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by browen
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 1991

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

Since Ankit and Joe have been the only other players to comment on the 2011 NSC, a tournament I thought I had finally suppressed from my memory, I figured I'd chip in. I was basically serving as an alternate for our B team at the NSC as I was far better on NAQT than ACF style questions so it was ext...
by browen
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018-19)
Replies: 16
Views: 7647

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018-19)

So I sent a PM about this, but I never got a response. Is there any more information on the Minnesota mirror of HFT? If it is being held in the Minneapolis metro we would be interesting in attending, but we would like to know which weekend the tournament is likely to be held on.
by browen
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 6422

Re: Player tossup etiquette

Just curious, how would you buzzer fake? I have definitely met players (in Certamen, not quizbowl) who automatically buzz when they hear someone else buzz. Unlike quizbowl buzzers, Certamen machines recognize the first buzz on each team (so up to 3 basically simultaneous buzzes for 3 teams), and it...
by browen
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: List of Essential Resources (alpha)
Replies: 19
Views: 20948

Re: List of Essential Resources (alpha)

I assume you are talking about the "You Gotta Know" guides, not the frequency or Power Up materials they produce, as those are a commercial product. If that's the case, you can go directly to NAQT's web site and use your right click to download the pages in question. There were ACE Camp Study guide...
by browen
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 21667

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

About this baseball bonus. It was played in Round 26, which featured a total of nine games. Just PM someone from each match to get the conversion data if you really want to get to the bottom of it. Northview swept the bonus in the Northview-Stevenson game, although several of the Northview players a...
by browen
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Preseason Predictions
Replies: 20
Views: 10885

Re: Preseason Predictions

I don't really see how Dorman will be anywhere near the top 15 this season but I am happy to be proved wrong. I think I speak for the entire Dorman A-team when I say that we would love nothing more than to prove you wrong, Nick. I guess our game against you at HSNCT wasn't enough proof for you. You...
by browen
Thu May 31, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: List of NSC (2018) Side Events
Replies: 22
Views: 7540

Re: List of NSC (2018) Side Events

An unimportant (but important to me...) side-note is that Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final is in DC on Saturday night, so I'll probably trek out to a bar in RTC to go watch it, if anyone would like to join, or even host a viewing in the NSC hotel bar. I would like to add another note about this. Wal...
by browen
Sun May 13, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSNCT-only predictions
Replies: 9
Views: 4159

Re: HSNCT-only predictions

Thanks for making the spreadsheet Vikshar. I'm very interested in seeing how the combined average sorts out all of the contenders for Top 25 spots at the national championships. I've got a question though. Additionally, HSNCT and NSC require different playing styles (HSNCT being very heavy on tossup...
by browen
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CATT XIII @ Chattahoochee High School GA (11/11/17)
Replies: 4
Views: 4654

Re: CATT XIII @ Chattahoochee High School GA (11/11/17)

mwfree wrote:Were stats ever posted for this tournament?
I don't remember receiving an email with them.
If they were posted, can you please point me in the right direction.
Thank you!
Link: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/4562/
by browen
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 1st annual Dacula DIABLO - 02/10/18 @ Dacula HS (Dacula, GA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2535

Re: 1st annual Dacula DIABLO - 02/10/18 @ Dacula HS (Dacula,

AKKOLADE wrote:Are there results for this?
This event was cancelled.
by browen
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What is the Best Way to Tell How Good a Player Actually Is?
Replies: 15
Views: 5860

Re: What is the Best Way to Tell How Good a Player Actually

It comes down to the player in the context of their team. The best player on a weak team, assuming they're decent, probably has a high PPG and a respectably, but low power ratio. What Ricky's saying could be true, but it's also possible the high power percentage player you're comparing them to is o...
by browen
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What is the Best Way to Tell How Good a Player Actually Is?
Replies: 15
Views: 5860

Re: What is the Best Way to Tell How Good a Player Actually

Like Michael, I use powers to rate players. When I draft my preseason rankings each year, I look at how many powers each team is returning and then go from there (checking out B-team players, seeing if they were at full strength at nats, etc.). Sometime you see fourth scorers on top teams score some...
by browen
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: On the Predictive Value of HSQBRank + the Poll
Replies: 17
Views: 5898

Re: On the Predictive Value of HSQBRank + the Poll

As Kevin Kodama suggests , though, well-meaning voters can still overlook teams that hail from outside their region, play tournaments infrequently, have improved rapidly, or have otherwise escaped the attention of the quizbowl punditocracy. Wayzata, which seems poised to take home one of the larger...
by browen
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Plano West!
Replies: 47
Views: 19331

Re: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: May 26-27, Atlanta

When I read about these changes, I read about them with some concern, particularly the part about the divided pool at the start of the tournament and the ability for the first 100 teams to select which grouping they will play in. I do not think many teams in the first 100 to register will opt for t...
by browen
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 7864

Re: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?

