March 4th, 2017 at 7:00pm
Smith Cove Terminal
Geek Bowl hit the road for the 11th year and brought the biggest, loudest and, almost certainly, the most Love Boat-y-est quiz in the land to Seattle, Washington! For the first time, the nation's best teams convened in the Pacific Time Zone to compete for the $11,000 grand prize, a novelty check and a small piece of metal that probably needs to be sterilized. It has been to Philly. Twice. Times were had and money was stacks of cash were raised for our charity partner Child's Play. Oh yeah, and someone posterized the competition and walked out our newest Geek Bowl champs!
Before we confused a LOT of dockyard workers at Smith Cove, we got our party on a Seattle's famous Museum of Pop Culture on Friday night.
The annual Geek Bowl pre-party was bigger and badder than ever with guest access to the Museum itself, 50ft worth of Mario Kart and live band karaoke from Rock-Bot! Like Geek Bowl itself, this was a benefit for Child's Play and more than $1,000 was raised for the charity in our silent auction! Special thanks to Elysian Brewing for keeping the beers flowing, the legendary Ken Jennings (more on him later!) for the silent auction donations, Gameworks and our video game emcees Jon Pio and Holland Hume.
We may have partied hard on Friday night, buf if there's one thing we Geeks Who Drink know, it's shaking it off. After drowning that hangover in coffee, more than 1200 players made the trek to the waterfront for Geek Bowl XI for the big show. For four(ish) hours Smith Cove Terminal became ground zero in the trivia world with team from 23 states (and Canada!) competing for more than $20k in prizes. Special thanks to Bread & Circuses, Plum Burgers, Nach'Yo Average Food Truck, Gogi on the Go, Cheese Wizards and La Riviera Maya for making food happen and to Foodz Catering, Elysian Brewing and Union Wine Company for the booze!
As always, we kicked off the night with a little entertainment. This year, Mr. Dicker's class taught you the history of Seattle and we introduced you to the Geek Bowl crew with a show that was off the air before 25% of the audience was even born. That's a the trade-off for the Twitter question in Round One.
If you were confused, baffled or simply lost by the end of the opening number, we had you right where we wanted you! We welcomed our Geek Bowl Emcee John W. Smith and the night's special guest, and trivia legend, Ken Jennings to the stage to throw out our ceremonial first question. It was anything but ceremonial though, as his question would serve as a tie-breaker for the rest of the evening. He even imparted a bit of advice before he left. Don't Drink and Quiz! Based on the amount of empty cans of wine we saw, we can confirm most of you didn't follow it.
After that, we jumped straight into the action with our first two rounds. After Round One: Sound Off!, a rousing set of questions about Inlets and Peninsulas, we welcomed our Geek Bowl XI house band Escort to the stage for our second round. They rocked the room in eight different styles during Round Two: Not the World's Oldest Profession.
Thought that Ken Jennings the only surprise guest we had for you? You'd be totally wrong! We had a special video from Boston mayor Marty Walsh who just couldn't pass up on an opportunity to troll a room full of Seahawks fans and reveal something special about Geek Bowl XII. We'll be headed to Boston for that in 2018!
Round Three: Justice is Served hit the stage next and tested your knowledge of justice related... stuff. Nothing quite tortures the brain like 50/50 questions. Justinia would not be proud of some of your answers. After that, the Geeks Who Drink Gaelic-ers made their entrance for Round Four: I Once Was a Man From Nantucket. You survived, but just barely, and we took our first break of the night. Escort hit the stage again and we waited for our first look at the night's standings.
After our first four rounds, the scores told us just one thing. Philly's own Independence Hall & Oates was in the top spot. Could they hold on for the back-half of the quiz? Only time would tell... The lights dimmed and our annual dose of phallic humor begin. This year we gave it to you in the form of Round Five: Checks and Phalluses!
The night was rolling at this point, and we launched in to Round 6: Muppety Womanfolk. This is the closest you're ever getting to a Muppets theme quiz, so we hope you enjoyed it. We had one more big surprise in store for you. Round Seven: Geek Kune Do hit the stage. We promise video is coming, so you can enjoy it's original form. Fight scenes from movies acted out live on stage. We hope you found it delightful.
