Daily Trivia – 2/3/11

Question: What sitcom opened in 1988 with its title character returning from a stint at the Betty Ford Clinic?


Last Question: What star of The Accused revealed during filming that she herself had been raped six years earlier?

Answer: Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis breakout role playing an Amish mother in the movie Witness with Harrison Ford, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe award.

She did not slow down after that as she played flight instructor, Charlie, in the 1986 fighter-pilot film Top Gun with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.

In 1982, McGillis was assaulted and raped in her own home. This encouraged the actress to pursue her film role as the lawyer who supports Jodie Foster’s character in 1988’s The Accused. After that she appeared in Cat Chaser with Peter Weller, a film she despised and which discouraged her from pursuing an acting career. McGillis appeared in dozens of television and film roles throughout the 1990s before taking a break from acting for a few years.

In 2004, she appeared in the stage play The Graduate as Mrs. Robinson, touring the United States.
I saw her in all her naked glory in this play. It was probaboy the only decent part of the show, and it happened towards the beginning.

Super Bowl XIX

January 20, 1985
Stanford Stadium

San Francisco 49ers – 38
Miami Dolphins – 16

This Super Bowl was hyped as the battle between two great quarterbacks, Miami’s Dan Marino and San Francisco’s Joe Montana – and indeed this was the first Super Bowl ever in which the starting quarterbacks of each team both threw for over 300 yards. In addition, the two teams combined total of 851 offensive yards was a Super Bowl record (later broken in Super Bowl XXII & Super Bowl XXXVIII). But the 49ers would end up taking the game in dominating fashion. It would be Marino’s only trip to the Super Bowl during his 17 year career.

Montana, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, completed 24 of 35 passes for a Super Bowl record 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 5 rushes for 59 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. His 59 rushing yards were the most rushing yards ever gained by a quarterback in the Super Bowl at that time.

Going into the game the two teams had combine for 33 wins – a Super Bowl record.

This Super Bowl was unique in that it fell on the same day that Ronald Reagan was inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States. Because January 20 fell on a Sunday, Reagan was sworn in privately and the public ceremony took place the following day.

The 49ers advanced to their second Super Bowl in team history after becoming the first team ever to win 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978.

As the Dolphins advanced to the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history,[4] much of the media focus was on Miami’s young quarterback Dan Marino. In just his second year in the league, he broke nearly every NFL single season passing record. Marino set a record for the most completions in a season (362) and became the first quarterback ever to throw for over 5,000 yards, reaching a total of 5,084. He set the record for the most games throwing for at least 300 passing yards (9) and the most games with 400 yards (4). Marino’s 48 touchdown passes broke the previous record of 36, which was held by both George Blanda for the Houston Oilers in 1961 and Y.A. Tittle for the New York Giants in 1963. And he played the most games with at least 4 or more touchdown passes (6) and the most consecutive games with at least 4 touchdown passes (4).

The Dolphins gained 405 yards of total offense in their 31-10 playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks, and over 500 yards as they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28, in the AFC Championship Game. In the victory over the Steelers, Marino completed 21 of 32 passes for 421 yards and 4 touchdowns, with 1 interception.

Meanwhile, the 49ers’ underrated defense allowed the team to blitz through the playoffs. Although Montana threw a combined total of 5 interceptions in their 2 games, they only gave up a combined total of 10 points and zero touchdowns in their victories over the New York Giants, 21-10, and the Chicago Bears, 23-0.

At 33-3, the combined records for the two teams coming into the game were and still are the best in Super Bowl history. The 49ers were 17-1 and the Dolphins 16-2 including their playoff games.

On Miami’s first drive, they got a 37-yard field goal from Uwe von Schamann. But, the 3-0 lead did not last long. San Francisco drove 78 yards in 8 plays, culminating in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Montana to reserve running back Carl Monroe to give them a 7-3 lead. It looked like the game was living up to its hype when Miami retook the lead on the next drive. Marino completed five consecutive passes, hitting Mark Clayton for 18 yards, Mark Duper for 11, Clayton again for 13, and tight end Dan Johnson for 21. On the next play, Marino finished the drive by hitting Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass, giving the Dolphins a 10-7 lead with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

Then San Francisco took over the game. The defense shut Miami down. In the second quarter, the 49ers drove, and Joe Montana threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Roger Craig, giving the 49ers a 14-10 lead. Miami had to punt when they got the ball back. Montana completed a pair of passes to tight end Russ Francis to move the ball 29 yards to the Miami 11-yard line. Craig ran for 5 yards on the next play, and then Montana ran the final 6 yards to the end zone for a touchdown, making the score 21-10. Then, San Francisco struck again scoring on a Roger Craig 2 yard run to make the score 28-10.

