Though we had previously played trivia games casually a few times in an “unregistered” capacity, eight years ago today – we played “for reals” for the first time. Queue up the Foreigner song “Feels Like The First Time” if you need “theme music” while reading this!
It all started with an e-mail from Sam, who mentioned weekly trivia nights. The rest, as they say, is history – though we still consider Sammy to be our team’s “founder” to this day. He was a great “collaborative” player. He had lots of correct answers in his brain, and the right collaboration with others would usually bring them out (kind of a hum a few bars and I’ll fake it kind of thing).
I saw the Facebook post in “my memories” that comfirms that we played our first “league” game at the Corner Brewery (now called Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery) eight years ago today. We got first in game 1, second in game 2.
Two months later, we’d play in our first semifinal game at The Arena (now called Haymaker, we did not advance), four months later we started playing in a second trivia spot (Sticks), six months later we played in our first finals (Majestic Theater, Detroit), seven months later I made a Facebook fan page for our team and 11 months later we won prize money in our first finals tournament.
Now if I could only figure out when I posted the very first full game trivia recap! Maybe I’ll need to do some sleuthing!
Eight years later, our team is still holding its own despite having lost a good number of all but our three founding members (me, Mike and Brad are the only founding members still playing regularly). We’ve acquired another regular player in 2017, whom has been very loyal – and helpful! Without a vast network of “helpers” from competing teams, we would certainly have struggled a bit more!
Sadly, we mourned the loss of a dear friend – and valuable trivia comrade named Archie – in 2019.
I don’t know what 2020 has in store for us! So I’ll just say…