Stephen R. Shalom
These are not your standard sports trivia questions. To answer these you'll need to know only the rules of the game and apply logic.
- What is the fewest number of runs that can be scored in a half inning of baseball in which 15 officially scored errors occur?
- What are the most balls (that is, pitches called by the umpire as balls) that can be called in one scoreless half inning of baseball?
- What are the most strikes that can be recorded in one scoreless half inning of baseball? (A foul ball when a batter already has two strikes is not recorded as a strike.)
- What is the fewest number of pitches that can be thrown in a regulation baseball game, not called on account of rain, in which neither team forfeits, and in which no players are declared out for such things as batting out of order or insulting the umpire?
- In a single half inning of baseball, a team hits four triples, a double, and a single, but not a single run scores. How could this be?
- It's the football Superbowl. The New York Giants are down 35-31 with 2 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. The Giants have the ball, fourth down and goal to go. The quarterback takes the snap five yards behind the line of scrimmage and, taking advantage of fine blocking, runs straight up the field. The quarterback crosses the line of scrimmage as the clock runs out, and keeps going for 12 more yards, still heading straight up the field, never losing control of the ball. No penalty is called on the play, yet the Giants lose. How come?
- You are playing a match of doubles tennis (best two out of three tie-breaker sets). You're not a very good player: in fact, in the entire match, your racquet never touched the ball. What's the best that your team could do in the match?