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by jbarnes112358
Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: TJIAT 07 (10/13/07) at Thomas Jefferson HS
Replies: 67
Views: 22852

Here's another plea to allow me to label the teams with something other than letters at tournaments. (see this example ) For teams that are close in ability, I see no problem with using another team-naming approach. From the TD's point of view, though, he or she needs to be able to balance brackets...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: TJIAT 07 (10/13/07) at Thomas Jefferson HS
Replies: 67
Views: 22852

I noticed on the Team Standings board that the teams with the same records were ranked on the basis of PPG. I'm really hoping that PPG was not the tiebreaker used to determine which 3-2 teams made the playoffs--not that this would have pushed Stuy B over the hump, but to use this category is quite ...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: TJIAT 07 (10/13/07) at Thomas Jefferson HS
Replies: 67
Views: 22852

Short results: 1. Richard Montgomery A 2. Stuyvesant A 3. Wilmington Charter A 4. Hunter College Quarters: Gov A (I think), State College A, Whitman A, and I forget because they never post the playoff bracket and I wish they would (w/ room numbers please) 5. Maggie Walker A 6. State College A 7. Wa...
by jbarnes112358
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: W&M EFT: Hieronymous BOSCH Appreciation Day (10/6/2007)
Replies: 48
Views: 19144

Matt, I believe you have some playoff games missing. MLW was 2-2 in the playoffs, not 1-1. We lost to CMU and Duke A, but won over UNC and MD B.
by jbarnes112358
Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: W&M EFT: Hieronymous BOSCH Appreciation Day (10/6/2007)
Replies: 48
Views: 19144

Thanks, Matt, for letting high schools participate, though only two such teams showed up. It was good experience for our young Maggie Walker players. We actually ended up with a winning record (6-5). I was proud of our team for winning the last two games after a frustrating loss to Duke A on the las...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Spotswood's ACT I and II Cancelled
Replies: 2
Views: 1535

Thank you for your many years of running the ACT tournament. As what is probably the longest running high school academic tournament in Virginia, (Correct me if I am wrong.) ACT has helped to create and maintain interest in quizbowl in the Commonwealth, especially is areas west of the major populati...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First Annual PAQT Sept 29, 2007 (Virginia Beach, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 3094

So how did things go? 1. Maggie Walker A 2. Collegiate 3. Maggie Walker B MW A and Collegiate went undefeated in the prelims. Collegiate handed MW B their only loss in the prelims in a very close game, which forced MW B and MW A to meet in the semifinals, thus preventing the possibility of a 1-2 fi...
by jbarnes112358
Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: TJIAT 07 (10/13/07) at Thomas Jefferson HS
Replies: 67
Views: 22852

Maggie Walker will be there. We are just trying to determine the number of teams.
by jbarnes112358
Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Richard Montgomery Quizbowl Tournament (4/19/08)
Replies: 114
Views: 21929

December 8 is the date for GSAC that Mehdi announced on the VA/DC/MD date claiming thread. We have not made a formal announcement yet, but that is the date we tentatively announced. I will look around for another date. I am not saying you should not use that date, but there could be teams that would...
by jbarnes112358
Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Dorman!
Replies: 22
Views: 10496

Overall, the poll results look reasonable, quibbling notwithstanding.
by jbarnes112358
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007-08 Pre-Season Poll Results - Congratulations Dorman!
Replies: 22
Views: 10496

I think RM is better than TJ B. That said TJ A is graduating only Evan and Michael (I think) and TJ B is a team that beat MW last year, which RM never did. Not quite true. RM B beat MW A last year, n'est-ce pas? Also, the meetings between MW A and RM A were extremely close, though they were early i...
by jbarnes112358
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: In some places sir names come before first names
Replies: 9
Views: 4138

David Riley wrote:Hungarians also place last names first.
So, according to Hungarians, most Americans put last names first.
by jbarnes112358
Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Intentional Neg
Replies: 29
Views: 9753

You know, all this retardation could be fixed by mandating that once started, a question must be read to completion regardless of how much time is left on the clock. This would be the logical, commonsense solution to the problem. An even better solution is to dump the clock entirely. Good solution,...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Favorite Intentional Neg
Replies: 29
Views: 9753

This is yet one more reason to not have timed rounds.
by jbarnes112358
Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason
Replies: 84
Views: 29420

Exactly and I believe our future this year is dependent on that. Currently that idea is not looking very good because our main player, Dan Puma, decided that this year would be the right year to start playing football, which interferes with every practice we have until football season ends. This is...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason
Replies: 84
Views: 29420

