Week 1 of the 2017 Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League

“No, I am not putting Mexican wrestling on the TV for you, Chuck!”

I swear, this was what one of the waitstaff said to me the moment she saw me back at Graney’s Stout for my first Trivia Nights Live game in nearly six months.  Oh boo hoo, one time I wanted to watch Lucha Underground on one of the big screens – seriously, how the heck was I going to not see a “Grave Consequences” match between Prince Puma and Mil Muertes?  Ha…

But anyway, it felt really great to be back at Graney’s Stout for the start of another Trivia League series.

And … hey, wait a minute.  Why is trivia host Kevin Baker fiddling around with the television connections in the bar?  Maybe he wants to watch Lucha Underground as well…

No, the trivia league is going through a bit of a revision.  And here’s the new format.  Pay attention, there’s a test afterwards.

  • Raffle tickets are only handed out for the leading halftime team (one ticket per team member) and at the end of the night, one ticket per every ten points accumulated for the night.
  • The television screens now have the questions on them, and there are visual and music rounds as well.
  • And rather than keeping a running total of accumulated points for the finals, the top three teams each night receive “starter points” for the final game – three points for first place, two for second, one for third, with teams needing six games of appearance to qualify for the final night.
  • There are only two raffle nights during the entire trivia league season.
  • There are now six rounds, five questions per round, with varying point totals.  No more quadruple bonus questions, but one of the rounds is a “Fast Five” round where you get five points apiece to name five answers in a theme.
  • The “starter points” will be used in the thirteenth and final contest, where the winning team receives $500 and the second place team receives $100 and everybody else receives awkward handshakes.

Yeah, I’ll get this figured out at some point in time.

The other thing that was great last night was seeing all the teams again.  There’s Woo Hoo a Go Go and New Phone, Who Dis? and Nacho Punch.  There’s The Fist and Dan 2017: The Next Generation… and another squad who I didn’t recognize, calling themselves Stephen Hawking’s School of Dance.  Man, that’s a tasteless trivia nickname, I’d better censor it before someone at the – oh wait, yeah, that’s not a problem any more.  Old habits, you know…

First round went well, I knew the game show that was revived to replace the failed Time After Time series (Match Game), and the last time that Jack Nicklaus won the Masters (1986).  The second round was rougher, it was a “name the corporate logo” round – and I didn’t recognize a couple of the logos (they showed half a set of blue bubbles and I’m supposed to know it’s JetBlue?

The third round was a “Fast Five” round, and the question involved naming the five largest grossing concert tours in history.  I knew two of them – the Rolling Stones and the Roger Waters “The Wall” tour, but didn’t remember that the other three involved U2, AC/DC and Madonna.  Now that would be a combination.  Madonna and The Edge teaming up for a version of “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll).”

Near the end of the night, I was mired in fifth place with 86 points.  And since I didn’t have to worry about accumulating massive point totals over a twelve-week span, I figured I’d play conservative this week – bet only a few points and concentrate on snagging some raffle tickets.

The category was 90’s movies.

I bet a few points and handed in my slip.

“Good Will Hunting” and “The Full Monty” and “As Good As It Gets” were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but what film beat them out that year?”

Okay, Miller.  Remember your 90’s movie history.  Helen Hunt won an Oscar that year for “As Good As It Gets,” who did she beat out in that category that might have been in that other Oscar winning film?  Think, think… come on, you can draw this in your mind… you can see it right there on the couch, a woman being drawn in charcoal pencil, she’s wearing a blue heart-shaped jewel on her neck…

Yep.  Helen Hunt beat out Kate Winslet, who was in Titanic.  Wrote down Titanic.  If nothing, I guaranteed myself nine raffle tickets for the win.

Five of the seven teams put down Titanic as the answer.  Stephen Hawking’s School of Dance went with Aladdin – and Nacho Punch went all in with Forrest Gump.

Nopes.  Cue Celine Dion.  The correct answer was Titanic.

Nine raffle tickets for the Street Academy, and a good start to the trivia league run.

Oh, and now I get to put together another scoring table.  The list below will include each team’s “starter points,” along with a mark to determine that they’ve played six games and are post-season eligible.

Week 1 of the Graney’s Stout Summer Trivia League  Starter Points for Final Game
Dan 2017: The Next Generation 3
New Phone, Who Dis? 2
Woo Hoo a Go Go 1
Street Academy
The Fist
Nacho Punch
Stephen Hawking’s School of Dance

One week down, eleven weeks to go until the final game on June 28.

Man, it feels good to be back in the competitive team trivia game.

It just feels really good.