All-Star Game at Washington

Monday, April 23, 2018

Back to the Loft as We Explore Our Great Nation

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 24th at 8:30 PM, with "US Geography Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about the layout of our great nation. The Q Train lightning round will be "Who's Taller Trivia." I will give the names of two current celebrities and you have to tell which one is the taller of the two.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by what volcano?"

Since the Celtics playoff series will have a fifth game on Tuesday night, we will once again be moved upstairs in the Loft to have Trivia. We had a great crowd last week, and all the spaces and chairs were spoken for. I would encourage you all to arrive as early as you possibly can to assure yourselves a table. (I would say by 8 PM if you can get there that early.) Once again, I do apologize to those who elected not to play due to the limited space. I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 17

It was good to be back hosting Trivia on Tuesday night after missing last week, and we were upstairs in the Loft due to the Celtics playoff game happening downstairs. But we had 12 teams jam the top floor for a great night of Trivia. We had a two-team race heading into IQ Trivia, with just a single point between them. But the team trailing, Overboard, got 4 of 5 correct in the final round to win the night, with 44 points. Congrats to Bob and Cato on another great victory.

Second place went to DIMS with 42 points, and third place went to Blood, Bath and Beyond with 36 points.

Best Team Name: April Showers Bring MTA Delays For Hours

I also want to apologize to those folks who didn't stay for Trivia due to the lack of seats available for the Loft. It is very limited and we had a full crowd. The Loft is far smaller than the first floor, and because of the influx of fans coming in for the basketball playoffs, we have to do Trivia upstairs for the length of the Celtics run when they have games on Tuesday nights. It's either that, or we don't do Trivia at all. If the Celtics sweep the current series with Milwaukee, we will back downstairs next Tuesday, as there will be no playoff game that night. We will be back in the Loft next Tuesday if there is a Game 5. So, sweep 'em, Celtics!

Current Events
1. A collection of items from what legendary singer, such as sunglasses, clothing, hair and a Vicodin bottle are being put up for auction by a family who once worked for him?
2. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg recently said that what 1980s iconic film character might be played by a woman in a future reboot of the film series?
3. What recent film is set to be released soon in Saudi Arabia, the first movie shown there since theaters were banned in the 1980s?
4.What comic actor and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus was injured in a car accident in California last week?
5. Park Geun-hye, the former president of what Asian country, was sentenced to 24 years in prison over a major corruption scandal regarding political favors?
6. What 1980s rock star announced last week that he was canceling his entire schedule of 2018 shows due to a hearing loss he suffered during a show earlier this year?
7. What two-time World Series champion baseball player was among the celebrities chosen for the all-athletes "Dancing With the Stars" season set to start later this month?

April Trivia
1. In April 1979, African dictator Idi Amin fled what country he ruled for eight years?
2. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in April of what year?
3. In April 1860, the Pony Express began its delivery service between California and what midwestern state?
4. Every April 23rd, England's patron saint in remembered. What is his name?
5. What is April's birthstone?
6. What international day is recognized every April 22nd?
7. Name 2 of the 4 US states that recognize Partiots Day as a holiday every third Monday in April.

The Q Train: Which Happened First Trivia
1. US Civil War ends, or Germany became a single nation.
2. The flush toilet is invented, or the doorknob was invented.
3. Marco Polo is born, or Christopher Columbus was born.
4. The first moon landing, or the last person to be executed in France by guillotine.
5. World War I begins, or the Titanic sinks.
6. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, or Sir Edmund Hillary climbs Mt. Everest.
7. Rain Man wins Best Picture Oscar, or Chariots of Fire wins Best Picture Oscar.
8. Uranus is discovered, or Neptune is discovered.
9. Miley Cyrus is born, or the Berlin Wall falls.
10. Playboy magazine is founded, or Vladimir Putin is born.

General Knowledge
1. What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes? ( 1 pt)
2. Launched in 1995, what website was originally called "Auction Web?" ( 1 pt)
3. Almost 25% of bank robberies in the US take place on what day of the week? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the smallest Canadian province? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the longest river in the United States? ( 2 pt)
6. What did Robert Jarvik invent an artificial form of in 1982? ( 2 pt)
7. What classic novel inspired the hit 2010s TV series "Revenge?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Casa Rosada, or "The Pink House", is the official office of the president of what country? ( 4 points)
2. What man's death in August 2014 was ruled a homicide, though the fatal bullet had been fired 33 years earlier? ( 4 points)
3. "Kisses on the Bottom" was a hit 2012 Grammy-winning album by what rock star? ( 3 points)
4. What board game gets its name from the Hindi word for "twenty-five"? ( 5 points)
5. What Paris landmark sits on the Place Charles deGaulle? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Frank Sinatra; 2. Indiana Jones; 3. "Black Panther;" 4. Will Ferrell; 5. South Korea; 6. Huey Lewis; 7. Johnny Damon.

April Trivia
1. Uganda; 2. 1961; 3. Missouri; 4. St. George; 5. diamond; 6. Earth Day; 7. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Wisconsin.

The Q Train: Which Happened First Trivia
1. US Civil War ends; 2. Flush toilet invented; 3. Marco Polo born; 4. First moon landing; 5. Titanic sinks; 6. Hillary climbs Mt. Everest; 7. Chariots of Fire wins; 8. Uranus; 9. Berlin Wall falls; 10. Putin is born.

General Knowledge
1. Pacific Ocean; 2. eBay; 3. Friday; 4. Prince Edward Island; 5. Missouri River; 6. Human heart; 7. "The Count of Monte Cristo."

IQ Trivia
1. Argentina; 2. James Brady; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. parcheesi; 5. Arc de Triomphe.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Let's Give It Another Go

OK, everyone, we'll give this another try! Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 17th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, and the Special Category will again be "April Trivia", seven questions connected in some way to the current month. The Q Train lightning round will be "Which Happened First Trivia." I will give you two famous events from history and pop culture, and you have to tell me which came first.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes?"

Important note: There is a Celtics playoff game on Tuesday night at 8 PM, so we will be doing Trivia upstairs in the Loft at Professor Thom's. We will be up there most weeks as the Celtics and Bruins begin their playoff runs, and any Tuesday night games will have Trivia taking place in the Loft.

My apologies for my absence last Tuesday. I am feeling a bit better and I plan to be in for Trivia this Tuesday. I look forward to seeing many of you then!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trivia Postponed This Week

Hi everyone: Trivia Night will NOT be happening tonight, April 10th. I am a bit under the weather, so I'll stay at home and rest. I look forward to seeing you hopefully next Tuesday, April 17th at 8:30 PM!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Trivia From the Cruelest Month This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 10th at 8:30 PM, with "April Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions all about the current month, in history and popular culture. The Q Train lightning round will be "Which Happened First Trivia." I will give you two events throughout history, and you will tell me which occurred before the other.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What ocean is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great edition of Trivia!

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Trivia Q&A: April 3

We had another great crowd in for Trivia, 15 teams, along with a bunch of Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics fans checking out those games, so it was quite a busy, noisy night. We had six teams in a close contest, separated by just four points going into the fourth round. But this would be the night for our friends from DIMS, as they led through the evening, and capped off the night with a clean sweep of IQ Trivia. They finished with 57 points, and a six-point victory. Congrats to Ken and Darek on another great win.

Second place went to Archduke Chocula with 51 points, and third place went to Toys "R' Bust (who also won Best Team Name) with 47 points.

Current Events
1. What US city's municipal government was struck last week by a computer malware attack that shut the city's government computers down for five days?
2. Australians Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all banned up to a year over a ball tampering scandal in what professional sport last week?
3. President Trump announced last week he was replacing David Shulkin with Dr. Ronny Jackson in what cabinet position?
4. What Hollywood actor had open-heart surgery last Friday to replace an aging pulmonic valve he had put in over 20 years earlier?
5. Walmart announced it was pulling what magazine from the checkout lines in all of its US stores, citing sexually explicit material as the reason for the removal?
6. What world capital city has overtaken New York City in murders for the first time ever as the city has dealt with a surge in knife attacks?
7. Television producer and writer Stephen Bochco died last Sunday at the age of 74. What early 1980s TV drama series that he created won him six Emmy Awards for producing and writing?

Q-Tip Trivia
1. Which of the following celebrities died while in their 30s? a. Elvis Presley; b. Marilyn Monroe; c. Kurt Cobain; d. River Phoenix.
2. Which US states have less than 1 million in total population as of 2016? a. Hawaii; b. Maine; c. Idaho; d. Rhode Island.
3. Which of the following cereal brands belongs to Kellogg's? a. Alpha Bits; b. Frosted Flakes; c. Corn Flakes; d. Rice Krispies.
4. Which of the following statesmen won the Nobel Peace Prize? a. Winston Churchill; b. Franklin D. Roosevelt; c. Martin Luther King; d. Yasser Arafat.
5. Which of these films did Paul Newman appear in? a. The Hustler; b. Slap Shot; c. Earthquake; d. Cool Hand Luke.
6. Which European countries are currently not in the EU? a. Switzerland; b. Norway; c. Sweden; d. Greece.
7. Which of the following cities has a team in all four major team sports? a. Seattle; b. Los Angeles; c. St. Louis; d. Atlanta.

