The Dubliner Pub (Cambridge)
2046 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
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I’m going to keep this concise this week. Bear with me, it gets real fuzzy.
So this week’s Spirit Bar contest seemed to start off pretty conventionally. Nine teams arrived, most stacked near to or at the 6-person maximum (One team even self-disqualified after racking up about 13 members and opted not to split up. Gawrsh.) The three-time defending champions were a no-show, so we were destined to a brand new champ. The audio Round 2 yielded a permanent ticket to frontrunner status for some teams, as Awesome Sauce and Ye Olde Captain Blonde Beard locked up jokered 16-point rounds to rocket ahead and Wyld Stallyns, Staff Infection, and auto-disqualified 42 Forfeits (cute, guys!) each jokered 13-pointers to stick with them. Most teams soldiered on solidly until the audio round 7, which garnered some protest (explicitly so from Is That a Dorsal Fin In Your Pants Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?, who got only 2 points in the round and couldn’t understand what’s geeky at all about reality TV. Valid point) at the perceivable lameness of a round on reality TV show themes. 42 Forfeits outscored the rest of the top teams in round 8 to hop into the lead at the end, but those guys had anywhere between 12 and 37,423 people, so their victory was discarded. I then looked down a slot in the standings, and that’s when people got mad fuckin’ feral up in the Spirit.
Tied for that top spot on the standings amongst qualifying teams with exactly 71 points was Awesome Sauce, Ye Olde Captain Blonde Beard, and Wyld Stallyns. Official GWD rules dictate that a tie for 1st place must be decided by a sudden-death round of 5 rapid-fire ques…ACK!<rabid Spirit Bar quizees choke an unsuspecting Jon Gabso> DANCE-OFF!!! DANCE-OFF!!!DANCE-OFF!!!DANCE-OFF!!!
Woahwoahwoah, y’all, cmon, like, I gotta do a sudden-death ACCCCCKKKKKKKK!! DANCE-OFF!!!DANCE-OFF!!!
OK,ok,ok,ok, fine. 99.9% of the time, I’m a dignified, rule abiding quizmaster. However, I am a surefire party facilitator as well as a defender of direct democracy when practically applied 100% of the time. When the people want a dance-off, the people get a dance-off. Thus, this evening, for perhaps the first time in GWD history, we had a champion crowned by dance-off, scored by crowd applause as unanimously measured by myself and trusty bartender Kevin. Deb from Awesome Sauce started off with a mixture of The Sprinkler and the Cabbage Patch, which had a touch of personal flair but was perhaps not all that inspired. Ben from Blonde Beard followed with some difficult-to-describe freeform steppin’, and Kerri from Wyld Stallyns finished with a modified Robot-like sorta thing. Ben’s original flava easily won the crowd’s approval, and thus won Blonde Beard the title, and Kerri’s performance followed admirably behind to get Wyld Stallyns the 2nd place prize. At this point in the evening, I was beyond words. It’s sort of clearly a you-had-to-be-there sorta affair. I kinda just now caught my breath from it so I could type this shit for ya.
And uh, oh yeah! Yari from Stray Hube made off with a sarcastic magic 8 ball for winning the e-mail list prize! Not so useful for advice, but mad cosmetically fitting for any living space! Those lucky enough to show up next week could score a sweet new game from Bananagrams if they win the same title! Don’t miss it! Who knows, maybe the quiz itself could even weed out a winner next week!