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Tough Trivia But Lots o’ Style June 28, 2009

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Cheesy Bama Rockets - or what's left of them

Cheesy Bama Rockets - lookin' scared that his buddies left him

Castration Station with Solo Mojo - oh, so close!

Castration Station with Solo Mojo - oh, so close!

Latoya is Still Here - but can she moonwalk?

Latoya is Still Here - but can she moonwalk?

Ben E Factor - but no Ben E Fits tonite

Ben E Factor - but no Ben E Fits tonite

Alzeimers Unit - uh, what was the question again?

Too Drunk to Trivia - liars, liars... you only look too drunk!

J n R n C - next week, adding another letter?

J n R n C - next week, adding another letter?

Alzheimers Unit - uh, what was the question again?

Alzheimers Unit - uh, what was the question again?

It was a good, fun crowd tonight, even though most thought the trivia was a bit tougher than usual.

Half way through round 1, first and last place teams were separated only by 1-1/2 points.  But the last few questions allowed Too Drunk to Trivia to pull ahead for the win.  The other teams clustered behind them were: Castration Station, Cheesy Bama Rockets, Latoya is Still Here, Alzheimers Unit, Dos Lobos and Ben E Factor.

Wankers new they were going to have to jet but they played a few questions just for the fun of it.  Will I see you next week?

Castration Station filled to overflowing so they formed the offshoot: Solo Mojo, and J n R (later J n R n C) showed up for round 2.

It was a showdown between Ben E Factor, Latoya is Still Here and Too Drunk to Trivia – with Latoya pulling  off the win by 1/2 point.  Ooh that was close.

Solo Mojo was just warming up their style point chops, and were in full swing by round 3 scoring 16 style points (8 ‘real’ points).  That might have been a record.  They said they’d be back next week and try for a perfect style point round (25 style points).  I’m lookin’ forward to it!

Cheesy Bama Rockets and Dos Lobos left but we were joined by Perfection.

Latoya had a stellar 3rd round and no one could catch ’em but it was a dogfight for second… in an attempt to score 2nd highest point total for the night.  Castration Station, Too Drunk, Alzhemier’s Unit, Ben E Factor and J n R n C were all within 2 points of each other behind Latoya.

So Latoya had top points but who was 2nd?

Too Drunk grabbed 2nd. with Castration Station and Ben E Factor just off the mark.  Better luck next week.

I hope everyone is learning: show up for ALL 3 rounds, and bring out a full posse of 6 – it’ll make you serious contenders… so I hope to see a bunch of full tables next week starting at 9p sharp!

Ciao for now,

– Keith

Friday Nights @ Old C Superior June 27, 2009

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Ricoh here. We had a lot of new faces playing Buzzwordz, and unless they’re all liers, they had a blast. 🙂

Thanks to the *’s, We Love Beer, Buzzed on Sudz, Crew from the “DU”, “Team”, and 2 Old People for playing for the first time!

Round One went to the ever-smart Joke Monkey, whose knowledge of Shakespeare and Apples went unmatched.

Round Two went to Last Place, another veteran team, who weren’t ashamed to admit they knew about Sister Act and The Sound of Music.

Round three came down to a tie-breaker, with Joke Monkey taking the round over the Avengers.

First Place – Joke Monkey (40)
Second Place – Avengers (39)
Most Awesome Team Name of The Night – Tarantula Downpour

See you guys next week!

Lessons from Benders-June 25th…a sad day June 26, 2009

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I want to begin this blog on a somber note. In this day and age of instant information gratification, I am sure you already know that Michael Jackson passed away yesterday afternoon. I am also guessing by now that you might be sick of the media attention on him. But I have to share my two cents.

Michael Jackson was an icon that this generation of pop cultural will not soon forget. Say what you will about his personal life in the last decade or so, you can’t deny the impact he has made on the world. I couldn’t help but think as every question appeared last night how Michael Jackson affected it, either directly or indirectly. For example, there was a question about Panic at the Disco. They have been praised by critics and fans alike for their amazing music videos. But before Michael Jackson, music videos were pretty much just a recording of a band playing their instruments. Jackson was one of the first to make a music video as we see them now, and helped put MTV on the map. Then he completely redifined the idea of a “music video” with Thriller making, in essence, a short film.