Tournaments that have traditionally attracted very strong fields: Texas Invitational, the main site of Harvard Fall, New Trier Varsity Thomas Jefferson and Richard Montgomery both return everyone from top-tier teams at NSC, so a DC-area tournament that features both of them is likely to be very tou...
by browen
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things
Replies: 17
Views: 6654

Re: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things

Similar in nature to your Albania example, there was a question at PACE on Sierra Leone that I'm sure can be posted in this thread if you message Rob Carson. If I remember correctly, it didn't include Freetown at the giveaway (mostly focused on the actions of Charles Taylor during their Civil War). ...
by browen
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 9798

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

There are literally not enough weekends in the year to accommodate half of these. Imo, there are two major reasons for the use of housewrites. The first is for a team acquire revenue, and the second is that producing the housewrite will help with the development of their players since it forces you...
by browen
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 33308

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

I'd like to see the tossup on "ice" because I'm curious where it went after One Hundred Years of Solitude clues. On that note, when will the set be posted? I think people would like to be able to see the set while they discuss it. It says in a day or two in the initial post. Second Michael on the D...
by browen
Tue May 30, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 45043

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

jonah wrote:I don't really see that this would have helped much
That was my bad. I was adding up the score and thought this year's tossup had led with "The Ezeiza Massacre...".
by browen
Tue May 30, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 45043

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

How different was the Peron question from this year compared to last year (when it was in Round 17)? The answer line could easily be Argentina with Peron being an acceptable answer line early in the question. I just thought is was odd that the opening was exactly the same in back-to-back years in th...
by browen
Wed May 24, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Pre-Nats Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 7228

Re: Pre-Nats Poll

I've posted voters' individual ballots here . While not inherently problematic, I thought it worth mentioning that 10 of the 12 voters who included their own teams placed them higher than they ended up in the final rankings, and the other two — Gismondi and Owen — assigned their teams the exact ran...
by browen
Wed May 24, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Pre-Nats Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 7228

Re: Pre-Nats Poll

I do believe that several polls, conducted with different methodology and perspectives, yield a more complete picture than a single poll based mostly on PBB, even one as scrupulously researched as Fred's. Still, it's only right to be open about what criteria we are applying in our own evaluations. ...
by browen
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 27902

Re: Midseason Poll

Time for another one yet? I presume Gabe will wait until after the Texas Invitational. There's at least eight Top 15 teams playing in it (maybe more depending on who the teams playing under a pseudonym are). *9. "Ohio Country" is me. I know who Ohio Country and Preston Hollow are, but I wasn't tryi...
by browen
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 27902

Re: Midseason Poll

Antrobus63 wrote:Time for another one yet?
I presume Gabe will wait until after the Texas Invitational. There's at least eight Top 15 teams playing in it (maybe more depending on who the teams playing under a pseudonym are).
by browen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 Small School Pre-Nationals Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 19717

Re: Small School Pre-Nationals Discussion

Since it had been asked in the Midseason Poll thread, I made a Small School Ranking of the teams registered for SSNCT (as I knew which division they were in). This was done the second week of March. On what criteria was this ranking based? PPB on NAQT sets, priority given to teams that have scored ...
by browen
Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 Small School Pre-Nationals Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 19717

Re: Small School Pre-Nationals Discussion

Since it had been asked in the Midseason Poll thread, I made a Small School Ranking of the teams registered for SSNCT (as I knew which division they were in). This was done the second week of March. Traditional Public: 1. Danville 2. Glasgow 3. Southwestern 4. West Point 5. Raceland-Worthington Char...
by browen
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TEXAS - LONE STAR REPUBLIC 2016-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 5249

Re: TEXAS - LONE STAR REPUBLIC 2016-2017

randomguy1997 wrote:
browen wrote:The Texas subforum is rarely used as their website (texasquizbowl.com) has pretty much anything a coach ever needs to know about their circuit.
Seems like it's actually texasquizbowl.org
Good catch.
by browen
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TEXAS - LONE STAR REPUBLIC 2016-2017
Replies: 12
Views: 5249

Re: TEXAS - LONE STAR REPUBLIC 2016-2017

Hey person from out of state here, I was thinking about going to Texas Invitational and I noticed that one of the sets being played is Delta Burke. In past this tournament has been run on college regular difficulty sets, right? I have also read Delta Burke from past years and although I do think it...
by browen
Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 27902

Re: Midseason Poll

Maybe I'm just late to the party on this... but has there ever been an attempt by previous poll-meisters to gather together all major non-NAQT event results in one place for the voters' perusal? I know that Gabe did alert me to some numbers that I didn't know about, but I can't expect him to know e...
by browen
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 27902

Re: Midseason Poll

I would like to say that my only issue with the poll results is that Canyon Crest got straight up shafted by good ole East Coast bias. And as no high schooler from further west than Texas has commented on the thread, it is unlikely to change with the player poll.
by browen
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 27902

Re: Midseason Poll

I was a bit dismayed at the omission of the small school rankings this time around, but understandable given that some of the preseason top ten have been to as little as one or even no NAQT HS events this season, making stats hard to come by. I'm interested as to whether or not this player opinion ...
by browen
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 64
Views: 27902

Re: Midseason Poll

Just wondering, is there a particular reason there's no ballot from an illinois coach? I realize there may be a very good reason behind it, but considering the relatively high activity and depth of the illinois circuit, I was just surprised there was no ballot. It is surprising, but it boils down t...
by browen
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 30
Views: 16521

Re: Preseason Poll

I agree with Jakob here, and feel that schools that are in smaller circuits and thus play less teams will have less exposure than teams in larger circuits. One example I am familiar with is Lisgar. While I didn't expect them to be in the Top 25, I was surprised that they didn't receive a single vot...