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by mlaird
Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier (IL) Varsity Tournament 12/17
Replies: 25
Views: 11382

How long are the questions? Given that Nick (Trevkeeper, as he insists he be called) is a big proponent of pyramid style tossups, and is from one of the upper eschelon teams in the state, and that he's writing/overseeing the writing of said questions, I think that they will be well written sets. If...
by mlaird
Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

This forum is so unorganized. Not so much, in the past we just use the Illinois forum to discuss tournaments from that weekend, how people did, and what ramifications it might have for the future. I don't know if I'm going to try solo or not. Might be fun. We'll see. Try the Solo. It is fun. And yo...
by mlaird
Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of Illinois Earlybird HS Tournament -- 10/1/2005
Replies: 55
Views: 73695

(remember, when 'Bago spanked you, Kelly, Anne, and two others whose names are escaping me) Now that was a fun match. I wish we could do stuff like that more often. I know there's the Turn the Tables event at Panasonic, and there are 2-3 adult quiz bowls hosted by Maine South, Wheaton North, and Lo...
by mlaird
Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Corner
Replies: 90
Views: 44144

Right now, I'm having the same problem that Lee seems to be having, in that I have a squadron of new freshmen, and I don't know what to do to get that score up higher. I feel bad stopping to lecture inbetween matches, when these kids need to be grounded in the format before they stand a chance at a ...
by mlaird
Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 17
Views: 12653

Look at me now. Quiz bowl has almost sort of decided my direction in life. I came to my high school, joined quiz bowl, and a slippery slope ensued. I carved out my niche as Token Lit Guy (to steal a term from Coleen Powers): now I'm an English major. I started coaching our frosh/soph team my junior ...
by mlaird
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Ultima is done in Panasonic format except for that everyone gets their own buzzer It didn't used to be that way, back in the day before we had 4-team buzzers. And the Ultima also uses question sets that are much less lengthy than true Panasonic format; I think Panasonic is like, 180 questions or so...
by mlaird
Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Mr. Laird, you used SQBS (and operated it yourself, if I remember correctly) at NAQT State at Loyola last year, did you not? How did you like it? Is it worth it? No, I was busy moderating, and my former teammate, Mark Haase was doing it. I was looking over his shoulder for the most part, and it see...
by mlaird
Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Middle Grades/Jr. High Quizbowl
Replies: 43
Views: 21451

Amdending DaGeneral's post: Illinois does, but the most active teams in our middle/jr high program (called the IESA--Illinois Elementary School Association, by the way) are, ironically enough, downstate. The northastn area of Illinois (Chicago and its suburbs) are barely active at all despite being...
by mlaird
Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lunch at Tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 9114

While most tournaments in Illinois abide by the 'one-hour for lunch: be back or you're hosed' rule, I find that when lunch is provided, that the tournament tends to run much more smoothly, because no teams get back late, and you know where everyone is. It also kills the time difference factor when t...
by mlaird
Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Searching for Tournaments in the Midwest
Replies: 21
Views: 10660

TheImpaler wrote:
MLafer wrote:Michigan makes the drive to Urbana-Champaign at least once every year, and it takes about 5-6 hours (from Ann Arbor)
That may be vaguely uncomfortable with five people in a Neon.
Just consider it a team building exercise!
by mlaird
Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Hey everyone who's watching this topic for replies, there's a new topic under the "Comparisons" Header for next year; "Illinois 05-06"! See you there!
by mlaird
Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Well, ummm.... I've noticed that no bigwigs have gotten into this conversation yet. I wonder why that is. But I'd definately like to know what's going to change next year in terms of new rules and especially moderator certification. I'll drop a line in the old thread, so if everyone's watching that ...
by mlaird
Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of Illinois Earlybird HS Tournament -- 10/1/2005
Replies: 55
Views: 73695

I haven't been in two years or so, but I do remember that the trophy we got from this tournament was the highlight of our collection, since it had a chicken on it instead of "the lamp of learning".
by mlaird
Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 05-06
Replies: 742
Views: 286798

Ok, well, all prognostication aside, what's up with Moderator Certification? Anything happening on that front for next year? (Ok, ok, I can't resist: 1. Auburn - Kerr. Powers. Wham. Bam. Thank you Ma'am. 2. Fremd - Beata+a good frosh/soph team moving up= State Title? 3. Wheaton North - While perenni...
by mlaird
Wed Jun 29, 2005 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

