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Old 03-10-2018, 09:25 PM
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I’m going to run through this with my fiancé tomorrow. She told me that she doesn’t think she will do well, but I disagree. She does like sports and listens to the things I talk about. I believe she’s far past the average person.
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John, I'd have to disagree with the bolded portion of your quote. All my guy friends, save for one, are football fans, and I think most all of them at least know some of the more famous names of the pre-Super Bowl era.

I pulled up a list of the greatest players of the pre-Super Bowl era I found on Bleacher Report, listed by decade, and I know a majority of them. The ones I've bolded, I've at least heard of.

The 1920s

1. Red Grange
2. Jim Thorpe
3. Ernie Nevers

4. Paddy Driscoll
5. George Trafton
6. Mike Michalske
7. Cal Hubbard
8. Pete Henry
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Ironically, Cal Hubbard is in the baseball HOF as an umpire.
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My 43 year old wife knew every name until Jack Johnson. Then missed only the last five. She even knew Pele, Richard Petty, and Jack Dempsey. She's a keeper.
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Does my wife get credit for asking "Bobby Jones - do you mean the golfer or the UNC basketball player?"
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I read the list to my girlfriend and she missed Babe Ruth...but later said, "Oh you meant George, right? Of course I know who that is."
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Does my wife get credit for asking "Bobby Jones - do you mean the golfer or the UNC basketball player?"
Brother, you found a gem in that one!

Does anyone remember the movie Diner where the bride-to-be had to pass a trivia test on Baltimore Colts history in order for the wedding to take place?
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I believe that here are way, way overestimating how similar the rest of the country is to them.

There are religious (and other) groups in this country that don’t get any sort of media. There are large groups that don’t speak English. A decent percentage (as mentioned) are illiterate.

The info from wives points in that direction and these are people living together with (for th most part of you are on these boards) huge sports fans.
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These 99% recognition figures are crazy. I think the likely number for Ruth and Robinson nationwide are under 90%.
This.

I agree, I think some of these numbers are way too high. 99% is 297,000,000 people out of 300,000,000 knowing these names...sorry, but even our beloved Ruth & Robinson wouldn't achieve that percentage.
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