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by ericblair
Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Props to the 15th region for taking first in every written assessment category. Way to combat stereotypes!
by ericblair
Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)
Replies: 124
Views: 40897

Re: Dunbar Academic Fall Tournament (10/24/09) (NSC Qualifier)

Wow, according to the stats DCC A was only given a challenge by DCC B. It's unfortunate that they couldn't have had more competition from within or out of state. Hopefully next year this tournament will draw more teams. It sucks to see decent teams like Manual, Johnson Central, and Pikeville not be ...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Man, many players from _____________ are not and never have been excellent. Even if they have placed high in quick recall tournaments for the past 10 years that doesn't mean jack. Teams from ____________ just do not try to excel on deeper levels. They learn a few generic ass buzz phrases and beat u...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Yet another example: Noted really good player Shantanu Jha was never good enough on speedchecks to make our TV team. Beating a dead horse. It was made clear earlier that this isn't the case with other states. No one has claimed that, therefore, examples like this are unnecessary. This phenomenon se...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Yet another example: Noted really good player Shantanu Jha was never good enough on speedchecks to make our TV team. Beating a dead horse. It was made clear earlier that this isn't the case with other states. No one has claimed that, therefore, examples like this are unnecessary. This phenomenon se...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Math (computational) tournaments. But, unlike ACE, I think people should be able to compete in as many tournaments as they want to compete in. I haven't taken a look at many HSAPQ sets yet, but I don't remember there being much computation. I am not sure that would be necessary. And yes, students s...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Yes, Nick, I do understand your core point that the two formats are different and one player can be better at one format than another, because I too believe that. I have been around long enough to see this. I have never denied that nor tried to argue against it. And also I have never said that the t...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

It was merely said that the results of both selections would likely be similar if a selection based on individual results was taken in some yet non-existent test using each format. Short version of my past few posts in this thread: You're wrong. Stop lying. Elaborate please. I want to understand wh...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Hey guys, stop talking about whether or not the best teams on speed questions are the best at pyramidal questions. Haven't others been warned or suspended from posting for trying to tell people what they can and can not talk about when it is of importance to some quizbowlers? I understood what he s...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Hey guys, stop talking about whether or not the best teams on speed questions are the best at pyramidal questions. Haven't others been warned or suspended from posting for trying to tell people what they can and can not talk about when it is of importance to some quizbowlers? the fact that people h...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Well, one way to test Eric Blair's theory that Kentucky is a peculiar case would be to use quick recall to create one top 50 players list, create another top 50 players list using pyramidal questions(with the stipulation that the HSAPQ team would be based on the pyramidal list) and see how similar ...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

the best quiz bowl players from KY tend to play well on quick recall questions. As you can see I only referred to Kentucky. I will further clarify. I use KY as an exceptional case because the best quizbowlers in the Bluegrass State are normally weened on and very accustomed to quick recall (and ver...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Excellent! Thanks for the link. Seems like it will be a great tournament. And you guys are right, Governor's Cup may not be the BEST indicator necessarily for choosing an all-star team to compete in this new national all-star tournament because of the difference in styles; however, I can't imagine t...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 64373

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Has anyone heard anything about how Kentucky will select its HSAPQ All-Star team? I'm not sure. HSAPQ indicated that groups of players could apply directly to HSAPQ, so while it might be that KAAC will select an all-star team from across the state, it's possible another group could apply and get se...
by ericblair
Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Open Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2102

Re: Illinois Open Discussion

The answer should be Plotinus, I think, on Tossup 21 of Round 1. Perhaps someone already caught it but didn't change it before uploading it.
by ericblair
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How do you do it?
Replies: 22
Views: 5459

Re: How do you do it?

I do think Eric's original point was about how does someone not affiliated with a school anymore do it; if that's the case, I guess hitching rides with current teams and trying to crash on floors makes the most sense. It's quite all right. This thread has been very useful, even the stuff about poli...
by ericblair
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Check out the Regular Season Tournaments Announcement forum. Brookwood folk have posted a whole slew of teams that will be there. From what I remember, KY teams will be Daviess, Pikeville, Apollo, Dunbard, and I think Johnson Central and Russell. But you're better off checking that thread.
by ericblair
Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Johnson Cental will definetly be better than before. They don't accept loss. I have watched them from before and I have noticed that many times before they have gotten off to a very slow start, but over time they will be like the older teams. That's a promise Wonder where this kid is from? Man, man...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