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. Argo
2. From Here to Eternity
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4. The Godfather Part III
5. Moneyball
6. Schindler's List
7. No Country For Old Men
8. Lawrence of Arabia
9. Amadeus
10. A Beautiful Mind

General Knowledge
1. March is the home to which two Zodiac signs? ( 1 pt)
2. What is currently the tallest building in the United States? ( 1 pt)
3. What actor received his first Oscar nomination for the 1988 film "Good Morning Vietnam"? ( 1 pt)
4. The town known as Santa Claus is found in what midwestern state? (2 pt)
5. What is the hottest planet in the solar system? ( 2 pt)
6. In a Scrabble game, what is the only letter worth eight points? ( 2 pt)
7. Easter Island belongs to what South American country? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The Big Bang Theory was the top-rated TV show in America last season, the first time a comedy led the Nielsens since what show did it in 2002? ( 4 points)
2. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, DC? ( 4 points)
3. In what sport does a match consist of the best of three games of 21 points, and to win a game, a player must have a two-point lead? ( 3 points)
4. According to Forbes, who was the first person to become a billionaire from writing books? ( 4 points)
5. What British actor has played Sherlock Holmes, Julian Assange and Star Trek's Khan in TV and the movies? ( 5 points)

Current Events
1. Atlanta; 2. cricket; 3. Secretary of Veterans Affairs; 4. Arnold Schwarzenegger; 5. Cosmopolitan; 6. London; 7. "Hill Street Blues."

Q-Tip Trivia
1. b; 2. none; 3. b,c,d; 4. c,d; 5. a,b,d; 6. a,b; 7. b.

The Q Train: Movies By Decade Trivia
1. 2010s (2012); 2. 1950s (1954); 3. 1970s (1975); 4. 1990s (1990); 5. 2010s (2011); 6. 1990s (1993); 7. 2000s (2007); 8. 1960s (1962); 9. 1980s (1984); 10. 2000s (2001).

General Knowledge
1. Pisces and Aries; 2. 1 World Trade Center; 3. Robin Williams; 4. Indiana; 5. Venus; 6. X; 7. Chile.

IQ Trivia
1. "Friends"; 2. twenty-one; 3. badminton; 4. J.K. Rowling; 5. Benedict Cumberbatch.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Q-Tip Returns, With Big Time Films

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, April 3rd at 8:30 PM, with "Q-Tip Trivia" as the Special Category. I will ask you seven multiple choice general knowledge questions, and one, two, three, all four or none of them can be correct. You get a point for each correct answer, but if you give any incorrect answers, you get zero points automatically for that question (if the answer is "none", you get one point). So you have to be really careful. The Q Train lightning round will be "Movies By Decade Trivia." I will give you the names of ten very popular movies (all Oscar nominated films) from down through the years, and you have to tell me the decade it was originally released in.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What is currently the tallest building in the United States?"

Looking forward to seeing many of you for what will be a great night of Trivia on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 27

We had a terrific turnout on Tuesday night, with 18 teams in, and a very raucous Trivia crowd at that. Everybody was really into it, and the scores reflected that. We had a four-way tie going into the IQ Trivia round, and I don't believe that has ever happened before. But the team of Admiral Crunch pulled out the victory, as they got 4 of 5 correct in the round to win it all, with 46 points. Congrats to them on their first ever Tuesday Night Trivia victory.

Second place went to DIMSUM with 43 points, and third place went to Mike Pence's Gay Wet Dream (who jumped over a whole bunch of teams by also getting 4 of 5 correct at the end) with 39 points.

Best Team Name: You May Run Like Mays, But You Hit Like Shit

Current Events
1. What man was listed number one on the recent controversial list ESPN the Magazine published "The Dominant 20", the most dominant athletes of the last 20 years?
2. Charles Lazarus, who founded what retail chain in 1948 and remained as CEO until 1994, died last Thursday at the age of 94?
3. President Trump named former UN ambassador John Bolton to what cabinet position last Friday?
4. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of what South American country, resigned last week over a corruption scandal, and is the third president from that country to resign?
5. What comedienne cursed out Jimmy Kimmel on his late night TV show last week when he brought up Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to her?
6. The US Postal Service released a stamp honoring what legendary children's TV host last Friday?
7. Wayne Huizenga, an entrepreneur who owned Blockbuster Video, died last week at the age of 80. He also owned three pro sports teams in three different sports, all based in what US city?

MLB Trivia
1. How many teams did Babe Ruth play for his storied MLB career? a. 1; b. 2; c. 3; d. 4.
2. Who did the New York Yankees defeat in 2009 to win their last World Series? a. Atlanta Braves; b. Philadelphia Phillies; c. New York Mets; d. Chicago Cubs.
3. How many teams currently play their home games in Canada? a. 0; b. 1; c. 2; d. 3.
4. Who was the last man to bat .400 in an MLB season? a. Joe DiMaggio; b. Tony Gwynn; c. Ichiro Suzuki; d. Ted Williams.
5. Which of the following teams have never won a World Series? a. Colorado Rockies; b. Arizona Diamondbacks; c. Toronto Blue Jays; d. Kansas City Royals.
6. Who is the only player to have his number retired throughtout MLB? a. Babe Ruth; b. Jackie Robinson; c. Roberto Clemente; d. Ty Cobb.
7. Who is the only team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a postseason series in 7 games? a. Atlanta Braves; b. New York Mets; c. Chicago Cubs; d. Boston Red Sox.

The Q Train: Current TV Characters Trivia
1. Olivia Pope
2. Dana Scully
3. Jay Pritchett
4. Lt. Olivia Benson
5. Bobby Axelrod
6. Frank Reagan
7. Howard Silk
8. Sheldon Cooper
9. Elzabeth Jennings
10. Jon Snow

General Knowledge
1. What US state is known as the Volunteer State? ( 1 pt)
2. What two countries share the longest undefended border? ( 1 pt)
3. For what month is emerald the birthstone? ( 1 pt)
4. What is the most used letter in the English language? (2 pt)
5. Since 1998, William Shatner has been the TV spokesman for what website? ( 2 pt)
6. What US cabinet department oversees the US Park Service? ( 2 pt)
7. What reality TV star holds the record for the most liked post ever on Instagram earlier this year? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, is located in what country? ( 4 points)
2. What 1950s Oscar-winning actress was the first actress ever to appear on a US postage stamp? ( 4 points)
3. What does the letter "E" stand for in the name of the family restaurant Chuck E. Cheese? ( 5 points)
4. What rock star won his only Grammy in 1992 with the song "I Do It For You" from the film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves?" ( 3 points)
5. The popular drink ouzo can only be produced in Greece and what other country? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Tiger Woods; 2. Toys "R' Us; 3. National Security Adviser; 4. Peru; 5. Roseanne Barr; 6. Mister Rogers; 7. Miami.

MLB Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. b; 4. d; 5. a; 6. b; 7. d.

The Q Train: Current TV Characters Trivia
1. Scandal; 2. The X-Files; 3. Modern Family; 4. Law & Order SVU; 5. Billions; 6. Blue Bloods; 7. Counterpart; 8. The Big Bang Theory; 9. The Americans; 10. Game of Thrones.

General Knowledge
1. Tennessee; 2. Us and Canada; 3. May; 4. E; 5. Priceline; 6. Dept. of the Interior; 7. Kylie Jenner.

IQ Trivia
1. Russia; 2. Grace Kelly; 3. Entertainment; 4. Bryan Adams; 5. Cyprus.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Is Here As We Honor Opening Day

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 27th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "Major League Baseball Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven multiple choice questions about America's Pastime, in honor of the opening of the MLB season this Thursday. The Q Train lightning round will be "Current TV Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten characters on TV shows that are currently on (or still in production), and you will tell me what show that character is on. (And no, there will be no reality shows in this quiz.)

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What US state is known as the Volunteer State?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 20

We had 12 teams in on Tuesday night, on the night before another storm hits New York (and really glad we moved Trivia over from Wednesday, as I doubt we'd be able to do it tonight!). I was also suffering from a lousy head cold last night, but fortunately got through the night unscathed!

We had another one of those "fantastic finishes" to the end, with four teams at the top with just two points between them. But it was the team of Snocos, who ran the table in the IQ Trivia round (the only team who did so), and wound up with 52 points and their first ever win. They were also one of those rare teams that was in first place the entire night and got the win. Congratulations guys!

Second place went to Yay For Spring with 49 points, and third place went to Dimlet with 47 points.

Best Team Name: Sister Jean's Trivia Team to the Sweet 16

Current Events
1. What nation expelled 23 diplomats from Russia last week and severed high level contacts after the nation's leader believed the Russians poisoned a former spy?
2. What airline issued an apology last week after a French bulldog puppy was put in an overhead bin and died during a flight last Monday?
3. Louise Slaughter, a Congresswoman representing what US state for 31 years, died last week after she recently suffered a head injury in her Washington DC home?
4. Jeff Flake, the retiring US senator from what US state, last week hinted he might challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020?
5. The rep for what Oscar-winning actor denied published reports that the actor was moving himself and his family to Australia to "escape" from President Trump?
6. Tom Benson, a businessman and NFL team owner, died last Thursday at the age of 90. What team did he own, one that won its first and only Super Bowl in 2010?
7. What pop singer is currently embroiled in a legal battle over her purchase of a Los Angeles convent in 2015, and a nun in the fight over it collapsed and died last week at a court appearance about the dispute?

March Trivia
1. The birthstone for March is: a. garnet; b. amethyst; c. aquamarine; d. diamond.
2. Which of the following events always occurs in March? a. Black Month Month; b. Women's History Month; c. Daytona 500; d. National Poetry Month.
3. What happened to Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC? a. He crossed the Rubicon River; b. He was elected "Pontiflex Maximus"; d. He was murdered.
4. On March 27, 1964, what was the big news story in Alaska? a. Alaska becomes the 49th state; b. an 8.3 earthquake rattled the state; c. Alaska Pipeline was completed; d. Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred.
5. How many national holidays are there in March? a. none; b. 1; c. 2; d. 3.
6. In March 1976, Patty Hearst was convicted on which charge? a. kidnapping; b. drug possession; d. conspiracy to overthrow the government.
7. What year did the NCAA March Madness tournament expand to the 64-team format? a. 1979; b. 1985; c. 1990; d. 1996.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The novel "Dr. Zhivago" chronicles life in Russia during the first half of the 20th century.
2. Zachary Taylor was the first US president to die in office.
3. The state of Florida is located in two different time zones.
4. Painter Cassius Coolidge is best known for his paintings of dogs playing poker.
5. In Robert Lewis Stevenson's book, the first names of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are actually Thomas and Robert.
6. The month of December has consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate.
7. Iron is the most used metal in the world today.
8. Hamlet commits suicide in Shakespeare's famous play.
9. India has the most post offices in the world.
10. North Dakota is the only US state that borders three Canadian provinces.

General Knowledge
1. Fashion tradition says that white shouldn't be worn afterr what holiday? ( 1 pt)
2. What actor played Walter White on the hit AMC series "Breaking Bad?" ( 1 pt)
3. Fireworks were invented in what country? ( 1 pt)
4. In what southern state did the first Walmart open in 1962? ( 2 pt)
5. What state has the most shark attacks per year? ( 2 pt)
6. What iconic 1970s rock band first came together as backup musicians for Linda Ronstadt? ( 2 pt)
7. What video game company was originally founded as a producer of playing cards? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. George Clooney won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for what film? ( 3 points)
2. What is the southernmost capital city in the world? ( 5 points)
3. What New England university is named for the first Jewish US Supreme Court justice? ( 4 points)
4. Mark and David Knopfler were brothers who formed what 1980s rock band? ( 4 points)
5. What is the longest river in the world that doesn't have any bridges crossing it? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. United Kingdom; 2. United; 3. New York; 4. Arizona; 5. Matt Damon; 6. New Orleans Saints; 7. Katy Perry.

March Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. d; 4. b; 5. a; 6. c; 7. b.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. True; 2. false, William Henry Harrison; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Henry and Edward; 6. false, June; 7. true; 8. false, stabbed to death; 9. true; 10. false, Montana.

General Knowledge
1. Labor Day; 2. Bryan Cranston; 3. China; 4. Arkansas; 5. Florida; 6. The Eagles; 7. Nintendo.

IQ Trivia
1. "Syriana;" 2. Wellington, NZ; 3. Brandeis; 4. Dire Straits; 5. Amazon.

Monday, March 19, 2018

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Month of March Trivia

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 20th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "March Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions connected to the month of March in one way, shape or form. All the questions will be multiple choice as well. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia."

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Fashion tradition says that white shouldn't be worn after what holiday?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 13

We had 13 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, and we had another close race to the finish. The top four teams were separated by just two points going into IQ Trivia, so it was anyone's Trivia Night to win. But it was Diminished (Ken from DIMS flying solo again), who ran the table in the final round and wound up winning the night with 50 points. Congrats to him on another great win. Second place went to Free Lappland with 42 points, and Dublin Our Usual Score (who won for Best Team Name) finished third with 41 points.

Current Events
1. Sir Roger Bannister, a distinguished British neurologist, died last week at the age of 88. But he gained immortality in 1954 by being the first man to accomplish what athletic feat?
2. What southern US state's Senate recently approved a bill to keep Daylight Savings Time going throughout the year, joining two other states that don't observe the time changes?
3. The US Holocaust Museum retracted an award it gave to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of what Asian nation, for failing to condemn her military's campaign against the country's Muslims?
4. The creator of what 2000s TV series announced last week that he is planning a prequel film to be shot later this year?
5. What retail chain is making preparations for a liquidation of its bankrupt US operations after failing to find a buyer or reaching a debt restructuring deal with lenders?
6. What ABC personality called Vice President Pence and apologized to him after she made recent comments mocking his Christian faith?
7. What soft drink company announced they will produce their first ever alcoholic beverage, to be sold only in Japan?

Ireland Trivia
1. Which Irish saint is said to have explored America 1000 years before Columbus? a. Finbar; b. Patrick; c. Thomas; d. Brendan.
2. What is Ireland's second largest city after Dublin in population? a. Cork; b. Limerick; c. Galway; d. Waterford.
3. In terms of fan attendance, what is Ireland's most popular team sport? a. soccer; b. Gaelic football; c. hurling; d. rugby.
4. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are members of what Irish rock band? a. The Pogues; b. Black 47; c. U2; d. Thin Lizzy.
5. During which major holiday did the 1916 uprising in Ireland against Great Britain take place? a. Christmas; b. Easter; c. New Year's; d. Queen's Birthday.
6. What movie, set in Ireland, won an Oscar in 1992 for Neil Jordan's screenplay? a. In the Name of the Father; b. Far and Away; c. The Commitments; d. The Crying Game.
7. Which Irish-born actor played James Bond? a. Sean Connery; b. Timothy Dalton; c. Daniel Craig; d. Pierce Brosnan.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. On the TV series "Seinfeld", George Costanza wanted to give his first-born son this number for a first name.
2. Pearl Jam and LL Cool J both had this number for an album title.
3. LeBron James wore this number when he played for the Miami Heat.
4. This is the atomic number of helium.
5. In the Book of Revelation, there were this many "Horsemen of the Apocalypse."
6. In baseball, this many innings have to be played at minimum for a game to be official.
7. Gemini is this number sign of the Zodiac.
8. This number of judges sit on the US Supreme Court.
9. An octogon has this number of sides.
10. The only players in soccer and hockey who can wear this number are goalkeepers.

General Knowledge
1. What city does Ron Burgundy, in the film "Anchorman", remind to "stay classy?" ( 1 pt)
2. What coastal Georgia city is the birthplace of the Girl Scouts? ( 1 pt)
3. Which bill of US currency features a picture of the White House on the back? ( 1 pt)
4. Between the letters "J", "X" and "W", which tile is worth the least in a game of Scrabble? ( 2 pt)
5. In 2014, what actress from the TV show "Glee" released an album called "Louder?" ( 2 pt)
6. What American city has the busiest cruise port in the world? ( 2 pt)
7. The earth's lowest elevation on dry land is on the shore of what body of water? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The medical condition known as myopia is better known by what name? ( 3 points)
2. What soap opera, which left the air in 2009, holds the record as the longest-running scripted program in the history of American broadcasting, 72 years? ( 5 points)
3. According to Netflix, what film starring Sandra Bullock is their most rented DVD of all-time? ( 4 points)
4. For its 125th anniversary in 2014, what European landmark installed a glass floor 187 feet off the ground?  ( 4 points)
5. "How the Solar System Was Won" was the working title for what classic 1968 sci-fi film? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Ran the mile in under four minutes; 2. Florida; 3. Myanmar; 4. "The Sopranos;" 5. Toys 'R' Us; 6. Joy Behar; 7. Coca-Cola.

Ireland Trivia
1. d; 2. a; 3. b; 4. c; 5. b; 6. d; 7. d.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. 7; 2. 10; 3. 6; 4. 2; 5. 4; 6. 5; 7. 3; 8. 9; 9. 8; 10. 1.

General Knowledge
1. San Diego; 2. Savannah; 3. $20 bill; 4. W; 5. Lea Michelle; 6. Miami; 7. Dead Sea.

IQ Trivia
1. Nearsightedness; 2. "The Guiding Light;" 3. "The Blind Side"; 4. Eiffel Tower; 5. "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Anniversary...To Me

It was 12 years ago today that Yours Truly began writing The Mighty Quinn Media Machine. It's really hard to believe that a dozen years have past since I started blogging. But it's been a fun ride that I hope will continue for many more years to come.

I don't write too much about the Red Sox these days, just on occasion. I dedicate most of the blog today to my Trivia Night, and that is always fun to do.

I want to thank all of you for the ongoing support here, and wish all of you readers the best always.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Celebrating the Emerald Isle Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 13th at Professor Thom's at 8:30 PM, with "Ireland Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. It will be seven questions connected to the Emerald Isle, and all questions will be multiple choice. The Q Train lightning round will be "1-10 Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where every answer will be a number from 1 to 10, and every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What coastal Georgia city is the birthplace to the Girl Scouts?"

I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night for another terrific night of Trivia!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Trivia Q&A: March 6

We had 12 teams in at Professor Thom's on the night before the storm for Trivia. We had three teams running neck-and-neck going into IQ Trivia, and an unusual five teams tied for fourth heading into that round, so it was anybody's night to win. But the team of You Pick Something that emerged victorious, running the table in the final round, and winning with 48 points. Congrats once again to Bob and Cato on another terrific win.

Second place was actually a tie between the teams of #Bud Lights Matter and Dimwit (Ken from DIMS solo last night), both had 44 points. I asked a tie-breaker question: "As of 2017, what is the population of the state of Florida?" Dimwit was closest to the answer (it was 20,980,000), and took second.

Best Team Name: Mighty Quinnter Weather Advisory

Current Events
1. What midwestern state was ranked number 1 in the US by a recent ranking in US News and World Report as the best state to live in through their strong infrastructure, health care and education?
2. What singer/actress revealed last week she cloned her dog twice for $50,000, in an interview with Variety magazine?
3. What rock superstar stormed off stage during a concert in Las Vegas last Thursday when fans who were invited on stage during one of his signature songs became unruly?
4. What actor, who has never won an Oscar, won his second Razzie award last weekend for Worst Actor in 2017 for the attempted reboot of the "Mummy" franchise?
5. Teachers from what US remained on strike this past week after the raises they negotiated with the governor was cut by the state Senate?
6. What sports star became the first person to win both a sporting championship and an Oscar last Sunday when his film won Best Animated Short Film?
7. Russ Solomon, who founded what Sacramento, CA-based retail chain giant that became a worldwide phenomenon but was liquidated in 2006, died last Sunday at the age of 92?