With 12 seconds left in the half, Miami got another field goal making the score 28-13. Then Miami caught a break as the 49ers botched the ensuing kickoff. San Francisco lineman Guy McIntyre received Van Schamann’s short kick and was about to down the ball, but then changed his mind at the last second and decided to return it. This turned out to be a big mistake. McIntyre lost a fumble while being leveled by rookie Joe Carter, and Jim Jensen recovered the ball for Miami at the 49ers 12-yard line. After that, Von Schamann kicked his third field goal on the last play of the half, cutting the score to 28-16.

On their first drive of the second half, San Francisco got a 27 yard field goal from kicker Ray Wersching making the score 31-16. On the Dolphins’ ensuing drive, they were forced to punt again after Marino was sacked twice. Starting their own 30-yard line after a 5-yard return by McLemore, Montana completed a 40-yard pass to Tyler, followed up with a 14-yard completion to Francis. Three plays later, Craig scored his third touchdown on a 16-yard reception to make the score 38-16. The score proved to be the last one from either team, as the defenses of both teams took over for the rest of the game – especially the 49ers’ defense, who intercepted Marino twice.

Super Bowl XVIII

January 22, 1984
Tampa Stadium

Los Angeles Raiders – 38
Washington Redskins – 9

Super Bowl XVIII was Marcus Allen’s game. The Redskins were the best team in football that year with a 14-2 record. The looked even stronger than the did when they beat Miami the previous year. But, the Redskins’ humiliating defeat at the hands of the black-jerseyed Raiders led Super Bowl XVIII to be known as “Black Sunday.” It was the first NFL Championship for the city of Los Angeles since the 1951 Los Angeles Rams.

The Raiders posted a 12-4 record during the regular season, in the second season in L.A.

Raiders’ running back Marcus Allen was the Super Bowl MVP, carrying the ball 20 times for a then-record total of 191 yards and two touchdowns, including a 74–yard run in the third quarter. His 74–yard run was also a record (now 2nd to Willie Parker’s 75-yard TD run in Super Bowl XL), and his 9.6 yards per carry average was the second highest in Super Bowl history. He also caught two passes for 18 yards, giving him 209 total yards from the line of scrimmage in the game. Allen became just the third Heisman Trophy winner to be named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.

The Raiders only allowed a combined total of 24 points in their playoff victories over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 38–10, and the Seattle Seahawks (who had beaten the Raiders twice during the regular season), 30–14. Allen had been particularly effective in the playoffs, gaining a total of 375 combined yards and scoring three touchdowns. The Raiders defense limited Seahawks running back Curt Warner, who had led the AFC in rushing yards (1,449 yards), to just 26 yards on 11 carries.

Meanwhile, the Redskins crushed the Los Angeles Rams 51–7, and then narrowly defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 24–21, with Mark Moseley kicking the game winning field goal with just 40 seconds left.

During the first half the Raiders scored on offense, defense and special teams, becoming the first team to score two non-offensive touchdowns in a Super Bowl. Less than five minutes into the game, Los Angeles’ Derrick Jensen blocked Jeff Hayes’ punt deep in Washington territory and recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett completed a 50-yard pass to wide receiver Cliff Branch, advancing the ball to the Redskins’ 15-yard line. Two plays later, Plunkett threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Branch, increasing the lead to 14-0. Cliff Branch became just the fourth player to catch a touchdown in two different Super Bowls.

On their next drive, the Redskins moved the ball 73 yards in 12 plays to the Raiders 7-yard line, with Joe Theismann completing a 17-yard pass to receiver Alvin Garrett and three passes to tight end Clint Didier for 50 yards. However, linebacker Rod Martin broke up Theismann’s third down pass attempt, forcing Washington to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Moseley. Los Angeles took the ensuing kickoff and drove 41 yards to the Redskins 39-yard line. The drive stalled when Plunkett’s third down pass fell incomplete, but Ray Guy’s 27-yard punt pinned Washington back at their own 12-yard line with 12 seconds left in the half. On the first play of their drive, Coach Joe Gibbs had Theismann run a screen play called “Rocket Screen”, but Raiders linebacker Jack Squirek intercepted the pass and returned it for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 21-3 halftime lead.

