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by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Transition from Middle School to High School
Replies: 25
Views: 2695

Re: Transition from Middle School to High School

I guess the best option would be to write the state series. My middle school did not have Scholastic Bowl, but I would imagine that it is similar to the high school scene in the fact that many coaches only care about winning state. Therefore, writing the state series would cause coaches to want to p...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Oh noes! Prospect is canceling their participation in tomorrow's MSL frosh/soph tournament due to a transportation 'scheduling error'! Dave Garb, your school is in their district, are you having the same issues??? This could really mess things up if half the conference is a no-show tomorrow! :aaa: ...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 2735

Re: Advice on question writing companies

Our conference uses Avery Questions and I cannot tell you how horrible they are. They are not pyramidal in the sense that the first clue is often the easiest clue. All literature seems to be pop lit, meaning you will hear more questions on Harry Potter than you will on the works of Tolstoy or Dicken...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

But aren't regionals and sectionals the IHSA, while the student board will be a component of the IHSSBCA? If you bothered to read, you would notice that we are talking about the new IHSA board. This sounds like a good development, though the restrictions of members (geographic, age, white people) s...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Question regarding IHSA rules... When I look over my copy of the IHSA rules, it seems that a player giving the "wait" gesture to teammates is not illegally communicating. That didn't occur to me that it could be used as part of game strategy until one of our games at Loyola Saturday. During the rea...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Therefore, when I call a team a "bad team", I am not saying that you are a dumb bunch of people, you are a bad program, and everybody from Richmond is inadequate. What I am saying is that, at this moment, you have not done the work to be considered anything other than a bad team in the context of t...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Hey, all! A few things to post on here, then I will hang up and listen to your comments ;) 1) First and foremost, as the coach of a team that is just starting to come out of our "conference-only" schedule again and make appearances at tournaments, I would like to restate that Brad, Kristin, and the...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

These are going to sound repeteitive after Garb's comments, but I need to make a few notes: 1. This tournament basically confirmed what I already knew. Rockford Auburn and Loyola were vastly superior to us, proving that the big four are not going to be caught by us (or probably anyone else) anytime ...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying U.S. History
Replies: 26
Views: 4387

Re: Studying U.S. History

David McCullough is really good. I'm not just saying that because he graduated from my school. Otherwise, that massive 3 part Shelby Foote Civil War series is pretty good. I can't say I've actually made it through all of the books, but I read about half of the first one, and it was very helpful. Da...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

First giving results from our team: We brought four A teamers and our B team captain. Each of our A teamers went 4-3, while our B teamer went 3-4. The frustrating part was that we had three people that were 4-2 going into the last round (David and I included). These three people all lost, but by a c...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Since this thread has developed into the Solo prediction thread, I might as well give mine. My prediction of who will be in the finals is probably guaranteed to be wrong as I have only looked at my schedule. However: Locks: Siva, Michael Jiang, Ben Cohen, Joe Ahmad, Tony Cao Other finalists: Jack Gl...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

JackGlerum wrote:
BG MSL Champs wrote:THERE IS NO POINT IN TAKING MONEY TO REWARD THE ELITE. WE MUST HELP THE GOOD DEVELOP TO BECOME ELITE.
OBAMA
No, Obama does not want the good developing to become elite. He wants to change the rules so the good can become elite without working.
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I've been thinking about segregation between serious and casual, and all I can think of is - What happens to a kid who plays on a historically casual team who has the interest and abilities to lead a serious team, but is unaware that such opportunities exist? If we allow the serious vs. casual deba...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

The statistics from this tournament will make your eyes bleed when they're Highlights from the stats: *The average points per game in the prelims for all teams was under 120. Playoff teams only: 160 points per game. Non playoff teams - 96 points per game. *The top seed by points, Moline, put up 940...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Also, Nick, you like my new avatar? I love it. What's next, Barack in front of the Confederate flag? Going back to quizbowl, Garb is unfortunately correct. Teams in Illinois just do not care about good quizbowl. Right now, an Illinois style tournament will enjoy greater success than a non-Illinois ...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Thoughts on Ultima (with help from Garb, who typed more of this than nick): 1. First, it needs to be said that the tournament was excellently run. The moderators were very knowledgable and the food was excellent. We were honored to be invited and if we are ever invited back again, we will definitely...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why isn't there talk of this? (Nadal d. Federer)
Replies: 15
Views: 1703

Re: Why isn't there talk of this? (Nadal d. Federer)

At this point, this has the potential to be what saves men's tennis from relative obscurity. You have two great players who can stomp the rest of the field, and now Nadal's proven that he can beat Federer on grass. All we need is a Federer victory over Nadal on clay. I doubt it will touch the level...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tour de France 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2804

Re: Tour de France 2008

5) Whatever happened to the team time trial anyway? I like the lack of a prologue, but no TTT? Bets about how long Evans is going to keep the yellow before Schleck gets him? Unfortunately, Schleck is never going to get the yellow jersey. Cadel Evans is way too fast for this to happen and he is the ...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Get a newspaper guy on your side. Seriously, imagine the story from a pure "newsiness" view point: Students want more academic questions; state organization rejects them. You just have to think of ways to work around the quagmire you're in. As for high expenses, my public, non-rich area high school...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Zahed:

You forgot to mention living on a farm for a week to learn "industrial arts".
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs--we miss you!
Replies: 182
Views: 31240

Re: Bad Negs--we miss you!

This is technically not a neg,but it is still bad. This was given by a benchwarmer on my old frosh/soph team.

Correct Answer: Hors d'oeuvres
Given Answer: (Whores-Dee-Oov-rays) Phonetic Pronounciation

This was surprisingly ruled correct
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

The one thing I took away from ACE (in terms of this thread) was that Carbondale isn't good. They are really, really good. If this is referring to me, this is not what I meant on my post. Carbondale is an elite team and they proved that at ACE. Paul is one of, if not the best, science player in the...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 158842

Re: Illinois '08-'09

So how did Illinois folks perform at SEMO? Any firsthand accounts? In general, I think that Illinois performed very well. Carbondale showed tremendous depth with Paul winning the Science Tournament and consistently performing well in nightly tournaments. They also had Jerry in the top consistently ...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205055

Re: Illinois '07-'08

As one of his Buffalo Grove teammates, I find it hard to believe that there are 20 players in state better than Danny Bulmash. No player made as big of a difference for their team as he did for our team. Without him, we lost to McHenry, Conant, and Elk Grove and our overall record was 4-4 (counting ...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205055

Re: Illinois '07-'08

she answered every brit lit question within the first sentence. once after one word... Is this really possible? If this did really occur in a match, could you tell me the word it was? Also, does Illinois announce category before reading the tossup? If so, maybe the answer space was sufficiently lim...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205055

Re: Illinois '07-'08

Since the result of the Zion Benton Sectional are not posted on the IHSA website, I will put it here. Stevenson won the sectional with a perfect record of 3-0. The incredible Buffalo Grove Bison finished with a 2-1 record, only losing to Stevenson by 70 (we won toss-ups 11-10). Lake Zurich finished ...
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205055

Re: Illinois '07-'08

My Picks to win Sectionals:
Stevenson
Loyola
Wheaton North
Auburn
Carbondale
Lincoln-Way East
Hinsdale South
Bloomington
by Kanga-Rat Murder Society
Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205055

Re: Illinois '07-'08

I have a question about a situation that arose earlier this year at the Wheaton North tournament. My team, Buffalo Grove was 3-1 (without our star Danny Bulmash) and needed to beat our bracket's other 3-1 team Conant to advance on to the next round. The game was tight throughout and when regulation ...