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Quizzing at the Spirit on an average night is tricky enough, what with razor-close finishes every week and joker strategy changing the game all the time. Quizzing at the Spirit when a Cornell alumni networking function is scheduled on the same night makes it a kajillion times harder. Funny that just a couple miles from the Harvard campus, we had a room full of Cornell big-shots milling about, so when I waded through their throngs to hand out answer packets to a bunch of huge Ivy League brains, you’d figure it’d make it much tougher for regulars to excel in an atmosphere of enhanced smartypantsness. The regulars here at the Spirit, however, are no regular regulars. These are regulars with Mucho Chutzpah, and it certainly showed tonight.
To be fair to the high-falootin’ Cornellers, when your first two rounds are concerned with stinky things and songs about fire, you’re hardly digging into the resources of a six-figure education. That round two saw several jokerings, but it was the 14-point jokering of Cornell Was My Safety School and a 13-point jokering from More Like Bore-nell that put those two squads in their own little top tier for a few rounds. This was a completely necessary wrecking of the round for these teams and great joker usage, as the pack of Cornell teams were all fairly consistent and tough competitors for presumably inexperienced GWD quizzees. Four teams registered over 70 points, with Sweet Binder Bro and Someone Pick a Name jokering 11-point round 8’s to surge to 4th and 5th respectively at the last minute.
The hugest upheaval of the quiz, however, belonged to another team enamored by Mitt Romney’s binder of fine-ass ladies. Binder Full of Tacos (formerly known as Taco Full of Boxes, not to be confused with the totally different Box Full of Tacos) outperformed Cornell Was My Safety School by one point in round 6, two points in round 7, and a killer 3 points in round 8 to overtake the Cornellers for the runner-up prize. It is truly a testament to the supremacy of Spirit Bar regulars that Binder would make such a killer comeback, and More Like Bore-nell would score such a resounding victory (and a killer burn for a team name), all up against a massive Ivy League schmoozefest. Bore-nell last made an appearance at Spirit a few weeks ago under the name Bobby Valentine’s Day Massacre, where they scored 2nd place. Now, against a fine crowd, they score the title and the $20 gift certificate.
NOW BRING ON PENN OR COLUMBIA OR SOME SHIT, MUTHAFUCKAS!!!!