Season Recap – Spring/Summer 2017 – Original Gravity

We played the Spring/Summer Sporcle Live trivia season at Original Gravity Brewing Co. in Milan in 2017. What to say about THIS season? We struggled with tough final questions, going weeks without winning prize money, dissent among my players, not having enough players…what have you! I came close to just giving up on this place more than once. But through what I can only describe as sheer force of will (maybe tinged with a little luck), we managed to squeak into first place on the eve of the venue tournament. And then we won a tournament spot. And with that, a whirlwind month of trivia came to an end  – the other big event of that month was winning first place/$2,500 in the MTL finals on July 15. To this day I still don’t believe it happened (it was that unreal). When this month came to an end, my husband and I departed on a short little vacation in Northern MI. We camped at Hoeft State Park in Rogers City, MI and were treated to lovely views such as these (when it wasn’t raining)…


Even the venue tournament itself was not without its drama! One of my players, Dave, had to bail last minute, and thankfully a guy named Joshua from competing team Teamy McTeamface stepped in to help us in this game. I seem to recall having a question about a rodeo movie that we were able to wager high points on because Joshua was an Oklahoma native.

We had a host named Matt throughout most of the season, who used the nickname “Matty Ice.” I remember reporting to another OG player that we had a new host by this nickname, and his response was “Dislike. Can I send back?” I did have to complain to the league about noise levels, when it became apparent that “Matty Ice” wanted to rival a 1976 Who concert. Thankfully, that issue was resolved! He was kind of smarmy and fake and always seemed to be trying to imitate Casey Kasem. “Matty Ice” was replaced at the end of the summer by an even weirder host named Ja’rel (or something like that). He only stuck around for part of the next season, and I have never heard why he promptly disappeared…Lauren has been on the mic since then, and seems to be doing a great job. Her song request app is popular with players, and she seems to be engaging well with the OG crowd.

Here’s a guide to the team abbreviations – Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods, (Pods); More Beer Less Pants (MBLP); Mellows (Mell); Good King Snugglewumps, (GKS); Where’s Trey (Trey); Mott and Significant Others (Mott); Snow Spiders, (Snow).

Team Mellows were #1 in the bar’s standings in weeks 4 through 9, until being overtaken by More Beer Less Pants, who sat in the  #1 spot in weeks 10-12. In week 13, we FINALLY got our “#1 hit.” End of season standings don’t always have much to do with how the season will shake out for teams, but the higher the standing, the more “tournament” points the teams get.

As for team lineups, my team, Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods, had 1-3 players on average per night. More Beer Less Pants was usually represented by just one player, Mellows and Snow Spiders usually had just 2-3 players, Team Mott and Significant Others, Good King Snugglewumps and Where’s Trey all usually had six or more players

Here are the average scores per night among the top teams in contention:

  1. Team Mott and Significant Others (9 games), 119.1
  2. More Beer Less Pants (10 games), 110.1 points
  3. Miskatonic University Fighting Cephalopods, (13 games) 100.9
  4. Mellows, (13 games) 100.1 points
  5. Where’s Trey, (12 games) 98.4
  6. Good King Snugglewumps, (12 games) 96. 1 points

With all of that said, let’s take a look at the games!

Game 1 – April 27, 2017

Final Game 1

As of 2017, what is the most recent country to have hosted the Olympic Games (Summer OR Winter) whose national flag does NOT include the color blue?

Final Game 2

What fictional character that was introduced in 1974 has been played on screen by Ray Stevenson, Thomas Jane, and Dolph Lundgren?

  1. Mott, 141, 15 LP
  2. GKS, 111, 9 LP
  3. Mell, 101, 6 LP
  4. Snow, 59, 3 LP
  5. Pods, 59, 1 LP
  6. Trey, 36, 1 LP

Game 2 – May 4, 2017

Final Game 1

According to the 1990, 2000, and 2010 U.S. censuses, the top five most popular surnames in the U.S. have remained the same. Smith has ranked #1 each time.
Name three of the next four most popular surnames in the U.S.

Final Game 2

Only four bands or artists have sent a NEW song into the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in all four decades of the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and the 2010s.
Name two of those four bands or artists.

  1. GKS, 156, 24 LP
  2. Mell, 143, 18 LP
  3. Mott, 49, 16 LP
  4. Pods, 121, 10 LP

Game 3 – May 11, 2017

Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category for his work in three films.
Name those three films.

Final Game 2

All sizes and all else being equal, put these Johnny Walker versions in order from least expensive to most expensive:
Red Label
Blue Label
Green Label
Black Label

  1. GKS, 120, 27 LP
  2. Mell, 121, 24 LP
  3. Pods, 133, 19 LP
  4. Mott, 108, 17 LP
  5. MBLP, 146, 15 LP
  6. Trey, 112, 2 LP

Game 4 – May 18, 2017

Final Game 1

What 2003 film was the highest-grossing at the domestic box office to feature Jennifer Aniston in a credited role?

Final Game 2

What group spent the most amount of weeks total in the #1 position of the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1990s?

  1. Mell, 88, 33 LP
  2. MBLP, 106, 30 LP
  3. Pods, 76, 20 LP
  4. Trey, 79, 8 LP

Game 5 – May 25, 2017

Final Game 1

Name three of the four current Major League Baseball franchises who were formerly members of the American League East, but are no longer in that division.

