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by stevebahnaman
Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC
Replies: 6
Views: 6630

Re: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC

In 2003 or so, I took over Randy Buehler's fantasy baseball team in a league with Phil Groce and Charlie Steinhice and some other people. I have never met Randy. I do get a little mileage out of that story at Magic events though.
by stevebahnaman
Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 25819

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

We've got another spot open on my squad - if anyone wants in, just ask me. Translation: who wants to win CO trash? I have lived my life with one rule and one rule only: to be THE MAN, you have to BEAT the man. And on July 21, 2013, my team and I will be THE MAN at CO Trash. It's true. It's damn tru...
by stevebahnaman
Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 44803

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

The publicity is almost certainly good *for* quizbowl, in that it will probably help "recruiting" somewhat and provide more exposure for the activity. That's great! I do not know if it is good for ex-quizbowlers who put the fact that they used to captain a team/founded a student organization on a re...
by stevebahnaman
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 42323

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

I'm not going to wade an inch further into this particular discussion because I don't really understand the interpersonal relationships involved, but it's broadly not cool when people use the word "culture" to generalize phenomena, because the notion of "a culture" is totally unfalsifiable and tends...
by stevebahnaman
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Venting rage: Cheaters edition
Replies: 74
Views: 42323

Re: Venting rage: Cheaters edition

I was thinking about starting a quiz bowl team at Campbell. I still am, but I'm thinking differently about it now. Because quiz bowl should be fun, and this will make a lot less fun for a lot of people. It will be hard to recruit players to the activity if they are competitive souls, because the sus...
by stevebahnaman
Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions
Replies: 54
Views: 16646

Re: ICT Predictions

I predict that the team which does the best job of reading the questions beforehand will win the tournament.
by stevebahnaman
Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DAWES - NYU hosted@Columbia (summer 2013)
Replies: 13
Views: 4413

Re: Announcement: DAWES - NYU hosted@Columbia, tentatively 4/6

I'll bring a team consisting of me, an ex-quizbowler, and assorted randoms if this is on 4/6.
by stevebahnaman
Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sports Side Event/Tournament Set (Need Writers!)
Replies: 28
Views: 6897

Re: Sports Side Event/Tournament Set (Need Writers!)

I am mostly kidding about compensation. I just need to be writing questions, and have some reason to do it.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: EPCOTT (all Disney side event)
Replies: 12
Views: 3487

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: EPCOTT (all Disney side event)

35% TV and Other Disney (ABC, DIsney Channel, People, Actors, Place, Videogame, Other) I hope this sneaks in a sports question or two under the principle that Disney owns ESPN. I am THIS close to listing a bunch of answers I could see working. I shall refrain from doing so for obvious reasons.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sports Side Event/Tournament Set (Need Writers!)
Replies: 28
Views: 6897

Re: Sports Side Event/Tournament Set (Need Writers!)

Hi. I like sports. I am also an experienced QBer/Trash player and I want to write some questions for you while my team is on hiatus due to me having a baby. You should have me write some stuff for you. EDIT: What is being offered in exchange for questions? Goodwill? ANOTHER EDIT: My wife gave birth ...
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: idle curiosity
Replies: 7
Views: 5570

Re: idle curiosity

It's kinda sad that the DTs get associated with defense since they were really about translating all stats to a common context. He was the first person to implement a full system of translations.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: idle curiosity
Replies: 7
Views: 5570

Re: idle curiosity

Clay Davenport of Baseball Prospectus (who never became an "it guy" like Nate Silver or Joe Sheehan but did stuff like invent EqA) was a quizbowler.

Edit: Also a UVA person.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Definitive Greatest Players List: Revisited
Replies: 14
Views: 16459

Re: Definitive Greatest Players List: Revisited

PS--I can't help but smugly note that the 2003 Chicago Open saw a team of Yaphe, Zeke, Paul Litvak, and Ben Heller lose a close final to a team of Kelly Mckenzie, Raj Dhuwalia, Seth Kendall, and myself. This was during the peak of the Fabers' powers, so I feel even better about being part of that (...
by stevebahnaman
Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)
Replies: 43
Views: 10951

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14

TheHumanPaperweight wrote:I would like to be a free agent for this. My strengths consist of being overshadowed by Neeraj Vijay at every trash tournament I've played to date.
Want to play with us?
by stevebahnaman
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)
Replies: 43
Views: 10951

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU OPEN TRASH (8/14)

NC Wesleyan needs a teammate, yo. We were half-decent enough to be middle-of-the-pack at CULT nationals, and this is the same team. We are nice people!

