David Riley wrote:1) I wouldn't underestimate Dorman (or any of the other top SC teams)'s knowledge of the humanities. If PAC history is any indicator, they may well sweep a number of humanities and history questions, making up for any dearth in math or the sciences.
Don't forget that a lot of the math and science in the 5 and even the 10 point rounds isn't usually too difficult and can be kind of a crapshoot. And the social studies and English questions are exactly the same in number as the science and math ones. I've studied the distribution for a couple of years now.
David Riley wrote:3) One year Pennsylvania had a relatively unknown team that happened to know their math and science and could compute quickly. They did pretty well in this format, so a knowledge of math and science helps.
Was that Emmaus? I know they had gone a couple of times, and we (South Carolina) faced them about 4 years ago and ended up winning by 2 points because of a rejected protest.
This year, I'm pretty sure it's State College going back for Pennsylvania (for something like the second time in 10 years), having survived their crazy "state tournament." Sometime I should make a trip up to Harrisburg just to see that thing in action.
My biggest thought on Panasonic is that it is NOT quiz bowl, nor does it try to be quiz bowl. Once that fact is truly understood, you can do fine. Sometimes it can even be helpful to have non-quiz bowl people participating in PAC.