The opening portion of the contest entailed a written "exam" to determine seeding for the bracketed tournament. I scored 19 out of 20, which earned me the #1 seed and a first round bye.
In the quarterfinals, I faced a team of two guys who called themselves "Conspicuity" (Is that even a real word?). This round is Family Feud style where the first person to buzz in obviously gets first crack at answering. It was best 2 out of 3.
Question one: Name a coach in the NFC South division.
Brad (buzzing in first): Mike Smith. Correct.
Question two: Per the latest edition of Forbes magazine, which NFL franchise was rated #1 in terms of most valuable?
Brad (buzzing in first): Dallas Cowboys. Correct.
Brad wins, 2-0! On to the semis!!
The final four is also a best 2 of 3, but the questions are in category format, meaning there are multiple answers. This year has an interesting twist. The rule now is if each player gets one correct answer, it moves to sudden death. That means the first person to give a wrong answer loses the point.
In this the semifinal round, I faced a guy named Brian.
Question one: The last time the Gophers football team defeated Michigan before this past Saturday was back in 2005. Name one of the 11 players on offense to touch the ball in that 2005 game.
Brad (quick with the trigger finger): Amir Pinnix. Incorrect (though he was a member of that team).
Brian: Laurence Maroney. Correct
Brian leads 1-0.
Question two: Name the top ten Vikings defenders who had the most interceptions while in a Vikings uniform.
Brad (buzzing in first): Paul Krause. Correct.
Brian: Bobby Bryant. Correct.
Brad: Dewayne Washington. Incorrect.
Brian advances to the championship round with a 2-0 win.
As it so happened, Brian would go on to win the championship. So in the four weeks of 2014 football trivia, three of the four contests have either seen me win it all (once) or lose to the eventual champ (twice). So I got that goin' for me.