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by ericblair
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 36339

Re: Kentucky 08-09

ATTN: EASTERN KY TEAMS!!! -Also, if any teams would like to scrimmage and would like a washed up college grad who is having quiz bowl withdrawals to play against just let me know. I know I'd love to see myself and some coaches go against the new generation of EKY quizbowlers. Anyway, just an idea I...
by ericblair
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 36339

Re: Kentucky 08-09

jrbarry wrote:east of I-65 and south of I-64 and with I-75 as the eastern limit. I am still working on it. Should know for sure by Oct 1.
So, Eastern KY Univ?? That sounds about as good a location as any, given those limits.
by ericblair
Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 36339

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Kentuckians: there is a blip in The Force! I am in Kentucky today and tomorrow looking at prospective camp venues for 2009. I can tell you know, there will be an ACE camp in Kentucky next July, sometime between July 19-25. That's excellent news. Is this a co-op with the KAAC camp or are they indepe...
by ericblair
Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 36339

Re: Kentucky 08-09

EKAC Meets: October 18 at Sheldon Clark November 22 at Pike Central December 6 at Paintsville "buzz words," which I think is what you were talking about by "basic quizbowl stuff." Just one person's style, I guess. Thanks for the dates. I think I will try to make it out to the last two. And the "buz...
by ericblair
Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: International Teams
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

International Teams

I'm moving to Chile for a few years starting in February. While there I plan to study and perhaps represent my school in quiz bowl play. My main question is to anyone who knows anything about international quizbowl. I know that there are teams in Canada and I think that the British have similar comp...
by ericblair
Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 36339

Re: Kentucky 08-09

Why with math? Good quizbowl doesn't include that anymore. Most quiz bowl does contain math, mostly theory/history as opposed to computational. However, KY Governor's Cup does incorporate computation, and that tournament still seems to be the most important tournament for various reasons for most s...
by ericblair
Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 08-09
Replies: 256
Views: 36339

Re: Kentucky 08-09

ATTN: EASTERN KY TEAMS!!! -Could one of you kids post dates and venues for this year's EKAC competitions. I'd like to come out to some of the tournaments this year. Maybe even assist. -Also, if any teams would like to scrimmage and would like a washed up college grad who is having quiz bowl withdraw...
by ericblair
Fri May 23, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky '07-'08
Replies: 184
Views: 50475

Re: Kentucky '07-'08

I'm probably one of the first from Pikeville to post on this site, but I think we have a pretty good team this year. We came within 2 or 3 points of JCHS at region, though they beat us by 13ish the next match. We've got a fairly young team because of the exodus of players that were in the senior cl...
by ericblair
Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

I'm a big fan of common sense, and would like to see it used more in quizbowl. Quoting for thruth. I'm going to agree with everyone who disagreed with all the frivolous protests (Jack and Jill). These are just terrible for the game. In addition, the "power trip" among some of the judges and moderat...
by ericblair
Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

Unfortunately I haven't been able to keep up with the season this year. From what I gather it's pretty much the same schools making the same noise. I plan to attend the state tournament coming up just to see how it all plays out given the new changes of KAAC (PAC team and question writing). As far ...
by ericblair
Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

Unfortunately I haven't been able to keep up with the season this year. From what I gather it's pretty much the same schools making the same noise. I plan to attend the state tournament coming up just to see how it all plays out given the new changes of KAAC (PAC team and question writing). As far a...
by ericblair
Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

I can maybe provide a little insight on the Pikeville team. At the Brookwood tournament in Georgia they placed third after the preliminaries, but were defeated in the Round of 16 in the tournament. I haven't seen them play this year, but when I saw this group of kids play together two or three years...
by ericblair
Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

because one-and-out is a pretty tough deal for some teams. no doubt about that one. my senior year we just so happened to play Russell in the first round and were defeated by the eventual state champs. we found out later that we gave them their best match of the whole day. giving teams a guaranteed...
by ericblair
Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

I was just thinking that maybe taking the PPG throughout district, region, and state would be good, but then I started thinking about the good players who actually have teammates that are also good players. Say that if you took four from each region, two of those players may come from teams where th...
by ericblair
Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

FCPanther: Having coaches choose brings in a lot of bias. Coaches always want to see their players rise above the rest. And like the other guy said there are often a lot of good players in one region. Thus, I stand by my performance-based suggestion. It seems to reward those who are deserving. One c...
by ericblair
Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

I don't know how they would go about it, but I think a tryout would be best. Perhaps send an invite out to some of the best performers in the Governor's Cup competitions and then see how they do with the PAC style tryouts. This would eleminate those players who are only good at speed and with little...
by ericblair
Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

i've always supported a KY allstar team. i think KY teams would be able to compete better at Panasonic with such a team. the KAAC sponsoring of the quick recall winners at NAQT nationals isn't a bad idea either, although i prefer PACE. i'm glad to see that the tradition is changing (maybe).
by ericblair
Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MTV uses HSQB show in commercials
Replies: 4
Views: 2730

yep. i've been seeing these for the last month or so while i sit on my futon watch MTVU, and contemplate doing hard drugs because there is never anything else to do except read a book. And who wasn't to read a book? But I like the commercials. The publicity for the "quiz bowl scene" is good. Maybe k...
by ericblair
Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

My suggestion is to campaign to other KY teams. Approach them with the idea. Present an argument and try to convince them if they are indeed against it. Then gather the forces and approach KAAC. There are several good arguments that one can use: it would better reward knowledge, it would better prep...
by ericblair
Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

I'm not convinced that the Ashland sponsorship of the events affect the format that much. I mean, I doubt there are too many people that work for Ashland who know the ins and outs of the game. It seems reasonable that they would just leave it up to those who know the game. I think it's just that ver...
by ericblair
Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

i've always taken into account the difference in styles as, i think, most people tend to do when thinking about KY teams. for governor's cup this upcoming season, the plan is to make the questions more pyramidal. don't expect any three- or four-sentence clues, but look for lesser-known information t...
by ericblair
Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler in the New York Times
Replies: 47
Views: 20539

Re: Quizbowler in the New York Times

We need to improve quizbowl's image by writing an article about that one time Leo Wolpert put up 170 PPG while snorting lines of coke off of Judd Nelson's ass and receiving fellatio from Thai prostitutes of unknown age and gender. Wow. I don't even know you and I totally want to go down on you. It ...
by ericblair
Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2006-2007
Replies: 164
Views: 62163

In terms of the "Usual Suspects" I see Dunbar, Johnson Central, and Danville being the top dogs next year. I think Pikeville only graduated one senior and he wasn't one of the aces to the team. They have two seniors and a junior that serve as the core of the team for the upcoming season. I'd expect...
by ericblair
Thu May 25, 2006 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2005-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 14294

When I played at Pikeville I always wished that KY sent an all-star team to Panasonic. Back in my prime I think myself along with some Russell, Dupont, and Dunbar folk could have really made a great showing at Panasonic. I am sure that the kids today could do the same. And Byko, I think one team tha...
by ericblair
Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2005-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 14294

Unfortunately I didn't get to attend any of the GovCup events this year. I totally forgot about district and my school went to College Bowl (very unfortunate) during region. A trip to Texas prevented me from attending state.

How were the social studies quick recall questions?
by ericblair
Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 70045

College Bowl regionals this weekend. It's kind of sad that these were opening clues for a college tournament. Nevertheless, they were answered quickly. Reader: "The shortest of Shakespeare's..." Me: "Macbeth" Reader: "Although freed by Ms. Watson..." Me: "Jim" --This one I thought to be more impress...
by ericblair
Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: what do you do at practice?
Replies: 16
Views: 8572

We usually meet up three times a week (MWF) from about 3-5 P.M. The types of questions we use varies from time to time. If we have a KCQRL tournament coming up we will do the quick, non-pyramid style for a while. We also use old ACF, NAQT, Sworld Bowl, College Bowl etc packets. It's pretty laid back...
by ericblair
Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sword Bowl 2006: results, stats, gratitude
Replies: 3
Views: 4206

Also, by viture of our head to head win over Tenn, the Gators should be 5th and Tenn 6th in the final standings. I don't think he has those teams in order of final standing because we didn't get first in Division 2. Perhaps he meant to put them in order and just goofed? Oh yeah. And we were 9-2 if ...
by ericblair
Mon Jan 23, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sword Bowl 2006: results, stats, gratitude
Replies: 3
Views: 4206

Congrats to Rose Hullman! Good first time impression upon the circuit. They must've really stepped it up when they played us because we outscored them rather handily for the whole tournament. They took home the tallest trophy, though, so that's all that matters. also, 12 negs is too much. Someone wa...
by ericblair
Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 51280

OH EMM GEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! COLLEGE QUIZ BOWL IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!! REALLY!! IT IS!!! I am so glad that grapesmoker didn't attack any of the questions that I submitted to the tournament. That would really break my heart. Really, it would. Seriously. Not kidding. Way to contribute to the discussion. I ...
by ericblair
Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl/Sword Bowl blew ass
Replies: 79
Views: 51280

OH EMM GEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! COLLEGE QUIZ BOWL IS SERIOUS BUSINESS!!! REALLY!! IT IS!!!

I am so glad that grapesmoker didn't attack any of the questions that I submitted to the tournament. That would really break my heart. Really, it would. Seriously. Not kidding.
by ericblair
Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sword Bowl (junior AND senior bird QB) at UTC 1/21/06
Replies: 7
Views: 4218

I think that Athens State was 3rd rather than 4th.
by ericblair
Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 26429

In any event, what exactly IS CBI? some lower-derivative form of quizbowl?? To answer your question more precipitately, "yes." MaS I have to agree here as well. Sometimes we practice with the CBI style and questions and the questions are horrible in my own opinion. I've never participated but I thi...
by ericblair
Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Team in the World?
Replies: 55
Views: 35663

Perhaps he's in good with a tossup writer??? :shock: That'd be possible, right? This is definitely unheard of. I've seen some EXTREMELY talented players over the years and they could possibly put up those number in the tossups if it was a REALLY good day with horrible competition. The thing is, thes...
by ericblair
Sun Dec 11, 2005 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 26429

Well, I know very little about college bowl, but I wass just wondering, what's the buzz (pardon the potential GT pun) about schools in GA, namely UGA, GA Tech, Emory, and Berry? I've played GA Tech, Emory, and Berry only in Division 2. GA Tech is a good team in the Division 2 ranks. We played them ...
by ericblair
Wed Nov 16, 2005 10:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2005-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 14294

Any news on how teams are doing across the state? I haven't been able to keep up with it as much as I'd like. I know that Pikeville are doing fairly well once again in their conference. What about the other teams? I suppose the usual suspects, Dunbar, Manual, Russell, etc., are doing well again. If ...
by ericblair
Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 320342

George Washington for Dwight Eisenhower - We here at Eisenhower HS pride ourselves on our uncanny ability to always miss questions where the answer is "Eisenhower". Was that a question regarding farewell speeches? And I remember some years back, one of the Paul Lawrence Dunbar teams missed a questi...
by ericblair
Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 70045

This was from Brookwood Scholar's Bowl of 2003:

"Born Jean Baptiste..."

Me: Moliere

Not really that impressive, but it's definitely the quickest I've gotten a question.
by ericblair
Thu Oct 27, 2005 5:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Center of the Known Universe Open at UTC 10/22/05
Replies: 25
Views: 15671

I certainly agree that teams should learn from older, more experienced players as several of you have indicated. I, for one, wanted to see how our team would stand up against teams of a similar level just to see how things went before we tried to tackle upper level schools that possibly have grad st...
by ericblair
Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toss-up and Worksheet Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 8243

Billy Newsome at Question Connection has written questions for several tournaments including the Dunbar Invitational. His prices seem rather good for the quality of questions that he writes.

http://www.questionconnection.com
by ericblair
Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Center of the Known Universe Open at UTC 10/22/05
Replies: 25
Views: 15671

Listed below is a link to some of the tossups I wrote for the 2005 CotKU tournament. If you have time, feel free to look over it. http://www.geocities.com/fsucollegebowl/Criticism.rtf If any of you sageful veterans have any constructive criticism about the packet, please let me know, either on here...
by ericblair
Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 320342

Center of the Known Universe tournament in Chattanooga 2 days ago. Reader: "blah blah, a movie about his man in late 2005.." *teammate buzzes* *reader ends up saying John Malcovich after the buzz* Teammate: "damn it...Johnny Cash" ANSWER: None other than Gustav Klimt This one got best neg of the tou...
by ericblair
Sun Oct 23, 2005 6:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Center of the Known Universe Open at UTC 10/22/05
Replies: 25
Views: 15671

It was an excellent tournament indeed. This was the first ACF-style tournament that my school, Georgetown College, has attended and I must say that we had a lot of fun in the Division 2 ranks. The questions were ideal except for the 60s music bonus of the finals. =D Perhaps, we'll come to more of th...
by ericblair
Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Duke Quizbowl?
Replies: 6
Views: 3839

kapur65: would you happen to be Abhinav Kapur from Dupont Manual?
by ericblair
Tue Oct 04, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Governor's Cup
Replies: 21
Views: 10939

Re: Governor's Cup

If you live in KY, what do you think about the Governor’s Cup competition? I, personally, think that the quick recall portion of it is a terrible indicator of knowledge. Governor's Cup needs to switch to a different style of question writing altogether. They need to be more pyramidal, which I ten...
by ericblair
Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Governor's Cup
Replies: 21
Views: 10939

Not So Silent Bob wrote:Sorry man, I just call it as I see it.
Great teams usually show modesty and don't jock themselves this much.
by ericblair
Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2005-2006
Replies: 27
Views: 14294

Of course DuPont and Dunbar will be strong and I also think Madisonville North-Hopkins is really an emerging team. Danville should be good and I didn't played Pikeville last year so I'm not sure how many Seniors graduated. [/quote] they lost 2 seniors. they don't really have any strong seniors for ...
by ericblair
Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky Teams
Replies: 15
Views: 7349

Matt Knupp is definitely one of the most respected coaches in the state. I've noticed that he just seems to always be in a good vibe with his players all the time. It seems like he can always be there for his players like a friend but when the time comes for him to be the authority figure and get hi...
by ericblair
Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Most Important Subject
Replies: 13
Views: 8181

I would say that the single most important subject to learn is Fine Arts and Humanities. By learning this subject one gains an understanding of art, philosophy, history, literature, and music. With a deep knowledge in this field, a good knowledge in other areas will come.
by ericblair
Mon Jul 26, 2004 2:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Who Is the Best Team In the Nation?
Replies: 50
Views: 35445

I have to agree with TJA being the best. Pikeville second. Wait...NO that is false.


We need a top 25 ranking or something on here. Those were always interesting.