I realize people have not been proud of Mr. Jackson in the last few years. The scandals and controversy have far out weighed his cultural significance in recent years. My fear coming into last nights trivia was that no one would respect his life; and wouls just crack a bunch of jokes. Surprisingly no one did. I played three different MJ songs, and each time, the crowd got quiet, and just listened. The only time someone said anything negative was when I played a Fall Out Boy cover of “Beat It.” And that was only because they wanted to hear the real thing.

You will be missed Michael.

In all honesty, I feel that in light of Michael’s death, an in depth recap of tonight’s trivia seems wanting for some reason. So here is a quick summary.

Round 1: 5 teams played. Winners were Floozies of Power after a tie breaker with Cake or Death.

Round 2: Still 5 teams. Winner was Sexy Johnny, but he declined the prize, so The Gary Schapiros got the gift certificate.

Round 3: Three new teams joined, up to 8. Winners were Cake or Death with Multiple Scoregasm coming in second after a tiebreaker.

I will be getting pictures up soon. My camera wasn’t working, so I am drawing the teams. Be up soon.

What did we learn this week?

1) The world is missing a great soul today. At least that’s how I feel.

Sparklemotion Shines Through June 26, 2009

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I can’t figure it out. Last week we had record breaking attendance, this week it was down to two teams. I’m sure next week we’ll be back to our usual best. If any trivia regulars read this blog, and I’m not sure they do, be sure to make it out next week to support your local trivia venue!

The teams that did show up came correct with high scores for both squads. When we have a limited amount of teams I go off the program quite a bit with bonus questions, extra points, and anything I can do to make it fun for everyone. It was mainstays Sparklemotion that won by3 points over Team Banzaii. Please, come check us out next week for a fun filled night of useless knowledge!

Well at least trivia gets packed when it rains? June 25, 2009

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I wonder if we will ever have a rain free day?  Well- at least it brings you guys out of the woodwork, did you see the hail all piled up on the ground outside?

Baked Mac- Yup, turns out I was right about my man instinct.  Tell your friend to call me (wink wink, nudge nudge)

 

MJF- I think you know what this means.  I won’t make a public announcement like I did before.  It’ll be just between you and me.

Cutler’s Diabetes- You should start sitting downstairs…. isn’t Sir Cutler wonderful?  He is so giving signing autographs at the hospital…

Graham’s Crackers-I like how you switch your name up every week- have I ever mentioned that?

Wadsworth Nuts- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- I think I saw him with you guys this week.  He kind of looks like he could be nuts.

Orgasm Donors- Wow, you guys sure are generous being willing to donate an orgasm at a moment’s notice!

Fat Kids Always Win At See Saw- I wish I would have known this when I was a fat little kid- I would have been a WINNER!!!

Late Cummers– Hmmm… this was the only appropriate pic I could find for your team… I don’t really think this is true.  Its  just what popped up!!!  I would actually like to direct this toward some people I’m annoyed with right now:)

Scallywags- Like I said, you don’t have to come now just because I can find you at work!!! However I still like it when you stop by!!!

Sexy Heels- I must say, you have been doing exceptionally well lately! Nice job!

Well all, see you next week!  Hopefully it will rain again and you will all come by!!!

xo Barb

Lessons from the Glenn: June 23rd June 24, 2009

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When I started working as a trivia host several months ago, I was warned that I would run into those “trouble” patrons. You know the ones. The ones that get a little to tipsy, and make it a struggle to make sure everyone has a good time. I assumed this would happen quickly, but I have been lucky to not have had to deal with this particular type of customer. Until tonight; but we’ll get more into that in a bit.

We had a smaller crowd tonight, only four teams played all three rounds, but they were four very strong teams. FOP, Noname, and Red Wing Suck Penguin Schlong were neck and neck the entire round, with Team Stoops close behind. At the end of round 1, we had a three way tie for the Round 1 prize. After a question regarding how much money Jim Carrey’s The Mask grossed, Nomame won the $10 gift certificate.

