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by mrgsmath
Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

Given that it is a fact that Grant said he was running the "best tournament possible," and that he was using Questions Galore questions: I must make a firm correction here. This is not only completely out of context, but a gross misrepresentation of the facts. I never contended that "the best tourn...
by mrgsmath
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

I may owe Boyln an apology. One of my past players thinks that while it was in the Rockford Area he didn't believe it was Auburn or Boyln. He thought it might have been Byron. PORTA often attended Boylyn's Varsity meet and I may have confused them. I will need to check my records and get back to you.
by mrgsmath
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

As one of the root causes for even having this discussion, let me say only this. I entered the forum intent with only offering my reasoning for a decision that I knew had not been recieved well by many on this forum and understood by even fewer. I felt the response, correctly or not, was dismissive ...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

What questions are your f/s and varsity tournaments run on? I use questions generated in house based on the pyramidal critera set forth by the IHSSBCA paper on question writing. I wrote this years F/S set but as I mentioned before there were circumstances that made writing the varsity sets impossib...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectional assignments are (finally) up
Replies: 80
Views: 10617

Re: IESA Sectional assignments are up..IHSA (edit: at long last)

My predictions: Class A Fairfield: Greenville Carlinville: Litchfield Peoria Christian: PORTA Warrensburg-Latham: no idea Winnebago: almost no idea, but maybe Stillman Valley Herrin: no idea Macomb: no idea Dwight: Lisle i would favor W/L and Macomb at there respective Sectionals. But Peoria Christ...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

Coach Grant, what is going on with your quotes?? I honestly don't know! I highlighted the correct quote, but I must have hit the wrong quote button, and linked the wrong person. I will strive to do better and pay closer attention. Being on my best behavior and being technically correct can be a dau...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

And yet, several players from PORTA who have never used the board before have mysteriously shown up to defend Coach Grant. Instead of offering my own conclusion, I'll ask you how and why you think that happened, and how a PORTA player who thought differently might be received by someone who thinks ...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

Shcool wrote:Was that Rockford Boylan or Rockford Auburn?
it was Boylan.
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

What about hosting Saturday tournaments? There are open weekends in January actually this is how the whole the mess got started. I do host a tournament in January, and normally use Pyramidal questions, this year however I made a decision to change my format, for reasons I still think are valid. Nex...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

It was 5 years ago when I was rebuilding the program at PORTA, we drove 3.5 hours to the Rockford area for a F/S Tournament. The 3.5 hour drive home was not a pleasant experience for a group of Freshman and Sophomore students who I convinced that the only way to get good was to play good teams. this...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

Finally, your other claim, which is that you were somehow compelled to host non-pyramidal questions, I very much fail to understand. You can host on whatever kind of questions you like; it's your tournament. If you're saying more people will come in the short run if you use hosey, one-line question...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

The impact you don't see is simple. Some forms of quizbowl are better for the intellectual development of players than others, and that's what's important here Actually I do see this, and agree, some forms are better. But that does not refute the premise that some forms can have varied degrees of s...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

what I'm saying is: you shouldn't attend or host any tournaments on bad, non-pyramidal questions. Doing so does, in fact, lessen your program and your contribution to the game. With this I would respectfully disagree, while it may serve to perpetuate the existance of the form of "bad quiz bowl" you...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

There really is no specified distribution, however using the guidelines for question categories I distributed: 3 - Math (Algebra, Geometry, Calculus) 3-Language Arts (British Lit, American Lit, World Lit) 3 Science(Physics, Chem, Earth, Bio) 3- Social Studies (Geography, U.S. history, World History,...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

Let me apologize for not having a handle on the quote concept, so it may appear confusing. Matt - as to elitist I was refering to my interpretation of your statement, "your using QG and Avery" as being dismissive to the point that you would not dignify my post with an arguement that would lower you ...
by mrgsmath
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 21079

Re: Why we can't have nice things

I am not sure if I misentered or if I am banned from participating on this forum. But this is the second time I have tried to respond. (the first time recieved no confirmation so I apologize if this the second time around) First I promise to behave. Secondly, I will attempt to respond to the concern...
by mrgsmath
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Live stats from Springfield
Replies: 18
Views: 2211

Re: Live stats from Springfield

Yes the difficulties came when it was announced at the coaches meeting at the beginning of the tourney that only 7-1 ties would result in a play-off. All others would use the bonus total method. It was not anticipated that a 5-0 would lose the first match in the afternoon to an 3-2 team., nor was it...