The Redskins came out swinging in the second half as they scored on their opening drive by marching 70 yards in nine plays, with John Riggins running in a 1 yard touchdown. However, Moseley’s extra point attempt was blocked by reserve tight end Don Hasselbeck.

Then the Raiders completely took over the rest of the game, preventing any chance of a Washington comeback. On the following drive, Marcus Allen had a 5 yard touchdown run to make the score 28-9. Late in the third quarter, the Redskins had an opportunity to score after defensive back Anthony Washington forced and recovered a fumble from Branch at the Raiders 35-yard line. They moved the ball nine yards in their next three plays, and then faced fourth down and one. Washington attempted to convert the fourth down with a run by Riggins, just like their successful fourth down conversion against the Miami Dolphins in the previous Super Bowl. But this time, Riggins was tackled by Martin for no gain.

On the next play, the last play of the third quarter, Plunkett handed the ball off to Allen, who started to run left as the play was designed. But after taking an unusually wide turn in that direction, Allen saw a lot of defenders in front of him and cut back to the middle before taking off for a then-Super Bowl record 74-yard touchdown run, increasing Los Angeles’ lead to 35-9.

In the final quarter, the Raiders sacked Theismann three times, forcing him to fumble once, and intercepted a pass. Meanwhile, a 39-yard run from Allen set up a 21-yard field goal from kicker Chris Bahr to make the final score of the game 38-9.

The Raiders were the first team to appear in, and win, the Super Bowl representing two different cities. They were also the first team to score an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown in the same Super Bowl. The Redskins became the second defending champion to lose a Super Bowl (their divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, were the first, losing Super Bowl XIII after winning Super Bowl XII).

During the Super Bowl, Apple’s famous “1984” television commercial, introducing the Apple Macintosh computer and directed by Ridley Scott, ran during a timeout in the third quarter. This showed how the Super Bowl could be used as an advertising platform.

Following the game, CBS aired the pilot episode of Airwolf.

Here are highlights from the Super Bowl:

Daily Trivia – 2/2/11

Question: What star of The Accused revealed during filming that she herself had been raped six years earlier?


Last Question: What Fame star reached number one with the theme from Flashdance?

Answer: Irene Cara

The 1980 hit movie Fame catapulted Irene Cara to stardom. Cara was originally cast as a dancer, and when production heard her voice they re-wrote the role of Coco Hernandez. As Coco Hernandez, she sang both the title song “Fame” and the film’s second hit single “Out Here on My Own”. These songs, the only hit songs from the movie, helped make the film’s soundtrack a chart-topping, multi-platinum album. Further history was made when at the Academy Awards that year: It was the first time two songs from one film were nominated in the same category (“Fame” and “Out Here on My Own”) and both were sung by Cara. “Fame” ended up winning.

In 1983, Cara appeared as herself in the film D.C. Cab, which is a film about a group of cabbies. The movie stars Mr. T. One of the characters, Tyrone played by Charlie Barnett, is an obsessed Cara fan who decorated his Checker Cab as a shrine to her. The movie featured my personal favorite song by Irene Cara – “The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)”:

In 1983, Cara reached the peak of her music career with the title song for the movie Flashdance: “Flashdance… What A Feeling”. The song won her the following awards: 1983 Academy Award for Best Song (Oscar); 1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 1984 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Top Female Vocalist – Pop Singles; Black Contemporary Female Vocalist – Pop Singles; Top Pop Crossover Artist – Black Contemporary Singles; Pop Single of the Year; American Music Awards for Best R&B Female Artist and Best Pop Single of the Year.

Cara lives in Florida and works with her band Hot Caramel.

One more fun fact – Irene Cara appeared on the first season of The Electric Company as part of The Short Circus:

Aah, just for fun, here is the opening most of us are probably more familiar with. Unfortunately, Cara was long gone by then:

Super Bowl XVII

January 30, 1983
Rose Bowl

Washington Redskins 27
Miami Dolphins 17

This Super Bowl followed a strike-shortened season. Instead of 16 regular season games, 9 were played.
The game was a rematch of Super Bowl VII, also played in the Los Angeles area at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum ten years before, where the Dolphins completed their 17–0 perfect season at the Redskins’ expense by a score of 14–7.

