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Big Papas BBQ: On the Night Shift….. August 5, 2011

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Greetings my Big Papas BBQer/Trivia Players.

With the smell of delicious smoked meat throughout the restaurant, we began our night with some very competitive teams vying for the chance to hold the valuable trophy, the Trivia Cup, if you are looking for a name for it. After three tightly fought rounds, only one team raised the cup to glory.

Here are the results:

Round 1 ended with a tie between Smart Cookie and Archie Poo. Using knowledge about Rosanne Barr, (No, seriously) allowed Smart Cookie to win the free shots that goes to each Round Winner. Long Island Expressway, was right behind the two tied teams.

The next round saw a mirror image of the first one. This time, the L.I.E ended up with the most points. Smart Cookie was in second and Archie Poo third. Off in the distance was No Name and  Are Yu Kidding ME.

Using the points of the Buzz Beater Question, allowed Smart Cookie to come roaring back after a very

shaky start to the third round to tie L.I.E for the game. The Cookies then used their education information to win the tie-breaker question and claim the overall victory and earn their right to pose with the trophy.

Big Papa’s BBQ: Somebody get me a moist towelette July 29, 2011

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Howdy Folks

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am now hosting Trivia at Big Papas’ BBQ in Littleton every Thursday nights at 7:00.

The games are always competitive. And the BBQ is even better.


Old reliable Smart Cookie made the journey to my new home, and promptly introduced themselves to the regular crowd that there was indeed, a new sheriff in town. However, Meat and 2 Sides was a semi regular at my old place too. They kept up with the Cookies for the first round. tying them and only missing the tie breaker by 32. (if you are familiar with most of our tie-breaker questions, you know that’s a pretty tight contest. Awesome, ( Lets get creative with the names. Boring names are, well, boring) was in third. NoName and Voldermont’s Nipple (Now that’s a name) rounded out the top teams.

The second round was incredible. For the first time ever, not only did we have a tie at the end, but the tie breaker question was the same between Smart Cookie and Meat and 2 sides. I wonder how often that has happened in the history of Buzzwordz? In the spirit of good sportsmanship, The Cookies gave the round to the 2 sides. If only the fine folks in DC could get along as well.

The last round had the same two teams battle back and forth. Usually the Buzz Beater question separates the winners from the losers. Not this time. Both teams pretty much wiffed on their D-1 college football knowledge. In the end, Meat and 2 Sides edged out the Smart Cookies  for the win. Shot Takers were next and Voldermonts Nipple after them.

Remember, delicious BBQ, lots of TVs, trivia all add up to a good time at Big Papa’s in Littleton.

Until next week




Mellow Mushroom Centennial: I might need a raise…… June 9, 2011

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Greatings ‘Shroomers.

I really like my job as a Trivia Host. It is s fun way to decompress after a long week at my real, mortgage paying job.  I was a little surprised last night when I checked in with the terrific staff at Mellow Mushroom that a party of 30, let me repeat that. 30 people had reserved tables in an area where they could drink beer cheaply and have fun playing trivia.

I thought it was a prank for me and the bar. As is not unusual, I was wrong. @ 6:45, 30 interns from #### showed up and played with the usual large number of teams., combining for an incredible number of teams for the entire night.

I informed the interns that they could only have 6 per team. One of them quickly added up that it would require 5 separate teams. (I’m  glad that college education has paid for itself. Their parents must be so proud) 

We started right at 7:00, but due to the number of teams we ran later than usual. This plays havoc on my much-needed beauty rest.  Round one had a two-way tie between two of the intern teams, Dynasty and Niagara. A very long Rock-Paper-Sissors battle saw the outcome go to Dynasty. There was much joy and Hi-5’s and beer cheers after the round.

The regular teams buckled down and showed the young’ uns how this game is played. A three-way tie between Cornfed, Smart Cookie and Muddy Flappers went into overtime to  determine the winner. Because of the three teams and the time involved, I stuck to the script and used the traditional tie breaker question. Muddy Flapper knows about water apparently. They were very close to the exact answer and took the round.

The end results were as follows: Muddy Flappers in first. Newbie Cornfed in 2nd, and Smart Cookie in third. Although I thought I was going to get to keep the 2nd place gift certificate after Cornfed paid their bill and left before I could give them their hard-won prize.

Somewhere in the bottom were late arrival Pedro, Extreme, Napalm, Smarties and Bits, just to name a few.

I hope the interns found a new home for cheep beer and fun trivia. I would normally say, “Tell your friends.” But, I’m not sure we could squeeze in any more players without upsetting the Centennial FD.

Until next week.


