Week 12 of the $2,000 2012-13 Elbo Room Trivia Tournament

Wow, eleven teams tonight for a game of trivia.  Nice.  About freakin’ time.

And the four big teams – Street Academy, Woo Hoo a Go Go, Team Fist and Sighed, Bush! were in the house.  As were several other squads – the Haterzz, and some other teams whose names completely escape my memory.

Still, it was nice to see the regulars show up for a game.  Now if the Skidmarks or Get That Poison Out or Stern Fans show up…

Maybe they’re waiting for Week 20 and hoping for a quick “sneak-in” to the final round.

Now for the trivia questions themselves.  We didn’t have a good night, although Jeremy nailed a 10-pointer about the rock singer who was married from 1994 to 2000 to a woman named Beth (it was Eddie Vedder), while I nailed a question about the country where badminton was first played (India when it was part of the British Empire).

But then the questions started getting complicated, the descriptions of the answers were on par with making a right turn by taking three lefts.  “An actor, making his film debut in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, later played a villain in what superhero film series?”

And that was one of the LESS complicated and convoluted questions.  Suffice it to say that the “actor” was Alfred Molina, and he was Dr. Octopus in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man series.

Another roundabout question was – “What comic strip character shares his name with the last name of a Sex and the City character?”

And somewhere in the Capital District, most likely reading this blog post on the laptop that I upgraded four years ago, my ex-wife Vicki is screaming at her computer monitor, “It’s Miranda Hobbes!  I’ve watched every episode of Sex and the City, I know this answer!!”

Well, since neither Jeremy nor Katie nor I watched the show, we wrote down Garfield.  And if there was a character on Sex and the City named Garfield, that would have worked.  Obviously it didn’t.

The final question was on American History.  We were in third place, but it was a tenuous third place.  Bet the farm and hope for the best.

“In what year did the War of 1812 end?”

Ha ha ha, and you’re all thinking trick question.

Well, I seemed to recall that the last major battle for the war of 1812 was the Battle of New Orleans, and if I recall the Johnny Horton song…

Except that I forgot about the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812 in 1815. But Team Fist didn’t forget. Team Woo Hoo didn’t forget. Team Sighed didn’t forget. And they got it right.

Damn you Johnny Horton!  This is why I should never trust pop songs as sources of history!!  Next thing you’re going to tell me that there was a mining disaster in New York in 1941…

And of course, everybody cheered like crazy when trivia host General James read the scores – “And finishing with no points, Street Academy – ”

Cheers and hoots and hollers louder than if someone shouted Haman’s name during Purim.

“Wait, I’m not sure that you heard me, ‘Street Academy finishes with no points – ‘”

Louder cheers and whistles and celebrations.

That’s fine.  Get your points while you can.  Did we miss this one?  Yes we did.  Will we miss next week?  Don’t bet your paycheck on it.

We’re past the halfway mark So here’s the standings after twelve weeks of qualifying. The top eight teams after 20 weeks will appear in the final game for all the money.

Elbo Room Trivia Standings – Week 12 of 20
Trivia Team Points Totals FINALS
1 Street Academy 39 LOCKED
2 Woo Hoo a Go Go 1 21 LOCKED
T-3 Team Fist 3 20 LOCKED
T-3 Sighed, Bush! 5 20 LOCKED
5 The Haterzz 3
6 Team Longhammer 2
7 The Little White Monkey 2

Twelve weeks down, eight to go.