That's the entertaining part, I think. It's like low stakes poker. Then afterwards we all come back and laugh at me for putting RM at 3rd when we don't even make the top ten. I would not at all be surprised to see you finish that high. Your RM B team last year was one of the few teams we lost to al...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason
Replies: 84
Views: 29420

segregold wrote: All fair points, but I think that using statistical date generally ensures a closer matchup than subjective assessment would.
Agreed. You use what data you are given. My only point is that your model will be inherently limited at predicting the future.
by jbarnes112358
Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason
Replies: 84
Views: 29420

All this data analysis regarding who is returning and how many points they scored at nationals is an interesting mathematical model, but is subject to huge potential errors. Why? A few reasons follow. 1. Some excellent returning players were playing with dominant seniors who overshadowed them. (Thin...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preseason
Replies: 84
Views: 29420

I put RM at No. 3 because, having looked at Nationals stats, there aren't many players on good teams as good as Jeffrey and I. Braggadocio? or just supreme self confidence? I am sure your team will do well this year. It is interesting that neither Maggie Walker nor State College cracked your top 25...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18413

I agree, Evan. They will no doubt have the type of students you describe, just as we have a number of students into science, math, robotics and so forth, in spite of our overarching mission of government and international studies. Your school and ours are strong in all the academic disciplines. My o...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18413

The more I peruse the website for the new magnet school, the less I believe the threat will be to quiz bowl in the other county schools. I may be wrong about this, but, it seems that the whole curriculum is centered around math, sci, and tech. Even the humanities are focused in that direction. The s...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18413

Well, good luck whatever you choose to do. I am sure that if you go there, this new school will become a quiz bowl power. I am also confident that if you stay where you are, Brookwood will remain one.
by jbarnes112358
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18413

Is this the new Gwinnett County school in question? If so, they seem to provide many programs not found in most high schools. They do have a specialty focus on math, science and technology. But, they do seem to want to be good in many areas. http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/pages/Gwi...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Corner
Replies: 90
Views: 43692

I have to say I am a little more lax about such situations. We have many students who are casual members of the club, many with several different extracurricular activities, issues with transportation and the like. I have never really kicked anybody off the team for lack of practice. People are invo...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18413

Mr. Barry, If the situation is how you portray it then you might have a case for unfairness, especially regarding funding the quiz bowl team. You might be able to go before the school board and get funding for all the other quiz bowl programs in the county. I would like to know the mission statement...
by jbarnes112358
Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Magnet school discussion
Replies: 58
Views: 18413

I believe that most would agree that there is a place for magnet schools in order to offer choices to students and to fill needs not met in the regular schools. With choice comes competition, and competition encourages schools to improve. Magnet schools typically operate around a mission statement. ...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACE Camps 2007
Replies: 72
Views: 27619

Rick's rules described here
by jbarnes112358
Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29457

I hate to break it to you, but the reason why Brindlee Mountain A came close to winning was because we were playing poorly. It was arguably our worst performance at nationals in terms of how well we were playing. You may have been playing poorly, but Brindlee Mountain A was also playing well and ta...
by jbarnes112358
Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29457

Was Maggie Walker's B team at the HSNCT their regular B team?? If it was, then I'm somewhat surprised that there weren't more teams ranked ahead of them. Granted I only saw them at nationals, but we played them twice and they won on the last question both times. I'm not intending to knock them in a...
by jbarnes112358
Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The huge high school quiz bowl community
Replies: 64
Views: 21660

But she was amazed at the attitudes reflected by some on this site. Since this was a little vague, I am not sure if she was referring to the way in which some present their messages at times or to the content of the messages themselves. The greater quizbowl community that visits this site is divers...
by jbarnes112358
Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The huge high school quiz bowl community
Replies: 64
Views: 21660

A huge high school quiz bowl "community" exists out there that many of y'all do not see and most of y'all never communicate with. It is interesting to talk with this people. I spoke with a coach today who was appalled at what she had read on this site. OK, appalled is too strong a word. But she was...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reviving some HSNCT discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 27237

Why do people keep trashing country music for somehow being inappropriate trash? I happen to like country music as do many participants at HSNCT. So as trash goes, country music is as good as other genres of trash. The solution I would advocate, as unpopular as it might be, is to remove all the tras...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reviving some HSNCT discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 27237

iambusyeating wrote:Just for the record AP Human Geography has nearly nothing to do with any NAQT question. It just doesn't intersect with the high school canon very much.
Having taken the class, would you see the AP Human Geography curriculum as a source for reforming some of the geography questions from NAQT?
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reviving some HSNCT discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 27237

