animated Disney classic about a Gold Glove first baseman and his short companions


1. Davis Love Is a Battlefield

2. Leave It To Beaver Stadium

3. Saving Private Ryan Leaf

4. Moby Dick Vitale

5. Wilma Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6. Carmelo Anthony Michael Hall

7. Ohio State of the Union Address

8. Miami Heat of the Moment

9. Bobby Knight of the Living Dead

10. Jack in the Box and One

11. Stuart Little League World Series

12. Free Throw Momma From the Train

13. Miracle on Ice Ice Baby

14. Notre Dame Judi Dench

15. Jim Brown-Eyed Girl

16. Vince Young Frankenstein

17. Vida Blue Man Group

18. LeBron James and the Giant Peach

19. Jason White Chicks

20. If I Had No Lute Olson

21. Smokey the Bear Bryant

22. Chad Johnson Family Vacation

23. Finnegans Wake Forest

24. Crossing Jordan Farmar

25. J.T. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs