On Saturday night, we concluded our first run at a trivia league with the $1,500 League of Champions Title Match at the 51st Street Speakeasy. Other than a drunk host, non-showing hosts and a sudden appearance be the blue screen of death on my 2008 Dell Computer, it went off without a hitch.
If a trivia league doesn't make any sense, here's where I attempt to explain it. You see, most bar trivia nights around the country simply award cash and prizes to the top three teams at the end of each match. We do that, too, but this year we added a league element where regular teams earn points based upon where they finished at each trivia night. After a three-month qualifying period, the 14 teams with the most points are invited to a big title match with a large jackpot. That's what we had on Saturday night.
Before we get to the standings for this final match, a few things of note:
• We're still hosting TLO Trivia Night four nights a week. If you've never played before, get some friends together and come out. It's free to play and the worst possible scenario is that you'll finish 4th and / or have fun with your friends.
• League of Champions 2.0 will start soon. We'll likely simplify the scoring and make a few other changes to get more teams involved. Details to come.
Anyway, here are the standings. Thanks to all the teams and our trivia venues for the support and making this happen.
14th – 23 points – Pistols Backfiring
13th – 56 points – Larry Bird Doesn't Need an Immune System
12th – 68 points – Johnny Glasses
11th – 74 points – Nerdy Girls
10th – 106 points – Book Hockey
9th – 107 points – 3.45 Miles
8th – 130 points – Hootie and the Blowjobs
7th – 135 points – Hodor
6th – 136 points – All Knight Long
5th – 139 points – Spencer Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzspencer: A Gay Irish Love Story
4th – 143 – Bergin Hunt & Fish Club Prize: $125
This team is a regular fixture at Buffalo Wild Wings on NW Expressway. They are a force to be reckoned with, especially on the rare occasion we make a mistake. They're like the worst thing about every bad relationship ever in they are fast to point out how bad you suck. They're like a living, breathing, version of every internet comment section, ever. - Joel
3rd Place – 148 – Tread Lightly & Have an A1 Day Prize: $250
This team shows up a bunch at Local in Norman and Yucatan Taco Stand in Bricktown. They are ridiculously nice and managed to come in 3rd even without one of their team members, who is currently in Costa Rica, because that's what awesome people do. The Breaking Bad reference is a winner as well. - Joel
2nd Place – 151 – Fearless Unitarians Prize: $375
This team was playing with heavy heart and still finished in 2nd. They play every Tuesday at the 51st Speakeasy and once made Spencer pot brownies for his birthday. - Patrick
1st Place – 175 points – Magic Johnson's Immune System Prize: $750
These guys are the Yankees of TLO Trivia Night, only without the tradition or high payroll. They take a lot of flack simply because they're good. They play a bunch of trivia and take it seriously, so much so they had matching Magic Johnson T-Shirts printed up. Sure, I gave them the business end of the insult cannon that my mouth can be for those shirts, but they were pretty cool to have done that. - Joel
Thanks again to all our teams for competing and making the League of Champions a big success. Saturday night was by far the most competitive trivia match we had. Virtually every team that came out was within striking distance going into the Final Ogle question. More details on the next league will be released,too.