We took a break after all the excitement and let Escort hit the stage again. Ther sweet disco sounds distracted us from the real question. Would Independence Hall & Oates still be in the lead after seven rounds? Spoiler. Yes. Yes they would be. We had some other treats as well. During the break, we brought you our annual In Memoriam tribute to the Geek celebs and characters we lost in 2016. It really was a rough year. Sweet home every single character in Rogue One.
Now that we KNEW Philly was one round from there third victory, everything was on the line in Round 8: Random Knowledge! The packets came in, Escort came back and we played the waiting game. The scores scrawled and, Geek Bowl X champs, Shiny and Chrome, Independence Hall and Oates, Chico and the Man's Bail Bonds, Shawn Kemp Fatherhood Initiative, Denver Gonna Give You Up and Incontinental Congress ventured up to the stage. But only one could win...
Congrats to our Geek Bowl XI champions Shawn Kemp Fatherhood Initiative!
Afterwards, we caught up with our winners and some of the new teams on stage this year to see how they'll remember Geek Bowl XI. We’ve collected a few choice bits on the experience to share with you before we hand things over to Quizbot for the stats!
From Eric of Independence Hall and Oats on their continued success and losing by one point AGAIN:
We have been on stage every year, so there's not much more we can do to finally come out on top again one of these years. It's not like we are consistently placing behind one team, or missing a specific category of questions. We basically just try to make sure we have as much of the core team as possible, and that's been pretty good to us.
From Julio of Denver Gonna Give You Up on changing up the team:
We won at Geek Bowl four, placed second three times and have most years come within striking distance of the top. This year we did switch it up by adding a wonderful female member Becca (also a longtime Denver quizzer) in what used to be an all-male team. Not coincidentally we moved up two spots this year to finish in the money.
From Steve of The Shawn Kemp Fatherhood Initiatve on the team and their trivia street cred:
We know each other in various ways but mostly through the online trivia universe, where we're known to play stuff together via online chats and Google Hangouts. Victoria Groce amond I go way back to when we both lived in Atlanta in the early 2000s and used to play quizbowl for rival teams, but we're good old friends. Otherwise these are folks I've known for 2 or 3 years, from Trivia Championships of North America and O'Briens in L.A. and other online avenues. The roster was Ryan Chaffee (Santa Monica, CA), Colby Burnett (Chicago, IL), Victoria Groce (Pittsburgh, PA). Steve Bahnaman (Raleigh, NC), Susannah Brooks (Madison, WI) and Troy Meyer (San Francisco, CA). Colby was the 2013 Tournament of Champions winner, Susannah won a couple of games in '06, Victoria beat David Madden's streak in 2005, and Ryan won 4 games in 2009. Those of us not named Troy also competed or were in the final contestant pool for 500 Questions, which is where Susannah and I met in 2015.
From Daniel of Independence Hall and Oats on being the villians:
Getting booed by ~1200 people was one of the best feelings I've ever had.
From Susannah of The Shawn Kemp Fatherhood Initiatve on what they're doing with their winnings:
After we won, we learned about a situation involving a friend of ours from the trivia community. Andy Arnold is a great guy and avid trivia player who is part of the Kelly Autism Program at Western Kentucky University, which provides support for autistic students attending the university. It's made a big difference to him, and many others. Unfortunately, his family ran into some funding issues, and he can't continue until he is able to pay several thousand dollars. We're each pledging part of our winnings towards clearing that debt, and we want to encourage others to support this as well. Any extra funds would go to the program itself, to help other students - this is Andy's personal wish. Oh and a six-spigot sauce dispenser shaped like the Ark of the Covenant.
Score-O-Matt-ic 9001 Series Quizbot's Geek Bowl X Round Recap
207 teams. Four-ish Hours. One WINNER of the top prize! Who wants a hot data injection from the QUIZBOT! Open up and say "AhhhhhhhH!!!!!!".
Round 1 – Sound Off!
Round 1 held a high average of 6.5 pts., which is probably where it should be... even at Geek Bowl! Lots of perfect scores, but only about a fourth of you. The question on the Phantom Tollbooth was indeed the hardest in that round.
