MTM XI – Week 10 – Tuesday

Canton (Brent): 13 teams in the house at Bedoe’s, one of which thought I was simply there to entertain their 6 year old, which soured my mood as the evening wore on.  That probably explains why the scores went from delightful early to “I HATE EVERYONE” late in the game…

Bobby Brown was in the house, and survived a hiccup on #10 to take a commanding 59-49 lead after 3 quarters.  However, the 4Q took its toll on them (as it did nearly everyone) and Red Dead Samurai managed to tie things back up at 63 after 19… #20 was a bizarre trivia question that I too would have missed, and it turns out I was not alone – the bad social suppressed scoring, but both top teams played it correctly, limiting damage and tying with 62.  After 2 overtimes (I don’t do that silly “run for the win” stuff that Bobby does), Red prevailed with what I think is the lowest winning score outside of Carrollton for this tournament.  Yeah, the trivia was mean tonight.  I blame that kid.  Bobby Brown takes 2nd as they continue to pile on performance points wherever they go.  I announced that it put them into 1st place, and they responded that their lead would likely only last for a half hour or so.  Unfortunately, they were correct… But I’ll let Bobby get to that later.

Challenged (54) played a perfectly efficient game and took 3rd.

Migrating Coconuts (41) were on fire until the 3rd quarter bonus.  They still had a shot on #20, but didn’t get it.

Hazel Destroy (42) probably couldn’t have gotten a #20 more in their wheelhouse.  Shockingly they missed it along with everyone else.

Gainesville (Bobby): Monkey Barrel played host to 10 Tuesday evening teams, 6 of them from our leader board.

This is only the 2nd tournament to ever play a 10th week, and you could accurately say this is a gut – check week.

With the finish line so tantalizingly close, almost every team on the board is still checking in both directions to make sure an acceptable cumulative finish happens.

With this in mind, United (4) is still hunting the biggest game there is – a cumulative title, which in any year is a choice accomplishment, but for this tournament seems to have elevated itself to another level.

The WCoT holders make their weekly trip west to Gainesville in hopes of chopping into that lead held by Alliance & BBvBoE. 25 points to catch the leaders and 15 for 2nd. Realistically, nothing short of a win will really do if the dream is to remain alive.. not so much for the base score, but for the 9 bonus points. A flurry of 9s could force an eyeball to eyeball to eyeball showdown in Athens this weekend, which would be dramatic and frankly welcome.

The game ebbed and flowed and there were 6 teams that flirted with winning this thing throughout the evening. Experience (6) raced out to a 1st qtr lead and United snatched it back by halftime.

As the 4th quarter began, Ears (4) were leading, with United & Exp in hot pursuit. Tournament outlanders Simple Minds once again terrorized tournament teams by playing in the top 4 all night, but a self called snafu ended their evening as an 8 point bid evaporated on #16 – a question I had marked correct, but switched due to their honesty.

It made a HUGE difference, because without that, they take 2nd place.

Playboys (9) were within a single answer of the top 3, number #9 (5) was trolling around within a single answer of the lead… High drama with 6 ‘in form’ teams playing lights out..

In the end, United get their result with a 102
Experience wrangle 97
Playboys post 95
Ears will settle for a 91.

Ears actually had #20 correct for 6, but held off on reaching because they weren’t sure. Their evening goal was to keep T2RB and B8Shaq comfortably in the rear view with a predetermined goal of 80 as a low water mark. 85 points heading into 20 means the win was within sight… An executive decision to stay the course and play safe was made and the resulting 91 was the result. This reminds me of Alliance @ Blind Pig fwiw.
Both Alliance & Ears are still on course for all their goals, but in the off chance something weird happens, THAT will be the moment they look back on longingly..

#9 – 90
played solidly, but no one would break form enough to let them back in..

and for the record…
Simple Minds – 90
add that 8 pointer and they are 2nd, Playboys are 4th, Exp 3rd. Two weeks from now I probably wouldn’t have even double checked, but with so much riding on every question I took their lead and did. I think I may slide them a pitcher next time they’re in, and if I were the two aforementioned teams, I’d give ’em a pat on the back for standing tall and doing the right thing. I think Simple Minds might be the best team not in the tournament. With apologies to a full strength BTS.c & Chick.. and I know Brent & Bryan may have one or two to offer…

Alliance (2) score 58 second half points and finish well back with 72. The past 2 nights Alliance has been abysmal in the 1st quarter and almost as bad in the 2nd, only to get warmed up and play pretty well after… Mind you this isn’t a full squad, but just Mom & Pops, so take that how you will…

TEAM TOTAL Base Scores Performance Attendance Current High
United 1139 1010 129 157 102
Alliance 1122 945 177 130 72
Bobby Brown 1118 971 147 291 72
#9 1087 916 171 240 90
Muffins 1057 967 90 166 81
Ray-Ray 1056 918 138 120 104
Oedipus 1047 957 90 215 86
RedSamurai 1006 850 156 169 88
Ears 959 890 69 94 91
Fulmer’s Fat Ass 937 880 57 83 69
Angry Planners 882 813 69 53 82
Buckhead Rednecks 880 829 51 56 89
B8shaq 851 791 60 108 0
T2RB 837 783 54 95 0
Pabst Playboys 831 783 48 154 95
Experience 815 761 54 87 97
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 88 46
Challenged 736 691 45 166 54
Kitten Mittens 715 691 24 121 0
Rash 711 705 6 78 0
P Value 683 671 12 66 97
Phasers 670 658 12 89 0
Coconuts 660 636 24 164 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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