Chris: Geography IS academic in nature. Please do NOT group it with etc categories like trash and sports. I don't know where in Chris's remarks he implies that geography is not academic. Like Matt, I read Chris's reply as an overrepresentation issue, not an academic issue. Well. I read it the same ...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reviving some HSNCT discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 27237

Chris: Geography IS academic in nature. Please do NOT group it with etc categories like trsash and sports. It's grouped with trash not because it is unacademic like trash, but because it is bizarrely overrepresented in NAQT like trash. Having had a major geography buff (i.e., walking world atlas) l...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 Post-Nationals Poll Discussion - Results are in!
Replies: 83
Views: 29457

I will not weigh in on the particular quibbles expressed. It does seem that Fred's ballot is heavily influenced by the results at both nationals. This seems proper in my opinion. Reasons: 1. Final rankings should reflect how a team is doing at the end of the season. Teams can improve at different ra...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A very serious request
Replies: 44
Views: 22167

Does anyone have samples of questions from "Questions Galore"? I am sure that if Charlie says that they are not of a nature that would best serve the academic development and preparation of Missouri high school students, then I would tend to believe him. But, in order to write somebody a letter, I w...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Y'all do know that a 5-sentence pyramid question could well still be a buzzer beater if teams cannot recognize the answer until the same clue. The only question that could not be a buzzer beater is one no high school quiz bowl player could answer. You are correct. Any question can become a buzzer r...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Pyramidal does not necessarily mean long. It means multiple clues from the less-knowable to the more-knowable. At many tournaments, like Brookwood and Dorman, 1st quarter questions may be short, but they are certainly pyramidal in structure. For example: (1) "Who wrote East of Eden?" vs (2) "What C...
by jbarnes112358
Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game

I will add a caveat to what John posted above. I think the evolution of the game is here because students are beginning to demand higher standards. I think this shift to encouraging students to take a more active and proactive role in running tournaments is what has made the DC area so different fr...
by jbarnes112358
Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

I agree with Mac that the kind of annoyances that he mentions can detract from a tournament experience. Most of these things depend on the particular people running the show and the teams in attendance. Question quality can also be an issue. Hopefully, a tournament will listen to feedback and fix th...
by jbarnes112358
Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

What revolution in quiz bowl? Just what constitutes a good tournament? As to the first question, I offer Exhibit A: The rapid rise in popularity of NAQT, especially NAQT HSNCT, and to a lesser extent PACE. Exhibit B: hsquizbowl.org As to the second question: A good tournament uses questions and a f...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Evolution/Revolution in the Game
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

What revolution in quiz bowl? Why don't more Virginia or Maryland teams come further south? Is the temperature a bit too warm down here? :lol: No, but the rhetoric on this thread is heating up a bit. Sorry if I struck a nerve. I am sorry for whatever bitterness you harbor for things past. Like any ...
by jbarnes112358
Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 48077

The follow-ups to this post have been split into a thread in Misc --Mod Actually, Virginia will send a team. I suspect the folks that went before TJ started going will pick up again. I think it was the winner of the AVA (Association of Virginia Academies) Scholastic Bowl league. I am not familiar w...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Matts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5660

I went through the top 200, and I counted 120 kids with common boy names and 17 with common girl names. I only counted students where I was 99% sure it was a boy or a girl, and I used entirely ethnocentric criteria for deciding whether or not a name was common. I don't think that 30% of the student...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 48077

Have you tried asking your parents to go? I don't know if FL has rules that prohibit it, but I've seen parents go instead of sponsors plenty of times...the key seems to be having a responsible adult, not whether that adult is paid by the school. In fact, my coach in high school only went to the Sat...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Matts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5660

I have not determined whether this is statistically significant. Since I only have rank and not percentages from the SSA, it is impossible to compute the p-values. However, at first glance, at least, this seems like it could be a statistically significant result. I was thinking that one possible ex...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Matts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5660

What percentage of the girls are Chinese/Indian/some other ethnicity that probably wouldn't use a top five name? It might not be relevant at all, just guessing based on the fact that when my high school had three girls starting, the other two were named Yan and Shuyu. Excellent question. If so, why...
by jbarnes112358
Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Matts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5660

The Scientist/Statistician/Freakonomist in me decided to launch an investigation into the Matt phenomenon. I looked at the individuals at NAQT HSNCT for my data set. http://naqt.com/hsnct/2007/results/personal.html. I used the Social Security Administration data for name popularity in the 1989-1992 ...
by jbarnes112358
Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Matts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5660

What's up with Matts?

It seems like I always have one or more Matts on my team. In fact, most teams we play against have a Matt it seems. What's up with that? It can be confusing at times. While on the subject of names so as not to totally waste this thread, why do so many players like using fake names at tournaments? Is...