Sports trivia

Greg Peterson

Q1: The NBA announced its NBA All-Defensive team Wednesday, with Kobe Bryant earning a spot on the first team behind Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo and LeBron James. The award was Bryant’s eighth selection to the All-Defensive first team, which places him behind the nine selections each of which two retired guards?
A1: Sharing first place is Gary “The Glove” Payton, the only point guard to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award, which he won in 1996. Payton, who will forever hold the career records for assists, points, and steals by a Seattle SuperSonic, notably appeared in “White Men Can’t Jump” and will act in the upcoming horror film “Fear Not,” but his dramatic output pales in comparison to the one-movie career of the other nine-time honoree: none other than “Space Jam” star Michael Jordan.
Q2: The Montreal Canadiens shocked the hockey world by upsetting top-seeded Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals behind the brilliant play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak. “Habs” fans were happy to knock out the Caps, and no fans were more visibly happy than two fans that taunted the Capitals’ bench while wearing green spandex bodysuits. Where does the nickname of the “Habs” for Montreal come from – and what TV show introduced the “Green Man” costume that the fans wore?
A2: The nickname comes from “Les Habitants,” a French term for Francophone farmers who settled along the St. Lawrence Seaway in what would become Quebec. The costume, on the other hand, is from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.