After a short break we came back with round 2. All four teams returned, looking to take Nomame down a peg or two. Unfortunately, Nomame got an early lead, making all the harder for everyone else to get caught up. During round 2 Team Stoops provided one of the more disturbing moments I’ve ever had at trivia. Instead of an answer on the Movies question, they turned in a picture of a tomato with a knife in it , oozing blood. I believe they were trying to say Attack of the Killer Tomatoes but it just came across…..weird. In the end though, Nomame once again pulled out the win with 12 points, keeping Red Wings behind with only 9 points.

Finally we come to round 3, where things got interesting. We had a question about the nick names of certain states. One of the answers was “South Carolina” and a couple teams just wrote “Carolina” and in the spirit of fun, I gave them a half a point. When I announced this to the crowd, one of the other teams (who I won’t name specifically) started chanting “Rigged” and “Unfair”! On the next question they answered “1) This (curse word) game is rigged. 2) Let team Nomane 3) Win on their own.”

At this point it was clear they assumed that Nomame was cheating, and I apparently was helping. The irony is that Nomame was not even one of the teams that answered “Carolina” which set this other team off on their anger. Either way they calmed down after word. They did however probably get upset after Noname won round three after a tie breaker, and pulled off the hat trick.

So what did we learn this week?
1) If you don’t know the answer to something, draw a disturbing picture. It won’t get you a point, but it will entertain me.
2) and If you aren’t doing well, don’t accuse other teams of cheating. It just makes the game less fun for everyone.
3) Remember, it’s just a game. Have fun!!!

The show must go on, no matter what! June 23, 2009

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Monday night brought only the second week of Buzzwordz Trivia to II Brother Grill & Bar in Plano. When 8 o’clock came, the bar was packed with not one table empty in sight. Everyone was ready for Round 1 to begin! … except for LSU and Texas, who happened to be playing Game 1 of the College World Series.

The Longhorns lost in extra innings during the 1st game of the CWS.

The Longhorns lost in extra innings during the 1st game of the CWS.

The Tigers tied things up in the 9th inning. I thought to myself, “Oh, no big deal, this thing will be over soon.” An hour and a half later … we were all there to witness the longest game in CWS history! (That had also given me enough time to collect a wicked ranch stain on my shirt).

We got started over 2 hours late but didn’t even think about leaving because, let’s be honest, ‘the show must go on’!

It was still a great crowd to start off with as well. With around 8 teams, the competition was stiff in the beginning. We didn’t have to go to a tiebreaker as the FlopShop were the only ones to get the final question correct that had to do with automobiles.

With their $15 gift card in hand, they were looking forward to capitalize in the last round as well. Since it was so late, we had an abbreviated version where we skipped straight to the final round 3.

Some went home as the midnight hour was creeping towards us but enough people stayed for it to remain very competitive. FlopShop couldn’t bring in the gold though as the One Eyed Wonder Weasels won the round and the overall trivia.

Next week will prove to be even more fun and hopefully on time! Don’t worry … the CWS will be over!

We Had To Give Away 1st Round Prize 3 Times June 21, 2009

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Hawks - three cheers for beers!

Hawks - three cheers for beers!

J and R - jugglin' and restlin' with the right answers tonite

J and R - jugglin' and restlin' with the right answers tonite

X-Rated - I think you were only R-Rated tonite

X-Rated - I think you were only PG-Rated... Probably Guessing

Yes, That - players joining late is keeping you out of the money

Yes, That - players joining late are keeping you out of the money

Castration Station - I'm not pulling up there!

Castration Station - I'm not pulling up there!

Lyle's Cavalry - too the rescue... but not quite

Lyle's Cavalry - too the rescue... but not quite

I'd Like to Buy a Vowel - is 'Y' a vowel?

I'd Like to Buy a Vowel - is 'Y' a vowel?

J & R - Juggling and Restlin' with the answers

5 Degrees - just 355 degrees short of full circle

Wow, That's a Lot of Head... of Foam - can I just call you Foam Heads?

Wow, That's a Lot of Head... of Foam - that's a mouthful.. the name, I mean

C’mon, it was only a pitcher of beer.  You wouldn’t think it’d be that hard to give it away.  But with Round 1, The Suckiest Ninjas scored top points, and since it was the bar staff, they weren’t allowed to take the prize.  So second place was a tie between Donna and HawksDonna one it, but since there was only two of them and one doesn’t drink beer and they were gettin’ ready to leave, they donated to Hawks.  And finally… Hawks gladly accepted!  And it seemed they were a beer magnet because they won the Bonus Beer Question later in the evening.

