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by mlaird
Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication
Replies: 42
Views: 5430

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

:f5: :f5: :f5: :f5: :f5: :f5: :f5: :f5:
Lisle vs. Latin match why won't you display!?!? <--- Interrobang, btw.

EDIT: UPDATE Latin continues the dynasty, 3-0 to advance to State.
by mlaird
Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

So yeah, my bad guys. Here it is at midnight like... Hawaiian time? Class A All-State First Team Aaron Letterly Alex Smith Cullen Seaton Deidre Hong Evan Daigle Justin Brooks Kurt Fowler Marcus Smith Sam Stowell Tucker Lynn Class A All-State Second Team Aaron Staley Collin Wolf Derek Lessard Jeremy ...
by mlaird
Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

A heads up for all you people who like to be on top of announcements:

All-State Honorees will be announced at 12:00AM CST tonight.
by mlaird
Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 12104

Re: IHSA regional assignments

While you're at it you want to get rid of spelling and Grammar? I think you should recommend putting Spelling and Grammar into the Misc. Category; THEN recommending Misc be removed. This would lead to 6/6 Fine Arts, which is a lot, though. maybe we just need 28/28 rounds at state. Or at least 20/20...
by mlaird
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 12104

Re: IHSA regional assignments

There's no real rule that says we may not identify writers publicly or anything, so I think that if writers have identified themselves as writers then their names are free to put out there. A list that was formulated not by me (but had some names added to it by me) includes the following people: *Re...
by mlaird
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 12104

Re: IHSA regional assignments

Does the IHSA have a specified distro? The IHSA has the following as its specified distribution (please no heckling from the peanut gallery, we've all heard it before): 6/6 math 6/6 science 6/6 social studies 6/6 literature (includes grammar and mythology) 4/4 fine arts 2/2 miscellaneous (includes ...
by mlaird
Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

The IHSA State Pools are up in the ScoreZone. If the top seeds win their Sectionals... Class A Pool 1: Warrensburg-Latham, Byron, Effingham Saint Anthony, Litchfield Class A Pool 2: Petersburg PORTA, Metropolis Massac County, Chicago Latin, Macomb Class AA Pool 1: Auburn, Hinsdale Central, Stevenso...
by mlaird
Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic Sectionals 2/21
Replies: 33
Views: 3906

Re: Masonic Sectionals 2/21

As far as the timing was concerned, these rounds took about 45-50 minutes each with good moderators. How is that possible? I had no idea Illinois format was that inefficient. This being the first real IHSA tournament I've read this year, I also dreaded anytime a tossup went dead, because, my god, 1...
by mlaird
Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Feb 14, 2009 Walter Payton Invitational (HS) Walter Payton College Prep Jack Bowen Apparently they used IS #83. I wonder if it was an intramural to decide who was going to play at Fenton on the 7th. I know none of us were invited, so it couldn't have been much of an invitational. Either that or it ...
by mlaird
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Turnabout Tournament Writer's Guide
Replies: 2
Views: 662

Turnabout Tournament Writer's Guide

I'm starting to put together the formal writer's guide for the Blacklisted teams for next year, and I'm seeking some input as to what exactly I put in there. (If you aren't familiar with what's going on here, check here for the original explanation.) Right now I'm using our guide from Aegis and trim...
by mlaird
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5611

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

Hey, maybe Fred can clear up whether this is actually against a board rule or not (I honestly don't know), but "I'm going to argue on behalf of an absent third party and dismiss all responses to my argument by claiming I don't believe what I just posted" is really annoying and not conducive to reas...
by mlaird
Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois NAQT State Championship at Fenton HS (3/7/09)
Replies: 13
Views: 1775

Re: Illinois NAQT State Championship at Fenton HS (3/7/09)

Walter Payton must think this is an AcaDec tournament. Did you double check with them, Mike?
by mlaird
Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Stats for Loyburn '09 are now posted . Thanks for a great tournament. I don't think there has been a tournament with so many teams at this level of competition in IL in a long time. Special thanks to Carolyn Gerhardt from New Trier with her help on stats in the afternoon. The PPG and PPTUH are sligh...
by mlaird
Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

The Maine South Sectional:

1. New Trier
2. Loyola
3. Maine South
4. Fenwick
5. OPRF
6. St. Ignatius (I think?)
7. Maine East
8. Schaumburg
by mlaird
Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting
Replies: 45
Views: 5755

Re: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting

I do not know if a monetary reward could be provided to these schools, but I think it should be if we want to get enough packets. We plan on offering a monetary reward ($25 for a packet, I believe, though this could probably be changed if it needs to be). It won't make much of a difference, but it ...
by mlaird
Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting
Replies: 45
Views: 5755

