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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Kenny » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:12 pm

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Volante wrote:Tim "Rock" Raines, Jeff "Killer B" Bagwell and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez are your 2017 MLB Hall of Fame inductees.
https://deadspin.com/here-is-your-2017- ... 1791349407

They did ask for Griffey last season
Bagwell and Rodriguez are also both Jeopardy canon, with one hit in the Archive each. Players were given the nicknames you mentioned, and had to come up with the player names.
When they played together on the Astros, Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman were collectively known as the "Killer B's." So in a category like Hall-Of-Fame Nicknames, either "Bagwell" or "Biggio" would be correct responses for a "Killer B" clue.

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Kenny wrote:
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Volante wrote:Tim "Rock" Raines, Jeff "Killer B" Bagwell and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez are your 2017 MLB Hall of Fame inductees.
https://deadspin.com/here-is-your-2017- ... 1791349407

They did ask for Griffey last season
Bagwell and Rodriguez are also both Jeopardy canon, with one hit in the Archive each. Players were given the nicknames you mentioned, and had to come up with the player names.
When they played together on the Astros, Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman were collectively known as the "Killer B's." So in a category like Hall-Of-Fame Nicknames, either "Bagwell" or "Biggio" would be correct responses for a "Killer B" clue.
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ATHLETES $1200: In the '90s the Houston Astros' "Killer B's" were Derek Bell, Craig Biggio & this first baseman

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Re: 2017 Current Events Study Guide

Post by dhkendall » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:44 pm

MinnesotaMyron wrote:Vice Presidential Middle Names was a category once, so it's Michael Richard Pence.

(I was disappointed this week to discover that Hillary Clinton's middle name was Diane, and not Elizabeth like I'd been assuming for some reason. I thought I was so clever working out that "I'm with Her" was "I'm with H.E.R.", i.e. "I'm with Hillary Elizabeth Rodham". But it wasn't true. Not at all. :( )
Whereas I thought she legally changed her middle name to Rodham when she legally changed her last name to Clinton. Huh.
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Post by MarkBarrett » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:47 pm

It's hard for me to categorize things as J!, online test, LL, other...

Not that I care other than for trivia purposes, but Star Wars VIII = The Last Jedi

J! has asked for The Force Awakens once and for the droid BB-8 from that movie once.

Rogue One some kind of prequel to Star Wars IV has no hits yet, so that is due first on J!

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One of the games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (a version for older system Wii U will also be released)

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In March, Ryan Murphy has a new anthology series, Feud.
The first season will be Bette and Joan with Susan Sarandon playing Bette Davis and Jessica Lange playing Joan Crawford.

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Post by Blue Lion » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:40 am

Academy Award nominations were announced this morning.

La La Land received a record-tying 14 nominations (also achieved by All About Eve and Titanic). Tied for second were Arrival and Moonlight, with eight nominations apiece.

Lin-Manuel Miranda received a nomination for Best Song ("How Far I'll Go", from Moana). If Miranda wins, he'll become the 13th EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) and hold the record for the shortest time between the first and fourth EGOT win.

Seven of this year's 20 performance nominees are people of color.

Meryl Streep received her 20th nomination (16 Best Actress, four Best Supporting Actress) for playing the title role in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Not nominated: Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins), Tom Hanks (Sully), and Amy Adams (Arrival).

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Post by Kenny » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:44 pm

MEN IN SPACE

This former astronaut, who died in January 2017, was the most recent man to have walked on the Moon.
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Who is Eugene (Gene) Cernan?

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Post by Bamaman » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:35 pm

Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80.

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Post by Volante » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:15 pm

The Dow Jones broke 20,000 for the first time
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/25/us-markets.html

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Post by Volante » Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:32 pm

Venus and Serena Williams are in the finals of the Australian Open.
Venus hasn't been to the championship game of a Grand Slam since 2009.

The last time the two sisters were opposite each other was in the 2015 US Open quarterfinals.

https://deadspin.com/venus-williams-is- ... 1791643786

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Post by 9021amyers » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:15 pm

Volante wrote:Venus and Serena Williams are in the finals of the Australian Open.
Venus hasn't been to the championship game of a Grand Slam since 2009.

