Knowledge Bowl: Marion Patriots vs. FACS Crusaders



Knowledge Bowl, Match 3: Marion Patriots vs. First Assembly Christian School Crusaders. Aired November 14, 2009.

Marion (Red Team):
Landon (Captain), Senior
Nicole, Junior
Raghib, Sophomore
Jonathan, Junior
Alternate: Sam, Junior

FACS (Blue Team):
Andrew (Captain), Freshman
Hannah, Junior
Zach, Junior
Megan, Senior
No alternate

Round One: Marion 55, FACS 80
Round Two: Marion 100, FACS 85
Round Three (Lightning Round): Marion 40, FACS 30
Tiebreaker: Marion 0, FACS 10
Final: Marion 195, FACS 205

Marion? Huh? According to the taping and broadcast schedules on the official Knowledge Bowl website, Match 3 was set to be FACS vs. Wooddale. For some reason, the team from Marion High School in Arkansas played against FACS. I can currently give no explanation. (Marion didn't appear elsewhere in the tournament either, so I'm going to chalk it up to Wooddale being unable to play for some reason and Marion being the first alternate to fill in.)

The Game: The early moments of the game provided an answer for a hypothetical future KB FAQ. Marion rang in early and missed a question before they actually had any points, ostensibly accruing a five-point penalty. The scoreboard doesn't tally negative points, so Marion had an understood -5 score.

This was confirmed after Marion's first correct answer (Nicole: "Civil War"), when the scorekeeper posted Marion's first sum as 5 instead of 10.

Round one was tighter than it should’ve been. Marion only answered two toss-ups correctly, but they did get the two bonuses. FACS, though it got 6 toss-ups correct, only cashed in on one bonus question.

The end of Round Two saw Marion within 10, setting up a tense finale. The Lightning Round was thrilling as promised, with Marion tying it up with 4 correct answers to FACS' 3.

Host Jim Jaggers, unaware of the tie, was about to go to commercial when someone off-camera shouted, "No no no no no! Tiebreaker."

Jaggers calmly read the tiebreaker question. Sudden death. Winner takes all: "The board of the Regional Medical Center in Memphis has approved plans to close what —"

Andrew from FACS rang in —before the question was completed! — and answered, "Emergency Room."

Correct. Jaggers: "With that, we have a winner."

Magnificent. Andrew, the Freshman Captain, starting his first-ever Knowledge Bowl game. Total clutch move. Ringing in early, risking the missed question and giving the opponent the victory by default. But, no. Veins of ice. The Knowledge Bowl gods were pleased. No confirmation yet on the rumor that FACS immediately promoted Andrew to Honorary Senior. For sure, he's guaranteed his own exhibit in the Knowledge Bowl Alumni Center (see below).

For the Record: For my bracket, I picked Wooddale. Er. So wrong in so many ways.

The Kids Are Alright: Did I mention there was a Freshman captain!? Jaggers asked Andrew how he was selected to be team leader. He replied, “I really don’t know.”

Plus we learned that the favorite book of his teammate, Hannah, is Gone with the Wind.

For Marion, we found out that Captain Landon is looking to study meteorology in college: Jaggers: "What type of meteorology are you interested in?" (This subject is in Jaggers’ wheelhouse.) Landon’s answer: "Most of them," although he qualifies that probably not the tropical areas. My favorite exchange of the week.

Malaprostagisms: Malapropisms, FBLA, hematogenous, hematosis, Mycenaeans, Haydn, Hermitage, Karzai, Mikheil Saakashvili

Dr. Richard Ranta, Renaissance Man: After we get to know the kids, Jaggers and Knowledge Bowl judge Ranta hold brief palaver where Ranta tells about some other nonprofit/initiative/community effort he’s involved in. It’s quite funny, en masse, getting a handle on all of the things Ranta participates in.

This week we find out that Dr. Ranta is Treasurer of the Southern Arts Federation, which is a "regional arm of the National Endowment for the Arts." Hey, can I get a little of that grant money, Doc? I'd like to use it to set up the Mid-South Knowledge Bowl Center for the Gifted, the Rote Jr. Library, and, of course, the Alumni Center and Gift Shoppe.

Metric System: I'm taking the week off for posting math data while I experiment. I'm going to try to collect two-games' worth of data before unveiling the Knowledge Bowl Quotient 2.0. I'll retroactively analyze Marion v. FACS with that new metric.

In lieu of math, an artistic observation. Coming from sponsor commercial into the Lightning Round, some very dramatic music was playing. It filled me with existential, Scandinavian-like dread and tension for what would happen in the Lightning Round. I don't know if that music cue was intentional or just a chance transition between the carnival tunes, but either way: More of that please!

Tune in Next Week: Saturday, November 21st, 9 a.m. Germantown Red Devils vs. Hutchison Honey Bees Sting.


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