Florida Trivia
1. What is the largest city in Florida by population?
2. What country ceded Florida to the United States in 1819?
3. As of 2017, where in the top 10 is Florida ranked in overall population by state?
4. Ybor City is a neighborhood in what Florida city famous for its production of cigars?
5. What Florida city is the oldest European settlement in North America?
6. What is the largest island by area in the Florida keys?
7. What drink was first developed at the University of Florida in the 1960s?

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. Andrew Jackson appears on this US denomination bill.
2. This is the minimum age for a person to become a US Senator.
3. The number of thieves in the fictional adventure tale of Ali Baba.
4. The distance between home and first base in baseball is this number feet.
5. Capricorn is this number sign of the Zodiac.
6. The national speed limit in the UK is this number in MPH.
7. Wilt Chamberlain scored this record number of points in a 1962 NBA game.
8. The book of Genesis in the Bible contains this number of chapters.
9. The interstate highway number that connects New York and San Francisco.
10. The game of Chinese checkers contains this total number of pieces.

General Knowledge
1. What fast-food restaurant once had the slogan "Have it your way?" ( 1 pt)
2. Mark Cuban is the principal owner of what NBA team? ( 1 pt)
3. What is the most common pet in America today, with a total of 139 million owned? ( 1 pt)
4. The busiest airport in the world is found in what American city? ( 2 pt)
5. What country is the greatest exporter of coffee? ( 2 pt)
6. How many US states have a coastline that touches the Gulf of Mexico? ( 2 pt)
7. The flag of the European Union contains how many stars? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. The only royal palace in the United States is located in what state? ( 3 points)
2. In terms of GDP, what world capital city is the richest city in the world? ( 5 points)
3. The tiny country of Liechtenstein has a total of nine Olympic medals in its history, and they are all in what winter sport? ( 4 points)
4. What 20th century US president is the only one to graduate from the US Naval Academy? ( 4 points)
5. The highest paid athlete in the world in 2016 earned $88 million playing what sport? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Iowa; 2. Barbra Streisand; 3. Elton John; 4. Tom Cruise; 5. West Virginia; 6. Kobe Bryant; 7. Tower Records.

Florida Trivia
1. Jacksonville; 2. Spain; 3. third; 4. Tampa; 5. St. Augustine; 6. Key Largo; 7. Gatorade.

The Q Train: 10-100 Trivia
1. 20; 2. 30; 3. 40; 4. 90; 5. 10; 6. 70; 7. 100; 8. 50; 9. 80; 10. 60.

General Knowledge
1. Burger King; 2. Dallas Mavericks; 3. fish; 4. Atlanta; 5. Brazil; 6. five; 7. twelve.

IQ Trivia
1. Hawaii; 2. Tokyo; 3. Alpine skiing; 4. Jimmy Carter; 5. soccer (Cristiano Ronaldo).

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Playing Pepper 2018: Boston Red Sox

I had the pleasure of being a part of group of five Red Sox bloggers who took part in  "Playing Pepper 2018: Boston Red Sox." We were asked six questions concerning the club for 2016 by Daniel Shoptaw, who runs the fine St. Louis Cardinals blog "C70 At The Bat."

Every year Daniel asks bloggers from all 30 teams questions about their teams chances for the upcoming season. This is the fifth straight year I have taken part.

My thanks to Daniel for letting me take part again. Here are the questions and my answers:

C70: What are your thoughts on the offseason? Did the club improve over the winter?

John: The Red Sox improved where their biggest need was, and that was a power bat in the person of J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox needed him, and he needed the Red Sox, so that deal was going to get done. They also filled an infield need with the return of Eduardo Nunez, who will see plenty of time at second base with Dustin Pedroia’s knee injury keeping him out the first two months of 2018. Even with Pedroia’s return, Nunez will get plenty of playing time around the infield. The Sox have a strong bullpen, but will be without Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright to start the year, but this will give Brian Johnson an opportunity to move up on the Red Sox pitching depth chart. Overall, I think the Sox will top their 2017 total of 93 wins, especially with two of their rivals clearly takes steps downwards this winter (Tampa Bay and Baltimore).

But as big an addition as Martinez is, the addition of Alex Cora as the new manager is probably even bigger. Cora has been a widely respected baseball man going back to his days as a middle infielder with the Dodgers and then the Red Sox. (I remember back in his Sox days that Peter Gammons always called Cora one of the smartest players in the game and would manage a team in MLB one day.) The Sox moved on from John Farrell after five years at the helm of the club, and left with three division titles, a World Series title and two last place finishes. Cora will be under the microscope as soon as the bell rings for the start of the season. The Red Sox are expected to win, so Cora walks in with huge expectations in his first MLB managerial gig. He’s played in Boston before, so he knows exactly what he’s getting himself into.

C70: It’s David Price’s third year with the club. What are your expectations for him this season?

John: I fully expect a strong bounce back year for David Price. He was strong coming out of the pen late last year, and he has a lot to prove to the club, as well as the fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a Cy Young-caliber season in 2018. He and Chris Sale will be a devastating 1-2 punch in the rotation this year.

C70: What’s one thing people may overlook (either positively or negatively) about this team?

John: The strong tandem behind the plate. Christian Vazquez opened a few eyes with his strong arm and defense, and continues the handle the staff very well. He showed a bit of a stick last season, and he maybe on the verge of taking over the number one catching position. Sandy Leon had a bit of a fluke year with the bat in 2016 and came down to earth in 2017, but continues to throw out runners well above league average. The wild card in this whole thing is Blake Swihart. He’s out of options, and the Sox have to decide what to do with him. I hope they carry him and use him as a utility player, and use him behind the plate on occasion. He’s off to a good start this spring, which makes the brass’ decision even tougher.

C70: Who is the one key player, the guy that must have a good year for the Red Sox to do well?

John: Tough question. On offense, I would say that is Mookie Betts. He is now the heart and soul of the Red Sox offense, and his numbers were slightly below his near-MVP season of 2016 last year, and I expect him to have a season closer to what he did two years ago. Pitching-wise, I would say that is Craig Kimbrel. He was simply outstanding in 2017, but whenever you have a closer struggling through a miserable season, that can mean big trouble. I don’t expect a big regression for him in 2018, but we’ll see if he can match what he did last season.

C70: What’s your projection for 2018? Where does the team wind up overall?

John: I would love to see the Red Sox finally eclipse the 100-win mark in the regular season for the first time since 1946. I think that is possible, but I see them around 97 for 2018, with another AL East title. Can they get to the World Series? Houston looks as good as they did in 2017, so it will be tough.

C70: What’s one question I should have asked and what’s the answer to it?

John: What? No questions about the “Behemoths to the South?” You know, “The Little Engine That Could”, New York Yankees. Sure, they are a concern, with another banger in the middle of their order in Giancarlo Stanton. But I am still of the opinion that pitching and defense wins championships, and I think the Red Sox are still better than New York in both departments. It will be a dogfight all year between the two rivals, and expect both teams in the 2018 postseason.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Sunshine State Trivia On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, March 6th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Florida Trivia," seven questions connected to the Sunshine State in one way, shape or form. The Q Train lightning round will be "10-100 Trivia." I will ask you ten general knowledge questions where the answer will be a number from 10 to 100, and every answer will end in zero (such as 20, 30, 40, 50, etc.). Every answer will be a different number.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"What fast-food restaurant once had the slogan 'Have it your way'"?

I look forward to seeing many of you for a great night of Trivia on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 27

We had 11 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, as we honored the Academy Awards in our special categories. The scores in both were generally pretty strong, as most folks know their films. We had a great three-team race to the finish, with those teams separated by five points. The two giants of our Trivia Night, DIMS and Ask Your Doctor About QuinnTrivia, dominated the night, but the team of Mystery Meats, had a fabulous IQ Trivia round, getting four of five correct, and won the night with 46 points and a razor-thin one point edge over DIMS, who finished second. It was the first time at Trivia Night for Mystery Meats, and congrats to them on their victory. Ask Your Doctor About QuinnTrivia finished third with 42 points.

Best Team Name: Jared Kushner & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Current Events
1. A man died last Thursday as he was attempting to throw a grenade over the wall of the US embassy in what small Eastern European country's capital of Podgorica?
2. Marit Bjoergen, a cross-country skiier from what country, became the most decorated athlete at the Winter Olympics ever, with 14 medals overall?
3. What Oscar-nominated film won 5 awards, including Best Film, at the British Academy Film Awards last week?
4. What Middle Eastern country says it will build its first opera house, in a nation where concerts have been banned for two decades, in an effort for more modernization there?
5. What Oscar-winning actress said last week she is planning to take off one year from acting to become an activist and to "fix our democracy?"
6. Gov. Eric Greitens, of what midwest state, was indicted last Friday by a grand jury on a felony invasion of privacy charge, allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman he has an affair with in 2015?
7. The stock of Snapchat dropped more than 7% last Thursday, the loss of over $1 billion, after what reality TV star tweeted that she never uses that app any more?

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Who is the only actress to win four Best Actress Oscars?
2. What 1993 film is the only film based on a TV series to get a Best Picture nomination?
3. Martin Scorsese won his first Best Director Oscar for what 2006 film?
4. What film did Mel Brooks win his only Oscar for Best Original Screenplay?
5. Who hosted the Academy Awards ceremony a record 19 times?
6. For what comedy did Tom Hanks receive his first Oscar nomination?
7. Name 1 of the 3 sports films to win the Best Picture Oscar.

