The Greatest Performance in PHT History?
Two weeks ago, we congratulated The Fan Club for becoming the first team in Pour House Trivia history to win games on each of four consecutive nights. I guess that feat must have motivated some of our other teams to put together some impressive streaks of their own. Two-time World Series champion Dusty Baker School of Management sat up and took notice, looking to match (or even surpass) that monumental feat last week. During the regular season, this team rarely ventures outside of their home venue: Bennigan’s in Clarksburg. But things would change starting early last week…
After a rare defeat on Monday night (despite scoring 166 points), the defending World Series champs rolled through the Tuesday set with an amazing 175 points at Senor Tequila’s. Back at their usual stomping grounds on Wednesday, they claimed victory for the second night in a row with a win at Bennigan’s in Clarksburg. On Thursday, they fought off 19 other teams at Quincy’s in Gaithersburg, winning for the third night in a row. The weekend would mean a little more driving for this powerhouse team from Montgomery County, but they were certainly up for continuing their streak, winning on Friday at Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, on Saturday at Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, and on Sunday at Tilted Kilt in Frederick.
A hearty congratulations goes out to Dusty Baker School of Management for rattling off wins on SIX straight nights! They topped 160 points on each night, and incredibly missed only seven wagering questions combined over the course of the six nights. Apparently, they are not fans of Jennifer Aniston films… They also racked up 137 standings points this week, which is by far a PHT Summer Fling record. But the most exciting part is that this streak is STILL ALIVE! How long will this streak last? Who will be the first team to dethrone them? Find out later this week! In the meantime, here are the rest of the highlights from a full weekend of Pour House Trivia, which featured 39 teams across five games.
In an odd twist, the most wagering difficult question of Friday’s game was asked during the first round, with this query on brand names:
–> What is the numerical name of the Wrigley product which uses the tagline “Stimulate Your Senses”?
Maybe you’ve been ignoring it in the check-out aisle, but the inclusion of the word “senses” should have been a bit of a clue that we were looking for this product:
Only three out of our 12 Friday teams earned points with Five gum. There were few first round surprises over the next two nights, but Sunday included a bonus question that stumped our field, as no team was able to name “Inside Your Heaven” as Carrie Underwood’s only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. As a result, the only perfect opening round of the weekend was turned in on Saturday night at Belles’, as Smarty Pants recorded correct answers on every wagering and bonus question of the first stanza.
Across the weekend, the second round played fairly easily for our teams. Our audio questions stayed away from the standard pop music fare, offering the topics of TV theme songs, Jennifer Aniston films, and TV lawyers. Some of our teams earned a bonus on Saturday’s Three Clues question by remembering the name of this (very) early Disney character:
Looking at the face of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, it’s not hard to see how the creation of Mickey Mouse soon followed. Once again, the only perfect round of the weekend for Round 2 was turned in on Saturday night at Belles’, as North Country recorded 36 points in the second round.
Nothing out of the ordinary came about from our halftime pages this weekend. Overall, the average score reached 17.2, with eight teams overall recording a perfect score. Here are the top scores from the weekend after the halftime page:
- North Country (Belles’): 88
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Belles’): 87
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Tilted Kilt): 87
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 86
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Captain Benders): 84
Saturday’s third round brought us our most difficult wagering question of the entire weekend:
–> Once appearing as a guest star on “The Simpsons”, which American artist used hot wax to produce numerous works depicting the American flag?
Only two teams out of 17 Saturday teams arrived at the correct response of Jasper Johns. Meanwhile, Sunday’s third round brought us our most difficult bonus question of the night, as we asked for the three TV shows on which Rob Lowe appeared in more than 70 episodes. While “The West Wing” and “Parks and Recreation” were fairly well-known, only Dusty Baker School of Management earned a bonus by remembering the ABC drama “Brothers and Sisters”:
Across the board, only two teams turned in perfect scores for the third round this weekend, and it was the two teams that answered the Jasper Johns question correctly: North Country (Belles’) and Dusty Baker School of Management (Belles’).
On both Saturday and Sunday, the final round eased up a bit on our teams, as the bonus points were being awarded with regularity. All told, six teams scored 36 points with a perfect final round over the weekend. Here are the weekend’s top scores after the fourth round:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Tilted Kilt): 161
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Belles’): 159
- North Country (Belles’): 158
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 157
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Captain Benders): 156
FRIDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (66.7% success rate):
–> There are two foreign countries worldwide in which at least 30,000 U.S. military personnel are currently stationed. One is in Asia and one is in Europe. Name either one of these countries.
SATURDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (52.9% success rate):
–> While the world’s tallest ancient pyramid is found in Egypt, the world’s largest ancient pyramid (in terms of volume) is the Great Pyramid of Cholula, located in which other country?
SUNDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (0.0% success rate):
–> Translated as “the events of the days”, Diḇrê Hayyāmîm is the Hebrew title of which Book of the Old Testament?
We hate ending the weekend on a downer, but none of our ten Sunday teams arrived at the correct response of Chronicles. The first two weekend finals played signifcantly easier, with just over half of our teams coming up with Germany or Japan on Friday, and Mexico on Sunday. They fought tooth-and-nail on Saturday at Belles’s, so it’s no surprise that North Country (Belles’) and Dusty Baker School of Management (Belles’). recorded the only Perfect 21 of the weekend. Here are the top ten scores overall:
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Belles’): 171
- North Country (Belles’): 170
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Springfield Manor Winery): 163
- Off Beats (Pretzel & Pizza Creations): 163
- The Squad (Springfield Manor Winery): 162
- Uncle Jack (Belles’): 161
- Dusty Baker School of Management (Tilted Kilt): 160
- Parent Trap (Springfield Manor Winery): 155
- Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Captain Benders): 147
- Fat Kids are Hard to Kidnap (Tilted Kilt): 144
THIS WEEKEND’S WINNERS:
Springfield Manor Winery in Thurmont, MD: Dusty Baker School of Management (NEXT GAME ON AUGUST 11 – First category: 1980s One-Hit Wonders – AUDIO)
Belles’ Sports Bar in Frederick, MD: Dusty Baker School of Management (Next week’s first category: 1965)
Pretzel & Pizza Creations in Hagerstown, MD: Off Beats (Next week’s first category: Orchestral Instruments)
Captain Benders in Sharpsburg, MD: Fat, Drunk, and Stupid (Next week’s first category: “The Ranch” – Netflix series)
Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD: Dusty Baker School of Management (Next week’s first category: Washington Nationals)