Week 11 of the Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League

Last night’s trivia game was a bummer in many ways.  And I couldn’t be the only person who got bummed out.

I could call last night’s trivia exercise, “Right answer, wrong question.”

Let me explain.

One of the categories was on World Leaders – identify the leader from a picture, get the points.  I correctly identified the first two – Angela Merkel of Germany and Justin Trudeau of Canada – then the third image came up.

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Week 10 of the 2017 Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League

With only a couple of weeks left in the trivia league series, I’m still at the bottom looking up.  And if I don’t start winning some playoff points AND SOON, I’ll be behind the 8-ball as the final round commences.

So here we go.

The mystery second category involved fast food trivia -we were shown a picture of a fast food item and asked to identify the restaurant of its origin.  Some of the pictures were easy identifiers – a McFlurry from McDonald’s, a chicken sandwich from Burger King – but the ten-point question was a picture of a taco salad.

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Week 9 of the Graney’s Stout 2017 Spring Trivia League

Talk about a rough night at trivia.  Last night, every time I got a decent run put together, I ended up collapsing on a tough question and losing all my momentum.  Urgh.

Take, for example … an eight-point question regarding who won the last NBA Finals that did not involve LeBron James.  I went with my double-play option, thinking it had to be either the Spurs or the Mavericks.  Nopes.  It was the LA Lakers.  16 points down the drain for blowing a double-chance.  Ugh.

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Week 8 of the 2017 Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League

I’m starting to believe that our trivia host, Kevin Baker, has a Wahlberg fascination.  At least twice during last night’s trivia game, he referenced the Boston entertainment family … first by asking what 1988 New Kids on the Block album was their smash LP (it was “Hangin’ Tough”), then later on asking to identify the backing group of Mark Wahlberg’s rap singles (the “Funky Bunch”).  All we needed was a question about what TV network hosts Wahlburgers and we’d have the trifecta. 😀

The game was a spirited one this week, and I stayed in the middle of the pack while the team of reporters known as The Fist held the lead for most of the night.  But then it came to the final question, “Side Jobs.”

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Week 7 of the 2017 Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League

Last night I had one of the strongest runs in a trivia game in a long, long time.

Finished off the first round perfect and in the lead.

Cleared the second round – identifying awards and trophies by seeing a picture of them – stayed in the lead.

Went five-for-five in the “huddle round” by knowing the five NFL teams with the most Super Bowl losses.  Twenty-point lead going into halftime.

This is good.  This is really, really good.

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Week 6 of the Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League

For all intents and purposes, last night’s trivia game was a wash for me.  And to be totally honest, I had a very schizophrenic run at trivia – I would miss easy questions and hit the hard ones, or I would get together several easy questions and then destroy my advantage by guessing wrongly on a tough question.

My bad.  I just couldn’t find a decent rhythm.

So let’s just skip to the final question.  I’m in sixth place, looking up at five other teams, and my mindset is – screw this, just bet all the points I have.

And I did.  All 70 of them, on the category “Big Buildings.”

“At 35 stories, the Wells Fargo Tower was once the tallest building in what Florida city?”

Well, there go 70 points down the drain.  Total guess.  Figured tall buildings needed to be in large cities, so I said Miami.

The correct answer was Jacksonville, and enough teams got it right that even had I written down the correct answer, I wouldn’t have had enough points to land in the top tier for the night.  For the record, the team known as the Fist had a safe bet and won the night, while New Phone Who Dis? and Dan 2017 claimed second and third (they both knew it was Jacksonville).

Oh well.  Even the greatest golfers shank it into the lake more than a few times.  Just ask Sergio Garcia. 😀

So here’s the new point totals after six weeks of the game.

Week 6 of the Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League  Starter Points for Final Game
Dan 2017: The Next Generation 11
The Fist 7
Street Academy 6
New Phone, Who Dis 6
Woo Hoo a Go Go 5
Nacho Punch  3

Six weeks down, six weeks to go until the final game on June 28.

Week 5 of the Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League

There’s a very simple, hard and fast rule about weekly competitive bar trivia games.

No matter how many wins you have, no matter how successful you were last week or last weekend or last night … you can still end up in the middle of the pack today.

Case in point.

I was still on a euphoric high from being on the winning trivia team at the World Tavern Trivia National Championship, and I also had a free pizza coming to me from winning trivia at Graney’s Stout last Wednesday night.

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