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by Dan Greenstein
Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/20/10 at Maryland
Replies: 91
Views: 15359

Re: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/20/10 at Maryland

I came out of the woodwork to help out at this tournament, and I ended up running stats. Anyway, some quick results: Division 1: Six teams played a double round robin. The fifth and sixth teams played twice, and the top four teams (Penn, Maryland A, VCU, and Virginia) played a mini-round robin. As o...
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bloggin' about you-know-what
Replies: 110
Views: 11008

Re: Bloggin' about you-know-what

Wow, that's exactly like how our semifinal in New Orleans ended up, with a five point game, and a replacement question (only difference was that it was a 10 point game, that Chip changed to make it a 5 point game, deleting our five points because of the "bling-bling" incident). I am a regular quizb...
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 113060

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Good god people, just man up and skip your graduations. That's what i keep telling them, Henry. But apparently Ryan and Seth already said "absolutely not" and Trey basically has said that it's too big of a deal to the family for him to skip. I guess we'll see. I was under the impression that teache...
by Dan Greenstein
Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland Summer Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 2351

Re: Maryland Summer Practices

DumbJaques wrote:Inspired by the indefatigable Andrew Hart, I'll announce that MAQT will be opening up its summer practices to anyone who would like to drop by...
Between when and when were Maryland summer practices closed to the infidels?
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 82094

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Ad hoc consolation games are pretty much mandatory in a tournament where you A: don't know how many teams want to play consolation games and B: have more consolation teams arriving after their elimination from the playoffs. Those two problems will have to be remedied for the consolation rounds to i...
by Dan Greenstein
Mon May 25, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Something from last year's NAC
Replies: 5
Views: 1786

Re: Something from last year's NAC

...I wonder if Jeopardy! is aware of this, and whether or not they would care that their researchers' hard work is being so misused. I would guess they likely don't care, and even if they did there is (sadly) little that can be done. If Jeopardy! did care, they have the legal resources to send Chip...
by Dan Greenstein
Fri May 22, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 PACE NSC
Replies: 59
Views: 37710

Re: 2009 PACE NSC

I'm just asking so that students know whether or not they can publicly comment on the questions Saturday or Sunday night. Rather than assume or attempt to ascertain a time after which you may discuss the questions, it is best to wait until the "all clear" has been given from the tournament director...
by Dan Greenstein
Thu May 21, 2009 6:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2009: Tournament Format
Replies: 29
Views: 8085

Re: PACE NSC 2009: Tournament Format

...I don't want to make a huge deal about this, because PACE NSC is a great tournament despite this minor flaw, but I'm not sure why we can't agree that it is a flaw and that it could be fixed if the Tournament Directors wanted to fix it. Yes, this is a flaw that can easily be fixed, and we can arg...
by Dan Greenstein
Wed May 20, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 08-09 Pre-Nationals Poll Results - Congrats State College!
Replies: 28
Views: 5069

Re: 08-09 Pre-Nationals Poll Results - Congrats State College!

Members of the Pre-Nationals Top 25 attending each of the 2008-2009 national championship tournaments: PACE National Scholastics Championship: 22 out of 25 (all except: #18 Detroit Country Day, #20 Bergen County, #25 James Island) NAQT High School National Championship Tournament*: 19 out of 25 (all...
by Dan Greenstein
Sat May 09, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bringing Laptop to Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2459

Re: Bringing Laptop to Tournaments

This is the second time in the last few months you've posted a paranoid post about how you're not bringing laptops to anything. I think we get the message. I fail to see how this addresses anything I wrote. How about you explain why I am paranoid instead of firing off a ad hominem one-liner and sni...
by Dan Greenstein
Sat May 09, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bringing Laptop to Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2459

Bringing Laptop to Tournaments

Bringing laptops to tournaments is another issue. I didn't want to start a separate thread for this, but it doesn't make sense to me to let someone else use your laptop for a 5 or 10 dollar discount. I will start by outlining the major difference between laptops and buzzer systems. - Laptops are us...
by Dan Greenstein
Tue May 05, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 9932

Re: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?

I have a question about lames: Can someone recall whether lames have been used in an academic tournament? I ask because the concept of a lame is not necessarily a trash concept. Rather, it just seems that way because they are almost exclusive to trash tournaments. I have seen many more general argum...
by Dan Greenstein
Sat May 02, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 9932

Re: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?

One option not in the poll is late March. All of the college/open national tournaments tend to cluster in April, due to finals being in May and spring breaks in March. They also tend to avoid Easter because that weekend would see lowered attendance due to people hanging out with their families. Here...
by Dan Greenstein
Fri May 01, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010
Replies: 161
Views: 56702

Re: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010

I was not actually talking about tournament format, although that would be interesting. The question was mostly prompted by random thoughts about the fact that there aren't "post-national" high school events in the same way that there are on the college level. I guess what I was trying to say was "...
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)
Replies: 85
Views: 51819

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Nationals at WUSTL (Apr 25-26, 2009)

cdcarter wrote:In the top bracket, two of the round 1 games are just starting.
Methinks this tournament is about to surpass Georgia Tech '03 in level of fail. Good thing it is a two-day tournament this year.
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals XII Field Update
Replies: 11
Views: 2599

Re: TRASHionals XII Field Update

For those teams that did not show up Sunday without notifying anyone organizing this tournament: shame on you! How about you think about what you are taking away from others before rudely going AWOL on the teams you are scheduled to play. While there may be little incentive for one of the bottom tea...
by Dan Greenstein
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 14222

Re: 2009 NTAE

mlaird wrote:So, is anybody going to this thing? If teams are dropping out left and right, including the defending champions, and the sponsor dropped out, where does that leave those of us who like matching questions and Disney movies in Spanish?
How many teams are signed up? How dire is the situation?
by Dan Greenstein
Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Road to NAC 2009
Replies: 35
Views: 5323

Re: The Road to NAC 2009

I first read the title as The Road to NSC 2009, and got all excited about the potential for NSC bracketology.

Alas, I was sorely disappointed to have read this :chip: thread.
by Dan Greenstein
Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 13826

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

I did google searches for The Punch, The Play, The Catch, The Drive, and The Shot. For the latter four, the intended event is in the top three and dominates the list of results. For The Punch, there is only one positive ID in the first 30 results, that being the Amazon page for the Feinstein book. I...
by Dan Greenstein
Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines
Replies: 100
Views: 13826

Re: Proposed trash/TRASH guidelines

For the following sports, write either one or two questions. If the two question option is taken, then one question must be a tossup and one question must be a bonus. Baseball: One question must be major league baseball. A second question can be another type of baseball, but it is fine if it is MLB....
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Costs
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: Costs

... (Oddly enough, I think they use the previous year's questions for this. After experiencing the Science Bowl for a couple years, I think this isn't as bad as I thought at first. When they run the tournaments, they use a different question packet for each match, so different matches running at th...
by Dan Greenstein
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mental Fatigue
Replies: 32
Views: 5648

Re: Mental Fatigue

Dresden The Moderator wrote:Gatorade is key. Plus dumpable for dramatic victories!

Also, ABBA rocks.
Does anyone have a documented or even anecdotal account of a gatorade-type dunk after a quizbowl victory?
by Dan Greenstein
Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How To Do This?
Replies: 10
Views: 1462

Re: How To Do This?

I know Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt does or did host one or two middle school tournaments each year. Those tournaments occurred Friday evenings and featured such schools as Martin Luther King MS, Kenmoor MS, Walker Mill MS, and St. Anselm's. It has been almost nine years since I gradua...
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09
Replies: 71
Views: 14364

Re: GARBAGE Packet Submission - 2/28/09 & 3/1/09

Given I was not present at this tournament, I cannot comment on how good the questions were or how well the individual tournaments were run. However, I applaud Fred, Evan, et al for their efforts and for coming up with the idea for this tournament. I did not learn of this tournament until three week...
by Dan Greenstein
Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tour de France 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2932

Re: Tour de France 2008

Am I the only one who thinks ITT stands for individual time trial? Now that it's a rest day, what do we know? 1) You have one dumb rider who thinks he can't get caught doping EPO. 2) Liggett is going to great lengths trying to pump up the excitement about the Tour. Some of it is deserved, but I gue...
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why isn't there talk of this? (Nadal d. Federer)
Replies: 15
Views: 1760

Re: Why isn't there talk of this?

