Postscripts: Spicing up your holiday weekend with 9 (mostly) local sports trivia questions | Guest Columns

How about a little exercise to take your mind off the holiday cheer? Some are easy, some are old, some are local, some are borrowed (from my pieces), but all will be true.

You will find the answers at the end.

1. My favorite sports questions to start with:

Four universities/colleges have produced both a President of the United States and a Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Name the university/college.

Name your president.

Name the midfielder.

2. Born in Stonington during what the late Roger Angell fondly called baseball’s “country days,” who was the great ballplayer who chose the Detroit Tigers to the disdain of his teammate, the angry Ty Cobb? Resolving a long-running dispute by trading our hero to the Chicago White Sox?

3. Who was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the early 2000s from Mystic who attended Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton and had a short and unfortunately memorable reign?

4. Beth Quesnel, a retired Stonington High School math teacher and multi-sport prodigy, played on which popular women’s fastball team?

5. The late Joe Comstock of North Stonington was a star player on the 1943 high school football team in Barrington, RI, whose second name was Clinton. What kind of success did that team achieve?

6. Name the skilled woodworker who today restores old sailing ships at the Mystic Seaport Museum. As a high school football player in Connecticut, he was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year for two seasons and held the Connecticut high school career passing yards and completions. In 2014, as a quarterback at the University of Connecticut, he bravely retired from football at the start of the season due to concerns about multiple concussions.

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7. Name the Westerly High, later University of Rhode Island basketball player, author of The Forgotten Organization: How Organizations Struggle to Remember Itself, a native of the West and one of the legendary “Whisper Kids.”

8. In 2007, Clay Burkhalter, 49, became the first American to finish 12th out of 83 competitors in the 2007 Mini Transat, a 4,230-mile solo race on a 21-foot sailboat from La Rochelle, France, to Salvador, Brazil. to rank among the top 20 in that era’s 30-year history. He completed this race in 25 days, 10 hours, 45 minutes and 36 seconds.

Burkhalter was the son of another famous sailor, albeit of a different stripe.

Who was his father?

9. Old Mystic’s George Crouse, legendary Stonington High School girls tennis coach and recipient of the Connecticut Sports Media Association’s prestigious Gold Key Award earlier this year, tells the story of his more than 50 years of competitive tennis. formerly at the annual Southern New England tennis tournament run by Steve Armstrong at the meticulously manicured (Armstrong) clay courts in Norwich near Mohegan Park.

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Crouse, now 80 and who played college tennis at Central Connecticut State University, was five years younger than Armstrong in the first round of singles, but quickly swept away the younger players when he faced the man whom Armstrong had dispatched in the first round. Amateur tournaments have drawn top players from neighboring states and elsewhere in New England.

Crouse recalled losing that match 6-3, 6-3 and said she couldn’t handle all the cuts her opponent, who knows better on clay, was making. His opponent also had the ability to run on his back, so he was spectacularly dispatched in his next match.

The match continues, perfectly and appropriately obscured in the memory of Crouse, who over the years has been kind to his opponent, gently teaching him his form and flaws. Crouse gained local and statewide fame with his bat and his teaching, and with his pen he earned a rival regional reputation.

Who was Crouse’s opponent that day?



1. University of Michigan. President Jerry Ford. Quarterback Tom Brady.

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US Naval Academy. President Jimmy Carter. Quarterback Roger Staubach.

Stanford University. President Herbert Hoover. Quarterback John Elway or Jim Plunkett.

Miami, Ohio. President Benjamin Harrison. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

2. Mattie McIntrye, born 1880 in Stonington.

3. Dave Campo, who led the Cowboys to a 15-33 record from 2000-02.

4. Raybestos Brakettes, located in Stratford, Conn.

5. Undefeated, untied, unscored, won 8-0 and scored 160 points to the opponent’s 0 to win the national championship.

6. Casey Cochran.

7. Stephen Capitzano.

8. Vice Admiral Edward A. Burhalter Jr., who died in 2020 at the age of 91. served as the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency and as the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s General Intelligence Staff.

In July 1958, Lt. Burkhalter reported that he served as navigator on the commissioning crew of the nuclear attack submarine Sea Dragon (SSN 584). In August 1960, Sea Dragon crossed from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through the Northwest Passage, and on August 25, 1960, she traveled to the North Pole, becoming the third submarine to reach the Pole and the second submarine to surface. .

9. Who else? Me.

Steven Slosberg lives in Stonington. He can be reached at [email protected]


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