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by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 13482

Re: Kickoffs

We might want to put a spot on the entry form asking whether or not the team wants to play some matches after lunch if they don't have a chance to win the tournament. It would be messy planning the brackets not knowing ahead of time how many of those teams will be in the top bracket, but it would a...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kickoffs
Replies: 99
Views: 13482

Re: Kickoffs

Such a tournament would run a very long time, and sadly, I just wouldn't anticipate 75%ish of IHSA teams to have the motivation and stamina.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Heh, Wii Coaches...

Its just the little things like this that show you how far Illinois still has to go.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

That's crazy. 60 teams playing 5 rounds of hybrid IHSA/NAQT style? There's no way the morning takes less than 5.5 hours.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

What's the word from Kickoffs?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/7/09
Replies: 83
Views: 103866

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo 11/7/09

Congrats!
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Collaborative Middle School Tournament: Writer Signup
Replies: 28
Views: 5097

Re: Collaborative Middle School Tournament: Writer Signup

Count me in...religion, mythology, science and especially math.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT host call?
Replies: 22
Views: 3471

Re: NAQT host call?

mlaird wrote:
tk447 wrote:
Matthew D wrote:Any word on the host city yet?
I heard from someone who may or may not work for NAQT that you should probably book tickets to Chicago again.
See Olympics committee! Smart people know Chicago is a great host city. No quizbowlers will be getting stabbed in Rio.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this rude? Should it be against the rules?
Replies: 50
Views: 8758

Re: Is this rude? Should it be against the rules?

dtaylor4 wrote:If it happens, take it up with the moderator, and then inform the TD immediately.

As a moderator, I would neg the team every time it happened.
Ditto on that...I don't even think I'd give them a warning if they were yelling simultaneously. That's heinous.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Just thought I'd see what everyone is thinknig now that there's a couple tourney's in the book. I've yet to attend anything myself, but the consensus seems to be that Loyola seems to be quite strong, definitely even better that expected...other thoughts?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Should distributions have some round-to-round leeway?
Replies: 18
Views: 3663

Re: Should distributions have some round-to-round leeway?

grapesmoker wrote:
Cowboy Bob Orton wrote:If one round has 5 lit and 3 history, and the next round the reverse, that seems okay to me.
Virtually no round in collegiate qb has such variation. What variation there is is usually in some tradeoff between arts and RMP and social science/geography.
Just an example...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Should distributions have some round-to-round leeway?
Replies: 18
Views: 3663

Re: Should distributions have some round-to-round leeway?

It seems like there's an issue of category versus subcategory. I think it would be completely illegitimate to have a standard subdistro (Oh, geez, no Shakespeare question yet, I better be ready!), and even a completely round-to-round, rigid category structure seems unnecessary, although it has been ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

I think this can be true when we're talking about computational math in particular, but for the type of questions we're discussing, I'm not even sure this is true. Well, I'm telling you that this is empirically true at the college level. Just survey science players in college and you'll get a ridic...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

What it is "closest" to is irrelevant. Math is not science and science is not math. This is a non-issue, and insulting to both disciplines. As I said, feel free to take the 1/1 for math out of science's share of the distribution, but at least have the decency to label it as science 3/3 and math 1/1...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

Whether math is a type of science or science a type of math or whether they're both types of synchronized swimming is irrelevant. What matters is whether math knowledge presents with science knowledge a whole lot more than it presents with, say, philosophy knowledge (or music knowledge, or knowledg...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

The problem with 1/1 math (in the sense of something that should be decided) is that automatic 1/1 math will squeeze out either 1/1 non-math other science, 1/1 legit humanities, or 1/1 trash. Now I personally would be happy to see trash banished in favor of 1/1 math, but there are probably some peo...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

A. I don't think 1/1 is that big an advantage, and B. How is that different from a "humanities" player having 12/12? Because there are more disciplines involved? An imbalance of 1/1 is a huge difference in any reasonably close match. That's a possible 80 point swing. And yes, it is different becaus...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

I'm not arguing against the point that at the high school level, biology is essentially math-free and chemistry nearly so. Even high school physics is generally taught with not all that much math in it. I'm just pointing out that at least at the college level, people who have a science background h...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

Not that this has too much bearing on the high school distribution debate in here, but I wanted to note that I think the pairing of math with science makes sense from a practical perspective. At least at the college level, if you're doing any kind of serious science you will most likely have to do ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Nolan Winkler wanted me to revive discussion by saying "So Season started on Saturday. Yay! Then say something that can be turned into a discussion point" So my discussion starter: What teams/players are underrated [or overrated, if you're daring]? And how good are Barrington and Carbondale, both o...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

AlphaQuizBowler wrote: Moreover, there are many more high school kids who go home and crack open a work of Steinbeck or Hemingway than a math textbook.
Are you implying that only popular or more readily available academia is fit for quizbowl?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

...the case that math is traditionally grouped under science in collegiate distributions is justified or not (and I certainly believe that it is). Would you please elaborate this? Perhaps I am biased, but I couldn't possibly disagree more. To what extent are you insinuating math and science are the...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

There are a lot of faulty premises at work here. Chiefly: 1) "The high school distribution should be influenced largely. or at all, by a supposed 'high school curriculum'" 2) "The reason that some people say science, history, and literature should be equally weighted is because that's how college q...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math As We Move Forward
Replies: 139
Views: 28684

Re: Math As We Move Forward

William, it seems to me that your argument is: "We have to keep asking what's come up before because it's come up before, regardless of any external measure of its difficulty." I disagree there. What quizbowl players currently know is shaped to a large extent by what quizbowl rewards because people...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Novice Mirror at Saint Viator
Replies: 54
Views: 8473

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Novice Mirror at Saint Viator

Glad to hear this went well...very excited that the year has finally started.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip tournament in the DC area
Replies: 50
Views: 14011

Re: Chip tournament in the DC area

The better strategy would be to use some of the same tactics that Chip uses to attract these new and non-circuit teams to his events and instead get them playing better quizbowl. I don't see why we can't have people going to places without strong circuits and offering to host tournaments for them. ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT host call?
Replies: 22
Views: 3471

Re: NAQT host call?

We seriously considered (but rejected) a proposal that would have placed the 2010 HSNCT in Las Vegas. Darn!! Well, it's probably for the best. I would have been playing poker somewhere instead actually going the tournament. (Historical side note: While in New Orleans I won at Harrah's, er...I mean ...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chip tournament in the DC area
Replies: 50
Views: 14011

Re: Chip tournament in the DC area

I don't know if this is a new thing or not, but I hadn't seen it before:

http://www.qunlimited.com/quiz.html

Apparently you can qualify for nationals by taking an untimed, all resources available 20 question quiz.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana '09-'10
Replies: 8
Views: 1101

Re: Indiana '09-'10

Obviously no Indiana teams have posted in this thread, so I hope that they are at least lurking and read this. Questions Unlimited is hosting a tournament in Indiana in the upcoming months, as well as similar tournaments across the country. Discussion of one such mirror and a good list of reasons NO...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Mirror of Dunbar Academic Tournament (10/17)
Replies: 41
Views: 8118

Re: Loyola Mirror of Dunbar Academic Tournament (10/17)

...Are you sure you didn't post the power poll from the Illinois thread? This looks to go a long way towards determining early dominance in the state.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

I guess that works out for Illinois. Once you go NAQT you....never go back...or something...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Pre-Season Top 10 Poll
Replies: 31
Views: 3464

Re: Illinois Pre-Season Top 10 Poll

Much like football, it feels as if the time for forcasting is over and the action should begin. Let's quizbowl!
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Sun Sep 06, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Dark Horses
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Dark Horses

Someone in the Big Northern is always lurking...no clue who it might be this year though.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New AdCo members
Replies: 9
Views: 1052

Re: New AdCo members

How are these members determined? Is there a vote by all coaches in the region or ?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Pre-Season Top 10 Poll
Replies: 31
Views: 3464

Re: Illinois Pre-Season Top 10 Poll

1. Stevenson
2. Auburn
3. St. Ignatius
4. Loyola
5. St. Viator
6. Fremd
7. Buffalo Grove
8. IMSA
9. Carbondale
10. Lisle
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Based on what I saw 3-4 years ago, never mind last year in the frosh/soph circuit, Stevenson is #1 until some other team shows me otherwise. They ran my Barrington frosh/soph out of the room in the semis of both the Fremd frosh/soph and the Davey and Goliath; The former with Zach, the latter withou...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Is New Trier expected to fall back that much?

Also, whatever happened to Wheaton North? They owned the state for pretty much my entire high school tenure.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 19871

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

Separately, IHSA requires sanctioning of tournaments that IHSA members attend, correct? If so, then it would likely be impossible to let an unsanctioned in-state team into anybody's field. In Missouri if a non-approved team plays, every single school in the tournament's field is potentially going t...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 19871

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

To paraphrase Up the Down Staircase ... We actually put on a play version of this in High School. Yes, it was awful. Illinois has the only high school trash tournament! aren't you proud? :grin: In a way though, I could see it being a good thing. The college scene seems to profit from seperating the...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana '09-'10
Replies: 8
Views: 1101

Indiana '09-'10

Since I do live in Indiana, I thought I'd start this thread up to see what the scene's going to look like this year. Culver, Harrison et al...what's on the docket?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

And here it is :grin: I have no objection to Marcel--or Nolan, for that matter--playing f/s in f/s tournaments. We're only playing two f/s as it is: Knights Challenge, and our own Davey and Goliath. They will play varsity in our remaining tournaments. I realize some coaches won't like this, but you...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

I'd be inclined to argue that it is similar to a 1:1 (or better!) in the Chicago/Northern Illinois area, but Illinois is a much larger state than that (which is why we continue to have Chicagoan successionists, but I digress). Since quizbowl is a state-run activity, with a "state series" receiving f...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Well, the pressure's on Loyola, since they're actually ranked. Regardless though, it's all another step in the right direction. A few years ago how many teams would Illinois have had, even in the "just missed" section? Slowly but surely the state is starting to embrace good quizbowl. For every obsti...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50
Replies: 99
Views: 30133

Re: 2009-10 Preseason Top 50

I'm getting to the thread a little late, but... I must say that I'm unsurprised to see a glut of Illinois teams in the "just missed" section...that is simply where Illinois is right now as a quizbowl state. The one that I would argue however is Rockford Auburn. Despite losing a couple of excellent p...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

February 20 Does this mean that we are expecting the best teams in state to boycott the Masonic tournament now that it is run on QG questions? Yes, which is perhaps inordinately optimistic. Due to long-established tradition, I think most teams will be willing to give them a chance this year at least.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

What's the latest on a solid schedule?

Also, did anything ever become of all the noise with QU regarding Masonics?
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl Prep
Replies: 18
Views: 3212

Re: Quiz Bowl Prep

The website looks legit-ish? Who knows the quality of their work, but it seems genuine atleast.
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

Wouldn't that be a great direction for things to go: PACE being the USA championship, and NAQT developing a strong international flavor? I just want to make something clear right now in case any Canadian teams are reading this, but even though none have attended PACE nationals in the past, there se...
by Dresden_The_BIG_JERK
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 71155

Re: Illinois '09-'10

After VETO, lots of the players were really pissed at the changes made. They complained about too-long questions, too-hard questions (even though it was just the lead-ins they were angry about), American intrusion , concealed intentions, and everything else under the sun. Y'know, I'm sure plenty of...