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by mlaird
Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 322130

The real reason why this was a bad neg is that it had category introductions, so it said "Social Studies" before the tossup.
by mlaird
Sat Nov 18, 2006 8:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

SIVster716 wrote:Are we allowed to use specifics in discussing the questions?
Yes, you may.
by mlaird
Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

JWyPlatinum [sic]: What were those questions? After 14 years worth of question sets, I often think bad is in the mind of the beholder. I'm sure that he's referring to the '05 IHSA State Series pool play match where Morton lost to Stevenson by something like 10 points. Stevenson, of course, went on ...
by mlaird
Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Scobol Solo (11/11/06) at Stevenson HS (IL)
Replies: 12
Views: 6613

I don't get this "tully" one. I did wonder about the nabaztag. I still do. it confuses me.
by mlaird
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

JWyPlatinum wrote:The last time Stevenson won, we had them beat if it wasn't for poor writing in math questions.
Classy.
by mlaird
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

Oh, so that's what the elusive "Nabaztag" looks like.
by mlaird
Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

As for top teams that will be there: Maine South Maine East Wheaton North Deerfield St. Ignatius Notably Absent due to question writing conflicts: New Trier Scratch that, Maine East is not on the list, but I neglected all-time universal uber-IHSA-class-A-champion Latin, Fenwick, Stevenson and Fremd...
by mlaird
Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

Hello, my school will be going to Wheaton North as well. I haven't been to a regular IHSA tournament in a while...is it 20 questions per round or 30? Also does anyone know which of the top schools are entering, besides Wheaton North and Maine South. Hopefully the fewer the better and we can have a ...
by mlaird
Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Davey and Goliath Throwdown (12-9-06) @ Loyola Acad. (IL)
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

Field Update 11/4/06:
Hoffman Estates
Fenton
Fremd
Loyola (2)
Libertyville
Naperville North
Quincy (2)
Fenwick (2)
Stevenson
New Trier
Eisenhower
Carmel
Wheaton North (2)
Marist (2)
Lake Zurich
Maine South
Homewood-Flossmoor
Wheaton Warrenville South
Evanston
Lincoln-Way East
Leyden
by mlaird
Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Davey and Goliath Throwdown (12-9-06) @ Loyola Acad. (IL)
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

Davey and Goliath Throwdown (12-9-06) @ Loyola Acad. (IL)

I guess I'm kind of late hopping on the hsquizbowl.org announcement bandwagon, but better late than never. This goes out to any team who has not registered yet, and especially to out of state teams looking for a highly competitive F/S tournament with good, pyramidal questions. Loyola Academy in Wilm...
by mlaird
Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

mlaird wrote:I'd also like to hear any comments/complaints/insults about any aspects of the tournament. *hint hint, the questions, hint hint*
But of course, no specifics. Just general comments.
by mlaird
Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 06-07
Replies: 802
Views: 265538

I'd like to remind anyone who played in the Wayne City Kickoff this weekend, that discussion of the questions should be strictly off limits until 6pm CT on Nov. 18th. I'd also like to hear any comments/complaints/insults about any aspects of the tournament. *hint hint, the questions, hint hint* Also...
by mlaird
Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 309
Views: 132935

Also someone mentioned the "International Cup" unless Shanghai (SAS) played an unofficial match v. Lisgar it seems the 16th place is a bit higher than 25th, thus the "cup" goes to SAS. They did play an unofficial match in the consolation rounds. Donald Taylor and I moderated for them, and it was pr...
by mlaird
Thu May 18, 2006 3:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion on why short tossups are terrible
Replies: 38
Views: 16412

Everytime I hear someone say 'the questions are too long, waaah', all I want to say is 'why don't you answer them earlier then?' Pyramid questions are like a marathon where shorter questions are like a sprint. In a marathon, the differences in preperation become much more apparent than when one runs...
by mlaird
Thu May 18, 2006 12:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aegis Questions
Replies: 20
Views: 9299

I certainly echo Carlo's sentiments. Despite Mr. Riley's comments about them, I simply cannot in good conscience agree that there are good short questions out there. I would love to see an example of them if they can be provided by anyone. It simply isn't satisfying to get a tossup simply because my...
by mlaird
Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Workshops
Replies: 8
Views: 4044

