The 2019 Summer Fling championship games welcomed 56 of the best Pour House teams across four venues. Before we get to the recap, we would like to note that NoVa team Hipster Fashion Consultants played today’s game under the name Team Eric in honor of one of their players who passed away earlier this year. In addition to being a perennial trivia powerhouse, Hipster Fashion Consultants has been one of our most loyal teams, playing at virtually every Northern Virginia venue over the past five years.
Our championship game began with a look at the Periodic Table, asking our teams to name either the first or last element (in terms of atomic number). Earning wagering points for hydrogen? No problem! Earning bonus points for the recently discovered oganesson? That was much more difficult, as only eight teams were able to convert the first two-point bonus of the day. We continued with questions concerning the recent craze for Popeyes chicken sandwiches, families in entertainment, NFL advertising, and the work of Charles Dickens. Power Vacuum and Southpaw Fish posted the only perfect scores of the first round.
Flute solos took center stage in the audio question, as we listened to “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas and the Papas, “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull, and “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head. Other second round topics included Charles Darwin, the film “Night of the Living Dead”, and the networking website LinkedIn. We closed the second stanza with the most difficult bonus question of the game. After a majority of our teams knew that the Larry O’Brien Trophy is given to the NBA champions (and that the Toronto Raptors are the most recent winner), we offered two bonus points to any team that could also give us the original name of the trophy. Only three teams picked up points with the correct answer of Walter A. Brown. One of those three teams used those bonus points to secure the only perfect second round: Dave Martinez School of Management.
Apparently, one of our question writers has not seen his fair share of Pixar films. Saturday’s halftime page asked our teams to identify the voices behind some notable characters from Pixar films. For most of the field, this page was a breeze. Exactly half of our teams recorded a perfect score, with the overall average reaching 19.2 points. At the halfway point in the game, the teams in the Maryland Division were schooling the other three venues:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (MD): 90
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (a.k.a. Team Eric) (NoVa): 89
- That’s So Clavin (MD): 88
- Killer Snails (MD): 87
- Brain Freeze (MD): 87
Saturday’s third round included a Three Clues question regarding former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush, which doled out plenty of bonus points once we mentioned her ancestor Franklin Pierce. Other topics included the children’s novel “The Phantom Tollbooth”, the capybara, and the work of American painter Jasper Johns. The third round closed with the most difficult wagering question of the game, and once again it was asked in the topic of pro sports:
–> At 2,831 games with three different teams from 1986 to 2003, who holds the MLB record for most games played without ever playing in World Series?
Ken Griffey and Sammy Sosa were popular wrong answers here, but the time frame is a bit too early for those players. Only eight teams gave us the correct answer of Rafael Palmeiro. The only perfect score of Saturday’s third round was posted by Killer Snails.
Final round topics from our championship game included U.S. declarations of war, the video game “Spaltoon”, historic urban fires, and the planet of Venus. We closed the final round with a clever question in the Triple 50/50 theme, in which each answer was either ‘HEAD’ or ‘BUTT’. Our teams fared very well in this round, as nine teams ran the table with a perfect score of 36 points. These were your highest scoring teams after four rounds of play:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (MD): 166
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (a.k.a. Team Eric) (NoVa): 162
- Power Vacuum (FDK): 161
- Killer Snails (MD): 161
- How Did I Get Here? (MD): 161
FINAL QUESTION (39.3% success rate):
–> When this man in the film industry was born in 1944, his first name was the 14th most popular baby name for boys. Today, his last name is the 8th most popular baby name for boys. For your wager, name this celebrity.
About two-fifths of our teams arrived at the correct answer of George Lucas. Congratulations to Dave Martinez School of Management posted the only Perfect 21 on Saturday afternoon. Here are the highest scoring teams at the close of Saturday’s game:
- Dave Martinez School of Management (MD): 174
- How Did I Get Here? (MD): 173
- Hipster Fashion Consultants (a.k.a. Team Eric) (NoVa): 171
- Bi-Curious George (NoVa): 170
- My Black Hole Just Exploded (NoVa): 169
- Power Vacuum (FDK): 169
- Hungry Hungry Georgian Hippos (NoVa): 168
- That’s So Clavin (MD): 166
- Killer Snails (MD): 161
- Worst Case Ontario (NoVa): 160