It's kind of like how black people can say "nigga" to one another, but white people can't. You're too stupid to have a good time! That was intentionally made to be silly. But in a way, the analogy does make sense. Had it been someone that is ungodly at quizbowl saying that then it would've been dif...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

This is a horrible post. See, my post was pretty forceful, but it was directed at one person for some dumb things he said. You have falsely generalized him to the entire GT program, while also insulting their competitive abilities, which have no relevance to the validity of his/their opinions about...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

Edit: Some stupid bullshit that I said and apologize for. Seriously though man, you can't go to a tournament and finish near the bottom and then come on a message board and bash the whole shit. You have no right. You are obviously undeserving. These tournaments are designed to reward the best teams ...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: RESULTS: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

Carey Cantrell of Tennessee A was Rookie of the Year. I see one other rookie on the individual stat section that outscored Carey Cantrell of Tennessee A; that would be Ryan Thompson of Georgetown College. He is a freshman this year who just came up from Russell High School. Credit due where credit ...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: RESULTS: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

the top ten scorers (including open players) also took home books as prizes. Oh great! I was number eight! When do I get my book? =D Carey Cantrell of Tennessee A was Rookie of the Year. I see one other rookie on the individual stat section that outscored Carey Cantrell of Tennessee A; that would b...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Also, (and I'm not saying it can happen, it's simply an idea) It would be nice if Pikeville could scrimmage with other teams in our state (Danville, Dunbar, MNH, Manual, and Russell) Of course, gas, bus, and such always make this stuff difficult, but playing other teams would be very fun. Johnson C...
by ericblair
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How do you do it?
Replies: 22
Views: 5459

How do you do it?

I just mentioned in a post in the COTKU discussion that financial issues are the biggest turn-offs for my going to tournaments. Fortunately, my teammate and I (we were an open team) were able to ride with and crash with Georgetown College, which saved us tons of money. However, I don't know other te...
by ericblair
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

I anticipate that, as a result, quizbowl at the college level is going to shrink away rather than expand to encompass more teams and players, but that's just the thought of a mediocre player who is finding himself increasingly becoming a bad/useless player on the current cannon. Work harder to deve...
by ericblair
Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

This set kicked our asses. (speaking for my team) That's a good thing; I wish something like that had happened to me as a freshman. When you realize a set is "kicking your ass," you have two legitimate choices: 1. (Preferred)- Realize how little you actually know, resolve to learn more, and take ca...
by ericblair
Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

As far as the powers go, I agree with Chris. If they are bolded in the packets, then go with it. It didn't really affect me that much; I may have only gotten three or four in the bold portions, but I'm sure there were players there that answered early more frequenty, which is deserving of the extra ...
by ericblair
Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Ranking wise? Its probably going to be the same teams it always is: (this is in no order) Pikeville (I believe we have one of the strongest teams we've had in a while) Dunbar (Always extremly good) JCHS (They're pretty strong this year) Manual (They can be contenders) Russel (Matt Knupp always brin...
by ericblair
Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

...will be going. It's always interesting to see Johnson Central at out of state tournaments. Their history is rather bad considering how well they do in KY. I guess learning cliche buzz words doesn't always pay off. That leads me to suggest to whatever KY team not to put so much damn emphasis on do...
by ericblair
Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

If I'm not mistaken, I think that Pikeville took down Johnson Central by about eight points on a packet of Jefferson County questions (which are some of the worse I have ever head). However, one can't always assume the same results on KAAC questions, nor any other style for that matter. I really wis...
by ericblair
Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open discussion
Replies: 100
Views: 14543

Re: Minnesota Open discussion

I was really surprised at the difficulty level as well. I feel kind of silly for submitting the questions I did because they were nowhere near the difficulty of the questions used in the tournament. But, how was I supposed to know? I tried to make them easier than the Illinois Open questions which i...
by ericblair
Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)
Replies: 21
Views: 3916

Re: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)

Ahhh, sorry dude. Nevermind. I didn't realize.
by ericblair
Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)
Replies: 21
Views: 3916

Re: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)

ericblair wrote:Open teams can participate?

