The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil, and as an avid soccer fan, I absolutely love it. This year’s tournament has featured goals, goals and more goals, and Germany, my ancestors’ homeland and personal rooting interest, opened the tourney with a cracking 4-0 win over Portugal. I can’t get enough of it.
One of the biggest draws of the World Cup is the sense of patriotism each country feels as their team takes the pitch. As a Canadian, I haven’t felt that in my lifetime at the World Cup, which is why I’ve adopted Germany as the team I cheer for. It’s fun to break out the car flag and hop on a team’s bandwagon for a solid month, even if you know nothing about offsides or clean sheets or volleys or whatever.
With that long-winded introduction aside, here’s this week’s trivia question:
Last week’s trivia question went as follows:
Q: Who was the lightest player drafted by the Leafs?
A: Mark Deyell
Shout-out to Justin Fisher’s Draftbook for its immense assistance in researching this question. All I had to do was sort the list by weight, find the Toronto Maple Leafs and, bingo, Mark Deyell’s name appeared.
Deyell was only 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds when he was drafted by the Leafs out of the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League in the fifth round in 1994. The centre never made it to the big league, but he did become a pretty effective scorer at the American Hockey League level for the St. John’s Maple Leafs. He also had 159 points in 69 games for the Blades two years after he was drafted, which is absolutely bananas even if he was an older junior player at the time.
The leaderboard is unchanged:
If you end up with the most points by the time I decide to end Tuesday Trivia, you’ll win the opportunity to have me write for your blog, or you can write a guest post for Editor In Leaf. You have until Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time to submit an answer to this week’s question. Good luck, and Gehen Deutschland!