These are the final stats for the season.
We sent one team to Tennessee Masters, the yearly tournament where the quiz
bowl canon expands faster than William Conrad at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
As the "Neg-erzz with Attitudez," we finished with a 7-5 record, including a
win over the Legion of Superheroes. Matt Colvin was "MC Neg," David Hamilton
was "Grandbiscuit B," Dave Goodman was "Ice Queef," and Arthur Fleming was
|Ice Queef||25.0 ppg
|Dr. A||27.1 ppg
The Fine Arthurs
The Fine Arthurs placed third at Philly Experiment with a 17-3 record,
despite abandoning their original team name, "Arthur 4: On the Buzzers."
Instead of the usual specious all-Dave team, we gave in to the minority with
the all-Arthur team. Dave Goodman was "Artarino," Dave Hamilton was the
"Artinator," Dave Vacca was "Art-o-rama," and Arthur Fleming was the
She Blinded Me with Colvin Science
Consisting of Matt Colvin, Adam Fine, and Georgia Tech's Jason Hong, the
team finished with a 7-13 record.
I said in the Upcoming Events page that this
was guaranteed to be the most interesting tournament of the season, and I
was right for the wrong reasons. The harvest was quite lean this year at
Randolph-Macon. The moderators were below average, and it was painfully
evident that they had not been trained to handle the difficulties of
switching formats. The declining quality of the questions during the
tournament was explained after lunch when it became evident that most of
the remaining tournament questions had not been written. At this point,
the tournament broke down faster that Lithium 5, as much of the field
packed up and left. Statistics from this tournament will not be counted as
official, so I won't even bother putting them up. The high points of the
tournament were the free lunch at R-M's dining hall, and Maryland's
impromptu game of fruitball played during one of the long waits we had.
Fruitball is very similar to baseball, except it is played with a tree
branch and an unidentified unripe, rough-skinned green fruit that
explodes on contact with a hard object. A Randolph-Macon team member
thought that they were persimmons, but this identification is doubtful.
Before all our fruits were destroyed, Dave Goodman and RG both got one
hit, and Arthur Fleming had two.
is another commentary on Harvest Bowl.
The questions were decent at JHU, and anything had to be better after
the first tournament of the year. The first team won, and the second
team lost in the semifinals to GWU 270-255.
|Venkman (Dave G.)||36.8|
|Ray (Dave H.)||23.2|
Maryland Speed Buggy
The B team placed second in their round-robin bracket with a record of
Maryland Mystery Machine
The C team finished with a 4-8 record.
The D team finished with a 2-10 record.
Wrath of Khon (Khon and scrub team)
The questions here varied from acceptable to weird to bad. A good rule of
thumb derived from this tournament is that starting a packet with
five history questions is generally not a good idea, especially when
it is the first packet of the tournament. Things got better after that
minor Pickarillo, until the semifinals, where we lost to Ohio State,
composed of former MAQT player Michael Starsinic and his impressive
The A team decided to call itself the A-team, much to my chagrin. Let's
look at the casting:
Oh yeah, the stats:
- Arthur Fleming: Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith
- Casting is doubtful. Does not smoke cigars. Did not use witticisms
like "I love it when a bonus comes together" during the tournament. Better
choices: The soldier who is always driving Col. Decker around, or better
yet, Carla, the woman who gives General Stockwell folders.
- Dave Hamilton: Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock
- A little better. Says weird things, but usually not Murdockian in
nature. Outlook on life more similar to Murdock in "MacGyver." Should have
been "Dishpan" Frankie or General Fulbright.
- Jesse Molesworth: Lt. Templeton "Face" Peck (aka Richard Bancroft)
- Good choice. Does not seem to have a scheming nature, and seems more
similar to the first-episode Tim Dunigan Face. Not nearly annoying enough
to be Tawnia, the second choice.
- Adam Fine: Sergeant Bosco "B.A." Baracus
- I pity the fool who thinks that Adam would be a good B.A. Although
he yelled at Murdock several times during the tournament, his heart wasn't
in it. Would make a good Amy Allen or Col. Decker, however.
MD Fantastic 4
My Superfriends knowledge is kind of sketchy, but I don't think there
was a guy named Cygnus, unless he was that nerdy dude who could speed read.
|Green Lantern (Josh)||18.5|
The first team won. That's about all I can tell you, since I didn't
Our team placed second here. The questions were very good, especially
considering the relative lack of good ACF questions this year.
Maryland A placed fifth overall, according to the final standings (which are
of dubious value).
The questions ranged from bad college bowl to find-your-ass, with only
a few gems in between. The bonus difficulty varied more than sin(1/x) near 0,
but we did appreciate the kick-ass visual bonuses. Anyway, here's the
Maryland B racked up an impressive 43 negs, of which roughly 3/4 were due to
Colvination. They placed 21st, and were the highest finishing B team in the
Maryland C won three games at NAQT nationals. Due to the "improved" Swiss
pair format, they got to play SUNY Stonybrook three times, and thrice showed
their complete dominance.
