Over the last six weeks, Ai has had a team participating in a Team Trivia quiz league run by the New York City Social Sports Club. You may remember a previous post from the beginning of the season, but all that has come to an end after last night’s playoffs. The outcome? Ai won 2nd place overall in the league.
The season started off slow, with team Ai holding rank at 17th place out of 24 teams. As the weeks went by, we gradually made our way up the ladder to 13th place, lingering at 11th place, and ending up in 9th place before the finals. At each quiz night we would generally rank at about 5th or 6th place, however the spread of points between teams was very thin and most times there were still eight or more teams ahead of us tying for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th places. There are also sportsmanship points that count against each team member not wearing their league shirt. We always had our shirts.
All 24 teams attended the playoffs, but only the top 12 teams were competing for the grand prizes. Being in 9th place, Team Ai were in the running for the grand prizes. The quiz itself was as normal as any of the other weeks, but the cumulative scores from throughout the season didn’t matter for the playoffs. The top-scoring teams were the ones to take home the gold and silver, and I am proud to say that Ai came out in 2nd place!
One team received 1st place, and Team Ai was tied for 2nd place with another team. This meant a tie-breaker question given to one representative from each team, of which the first person to shout out the answer won. The question? Name the largest land-dwelling bird in the United States. Feel free to take a guess at that in the comments.
The 2nd place prizes included a certificate stating our placing, a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant/bar where the quizzes were held, and three free pitchers of beer. We also each received 2nd place medals. Congratulations to my fellow teammates: Benaz Hossain, Robert Gurdian, Josh Rusch, Isaiah Belle, and Richard Davy. Big thanks to the few substitutes we had fill in on a few nights: Katie Mericle, Marlen Bernardez, Mike LeDoux, Dave Knapp, and Anita Belle.
You are more than welcome to challenge Team Ai to a game of trivia. We will gladly oblige.