Mellow Mushroom Centennial: Yippee Ki Yay June 3, 2011

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Greetings ‘Shroomers.

Two weeks in a row with beautiful weather. Who’d a thunk it?

Another large group of teams played this week. But we had enough room in the bar and dining area that nobody had to be out in the patio where they cannot read the TV.

We had a two-way tie for first out of 11 teams with another team right behind them. Both Smart Cookie and Pluckers pitched a perfect round, scoring 10 out of 10 points. Even the Email Bonus Question. Kermit was right behind them with 9.

Special Happy Birthday shout out to both Karla and Richard. Thanks for the ‘Gift.’


Round 2 went to Smart Cookie with a relatively comfortable 3 point win over Kermit, Homestead Homies and Pluckers. Tail end Charlie this round was Sailor Jerry.


The final outcome went to Pluckers, with a 2 point victory over Kermit and Smart Cookie in third. Pluckers used excellent Spanish knowledge in the Buzz Beater question to seal the deal.


Until next Wednesday, don’t forget to try the $10.00 bucket of Sessions or domestic beers every time we play trivia at Mellow Mushroom.’


Mellow Mushroom Centennial: “I’ll Be Back” May 27, 2011

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Hello ‘Shroomers.

For the first time in weeks it was not raining on Wednesday night. That meant the patio was open for business. We had players everywhere. The bar, the dining area and the far corner where they had to get up to see the TV screen that had the questions. If we get too many more teams, we may have to figure out how to get another TV hooked up.

Round 1 saw a strong  game with 3 teams finish with 8 points. Pluckers won the Tie-Breaker over 22 Mathews and Smart Cookie. Codak was right behind with 7 points. As did BobSkizum, who were celebrating a family wedding this week. Good Luck with that.

Round 2 Saw Smart Cookie take another one point win over the Pluckers. Extreme was third, with a

two-way tie for 4th between 22 Mathews and Go Thunder.

The end of the game was tight as always. Pluckers took home the 1st Place gift card. Smart Cookie right behind them for second and Extreme with the last card to use next week. Go Thunder lost the game on TV and the chance to win the final gift card.

Make sure you get there early next and every Wednesday for the 7:00 show to make sure you get a table that can see the TV screen. Enjoy the $10.00 Sessions buckets or a bucket of Domestic beers while you wait for the game to start.

Mellow Mushroom: Trivia in Slow Motion May 19, 2011

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Hello my fellow ‘Shroomers.

I think I will become a weatherman. For the past 6 Wednesdays, I have brought rain 5 out of the 6 nights I have hosted trivia.  I know we can use the rain, but this is the greater Denver Colorado area. Not Seattle.

One question in the first round  was about Chandler on ‘Friends’ and one of his favorite pastimes. All I will say is that David Hasselhoff is not only the wrong answer, but a terrible wrong answer.

Smart Cookie won the tie-breaker between Swimmy Kimmy and Harris for the victory and the free desert that goes to the first round victor. Team Awesome, they usually stick around for the first set of questions, brought up the back of the large pack of teams.

Round 2 saw yet another tie, this time between Sparkle Majic Falafel and Harris. SMF used my favorite tie-breaker, Rock Paper Scissors, to win the round and their choice of a bread appetizer, Jello Shots or a delicious dessert. Smart Cookie was in third and this time, The Girls were at the bottom rung of the team ladder.

The final results usually hinge on the Buzz Beater Question. This week, it proved to be a tough nut to crack. I had all the teams that got more correct answers on the following question than on the 8 pointer. You never know what next week will be. This week. Harris defeated all others including a tie for 2nd between Sparkle Majic Falafel and Smart Cookie.  Excellent baseball knowledge, or a terrific guess, allowed

to take 2nd and the $15.00 gift certificate.

Hopefully, next week, we can get some players out on the patio while they are watching one of the TVs. Or at least watch the sun set and not the rain fall.


Woody’s: What’s in a (good) name? May 6, 2011

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Hello Woody’s.

Before I get too far into this blog, please let me go on a Dennis Miller type rant for a little while.

I like this job. I like to meet the teams, the waitresses and bartenders. Overall, it’s a fun job. I don’t ask for much, but could you humor me a little please?

Let’s work on the team names.

To wit. Lets. look at a few of the team names from last night’s game. Geno, George, Samantha and Eric.


I’m assuming that everyone that plays has a triple digit IQ. Am I asking too much to have something  original for me? Please?

Ok. I’m done with my ranting. On to the results.

Stanko Day Mayo, (Now that’s a team name) started off strong and never took the foot off the trivia accelerator all night, scoring a perfect ten points, including the Email Bonus Question.  George was in second with GTB, (another good team name, but it’s a family place, so I only used the initials) There was a 3 way tie between Gingerbread, Geno, Happy Herbs and Samantha and Eric.