The Q Train: Oscar Winners' First Win Trivia
1. Helen Mirren
2. Denzel Washington
3. Paul Newman
4. Natalie Portman
5. Tom Hanks
6. Diane Keaton
7. Morgan Freeman
8. Meryl Streep
9. Sean Penn
10. Jodie Foster

General Knowledge
1. The 'T' in the government agency TSA stands for what? ( 1 pt)
2. Darius Rucker is the lead singer in what pop/rock band? ( 1 pt)
3. "The King of Swing" was the nickname of what legendary jazz artist? ( 1 pt)
4. In the 1978 film "Midnight Express", American Billy Hayes was imprisoned in what country? ( 2 pt)
5. What is the most populous US state capital? ( 2 pt)
6. What country is home to the most Noble Prize Laureates in history? ( 2 pt)
7. A funambulist does what a circus? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What country had the most international tourists in 2016? ( 4 points)
2. What actor/comedian made his directorial debut in 2014 with the film "Rosewater?" ( 4 points)
3. A person with the medical condition epistaxis is experiencing what? ( 5 points)
4. Badfinger's song "Baby Blue" played during the final moments of what TV series in 2013? ( 4 points)
5. What game was once banned in the Soviet Union because it was said to promote capitalism? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Montenegro; 2. Norway; 3. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri;" 4. Saudi Arabia; 5. Jennifer Lawrence; 6. Missouri; 7. Kylie Jenner.

Academy Awards Trivia
1. Katharine Hepburn; 2. "The Fugitive;" 3. "The Departed;" 4. "The Producers;" 5. Bob Hope; 6. "Big;" 7. "Rocky", "Chariots of Fire, " "Million Dollar Baby."

The Q Train: Oscar Winners' First Film Trivia
1. The Queen; 2. Glory; 3. The Color of Money; 4. Black Swan; 5. Philadelphia; 6. Annie Hall; 7. Million Dollar Baby; 8. Kramer vs. Kramer; 9. Mystic River; 10. The Accused.

General Knowledge
1. Transportation; 2. Hootie and The Blowfish; 3. Benny Goodman; 4. Turkey; 5. Phoenix, AZ; 6. United States; 7. tightrope walker.

IQ Trivia
1. France; 2. Jon Stewart; 3. nosebleed; 4. "Breaking Bad;" 5. Monopoly.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Best In Celluloid Trivia Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 27th at 8:30 PM, with "Academy Awards Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of the upcoming Oscars next Sunday. It will be seven questions connected to the awards. The Q Train lightning round will be "Oscar Winners First Win Trivia." I will give you the names of ten Oscar-winning actors and actresses, and you have to tell me the name of the film they won their first (or only) Oscar for.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The 'T' in the government agency TSA stands for what?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night as we honor the movies' biggest night with a great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 20

We had 14 teams in for Trivia on Tuesday night, on a night where we honored the US presidents in both of the special categories (we rarely have both of those categories with the same subject). The scores in both of those rounds were both generally pretty good, and we had a tight two-team race going into IQ Trivia. But it was the boys from DIMS who came away with the win, as they got 4 of 5 correct in IQ Trivia and finished with 47 points. Congrats to Mike, Ken and Darek on another impressive win.

Second place went to Stupid Sexy Flanders with 40 points, and third place went to Hendrix Isn't The Best with 37 points.

Best Team Name: Fergie's Back Up Singers

Current Events
1. President Jacob Zuma, of what African country, resigned last Wednesday in a televised address over numerous scandals that plagued his time in office?
2. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last Friday that he is running for a Senate seat in what US state?
3. What rock star had a meltdown at a concert on Long Island last Thursday night, mumbling through just 5 songs, improvising bizarre lyrics before walking off stage?
4. What Oscar-winning actor walked off an on-camera interview on ESPN last week after he was asked a question about his rumored relationship with actress Katie Holmes?
5. What rap star released a new video of a single called "God's Plan" where he gives away $1 million to various people in the Miami area, to complete strangers, a women's shelter and to the fire department?
6. What country was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Friday, and was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock?
7.What nation is currently leading the overall medal count at the Winter Olympics, with 29?

Presidential Trivia
1. Who was the first US president to travel abroad while in office? a. Warren G. Harding; b. Teddy Roosevelt; c. Calvin Coolidge; d. Woodrow Wilson.
2. Besides Abraham Lincoln, who was the only president to die in his second term in office? a. William McKinley; b. Warren G. Harding; c. Zachary Taylor; d. John Tyler.
3. Who was the only president born in the state of New Jersey? a. Woodrow Wilson; b. James K. Polk; c. Grover Cleveland; d. Martin Van Buren.
4. Who is the only president to earn a Masters of Business Administration? a. George W. Bush; b. Bill Clinton; c. Woodrow Wilson; d. Jimmy Carter.
5. Who was the last president who did not attend college? a. Ronald Reagan; b. Teddy Roosevelt; c. Dwight D. Eisenhower; d. Harry Truman.
6. Who was the first Republican elected president? a. James Buchanan; b. Abraham Lincoln; c. US Grant; d. James K. Polk.
7. Name 1 of the 2 US presidents who never made a State of the Union address.

The Q Train: Presidential True or False
1. The teddy bear was named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt.
2. Bejamin Harrison served two non-consecutive terms.
3. James Buchanan was the only bachelor president.
4. William McKinley was president during the Spanish-American War.
5. Ronald Reagan was the only president born in California.
6. Abraham Lincoln scrawled the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope.
7. George Washington had wooden teeth.
8. Barack Obama was the first president born outside the contiguous United States.
9. Ronald Reagan is the oldest man inaugurated president.
10. FDR was the first president to appear on TV.

General Knowledge
1. In Roman numerals, what number does the numeral "C" represent? ( 1 pt)
2. The medical condition known as aFib is an ailment associated with what organ? ( 1 pt)
3. In the Star Trek universe, what color is Mr. Spock's blood? ( 1 pt)
4. The city of Milwaukee, WI sits on which of the Great Lakes? ( 2 pt)
5. What cartoon dog was born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm? ( 2 pt)
6. The dimples of Venus are located where on the human body? ( 2 pt)
7. What country has the most volcanoes in the world? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Rio Manzahares and Rio Jamara are two rivers that run through what world capital city? ( 4 points)
2. What is the only city to host the Olympic Games three times? ( 4 points)
3. Who is the only musician to top the singles charts as a solo artist, in a duo, in a trio, in a quartet and a quartet? ( 5 points)
4. "Star Beast" was the original title of the screenplay that became what 1980 Ridley Scott film? ( 3 points)
5. Steve Balmer resigned from board of Microsoft in 2014 after purchasing what NBA team? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. South Africa; 2. Utah; 3. Marilyn Manson; 4. Jamie Foxx; 5. Drake; 6. Mexico; 7. Norway.

Presidential Trivia
1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. a; 5. d; 6. b; 7. William Henry Harrison and James Garfield.

The Q Train: Presidential True or False
1. true; 2. false, Grover Cleveland; 3. true; 4. true; 5. false, Richard Nixon; 6. false; 7. false, he had lead, gold and ivory false teeth; 8. true; 9. false, Donald Trump; 10. true.

General Knowledge
1. 100; 2. heart; 3. green; 4. Lake Michigan; 5. Snoopy; 6. lower back; 7. USA.

IQ Trivia
1. Madrid; 2. London; 3. Paul McCartney; 4. "Alien"; 5. L.A. Clippers.

Monday, February 19, 2018

We Honor The Presidents Tomorrow

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 20th at 8:30 PM, with "Presidential Trivia" as the Special Category, in honor of Monday being President's Day. It will be seven questions connected to those who have held the highest office in the land, and it will be multiple choice. The Q Train will further celebrate the holiday, with "Presidential True or False Trivia." I will give you ten statements connected to the US presidency, and you have to tell me if it is true or not.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"In Roman numerals, what number does the numeral "C" represent?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this coming Tuesday night at Professor Thom's for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 13

We had 14 teams in for Trivia Night last night, as we had a Valentine's Day themed Special Category and Q Train lightning round. The scores for both rounds were generally on the higher side for most teams. We had a four-team horse race going into IQ Trivia, and the possibility of a four-way tie at the end was there (the teams were separated by just two points), as that has never happened before. But the team of Turkey Club got 4 of the 5 IQ Trivia questions correct, and finished with 48 points and the victory. Congrats to Bob and Cato on a great win.

Second place went to Professor Thom's Bar-Crossed Lovers with 44 points (they also won Best Team Name, and it was their second straight second place finish), and third place was a tie between DIMS and Oh-Yum with 43 points (Oh-Yum won the tie-breaker).

Current Events
1. What country recently passed a new defamation law that makes it illegal there to accuse that the country was complicit with the Nazis in the Holocaust?
2. What Grammy-winning recording legend gave a lengthy rambling interview to Vulture magazine claiming among many things that he once dated Ivanka Trump and knows who killed JFK?
3. Which Ivy League school said last week it will not be rescinding the honorary degree it gave Bill Cosby in 2003 because it has never rescinded one before?
4. Jimmy Garoppolo, the QB on what NFL team, signed a 5-year, $137.5 million deal last week, the largest contract in NFL history?
5. What retail chain announced that they will no longer sell CDs in their stores and will remove them by July 1st?
6. Redmond Gerard won the first gold medal for the USA on Sunday at the Winter Olympics in what sport?
7. Reg E. Cathey, a character actor who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for what TV show in 2015, died last Friday at the age of 59?

Heart Trivia
1. "Places in the Heart" was a 1984 film that what actress won her second Best Actress Oscar for?
2. "Heart of Darkness" was an 1899 novella written by what British author?
3. "The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll" was a 1984 Top 10 hit song bt what San Francisco-based rock band?
4. "The Tell Tale Heart" was a 19th century short story by what American author?
5. "Achy Breaky Heart" was a 1992 hit song by what country artist?
6. "Crazy Heart" was a 2009 film that what actor won a Best Actor Oscar?
7. "The Heartbreakers" was the backing band for what Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame rock star?

