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by bigtrain
Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me more about the Legend
Replies: 15
Views: 4423

Re: Tell me more about the Legend

that is Subash Maddipoti. I was very much intrigued and inspired by what I found on his qbwiki article: "Noted NAQT studying machine who built himself up from the fourth-best player on his own team to the best player in the country between January and April of 2000, when he led Illinois to an upset...
by bigtrain
Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nationals bling and tchotchkes...
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Re: Nationals bling and tchotchkes...

Today's spelling word is tchotchke . There are lots of times when coaches or teams tell me that they liked going to nationals because of "the experience." Part of that experience included (in my history) the tchotchkes you got from the tournament organizers from T-shirts and pens to the bling of th...
by bigtrain
Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Worst Match Ever
Replies: 45
Views: 11023

I had 6 negs against Seton Hall Prep at Yale in 2006 in a game where we got pounded. We ended up getting revenge a few rounds later by knocking them off in the semifinals, although the score was closer.
by bigtrain
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 55981

When does High Q air and on what channel?
by bigtrain
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Everyone's a critic and most people are DJs
Replies: 13
Views: 3057

My favorite DJ is D.J. Tanner!
by bigtrain
Sat May 19, 2007 1:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Zombie Steve Irwin Rising From the Grave and et cetera
Replies: 19
Views: 7119

Philip Marschall wrote:And 22.4 is the number of liters of gas in a mole. So uh...yeah, I think that sums it up.
See: South Park

Also, I mistakenly said 22.5 when the number is actually 22.3.
by bigtrain
Thu May 17, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Zombie Steve Irwin Rising From the Grave and et cetera
Replies: 19
Views: 7119

22.5 years is the official amount of time before something becomes funny.
by bigtrain
Mon May 14, 2007 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 NAQT HSNCT Predictions
Replies: 79
Views: 26572

I wonder if there is any other single school system that will have 5 schools represented at Nationals? Gwinnett County, GA will have five different school here this year. (All GA teams are from Gwinnett except Chattahoochee!) Not sure if they do this year but Montgomery county in Maryland often sen...
by bigtrain
Sun May 13, 2007 4:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Spider-Man 3
Replies: 87
Views: 33434

I saw the second showing the night/morning it came out and thought it may have been the most disappointing moment of my life. People in the theater were laughing at the ridiculousness of the plot and obnoxious campyness. My personal favorite moment was when Spiderman regains his strength and is abou...
by bigtrain
Sun May 13, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Leisure time in Chicago
Replies: 27
Views: 10302

charlieDfromNKC wrote:
bigtrain wrote:Every year, one way or another I seem to find myself in Flyover Country's greatest city
So you're in Washington D.C. at least once a year?
I don't get it.
by bigtrain
Fri May 11, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 PACE NSC (yes, I said 2008)
Replies: 29
Views: 10068

Is George Mason definitely the host? Would it be possible to host it at the Arlington Campus so the teams could stay closer to the city? Although, the Fairfax Campus is on the Metro...
by bigtrain
Fri May 11, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Leisure time in Chicago
Replies: 27
Views: 10302

Every year, one way or another I seem to find myself in Flyover Country's greatest city, so I've spent a lot of time in Chicago. For a Washingtonian visiting Chicago I'd suggest you visit: Millennium Park- The world's premier urban park (that's right, Central Park can kiss its ass). Sears Tower-Go t...
by bigtrain
Fri May 11, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT Mirror - 6/30 @ University of Maryland
Replies: 5
Views: 3290

I'd like to volunteer to read.
by bigtrain
Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Missouri 2006-07
Replies: 128
Views: 56287

Re: MO districts

I have a 3-part response. 1) The errors Charlie mentions are my fault. The Merchant of Venice is a true atrocity. Sincere apologies--and sincere embarrassment. I gotta edit a lot better--and do even more checking of the work of those I buy questions from. The Clinton question was, "name the home st...
by bigtrain
Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 06-07 It's Academic TV Show
Replies: 33
Views: 17536

jrbarry wrote:Does It's Academic use pyramidal tossups?
Most definitely not...unfortunately it was what my team h.s. team was best at.
by bigtrain
Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic teams
Replies: 119
Views: 42509

Re: Vermont Panasonic Team

Champlain Valley Union High School won the Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl championship today and will represent the state at Panasonic. Team members are: Tyrone Greenfield Eliza Goldberg Max Keve Nate Petter Bryan Petrow Caleb Miles Noah Mease CVU and runner-up Hanover will also be headed to Chicago fo...
by bigtrain
Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Carlos Mencia Blows
Replies: 14
Views: 3978

How can the quizbowl community facilitate Carlos Mencia's death? Let's hear some ideas.