In round 2, SDM almost lapped the field with Happy Herbs in 2nd and George in third.

The final round saw Stanko Day Mayo throttle to a huge victory over Happy Herbs, with Samantha and Eric in third.

Lets’ try to get some decent team names for next week. Your humble trivia host does not ask for much.


Mellow Mushroom Centennial: They call me Mellow Yellow….. May 6, 2011

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Greetings my fellow ‘Shroomers.

We had another busy night at the Centennial Mellow Mushroom on Wednesday starting at 7:00. 16 teams means that I’m busier than a centipede walking through a poison ivy patch. But, being the trooper that I am, I was up for the challenge of grading your slightly incorrectly spelled answers.

But, as I say, I will not grade spelling errors as long as you don’t ding me for some of my pronunciation adventures.

The first round ended with a 2-way tie between Fluffy Bunnies of Doom and Sparkle Majic Falafel. I pulled out the classic “Rock Paper Scissors” to break the tie. The ‘Bunnies won best 2 out of 3 matches to win their choice of a bread appetizer, jello shot or desert.  Jazz  and Smarty Pants tied for third.

Round 2 saw a slight thinning of the herd but another tie that needed to be broken between Smarty Pants and J’s Team. Smarty Pants took the traditional tie-breaker this time. Team 1 and Sparkle Majic Falafel tied for third this time.  Bob (Quite the original name) was in 5th.

The end of the game saw The Smarty Pants living up to their name by winning with a 2 point victory over the dreaded Fluffy Bunnies of Doom with Sparkle Majic Falafel taking the third place gift certificate.

The crowds are really picking up at Mellow Mushroom. Just a reminder that you need to see the host for a table. I don’t know if it’s Buzzwordz Trivia or the great food and drinks served, but

is the place to be on Wednesdays.


Mellow Mushroom: G’day Mate. April 29, 2011

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Hello my fellow ‘Shroomers. Once again we had a busy action packed set of games that was not decided until the very end. I tried to throw a curve ball at the end of game one, but it did not faze the two teams involved.

We ended Round 1 with a tie for first between Something Stupid and Gob Bluth. Rather than use the Tie Breaker question, I pulled out my old standby for ties: A quick game of quarters. First one to get the quarter in the shot glass wins. That honor went to Gob Bluth. Switchero took third and Barry White’s Mustache tied for 4th with Poundng Grape.

Wait until I figure out how to incorporate Beer Pong.

Round 2 had a 2-way tie between Sparkle Majic Falafel and Bob Gluth. the ‘Gluths took this round again using excellent “Beach’ knowledge to help them win their choice of  great menu prizes. Switchero was in third again with Pounding Grapes in 4th.

The end of the game had Bob Gluth eek out a one point win over Switchero, with Sparkle Majic Falafel earning the bronze.

With the NBA and NHL Playoffs, and the (1st Place!) Rockies on all the TVs, Mellow Mushroom is a great place to hang out on Wednesdays with  $10.00 buckets of Domestic or Sessions beers while playing Buzzwordz Trivia.

See you at 7:00 next Wednesday.


Old Chicago Thornton: Sing me a song April 27, 2011

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Hello OC Thornton. Or should I call you Tobin’s Chosen Ones?

Nothing like  a small panic attack when a very important piece of equipment fails right before the game starts. But, Like a duck that is moving his little web feet under the water trying to make things happen, on the surface, all LOOKS calm.

Round 1


Round one began with a one point victory by Cheatn Cheaters over Tempura House of Lightly Battered Women and Irish Banditos Party Bus.

As an aside, please let me give a shout out to the originality of the majority of the team names here at Old Chicago. So much better than say Team Ted.


Anyway, with the Rockies playing the Cubs, (at Old Chicago no less) the  Coors’ Lite Draft specials were selling briskly all night. The victory by the Home Team was a nice touch.

Round 2.


Horses With No Name came out smoking this round. They did so well that it cost me a little of my pride in the final point tally. Downhole Stimulators came in second and Dogs Of Bore placed third.

Round 3.


Horses With No Name took both the final round as well as the overall win. It was an accounting error due to so many teams playing that I could not read my own handwriting that I could not read the total point tally for them at the end. Fortunately, it was quickly figured out and the only thing that was hurt was my personal pride. Downhole Stimulators came in second (officially) with Cheatin Cheaters in third. 

Just to give you an idea of the competition here at OC Thornton,of the 10 plus teams that were playing at the end, the point differential between first and last was only 9 points.

That my friends, is what we call an exciting Trivia game.