Round 2 – Not the World's Oldest Profession
Escort rocked Round 2 with some disco funk-i-fied versions of songs. Let's get ONE thing straight: REO Speedwagon did NOT do "Sister Christian! The Decemberists had the hardest song in that Round. ONE perfect score in that Round from "Fair Weather Fans in a Bad Weather City" from Boulder. Only 44 jokers used in Round 2, and seven teams that SHOULD have jokered with it being the highest 16 pt. Round they had.
Round 3 – Justice is Served
Round 3 hopefully seared "Justitia" into your feeble human minds! Or maybe it was too obvious? Anyway, lots of you missed that question. The fewest jokers of any Round with 14. NO perfect scores in Round 3! Justice, indeed! MWA HA HA HA!
Round 4 – I Once Was a Man From Nantucket
We can probably trace the winners at Geek Bowl back to this very round. The hardest Round of the night, for sure, with an average of just under 6 pts. Shawn Kemp Fatherhood Initiative had the highest score of ANYONE and only 15 pt. score, AND they didn't even joker this Round to WIN IT ALL! The top six teams had at least a double-digit score in Round 4.
Round 5 – Checks and Phalluses
It wouldn't be Geek Bowl without all of the Dicks, right? Uh, sure...right! Only 17 perfect scores, though, including the top three teams. They sure know Dick! MANY of you had 6 pts. on this Round. Take some pills, and you'll see that raise next time. The hardest dick (heh) was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Round 6 – Muppety Womenfolk
Round 6 was tough with almost a 4 pt. average, with so few of you getting the question about "Good Luck Charlie". Bad luck for you, I guess. Weird shout out to team Angry Pirates who had one of THREE perfect scores in Round 6! *KERMIT SAYS YAAAAAAYYYY*
Round 7 – Geek Kune Do
Round 7 continued the trend of being one of the easiest Rounds at Geek Bowl with about a 6 pt. average. And four Jokers used? In an 8 pt. Round?! C'mon! Only about half of you got Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. I guess...YOU ARE!
Round 8 – Random Knowledge
Just about a 7 pt. average in the final round of Geek Bowl, but 138 of you used your Joker on this Round. 42 of you did so with a 5 pt. score or lower. SOME of you scored 0 pts., but I won't name names. Random, indeed!
More Fun Facts
- If Incontinental Congress used their Joker on Round 3 instead of Round 4, they would have moved into 4th place. OUCH.
- I said it above, too, but Shawn Kemp Fatherhood Initiative didn't even Joker the highest Round. They could have won by 3 pts. overall.
Until NEXT YEAR, humans!
|1||Shawn Kemp Fatherhood Initiative||Raleigh||97|
|2||Independence Hall and Oates||Philadelphia||96|
|3||Shiny and Chrome||Little Rock||94|
|4||Chico and the Man's Bail Bonds||Albuquerque||92|
|5||Denver Gonna Give You Up||Denver||91|
|7||Fair Weather Fans in a Bad Weather City||Boulder||90|
|8||Something Something Comma||Austin||88|
|9||Team of Enchantment & the Prisoner of Azkaban||Redlands||87|
|10||Jeff King is the Worst||Frederick||86|
|11||Plush Toy of the Apocalypse||Minneapolis||86|
|12||No Pants Required||Jacksonville||84|
|13||Awkward Family Gangbang Photos||Dallas||84|
|16||Colonel Angus T. Jones||Colorado Springs||83|
|18||That's What She Said||Austin||83|
|19||Gentlemen Take Polaroids||Denver||82|
|20||Whiskey Quizness||Jersey City||82|
