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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Results of the 2017 World Tavern Trivia Championships

When I went to sleep Sunday night, I thought that my Stir Crazy trivia team had completed a successful round in the first day of the two-day World Tavern Trivia National Championships in Atlantic City.

When I woke up Monday morning … I had no idea how successful we were.  Out of 60 correct answers … we scored 59 right.  That’s frickin’ awesome.

And yes, if you’re playing along, we did NOT know the average weight of a gold bar – apparently gold is approximately 27 pounds per bar, not the 11 pounds per bar that we surmised.  But be that as it may, we held a 30-point lead over last year’s champion, That’s What She Said, entering Games 3 and 4 of the tournament.

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Day 1 of the 2017 World Tavern Trivia Championships

Last year, I participated with the Stir Crazy trivia team in the 2016 World Tavern Trivia Championships in Atlantic City.  We came in second place – just barely nosed out by a squad called “That’s What She Said” – and we vowed to return in 2017 and improve our status.

For me, it’s nice to play alongside an established trivia squad, and I get to have some fun in the process.  And since this year’s theme is “Western” – we even wore cowboy hats for the trivia tournament.

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Week 4 of the Graney’s Stout Spring Trivia League

Before I start this trivia recap, I need to take a moment.

I wouldn’t be playing competitive team trivia on Wednesdays had I not participated in all those Brown’s Brewing trivia matches of long ago.  Those Wednesday nights were lots of fun, and the fun was surely increased by trivia host Ryan West.  Over the past eighteen months, Ryan battled Stage 4 cancer, and fought valiantly to the end.  God bless you, Ryan West, and thoughts and prayers to all who knew him.  #RyFight

Last night, I tried little things to change my luck and achieve a better trivia result.  I sat at a different table.  I ordered boneless wings as opposed to my usual chicken wing fare.  And I decided that this week I would go for broke on the final question, whether I had 200 points or two points.  I just needed to change my mojo.

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The Stir Crazy Gang: Wanted – Dead or Alive

Last year, I had a tremendous amount of fun as a member of the Stir Crazy trivia team.  We competed in the World Tavern Trivia national championships in Atlantic City, and out of over three dozen teams, we came in second place overall.  That was seventeen levels of awesome.

This year, I’m joining the Stir Crazy squad again, as we compete in the third annual World Tavern Trivia National Championships.  Once again, we’re heading to Atlantic City for the April 30-May 1 two-day event.  And once again … there’s a theme for the competition.

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