by Greg Akers
Knowledge Bowl, Match 4: Hutchison Sting vs. Germantown Red Devils. Aired November 21st, 2009.
Hutchison (Red team):
Round One: Hutchison 50, Germantown 60
Round Two: Hutchison 110, Germantown 165
Round Three (Lightning Round): Hutchison 30, Germantown 30
Final: Hutchison 190, Germantown 255
Note: I'm on massive deadlines for a couple publications I edit, Germantown magazine and MBQ (Knowledge Bowl isn't my only day job, you know), so this week's recap's going to be a little bit shorter — sweeter, I say — than usual and I'm also punting hard-core statistics for another week. I'll make up for it word-count overload in a future post, I assure you.
Like last week, we once again have an instance where the score was closer than it would've been because of missed bonus questions. I'm starting to think capitalizing on bonus questions is the most important facet of Knowledge Bowl victory. I'll see what weighting statistics toward that hypothesis means for player ratings next week.
After round one, Hutchison was down by only 10, despite only getting 3 toss-ups correct versus 6 for Germantown. Round two saw the bonus-question-accuracy tilt in Germantown's favor, as they got 5 of 7 bonuses correct in the second frame. Germantown entered the Lightning Round with a 65-point edge and played Hutchison to a draw in the third round to secure the victory.
For the Record: I picked Germantown. I've got them making the Final Four. With Hutchison/Germantown in the books, the first round of the Kyle Rote Jr. Region is now concluded. The second round sets up so: Houston versus Bartlett and FACS versus Germantown. Dig it.
The Conflicts of Interest Are Alright: As Jaggers noted, all of the members of the Germantown squad are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. Germantown High was the first school in Shelby County to launch an IB program. The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968. Of course, you would know this already if you read the 2009 Germantown magazine, the annual publication of the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce that I edit. This is no way represents a conflict of interest in my Knowledge Bowl reporting, though in the interest of full disclosure I felt I should mention it. I neither condone nor condemn organized education. That's how impartial I am.
On the Hutchison side, Caroline is a school newspaper editor and talked about a story warning that "children should not allow their mothers to get on their Facebook accounts." Good point, Caroline. Wait! As a father I can't agree with that.
We also found out that Amanda is a track-and-field athlete and can pole vault 10 feet. I've never tried that, but I'm pretty sure I'd get impaled attempting the fly-away.
Sergeant at Arms: This week we also got a nice example of maybe the most overlooked of team members, the Sergeant. This is the second to the Captain, situated in line right next to the Cap, the teammate who does the grunt work and makes sure the team is on track. Eric illustrated this perfectly early in the game, after Germantown got its first toss-up correct. Eric motioned for the rest of team to come down to the Captain for their first bonus try. Making the ship sail smoothly is the stuff of a good Sergeant. (I'm pretty sure at this point I'm mixing my military metaphors.) That goes as well for decision-making time in the bonus huddle. The ultimate decision on an answer is of course the Captain's to make. But a good team will have a strong Sergeant to assist the Captain in separating the wheat from the chaff of possible answers. We're not privy to team-huddle conversations (locker rooms of course rightly remain off-limits to the press and spectating public), but where a bonus question gets quickly and correctly answered, there's usually a cool and collected sergeant in the thick of it. Here's to you, Knowledge Bowl sarges.
Malaprostagisms: Hutchison, Ardennes, Alsace, hectares, Frombork Cathedral, Associated Press, Mo Ibrahim, Dede Scozzafava, Desire Munyaneza.
This week we learned that Dr. Ranta is on the Board of the National Ornamental Metal Museum.
Head on down with a picnic basket to the grounds of the museum, atop the bluff, with a magnificent view of the Mississippi River, Ranta advised. Who am I to argue with that? This year is the museum's 30th anniversary. Ranta knew that.
Sponsor update: Dobbs Ford is back in! Stephen Nagel represents the auto dealer and records a new spot for Knowledge Bowl. They've been supporting the show since it started 23 years ago, he says.
Tune in next week: Saturday, November 28th, 9 a.m. Christian Brothers Purple Wave vs. St. George’s Independent School Gryphons.