Gainesville (Bobby): Bumpy times in Gainesville with 5 tournament teams highlighting a thinner than usual crowd.
Experience overcome a 7 point guffaw of an early varieties question to take a workman-like 1st place with 83 (4).
#9 collect 2nd with 69 (8)
Playboys settle for 3rd with 61 (8)
United fly solo for 50
Alliance play very un-Alliance like and post a 41 (2)
Ball Ground (Darby): A failure is still a result. After tinkering the past couple of weeks with extra shows and earlier times, we learned that Uncle Peppers needs to remain a Thursday only show with the earlier start time of 7pm. Tonight one tournament team took advantage of the bonus show. Red Dead Samauri were facing off with some newcomers. Going into the final question, Samauri had the lead, but was robbed at question 20.
Red Dead Samurai finishes in 2nd with 56. 4 attendance. Everyone else non tournament teams.
Canton (Brent): While Gainesville was a bit light, Canton had some big names in attendance in a game set up to punish even the smallest mistakes… Each of your top 3 teams – Bobby Brown, Muffins, and Red – were all there trying to fend off attacks from tournament teams Challenged, Migrating Coconuts, Hazel Destroy, and the red-hot of late Ray-Ray’s Partay. That’s not even mentioning Tuesday’s normal gauntlet of decent non-tournament teams like Shamrock, Shoal Bass, etc…
I warned the room that the game had a bit of a backwards feel to it – the points were heavily backloaded, with what looked like an easy 2nd half but some traps early on. The game played out exactly that way. Ray-Ray led after 1 with a sickly 17 points. At halftime, the top 2 spots were non-MTM while Robbie had wrangled Muffins into 3rd with 34. The 3rd Q basically re-shuffled the deck, with 11 teams within 15 points of one another, and leading the way was General Butt Naked with 57, flying solo. An old friend of mine and a trivia mind I’ve always respected, Gen. Naked sat right in front of me all night, so there was no foul play there. In the 4th, Bobby Brown (94) and Ray-Ray (94) ran the table to take the lead and tie for the win. In double overtime (sorry, but I don’t do that running for your life nonsense), Ray-Ray takes down BBvBOE on a King Tut question that was so close I actually had to do the math twice on it, just to make sure (and I’m even kinda good at math)… Gen. Naked (91) settles for 3rd. The last I saw of the General, Ray-Ray were giving him some sort of sales pitch… It wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
Hazel Destroy (90) left 8 points on the board on #10, which would have been the win and their highest score of the tournament. Still, 90 is solid and they continue to play well.
Red Dead Samurai (88) lose 3rd place on the Crimean War question but improve their base score by a hair. Once again, #10 strikes Red (they missed it with an 8 point bid)….
Much Ado About Muffins (82) got all the hard questions and struggled with some of the easier ones. The struggles of flying solo… I’ve been in Rob’s shoes before.
Migrating Coconuts (70) improve their weekly score. As do Challenged (82), who might have been in the money had they managed more than a single point over the first 4 questions.
The game felt like MTM’s of old. Games where everyone was bunched together and tiny mistakes were magnified enough to matter in the end. Games like that are fun to watch, especially from behind the microphone…
|TEAM||TOTAL||Base Scores||Performance||Attendance||Current High|
|Fulmer’s Fat Ass||555||519||36||57||0|
|Cartel De Jesus||507||465||42||37||80|
|Free Mex AF||432||417||15||41||0|