Thanksgiving Weak

It’s hard to not think of this as Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia All-Star Week. But instead of bringing in the heavy hitters, we’re sending the greatest trivia players out to play in the minor leagues. Whether people were heading home, or home with signifs or just wherever, there was always a chance someone’s parent, let’s just say their mom, Maggie, would say, “Now Greggers, I’ve heard you enjoy playing trivia. So, I thought we could play Trivial Pursuit a little later.” 

And then the heart rate goes up a bit. The excitement starts to build and you start looking around, measuring up your opponents. I was once at a weird art show/concert in Seattle with a friend of mine and a third person who was telling me how he still walks into a joint and checks out the crowd thinking, “If something sets it off in here, who in this crowd am I going to have to choke out.”

That’s a harder approach with a trivia crowd. You eyeball the aunt, it’s hard to tell what she knows of Mark Spitz’s Olympic runs in ‘68 and ‘72. Or the other family friend wearing a Maison Margiela White Replicas, who does this MFer think they are? 

So maybe you start sipping that wine a little too fast. Or what’s up with pops? He’s being real loose with the negroni’s. Is this his plan to bring you down? 

Finally the game starts. Master Edition 2010. This is going to be a cake walk. But the anticipation still builds. You’re sweating a little bit as everyone selects their markers and you have to sit through these amateurs struggling through answers like the New England Patriots, or Cate Blanchett, or Kaufman’s Department Stores

Finally it’s your turn. At this point those drinks are stacked up in your tum tum, but you play it cool. “Hmmm, 2002 you said? If you had said 2000 I would go with The Curse, or possibly The Curse 2. But 2002…huh…AHHHH I’ll try…Ju-On:The Grudge” 

You had that one before you even started talking, but you need to drag these people a bit. Meanwhile these simps are mumbling about the 2004 US remake starring SMG

And now it’s on for you.
Guangzhou Opera House
J. Robert Oppenheimer…Julius
Zoe Kazan
The E stand for Entertainment

Finally you move into that center space and Maggie pulls the card and starts to read, “1876’s…”

And you, fully fueled by Campari by this time, cut her off, “I assume you’re going to say 1876’s Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) on the shores of Kachemak Bay. So the answer is Winslow Homer Alaska.” 

You learn back in your chair, toss down that last sip, and wonder aloud if those Maison Margiela sneaks are actually replicas of Replicas. 

All of that is what happens in a normal year, but there is a real good chance this year is totally different, so we’ll be running a Wednesday night show. You can still add anyone into the mix. And we encourage bringing in new players. To make it even easier, this week’s game is free for all teams. Will there still be prizes? For sure. Will Anjali, Nick and I still put in like 30 percent effort? For sure. But we will be 100 percent thrilled to see you. 

We do still need to maintain some control over the game, so we do need you to register to get your team in the mix. And you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Let me know if your team is playing by emailing me at Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com. Teams can still play with more than six players, but will be docked 10 points for each additional player. 
  2. Once your team has registered, you’ll get the password to the Zoomiary.
  3. Be sure your teammates know your team name before the game starts, this will allow us to put you on the right team.
  4. Finally, if you have any questions, drop an email on Nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com, Anjali@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or Greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and we’ll get you in the mix. 


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