This Super Bowl was the John Riggins game. Washington’s running back, John Riggins, was named Super Bowl MVP. He finished the game with 2 Super Bowl records: the most rushing yards in a Super Bowl game (166), and the most rushing attempts (38). His performance was also his fourth 100 yard rushing game in a row in a postseason game, a postseason record. Riggins also recorded a reception for 15 yards, giving him more total yards than the entire Miami team. Much of Washington’s success on offense was also attributed to their offensive line, affectionately known as “The Hogs”.

The Dolphins’ main strength was their defense, nicknamed the “Killer Bees” because 6 of their 11 starters had last names that began with the letter “B”. The “Killer Bees”, anchored by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Bob Baumhower, led the league in fewest total yards allowed (2,312) and fewest passing yards allowed (1,027). Linebacker A.J. Duhe was extremely effective at blitzing and in pass coverage. And the Dolphins secondary, consisting of defensive backs Don McNeal, Gerald Small and brothers Lyle and Glenn Blackwood, combined for 11 interceptions.

However, this was the pre-Dan Marino era for the Dolphins, and quarterback David Woodley, ranked last in the league in passing with 1,401 total yards, 8 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.The Dolphins advanced through the special 16-team playoffs by defeating the New England Patriots, 28-13, the San Diego Chargers, 34-13, and the New York Jets, 14-0, to earn a trip to their fourth Super Bowl in team history.

Meanwhile, the Redskins beat the Detroit Lions, 31-7, the Minnesota Vikings, 21-7, and the Dallas Cowboys, 31–17.

Miami scored first on their second possession with a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Woodley to wide receiver Jimmy Cefalo. Then after forcing the Redskins to punt, Woodley attempted a deep pass again, but was hit by Washington defensive end Dexter Manley causing him to fumble, and defensive tackle Dave Butz recovered the ball. The turnover led to Redskins kicker Mark Moseley’s 31-yard field goal to cut the lead 7–3 two plays into the second quarter.

Miami then followed with a field goal, increasing their lead 10-3. Then the Redskins went on an 80 yard scoring drive, capped by a 4 yard Joe Theismann touchdown pass to Alvin Garrett, tying the score 10-10. But, he tie did not last long: Fulton Walker returned the ensuing kickoff a Super Bowl record 98 yards for a touchdown to give the Dolphins a 17–10 lead. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown in Super Bowl history.

In the 3rd quarter, Washington drove on their second posession, and settled for a field goal cutting their deficit to 17–13.

In the fourth quarter, Washington had another drive, and reached Miami’s 43 yard line, and face fourth down and one to go. Instead of punting, the Redskins decided to gamble and attempt to get the first down with a run from Riggins. But Riggins did a lot more than pick up the first down. Coach Joe Gibbs called his trademark play I-Right 70 Chip, starting TE Clint Didier in motion towards the right, then reversing motion back to the left. Theismann handed to Riggins who broke a tackle from Miami cornerback Don McNeal and took off for a 43-yard touchdown run, giving Washington their first lead of the game, 20–17, with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Washington quickly forced Miami to punt on their next possession, and punt returner Mike Nelms’s 12-yard return gave the Redskins great field position at the Dolphins 41-yard line. The Redskins then executed 5 consecutive running plays by Riggins, consuming a lot of time off the clock and moving the ball to the 23-yard line. Then on third down, Theismann made a key pass completion to Brown to the 9-yard line. Riggins then advanced the ball to the 6-yard line with two more runs. Then after the 2-minute warning, Brown caught a touchdown pass on the next play, increasing the Redskins lead to 27—17 and putting the game away.

Washington had completely dominated Miami in the second half, allowing only two first downs and no pass completions. Overall, the Dolphins gained just 9 first downs and 4 completions in the entire game.

Following the game, NBC aired the premiere episode of The A-Team, beginning the tradition of the game’s
host network airing programming after the game.

