Encore Question of January 6th, 2001.
Played at The Frog & Firkin in North York Ontario.


  1. Neal McCoy
  2. Mark Wills
  3. Toby Keith
  4. Tim McGraw
  5. Freddie Fender

Tonight I'm playing with a small group of Paul ZUKEE, Bill MADDOG, Bill (usually OH YA but with some board trouble for this game) DIMWIT, and some quiet new guy PSMAN. Deborah WOTUS was here by the end of Triviaoke and I pulled in non-playing Phil PLBAAB/CYCLER from The Regulars for the Encore question. I have the lead with my best game in quite a few weeks.

My game so far had gone like this:
TuneUp....4500/5000...1st/12...in tie with a big group.
....LITBOX....4500/5000...my second board but I gave it to Paul when he got here, he was
able to change the name without losing the points.
OnBeat...12250/14000...2nd/11...PSMAN wins going 9/9 and leads with 12500. 
I'm 8 right, 1 wrong for a good showing.
JukeBox...17474/20000...1st/10...I win this round...a non-player says 'Blind Melon' before the
answers are up for one question.
Triviaoke...23255/28000...1st/11...I win this round.

So this question will be about Country Artists. Who do I know? Well Freddy Fender and Tim McGraw. I have time to bookmark Freddy Fender and can't find Mark Wills under Wills nor Willis (too 'new' for my book). I could have played back a country music countdown I'd taped from New Year's Eve but instead played back a rival stations non-stop dance video New Year's Eve show and that didn't help as I blew the Triviaoke for "Missing" Everything But The Girl by not reading all the choices although I could probably sing every word. Well let's go...

Encore Question:...In addition to Enrique and Rick Trevino, which other country artist is Mexican-American?



Well I know who to think of right away. I've seen this guy on television back in the 1970s. At the time there were comparisons to the Puerto Rican-American comic Freddie Prinze. He's the only face I could picture besides Tim McGraw. If this is as tough as the Country questions get, I'll do alright. Now I have 25 seconds to wait after tipping off everybody within earshot. My book gives his birth name and town before the NTN extra fact is displayed. (The name was so showbusiness fake, and the other guys are the 'new generation' that anyone who's seen the videos for these new stars could just eliminate them).

Correct Answer:...5 Freddie Fender

[NTN extra fact:...Baldemar Huerta aka Freddie Fender was born in San Benito Texas].

I'm right and win with 34883 points. I earn 3000+ Players Plus points for meeting this week's 15000 point standard. I'm 104th in North America. The bar is 19th in North America with a 30351 average so we get that glory until we're pushed down by Monday's ntn.com revision for late scores like last week. PSMAN bet too conservatively or we could have moved up a few places.

Here's how the rest of the bar did:
Player	preEncore	Final	Rank
ROCKET	23255		34883	 104
ZUKEE	22185		33277	 354
PSMAN	19375		21313	3822
DIMWIT	19242		28863	1633
MADDOG	18906		28359	1779
FLYERS	17584		26376	  ?
ADAM	12514		18771	4559
KICK	12126		18189	4727
WAZZUP	11016	x	 5508	8403
FLAIR	10606	x	 5303	8462
WOTUS	 2239		 3359	9026

Wow! 28000 points ranks only in the top 2000. Other bars must have also found this an easy Encore question.

I ended up here on New Year's Eve and earned 9500 Players Plus points with the help of Richard BERGIE and Dave COITUS. I took some photos and had reprints made for friends and bar staff but didn't give out many. You folks better show up next week or you won't see me until February!

Other games:...I start the evening with 1267800 points for ROCKET and 40000 for LITBOX. 7:30pm...Countdown...398/15000...7th/7...500+ points...I'm 9688th in NA...bar is 1604th...DBLE wins...I'm here in time for the last question.
8:00pm...Countdown...13140/15000...1st/7...1000+ points...I'm 71st in NA...bar is 687th.
8:30pm...Countdown...12593/15000...1st/9...2000+ points...I'm 47th of 314 players in NA...bar is 21st.
9:00pm...Wipeout...9540/15000...2nd/9...1000+ points...I'm 2896th in NA...bar is 927th...OH YA wins.
LITBOX...6181/15000...9th/9...1000+ points...5397th in NA...I'm on for the last ten questions.
9:30pm...Countdown...11733/14000!...1st/12...1000+ points...no rankings given.
LITBOX...11639/14000...2nd/12...1000+ points...Bill OH YA saves the day as we started the SunSports Countdown again this week and the answers were superimposed on the questions so it was about impossible to read. He was able to reset an alternate Countdown game and we got through the first 14 questions.

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