Week 18 of the $2,000 2011-12 Elbo Room Trivia Tournament

As the tournament to win the big money winds into its final weeks, suddenly there’s been an increase in teams coming to Elbo Room, hoping to sneak into the final round and play for the big bucks.

In fact, last night the place was packed to the rafters with teams – truly a far cry from a few weeks ago, when it seemed like only three or four teams were showing up each night.

While this does increase the competition each week, making it more exciting down the stretch, it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on these new teams – they have to come in and try to win those playoff points and attempt to jump over the cut line.

As for my Street Academy trivia team – heck, we’re locked in anyway, all we’re looking for is a win and that $25 Elbo Room gift certificate.  Tangible prizes, don’tcha know.

We had an initial stumble in the first quarter – we thought that the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered in the 1990’s, it was actually found in 1985.  However, we were able to fight back – Marguerite knew the name of the rock star who gave birth to a child named Kingston (Gwen Stefani), while Ellen – Marguerite’s friend, who joined us for the night – knew that the mountain-climbing film 127 Hours took place in Utah; Jeremy knew the name of the golfer who died in a plane crash in 1999 (Payne Stewart), while I recalled the members of Sun Records’ “Million Dollar Quartet” (Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash) to snag the quadruple bonus.

But we missed the 19th question, as to the age of Calvin in the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons – I had him as 8, he was actually 6 – which stuck us in fourth place going into the final question.  We had 100 points, with the Skidmarks (110), Get That Poison Out (112) and a new team, Another Year Sexier (126), above us.

Final question was “Women in Music.”

We bet it all.  Remember, we’re locked into the tournament anyways, so it’s time to win some free foods.

“What singer-songwriter was born in 1962 in Kennett, Missouri?”

Ugh.  We had nothing.  The best we could come up with was possibly Faith Hill.  We wrote Faith Hill and handed in the slip.

Most of the other teams wrote down names like Melissa Ethridge, Madonna – two teams wrote down Cyndi Lauper.  But the answer was in fact Sheryl Crow.

The team in the lead, Another Year Sexier, got it right and won the five playoff points.  Team Fist also got it right, and they picked up three playoff points of their own.  And the Skidmarks, who are currently adding their own version of “Tebowing” to their routine – a Tebowing pose that looks more like Rodan’s The Thinker, IMHO – snagged a playoff point with a safe bet.  The Skids, however, still didn’t get above the cut line, as Team Another Year Sexier, with their win, move into the Top 8.

So here’s the standings after eighteen weeks. The top eight teams are listed above the “CUT LINE”; if the tournament ended today, those would be the eight teams that can play in the championship round. Any team with a star in the box marked “Finals” has mathematically qualified for the money round, no matter how they do for the rest of the tournament.

Elbo Room Trivia Standings – Week 18 of 20
Trivia Team Points Totals FINALS
T-1 Street Academy 33
T-1 Team Schooled 33
3 Team Fist 3 30
4 Woo Hoo a Go Go 21
5 Get That Poison Out 15
6 The Haterzz 11
T-7 Another Year Sexier 5 5
T-7 Team Bush 5
T-9 Skidmarks 1 3
T-9 Trivia Newton-John 3
T-9 Quiz and the Pants 3
T-9 The Polanskis 3

And only the top eight teams will make it into the final tournament round. Any team in ninth place or below will not make the cut. So teams now have to keep playing and avoid the dreaded cut line.

Eighteen weeks down. Only two weeks left..