Re: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting

Turnabout will be done on questions submitted by blacklisted teams; Matt Laird is head-editing that, and will be assisted by me, Brad, and Kristin. Turnabouts will be in IHSA format/distribution (but 20 questions per round). I feel the need to elucidate upon this, since we're doing something that i...
by mlaird
Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting
Replies: 45
Views: 5755

Re: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting

Also, I think Quizbowl's warring factions are a lot like this:


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by mlaird
Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting
Replies: 45
Views: 5755

Re: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting

The wording here frightens me a little. Pyramidality should not be up for debate, nor should it be left to the writer. The IHSSBCA has the responsibility to support good quizbowl, not to debate whether good quizbowl should be allowed. The current level of support for mACF bonuses probably warrants ...
by mlaird
Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I would like to know who votes in the Class A poll, because I see no logic to them being unranked. While you do see the rankings posted on the IHSSBCA website, what you don't see is the total number of points and number of mentions. This tells a different story when you look at the Class A Rankings...
by mlaird
Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

So... Wheaton North, Winnebago, how bad were they?
by mlaird
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments
Replies: 47
Views: 6384

Re: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments

You might also notice that playing for the consolation championship gets you a 9th game (1 more than the champions bracket gets), which seems odd, but I can't solve the issue of how to shorten that with the idea that game #5 is an elimination game in the consolation tier, but not in the champion's ...
by mlaird
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments
Replies: 47
Views: 6384

Re: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments

One thing that I think could really help in this state is something that Dr. Graebner mentioned: rebracketing in the afternoon. Teams should be playing similar level teams in the afternoon, and playing a mix of teams in the morning. Those morning rounds serve to show lower level teams where they can...
by mlaird
Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

No, we are not a traveling team because the powers-that-be do not recognize us as an activity and therefore do not grant us a budget. However, when we found out the IHSSBCA ranked us #11 in its preseason poll but neglected us in its early season poll, we decided it was time to travel more and we've...
by mlaird
Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

rjaguar3 wrote:Anyone know who wrote the questions for Fremd?
I believe it was Question Bank. They probably used the same questions at Sterling, since Cheryl traditionally uses them.

Bleh.

I assume those are the Varsity results, what news from the Frosh/Soph side?
by mlaird
Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

One thing that I'm noticing about the stats is that most players have 0 TUH. Is there a reason behind this?
by mlaird
Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Any results from the Kaneland Tournament today? I assume it was run on Platypus, and that not many of the top teams went, but I'm curious nonetheless.
by mlaird
Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 19080

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

Let's get back to the issue at hand here, for a moment. Before I type this, I don't know if it will end up actually contributing to the discussion or if it will simply be a pertinent anecdote. Regardless, I feel sharing my experiences isn't a bad thing. As a Director of a somewhat floundering questi...
by mlaird
Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)
Replies: 107
Views: 16396

Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

What I liked about your set-up was that it honored the morning results for the power-matched rounds by awarding byes, but at the same time potentially allowed some of the 3-2 teams to play into the Championship bracket. It actually didn't. The 3-2 teams were playing for the right to play in the Con...
by mlaird
Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

OK, now that I've had the chance to look through _every_ game of the D&G T3, I've corrected all the ones where teams aren't credited for tossups they've earned. Again, you can find the updated stats here: http://www.aegisquestions.com/DGT3/DGT3_standings.html http://www.aegisquestions.com/DGT3/DGT3p...
by mlaird
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

This year, one of the best four teams (Loyola or New Trier) will not qualify for state. But let's be honest, does anyone really care about IHSA state? Given that thread of emails that I know you have in your inbox, I'd say, yes, a lot of coaches apparently care about it more than anything else. EDI...
by mlaird
Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

So if, theoretically, there was a huge email thread making the rounds among IL coaches regarding 1 part/10 seconds x3 bonuses vs. 3-5 parts/30 seconds bonuses, what would your opinions be about the sweeping change? I'm particularly interested in the "Quizbowl Illuminati/Cabal" type people who make t...
by mlaird
Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Playoff Stats are here, these shouldn't have the same problem that the morning rounds had.

http://www.aegisquestions.com/DGT3/DGT3 ... dings.html
by mlaird
Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Stats from the morning rounds of D&G Throwdown III:

http://www.aegisquestions.com/DGT3/DGT3_standings.html

Playoff stats will be added in the next few minutes, as I'm doing them right now.
by mlaird
Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Sectional Sites are up:
http://www.ihsa.org/activity/scb/2008-09/2site.htm
http://www.ihsa.org/activity/scb/2008-09/1site.htm

