Knowledge Bowl: St. George's Gryphons vs. Christian Brothers Purple Wave

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Knowledge Bowl, Match 5: St. George's Independent School Gryphons vs. Christian Brothers Purple Wave. Aired November 28th, 2009.

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St. George's (Red)
Wade (Captain), Senior
Trey, Senior
Connor, Senior
Andrew, Senior
Alternate: Kelsey, Junior

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Christian Brothers (Blue)
Eric (Captain), Senior
Kyle, Senior
Will, Sophomore
Jose, Senior
Alternate: John, Junior

Results:
Round One: St. George's 20, CBHS 180
Round Two: St. George's 75, CBHS 155
Round Three/Lightning Round: St. George's 20, CBHS 90
Total: St. George's 115, CBHS 425

Mea maxima culpa: Translation: My bad, KB enthusiasts. Due to the confluence of deadlines at work and my strong desire to occasionally sleep, I've had to postpone getting up to my elbows in Knowledge Bowl these past few weeks. The past few weeks, I won't say no man has ever been busier, I'll just this man has never been busier. And I will say that if you wish to support to see the fruits of that labor, I encourage you to call the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce and request one of their annual magazines (just got them in this week) and/or buy MBQ magazine when it hits the newsstand on Jan. 1.

But my thoughts have never been far from my favorite dorks on the planet: KB participants and their loyal supporters and fans. And so it is with great joy that I dig back in to Knowledge Bowl coverage. Today: A day-night doubleheader, with St. George's vs. CBHS and then Immaculate Conception vs. Westminster Academy under the lights. Look for another doubleheader next week, and then we'll be caught back up.

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The Game: St. George's was game, but they ran into the ripsaw known as CBHS. Of note, CBHS captain Eric was dominant, getting four correct in the first round, five correct in the second, and one correct in the third round. Better, he rang in early on a question eight times — and got seven of them correct. The early buzz-in make is analogous to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sky hook: Indefensible and a glory to behold.

Also of note was the point disbursement on the Purple Wave squad. Every player contributed multiple correct answers to la causa, and the team capitalized on 9 of 16 bonus opportunities.

CBHS looks primed for a run at the championship.

For the Record: I had CBHS winning this one (and the next one, too).

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The Kids Are Alright: It can't go uncommented upon: St. George's had on its sartorial best. They all wore blazers and struck a pose on the KB catwalk, each with their school logo emblem proudly displayed.

Trey is from Dallas and likes foreign films. Which ones?! I wish I knew.

Andrew accessorized with sunglasses in his coat handkerchief pocket. His bio said he plays piano at a Chinese restaurant, he's an amateur paleontologist, and he likes to shoot marbles. "It reminds me of my childhood," he said. Hilarious. He seems like a character straight out of a beloved 80s teen movie. Thumbs up.

Kyle is the CBHS class president and wants to major in business or investment banking. Jose is heading to Georgia, where he'll focus on music or sports management.

Malaprostagisms: Ethane, shlemiel, malapropisms, Strait of Bonifacio, Jose, abstemious, ripped, accurate, Lionel Hollins, Galleon Group, Raj Rajaratnam, Gimpel.

All-Time Best Jaggers Line (of the week): In response to Wade's telling of how much he enjoys ancient Latin-language poetry: "Funny people, those Latins."

Good Impressions: Jaggers dons a Hillary Clinton voice for the part of a question that includes the quote, "Somebody somewhere in Pakistan must know where these people are."

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 learned that Dr. Ranta is chairman of the board of WUMR-FM, the University of Memphis' jazz station. Since 1980, U92, The Jazz Lover, has been pumping jazz, Latino, Fusion, Top 20, and even sports out of 25,000 watts of a sweet, frequency modulated signal. The station "cuts across all lines in the city," Ranta said. They're in the midst of a radiothon, so send in your support.

Tune in tonight: For the second match in our doubleheader, Immaculate Conception Wildcats vs. Westminster Academy Defenders

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