The A team finished 6-6, losing a lot of close games. Dave Goodman
amassed 24 negs in 12 games, but this was not surprising considering
the overall quality of the questions at the tournament.
The B team lost twice in the prelims, to Georgetown B, and to Maryland C.
After beating JHU in the semifinals, they won a close match against the
Princeton/Delaware team to win the tournament. This is the second year in a
row that the
winning Maryland team has incurred a loss to Georgetown B.
Maryland C was first after the round robin, with only a loss to the TJ high
school team, and were beaten by the Princeton/Delaware team in the
Ahh, Georgetown Cup. Probably the closest thing that we ivory-tower
hardcore-ACF Marylanders get to the dark underworld that is CBI. Once again,
we made the trek to DC to experience the worst questions of the year. Maryland
A went undefeated in the round robin, and beat all the other teams in the
playoffs by at least 200 points. We promptly lost in the semifinals to GWU,
so Maryland could not defend its title. We would give our trophy from last
year to Princeton if we had gotten one. At least we learned some Scottish mythology while we were there.
Maryland Run went 6-6 in the round robin to finish in seventh place
An all-freshman team, Maryland Young went 10-2 to finish second in the round
robin. Due to the highly scientific single-elim playoffs, they were knocked
out of contention by Princeton in the semifinals.
Maryland A had only one loss during the round robin, to Virginia B, and
emerged from the playoffs with the best overall record to win the
The Maryland B team finished with a 4-9 record.
This team roared through the prelims, going
undefeated at 11-0 and slaughtering John Sheahan's one-man "Lincoln Tech"
team. Alas, they met questions by the inheritor of the Tom Joint, Andrew
Yaphe, in the playoffs, losing two low-scoring games to Georgia Tech by
ten points each and finishing second to Tech overall.
With the defection of Julie to the Penn State
"Llamaspotting" team, Maryland B called on its resident Cincinnatus, Dave
Vacca, to bring it respectability. After three rounds, it was sucking all
kinds of bad, as the B team won a forfeit over Princeton but was crushed
by Georgia Tech and Illinois. However, Vacca did not disappoint, as
Maryland B closed by winning 11 of its last 12 games, finishing 5th
overall, including a 150-point, last-seven toss-up comeback against Martin
Poteralski's UNC team.
Normally a team with Khon as its captain would not
induce fear in many opponents. However, this weekend Khon proved to be
"The Enforcer," as he had back-to-back career games of 5-0 and 4-0 in
dispatching Methodist 195-0 and Virginia Tech B. A victory over the
Virginia frosh in the playoffs gave Maryland C a 3-11 record overall.
In addition, Julie went 83-3 for 54.3 PPG on the Penn State team.
Maryland Wilde Maus
All three team names were for roller
coasters you would find at Busch Gardens, where the MAQT went the day
after Wahoo. Wilde Maus (named after the kiddie coaster) featured the
dominance of David Hamilton, who had a 14-0 game on Adam's packet. Its
only two losses were to Princeton A, both by 40 points or less, the second
time in the semifinals.
Minnie Mouse is Michelle, Die Fledermaus is David H., Mighty Mouse is Khon,
and Danger Mouse is Mark T.
Maryland Big Bad Wolf
This team had a devastating one-two doubleteam punch
in Arthur and Julie, the 2nd and 3rd scorers of the tournament. Only a
surprising loss to Penn kept Big Bad Wolf from going undefeated. Sadly,
they met the asslucky champion Pitt the Elder team in the semis, who won
on the last toss-up.
The third Maryland playoff team, at 10-2 its
losses in the prelims were to Princeton A and Pitt A by a combined 50
points. Having a chance to exact revenge on Pitt in the quarterfinals,
they fell short by only 10 points when Joe Wright purposely ran out the
clock with an incorrect buzz.
Maryland Bogus Journey
In the aftermath of the Harvest Bowl
disaster, Randolph-Macon started to return to respectability by hosting a
five-team freshman/sophomore tourney, with R-MC, UMBC, and UMCP. Bogus
Journey proved to be the dominant team of the tournament, going undefeated
and winning the $100 first prize. Its wins over the 2nd place team, UMBC
A, included a thrilling 200-195 comeback and a 480-10 thrashing.
Maryland Excellent Adventure
Finishing third at 4-4, this was a
solid all-freshman team led by Mark and Josh.
With Dave Goodman unable to attend the Illinois trek
because of GRE's, the A team relied on Matt Colvin to pick up some of the
slack. All things considered, Maryland A played well, losing only to
Illinois in the prelims and finishing third overall behind Virginia and
Presented the schedule from hell on Night One, the B
team fell to Illinois B, Virginia A, and Iowa State A before pulling a
stunning upset over Cal-Berkeley to keep Cal from the playoffs. The win
was on the last toss-up, when Adam pulled a science question on
Gauss! Maryland B recovered from a 1-4 first night to finish 7-7
overall, good for 15th place.
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