Also, in case your school missed the deadline, you can still enter if the late fee is paid:
http://www.ihsa.org/announce/2008-09/2008-11-05.htm
by mlaird
Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

*I'm not sure the objections about non-controlling-team conferral during controlling-team conferral time or conferral during reading are objections to actual rules, or to someone's misunderstanding of the rules. Can anyone clarify that? I think there was misinterpretation at individual sites, or by...
by mlaird
Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Also, Mr. Reinstein, do the numbers following some of the schools represent seeds as determined by you/the coach in respect to that school itself? I'm aware that Auburn's final info didn't get submitted until today. Yes. The coach seeds the players. Reinstein: good call on putting school names with...
by mlaird
Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I'm really interested to hear about the lower brackets of the tournament and whether or not they liked sticking around for the entirety of the tournament. The re-bracketing round robin is something that is done often in other states, but single-elimination is the norm here. While this is certainly a...
by mlaird
Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QB Acronyms
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

QB Acronyms

I'm going to be introducing a bunch of new moderators to mACF format at a Harvard Mirror tomorrow, and I'm trying to compose a comprehensive list of acronyms that might show up in the packets. I've got FTP, FTPE and FTSNOP (which, btw, took me like, a month to figure out what it stood for). Anything...
by mlaird
Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

We did ACF-style bonuses and apparently (at least, the word on the street) is that most people didn't like them (at Sterling, what about the Carbondale and PORTA Kickoofs?)... It sounded to me like people at Sterling were ambivalent about the bonus format, and that they cared more about pyramidal q...
by mlaird
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

This is a sort of personal manifesto. I opted to make it a separate post for reasons that follow. I wrote the base for this a while ago, after a discussion about our writing of last year's Masonic State Tournament, and have been wavering as whether or not to post it on the blog we keep over at Aegis...
by mlaird
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

First off, we thought it would be a good idea to let everyone see exactly what the questions for this year's Kickoffs looked like. We've went ahead and posted them on our website, free to access, so feel free to look them over for purposes of discussion, dissection or practice. You can find a PDF of...
by mlaird
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

gack1224 wrote:For all math comp we ended up using the old format. One ought to be chosen to avoid using multiple formats.
This is what the rules changes dictated for, so you did the right thing. The questions were even written with this specifically in mind.
by mlaird
Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Reinstein told me to, so I am here to make it known that the Kickoff questions are cleared for specific discussion, so talk about individual questions all you want. Also, if you have any comments about the new bonus format, drop it here. I'm excited that this can become the future of Illinois quizbo...
by mlaird
Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

This is mostly @ Siva and Zahed: Did you guys ever make any progress on that Youtube video explaining ACF format for teams/coaches/moderators new to the format? If you could post a link to it, either Reinstein or I could put it up on the IHSSBCA website. If, for some reason you weren't able to get i...
by mlaird
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Also, it's fine to say that people in the game have differing ends and I agree; they do. However, none of the ends you listed is at odds in the modern game, nor is any of them (even purportedly) served by sponsoring a team for NTAE. It follows, then, that either the differing ends at play here are ...
by mlaird
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

I haven't really put anything into this discussion yet, but I'd also like to say that I'm all in favor of discontinuing our affiliation with NTAE. As it stands, we have to look at how students view it, and see that the reasons they give for wanting to go include things like "being able to beat some ...
by mlaird
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

What exactly is IG? I've seen "him" mentioned a few places here, and I can't even think of anyone with a first name starting with 'I'. Is this some ACE camp in-joke?
by mlaird
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 165793

Re: Illinois '08-'09

JohnGlerum wrote:
Lime, Self and Society wrote:Stats
edit: referencing Gauthier, not Peterson, but maybe it could apply to both (never played Maine South when Greg was there)
Peterson was most definitely not a one man team back then. This weekend, however, is a completely different story.
by mlaird
Wed May 14, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 210647

Re: Illinois '07-'08

C'mon guys, we need to talk about something. Only twelve (eleven now!) more posts until we hit 1,000 for this topic!

We need a good transition into the Illinois 08-09 thread:

Who is going to be good next year?

What will Team Illinois do at PAC?

How will the Illinois teams going to Nats do at Nats?
by mlaird
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment
Replies: 105
Views: 46749

Re: The Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment

The questions for this particular tournament were provided by Questions Galore. Ahh... they're a local flavour around these parts. From the upstanding community of Wheaton, IL, if I do recall correctly. Unfortunately for us, since they are a favorite son, Wheaton North uses them for their frosh/sop...