View Full Version : Rich Roeper takes a shot at the Trib

10-11-2005, 05:35 PM
Today's Sox quiz (http://www.suntimes.com/output/roeper/cst-nws-roep11.html) provides the following scoring key:
0-5 correct: You're a Cubs fan.
6-10 correct: You're a Tribune columnist.
11-15 correct: You're a true Sox fan.
16-20 correct: You're a hardcore Sox fan

10-14-2005, 04:02 PM
I got a 16 on the quiz. :D:

Johnny Mostil
10-14-2005, 05:39 PM
I got a 16 on the quiz. :D:

Me, too, though, to be honest, I should note the "multiple-guess" format may have saved me on a question or two . . .

10-14-2005, 10:44 PM
got a 16, thank God it wasn't essay formatted quiz

10-14-2005, 10:48 PM

Johnny Mostil
10-14-2005, 10:51 PM

Wow. Are you a doctor of soxology? What did you miss?

10-14-2005, 10:51 PM
The John Cusack question is wrong...Cusack supposedly was originally a Sox fan. First and foremost, however, he is a windsock.

10-14-2005, 11:02 PM
Wow. Are you a doctor of soxology? What did you miss?

The John Candy movie. I don't think I've ever seen a John Candy movie in my life, although I loved him on SCTV.

10-14-2005, 11:13 PM
The John Cusack question is wrong...Cusack supposedly was originally a Sox fan. First and foremost, however, he is a windsock.

Maybe Roeper doesn't want to acknowledge he was a Sox fan ever. :)

10-14-2005, 11:17 PM
Maybe Roeper doesn't want to acknowledge he was a Sox fan ever. :)
Anyone who goes over to the dark side will never be acknowledged by me as having ever been a Sox fan. You might be right about Roeper!

10-14-2005, 11:22 PM
I got a 15.

10-14-2005, 11:23 PM

I didn't know about the multi-color jacket from 1934, didn't remember Ripken's broken nose, guessed 117 for El Duque's age :D:.

10-14-2005, 11:24 PM
18. I didn't know the Candy movie or the "which player didn't play for the Sox" question. I almost answered the 1919 question incorrectly, but caught myself at the last second.

10-14-2005, 11:28 PM
18, I missed 14 and 10

10-15-2005, 12:37 AM
I got 18, IIRC. I remembered the Roberto Hernandex incident w/ Ripken, I have seen "Only the Lonely" w/ John Candy, and I admit I lucked out on the El Duque question because I read about the divorce papers elsewhere earlier in the same day. I forget which two I missed though.

However, the multiple choice format sure made it easy to eliminate a few dopey choices, like the Andy the Clown question. Ronnie Wickers? Even most die-hard Sox fans know that's Ronnie Woo-Woo's real name. Who would have guessewd that Andy the Clown's real first name was...Andy?


10-15-2005, 01:14 AM
I got a 15.

Ditto - 1 off Hardcore status

10-15-2005, 09:00 AM
19 as well. I missed the multi colored jacket question, and to be honest I guessed at Bash Brannigan....never heard of him.

10-15-2005, 09:51 AM
I scored a 14, which I'm actually very happy with because I'm terrible at pretty much any kind of history (including my own family history!) :tongue: :redface:

10-15-2005, 10:06 AM
I got a 16! I am impressed too because a ton of that was before my time, and I really know little about the Sox of the '70s. yeah Baby!

10-15-2005, 11:07 AM
Got 19. Missed the one about Ripken's nose.

10-15-2005, 11:17 AM
17 :smile:

embarrassed to admit I knew Andy the Clown's real name


(gawd he had bad breath)

Andy the Clown
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Andy the Clown

Andy the Clown was the performing name of Andrew Rozdilsky, Jr. (December 6 (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=December+6&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), 1917 (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=1917&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) - September 21 (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=September+21&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), 1995 (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=1995&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a)), a lifelong Chicago (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Chicago%2C+Illinois&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) resident who performed, unofficially, as a clown (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Clown&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) at Chicago White Sox (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Chicago+White+Sox&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) games at Comiskey Park (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Comiskey+Park&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) for 30 years from 1960 to 1990.

