Week 4 of the 2016 Graney’s Stout 2016 Fall Trivia League

Before I stat with this week’s Trivia League recap, I want to mention something.

Last Tuesday, my friend Matt and I checked out a different trivia game over in Niskayuna at the Tilted Kilt pub.  This trivia game was associated with the World Tavern Trivia company – the same company for whom I played on the Stir Crazy team in the World Tavern Trivia championships last summer.  Although the Stir Crazy team is qualified for the 2017 championships (hello Atlantic City again), I wanted to see how this version of trivia would work out.  And since Matt has played on my trivia teams before (he was a part of my “We Are Your Nemesis, Fear Us” squad that played at the Ruck a couple of years ago), he and I looked forward to seeing a different trivia game and experiencing its benefits.

What a surprise.

We were the only people in the bar that wanted to play trivia that night.  The host walked over and said, “You’re the only guys interested in trivia tonight, so do you want to play against each other?”

We discussed it, and agreed that instead of Chuck versus Matt, we would pay as one team and if we scored a threshold of points, we would receive the prize – a gift card at Tilted Kilt.

The host agreed, sat at our table, and started asking questions.  We played for a little while, and then we talked about how the trivia game operated at Tilted Kilt.

“Well, we have this program where if you play a certain number of games and earn points, you can qualify for the national game,” the host said.  “But since we’re a new bar in their operation, we wouldn’t be able to qualify anybody until the 2018 championships.”


The host then showed me the list of questions that were provided by the trivia company.  Trivia heads, listen to me.  These questions were brutal.  They were Trivia Bowl level brutal.  These were Watson vs Ken Jennings Jeopardy! level brutal.

Examples of two of the questions that could have been asked that night.

“The Sam Maguire Cup is the championship trophy of what sport?”

“Vitamin B1 deficiency can cause what disease in the human body?”

If you said Gaelic football and Beri-Beri, then congratulations.  Matt and I looked at each other as if we were asked questions about cold fusion and the infield fly rule.

These questions weren’t designed for having fun at a tavern and playing team trivia.  These were questions that should have involved a sound-proof booth and Charles Van Doren giving you the death stare.

The three of us talked some more, and we agreed to come back this coming Tuesday.  Matt would bring his trivia team Woo Hoo a Go Go, and I would bring my Street Academy trivia team – yeah, I know, that’s me and my three other internal personalities.  But if, for one week, we could maybe help the Tilted Kilt get their trivia game at least dialed in the right direction, maybe it could become an additional team trivia destination.

So I’m sending out a message to all trivia teams in the Capital District, whether you’re involved with Trivia Nights Live or Memorama or any of the other bar games… do me a favor, come out this coming Tuesday to Tilted Kilt in Niskayuna and play in a game of competitive team trivia.  First question will be at 7:00 p.m.  Hope to see you there.  At least give the game a chance, and let’s see how things turn out.  One week.  One night.  That’s all I ask.

Oh, you want to know about the Wednesday night game I currently participate in?

It was a good, high-scoring game, and I was able to nail questions about the cartoon character whose measurements are 19-19-19 (Olive Oyl), the last four American League teams to win the World Series (Kansas City, Boston, the Yankees and Boston), and the name of the first helium-filled balloon to float above the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Felix the Cat).

The final question was “World Series trivia,” and I bet a small amount.  Just stay consistent, Miller.

“Who was the first World Series team to win the championship as a Wild Card playoff team?”

Okay.  Did the Yankees sneak in as a wild card team at some point in time?  Yes, in 1995 they did… but did they win the World Series that year?  Damn, brain is hurting…

Ah what the hell.  I wrote down Yankees and hoped for the best.

It wasn’t the Yankees, and you already know that.

It was the freakin’ Florida Marlins in 1997.  Most teams got that, but I wasn’t one of them.  The Nacho Punch also missed the question (they wrote the Yankees), and they bet it all, so they’re still stuck in eighth place overall.

So I didn’t advance past fifth place in the overall standings.

And you want to see the overall standings?

Got ’em right here.

  1. New Phone Who Dis? – 468
  2. Woo Hoo a Go Go – 414
  3. The Fist – 352
  4. Dan 2016: You Only Dan Twice – 333
  5. Street Academy – 292
  6. Miguel Hunt – 291
  7. Stern Fans – 266
  8. Nacho Punch – 200

After the regular game, each team receives a raffle ticket for every ten points they’ve earned that night.  So that was eight more tickets in my bag.

Well, one of those tickets was a winner.  Nightly drawing, and $100 in my pocket.

Another car payment.  😀

Four weeks down … eight weeks to go.

And if you get a chance, I’ll say it again.  Please come out this coming Tuesday to the Tilted Kilt in Niskayuna, first question at 7pm, and let’s see if we can get this trivia game going in the right direction there.