I've been planning to make a trip to St. Louis sometime in the near future. Couldn't think of a better time to do it.
by ericblair
Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

when can we get the full round-by-round and individual stats?
by ericblair
Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Open packets
Replies: 8
Views: 1718

Re: Minnesota Open packets

What's your email? I can send you 5/5.
by ericblair
Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)
Replies: 21
Views: 3916

Re: GIT XIII (11/01/2008) at WUSTL (St. Louis, MO)

Open teams can participate?

I've been planning to make a trip to St. Louis sometime in the near future. Couldn't think of a better time to do it.
by ericblair
Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: First semester college academic tournaments
Replies: 33
Views: 11047

Re: First semester college academic tournaments

Not that it matters much at this point, but UT-Chattanooga is doing a mirror of the Minnesota Open on Saturday, October 18.
by ericblair
Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08
Replies: 95
Views: 15561

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: COTKU at UT-Chattanooga 10/18/08

Open Team consisting of myself and a good friend, Sam Keathley, are planning to attend. I am a recent Georgetown College graduate who teaches ESL. Sam is a sophomore at U of KY studying sociology. We are hitching a ride with Georgetown College, who I'm not sure has contacted Charlie, but is set on g...
by ericblair
Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Hey teams, what quiz bowl tournaments do you guys plan to attend this year?
by ericblair
Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Thread About KAAC And Stuff
Replies: 39
Views: 4712

Re: A Thread About KAAC And Stuff

If you don't know the people at KAAC then don't make that kind of a comment. Anyone who knows them knows that they care. And Fred echoed what I was going to say before I..umm..didn't get some emails about my sig, and got banned. XD
by ericblair
Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeastern @ Berry College -- 11/15/08
Replies: 16
Views: 4047

Re: Southeastern @ Berry College -- 11/15/08

Oh. Why don't those guys who probably aren't going to get many hits on their database just forward the files to one of the more popular databases on this site? It might would draw more people in to your tournament, assuming that they are good questions. I was thinking about attending when I saw this...
by ericblair
Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Thread About KAAC And Stuff
Replies: 39
Views: 4712

Re: Kentucky 08-09

I think it's important to realize that the KAAC people will probably NEVER change their format Speaking vaguely and with the necessary knowledge to say this without just wildly speculating, I am pretty sure you're wrong on this point.[/quote] Definitely. To say they will NEVER change is a bet you'r...
by ericblair
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeastern @ Berry College -- 11/15/08
Replies: 16
Views: 4047

Re: Southeastern @ Berry College -- 11/15/08

Can you make the packets from previous editions of the tournament online to either the Stanford Archive or the Collegiate Quizbowl Packet Archive ? People might be more interested in this tournament if they knew what to expect. Did this ever happen? Maybe I looked over them, but I didn't stumble up...
by ericblair
Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Thread About KAAC And Stuff
Replies: 39
Views: 4712

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Maybe that I wrote some questions for Gov Cup last year and find the desired style to be incompatible with good questions? You still haven't actually been a student here that has played in one of the GovCup tournaments. Probably, your thoughts would be a little different had that been the case. But...
by ericblair
Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: International Teams
Replies: 6
Views: 1875

Re: International Teams

Ride the Pullman on the long trip North to the Atacama. The combination of the clear sky, steam coming off of the Pacific, and dryness of the desert is amazing. Copiapo is a great starting spot, although you can't spend too long there without jumping off to another town or getting bored. Check out ...
by ericblair
Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Thread About KAAC And Stuff
Replies: 39
Views: 4712

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Charlie, I don't wanna hate on you man, but I wonder, what is the connection you have with GovCup? Did you go to school here once and participate in it? Or have you just heard that the questions aren't 5+ sentences long and have computation and automatically assume it is terirble? I understand your ...
by ericblair
Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Thread About KAAC And Stuff
Replies: 39
Views: 4712

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Coach K has some valid points. It is pretty difficult to just up and change a format that so many have played on for so long. And he's right in his observation that the style has been consistently changing. I think everyone has noticed this. It has progressed into a style that makes it still a relat...
by ericblair
Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Sure, if I'm up that way some time I wouldn't mind stopping by. It would likely have to be on the weekend. I don't want you guys to get the idea though that I am awesome and handle teams easily all by myself, and that I will be a great test of your strength. I'm rather slow on the buzzer and have fo...
by ericblair
Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 35616

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Today, I scrimmaged against Pike County Central. They are strong in math and pretty good in science as well. Average in Social Studies. However, they severely lack in Arts and Humanities and Language Arts. After single-handedly beating them today in two matches (mainly because I dominated AH and LA)...