Geek Bowl 2008 Winners from left to right: Brian Zahn, Kyle Pepin, Jacki Reeves-Pepin, John Murray, Jen Buckley, Wes Colgan
photo by Christy L. Lee
A truly outstanding night. It’s almost safe to say that uniformed teams were in the majority. Nice to see the team spirit, creativity and an utter lack of humility.
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Fort Collins, represent! Members of Team Frosties, Legion of Doom and assorted quizmasters
The South Denver empire that is Love Fist
Recognize this team? You should cause they win at The Rover just about every single week. The well coiffed members, minus Kent, of Occam's Razor
Straight outta Thornton it's the mighty Snook's Lounge crew. Play their quiz, we DARE you! Hey guys: Please give your quizmaster Drew no end of shit for missing Geek Bowl in order to attend a rodeo. I'm not making this up. Pfffffftttt...
Another astonishing part of the evening was the competition itself. Just like the current presidential races, there was no frontrunner. Occam’s Razor had an early lead, but by the end of round seven there were four teams tied for first. Most jokers were played on the music round – Stryker rules!!! — but some waited for later with little effect on the overall scores. I’d thought that The Betas would be strong, but - no offense guys – I wasn’t predicting a decisive win. And shit, our friends from Illegal Pete’s playing as Bigger Than Jesus and Better Than Ezra didn’t exactly come out of nowhere but I guess we never realized you were such a powerhouse. Respect oh holy ones!!! The team I’d predicted, Captain Tightpants of Albuquerque fame, had an off night. I didn’t mean to put pressure on you guys beforehand so I hope there’s no hard feelings. Everyone was totally psyched to see you and I think I speak for everyone in GWDland when I say we’re both impressed and flattered you drove all the way up here to play. I’d also remind you that 10th place hardly sucks on a quiz like this. Hopefully next year there will be more New Mexico teams trekking up with you. Please spread the good word on Geek Bowl. Plus, we need more folks to laugh at Eric and Kent’s jokes!!! Or just laugh at Eric and Kent period… hahahaha. Props as well to Pearl Street Grill regulars, the team whose name usually involves Assclowns and last night was no exception. Nice work AssClown Smackdown. Ultimately, of course, the teams that shined were our friends from McCabe’s Tavern in Colorado Springs. I know many of you are tempted to write this berg off as an epicenter of right wing Christianists, closeted homosexuality and cantankerous anti tax douche bags. But this city is not without its tight knit core of amazing nerds. Aaron Retka knows more than I do on this, but I believe the Springs has a considerably higher advance degree per capita ratio than Denver Metro or anywhere else in Colorado. Well, it showed on Saturday that’s for damn sure.
The man, the myth, the 6th best Air Guitarist in America, Stryker!!!
Of the cash winning teams, both have been playing pretty much since we started there at McCabe’s Tavern in May of 2006. Aaron Retka claims credit for their victory in the harsh realm of his verbal savaging. He beats their intellectual self worth each week and since it hardly kills them (cause, you know, the Fuckmaster hits like a girl) it makes them stronger. I’d also note that both of these teams were veterans of Geek Bowl 2007 so they were that much more battle hardened.
Anyone else observe the Karate Kid music playing at this decisive celebratory moment?
I’ll leave it to the 5th place team, also out of McCabe’s in Colorado Springs, to tell their side of the story should the choose to do so in the comments. That said; consider that they were a four-person squad. Not bad at all. As you can see from the scores, it was preposterously close at the top.
