There are two types of questions: more obvious sports trivia questions and obscure sports trivia questions.
For example, an obscure sports trivia question would be something like: Who finished second in the Master’s Golf Tournament in 2001? The answer is Ernie Els. Only diehard golf fans or sports trivia buffs would know this answer.
A more obvious question would be something like: Who is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher? The answer is Emmitt Smith. Most NFL fans would know the answer to this question.
There are thousands and possibly millions of obscure questions but not nearly as many obvious questions. So let’s take a look at some of the obvious questions for the major sports: football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. For all of these sports the records can be broken down by game records, season records and career records.
The major records for NFL football are passing, rushing, and receiving records. Here are three examples of the major ones:
Who holds the record for most touchdown passes in a career? Dan Marino, 420
Who holds the record for most passing yards in a career? Dan Marino, 61,361
Who holds the record for most touchdowns caught in a career? Jerry Rice, 197
The major records for basketball are points scored and rebounds. Here are two major records:
Who holds the record for most points in a season? Wilt Chamberlain, 4029
Who holds the record for most rebounds in a game? Wilt Chamberlain, 2,149
The major records for baseball generally deal with batting and pitching. The major categories for batting are batting average, hits, RBI, and homeruns. Here are two examples of major batting records:
Who holds the record for most hits in a season? Ichiro Suzuki, 262
Who holds the record for most homeruns in a career? Hank Aaron, 755
Generally the biggest pitching records deal with wins, saves, strikeouts, and earned run average (ERA). Here are two examples of major pitching records:
Who holds the record for most strikeouts in a game? Tom Cheney, 21 (16 innings pitched in an extra inning game)
Who holds the record for most wins in a season? Old Hoss Radbourn, 59
For hockey the major records revolve around goals scored, points, assists, and saves. Here are a couple examples:
Who holds the record for goals in a season? Wayne Gretzky, 92
Who holds the record for most shutouts in a career? Terry Sawchuk, 103
There are also many records for teams in all sports. However, most sports trivia questions are based on individual records.
Some records won’t last for long, while other records may fall very soon.
We just saw the record for most touchdowns in a season fall when LaDanian Tomlinson shattered the old record. We also saw Peyton Manning set the record for most touchdown passes in a season. This coming season Brett Favre may set a new record for touchdown passes in a career.
In baseball Barry Bonds is closing in on Hank Aaron’s homerun record. However, the record for most wins in a season will probably never be broken.
There are all types of sports trivia questions that can be asked and there are many more sports that can be included. To know many of the answers a person would have to be a sports fan and a bit of a history buff.
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