Sorry to hijack this thread a bit, but I can't really think of anything to add to Mssrs Egan and Reinstein's lists. I'll be attending the Ace camp at SEMO this year. I'm wondering how many other coaches do this. What do coaches do while there? I've heard rustlings of coaches workshops while there, w...
by mlaird
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and PACE-Who's going to which?
Replies: 50
Views: 24150

It's looking like Loyola Academy will be sending one team to NAQT; but not PACE, because of geography.
by mlaird
Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

I don't mind a bit of randomness. I still maintain that the state finals should be operated like a normal tournament, with random pairings drawn the morning of for the morning rounds, and then following that, the eight teams are divided into a bracket for afternoon rounds. This would take away all o...
by mlaird
Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Next team that gets an article written about them, needs to tell the reporter that we don't call matches "Scholastic Bowls". That's the second article this week.
by mlaird
Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

I've got a cassette tape in to record it tomorrow, and I'll bring it to the state tournament, if anyone's interested. if someone brings a small tape player with a speaker, people could hear it during lunch.
by mlaird
Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Also, I added up all the total points from regionals and sectionals and what not. Make of it what you will.

http://www.aegisquestions.com/0506sectionals.xls

That one point for DGS was a forfeit.
by mlaird
Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Mr. Reinstein, When were these pools drawn? I thought that maybe they would be drawn after all the results were in, since it says in the Terms and Conditions that "The eight (8) teams [/i] in each class will be divided by blind draw into two seperate pools of four (4) teams each." It seems like the ...
by mlaird
Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Here's what I've noticed. Everybody complains. I know, I know. The state series questions are bad, but when has it ever been better? I can't remember. I'm not going to complain about all the stuff (other than what Matt mentioned in that Laertes is totally Odysseus' father , not his son), I want to k...
by mlaird
Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Once upon a time, there was a great Loyola team, poised by many to finally make the return trip to state. There was also an upstart Maine South team...young, but having played a tough schedule, bettle tested. Alas, the Loyola team failed in its quest....good enough to win the Iowa State Finals, the...
by mlaird
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Re: Regionals

You guys are taking scholastic bowl extremely seriously, and I really don't care as much. Yeah. Honestly people! this is a message board dedicated to quiz bowl! what a bunch of nerds hang out here. People just don't care about it at our school, we have a 20 year old coach, and we goof around in pra...
by mlaird
Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

by mlaird
Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Regional Pairings are up:

Class A
Class AA

No Bloodstone cup. The IHSA gets to hold it for this year. A shame.
by mlaird
Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridiculously hilarious protests/protest arguments
Replies: 56
Views: 22846

Was this on a :chip: question set? This exact answer/situation happened to me in high school way back in 1998 or so on the last :chip: set I ever played (and that's part of the reason it was the last one I ever played...) so I wonder if he's recycling his own questions in addition to stealing other...
by mlaird
Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Well now, each school can only put forth two names for consideration for All-Sectional. NT only put forth their two high tossup getters. And regarding the numbers of six or ten, there are six All-Sectional players chosen, and the coaches rank ten of the ones put forth for consideration. Also, due to...
by mlaird
Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

To the best of my knowledge it will be a traditional Illinois format tournament.

20 Qs/ 20 Bs with bounceback on both.
by mlaird
Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Siva, they're Math/Sci, Humanities, and Social Studies.
by mlaird
Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Just look at State Series results where we simply cannot (nor would we ever) cheat. Not only do I put those forth as evidence for WN's case, but see here: 1st Fremd F/S 2nd Kaneland Varsity (Lost to Auburn) Scobol Solo-G. Gauthier-1st among 99 Illinois competitors 4th WN Kickoff (Lost to Fenwick an...
by mlaird
Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cheating?
Replies: 18
Views: 8625

Having a blacklist does seem a bit like throwing the babies out with the bathwater. The potential for abuse would be overwhelming. I can see coaches taking great offence at one another, and this just going downhill quickly. In conclusion: No Names!
by mlaird
Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Brad, the invitations for NAQT state were just sent out a few days ago, hence, there is no field as of right now. However, I'm pretty sure that the "usual suspects" will be there. I think it's pretty safe to expect the teams that were there last year will be there again this year. The invitations we...
by mlaird
Sun Jan 08, 2006 1:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving Reaction Time
Replies: 13
Views: 7476