Final Game 2

Put the following TV shows in order based on where they were primarily set, starting in the west and heading east.
Parks and Recreation
True Blood
Cold Case

  1. Mell, 119, 45 LP
  2. MBLP, 116, 39 LP
  3. GKS, ???, 28 LP
  4. Pods, 104, 23 LP
  5. Trey, 113, 14 LP

Game 6 – June 1, 2017

Final Game 1

Two years before his death, what rock singer, who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a band and also as a solo artist, collaborated with Metallica on a 2011 album titled Lulu?

Final Game 2

There are three U.S. state capitals that are not among their respective state’s top ten most populous cities, according to the 2010 census. Name one of those cities.

  1. Mell, 71, 54 LP
  2. MBLP, 70, 45 LP
  3. Pods, 79, 38 LP
  4. GKS, 59, 31 LP
  5. Trey, 50, 15 LP

Game 7 – June 8, 2017

Final Game 1

As of May 2017, who are the most followed man and most followed woman on Twitter who are not primarily known as musicians?

Final Game 2

In the 1980 U.S. presidential election, Jimmy Carter won six states, including his home state of Georgia and his running mate’s home state of Minnesota.
Name any of the other four states that he won that year.

  1. Mell, 70, 63 LP
  2. MBLP, 0, 45 LP
  3. Pods, 69, 44 LP
  4. GKS, 40, 32 LP
  5. Trey, 78, 27 LP
  6. Snow, 40, 32 LP

Game 8 – June 15, 2017

Final Game 1

According to the Social Security Administration, among the 50 most popular first names for a baby boy in 2016, three of those given names are also the last names of former U.S. presidents. Give two of those three names.

Final Game 2

In the Salvador Dali painting The Persistence of Memory, how many clocks or watches are depicted in total?

  1. Mell, 103, 69 LP
  2. MBLP, 115, 57 LP
  3. Pods, 71, 47 LP
  4. Mott, 157, 46 LP
  5. Trey, 105/GKS, 69; 33 LP

Game 9 – June 23, 2017

Final Game 1

What 1995 film that was a box office bust released a V.I.P. edition DVD that included a deck of cards, a blindfold, a lap-dance tutorial, and shot glasses?

Final Game 2

Three current major league sports franchises were previously located in San Diego before moving to their current cities.
One of them is the Los Angeles Chargers, who moved following the 2016 NFL season. Name one of the other two franchises.

  1. Mell, 107, 72 LP
  2. MBLP, 138, 69 LP
  3. Pods, 117, 53 LP
  4. Trey, 158, 48 LP
  5. Mott, 103, 47 LP
  6. GKS, 83, 34 LP
  7. Snow, 95, 20 LP

Game 10 – June 29, 2017

Final Game 1

Rihanna’s first three studio albums all have four-word titles. Name one of those albums.

Final game 2

Three of the eight Ivy League schools do NOT have a law school. Name one of those three schools.

  1. MBLP, 112, 84 LP
  2. Mell, 92, 73 LP
  3. Pods, 107; Mott, 112; 62 LP
  4. Trey, 89, 49 LP
  5. GKS, 97, 35 LP

Game 11 – July 6, 2017

Final Game 1

Since Gretchen Wilson won the award in 2005, only three different women have won Female Vocalist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.
Name two of those women.

Final Game 2

Two separate military ranks within the U.S. Army use oak leaves as their insignias.
Name one of those two ranks.

  1. MBLP, 115, 87 LP
  2. Mell, 82, 74 LP
  3. Pods, 137, 71 LP
  4. Trey, 138, 61 LP
  5. GKS, 128, 41 LP

Game 12 – July 13, 2017

Final Game 1

Since the founding of the NFL in 1920, only two of the original fourteen teams are still in the league today. Both have relocated at least once, and both teams are currently in the NFC.

Final Game 2

Which state, the 10th largest in the country and 6th largest state to not have an ocean coastline, contains 32 named islands despite being landlocked?

  1. MBLP, 63, 88 LP
  2. Mell, 104, 86 LP
  3. Pods, 76, 78 LP
  4. Mott, 100, 71 LP
  5. Trey, 68, 64 LP
  6. GKS, 108, 56 LP

Game 13 – July 20, 2017

Final Game 1

What 1895 novel is subtitled “An Invention”? Host also said this was a science fiction novel.

Final Game 2

Put these fictional cats in chronological order, from earliest to latest, according to their first appearance in print or on screen:
Fritz the Cat
Sylvester the Cat
Morris the Cat
Felix the Cat

  1. Pods, 163, 93 LP
  2. MBLP, 120, 91 LP
  3. Mell, 101, 87 LP
  4. Trey, 155, 76 LP
  5. Mott, 81, 72 LP
  6. GKS, 83, 57 LP
  7. Snow, 145, 55 LP

What is the lowest grossing movie released in the 2000s to have won the Academy Award for best picture?

Final Game 2

According to Forbes Magazine in 2016, there are 540 billionaires in the United States. After California and New York, name both states home to the most billionaires.



End-of-Season Standings:

  1. Pods, 102
  2. MBLP, 92
  3. Mell, 72
  4. Mott, 84
  5. Snow, 30
  6. Trey, 4
  7. GKS, 2





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