The Q Train: Number One Songs With Love In The Title
1. Love Takes Time (1990)
2. A Groovy Kind of Love (1988)
3. That's the Way Love Goes (1993)
4. I Knew I Loved You (2000)
5. The Greatest Love of All (1986)
6. You Give Love a Bad Name (1986)
7. Justify My Love (1991)
8. Love Yourself (2016)
9. Crazy In Love (2003)
10. I'll Make Love To You ( 1994)

General Knowledge
1. Besides Mercury, which other planet in our universe has no moons? ( 1 pt)
2. 31,538,000 seconds is approximately equal to what length of time? ( 1 pt)
3. What animal is in the logo of the World Wildlife Fund? ( 1 pt)
4. A cube has how many total edges? ( 2 pt)
5. Who has been the band leader on "The Tonight Show" since 2014? ( 2 pt)
6. What insect was named to honor the Virgin Mary? ( 2 pt)
7. "The Dismal Science" is a derogatory term for what academic subject? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. Who was the first pope to make an official visit to the United States? ( 4 points)
2. Stanley Ann Dunham was the mother of what famous American man? ( 4 points)
3. What 21st century pop group is the only music group to have their first three albums debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200? ( 5 points)
4. What iconic book and movie character got its name from a birdwatching book its author discovered it in? ( 3 points)
5.What 1961 movie ranks as the number one "must-see romantic movie" for Valentine's Day, according to Netflix audience scores? (4 points)

Current Events
1. Poland; 2. Quincy Jones; 3. Yale; 4. San Francisco 49ers; 5. Best Buy; 6. snowboarding; 7. "House of Cards."

Heart Trivia
1. Sally Field; 2. Joseph Conrad; 3. Huey Lewis & The News; 4. Edgar Allan Poe; 5. Billy Ray Cyrus; 6. Jeff Bridges; 7. Tom Petty.

The Q Train: Number 1 Songs With Love In The Title
1. Mariah Carey; 2. Phil Collins; 3. Janet Jackson; 4. Savage Garden; 5. Whitney Houston; 6. Bon Jovi; 7. Madonna; 8. Justin Bieber; 9. Beyonce; 10. Boyz II Men.

General Knowledge
1. Venus; 2. one year; 3. panda; 4. twelve; 5. Questlove; 6. ladybug; 7. economics.

IQ Trivia
1. Pope Paul VI; 2. Barack Obama; 3. One Direction; 4. James Bond; 5."Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Monday, February 12, 2018

Love Reigns On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 13th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's, with "Heart Trivia" as the Special Category. In honor of the following day being Valentine's Day, I will ask you seven questions that have something to with hearts, mostly in music, literature and the movies. The Q Train lightning round will be "Number One Songs With Love in the Title." I will give you the names of ten songs that topped the US charts within the last 30 years that has the word "love" in it (continuing the Valentine's Day theme), along the year it was released, and you have to tell the artist who had that hit.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Besides Mercury, what other planet in our universe has no moons?"

Hope to see many of you for Trivia on Tuesday night, as love will surely be in the air then!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Trivia Q&A: February 6

We had 12 teams in for Trivia last night, with some large sized teams (in number of players that is, not the girth of players), and a rather fun night all around as well. The top five teams were neck and neck all night long, at one point only separated by just two points. But the team of DIMS pulled out the win by getting 4 of 5 correct in the IQ Trivia round, and jumped from third place and won with 45 points. Another great win for them.

Second place went to The 2018 Quinnter Olympics with 43 points, and third place went to The Iron Bank with 42 points.

Best Team Name: You Should All Be Standing and Applauding Me (which they did all night long!)

Current Events
1. What rapper was accused of sexually assaulting two women in the UK in 2016 and 2017 in a lawsuit revealed last week?
2. What Oscar-winning actor is set to Fred Rogers of PBS fame in an upcoming biopic called "You Are My Friend?"
3. Roger Federer won the 2018 Australian Open Men's Final last week, and how many Grand Slam titles has he now won?
4. What female pop singer canceled the last 10 dates of her current European tour due to severe pain, as she suffers from fibromyalgia?
5. What Republican congressman announced he was not running for re-election this November and would be returning to the justice system?
6. The NFL announced last week that what TV network will pay $3 billion for the next five years to broadcast Thursday Night Football?
7. What classic rock star announced on social media on Monday that he is retiring from touring when the current tour ends, citing the personal toll of touring and the recent death of his lead guitarist?

Winter Olympics Trivia
1. Which nation has the hosted the Winter Olympics more times than any other? a. Switzerland; b. Russia; c. USA; d. Norway.
2. What nation did the US hockey team defeat to clinch the gold medal in 1980? a. Sweden; b; Finland; c. Czechoslovakia; d. West Germany.
3. The first Winter Olympics took place in 1924 in what country? a. France; b. USA; c. Russia; d. Norway.
4. Tonya Harding's infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan took place just prior to what year's Winter Olympics? a. 1988; b. 1992; c. 1994; d. 1998.
5. What was the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympics? a. Montreal; b. Calgary; c. Vancouver; d. Toronto.
6. What country's Olympic bobsled team was the subject of a 1993 feature film? a. Brazil; b. Cuba; c. Bahamas; d. Jamaica.
7. Tara Lipinski of the US is the youngest athlete to win a gold medal in 1998 in what sport? a. figure skating; b. speed skating; c. ski jumping; d. cross-country skiing.

The Q Train: 21st Century Oscar-Winning Characters
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. June Carter Cash
3. Harvey Milk
4. Stephen Hawking
5. Katherine Hepburn
6. King George VI
7. Idi Amin
8. Ray Charles
9. Margaret Thatcher
10. The Joker

General Knowledge
1. "The Truth is Out There" is the tagline for what popular sci-fi TV series? ( 1 pt)
2. "Straight Out of Compton" was a 1988 album by what rap group? ( 1 pt)
3. The Arabian Sea is part of what ocean? ( 1 pt)
4. What amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery? ( 2 pt)
5. According to Google Trends, between "beautiful", "license" and "accommodation", which is the most misspelled word in the US? (2 pt)
6. The Winter Palace is a famous building located in what country? ( 2 pt)
7. Steely McBeam is the official mascot of what NFL team? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What female rock singer performed with a band called Big Brother and the Holding Company in the 1960s before embarking on a solo career? ( 4 points)
2. Joseph-Armand Bombardier received a patent for what vehicle he invented in 1937? ( 5 points)
3. What is the only surname shared by a US president and a UK prime minister, both serving in the 20th century? ( 4 points)
4. Who is the only actress to portray Queen Elzabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II in the movies? ( 3 points)
5. What international company took its name from the First Mate in the novel "Moby Dick?" ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Nelly; 2. Tom Hanks; 3. 20; 4. Lady Gaga; 5. Trey Gowdy; 6. Fox; 7. Paul Simon.

Winter Olympics Trivia
1. c; 2. b; 3. a; 4. c; 5. b; 6. d; 7. a.

The Q Train: 21st Century Oscar-Winning Characters
1. Daniel Day-Lewis; 2. Reese Witherspoon; 3. Sean Penn; 4. Eddie Redmayne; 5. Cate Blanchett; 6. Colin Firth; 7. Forest Whitaker; 8. Jamie Foxx; 9. Meryl Streep; 10. Heath Ledger.

General Knowledge
1. "The X-Files;" 2. NWA; 3. Indian; 4. 13; 5. beautiful; 6. Russia ( I also accepted Austria); 7. Pittsburgh Steelers.

IQ Trivia
1. Janis Joplin; 2. snowmobile; 3. Wilson; 4. Helen Mirren; 5. Starbucks.

Monday, February 05, 2018

The Games of Winter Trivia On Tuesday

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, February 6th at 8:30 PM at Professor Thom's with "Winter Olympics Trivia", seven questions about the history of the games that begin later this week. It will also be a multiple choice round. The Q Train lightning round will be "21st Century Oscar-Winning Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten characters from recent films that won Oscars for those actors and actresses who portrayed them. You will tell me who won those Academy Awards.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"'The Truth is Out There' is the tagline for what popular sci-fi TV series?"

I look forward to seeing many of you this Tuesday night for another great night of Trivia!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trivia Q&A: January 30

We had a great night of Trivia on Tuesday night, with 15 teams in and a crowd really into the Q&A. It was one of those nights when I made the Q Train lightning round a bit easier than I would have liked, with 8 teams getting all ten correct. But in no other category did any team get a perfect score for any round. So, I suppose that balances out. But it was the team of Big Game Danny that won the night, as they were in first place throughout the night, and wound up winning winning with 44 points. My congratulations to Indy, Noah and Kyle on their first ever win, in their first time back at Trivia Night in over a year.

Second place went to State of the Onion with 39 points and DIMS finished in third place with 37 points.

Best Team Name: Ground Control to Professor Thom

Current Events
1. What male singer announced last week that he will be forced to retire from touring after recently being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease?
2. What retail chain, which filed for bankruptcy protection last September, announced they are closing 180 stores around the US this year?
3. What film led the way with 13 Academy Award nominations last Tuesday?
4. What rock superstar announced last week he will make one last world tour of 300 concert dates and will retire from touring to spend more time with his family?
5. What Emmy-winning TV series from the 1990s is getting a reboot by CBS next season, exactly 20 years after it ended its 20-year run?
6. What magazine erased actor James Franco from its much coveted Hollywood portfolio cover last week due to the sexual misconduct allegations against him?
7. Ingvar Kamprad, who was worth $60 billion and was the 8th richest man in the world, died last Saturday in Sweden at the age of 91. What retail chain did he start in 1943?

