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Any Questions #360: "Sports Venues"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show about sports venues.Last week's challenge
Start with the words RHODE ISLAND. Change one letter to an O and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, seven letters) that names things you might grab on your way out of a room. What are they?
Answer: If you change the I to an O, you can spell DOOR HANDLES.

On-air questions
: Today is opening day for the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. “The Spa” opened for the first time in 1863. Known as the Graveyard of Champions, Saratoga rounded out Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 10 sporting venues of the 20th century. In honor of opening day, today’s quiz is about other venues on that list. I’ll name some facts about the venue, and you tell me what I’m describing.

1. Designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Bobby Jones, home to landmarks like “Amen Corner” and “the big Oak Tree,” and famous for a blazer awarded since 1949 that’s now made by a Cincinnati company called Hamilton.
2. Nicknamed the “Friendly Confines,” celebrated its 100th anniversary April 23rd, 2014, the last major league baseball stadium to install lights for night games in 1988, and site of Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game in 1998 in just Wood’s fifth career start.
3. It’s famous for an alliterative touchdown celebration that dates to a score by LeRoy Butler in 1993, it hosted an NFC championship game against Dallas in 1967 where the gametime temperature was 15 below, and it was renamed after the Green Bay Packers’ founder in 1965.
4. Home of tennis’ French Open, it’s named for a French aviation pioneer and World War I veteran, it’s the only clay Grand Slam event, and Rafael Nadal has won there a record 11 times, including a run of five in a row.
5. Among its non-baseball events include Knute Rockne’s “win one for the Gipper” speech before a Notre Dame-Army game in 1928, services by three different popes and Unification Church Founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and a 1976 bout between Ken Norton and Muhammad Ali.

Extra credit
1. It’s named for a former Duke University men’s basketball coach, is known for a raucous student section of “crazies,” and its home team has a 139-game home non-conference winning streak.
2. It’s located on U.S. government property, it’s named after a cadet from the West Point class of 1892, and Navy hasn’t played there since 1943.

This week's challenge
Start with a four-letter word related to horse racing. Insert one letter and to make a five-letter word related to horse racing. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Augusta National, home to The Masters (No. 2 on SI’s list)
2. Wrigley Field (No. 6)
3. Lambeau Field (No. 8); the Packers are 17-5 all-time in playoff games at Lambeau
4. Roland Garros (No. 7)
5. Yankee Stadium (No. 1)

Extra credit
1. Cameron Indoor Stadium (No. 4)
2. Michie Stadium (No. 3)

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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