Another thing I've noticed is that some of the people who can buzz the fastest on buzzer races are those that play a lot of video games. It's not proven, but it'd be interesting to test the correlation. Warioware MegaMicrogame$. Period. I honestly think, though, that the reflex time does not matter...
by mlaird
Sun Jan 08, 2006 1:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Results from Auburn F/S: 1.) Auburn 'A' 2.) Loyola 'A' 3.) Maine East 4.) Sterling 'A' Consolation: Carmel 'B' The questions were house written, and saw a lot of improvement near the end of the tournament. Some of them could have used a little bit more editing, due to quite a few tossups that took a...
by mlaird
Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

SIVster716 wrote:Isn't this subject a little bit off topic anyway?
There is no such thing in the Illinois Threads!
by mlaird
Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

All-Tournament (based on 5 rounds, 22 TU/round): Jim from Loyola (21) That's Tim. Also, I have nothing but good things to say about the questions from the NT Varsity Tournament. The only beef I really had was with the goofy tournament format. WN 'B' ended up only playing three teams in the morning,...
by mlaird
Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26771

Here's a tip that all moderators should adhere to: Do not refer to tossup 19 (in a 20-question round) as "the penultimate tossup." Hey! I do that! pe·nul·ti·mate adj. 1. Next to last. 2. Linguistics. Of or relating to the penult of a word: penultimate stress. And please, Ms. Powers, this hardly ...
by mlaird
Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26771

At two recent tournaments I've had coaches let me read the whole round, because it's usually better for both teams. I honestly don't think that a team is given that much of an edge when their own coach is their moderator. I think it all depends on if the moderator is good or not. For instance, if th...
by mlaird
Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Films that Quiz Bowl Players Need To See
Replies: 26
Views: 13589

I watched British movie versions of Shakespeare plays that I thought were not only brilliant (Imagine Roger Daltrey as the two Dromios from The Comedy of Errors), but also follow the folio with no deviations. And I watched some movies about some artists. I got them out of the library, but I'm the ki...
by mlaird
Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

The only thing that will get IHSSBCA to listen is competition. Hey, the IHSSBCA isn't the driving force behind truncated questions and buzzer races. The tournaments that the IHSSBCA runs are well written (thank you Mr. Egan) and run well. The IHSA, the entity that runs the state tournament for scho...
by mlaird
Sun Dec 11, 2005 12:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Another tournament from today:

Sterling F/S:

1.) Wheaton North 'A' (with some guy that I think might've won the solo among illinois competition)
2.) Loyola 'A'
3.) Auburn 'A'
4.) Latin

I'm not sure, I wasn't really paying attention, but I think the 3-4 spots might be switched.
by mlaird
Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Trevkeeper wrote:And for the record, it's not me, Matt. I have a class at 7:41 am.
That's Mr. Laird!
by mlaird
Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Trev-keeper! Did you hack into your coaches account!? Shame on you. I do wish to chime in and say that I believe our sectional will be the bloodbath sectional this year. And NT, you're so hard on yourself. While your perennial strength of math doesn't seem to have returned, it sure seems like you gu...
by mlaird
Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Good news, people. I just got the Moderator Certification test in my Inbox. This is the first step on the way to abolishing Ayatollah Khomeini problems. I'll be sending in my answers to Ms. Greene as soon as I can remember how many seconds are allowed on computation questions.... Anyone wishing to b...
by mlaird
Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible Solo Tournament
Replies: 28
Views: 12924

airmale007 wrote:When you have complete info, forum PM it to me if you would, Donald.
Seeing as PMing is disabled, I think you'd be better off hooking him up with an e-mail address.
by mlaird
Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Kickoffs Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 4006

An incomplete list of teams at Wheaton North: Carmel, Chicago Christian, Deerfield, Downers Grove North, Fenton, Fenwick, Fremd, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Homewood Flossmoor, Lake Zurich, Latin, Libertyville, Lincoln-Way East, Loyola, Maine South, Marist, McHenry, Mt Carmel, New Trier, Notre Dame, O...
by mlaird
Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a legal practice in Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 11383

I don't see anything wrong with this practice at all. In Illinois the rule is that you cannot have anything written on your paper before the match. When I played in the circuit a few years ago, at the beginning of every match, I would jot down "256 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1" so I could nail a binary ques...
by mlaird
Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

4. Hey, Brad, I know you may have forgotten this, and it's understandable, but Trevkeeper's real name is Nick Matchen...Trev's decent, but he was on the B team at Northwestern. Hey Colleen, don't you mean that Nick Matchen's real name is Trevkeeper? And also, has Greg G. played a tournament this ye...