Here's a question I'm just going to throw out their for fun: if you were Carlos Mencia, how would you kill yourself?
by bigtrain
Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 06-07 It's Academic TV Show
Replies: 33
Views: 17536

What are the semifinal and finals taping dates?
by bigtrain
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Carlos Mencia Blows
Replies: 14
Views: 3978

Carlos Mencia Blows

See above. Discuss.
by bigtrain
Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic teams
Replies: 119
Views: 42509

Matt Morrison wrote: Edit: also, why no RM players on team Maryland?
Quizbowl snobbery. I don't blame them, the format blows. Although, if I had to do it all over, I'd go to Panasonic again. It's worth the fun of the trip.
by bigtrain
Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Dole Sparklers
Replies: 2
Views: 1547

Dole Sparklers

Dole's new creation basically tastes like carrots and throwup.
by bigtrain
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Yellow Mellow
Replies: 23
Views: 8758

Keep in mind, it's Mello Yello. No 'W.' Coca-Cola is badass/hip like that. Yeah, Coca-Cola owns my education. Owns your education? Son, unless you go to Emory or Georgia Tech, I'm not sure you're qualified to make such a statement. (Though your location does say "Atlanta, GA" so perhaps. Anyway...)...
by bigtrain
Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Yellow Mellow
Replies: 23
Views: 8758

Here in the belly of the Coca-Cola beast we have Mello Yello in some cafeteria fountain machines.

Keep in mind, it's Mello Yello. No 'W.' Coca-Cola is badass/hip like that. Yeah, Coca-Cola owns my education.
by bigtrain
Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tell me about Lexington, KY!
Replies: 17
Views: 5491

Lexington is the capital of Kentucky. pause. NOT!
by bigtrain
Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: hahahahaha duke
Replies: 18
Views: 5684

Did anybody but me catch the condescention from Kevin Harlan early in the game..."It must be a thrill for these kids from VCU to be playing a powerhouse program like Dook in the tournament." STFU, the CAA has put a team in the Final Four more recently than Dook (or the ACC for that matter) Yeah, it...
by bigtrain
Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Sectionals SE at UTC 2/10/07
Replies: 25
Views: 10290

Very well run tournament. The smoking buzzer incident was quite funny. Who knew The Judge could ignite once exposed to static electricity from a wool jacket.
I haven't seen a buzzer since June, so this was a lot of fun.

-Alex
by bigtrain
Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 NAQT High School National Championship
Replies: 40
Views: 13105

Hey, I remember this thread! Anyway, if it's not immediately obvious that everything you're saying here is either quibbling; pointless ad hominem (at me, for some reason); or unsubstantiated (and, in some cases, well nigh indefensible) personal opinions of yours regarding the quality of various att...
by bigtrain
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 NAQT High School National Championship
Replies: 40
Views: 13105

Can you really compare the quality of the Field Museum and Art Institute of Chicago to the museums in New York and Washington, the latter of which houses the largest museum complex in the world. Yes? I disagree. I'd wager most others agree with me. Can you really compare the quality of the Shedd to...
by bigtrain
Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 NAQT High School National Championship
Replies: 40
Views: 13105

Compare the list of things to do in Chicago to that of New York, Washington and maybe even LA. No contest. I strongly disagree. Having been to all those places, I unreservedly claim that there's more fun stuff to do in any of them than you're going to be able to do in a whole year of weekends, much...
by bigtrain
Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 NAQT High School National Championship
Replies: 40
Views: 13105

Compare the list of things to do in Chicago to that of New York, Washington and maybe even LA. No contest.
by bigtrain
Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 41714

Re: attacks

Shouldn't this forum be restricted to those who play HIGH SCHOOL quizbowl in the DC METRO area? After all, we can all agree that teams change dramatically from year to year. Even the former best player in the country might not have any idea about what's going on. Besides, my friend, who worked for ...
by bigtrain
Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 NAQT High School National Championship
Replies: 40
Views: 13105

Why Chicago again? I still can't figure out how a tourist could occupy more than a day or two there.
by bigtrain
Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACE Camps in 2007
Replies: 8
Views: 3673