|21||The Guesstapo||Salt Lake City||82|
|22||The Sorting Hat Put Us in Waffle House||Seattle||81|
|23||Samuel Taylor Cool Ranch||Portland||81|
|24||Spokane But It Won't||Spokane||80|
|26||My Nerd Alert Just Melted Down||Seattle||80|
|27||Cult of Skarobucks||Bellevue||78|
|28||You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat||Portland||78|
|29||Millions Mourn As Ted Nugent Found Alive||Kansas City, Seattle||78|
|30||Looking for a heart in Alderaan places||Houston||77|
|31||The Piccadilly Twitz||Denver||77|
|32||Screw you we're from Texas||Seattle||77|
|34||45 Characters?! We only have 6 on our team.||Austin||76|
|35||Congratulations Kurt Cobain - 8369 Days Sober!||San Francisco||76|
|36||Imma Go With In Da Butt, Steve||Tacoma||75|
|37||Westeros Douze Points||Boston, Chicago, Seattle||75|
|38||Son of Fancy Pants||Seattle||74|
|39||The Hobo Goat Family||Austin||74|
|40||Crack Suicide Squad||Salt Lake City||74|
|41||Bing Bong Chong||Salt Lake City||73|
|42||Captain Tit-Hand and The Muffin Tops||Seattle||73|
|43||Wu Tang is for the Children||Seattle||73|
|44||Alien v. Predator v. Brown v. Board of Education||Denver||73|
|46||Irritable Vowel Syndrome||Boulder||72|
|47||Fly Into the Carlos Danger Zone||Seattle||72|
|48||Juggernaughty By Nature||Salt Lake City||72|
|49||Marq Sharkey featuring the Dolphin Lundgrens||Denver||71|
|50||Chimpanzee Amish||San Antonio||71|
|51||You're a Quizard, Harry||Seattle||71|
|52||Killer Fuzzy Bunnies||Vancouver||71|
|55||Marky Mark and the Clunky Hunch||Boston||70|
|56||I Thought This Was A.A.||Chicago||70|
|57||The Dan Brown Tattoos||Albuquerque||70|
|58||Bicycle Curious Pedalphiles||Chicago||70|
|59||Mother Love Ken Bone||Denver, New York, Seattle||70|
|60||Michael Bolton Wanderers||San Antonio||70|
|62||We're here because it's in Seattle, not because we're good||Seattle||69|
|63||Pleasant Mother Pheasant Pluckers||Lafayette||69|
|64||Ed Gein Sausage Co.||Bend||69|
|65||Rock, Flag, and Eagle||Portland||69|
|67||Nuts & Gum: Together at Last!||Portland||69|
|68||Toque Live Crew||Vancouver||69|
|69||Terminator Porn 3: Come for the Needle||Kenmore||69|
|71||Stir Crazy||Hudson Valley||68|
|72||The Knights of Hammelot||Seattle||68|
|74||Some %age of the team is boning the ledgerman||Seattle||68|
|75||The Babyshitters Club||Seattle||68|
|76||Eat a Bag of Dick's ©||Tacoma||68|
|80||Drinky and the Brains!||Fort Collins||67|
|81||Budget Sex Toys||Portland||67|
|82||24th Street Quizzers||Denver||67|
|86||Axis of C'ville||Charlottesville||66|
|88||After the Quiz, It's the After-Quiz||Seattle, Tacoma||65|
|89||Casket of Adorables||Boulder||65|
|94||Our Team Name was Defunded by Congress||Seattle||65|
|95||Durty Nelly's All Starz||Costa Mesa||64|
|97||Beer is my spirit animal||Richland||64|
|98||3 Doors Down syndrome||Seattle||64|
|100||No, Donna, that is NOT Bruce Willis.||Portland||63|
|101||A Few Legal Eagles and Some Pigeons||Las Vegas||63|
|102||Werewolves Not Swearwolves||Seattle||63|
|103||Space for your Needle||Dallas||63|
|104||I Might Be Wrong||Dallas||63|
|105||Ken Jennings is a Fuck Machine||San Jose||63|
|106||TAINT BY NUMBERS||Bellingham||62|
|108||You Only Gave Us 45 Characters? What the Hell, Geek Bowl||Shoreline||62|
|110||The Belgian ROFLs||Tucson||61|
|111||I Thought There'd Be More Flannel||Houston||61|
