MTM XI – The final week begins

Avondale (Bobby): Bobby Brown vs. the Cumulative …

with all due respect to Alliance, United, et al …

This year’s cumulative has boiled down to Bobby Brown’s will versus the cumulative itself. So far, the cumulative has a nose out in front.

Week 10 opened up in Avondale with a robust gathering looking to address a myriad of cumulative issues.

Clearly #1 is the unsettled nature of who this year’s cumulative champion will be.

BBvBoE, through dogged determination and gritty intestinal fortitude have managed to overcome 33 obstacles and 100 disappointments to WILL their way into 2nd .. 10 points behind the leaders Alliance.

In front of a record tying Monday gathering of 12 teams they cobbled together 82 points through 19 questions and sat 2 clear of 2nd place Stepdads with a very doable #20 on deck…

Certainly a week opening 102 & 9 bonus points would really turn the heat up on Alliance and would all but erase that 10 point lead. Surely this was the point during the stretch run that the long awaited final kick would begin as the Board finally put this horse to the whip …

Didn’t happen…

7 teams cash #20 in for 20 points, but BBvBoE are not among them.

Instead –

Stepdads – 100, 9
a needed win for the ‘dads as they look to regain the early form that allowed them to overcome a missed week to finsih amidst teams that did not

P-Value 97, 4
no team in the tournament that is still trying needed this more desperately if only to remind themselves that they are capable of competing in any room on any given day

Boston Braves 91, 4
ditto, but in a lesser suit. Boston Braves haven’t been playing poorly per se’, but this is timely.

also

B’head R’necks 89, 5
looking to go ahead and put Kramerica out of reach once and for all. Mathematically, not yet.. but perhaps only mathematically.

Oedipus 86, 10
looking to relieve themselves of the bitter taste lingering from Friday night. This doesn’t completely do that, but 86 sin’t a disaster

Muffins 81, 3
taking their Monday shot knowing there will be reinforcements later in the week

BBvBoE 71, 8
as the opportunities pass, the light approaching is either the end of the tunnel and bright sunshine.. or a train…

FFA 69, 3
much like Muffins, this is the ‘bonus’ game. Steal something here? Well, we’ll see you Wednesday.. and maybe somewhere else if need be …

Alliance 63, 2
RETIRE SUNDAY’S GAMES!!! I honestly believe if Alliance hadn’t shown up this week and last BBvBoE would have a 20 point lead right now.. maybe more… hell, it might be a done deal.

Kramerica 27, 3
Sent their pitcher inspection team. All pitchers inspected were rated ‘up to code’ …

Carrollton (Bryan): Angry Planners survive #20 to win with 82 (6), Balls of Steel snipe 2ndd with 77, and United roadtrip a 3rd (3) with 77.  Cartel de Jesus posts 53 (2) and Sauced 37 (3).

Canton (Brent): 11 teams at Taylor’s tonight, with #9, Hazel Destroy, Red Dead Samurai, Migrating Coconuts, Challenged, McNuttski, and Ray-Ray’s Partay representing the tournament.

The game played pretty close until the halftime TV question, where Ray-Ray started to pull away.  I loved #10.  As a longtime LOST fan, it always frustrated me to see exactly how many people thought certain things about the show that simply never happened on the show.  #10 was my revenge.  Woot!   Ray-Ray continued to play well and held an 84-76-69 advantage after 19.  I used the Edgar Allan Poe question from Amici, and the Partay’s original answer was off by 1 year…   After they got up to answer, I saw them go back, scribble it out, and dial it back by 5, which gave them the win (104).  I rarely get to say this – nice cross-off!  Oh, and Ray-Ray can’t talk about how Taylor’s has some voodoo hex on them anymore.  They can win on Monday after all.

Big Steve flies solo for #9 (89), earning 2nd and remains a consistent force on Mondays.

Red Dead Samurai (88) field their first complete team in 2 weeks (seems like years), but they were immediately back to form in both good ways and bad.  The 88 says good, but they missed both 6 point bids in the 2nd half, all while getting both 4’s and one 2.  And they lost a tie-break for 3rd to 1st time team Zip ‘Em Up (my excitement over finding a 1st time team capable of competing was quickly quelled when I found they were out of towners who happened to drop in), meaning no performance points or house cash.  Ouch… But still, good to see Red back amongst the leaders.

Ramrod (4th with 66) remain a consistent threat to tournament teams, and McNuttski (60) keeps considering some kind of joint venture with them for the finals, as their teammates seem to be avoiding any direct answers re: Super Saturday.  McNuttski is another team badly in need of a morale boost.  They’re capable of competing with these other teams, but have forgotten it because they’re consistently playing understaffed, with 2 people most nights.  They need to diagnose their weaknesses and try to find friends that help fill in those gaps accordingly for April 21.  One extra person as good as either of them could probably do wonders for their scores.

Migrating Coconuts (59) were right there with #9 question for question until #20… But they don’t care, because they got Metal Health right on Friday, and most teams didn’t…

Hazel Destroy (46) had rare bidding issues and couldn’t get back on track after a tough 2nd quarter.

Challenged (50) missed #20 by ONE YEAR…

TEAM TOTAL Base Scores Performance Attendance Current High
Alliance 1113 936 177 128 63
Bobby Brown 1112 971 141 286 72
United 1104 984 120 153 76
#9 1086 915 171 235 89
Muffins 1057 967 90 166 81
Ray-Ray 1056 918 138 120 104
Oedipus 1047 957 90 215 86
RedSamurai 997 850 147 165 88
Fulmer’s Fat Ass 937 880 57 83 69
Angry Planners 882 813 69 53 82
Buckhead Rednecks 880 829 51 56 89
Ears 868 799 69 90 0
B8shaq 851 791 60 108 0
T2RB 837 783 54 95 0
Seoul Sisters 793 694 99 153 0
Stepdads 789 756 33 110 100
Kramerica 778 739 39 78 27
Boston Braves 777 765 12 60 91
Hazel Destroy 758 695 63 82 46
Pabst Playboys 733 688 45 145 0
Challenged 729 687 42 164 50
Kitten Mittens 715 691 24 121 0
Experience 712 664 48 81 0
Rash 711 705 6 78 0
P Value 683 671 12 66 97
Phasers 670 658 12 89 0
Coconuts 660 636 24 160 59
Fact Hunt 655 637 18 127 0
Gluttons 638 620 18 55 0
Cartel De Jesus 635 593 42 45 53
Free Mex AF 615 597 18 55 0
Sauced 563 527 36 50 37
McNuttski 562 556 6 74 60
Beaver Feaver 503 491 12 44 0
Donkey Balls 454 454 0 82 0
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