From round 1 with 10 teams, we lost 3 and picked up 3, so started round 2, with the same number.  Sorry to see Daylight Cruisers go because they supplied 5 style point answers in the first round.  Good laughs.

Round 2 was  a much tighter round.  I’d Like To Buy A Vowel took the win, but  5 Degrees, Hawks, Yes That, and Castration Station were keeping within striking distance.

So Round 3 was going to be a toss up.  New teams were coming on strong, some of the regulars were holding their own, and it came down to the last few questions.  Castration Station pulled out the victory with Lyle’s Cavalry only 1/2 point behind.

X-Rated, 5 Degrees and Wow, That’s a Lot of Head… of Foam supplied a good majority of the style points in round 3 which made the last round pretty entertaining.

So who were the top point getters for the evening?  With 3 different teams winning each round and 3 different teams coming in second each round, that left 6 teams waiting anxiously for end of evening results.  And the winners were…

Buy a Vowel were first and Hawks were second.  Castration Station missed by 1/2 point and Yes, That were 1/2 point behind them.  Wowza!

I’d also like to give a shout out to J and R and KN, both teams were good sports but just didn’t have enough gas in the tank to make it a close race.

Thanks all to playing!  Have a safe and happy Father’s Day.

Oh, yes, and that was a great walk off homerun by Helton!

See you all next week,

Ciao for now,

– Keith

They’re just coming out of the woodwork! June 19, 2009

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Team Awesome was certainly that!

Team Awesome was certainly that!

Last night was awesome despite the hurricane-like winds outside and some rain.  Oddly, when the weather turned bad, we went from 5 teams to 10!

I’m Buzzed came out strong as always but unfortunately new comers, Clean & Sober won round one and enjoyed a free bucket of beer…. nothing like trivia to throw you off the wagon!

In round 2 we only lost one team but gained 4!  Team Awesome was certainly that when they beat out everyone for the round 2 gift certificate.  A bonus beer question almost turned into a fight when Clean & Sober and Dilligaf had to have a speed double tie breaker!  Bravo to Dilligaf for quick feet and winning the bucket!

Everyone who started with round 1 was certainly close going into the final round.  and it all came down to a one point gap for the first 3 teams!  It’s a shame that Team Buttercups missed round one or they would have been hot on everyone’s heels for overall points.  Cowboy Honky beat out Team Awesome for top score in round 3 in yet another tie breaker.  However, I’m Buzzed came in first overall to win the night!

Thanks for coming out everyone and I’ll see you next week, same bat time, same bat place!

Team Cowboy Honky kept gettng bigger!

Team Cowboy Honky kept gettng bigger!

Dilla-what??

Dilla-what??

Respect had kids for cute points!

Respect had kids for cute points!

Im Buzzed deep in thought... it worked!

I'm Buzzed deep in thought... it worked!

Clean and Sober??  I dont know about that!

Clean and Sober?? I don't know about that!

Upstarts Topple Local Heavyweights at City Pub June 18, 2009

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Bolstered by the actions of their brothers in Tehran, The Presidents of Iran recorded an unlikely victory at City Pub last evening. It was quite a turnaround from last week in terms of attendance. It might have been the weather orthe beginning of softball season, but much of the nights contest was played at near capacity.

It was a see-saw battle from the get go. Brew Crew and Sotally Tober tied for first round and incredibly tied the tie-breaker! There is only one thing to do when that happens: pitchers for both teams! The Presidents of Iran won Round 2.

In the final round the Presidents did just enough to secure a victory. When the smoke cleared, there were only 3 points seperating 1st  and 3rd place. There was a lot of brainpower in the house. The final scores broke down like this Rejects A took 5th, Rocket Swimteam 4th, Brew Crew 3rd, Sotally Tober 2nd, and Presidents of Iran with the gold.

Congrats to the new champs, but this is Sotally Tober’s room. Sotally Tober is a class act and I promise they’ll be coming correct next week. We”ll see if the new champs are the real deal or a flash in the pan.