Super Bowl Trivia
1. Which team won the first Super Bowl in 1967? a. Dallas; b. Green Bay; c. Pittsburgh; d. NY Jets.
2. Which of these NFC teams have the New England Patriots NOT beaten in the Super Bowl? a. Philadelphia; b. Carolina; c. Atlanta; d. Dallas.
3. Where is this year's Super Bowl being played? a. Miami; b. Minneapolis; c. Houston; d. Los Angeles.
4. Which team has appeared in the most Super Bowls? a. New England; b. Pittsburgh; c. Dallas; d. Denver.
5. How many Super Bowls have the Giants and Jets won combined? a. 3; b. 4; c. 5; d. 6.
6. What number Super Bowl is this year's game? a. 51; b. 52; c. 53; d. 54.
7. Name 2 of the 5 players to have won the Super Bowl MVP award at least twice.

The Q Train: 21st Century TV Characters
1. Francis Underwood
2. Liz Lemon
3. Tyrion Lannister
4. Michael Scott
5. Don Draper
6. Omar Little
7. Walter White
8. Carrie Mathieson
9. Brian Griffin
10. Selina Meyer

General Knowledge
1. Benjamin Franklin famously said, "Nothing is certain except death and what?" ( 1 pt)
2. In September 2014, what nation voted not to ceded from the UK? ( 1 pt)
3. Robert Moog revolutionized music by designing a popular model of what instrument? ( 1 pt)
4. In 1986, what boxer defeated Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history? ( 2 pt)
5. Jared Leto won an Oscar in 2014 for what film? ( 2 pt)
6. Which US state has the motto "North to the Future?" ( 2 pt)
7. How many letters are there in the Hawaiian alphabet? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. What pop singer is the only artist to have a number one Billboard album in six decades? ( 5 points)
2. What Asian country celebrates National Foundation Day every February 11th? ( 4 points)
3. Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibnitz both developed what branch of mathematics? ( 3 points)
4. In the 1994 film "Forrest Gump", which US president does Forrest expose his butt to in doctored archival footage? ( 4 points)
5. Yerba Buena was the original name of what West Coast city, which was changed by the chief magistrate there in 1847? ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. Neil Diamond; 2. Toys 'R' Us; 3. "The Shape of Water;" 4. Elton John; 5. "Murphy Brown;" 6. Vanity Fair; 7. IKEA.

Super Bowl Trivia
1. b; 2. d; 3. b; 4. c; 5. c; 6. b; 7. Tom Brady (4), Joe Montana (3), Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Eli Manning (2 each).

The Q Train: 21st Century Trivia
1. House of Cards; 2. 30 Rock; 3. Game of Thrones; 4. The Office; 5. Mad Men; 6. The Wire; 7. Breaking Bad; 8. Homeland; 9. Family Guy; 10. Veep.

General Knowledge
1. Taxes; 2. Scotland; 3. synthesizer; 4. Mike Tyson; 5. "Dallas Buyers Club;" 6. Alaska; 7. 13.

IQ Trivia
1. Barbra Streisand; 2. Japan; 3. calculus; 4. Lyndon Johnson; 5. San Francisco.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Pigskin Trivia Dominates This Week

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, January 30th at 8:30 PM, with "Super Bowl Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions on football's big game, and for those of you who aren't huge fans of the pigskin, it will be multiple choice. The Q Train lightning round will be "21st Century TV Characters Trivia." I will give you the names of ten famous characters from TV shows on the air since 2001, and you have to tell the show they were on.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"Benjamin Franklin famously said, 'Nothing is certain in life except death and what?'"

I hope to see many of you this Tuesday night for what will surely be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fenway Park Never Fails to Impress

My friend Paul Swaney over at the great web site "Stadium Journey" recently posted their annual list of the Top 100 Stadium experiences across North America, and naturally Fenway Park landed in the overall Top 10. Check out this link to find out where it ended up.

Paul and his crew also have a Top 10 rank of stadiums by sport, all of the major league ones, and it also includes college and minor league stadiums as well. (As a Minnesota Vikings fan I was surprised that US Bank Stadium didn't crack the NFL Top 10. Oh well, I guess they have their reasons why it didn't.)

I also found it interesting that Citi Field cracked the overall Top 100, but Yankee Stadium did not. 

So, please do check out Paul's site. Worth your time to check it out, as he even has reviews of ballparks from sports from around the world.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trivia Q&A: January 23

We had another fine turnout with 12 teams and a crowd really into last night's Trivia. The scores were rather low the first two rounds, as this might have been another night I made the Trivia a bit harder than I thought. But the scores picked up in the following rounds. The boys from DIMS had another terrific night, getting all five correct in IQ Trivia and walking away with 51 points and convincing win. Congrats to Michael, Ken and Derek on another great win.

But in all my years doing Trivia, something happened last night that never happened before. We had a four-way tie for second place! The teams of Liverwurst Club, My Neck, My Back, Eat My Tide Pod Snack, Probing Sessions and Shut Up the Government & Shut Down the Super Bowl all finished with 36 points, so we had a tie breaker question to determine second and third places. "How many total Grammy nominations do Jay-Z and Kanye West have combined in their careers?" The answer is 128, as they both have 64. Probing Sessions was closest in their guess, and finished second, and Liverwurst Club was next closest, and finished third.

Best Team Name: My Neck, My Back, Eat My Tide Pod Snack

Current Events
1. Delores O'Riordan, the lead singer of what Irish rock band, was found dead in a London hotel room last week?
2. Pope Francis officiated a wedding ceremony among two flight attendants during his three-day visit in what South American country last Thursday?
3. What world capital city had only six minutes of sunlight for the entire month of December, due to unrelenting cloud cover, the darkest since the city began recording the data?
4. What company is planning to build a new corporate campus while hiring 20,000 new workers because of a tax cut that will enable them to bring an estimated $245 billion from overseas?
5. A former employee of what Oscar-winning actor accused him last week of sexually harassing her and masturbating in front of her when she worked for him in the 1980s?
6. At least 43 people were killed when five suicide bombers stormed a hotel in the capital of what Asian country last Saturday?
7. What much-maligned film starring Mark Wahlberg led the way with nine nominations as the Razzie Awards were announced this past weekend?

Grammy Awards Trivia
1. Which rock group has won the most Grammys with 22 in its history? a. The Rolling Stones; b. U2; c. The Who; d. The Beatles.
2. Which of these individual pop music artists has won the most Grammys? a. Madonna; b. Michael Jackson; c. Stevie Wonder; d. Frank Sinatra.
3. What city is hosting the 2018 Grammy Awards? a. New York; b. Los Angeles; c. Nashville; d. New Orleans.
4. Who was the first rock band to win the Album of the Year Grammy in 1968? a. The Beatles; b. The Rolling Stones; c. Simon and Garfunkel; d. Blood, Sweat and Tears.
5. Which female artist has won the most Grammys in history, with 27? a. Aretha Franklin; b. Beyonce; c. Ella Fitzgerald; d. Alison Krauss.
6. What artist is nominated for the most Grammys for 2018? a. Kendrick Lamar; b. Bruno Mars; c. Jay-Z; d. SZA.
7. Which of these artists is the only one to refuse a Grammy Award? a. Bob Dylan; b. Sinead O'Connor; c. The Dixie Chicks; d. The Sex Pistols.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. The island group known as the Azores are found in the Pacific Ocean.
2. Marlon Brando portrayed Superman's father in the 1978 movie "Superman."
3. The land that makes up the District of Columbia was donated by the state of Virginia.
4. The Ebola virus was named after a river.
5. The Evelyn Wood program is best known for teaching public speaking.
6. A cow has four compartments in its stomach.
7. A male moose sheds its antlers once a year.
8. In 19th century Japan, it was customary for women to dye their teeth black.
9. The primary characteristics of strobe lighting is a reddish glow.
10. Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, is the lead singer of the band Hot House Flowers.

General Knowledge
1. "We're gonna need a bigger boat" is a famous line from what 1976 film? ( 1 pt)
2. What was the first state to ratify the US Constitution? ( 1 pt)
3. The West Nile Virus is primarily transmitted by what insect? ( 1 pt)
4. James Spader plays an ex-fugitive who works with the FBI on what TV series? ( 2 pt)
5. The iconic statue "Christ the Redeemer" is found in what country? ( 2 pt)
6. "Rude Boy" was a 2009 hit single for what female pop singer? ( 2 pt)
7. What nation fought the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939? ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. UFC champion Ronda Rousey went to the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in what sport? ( 5 points)
2. Hill Valley was a fictional town in what hit 1985 comedy film? ( 3 points)
3. What former dictator sued the makers of "Call to Duty: Black Ops II" in 2014 for defamation after he appeared in the video game? ( 4 points)
4. In 2013, what hard rock band played a concert in Antarctica and became the first band ever to play concerts on all seven continents? ( 4 points)
5. What HBO series centered on the hunt for a serial killer named "The Yellow King?" ( 4 points)

Current Events
1. The Cranberries; 2. Chile; 3. Moscow; 4. Apple; 5. Michael Douglas; 6. Afghanistan; 7. "Transformers: The Last Knight."

Grammy Awards Trivia
1. b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. d; 6. c; 7. b.

The Q Train: True or False Trivia
1. false, Atlantic; 2. true; 3. false, Maryland; 4. true; 5. false, speed reading; 6. true; 7. true; 8. true; 9. false, high speed flashing; 10.false, The Wallflowers.

General Knowledge
1. "Jaws;" 2. Delaware; 3. mosquito; 4. "The Blacklist;" 5. Brazil; 6. Rhianna; 7. Finland.

IQ Trivia
1. Judo; 2. "Back to the Future;" 3. Manuel Noriega; 4. Metallica; 5. "True Detective."

