The hidden trivia opponent

Two years ago, a team of Times Union staffers won an inaugural charity trivia event.  Last year, Trinity Alliance of the Capital District – a team that I participated on – took the title.

So last night was essentially a “rubber match” between both squads, as part of the annual SEFCU charity trivia tournament.  The grand prize?  $5,000 to the charity of the winning team’s choice.

Let’s do this.

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The results of Summer Bowl VIII

Yesterday, over two dozen of the Capital District’s smartest trivia squads gathered at Pearl Street Pub in downtown Albany for one of the area’s major trivia championships, the Summer Bowl.  These teams vied for trivia supremacy, as well as the $500 prize and their names engraved upon the Silver Shaker trophy.

Over the previous seven Summer Bowls, my Street Academy trivia team claimed the championship three times, and tied for the championship once.  For this new iteration of the tournament, I recruited Sim and El, two players from the Trivia Bowl championship winning Stern Fans squad, as well as my buddy Roger Green (he of the “Ramblin’ with Roger” blog).

Do you want to play along?  Here’s how we do it.  You get points for correct answers, you lose points for incorrect answers, and you can skip twice – there is also a “double chance” option, where you can submit two answers for a question, but if you’re wrong, you lose twice the points.

Here’s the first round.  Good luck.

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The final round of Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League

The first thing to do in today’s blog is congratulate the winners of the Spring Trivia League, the team of New Phone Who Dis? who fought their way up and nailed the final question, “In what decade were the Grammy Awards first presented?” (1950’s), and congratulations also to the second-place team, The Fist, who also took home some prize money.

In the end, my one-man Street Academy trivia team finished third in the tournament, but that was only because I also got the Grammy question right – after floundering all evening with wrong answers and “talk myself out of right answer” scenarios.

And in the end, therein lies a choice.

And I’m going to make that decision now.

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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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