February 10, 2007

Woah. My high school’s Quiz Team now has a respectable website of their own, with complete scores dating back to my junior year! (If they want any scores from earlier on, they’re available on my website. Feel free to use them.) Previously, only sports teams got webpages with scoreboards and such. As if Quiz Team weren’t a sport. Pssh.

I really miss doing Quiz Team / Quiz Bowl stuff. Lately things have been too busy for me to attend any Quiz Bowl meetings. I really should start coming regularly again, even if only because I designed their current logo. But nothing beats being one of Uncle John’s Men, and I’m glad they’re still buzzering away the competition.

October 31, 2006

Special to Minh’s Notes from Doug Lim:

On Saturday, the St. Xavier Academic Team (Quiz Team, for those who aren’t into academics – ed.) swept the Greater Catholic Academic League Fall Tournament, winning four matches by an average of 28.26 points. The team received superior games from all of its players. Junior Dan Breyer showed his lightning quick speed throughout the event, while seniors Harrison Lee and AJ Arand proved valuable in the lightning rounds. Seniors Ed Kelly, Jay Kiger, and Doug Lim worked well together in the category rounds, leaving no doubt that the team came prepared to play.

‘We looked good today, although we’re not quite in mid-season form. We looked a little sloppy against Purcell, but we pulled it out. I was happy overall, but I know we can play way better so we can win a state championship this year,’ Kiger said.

The victories ensure St. Xavier a spot in the state regional tournament in April.

The Quiz Team pummeled Roger Bacon 68–23 in the first round, then beat McNicholas 71–46 in the second. After a bye, St. X won a relatively close semifinal match 45–29 against Purcell Marian, later shutting out Chaminade Julienne a comfortable 63–36 in the final to win the tournament. By comparison, the team took on Ursuline in 2004 and beat them by a narrow 11 points.

On the same day, Stanford Quiz Bowl hosted the Fighting Tree Open, the club’s annual intramural trivia tournament, replete with team names that evoked images of class struggle and ’70s rock groups. I didn’t get a special message about this tournament, but you can read a full report at the Daily’s website.

Naturally, I was up to my chin in schoolwork and hadn’t the time to attend either event.

November 18, 2005

So tomorrow is Stanford’s Big Game against Cal State. Longtime readers of my blog and those who know me can be assured that I will not attend the game. Nevermind that we’ve all been nagged to the point of thinking that Big Game = LIFE – and that’s not the cereal I’m talking about. I know this may sound absolutely insane to most every Stanford student reading this right now, but I’m just not interested in football. Yeah, yeah, it’s not just about football, it’s about school spirit, comraderie, etc. etc.

I don’t care. Sorry.

At the top of every hour, someone in White Plaza (at the center of campus) blows a monstrous horn that sounds like a train whistle. Well, I think it’s monstrous – I wouldn’t dare get close to it to find out, because it’s so loud. My dorm room is a five minute bikeride away, and it’s starting to sound like home again. (I lived within earshot of the traintracks in Loveland.)

My freshman year in high school, my father and a good neighbor of ours dragged me out to the St. X – Moeller game. As football is king in Cincinnati, it and the Elder game were both pretty much equivalent in importance to Big Game, except that we didn’t need a ginormous train whistle: an annoyingly slow train went across North Bend Rd. down the hill from our school.

Anyways, I found myself bored stiff by the end of the first half. Only the marching band could keep me awake. We left before the game ended, once it was evident enough that St. X would win. Yep, that was my first and only football game. And I intend to keep it that way, despite the ridiculous antics that Axe-Comm organized all week.

Much like St. X’s stunningly creative cheers, such as “Beat Moe!”, Stanford also has a cheer that arouses feelings of motivation and comraderie in the hearts of students campuswide: “Beat Cal.” Oh boy. What’s next: “Win”?

One final note: if you thought St. X was arrogant, you’d be horrified by some of the stuff Stanford students say about Cal students.

I”d better not say too much more; my roommate is a big fan of these things. So there ya go: my general and ever-so-slightly bitter apathy towards school sports megaevents.

Andy, my roommate, corrected me on the school’s name. All I know is that we weren’t playing a Stanford team.

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