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Trivia College of Musical Knowledge

Trivia will be happening this Tuesday night, January 23rd, with "Grammy Awards Trivia" as the Special Category. It will be seven questions about music's biggest awards, which will be happening the following Sunday night. The questions will also be multiple choice. The Q Train lightning round will be "True or False Trivia." I'll give you ten statements and you have to tell me if they are indeed true statements, or I am just making them up.

The Sneak Peek question for this week is:
"The West Nile Virus is primarily transmitted by what insect?"

We'll get going at 8:30 PM on Tuesday night at Professor Thom's, and I hope many of you can join us for what should be a great night of Trivia Q&A!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trivia Q&A: January 16

We had another good crowd in for Trivia on Tuesday night, with 13 teams playing, and another night of many people on each team.  The scores were really good for Black and White Trivia (I guess I made that too easy), and rather low for IQ Trivia (I guess I made that too hard), as five teams didn't answer even one question correctly. But we ended up having a tie for first place, the first time that has happened in a long time. Both DIMS and Turkey Club ended up with 45 points, so we had a tie-breaker question: "How many windows does the Empire State Building have in total?" The answer is 6,514, and the team of Turkey Club was closest in their guess, so they won the night. Congrats to Bob and Cato on the victory.

Third place went ot Nuclear Winter Games: Seoul 2018 with 42 points.

Best Team Name: Yoko O'Know It Alls

Current Events
1. What man recently passed Bill Gates as the world's richest person, and is worth $105 billion, the richest man ever?
2. What female pop singer was chosen to sing the National Anthem at next month's Super bowl in Minneapolis?
3. A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of what Central American country last Wednesday?
4. What Oscar-winning actor went on an epic rant during an awards show in NYC last week, calling President Trump "baby-in-chief" and "jerkoff-in-chief?"
5. What retail chain announced that it will be increasing employees' starting hourly wage from $9 to $11 per hour, but will also be closing dozens of stores in the mean time?
6. Variety magazine said last week that what Oscar-winning actor will star in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film based on the life of Charles Manson?
7. What male R&B singer posted an Instagram video of his 3-year-old daughter with his pet monkey and it led authorities to seize the monkey because he had no permit and he could face jail time?

Black and White Trivia
1. What cocktail is made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream?
2. The All Blacks are New Zealand's national team for what sport?
3. What was the name of the fast-food restaurant Harold and Kumar always wanted to go to in their movie series?
4. Fergie was the only female member of what hip-hop group?
5. What 1982 hit song by Billy Idol is often considered to be his most popular song?
6. What disease reached its peak in 14th century Europe?
7. The novels "Charlotte's Web" and "Stuart Little" were written by what author?

The Q Train: Name the Month
1. Germany surrenders to the US in WWII in 1945.
2. Autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere in this month.
3. The Boston Marathon is always held in this month.
4. The Roe vs. Wade abortion decision by the Supreme Court is handed down in 1973.
5. "Saturday Night Live" debuts on NBC in 1975.
6. Fathers Day and Flag Day are celebrated in this month.
7. Women's History Month and Pi Day occur in this month.
8. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on the Moon in 1969.
9. Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in the UK every year in this month.
10. The Zodiac signs Leo and Virgo occur together in this month.

General Knowledge
1. The Iran-Contra scandal occurred during what president's administration? ( 1 pt)
2. In the US, a 100 proof bottle of liquor contains what percentage of alcohol? ( 1 pt)
3. Through what part of their bodies do crickets hear? ( 1 pt)
4. "That Thing You Do" was a feature film directed by what actor in 1996? ( 2 pt)
5. Recorded over 3000 times, what Beatles song was originally titled "Scrambled Eggs?" ( 2 pt)
6. "The Best a Man Can Get" is the slogan for what company? ( 2 pt)
7. According to Shakespeare, who said, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears?" ( 3 pt)

IQ Trivia
1. In what country does Mount Kosciuszko claim the title as the highest mainland mountain? ( 4 points)
2. Martin Luther King Day was the most recent national holiday, signed into law in 1983. What national holiday is the second most recent, becoming one in 1968? ( 4 points)
3. What supermodel testified about blood diamonds at the criminal trial of Liberian dictator Charles Taylor in 2012? ( 4 points)
4. In 1946, the US attempted (and failed) to buy what strategically located island from a European ally for $100 million? ( 5 points)
5. What actor founded the Sundance Film Festival in 1978? ( 3 points)

Current Events
1. Jeff Bezos; 2. Pink; 3. Honduras; 4. Robert DeNiro; 5. Walmart; 6. Leonardo DiCaprio; 7. Chris Brown.

Black and White Trivia
1. White Russian; 2. rugby; 3. White Castle; 4. The Black Eyed Peas; 5. "White Wedding;" 6. The Black Plague; 7. E.B. White.

The Q Train: Name the Month Trivia
1. May; 2. September; 3. April; 4. January; 5. October; 6. June; 7. March; 8. July; 9. November; 10. August.

General Knowledge
1. Ronald Reagan; 2. 50; 3. legs; 4. Tom Hanks; 5. "Yesterday;" 6. Gillette; 7. Mark Antony.

IQ Trivia
1. Australia; 2. Columbus Day; 3. Naomi Campbell; 4. Greenland; 5. Robert Redford.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A 2004 Red Sox Moment In Minnesota

As many of you may know, I have been a fan of the Minnesota Vikings for quite a long time. I go back to 1972 with them, when Fran Tarkenton was traded back to the Vikings by the Giants. The Giants were awful back then, and I "followed" Fran back to his old team, and I really got to like the Vikings, with their Purple People Eaters and dominance in brutally cold weather. I became a fan, and have stuck with them ever since, through the Super Bowl losses, mediocre teams, and other near misses from years such as 1998 and 2009.

I've actually been a Vikings fan 5 years longer than I've been a Red Sox fan. (I hooked up with these long-suffering franchises when I was just a youth. Little did I know the misery I was in for going forward.) I was absolutely thrilled when the Red Sox reached the Promised Land in 2004, with the greatest comeback in history and the first title in 86 years. But I remember saying to my friends that night, "Now if only the Vikings can one day win a Super Bowl..."

It's been an amazing season for the Vikings in 2017. They lost two key players early in the year in QB Sam Bradford and rookie RB Dalvin Cook. I thought each injury would derail any chance the Vikings had, but their amazing defense, ranked number one overall in the NFL, has kept the dream going, not to mention the incredible play of QB Case Keenum and RB Latavius Murray. They stepped in, and the team didn't miss a beat, winning eight straight at one point.

As the second round of the playoffs was about to begin, and the Vikings would face the New Orleans Saints, I couldn't help think of the 2004 Red Sox. Both the Red Sox and Vikings fan bases have been through absolutely interminable long stretches of waiting and hoping to see their teams win it all. I thought more and more about the ecstasy of the Red Sox 2004 World Series win, and how I want to relive that feeling again, this time with the football team I have supported for 46 years. I even got slightly emotional at the thought this might finally be the Vikings year. I just wanted to see happen now. Just ONCE.

Could the 2017 Vikings be the 2004 Red Sox?

The way Sunday's game finished, they sure could be.

It was a crazy game. The Vikings dominated the first half, taking a 17-0 lead at halftime, playing an almost perfect half of football (except missing a field goal at the end of the half). I started thinking that it was coming too easy, and that the Saints aren't as bad as they way they played the first half.

And they came back. New Orleans scored a TC at the end of the third quarter, scored another early in the fourth, and blocked a Vikings punt and later converted that into another TD, and grabbed a 21-20 lead. But they left too much time on the clock, and Keenum drove the Vikings down to the Saints 35, where Kai Forbath kicked a 53-yard FG to put the Vikings out front again.

But they left too much time on the clock, too. New Orleans drove down the field, and Mike Lutz' 43-yard FG seemed to give New Orleans a 24-23 win. But there was still 25 seconds to play...

At that point, I sank in my chair at home, thinking the season for the Vikings was over. I was going over in my head the reaction to this loss, how the Vikings were "chokers" again, giving up a 17-point lead, and this would be another in the litany of painful Vikings losses. I was even thinking how I'd react to this on Facebook, and what should I change my FB profile picture to?

I half-heartedly watched the final seconds, and it looked like the Vikings were going down without a fight. They got to their own 31 with 10 seconds left, and I had the TV on mute, as I didn't want to hear it.

Then Keenum finds Stefon Diggs at the Vikings' 35 yard-line, and nobody touches him, and he's running down the sidelines with no one behind him. Am I really seeing this??? I grabbed my TV remote and turned the sound back on, and Joe Buck was screaming about the Vikings winning! I fell to my knees in front on my TV and just started laughing and yelling "I can't believe this just happened!!" over and over again.

I replayed the score, and recorded for my friends on FB. My iPhone exploded with friends and family congratulating me on the win. It was the greatest moment in Minnesota Vikings history, and now they head to Philadelphia on Sunday to play the Eagles for the right to play in the Super Bowl, on their own home turf.

The game put a smile on my face that stayed there the rest of the night, and is still there. And I couldn't help think of the 2004 Red Sox again on Sunday night, and experienced the joy I felt when the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit against New York to get to the World Series. This time it was with the Minnesota Vikings. They pulled a rabbit out of the hat like the Red Sox did back then, and gave the fans a moment we'll always treasure.

It was a gift to all their long-suffering fans, and now we will see if they can parlay this absolutely unbelievable moment into their first Super Bowl title ever. Like the Red Sox winning the 2004 AL pennant, the Vikings still have lots of work to do before they can claim the ultimate victory.

But Stefon Diggs' TD on Sunday will go down in NFL playoff lore, no matter what happens from here on in. Thank you, Vikings, and now let's go get the Lombardi Trophy.

Just once before I die!