More teams! More players! That seems to be the trend here at Kilarney's on Tuesday nights. The cavernous hall was raucous with crowd noise as Quizmaster Lou held court for our sovereign, King Trivia. It was like a scene out of a Robin Hood movie, where the impoverished bandits of Sherwood Forest feast and fight after a successful raid, each team representing a character out of Howard Pyle's classic. (Or pick your film version. Some of you will have imprinted on Kevin Costner, some on Russell Crowe and some even on Disney. As for me, I'll always be in Errol Flynn's camp!)
The Poonswagglers (who won big after two successful Double-or-Nothings) outpaced everyone, finishing 14 points ahead of the next best score for a well deserved first place win. Given their penchant for food, drink and gusto, plus their canon-like knowledge of trivia, they would have to be our Friar Tuck this evening. Tequila Mockingbirds, who took second, with their quiet good charm and reserved demeanor, much like a medieval lute, would be naturally cast in the role of Will Scarlet. Rounding out Robin's trio of best buds, and completing the winner's circle with a third place victory, another alliance between IFFY! and Blood, Bath & Beyond (playing as BBB this time) would squarely assign them as Little John. (I'm certain they had the tallest man in the pub at their table, but don't mention type casting!)
I'll Google It!, in fourth place just outside the winner's circle, seems a fitting choice for King Richard the Lion Hearted, who, in the legend, was ever mentioned and referred to, but rarely present. The Divorcees, making a good showing, demure at the bar and looking well, represent the essence of Maid Marian. Enter our newcomers, the Allen Fairview Chamber Friends. A well appointed, good looking bunch of folks, they embodied the spirit of nobility. To them, we cast the role (and in no way does this cast aspersions of character, merely an actor's role) of Prince John. Like that ill fated king, who squandered the throne of England on his cronies while Richard was away at the Crusades, so too did AFCF gamble too many Double-or-Nothing's and fail (four times in a row!). Finally, the role of Sheriff of Nottingham goes to team Woosah. They tried to multitask, playing pool and trivia simultaneously from the game room, but couldn't manage either. Well, I don't personally know how their pool game went, but they dropped out of KTPQ after round three. There was a dropped drink and a broken glass in their area, much like the Sheriff's ill fated pursuit of Robin Hood. Lots of clamor but no results.
And who, do you ask, played our titular hero? Well, I think you can deduce by now, that role was immodestly played by yours truly! After all, there's a little bit of Quizmaster Lou in all of us. But since I am Quizmaster Lou... Most of it must be in me! Have a great week, everyone!
Cross over migration is happening twixt the ole L&C in Allen and the cozy folks here at Kilarney's Irish. Pickles on a Plate showed up out of the blue and sauntered in for a third place win just as pretty as you please. Resident champs Tequila Mockingbirds yet once again proved their prowess with the trivia knowledge by squeezing into first place after a second place holding pattern. This robbed the Poonswagglers of their lead and knocked them into second, instead.
Team spirit was in evidence all around as IFFY! formed an unholy alliance with Blood, Bath & Beyond. It looked like a gathering of King Arthur's knights as they sat at their round table, mapping out a campaign of trivia strategy. Alas, alack the day, twas for naught, for though they fought hard and best all the rest, they planted their final banner just outside the winner's circle for a fourth place ranking. (Some might say, a fourth place rankling... Heh, heh, heh...)
We welcome the newcomers, the Nerf Herders, who, plucky by their nature, wondrous in their awe and confident by their inexperience, did not finish last, even though they were just two, good natured lads at the bar. Hats off to you, gentlemen. You've earned your trivia battle chevrons this day!
And welcome back to I'll Google It!. Ne'er so vainglorious their countenance that their elfish charms eludes them. This exchange so paints their virtues...
IGI: "If we can't identify the clergy in the picture, can we get extra points if we write the lord's prayer in Latin? We go to church all the time!"
QMLOU: "If you go to church so much, why don't you know the nun's name? There, I've just run rings around your logic..."
Some quizzes are born great. Some quizzes achieve greatness, and some quizzes have greatness thrust into them... Hard. With no mercy. So it was with this quiz at Kilarney's. For when the thing was over and prizes awarded, the patrons left the pub... The rest, was silence...
The cavernous hall that is Kilarney's Irish Pub echoed with excitement during last night's King Trivia Quiz set. Much of this was set off by newbie team I'll Google It!, whose boisterous enthusiasm livened up an already energized crowd. Welcome also to the daring duo, Dr. Morningwood, who drolly reminded Quizmaster Lou what it was once like. (You had to be there... Or, maybe not.)
The Poonswagglers, normally able contenders for the winner's circle, had a great start, but hamstrung themselves with an early, incorrect Round 4 guess as to who our famous painter was. It reminded this quizmaster of one Franz Liebkind, who once exclaimed, "Der Fuhrer vas a great painter! He could paint an entire apahtment in von ahfternoon. Two coats!"
Other quiz madness included the universal wrong guess that John Leguizamo was Jim Carey or that Macklemore was Elton John. Sometimes, one might think that King Trivia is trying to fool us! Nah... And talk about a reversal of fortunes, finding the connection in Round 5 is usually a lot harder than guessing the answers to the questions, but it was the other way around this time. (Unless you were intimately knowledgeable of Johnny Cash's discography!)
Excitement abounded. I'll Google It! beat IFFY! out of a third place tie breaker. Resident champs, Tequila Mocking birds fell to second place while the Divorcees snagged first, all on account of they knew a few more places where coffee came from.
Well, that's all the news that's fit to print. But since this is going up on the internet, the standards are a lot lower. (That's a joke, son...) Have a great week! So sayeth Quizmaster Lou...
* Won Tiebreaker