So you are a White Sox fan who doesn't care for math or science?
Wow! Three Sox fans on one board! We're really coming out of the woodwork now that they're winning, huh?
by mlaird
Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Ok, so now that Team Illinois has wrapped up, I pose a conundrum. Given the magnitude of this forum, it may not be well recieved, as we will lose a lot of our information, but shouldn't we start a new thread now? An "Illinois 05-06" thread? *gasp* This season is officially over. For real. Finished. ...
by mlaird
Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

And in a close match too! Good Job to team Illinois!
by mlaird
Tue Jun 21, 2005 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Having won their third match, Team Illinois advances to the National Championship for the fifth time this afternoon at 1:00PM EST! The final field looks like this:

1. Maryland
2. Virginia
3. Illinois
4. Wisconsin
5. Florida
6. Colorado

Go Illinois!
by mlaird
Tue Jun 21, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Of course, if it happens, I'm thinking teams should be drafted, not just made....that Davis, etc. team would be incredible. But no! we can't draft teams! then whoever is picked last will have their self-esteem crushed! and in today's society, with no-cut football teams and all school honor-rolls, w...
by mlaird
Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Well, despite the lack of a Coaches Solo, there are three tournaments that coaches may participate in (though there were only two this year): Wheaton North's Mind Games, The Loyola Community Bowl, and The Maine South Adult Trivia Contest. Unfortunately, us fresh out of high school people cannot part...
by mlaird
Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Since Herr Egan is not here to keep us updated on Team Illinois, here goes: Illinois came in second place in their first match due to some tough, TOUGH competition from Virginia (Virginia - 373, Illinois - 156, Georgia - 92, 'bama - 86 [also, 373 is the high score of the tournament so far, and by 79...
by mlaird
Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Good Luck to Team Illinois this weekend at Panasonic in Florida! Beat those other states! Illinois Rules!
But I'm not starting this Illinois vs. the world thing again. So don't reply like that.
by mlaird
Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

---There was a rule that was clarified for the future.....from now on, for bonus questions, the "delay" is three seconds, per part.....so if a moderator counts three seconds of cummulative stalling on part 1 of a bonus, they should begin asking for part 2, not count them out of the remaining bonus ...
by mlaird
Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

For the big-time tourneys (Masonic State, IHSA State), the moderators are top-class. Well, I don't quite know what your definition of "top-class" is, but when it comes to the IHSA state tournament, I think it lacks a bit in the moderator department. There are a few outstanding moderators, and then ...
by mlaird
Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Trevkeeper wrote:Now THAT sounds like a good idea. I wonder if the IHSSBCA already has some sort of system like that set up, to get information out? Probably not.
Eh, Eh? Egan? Reinstein? Riley? *nudge nudge*
by mlaird
Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

As for making a database, that would need to be a first step. The problem is: how do you identify all of them...you really want a statewide database that covers the whole state. How about getting representatives from different parts of the state to contact the coaches in their area to see who's int...
by mlaird
Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Where the heck were you where you heard a multiple choice question that wasn't the Ultima?

Also, this message board needs to "Spring Ahead". The posting times are an hour behind. Yeah, I mean you, moderator guys.
by mlaird
Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Also, MLaird, did you play at Loyola as well, or just coach there? But of course! Four years playing, and '05-'06 will be my fourth year coaching. Creating the moderators database wouldn't be too much trouble. It could be posted on http://www.ihssbca.org On that site already is a list of everyone i...
by mlaird
Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

...especially of former player coaches... Why thank you. Really though. I know I've heard Brother Egan talk a lot about Moderator Certification. What does everyone else think about this? The way I look at it, the IHSA will never go for it, but if the Coaches Association can get something started on...
by mlaird
Sun Apr 03, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

eerie silence.....