2. ACE will open a third camp in 2007 PROBABLY in Maryland. Details on this are not finalized. I am travelling to Mount St Mary's College in Emmitsburg, MD this week to scope out the place. Dates there would be July 30-Aug 3. This deal is just 50-50. I will know much more by the weekend. Emitsburg ...
by bigtrain
Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pick 'Em - Week Two
Replies: 21
Views: 6859

10. The Washington Redskins
9. UCF
8. Broncos
7. FSU
6. Louisville
5. Auburn
4. Steelers
3. Syracuse
2. Panthers
1. Giants
by bigtrain
Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pick 'Em - Week One
Replies: 32
Views: 9454

10. Washington over Minnesota
9. Baltimore over Tampa Bay
8. CSU over Colorado
7. TT over UTEP
6. Carolina over Atlanta
5. Chicago over Green Bay
4. Notre Dame over Penn State
3. OSU over Texas
2. Dallas over Jacksonville
1. Indianapolis over NY Giants
by bigtrain
Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SUNDAY? INQUIRY: High School Celebrity Shoot in DC-metro
Replies: 5
Views: 2337

An ACT date should probably not be a concern in the DC area. I wouldn't be too concerned about a weekday either if you're only looking to attract schools near or inside the Beltway.
by bigtrain
Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Teams In The Country '06-07?
Replies: 105
Views: 43150

Maggie Walker and State College.
by bigtrain
Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2007 preliminary announcement
Replies: 32
Views: 14727

Field size

"Hosting PACE in such active regions as Michigan and then "Washimore" may necessitate an increase in the field size." We'll see about increasing field size if it becomes a consistent problem. We have never reached our upper limit of 48 yet. And before we think about the field size, we'd have to make...
by bigtrain
Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: the most annoying thing about quizbowl
Replies: 22
Views: 10880

Unfortunately this is not the most annoying thing about quizbowl. :roll:
by bigtrain
Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 41714

Jesus will join Gonzaga's team and power every hockey question.
GOD IS PURPLE!
Ever see the pic of the Zaga senior prank when they turned the lights pointing on the Washington Monument purple making the building look purple? I think it's online somewhere.
by bigtrain
Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/Metro area 2006-07
Replies: 111
Views: 41714

My guess: 1. Maggie Walker (Richmond, VA)-returning all but one starter off last year's #3 NAQT HSNCT team 2. Richard Montgomery(Rockville, MD)- Returns 2 players from their championship NAQT team and reload with strong B team players. 3. Thomas Jefferson (Alexandria, VA)-Lose 3 from last year but r...
by bigtrain
Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 06-07 It's Academic TV Show
Replies: 33
Views: 17536

Unfortunately, Walter Johnson and RM are in the same semifinal bracket.
by bigtrain
Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York/New Jersey 2006-07
Replies: 44
Views: 18388

Its great to see someone from Stuy join the forum and for the school to start a competative team. Maybe Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech will create teams soon. All 3 have the caliber of students to field very strong teams. I even have some friends at Horace Mann who say they have a team over there, ...
by bigtrain
Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler in the New York Times
Replies: 47
Views: 19754

This may be the first time one hundred quizbowlers and George W. Bush ever agree on something: the New York Times blows.
by bigtrain
Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York/New Jersey 2006-07
Replies: 44
Views: 18388

Half Hollow Hills West is pretty good but I believe they lose their full A team this year.
by bigtrain
Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Number of Tournaments per year
Replies: 27
Views: 10390

Many school boards still haven't changed from their post-9/11 "oh god if we let our kids go anywhere the terrorists will get them oh no!!!!!!" line of thought. Our school board never adopted this philosophy because everywhere in the US is safer than DC. We play 10 to 15 tournaments per year, 1 JV t...
by bigtrain
Sat Jun 24, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 128771

I'm not at all complaining about the difficulty, just the fact that they put these questions online in the podcasts a few weeks before the HSNCT. Another repeat that comes to mind was Yom Kippur.
by bigtrain
Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 128771

I thought I'd add a comment to this thread that I don't think anyone has brought up (although I havn't bothered to read through all 6 pages). Why were there almost verbatim repeats of Division 2 ICT questions. After hearing the ICT podcasts I recognized the following repeats: Lolita Great Dismal Swa...
by bigtrain
Sat Jun 03, 2006 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 309812

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
by bigtrain
Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 58423

Bigtrain, are you saying that other regions of the country (besides SC) didn't have pyramidal questions that long ago or that the mid-Atlantic area was the first? I was pretty much saying the exact opposite. I recognize that the Southeast was the pioneer in high school pyramidal questions which exp...