Trying to stay ahead in trivia…

Going into the next few weeks, I’ll be participating in several championship trivia tournaments.  Hopefully I will do well.

The first championship tournament is next Wednesday, when Rivers Casino in Schenectady is hosting their $1,000 trivia championship.  I’ve played the majority of the weeks necessary to qualify for this event, and in fact, going into last night’s game, I was in the lead among all trivia teams at Rivers.

This is important.  The leading team going into the final trivia game next Wednesday gets bonus points to start next week’s game.  And I need all of those bonus points – especially when the killer movie round comes into play.

Here’s the scores going into this week’s round…

  • The Street Academy, 35
  • Teachers… Kinda, 31
  • El Chupacabra, 27
  • Bailey’s Buddies, 27
  • Tiny Ricks!, 26
  • Full House, 23

Teams get 10 cumulative points for a win, 7 points for second place, 5 points for third, 3 points for fourth place, and one point for showing up.

So as long as I finish no worse than second place, I’ll lock out anyone else for those bonus starting points next Wednesday.

But … of course … I have to finish tonight’s match.

This was a tough game.  I’ll tell you that now.  They brought out a category referencing the home cities where college football bowl games are played – no, the Outback Bowl is not played in Jacksonville, it’s in Tampa, stupid Chuck – but after two rounds, my team was in the middle of the pack on the score sheet.

Then came the first of the two “hear the song, name the title and artist” Music Explosion rounds.

The five songs in the round – I recognized cold.  I’ve got 20 points right here.

Then the host, Damon, read the answers.  He noted that the first song was by Waylon Jennings, and it was called “Good Ol’ Boys.”

Um… you mean this song?

Yeah, I got docked two points because I wrote that the title was “Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard.”

Time for me to call for a review.  I asked Damon to check, because I could swear that the title “Good Ol’ Boys” was the parenthetical, and that the true title was “Theme from Dukes of Hazzard.”

“Show me some proof, and I’ll give you the points,” he said.

One quick image search later…

I received the points.  So did another team who wrote the same answer as me, a team with the quality trivia name of “Jeffrey Dahmer’s House of Ribs.”

That little victory for me set me on a scoring tear.  Perfect score in the huddle round (name all four “commonwealths” of the 50 states), ran the table in the other Musexplosion round, and even picked up a few points in the dreaded movie round.

Okay.  Final question.  I’m in second place, a few points behind a squad called Bailey’s Buddies.  I have to finish the game no worse than second place to ensure my bonus starting points for the $1,000 game next week.

The category is American History.

Screw it.  Bet all the points.  Go big or go home.  I’m in a casino, this is gambling, right?

The question was … “What was the first state to join the United States in the 20th century, entering in 1907?”

State question.  First option would be to check my pockets for state quarters.  Except I dumped all my loose change in a tip jar at the coat check because I didn’t have any paper money to put in the tip jar.  Oh well…

But I sort of remember the answer to this.  I remember because I think there was some sort of dispute as to when the state came into the Union, due to it being considered Indian territory or something.  I wrote down Oklahoma and handed in the slip.

The answers were all over the place.  The team in front of me, Bailey’s Buddies, wrote down West Virginia.  Jeffrey Dahmer’s House of Ribs – betting zero – wrote down Puerto Rico.  The Teachers … Kinda team thought it was Montana.

The answer…

In case I didn’t make that clear, let me invite Gordon MacRae to give us all the answer.

Street Academy for the win!!

Got it right – got the ten points toward the Trivia Unification Tournament – and guaranteed my headstart points for the $1,000 tournament next week.  Oh yeah, and a $100 bill for winning this week.

And as soon as I finish this blog post and take care of my morning constitutionals – this little hunskee is off to the bank, as an extra little payment to get me that much closer to paying off my Chevy free and clear and clean and crisp.

Looks like next week’s trivia tournament’s going to be a lot of fun.

Can’t wait.