The Captain’s Quiz 5: Golden Rings

I’m not a fan of what I’d call — for back of a better term — the grind-industrial complex.

As someone who believes that those who are, don’t have to tell you, I tend to be skeptical of people who insist on plastering on social media just how much effort they’re putting in.

Just do the work. I don’t need an Instagram video or Twitter post with all kinds of hashtags.

And I’ve never understood the expression “fall down seven times, get up eight.” Far from me to argue with a Japanese proverb, but unless you’re starting on the ground, how do you get up eight times when you’ve only fallen seven?

Maybe it’s too deep for my brain, that the eighth time you get up is because you need to get to your feet as a child, but regardless, I’m not going to go on and on about what I’m doing to get by my first-to-worst performance in my pal Paul’s previous quiz.

I’m just going to try and do better in this one. It’s all about five, so let see what I can do.


1. The Fab Five were a group of all-freshmen starters for the 1991 Michigan men’s basketball team. What is something you immediately excelled at?

Well … I won the first Captain’s Quiz I ever entered, beating a two-time defending champion in the process.

I also picked up playing the trombone very quickly.

2. One Direction was a boy band that eventually went in five directions. If you were in a five person band, would you be the first one to leave? Why or why not?

I wouldn’t be the first one to leave, because the first one to leave is the good-looking and/or talented one who’s clearly the star of the group (think Harry Styles, since we’re talking One Direction), or the one who thinks he or she should be a star (here’s looking at you, Zayn Malik).

And no, I don’t know that much about One Direction. Really, I don’t.

Unless you’re one of those folks, you don’t leave … you get left. I’d be the guy who was in the group to make the numbers, hoping that someday, my phone will ring with the offer of a reunion.

If everything goes right, maybe I land C-level, Joey-Fatone-on-“Dancing With the Stars” notoriety.

3. Five Alive is a line of various fruit juice blends. Create a new drink and include any number (other than five) in its name. Tell me about the new drink.

One. It would be called One. Because it would be so good, you wouldn’t need any others. You would only need One.

4. In the mid-2000s, WWE Superstar John Cena had a weekly segment on WWE.comcalled, “Five Questions With The Champ” where he answered fan questions. If you were to send a celebrity five questions, who would it be and what would you ask?

Don Mattingly, and here are my five.

  • What is it like to be the favorite player of an entire generation of Yankees fans?
  • Do you wish you could have played one more year and possibly won a World Series?
  • Do you ever think about the Hall of Fame, either that you would have been a shoo-in if you hadn’t gotten hurt or hoping that you still have a chance?
  • Do you enjoy New York, Los Angeles or Miami more, and why did you choose New York?
  • Can I get an autograph?

5. The San Francisco 49ers have won five Super Bowls, with their last one coming in 1995. What is something from 1995 that you wish we still had and/or did in 2021?

I wish the Chargers, who were the 49ers victims in that 1995 Super Bowl, were still a team good enough to play in Super Bowls.

A world in which I was still 23 wouldn’t suck, either.

6. When you type, “Where are the” into Google, what is the fifth autocomplete option?

“Where are the kidneys located?”

7. The TV show, “Breaking Bad,” had five seasons. What is your favourite TV show and how many seasons does it have?

“Succession,” and it’s in its third season.

8. The PlayStation 5 has experienced supply issues due to a chip shortage. What are your top five potato chip flavours?


Sour cream and onion


Salt and vinegar


9. “Remember, remember, the 5th of November” is a line from the movie, “V for Vendetta.” What do you remember about November 5, 2021?

I worked, and since it was a Friday, we went for ice cream.

I also published a post about my former exercise class.

10. How would you explain the “high five” hand gesture to someone who doesn’t know what it is?

It’s a celebration where you put your hand over your head, and someone else slaps it.

Once you master that, we’ll move on to fist bumps, chest bumps and forearm bashes, and if you get really advanced, we’ll get into the hand jive-type stuff, but someone else will be teaching you, because it’s way over my head … like I’m trying to give a 7-footer a high five.


1. If you could be 5 years old for the next 24 hours, what would you do?

Assuming I wasn’t in school, I’d play, and eat, and eat, and play, and play, and eat until I couldn’t stand up, and then I’d complain when my parents wanted to carry me to bed.

2. How many five-letter words can you type in two minutes? Do it, but don’t share the words with me. Your answer to this question will only be the number of words.

346 … since you don’t want the words, prove that I couldn’t

3. Tell me the story behind the fifth photo in your phone (or camera, computer, photo album).

I don’t save a lot of photos on my phone, since they take up space and I back them up, anyway. (I save a lot more videos.)

Therefore, this is a photo I took just a few days ago for the post I wrote about going to Connecticut. However, I didn’t use it, and not just because I didn’t realize until afterward that a pair of underwear was showing.

8 thoughts on “The Captain’s Quiz 5: Golden Rings

  1. I appreciate the sports theme answers to some of the questions. You know your audience. As for the 2nd Bonus Question, I’m just going to assume that you didn’t type 1730 letters in 120 seconds, which would be 14 letters per second, but then again maybe you’re a wizard?

    On a serious note: I don’t know how to mark that question now haha

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