The last time the two sisters were opposite each other was in the 2015 US Open quarterfinals.

https://deadspin.com/venus-williams-is- ... 1791643786
On the men's side, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will be playing against each other in a Grand Slam final for the first time since the 2011 French Open. This will be ninth time the pair have reached the final of a Grand Slam, which is the most of any men's singles rivalry since the Open Era of tennis began in 1968. Incidentally, the Williams sisters will also be playing each other for the ninth time in a Grand Slam final, but that's only the second most-prolific tennis rivalry on the women's side: Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova faced each other 14 times in major finals.

The 2017 Australian Open will also be the first Grand Slam of the Open Era where each of the men's and women's singles finalists are over 30 years old.

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Post by morbeedo » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:50 pm

John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of 'The Elephant Man,' Dies at 77

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Post by MarkBarrett » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:28 pm

morbeedo wrote:John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of 'The Elephant Man,' Dies at 77
John Hurt, victim in one of the best and most famous movie scenes ever dies at 77.

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Post by Bamaman » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:40 pm

Della Street and Mannix also died.

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Post by trainman » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:08 pm

Bamaman wrote:Della Street and Mannix also died.
Perhaps more helpful, for purposes of this thread being a study guide, to say the following:

Barbara Hale, who played Della Street on the TV show "Perry Mason," died at the age of 94.
Mike Connors (born Krekor Ohanian), who played the title character on the TV show "Mannix," died at the age of 91.

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Post by Bamaman » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:41 pm

trainman wrote:
Bamaman wrote:Della Street and Mannix also died.
Perhaps more helpful, for purposes of this thread being a study guide, to say the following:

Barbara Hale, who played Della Street on the TV show "Perry Mason," died at the age of 94.
Mike Connors (born Krekor Ohanian), who played the title character on the TV show "Mannix," died at the age of 91.
And more respectful as well. My apologies.

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Post by Kenny » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:16 am

Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, passing Steffi Graf for all-time major tennis championships in the open era. Margaret Court had 24 when tennis was amateur only. As mentioned earlier, it was the sisters' ninth meeting in a major finals. Lots of J! fodder there.

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Post by OrangeSAM » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:03 pm

Kenny wrote:Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, passing Steffi Graf for all-time major tennis championships in the open era. Margaret Court had 24 when tennis was amateur only. As mentioned earlier, it was the sisters' ninth meeting in a major finals. Lots of J! fodder there.
Not a current event, but to set the record straight, Margaret Court's career extended into the Open Era where she won several Majors.
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Post by IronNeck » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:46 pm

Kenny wrote:Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, passing Steffi Graf for all-time major tennis championships in the open era. Margaret Court had 24 when tennis was amateur only. As mentioned earlier, it was the sisters' ninth meeting in a major finals. Lots of J! fodder there.
This is awfully dismissive of Court's achievements and largely incorrect. There was not a great disparity between female "amateurs" and female "pros" in tennis prior to 1968 like there was with men.

And this is well-reflected in Court's own accomplishments. 10 of her 24 Grand Slam singles titles were achieved in the Open Era, including completing a singles Grand Slam in 1970 (winning all four majors).

One also wonders how many more Grand Slams Court would have won if she hadn't retired for 2 years (from 1966 to 1968) in her prime.

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Post by Volante » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:42 pm

Amazon has sold out of both George Orwell's 1984 and Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism (first published in 1951) at some point over the last week or so.
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Post by Blue Lion » Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:17 pm

Kenny wrote:Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, passing Steffi Graf for all-time major tennis championships in the open era. Margaret Court had 24 when tennis was amateur only. As mentioned earlier, it was the sisters' ninth meeting in a major finals. Lots of J! fodder there.
The same is true of the men's final. It was the record ninth time that Federer and Nadal had faced one another in a men’s Grand Slam final. Nadal is the third-oldest player to win a Grand Slam singles titles, and the first to win five singles titles in three different Grand Slam tournaments (Australian, French, and U.S. Opens).

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