What do you know about the
Alan's FUN NFL Sports Quiz.
Answers" at the bottom of the page.
1. The Detroit Lions join the
NFL in 1930.
What was the original name of the team?
- Portsmouth Spartans
- Detroit Tanks
- Oakland Miners
2. What year did the team move to Detroit?
3. Also as the Portsmouth Spartans, the franchise
played in an unscheduled NFL championship game against the Chicago Bears
in 1932. The Spartans-Bears game was played because both teams
ended the regular season with the same number of victories (the Spartans
finished at 6-1-4 while the Bears were 6-1-6; ties were not reckoned as
part of the percentage in the NFL until 1972). Because of blizzard
conditions in Chicago, the game was moved from Wrigley Field indoors to
Chicago Stadium, which allowed for only an 80-yard field; some have
called the contest the first arena football game. The Bears won,
9-0, and the resulting interest led to the establishment of Eastern and
Western conferences and a regular championship game beginning in 1933.
4. From 1938 to 1960, where did the Lions play
their home games?
- Briggs Stadium
- Ford Field
- Tiger Field
5. Detroit enjoyed its greatest success in the 1950s.
They won the league championship in 1952, 1953, and 1957.
Who led the team as quarterback?
- Frank Gatski
- Bobby Layne
- Dick "Night Train" Lane
6. In the mid-1960s, the Lions
served as the backdrop for the sports literature of Stu Berman, who
spent time in the Lions training camp masquerading as a player. This was
the basic material for his book Paper Lion,
later made into a movie.
7. In 1964, who purchased a controlling
interest in the team for $4.5 million.
- William Clay Ford, Sr.
- Edsel Ford, Jr.
- Henry Ford IV
8. Who was the Motown soul singer who made
plans, after the death of duet partner, to join the Lions and go into
- Levi Stubbs
- Marvin Gaye
- Smoky Robinson
9. During his first season after
being drafted in 1989, the Lions running back missed
the NFL rushing title by 10 yards because he chose not to go back into
the game when the Lions already had the game won. According to Wayne
Fontes, when he offered him the chance to gain the yardage and the
rushing title, he declined, reportedly saying, "Coach, let's just win it
(the game) and go home."
Who was the back?
- Doak Walker
- John Henry Johnson
- Barry Sanders
10. Who is the first Detroit Lion to be
inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963?
- Joe Schmidt
- Doak Walker
- Dutch Clark