I’m keeping this quick and relatively joke-free. It’s been a long weekend, and I want to go to bed.
The Simpsons Trivia Contest was last Thursday night at The Old Fashioned in downtown Madison. My team arrived in character, in uniform and ready to destroy the 19 other teams in our way of Pop Culture immortality.
The Old Fashioned was top-notch, sporting Pabst Blue Ribbon specials, copious cheese plates and an awesome waitstaff. I’ve never been there before, but I’m totally going back the first chance I get.
Once the 20 teams got situated at about 9:15pm, the contest got down to business. Me, the Missus, Sherry and Nathan ‘The Ringer‘ Comp put our collective heads together and started picking apart the contenders and pretenders.
There were 9 rounds of 10 questions each. Jesse Russell, the MC, was working hard and making sure that the whole thing went off without a hitch. I appreciated his efforts; it went really well, and I also enjoy it when he links to the CDP on Dane 101.
The winner of each round got themselves a mini-prize and the overall winner won the cash (around $100, from what I could tell). After losing the first two rounds to ‘Team Bitey,’ The Hank Scorpio Experience started to pick up steam, eventually winning 3 individual rounds before the end.
As the rounds went on, Us and Team Bitey were fighting neck and neck for 1st place, as the remaining competition started to slowly drift further and further away from us. Considering the collaborative minds that I saw when I entered The Old Fashioned, I didn’t think we’d be doing this well going into the final round. Nathan Comp was our savior. This guy was an absolute ringer, answering every question I didn’t know. I seriously thought he was cheating for a second; that’s how rad it was.
Nine rounds and two mini-prizes later, the results were in.
We had finished 2nd to Team Bitey.
By two points.
Nonetheless, it was a lot better than I had envisioned, we had a great time and got our admission fee back. We also won a Simpsons DVD and a frosted mug that I’m drinking Newcastle out of as we speak. Next time, we’re taking everything; I guarantee it.
Thanks to everyone who put the contest on, it was cool as hell. Can’t wait to do it again; maybe Mystery Science Theater 3000 trivia next time?
We also saw the movie on Friday night, and I quite enjoyed it, although the white-trash theater crowd didn’t laugh at a single highbrow joke. Either way, I was as satisfied as I could be, and I certainly recommend it.
Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your Monday.