Super Bowl XVI

January 24, 1982
Pontiac Silverdome

San Francisco 49ers 26
Cincinnati Bengals 21

Super Bowl XVI was the Super Bowl debut of Joe Montana. Before the season started, nobody could have predicted that these teams would meet in the Super Bowl, as they both had 6-10 records the previous year. The quarterbacks were the big reason for both teams’ success. Joe Montana emerged, and would go on to be one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, and the Bengals’ Ken Anderson was the top rated passer in the league and won both the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

The Bengals went on to win their first ever playoff game by defeating the Buffalo Bills, 28-21, and then defeated San Diego Chargers, 27-7, in a game known as the Freezer Bowl because of the -37 windchill conditions at Riverfront Stadium. Meanwhile, the 49ers went on to defeat the New York Giants, 38-24, and then narrowly beat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-27, on a last second touchdown pass known as The Catch.

This play was the end of one dynasty and the birth of another:

In the Super Bowl, the Bengals went on to win their first ever playoff game by defeating the Buffalo Bills, 28-21, and then defeated San Diego Chargers, 27-7, in a game known as the Freezer Bowl because of the -37 windchill conditions at Riverfront Stadium. Meanwhile, the 49ers went on to defeat the New York Giants, 38-24, and then narrowly beat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-27, on a last second touchdown pass known as The Catch.

The Bengals had an opportunity to score first. But Anderson threw an interception at the 5 yard line. The 49ers then drove, and scored on a 1 yard quarterback sneak.

The Bengals then had another opportunity to score early in the 2nd quarter. But Cris Collinsworth lost a fumble while being tackled by 49ers defensive back Eric Wright at the 5 yard line.

The 49ers recovered the fumble, and drove 92 yards, scoring on an 10-yard pass from Montana to fullback Earl Cooper, increasing their lead to 14–0. Cooper’s leaping, celebratory spike of the football after scoring became the photo Sports Illustrated used for its post-game cover.

Later on in the quarter, the 49ers went on another drive, and ended up with a field goal, going up 17-0. With just 15 seconds left in the half, Ray Wersching’s ensuing squib kick was muffed by Bengals running back Archie Griffin, and the 49ers recovered the ball on the Bengals 4-yard line. The 49ers had a false start penalty which prevented them from scoring another touchdown, but they got another field goal. The 20-0 halftime lead was the largest halftime lead in Super Bowl history to that date.

After receiving the opening kickoff of the second half, the Bengals drove 83 yards in 9 plays, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run by Anderson to cut the deficit to 20–7. This seemed to fire up Cincinnati’s defense, who limited the 49ers to only 8 plays and 4 offensive yards for the entire third quarter. Later on in the quarterback, the Bengals drove, and had a first down on the 3 yard line. But, the 49ers held them. The Bengals tried to score a touchdown on 4th down, but were held back as the quarter was coming to a close.

The 49ers could not get anywhere on their next drive, so the Bengals had great field position after receiving the ball back. The Bengals marched 53 yards in 7 plays and scored a touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Anderson to Ross. With the score, the deficit was cut to 20-14 with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter. But the 49ers countered with a 50-yard, 9-play drive that took 4:41 off the clock. They got a field goal, increasing their lead to 23-14 lead with just 5 minutes left.

On the Bengals first play after receiving the ensuing kickoff, Wright intercepted a pass from Anderson. After returning the interception 25 yards, Wright fumbled while being tackled by Bengals guard Max Montoya, but San Francisco linebacker Willie Harper recovered the ball at the Bengals 22-yard line.

The 49ers then ran the ball on 5 consecutive plays, taking 3 minutes off the clock, to advance to the Cincinnati 6-yard line. They got another field goal making the score 26–14 with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Anderson completed 6 consecutive passes on the Bengals ensuing drive, the last one a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ross, to make the score 26–21, but with less than 20 seconds left in the game. The Bengals tried an onside kick, but Clark recovered the ball for the 49ers, allowing San Francisco to run out the clock to win the game. This marked the first time in Super Bowl history that the team which compiled the most yards and touchdowns lost.

Daily Trivia – 2/1/11

Question: What Fame star reached number one with the theme from Flashdance?


Last Question: What show became the lowest-rated series ever brought back for a second season, after it picked up a record 21 Emmy nominations?

Answer: Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues ran on NBC from 1981-1987. It did not start out with too many viewers, but it received a lot of critical acclaim. They received 8 Emmy nominations that first year, which was a record that has since been broken by The West Wing. NBC stuck with the show, wich made it the lowest-rated program ever renewed for a second season. It was only renewed for 10 episodes. But, it gained viewers, and stayed on the air until 1987. Over its seven seasons, the show earned 98 Emmy Award nominations. That averages out to 14 nominations a year.

Here is the opening theme song: