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by jdeliverer
Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 20276

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

It could be because those activities are somewhat singular, i.e., "good at math" and "good at science". Since Scholastic Bowl embraces all subjects, a lot of people thus interpret it as "trivia" at one end and "elitisit" (a four-letter word in this No Child Left Behind era) at the other. What I don...
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why is Illinois bad?
Replies: 126
Views: 20276

Re: Why is Illinois bad?

Captain Sinico wrote:On the contrary, the IHSA format is a white elephant - it's an expensive-to-produce, rare curiosity that occasionally gets loose and steps on people.
ITT we begin the transition from sports analogies to animal analogies
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fond Farewell II
Replies: 12
Views: 2880

Re: Fond Farewell II

Thanks, Mr. Riley. And thanks to everyone on this forum that has helped me this year. It's been a lot of fun to try and keep up with all the rest of you competitively, but more importantly I hope I've helped Latin become part of the world of good quizbowl. From our conversations, I think Dr. Bardoe ...
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc
Replies: 43
Views: 5830

Re: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc

Charbroil wrote:Long post explaining why it's hard to write good tossups about calipers

Great post. What's a caliper?
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Finals
Replies: 72
Views: 7692

Re: IHSA Finals

Daily Herald wrote:"They have to be able to think fast and can't be afraid to press the buzzer and be wrong," [Stevenson coach Bruce] Fitzgerald said. "It's a lot like being a relief pitcher in baseball - if they get a hit off you, you have to be able to shrug it off and throw that next pitch."
:w-hat:
by jdeliverer
Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Finals
Replies: 72
Views: 7692

Re: IHSA Finals

*This does ignore the effect of negs on players, which can be much greater than it ought when players are unprepared. I guess that gets down to coaching again - a good coach will tell their players to just ignore the negs for the reasons cited above. A bad coach will fail to do so and probably blam...
by jdeliverer
Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc
Replies: 43
Views: 5830

Re: Driver's Ed, Home Economics, etc

Dominator wrote: And props to the guy who wrote the driver's ed question in this year's IHSA Sectional on the interstate highway system.
I hate IHSA because the category made me freeze up even though I knew it :(
by jdeliverer
Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 16535

Re: February Poll

Well that sounds pretty good. In reality, though, these all sound great, but how good quizbowl is implemented is still not spelled out. For example, is there a particular distribution that is accepted in good quizbowl? Also, I'm not sure on #5. I am of the opinion that it may be possible to write a...
by jdeliverer
Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 16535

Re: February Poll

Taken from http://www.qbwiki.com/wiki/Good_quizbowl Aspects of good quizbowl Both the game-oriented and learning-oriented schools of quizbowl thought maintain that good quizbowl contains the following: 1. Questions that primarily reward knowledge of a topic over speed, as exemplified by tossups that...
by jdeliverer
Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion
Replies: 67
Views: 7158

Re: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion

Ironically, although the tiebreaker used is total points allowed, the only 3-0 team in class A that scored the most points in their sectional was Macomb. :chip: In class AA it was more normal. Also, I agree with Dayo's predictions for both classes, although I could see IMSA making the finals, Auburn...
by jdeliverer
Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion
Replies: 67
Views: 7158

Re: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion

Right, I meant hypothetically.
by jdeliverer
Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion
Replies: 67
Views: 7158

Re: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion

Surely it couldn't hurt to advance even a tiny number of wildcards in future tournaments? Sure, this systematically favors certain teams, but the better teams could show themselves most of the time in the end. I mean, teams qualifying with half as many points as others that don't must indicate somet...
by jdeliverer
Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion
Replies: 67
Views: 7158

Re: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion

IHSA Scorezone wrote:New Trier (747 points) advances to the IHSA State Tournament. Loyola Academy (737 points), and OPRF (713 points) also were 2-0.
ITT 2 blurts could determine who goes to the state championship.

I"m proud to say I got called on the blurt rule today too! :cool:
by jdeliverer
Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 16535

Re: February Poll

Stupid things. I'm going to go ahead and say you're dumb, because this is so idiotic that it's fair for me to maintain the assumption that this is a joke account. I trust this assumption absolves me of any retribution for violating HSQB's ad hominem rules. EDIT: Typolimination. I hope this is true.
by jdeliverer
Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion
Replies: 67
Views: 7158

Re: IHSA Sectionals results and discussion

lisle def. latin 350-290. latin's sectional streak is finally broken.
by jdeliverer
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

Would it be possible to eliminate the regional round and just have a sectional tournament with approximately 36 teams? How many rounds of questions would such a tournament need to determine a winner? Unless you're using way more rounds (and remember they are 30 questions each), I would imagine even...
by jdeliverer
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The "HSAPQ is Hard" Fallacy
Replies: 20
Views: 3255

Re: The "HSAPQ is Hard" Fallacy

On a decent set of 20/20, I'd say at a bare minimum, 80-85%. Why pay for questions that are going dead, which also reduces the number of bonuses heard? Good idea. Dear IHSA, Last Saturday (3/6/10), St. Ignatius won the Masonic state tournament. They, however, did not even advance to their sectional...
by jdeliverer
Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RESULTS: 2010 Late Season Poll
Replies: 23
Views: 6665

Re: 2010 Late Season Poll

http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org= ... detail#t12

30.67 PPB is quite the stat line for Illinois.
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The "HSAPQ is Hard" Fallacy
Replies: 20
Views: 3255

Re: The "HSAPQ is Hard" Fallacy

Is it just me, or does that set seem to have particularly easy answer lines? I mean, I usually don't have 100% conversion on HSAPQ sets, and that one seemed far from the bounds of the HS canon.
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

Dan-Don wrote:which features non-pyramidal questions in topics such as Driver's Ed
I almost forgot - did anyone else notice a conspicuously absent category in this year's regionals?
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

Charley Pride wrote:
HOW THE HELL DO YOU TOSSUP MARGARET CHASE SMITH?
Well, they have to think about conversion. I'm sure IHSA wants to make questions accessible to all levels, by asking questions about more recent people like Smith, as opposed to ancient politicians, such as George Washington.
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10
Replies: 78
Views: 16414

Re: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10

I'd love to play. I will talk to coaches and players who might be interested, if it is allowed. I know at least some Latin students will be willing to make the drive, even after the regular season. Latin's welcome to play, school affiliated or not - I mention this because Coach Bardoe doesn't have ...
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

And the Hermione Granger tossup may have been the best written of the day :lol:
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

Yeah, we won our regional, and yeah, we sub a lot. We wrapped up at 9:15, and I left school at 9:30, arriving home around 9:45. Dan-Don, matches couldn't be slower. 30/30 is just so so so so long... It was so bad, I gave up on liveblogging, because it stopped being funny. The best moment was Abid g...
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10
Replies: 78
Views: 16414

Re: ATROPHY at NIU: 4/24/10

I'd love to play. I will talk to coaches and players who might be interested, if it is allowed. I know at least some Latin students will be willing to make the drive, even after the regular season.
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

Is it really horrible that IHSA questions are a relief after the Masonic Lectures? :aaa:
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

So, I was just saying to Nolan, this has to, has to make the IHSA rethink things, right? Open Letter (work in progress) to IHSA. Dear IHSA, Last Saturday (3/6/10), St. Ignatius won the Masonic state tournament. They, however, did not even advance to their sectional meet in the IHSA state series. Cl...
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

Is Deveau really out?
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion
Replies: 111
Views: 13306

Re: IHSA Regional Results and Discussion

Anyone know if Auburn is at full strength?
by jdeliverer
Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 72555

Re: Illinois '09-'10

I believe for this tournament, it is appropriate to wish people good luck, so good luck to everyone involved in IHSA regionals tonight.

May the best team win!
by jdeliverer
Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moving NAC back towards legitimacy?
Replies: 43
Views: 6003

Re: Moving NAC back towards legitimacy?

One thing I think can also be can considered is the teams that go to these tournaments. Schools that have informed and reasonable coaches are unlikely to attend an event that uses poor questions or hire an untrusted question provider. But even if QU has not yet reached the stage where you would hire...
by jdeliverer
Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois NAQT State Championship (2/27/10) @ Fenton HS
Replies: 53
Views: 8278

Re: Illinois NAQT State Championship (2/27/10) @ Fenton HS

Bonuses: Auburn 20 140 7.00, St. Ignatius 10 160 16.00

Something seems wrong there.
by jdeliverer
Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl (3/6+7/10)
Replies: 44
Views: 9114

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl (3/6+7/10)

Well, he wasn't at our site at New Trier.
by jdeliverer
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Average Score of Top Individual Players
Replies: 15
Views: 2741

Re: Average Score of Top Individual Players

PATH still systematically favors specialists playing on good teams. If you pick up most tossups in a category and your team buzzes on everything else, you'll have ridiculously high PATH. It depends on what you're trying to measure, but it still doesn't indicate individual skill as a whole. A very go...
by jdeliverer
Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Singles Tournament @ Fenton HS (2/27/10)
Replies: 28
Views: 7455

Re: High School Singles Tournament @ Fenton HS (2/27/10)

It looks like 4 students from Latin School are coming. I'll update this very soon once this is 100%. Let me know if you need any other info.

- Robert Volgman (senior)
- Sam Mulopulos (senior)
- Elaine Zhou (sophomore)
- Darcy Tuttle (sophomore)
by jdeliverer
Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois NAQT State Championship (2/27/10) @ Fenton HS
Replies: 53
Views: 8278

Re: Illinois NAQT State Championship (2/27/10) @ Fenton HS

To anyone who might know: How long is this expected to run? And will there be a significant break between the end of NAQT state and the start of the solo?

I just need ballpark estimates so I know what to tell my teammates.
by jdeliverer
Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '09-'10
Replies: 568
Views: 72555

Re: Illinois '09-'10

IDK if there is still a thread to discuss Masonics, but Latin won our sectional in a tight game in the finals against Lisle after Lisle and Latin easily swept their pools and playoffs. The lectures were fun and informative. :roll:
by jdeliverer
Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 16535

Re: February Poll

The only time I've seen Fremd was at Fremd on bad questions, but I know they beat us pretty handily (although we were far from full strength). Arjun's very good, and although they are probably worse on pyramidal questions I think they would still be worth a top 10 rank. And Arjun's the best math pla...
by jdeliverer
Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: February Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 16535

Re: February Poll

1. Auburn
2. Stevenson
3. St. Ignatius
4. Loyola
5. Carbondale
6. OPRF
7. Hobo
8. Lisle
9. Fremd
10. Niles North

I was between a lot of schools for the last two spots.
by jdeliverer
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT
Replies: 106
Views: 13750

Re: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT

Deveau + Lloyd is a lock for sure. They scored over 220 PPG combined in both Auburn-Deveaus matches last Saturday - that combo is pretty sick. From there I guess it comes down to who is impressive in the SS room. I haven't seen a bunch of them play but Zahed, Chametz and Dan all seem like possibles....
by jdeliverer
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Singles Tournament @ Fenton HS (2/27/10)
Replies: 28
Views: 7455

Re: High School Singles Tournament @ Fenton HS (2/27/10)

There will very likely be other Latin students coming to this - I'll update you later this week when I have a better idea of how many.
by jdeliverer
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT
Replies: 106
Views: 13750

Re: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT

Yeah, I think there's something wrong with the SS list. Some people definitely got cut off.
by jdeliverer
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT
Replies: 106
Views: 13750

Re: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT

jonah wrote:Since it's apparently kosher to do so, here's the list:

Literature (moderator: Matt Laird)
Stephen Lane, Macomb
Kevin Malis, Stevenson
Jeremiah Monk, Carbondale
Lloyd Sy, Auburn
Robert Volgman, Latin
Hoo boy.
by jdeliverer
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: April Tournament?
Replies: 23
Views: 2263

Re: April Tournament?

I'd have to check interest, but this sounds great. It'd be sweet to get more good quizbowl experience after the Masonic/IHSA double whammy. If the cost were reasonable and others aren't interested, I'd cover it.
by jdeliverer
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT
Replies: 106
Views: 13750

Re: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT

We can squeeze you in. Just drive to Dan's house.
by jdeliverer
Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 166590

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons have been—independent of their merits, or lackthereof, as literary works—very worthwhile for quizbowl purposes. Most of the history is poor/inaccurate, but the art is mostly solid. I've gotten points on tons of different a...
by jdeliverer
Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT
Replies: 106
Views: 13750

Re: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT

So, since this is coming up in less than a week now, does anyone know a good way to get from Chicago to UIUC? And/or would someone happen to be taking a bus from somewhere close to Chicago if there are multiple students from a school going? I can compensate for travel costs if I could somehow come w...
by jdeliverer
Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northwestern Wildcat XII
Replies: 93
Views: 45803

Re: Northwestern Wildcat XII

I haven't seen many championship games, but is it normal for the finals to have 15 powers in 20 questions? :shock:
by jdeliverer
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northwestern Wildcat XII
Replies: 93
Views: 45803

Re: Northwestern Wildcat XII

I mean the number of 1-man and 2-man teams this year made individual statistics crazy.

Last year: 3 individuals over 50 PPG
This year: All 10 top individuals over 60 PPG (prelims)
by jdeliverer
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northwestern Wildcat XII
Replies: 93
Views: 45803

Re: Northwestern Wildcat XII

lol @ the individual PPG in last year vs. this year.