Some holiday travel plans delayed the release of the Thursday night recap, but better late than never! Our final weeknight game of 2017 featured many teams who braved the COLD weather to throw it down on Thursday night, as we welcomed 92 teams across 12 venues:
Thursday’s first round opened with a Triple 50/50 question on Automotive Brands, as we asked our teams to give us the parent company (Ford or General Motors) of the brands Mercury, Pontiac, and Geo. Most of our teams earned two early bonus points with three correct answers, but for many teams, those were their only bonus points of the first round. We closed with two extremely difficult bonus questions, the first of which covered College Basketball History. While the majority of the field knew that Lew Alcindor (a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) won the inaugural Naismith Player of the Year Award, only six teams earned bonus points by knowing that this man won the award the following year:
That’s former Louisiana State star “Pistol” Pete Maravich who took home the honor in 1970. The final bonus question of the opening round asked our teams to name the Pakistani city in which Osama Bin Laden was tracked down by U.S. forces. Only 13% of our teams remembered the fun-to-say city name of Abbottabad. The first round yielded only three perfect scores: Clever Team Name (Quincy’s), Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s), and Pugalicious (Beef O’ Brady’s).
Thursday’s audio question quizzed our teams on some of the #1 hit songs from the past 12 months. This question helped out our younger players, many of whom had no problem recognizing the voices of Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”), Bruno Mars (“That’s What I Like”), and Kendrick Lamar (“Humble”). Our second round included a question on World Geography, which proved to be our most difficult wagering question of the first half:
–> What former Soviet republic is the only country that currently shares a land border with Russia, Ukraine, and Poland?
Only 26% of our teams gave us this correct answer:
The second round also featured questions on the Disney film “Dumbo” and the recent news regarding net neutrality and the FCC. The bonus questions in the second round were slightly easier than in the first round, as seven teams notched perfect scores of 36 points.
We got liquored up for halftime on Thursday, as our teams were asked to decipher photos of spirit brands, as well as their respective countries of origin. The average score reached 17.1 points, with 11 teams scoring a perfect 20 points. Here are Thursday’s top scores after the first half:
- The Fan Club (Quincy’s): 90
- Clever Team Name (Quincy’s): 89
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 88
- PC Principals (Fish Market): 88
- British Monarchs (Fish Market): 88
- Pugalicious (Beef O’ Brady’s): 88
Thursday’s second half began with a three-part question on “saintly” music. After two fairly easy questions, the third part of this question puzzled many of our teams:
–> Though the lyrics describe an unfaithful lover, which Simon and Garfunkel tune is named for the patron saint of musicians?
Only 19% of our teams tacked on two bonus points with this answer:
Later, we looked at the famous husbands of Marilyn Monroe (Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller), geometrical equations, and the pesticide DDT. The third round also featured seven teams with perfect scores.
Our final round began with a question on this TV series:
Later, we asked about this rather unique event of the Winter Olympics:
We saved the most difficult question of the night for the end of the final round, as we asked our teams to name either the character of the specific “Star Wars” film associated with the following quote:
–> “The Dark Side has clouded their vision. Hundreds of senators are now under the influence of a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious”.
Only 12% of our teams gave us either correct answer of Count Dooku (or Darth Tyranus) and “Attack of the Clones” . Thanks to that final question, only two teams swept the final round with perfect scores: Birds of War (Olde Mother Brewing) and British Monarchs (Fish Market). Here are Thursday’s top scores after the fourth round:
- British Monarchs (Fish Market): 162
- We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill): 160
- Power Vacuum (Champion Billiards): 157
- Pugalicious (Beef O’ Brady’s): 156
- Clever Team Name (Quincy’s): 155
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 155
FINAL QUESTION (62.4% success rate):
–> People employed in this occupation appeared at the first 44 Super Bowls, but were absent for the first time in Super Bowl history when the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl 45.
Just under two-thirds of our teams answered this final question correctly with cheerleaders. Congratulations to Killer Snails (Quincy’s), who scored the only Perfect 21 on Thursday with correct answers on all wagering questions. Here are your top overall scores from Thursday:
- We Drink and We Know Things (The Grille at Flower Hill): 168
- Clever Team Name (Quincy’s): 167
- Lowered Expectations (Quincy’s): 167
- British Monarchs (Fish Market): 166
- Multiple Scoregasms (Smoketown Brewing): 164
- Belayme (Beef O’ Brady’s): 163
- Your Mom (Bunker Sports Cafe): 162
- Killer Snails (Quincy’s): 162
- Where’s Len? (Belly Love Brewing): 161
- Hans Gruber Preservation Society (Smoketown Brewing): 161
Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg, MD: Clever Team Name (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Rock Stars: Dead or Alive?)
Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD: Power Vacuum (Next week’s first category: “The Librarians”)
Bunker Sports Cafe in Leesburg, VA: Your Mom (Next week’s first category: New Year’s Day Traditions)
Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Multiple Scoregasms (Next week’s first category: Intimate Positions)
Beef O’ Brady’s in Frederick, MD: Belayme (Next week’s first category: 15th century Russian Literature)
Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Where’s Len? (Next week’s first category: Picture Framing)
Cushwa Brewing in Williamsport, MD: Sack of Marbles (Next week’s first category: World War II Tanks)
Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Birds of War (Next week’s first category: Indianapolis 500)
The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg, MD: We Drink and We Know Things ** SEVEN WINS IN A ROW! ** (Next week’s first category: 1960s TV Westerns)
Right Around the Corner in St. Petersburg, FL: Chicago Boyz (Next week’s first category: HOST CHOICE)
Fish Market Restaurant in Alexandria, VA: British Monarchs (Next week’s first category: World History)
Guido’s in Frederick, MD: Faith Plus One (Next week’s first category: Current NHL Captains)