The youngest of five sons in a family of undertakers (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Funeral+director&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), Rozdilsky first began performing as a clown when he was 10 years old. After serving in the Army (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=United+States+Army&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) during World War II (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=World+War+II&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), he began working as a research clerk for International Harvester (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=International+Harvester&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), while continuing to perform as a clown at family and neighborhood events. In 1960 (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=1960+in+sports&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), during the period that the Sox were owned by Bill Veeck (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Bill+Veeck&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), Rozdilsky was invited to a White Sox game by several friends, and decided to wear his clown costume to the game; the crowd responded with strong encouragement, and after he won a pair of season tickets in a local Knights of Columbus (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Knights+of+Columbus&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) raffle, he began performing at all home games beginning with the 1961 season.

Andy was always prominent at Comiskey Park, easily spotted in his bowler hat (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Bowler+hat&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), black-rimmed glasses and polka-dotted (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Polka+dot&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) costume with a ruffled collar; but his most distinctive and well-known feature was his large red nose, which lit up whenever he shook hands with a child. Over the years, Andy became a beloved fixture at White Sox games, continuing to perform after Veeck sold the team in 1961 to brothers Arthur and John Allyn, and also after Veeck re-purchased the team in 1975; the team never made Andy an official employee, but did provide him with free admission and a room where he could change clothes.

Andy was a transitional figure between eras in entertainment at major league (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Major+League+Baseball&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) ballparks, being the last in a generation of clowns who appeared regularly in the majors; Al Schacht was retired, Max Patkin (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Max+Patkin&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) was by now performing primarily in the minor leagues (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Minor+league+baseball&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), and legendary Ringling Bros. (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Ringling+Brothers+and+Barnum+and+Bailey+Circ us&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) clown Emmett Kelly (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Emmett+Kelly&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a), who often performed at Brooklyn Dodgers (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Los+Angeles+Dodgers&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) games in the 1940s and 1950s, died in 1979. In the 1970s, the trend toward costumed team mascots (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Mascot&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) began, primarily with the first appearances of The San Diego Chicken (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=The+San+Diego+Chicken&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) in 1974 and the Phillie Phanatic (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Phillie+Phanatic&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) in 1978.

Andy could display an impish sense of humor, as at the exhibition game in August 1981 against the Cubs (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Chicago+Cubs&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a); he sat down in Mayor Jane Byrne (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Jane+Byrne&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a)'s lap, lit up his nose, turned to her husband and said, "Jay, your wife is turning me on." He also overcame illnesses to make it to games, as in 1983 when he was at the park just one hour after being released from a four-day hospital stay for a bleeding ulcer (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Ulcer&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a).

In 1981, the White Sox were sold to an ownership group headed by Jerry Reinsdorf (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Jerry+Reinsdorf&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a) and Eddie Einhorn, and the new owners were eager to bring in a new mascot, seeking to improve what they perceived to be a more downscale feature of White Sox home games. They hired the design firm responsible for creating the Phillie Phanatic to create a new mascot for the Sox, and in August 1981 informed Andy that he could no longer appear at games in costume. The response from the fans and local media was immediate and solidly opposed to this decision, and a telephone campaign insisting on Andy's reinstatement succeeded in getting the team to rescind its decision just one day after it was announced. A compromise was reached in which Andy would continue to perform, and receive $1,000 per year, but he would not be permitted to go into the lower grandstand, staying only in the upper deck and concourse areas of the park.

Days later, the Sox debuted the pair of furry mascots created for them, Ribbie and Roobarb (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=kro0rpo274j?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Ribbie+and+Roobarb&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc02a); but the fans never accepted the two, ridiculing them throughout their tenure with the team - both because of their ludicrous appearance, which had no apparent connection with the team, and also because they were seen as an attempt by the team to eliminate Andy. Fans openly mocked Ribbie and Roobarb, with even children gleefully attacking them, while the fans in the box seats found ways of getting around the restrictions on Andy by constantly bringing him into the lower grandstand and seeking him out elsewhere in the park. Andy eventually had the last laugh, however, as the team stopped using Ribbie and Roobarb after the 1988 season.

10-15-2005, 11:20 AM
I got a 21!!
Make that 18. :cool:

10-15-2005, 12:16 PM
I got 18. I missed the one about who never played on the Sox and what band never played at Comiskey Park.