I am glad it ended when it did. Shades of the 2002 U.S. Open of golf. It would have been horrible for it to be suspended due to darkness at 9:30 pm, restart at 2 pm tomorrow, then last 2 games.
by Dan Greenstein
Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tour de France 2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2932

Tour de France 2008

This event cycles off in Brittany Saturday. No Contador, Leipheimer, Klöden, or Jerry. Who do you like?

http://www.steephill.tv/2008/tour-de-france/
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open/Novice (Aug16-17), Richmond
Replies: 91
Views: 23944

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: VCU Open & VCU Novice (August 16 + 17, 2008)

It is possible that Saturday evening will feature some live playing of such popular quizbowl side events as ACF Pyramid, ACF World Series of Culture, or Quizbowler in Your Bed, depending on whether there is interest and we get done with the regular tournament efficiently. Quizbowler in Your Bed sou...
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Need Some input
Replies: 25
Views: 3636

Re: Need Some input

The answer is wrong. Any answer that mentions or implies both brothers ("Wright Brothers") is wrong. The only time to prompt is if the person answers with "Wright." The question was uniquely identifying after the fourth word.
by Dan Greenstein
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 38704

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

Exxon is one of the few companies that's actually doing well enough right now to have money to throw around, so I could believe it. According to Rush Limbaugh or some other political commentator on the radio today that my friend had on, Exxon-Mobil is getting out of the gasoline business in the U.S...
by Dan Greenstein
Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 38704

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

So, what were the scores of the games in the second and third semifinals? How did Maryland lose by 2?
by Dan Greenstein
Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators
Replies: 58
Views: 5611

Re: Stipends for Coaches and Moderators

My main argument against paying moderators for their moderating duties with money for labor at a standard quizbowl tournament is it implies a professionalization of moderation. Professionalization can lead to credentialization, which means bureaucracy, which means paying administrators, which if the...
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 PACE NSC Post Tourney Discussion - Whitman wins in OT!
Replies: 20
Views: 2900

2008 PACE NSC Post Tourney Discussion - Whitman wins in OT!

Walt Whitman defeated Thomas Jefferson A in the championship final to win the 2008 PACE NSC. The two teams were tied at 360 after regulation. Whitman dominated the overtime period of three tossups and bonuses to win 440-390. The semifinalists were Dorman A and Wilmington Charter A. Dorman B and Detr...
by Dan Greenstein
Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Allow me to vent a little here... Please give some advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Re: Allow me to vent a little here... Please give some advice

Congratulations on earning a spot in nationals. However, regardless of whether you got in or not, you are only just finishing high school. There are much bigger things out there, things that do not rely on stupid rules involving use of calculators, degrees of pencil erasure, and the scantron machine...
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Spring Classic @ Maryland - 4/12/08
Replies: 34
Views: 5680

Re: NEW DATE CHANGE: Spring Classic @ Maryland - 4/12/08

<snip> Thanks to all the teams that showed up to our tournament, especially those that stuck around until 7:30 to finish up the playoffs. Look out for our Fall Tournament, which we currently plan to host on Saturday, September 27th (although this date may change, look for a formal announcement). Wh...
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 7710

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

I would like to thank the TRASH staff for running a very good tournament and drawing me to Chattanooga, which I have finally visited after about 50 UTC tournaments post the start of my collegiate quizbowl career in 2000. I also thank them for being very inviting of constructive criticism, so in addi...
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Distance Proofreading
Replies: 9
Views: 2216

Distance Proofreading

I am putting forth this idea because of the last two tournaments I have been to. The first tournament, Penn Bowl in January, featured all rounds being read off of laptops. I had a chance to read one of the rounds during the day. My opinion of running a tournament with all laptops instead of paper pa...
by Dan Greenstein
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Who let the dogs out? Rant about Michael Vick.
Replies: 35
Views: 9838

E.T. Chuck wrote:Do we really care about Michael Vick's indictment?
Fantasy football participants and Atlanta Falcons fans care about Vick's indictment.

