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24-Hour Quiz

Postby Bob H » Sat Jun 07, 2003 8:09 am

The current issue of Sports Business Journal has a column about a recent survey designed to determine the "fame quotient" of athletes in the US. The results were based on 2,000 responses from individuals who identified themselves as having a general interest in sports. They were asked to rate more than 400 athletes on a scale ranging from "one of my favorites" to "never seen or heard of."

Here are the top 12 athletes, who were listed in the box accompanying the article:

1. Michael Jordan
2. Tiger Woods
3. Nolan Ryan
4. Joe Montana
5. Cal Ripken
6. Jerry Rice
7. John Madden
8 (tie) Wayne Gretzky
[a track and field athlete]
10 (tie) Arnold Palmer
Howie Long
12. Magic Johnson

Obviously, the top 12 included no active baseball players, no NBA'ers other than Jordan, no boxers or tennis players, no quarterbacks other than Montana, etc. But there was a track and field athlete.

OK, would you like to guess who this track person was? I'll post the answer tomorrow (Sunday) at noon, Eastern time. Subscribers to SBJ are kindly requested not to spoil the fun.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby parkerclay » Sat Jun 07, 2003 8:41 am

Let's try....FloJo
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby gh » Sat Jun 07, 2003 8:48 am

I can't decide between two answers, both of which are sad. I'm very afraid that it's either a druggie (Ben) or a guy long-dead (Jesse Owens).
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 8:58 am

I'll try Carl Lewis, but Johnson is an interesting possibility.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 9:40 am

What no Secretariat? How about the bottom 12?
My guess Jesse Owens. My wife's Jesse Owens or Jim Ryun. "It depends on the age of the responders.", she says.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 10:58 am

I think it has to be Carl Lewis.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby tafnut » Sat Jun 07, 2003 12:32 pm

not a MJ?: Michael Johnson or Marion Jones?
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby tafnut » Sat Jun 07, 2003 12:33 pm

You get famous by doing TV ads - not the sport itself.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 1:17 pm

Aw heck, I'll go with Carl Lewis also. He seems to be the only name my non-fan friends know.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 1:56 pm

Duh, Carl Lewis.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 3:38 pm

Lewis is famous, but I don't see people voting him as "one of my favorites." Same for Big Ben.
Owens is legendary, of course, but all the others in the top 12 are alive; maybe the biz journal included only those capable of live testimonials.
Flojo is a favorite of the general public (who are naive about drugs), but like Owens she is dead. Also, I doubt the only track athlete to make the list would be female. So that eliminates Marion Jones too.
So, by process of elimination, I guess Michael Johnson. People really got into the whole "golden shoes" gimmick, and Nike did a good job pushing him while the Olympics were in the U.S. He comes off as a nice guy, so I can see people voting him "one of my favorites." But it's hard to imagine any of these folks beating Ali.
Of course, if we were to go by t&fn coverage, it'd be Webb. Please tell me it's not him (or Jennings).
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby bubba » Sat Jun 07, 2003 4:17 pm

Beamon, Bob 29' 2 1/2"
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 4:43 pm

Steve Prefontaine.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 4:50 pm

I'm changing my answer to Bruce Jenner, for three reasons. First, he fits the demographics of those who made the list (washed-up white men). Second, he has remained visible, if only in his cheesy infomercials and commercials. Third, he did his country proud in the LA Olympics, and I recall images of him with the flag. That counts in this time of high patriotism.
Lewis is the most famous, but like I said he isn't a "favorite." Also, he'd be too obvious an answer for this to be a good quiz.
That's it, I'm going with Jenner.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 5:08 pm

A trick answer would be that feller who ran the 3rd leg on the USC 440 relay WR team in 1967. He's famous, and nobody can catch him.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 6:12 pm

Edwin Moses
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 07, 2003 7:40 pm

The OJ reference belongs in the prison thread - oh no, wait, he didn't go to prison for killing his wife!
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Bob H » Sun Jun 08, 2003 8:14 am

The sum of the guesses by responders to the Board was as follows:

Carl Lewis - 4
Jesse Owens - 2
Michael Johnson - 2
Flo-Jo - 1
Ben Johnson - 1
Marion Jones - 1
Bob Beamon - 1
Pre - 1
Bruce Jenner - 1
OJ - 1
Edwin Moses - 1

And the right answer was none of the above.

It was Jackie Joyner-Kersee!

The guy who wrote the story described this as the "most surprising result" of the survey. And the President of the company that conducted the survey said "That's one I really can't figure out."

To be perfectly honest, I would have guessed wrong on this quiz myself. But I was delighted by the fact that there was such a high level of public awareness of someone in our sport.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Sun Jun 08, 2003 2:52 pm

she totally deserves to be #1 person in t&f.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 09, 2003 7:11 pm

Do you think the poll results are ... honest? I've worked in TV, and you would not believe how often the results from polls are altered for a particular result.
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Re: 24-Hour Quiz

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 16, 2003 5:23 pm

Totally agree!
Personally, before finding out who 'the' T&F athlete was in the poll results, I would have said Carl Lewis or Marion Jones. (Michael Johnson is always saying how much more famous he is in Europe, compared to US). Although I would have liked JJK to be "most favourite", I wouldn't have guessed that she'd be more favoured than Marion (in things like this, I wouldn't see Carl Lewis is the most likable T&F american athlete).

Great for Jackie - highest ranked woman and highest ranked T&F athlete. And, above all, AMAZING athlete!
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