EDIT: This at least refers to Jacqie and Chandra.
by stevebahnaman
Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament by the Sea VIII (Mar 20, 2011)- PBT mirror
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Tournament by the Sea VIII (Mar 20, 2011)- PBT mirror

@Greg: Definitely interested, thanks. I'd also consider playing solo, depending on how the field was looking/number of teams/etc.
by stevebahnaman
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament by the Sea VIII (Mar 20, 2011)- PBT mirror
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Tournament by the Sea VIII (Mar 20, 2011)- PBT mirror

I'm taking a look at coming to this one. I'll be in touch early March.
by stevebahnaman
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21
Replies: 37
Views: 5332

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerrilla RPG Event @ Minn O 11/21

I will write a packet on BioWare RPGs if anyone is interested.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament at Duke (9/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 5444

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament at Duke (9/18)

We've gotten eligibility for the relevant players; NC Wesleyan is bringing a 3-4 person team.
by stevebahnaman
Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament at Duke (9/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 5444

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament at Duke (9/18)

We just started our QB team last year with a bunch of people who hadn't played QB before. The names of people I would think fall below the threshold of "quizbowl success" necessary to play but who do not meet the "time in college" requirement are (so you can look at stats): Jacqie Flynn Jacob Strick...
by stevebahnaman
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Future of CULT
Replies: 12
Views: 1218

Re: The Future of CULT

Depending on whether I would be able to attend (I just don't get to play that much!) I am more than willing to write if the tourney is somewhere I won't be able to get to. My interests are fairly diverse but my main strengths are probably baseball/basketball/"other sports" besides hockey; TV; video ...
by stevebahnaman
Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 9
Views: 846

Re: Difficulty

The only bonus I felt hazy about in the academic-vs-trash regard was that one that had the Camus answer. I think it's because I distinguish between clues and answers being academic...but it wasn't like a huge problem or anything.
by stevebahnaman
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Music Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Re: Music Discussion

There was not much country if I recall correctly. I am not personally sad about that, but it's really popular or something.

I think rap/hip-hop is culturally important and well-represented in radio airplay and easily merits being 20% of the asked-about music, which it appears to have been.
by stevebahnaman
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Future of CULT
Replies: 12
Views: 1218

Re: The Future of CULT

I think "National Pop Culture Bowl" or something of the like might be a better name for this tournament anyway since it broke a bit more highbrow/relevant than the word "trash" might indicate. Not always (thank God) but often enough. It's still Trash in the quiz bowl sense, but not necessarily in an...
by stevebahnaman
Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Lots of Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Writing Lots of Questions

I don't have a problem with doing that in tossups, but some of the bonuses were probably converted more than you might have wished because you sometimes gave a very large number of different clues for various answers, which occasionally felt like overkill.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 9
Views: 846

Re: Difficulty

Some of the bonuses felt easy on the 'hard part' for a "nationals-level" tournament, such as Blink-182's "I Miss You."
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Future of CULT
Replies: 12
Views: 1218

Re: The Future of CULT

I can tell you the reverse: I didn't join a team for TRASHionals just because I was busy during the weekend of regionals. I would have been happy to play both.
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Videogames and Misc. Topics Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: Videogames and Misc. Topics Discussion

I wondered whether Killzone 2 was a particularly good tossup answer choice given that recent games tended not to show up much anyway. I wonder if the problem you mention would have benefitted (like most non-submission tournaments probably would) from a tournament-wide distro where you followed "2-2 ...
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Official Announcement: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice
Replies: 56
Views: 33434

Re: ACF-sponsored Early Autumn Collegiate Novice to run in Sept.

I am very excited about this. I'm assuming that most of my current and new-in-2010 players other than Adam Nyborg here at NCWC would fall into the "eligible" category for this tournament, since they all started quiz bowl last year and did not fall into the "very good players" category, right?
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Videogames and Misc. Topics Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: Videogames and Misc. Topics Discussion

Could you post a list of the Videogames questions like you did for the sports questions, so I can see if one thing I thought was in fact accurate?
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Movies Discussion
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Movies Discussion

I wished I had seen more of the movies asked about in this tournament, but the fact that I was never able to buzz early on a movie title I hadn't seen means these were clued well.
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sports Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: Sports Discussion

