The 2016 World Tavern Trivia Championships … Part 4

So here’s where we’re at.  Six ten-question rounds.  Point values are doubled.  And we’re in a heated battle with several other teams, including squads called “That’s What She Said” and “Mac ‘n Cheese” and a few others.

We’re ready.  Tim, Tom, Nick, Leah, William and me.  In 48 hours, we’ve cobbled together the team Stir Crazy, and are ready to take out the competition.

Now comes the final rounds.  And we kept on pace.  We finished the first round perfect, knowing everything from the average attendance at Burning Man (70,000) to the first quarterback to win the Heisman and then immediately win the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award (Cam Newton).

The next round, we hit nine out of ten.  If we had known there were seven different types of recyclable plastics (we thought of only five), we would still have the distance.  But here’s the weird thing.  For the answers we talked outselves out of and got wrong … we also had some educated guesses which we nailed.  You know, things like the NATO verbal code for “Q” is Quebec… or that the first President that DIDN’T sign the Declaration of Independence was George Washington.

What really hurt us – and yes, I said “it hurt us” was a category devoted to Prince.

Well, not to the man himself, but to his songs.

And actually, not so much to his songs, but to the song titles.

And the questions were built off the song titles.  You know, like “When Doves Cry” – what is the name of the popular dove whose wings cause a whistling sound?  No, we didn’t know what a mourning dove was.  Argh.  And we also didn’t know that the first makes of Corvettes were white.  They were not little or red.  We get that.

In all the rounds we played in the past two days, the Stir Crazy team only fell below seven out of ten answers once.  Just once.  And that was the Prince round.  And even then, we  still scored six out of ten.

Now comes the final round.  We are in eighth place … but we are ONLY in eighth place because the seven teams ahead of us chose to “double their points” in the previous rounds.  We still had that double option in our back pockets.  And we had to use it on this final round.

The final round – the category is superhero movies.  Name the ten highest grossing domestic superhero movies, according to Box Office Mojo.

If we could nail nine of these films … we would lock out our opponents and win the tournament.

Eight wins… and we would finish in the money… but at what level … unknown.

We quickly rattled off the titles for which we were confident.  Avengers?  Yes.  Age of Ultron?  Yes.  Iron Man 3?  Sure.  Deadpool?  Got it.  Dark Knight?  Dark Knight Rises?  Both of them, for sure.

We’ve got eight.  And we’re debating over Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 or Spider-Man 3.  We wrote down Spider-Man 2 … scribbled out the 2… wrote it back in … and scribbled it out once more.

And in the end… the top ten included Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.  Two of the titles we wrote down – Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – were not on the top 10 list.

Okay.  We hit eight out of ten.  320 points in the final round.

But the team we needed to lock out – a squad called “That’s What She Said” – hit a perfect ten for ten.  They may have outscored us by a few points.  They may have won the championship.

But where did we finish?  Second place?  Third place?  The top five teams win money… are we included in that mix?

We won’t know until all the tabulations are conducted… and that will take place at the after-party tonight.

But one thing’s for sure.  This Stir Crazy team was a fun bunch to play with.  I’m glad that Tim invited me to this tournament.  The trivia game was run with a lot of fun and entertainment, and everybody really felt like they had a good time participating.

So as I finish this up, I’m going to attend the after-show party.  And as soon as I know how the Stir Crazy team did…

I’ll pass along the news, good or bad.

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