I do not fall into those subsets of people.
by Dan Greenstein
Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: I am tired of awesome people dying
Replies: 136
Views: 15718

The Shock Master wrote:Bob Evans' demise was one of the more underratedly sad deaths of the past month.
Bob Evans died?! This makes me almost as sad as when I heard Dave Thomas died.
by Dan Greenstein
Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What will NAQT do for their nationals in 2008?
Replies: 100
Views: 32585

I believe it should be the other way around if the object is to get the best teams to HSNCT. For example, at many tournaments in the MD/DC/VA region, many highly competitive teams would often miss a 10% cutoff. Even with the 15% cutoff it is difficult due to the large number of strong teams in the ...
by Dan Greenstein
Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NBA Draft
Replies: 10
Views: 3384

Seriously, all due respect to our colleague from Brown, but any athletic competition at which a Ukranian is best is not a sport in my book. And though I have tremendous respect for the fitness of those dudes, as said above, it doesn't make for compelling TV. And there's a very low athlete-stripper-...
by Dan Greenstein
Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NBA Draft
Replies: 10
Views: 3384

Re: NBA Draft

To fill the foul void of meaninglessness which is the period between the end of the NBA Finals and the beginning of college football, how about some thoughts on the NBA draft? Tour de France, dude. It bridges the post-analysis of the NBA Draft and Wimbledon and the start of NFL training camps. Gran...
by Dan Greenstein
Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Does a quizbowl blog violate Sorice's Rules of Blogs?
Replies: 20
Views: 7042

The blog was meh until you added the Lee Henry interview. That was quality. I want to see more interviews!
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSNCT Mirror @ University of Maryland - 6/30
Replies: 24
Views: 13306

Alright, I'm officially registering the "Archrivals" (UNC/Duke) team; we'll have the travel discount and two buzzer systems. Someone from Wake should be posting here or contacting you sometime soon confirming their team's setup. You may want to email the tournament director. As far as I know, this ...
by Dan Greenstein
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: North Carolina '07-'08
Replies: 58
Views: 18777

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by Dan Greenstein
Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:30 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: July 15 to 24: Recruiting team members
Replies: 45
Views: 39487

Re: Pre-discussion questions

1. Word of mouth is probably the best way to recruit people. In fact, that was how I was recruited in high school. Peer pressure can be used both positively and negatively. Teens are usually more likely to try something and even stick with it based on someone their own age rather than an authority f...
by Dan Greenstein
Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York/New Jersey 2006-07
Replies: 44
Views: 18781

I changed the name of the thread so New Jersey discussion would be germane ex post facto.
by Dan Greenstein
Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Some constructive ECSO criticism
Replies: 17
Views: 8061

I agree with Chris. One of my criticisms of that Bowles tossup is that all the titles are bunched at the end. I'm really not sure what the point of that backloading is supposed to be, as I find it hard to imagine that many players have memorized lists of Paul Bowles short story titles. In general, ...
by Dan Greenstein
Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: archive of TRASHionals cryfest flap?
Replies: 25
Views: 11888

Do you really have nothing better to do, Passner?

There is no need to dredge up such ugly material. There is especially no need to do it on this board.
by Dan Greenstein
Sun Jun 25, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New York/New Jersey 2006-07
Replies: 44
Views: 18781

Mildly tangential comment: does anyone find it odd that New York schools often fare quite well in Chip's tournaments, but don't hold a candle to decent teams in NAQT and other, more legitimate (if you will) formats? Perhaps more outreach needs to be done to expose them to these other formats. Perha...