|113||Ah Hell, I'm a Fan of Round Seven. But Right Now, I'm Gonna Have to Go with Wrath.||Santa Fe||60|
|114||Turds of Prey||Fort Collins||60|
|115||A Tale of Two Titties||Seattle||60|
|116||Dank Memes Can't Melt Steel Beams||Seattle||60|
|117||De Goat Dem||Denver||60|
|119||It Takes 3 to DP||Seattle||60|
|120||Two Gentlement of Corona||Portland||60|
|121||King Jellybean's Closet||Seattle||60|
|122||Hairy Chutzpah||Fort Wayne||60|
|124||Ms Swill: A Monomaniacal Fist||Highlands Ranch||59|
|126||Team Affirmative Action||San Angelo||59|
|127||The Rural Jurors||Bothell||58|
|129||Bags of Flesh||Seattle||58|
|131||Pirate Geeks: the Scourge of the Rio Grande||Corrales||58|
|133||Former Answers, Current Answer, and One Answer to be||San Antonio||58|
|136||Its Laura's birthday so you better let us win||Anchorage||58|
|138||The Real Housewives of ISIS||Seattle||57|
|139||Big in Japan||San Francisco||57|
|140||whoa, what's coming out of that glory hole!?||Seattle||57|
|141||KX 93.5||Laguna Beach||56|
|142||We're with the Band||Colorado Springs||56|
|143||The Eh Team||Vancouver||56|
|144||Thong Song = Best Song||Seattle||56|
|145||Arts and Mother Fuckin' Farts||Portland||55|
|146||Just When I Think I'm Out That Butt Pulls Me Back In||Seattle||55|
|149||The Spinsters Actually Have Friends||Seattle||55|
|150||Up the Poudre to the Rist||Fort Collins||54|
|151||Drinking Team with a Trivia Problem||Seattle||54|
|152||I see you shiver with precipi....tation!||Denver||54|
|154||The Fucking OG's Didn't Make the Trip||Albuquerque||53|
|156||Hung Like A Horse Whisperer||Dallas||52|
|157||For this much money, we should be getting a better escort!||Albuquerque||52|
|158||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||Fort Collins||52|
|159||Came for the Orgy, Stayed for the Quiz||San Antonio||52|
|160||Cats From Japan||Seattle||51|
|161||Hair of the dog||Seattle||51|
|162||Everybody Having a Good Time Tonight Say Yea... Yea||Seattle||50|
|163||A Saguaro Can Kill a Man||Dallas||50|
|164||Dunkin Donuts Smoking Section||Boston||49|
|165||A Team To Be Named Later||Vancouver||49|
|166||The Memberberries||Longmont, Puyallup||48|
|168||Klingon Me Softly, With His Song||Santa Clarita||48|
|170||Dwight, You Ignorant Slut!||Seattle||48|
|171||Ted Danson fan club||Seattle||48|
|173||We Drink and We Know Things||Colorado Springs||47|
|174||Dr Stupid & The Funky Bunch||Seattle||47|
|175||Midnight Enema||Fort Collins||47|
|176||The Discard Pile||Everett||47|
|177||Better Late Than Pregnant||Chicago||46|
|178||Drunk Wives Matter||Centennial||46|
|181||Charles Whitman's Sampler||Tucson||46|
|183||Horse Drawn Miscarriage||Fort Collins||46|
|184||It’s better than Psoriasis||Kent||46|
|185||Kaiser Soze roll||Kirkland||45|
|186||Trivia Newton John||Oregon City||45|
|189||3 Micks, 2 Frogs and a Pole||Rollinsville||45|
|191||The Kangawoos||Port Coquitlam||44|
|193||That must be Nigel with the Brie||Silverdale||44|
|194||Poo Poo Piranhas||Fort Collins||43|
|195||The Team Who Must Not Be Named||Austin||42|
|196||Kiek in de Kök||Houston||42|
|197||Moons of Ur-Anus||Seattle||41|
|198||Space Pandas||San Francisco||41|
|199||Remember to lube up before doing the robot||Seattle||41|
|201||3 Inches of Dangling Fury||Hillsboro||41|
|204||Little Lebowski Urban Achievers||Fort Collins||38|
|205||TP3.5: We Came More Than Once!||Kenmore||34|
|206||The Kidney Stones||Portland||29|