I am not particularly good on past-5-years football since I've started caring about other sports, but I would put Chris Simms as a borderline tossup answer. It's fine to have him in there and I don't think he's too hard, but it seems more interesting to have a tossup on someone more notable. I would...
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIMARY ANNOUNCEMENT: All-TV Set
Replies: 41
Views: 5950

Re: PRELIMARY ANNOUNCEMENT: All-TV Set

Probably that's just the way it goes when the questions are about such wide-ranging and amazing topics.
by stevebahnaman
Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIMARY ANNOUNCEMENT: All-TV Set
Replies: 41
Views: 5950

Re: PRELIMARY ANNOUNCEMENT: All-TV Set

I totally blew goats on that last 100. :shakes fist: Nah, in all seriousness that room was a rollicking good time. Enjoyed the hell out of this.
by stevebahnaman
Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer tournaments at UTC
Replies: 3
Views: 907

Re: Summer tournaments at UTC

More people should sign up for this because the questions are impeccable.
by stevebahnaman
Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10
Replies: 107
Views: 19207

Re: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10

This was, pretty much throughout, a great example of a trash tournament that was a legitimate test of pop-culture knowledge. It rarely played like "guy-stuff bowl" or "geek bowl," like some trash tournaments and/or submission packets are wont to do. I have some constructive comments that I'll save f...
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10
Replies: 107
Views: 19207

Re: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10

I vote for PPG because of the common opponents and the presence of powers.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10
Replies: 107
Views: 19207

Re: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10

Sorry about the double post! It looks right now like NC Wesleyan's team is going to be 1 person short. Currently our team consists of me and 2 of my players, Jacqie and Chandra. If you're interested, let me know. What is the likelihood that people are going to show up as stray free agents at this to...
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10
Replies: 107
Views: 19207

Re: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10

I agree with all of these things.
by stevebahnaman
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10
Replies: 107
Views: 19207

Re: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10

There will not be lames. Learn the trash canon. As long as the questions are written fairly (unlike most trash tournaments) so that getting 10 is usually possible for a decent team, there is no problem with this. They introduced trash laming for a reason, though. EDIT: What's with throwing that ran...
by stevebahnaman
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10
Replies: 107
Views: 19207

Re: CULT Nationals - VCU - 6/26/10-6/27/10

You should add lames too.
by stevebahnaman
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10
Replies: 75
Views: 11627

Re: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10

I didn't go, but I helped to write the Delaware A packet. If anyone has feedback, I'd like to hear it. I'm being nitpicky again, because I am feeding the feedback monkey that lives in my duodenum right now. I ended up just doing tossups. 1. Tobey Maguire - "Describe before you name." There is no de...
by stevebahnaman
Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10
Replies: 75
Views: 11627

Re: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10

Sentiments echoed. I've been much happier with my packets since I tried to stop doing this.
by stevebahnaman
Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10
Replies: 75
Views: 11627

Re: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10

7. (rugby) I know a lot about Friends but I think Friends and Meaning of Life as the first two clues are going to lead to a lot of powers here. A lot of people would remember Ross playing rugby, I'd think. Also the use of "first filmed" after Matt Damon makes that piece easier than you probably wan...
by stevebahnaman
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10
Replies: 75
Views: 11627

Re: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10

Any criticism of the Amoros-Maxfield packet? These are insanely nitpicky at some points, so please bear that in mind. I am certain I could do this same thing to my packet. You can interpret "good" as high praise. This is a good packet overall. If I were editing a tournament to which it were submitt...
by stevebahnaman
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10
Replies: 75
Views: 11627

Re: DOKTRINE-University of Pittsburgh-4/10

Hooray for mine being apparently average difficulty, or something. Sorry about the unfortunate semi-lack of pyramidality on the Samir Nagheenanajar tossup; anything else I should know?
by stevebahnaman
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament by the Sea VIII- Singles/Doubles edition
Replies: 21
Views: 2764

Re: Tournament by the Sea VIII- Singles/Doubles edition

This tournament was exceptionally well-run by basically any standard. I hadn't played tossups-only with this few players before, and it really has an interesting, unique feel and flow that is enjoyable to play on. I'll save comments about the set for the Trashtwostrophe thread, but I had a great tim...
by stevebahnaman
Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's not X, but CLUE
Replies: 14
Views: 2668

Re: It's not X, but CLUE

We're talking things like "It's not France, but one event in this state's history is called the St. Batholomew massacre" as the first sentence of a tossup on South Carolina. Nearly every time I have read a clue like this in a packet that's come out in the past like...5 years, I have been glad it wa...