G Unit minus One - a team I will not expect a Christmas card from anytime soon, but another Springs-based powerhouse
I would like to thank all of our amazing volunteers and quizmasters, especially Kent and Eric for driving all the way up and enduring LoDo hookers and my dogs. Not to brag or objectify, but I would like to note that the majority of our volunteer staff in the front lobby were HOT LESBIANS. And they were very active so technically our lobby was a cauldron of Hot Lesbian Action. Yes!!!!!!! I would also like to thank the Denver Police Department for catching the punks who broke into my house about four hours before Geek Bowl got underway. I really hope my Chihuahuas bit your delinquent asses. Nice try on getting the TV off the wall. Oh, and you missed my wife’s laptop. It was in the one drawer you didn’t bother to open! Quite frankly, if you’re looking for cool electronics why you wasted so much time in the kitchen is beyond me. That said, if you took my deep fat fryer I would haunt your asses from the grave.
Here's Zatoichi of Irish Snug fame. Next year, grass stains...
This Is Our Woodstock
Great Frisco Freakout of Irish Snug (and NPR/PBS) fame
It was a proud night for the entire organization. Joel Peach did an amazing job with the visual presentation and overall organization. In fact, he reached a point in which Microsoft PowerPoint flipped like a game of Defender and told him it had no more to teach him. Ever. Thanks as well to Tiffany Wong for coordinating the check in, the after party, the timing and lord knows what else. She even baked a cake. Vegan as always... For inquiring minds, our friend Rafael Vera who frequents The British Bulldog designed our amazing Geek statues.
Like Statler and Waldorf, only quieter
Our emcee Adam Cayton-Holland, who you may know from here, kicked much ass. If you want to see him and his mighty comedic crew we highly recommend checking out Los Comicos Super Hilariosos this Thursday at Orange Cat Studios: 2625 Larimer. It’s only $5.
If he wasn't in the dick joke game, he'd probably have a ki knee deep in the crack game - Adam Cayton-Holland
Score Rank Prize The Betas 98 1st $1000.00 Bigger Than Jesus and Better Than Ezra 97 2nd $500.00 Assclown Smackdown 95 3rd $300.00 3 + 1 = 5 94 4th $105.00 G Minus One (nee G-unit) 93 5th Once You Go Ba-rack You Never Go Back 93 5th Ewok Reacharound 92 7th Occam's Razor 92 7th The Poachers 91 9th The Standard Deviants 90 10th Captain Tightpants 89 11th Dr. Nostrum (#43) 89 11th Delores & Mulva 88 13th Funny They Don't Look Druish 88 13th Neighborhood Slut 88 13th Assistants to the Regional Manager 87 16th Jelly Filled Munchkins 87 16th Legion of Doom 87 16th Random Access Memory 87 16th This is Our Woodstock 87 16th Love Fist 86 21st Team Donkey Punch 86 21st Stella Dori Breakfast Nootz 83 23rd That Wasn't Chicken 83 23rd Jesus & Tequila 82 25th The Great Frisco Freakout 82 25th "Actung! Uberzeuge dich selbst! Es ist Der Sex Panzer auf San Diego!" 81 27th Zatoichi 81 27th #15 Bus 80 29th Britney Spear's Life Coaches 80 29th Oh Don Piano 78 31st Frosted Confessional Glorymolers 77 32nd Mike Tyson's Donkey Punch-Out 77 32nd AA is for Quitters 76 34th The Idiot Kings 76 34th I Didn't Pee In the Car, it was my Ham Juice 74 36th Bukkake Goggles 73 37th Bacchus Laureates 72 38th Honey I Fucked the Kids 72 38th Only Good Strippers go to Heaven 72 38th Tuna Fish Sangwich 72 38th Touched By An Uncle 69 42nd*** Snooks Lounge 67 43rd Rusty and his Trombone 60 44th It's not About the Money Jason 58 45th *** 100 Chuck E. Cheese Tokens!
*Note: I'm going to be updating this with new photos as they're received. Please email them to me at john @ geekswhodrink.com. If I don't know you, please let me know your team name and where you normally play. Proving once again that vegan baked goods don't have to taste like sweetened matzo from 1951, it's our very own Tiffany Wong
Denver's premier DJ Shannon with GWD's premier heckling quizmaster Jason Mueller. This is what the kids call "kickin it old school" or so I'm told.