Sports trivia

Greg Peterson

Q1: The end of the 2010 baseball season marks the end of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ MLB-record 18th straight losing season. During that streak, which dates from 1993, the Pirates have amassed a losing record against every team in the National League except which NL East team?
A1: Despite their two World Series championships, the Florida Marlins are 68-77 against the basement-dwelling Pirates. The Marlins, who have only existed as a franchise since 1993, have never played a season of baseball in which the Pirates have finished above .500.Q2: South Carolina’s 35-21 upset win over the then-top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide catapulted Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks into the national spotlight, but USC-East’s recent rise in Division I athletics isn’t limited to football. Last year, South Carolina won its first Division I men’s championship – in any sport – by defeating UCLA to win the title in what sport?
A2: Baseball. South Carolina’s 2-1, 11-inning win over a heavily favored UCLA team gave the Gamecocks their first ever men’s championship, though the win over Alabama likely received more attention on campus.