Keep this forum alive! Illinois' question distribution is lousy!
The state tournament is unfair!
No more computational math!
Rah rah controversy!
by mlaird
Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

I know Matt's leaving for Loyola, I don't know about the rest. Well, at Loyola, we really only had one Senior starting for the State Series, which was pretty much a smattering of our best. We had two juniors, (Katie and Matt), a sophomore (Roman), and a super-freshman (Greg). Jennifer, Julie, and S...
by mlaird
Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

I have an idea: why not have NAQT write the questions for certain categories for state series? Yeah. Right. Then those teams that aren't quite up to snuff may complain about having to wait through all the trivial stuff, like "He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1906, etc." before they finally g...
by mlaird
Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

I go to stevenson high school and it was painfully obvious to me that Buffalo Grove was the primeir team in said sectional. Their starting lineup is godlike. What other team has Billy Ouska, Ryan Krause, Jason Mongillo... Brilliant. An excellent piece of writing. <applause> Anyways. I think that 6 ...
by mlaird
Sun Mar 13, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Well, I don't remember specifics, but the questions definately went downhill at that point.
by mlaird
Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

biggreen wrote:And don't even count on the medal or the certificate, given past experience. :grin:
Burn!
Taylor: 1 Egan: 0
by mlaird
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Tegan wrote:You sure must drive fast, Dr. Laird!
Well, you know what they call me. "115." Oh, and I only live in Saugatrash. Not far from Skokie/Niles/Edison Park, wherever the heck we were. I always lose my bearings around that area.
by mlaird
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

It was along the lines of (I don't remember exactly; wait for Constable Egan to get on here) 299-235.
by mlaird
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Mathew Laird, reporting in from Park Ridge. Loyola Academy managed to defeat Maine South in the final round of their Regional.
by mlaird
Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

On paper, you like New Trier to win their sectional, but there are a few scenarios that could play out: Deerfield could get lucky and win (and it wouldn't so much be luck necesarily).......Loyola could beat Maine South, and a tsunami could wipe out Winnetka and Deerfield sending Loyola downstate .....
by mlaird
Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Man, we need some restructuring, or some statewide seeding, of bloody something. But then, nothing's perfect. Anyways, I'm super excited for IHSA State this year, even though I can't play, I can play vicariously. Big time hardware is up for grabs this year, I hear. The trophy size is the same as the...
by mlaird
Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

I know! Cake, man! Cake! That's what I'm talking about! We qualify easily, but no, not even Regionals! You don't know how bad I wanted to go last year too! I bet we would've at least made it in as a wildcard since all those chitown powerhouses seem to get lumped together. But we stood a fair chance!...
by mlaird
Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Ah, I guess I wouldn't realize that, because a certain team from Wilmette never goes. The esteemed Mr. R. always reads at it, however, and he claims that's the reason why we don't play at it. "Conflict of interest" he says. "Bunk." I says.
by mlaird
Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Team Names for the Poor!
Replies: 14
Views: 10152

The team names we use at practice are:

Atomic Hippo Revolution

And (I know, much less interesting) The Potato Eaters (most of our players have some Irish in them, after all)
by mlaird
Sat Feb 26, 2005 9:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Yeah, team details page is now up, I was updating in a hurry, and I kind of forgot to upload the teamdetails.html page. Whoops. So, go check it out now, I also fixed all the links. Just a tip, if you use the SQBS software, don't put a space in the name of the tournament; it throws EVERYTHING off. Oh...
by mlaird
Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Loyola NAQT

Loyola NAQT Results posted here!
by mlaird
Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 322130

Ah. Of course. Yes. Heh.
<----is dumb
by mlaird
Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 322130

I sure hope that your moderator didn't say "Sousa" since Berlin did "God Bless America". I thought I read Berlin when I read that tossup.
by mlaird
Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 322130

This is from when I was a sophomore, and the answer given was by my teams captain. Question: According to [insert reliable source here], the internet is used most for this purpose, by the average adult. *buzz* Answer given: Pornography! (very enthusiastically, I might add.) *much laughter and blushi...
by mlaird
Sun Dec 05, 2004 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

Loyola used to go to Chip' ( :chip: )'s tournament in D.C. .... and then we stopped. This year there is opportunity for Illinois teams to go to NAQT nationals as Loyola will be hosting the Illinois NAQT state qualifier on February 26, 2005. Everyone is welcome! For info contact [email protected]
by mlaird
Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 04-05
Replies: 586
Views: 249084

.....it is where Wheaton North picked up the "1" in their 95-1 record last year.......I think some school in Wilmette beat them.
Regina Dominican?