Encore Question of March 1st, 2003.
Played at The Bull & Firkin in Toronto Ontario.
Tonight I'm playing at The Bull & Firkin after a subway ride to midtown Toronto. Rob and Sean weren't going to the Frog & Firkin tonight so I wanted to be at a place with some good players because I need help with the OnBeat round. The players who I thought would be here weren't. I didn't e-mail them but I thought if unless there was pay-per-view boxing when this bar switches every monitor to boxing, it was understood they were always here. I was working two boards which is all that I'm comfortable with and playing alone. I was going to help the couple at the table behind me during OnBeat but they'd been looking at movie listings and disappeared after TuneUp.
My game so far had gone like this: TuneUp...ROCKET...4000/5000...1st/6...I co-win round with BADBUB, BABBA, and SAM. ..........LITBOX...4000/5000...1st/6. Who wants my help anyway? With me getting two early questions wrong, I was in last place. I was 50% in the four guesses I had to come up with. OnBeat...ROCKET...10000/14000...1st/4...I co-win round with ROCKET. ..........LITBOX...10000/14000...1st/4. Six right and three wrong. Oh wow, three Canadian artist questions keep me in the game. K-OS, Kathleen Edwards and Michael Buble aren't household words even in Canada yet. Two of them I didn't know but could identify the other choices as non-Canadian. Also the name of Johnny Marr's backing band 'The Healers' after seeing them at an autograph session a few weeks ago. Noone talking to them and me not realizing one of them was Zak Starkey, son of one of the Beatles. Still I doubted I could reach 20000 before the Encore round. JukeBox...ROCKET...14444/20000...2nd/5...LITBOX wins round. ..........LITBOX...14447/20000...1st/5. I got outvoted for the second Van Halen question and stumbled on the alternative. Lorne Greene with the song 'Ringo' in the 1960s category offers another Canadian answer. Triviaoke...22250/28000...1st/5...ROCKET wins round. ..........LITBOX...22238/28000...2nd/5. Pulled up very well in this round with no -250s. One huge guess about a song from 'Oklahoma' made up for a clunker in OnBeat. I took note of another Canadian answer: The Four Lads song "Moments To Remember". Actual some others I got from the answer being the song title. And another Beach Boys lyric, bring 'em on!
The answers come up and this could be easy or trouble. All albums from the 1970s. Now it was 'Rumours' that was the top selling album of the 1970s but what if they asked about a Grammy winner?
Encore Question:...Which of these is a triple album?
What? I cycle through in my mind before the answers come back up. I have to wait until the answers are shown again. Ok now I know. Answer in! Now I go over to the two other players I saw with a board and say something like: "I'd advise you to answer '3', I own the others, I probably couldn't afford the 'The Last Waltz'". I probably said something even lamer. I didn't know if they would have gotten it anyway but I'd let them answer before I offered my reasoning.
Correct Answer:...3. The Last Waltz
[NTN Extra Fact:...This farewell concert for The Band was taped at San Francisco's famed Winter Ballroom.]
Now it hits me, sure another Canadian answer! That's six vs three for Van Halen in TuneUp and JukeBox.
I'm right and win with ROCKET 33375 and LITBOX 33357. I earn 3000+ Players Plus points for meeting this week's 19000 standard. I finish 16th on the Network Top 20 in all North America. The bar is 507th.
It was an important game for me. I haven't played Playback alone for a few years as I've always got an answer or two from another player. Still I didn't enjoy my time here (no blame on the friendly staff) and I'd rather play at the Frog & Firkin with the smokers on the odd/even weeks when Rob and Sean aren't there.
Here's how the rest of the bar did: Player preEncore Final Rank NTN Top 2000 ROCKET 22250 33375 16 66 LITBOX 22238 33357 17 67 BUBBA 18050 27075 1705 330 SAM 10859 16289 5009 LIBBY 3390 5085 8442
Other games:...I'm a visitor here so I'm not sure about my starting P+ points.
7:30pm...Countdown...ROCKET...4398/15000...1st/1...500+ points?...I'm 6673rd in NA...bar is 2491st...I'm here in time for the last five questions.
8:00pm...Countdown...ROCKET...11594/15000...1st/2...1000+ points...I'm 1302nd in NA...bar is 1784th.
8:30pm...RetroTV Countdown...ROCKET...11786/15000...1st/4...1000+ points...I'm 312th in NA...bar is 804th...Wow for the first Saturday in 2003, this timeslot doesn't have exactly the same 15 questions as the week before! Ack. And I'd spent valuable reading time writing the answers on the back of my web site business cards with plans to give them out tonight.
9:00pm...Playback (see above)
10:00pm...Countdown...ROCKET...9763/15000...1st/6...1000+ points...I'm 3021st in NA...bar is 1339th.
............LITBOX...9754/15000...2nd/6...1000+ points...I'm 3028th.
10:30pm...Countdown...ROCKET...11214/15000...1st/6...1000+ points...I'm 886th in NA...bar is 645th.
............LITBOX...11199/15000...2nd/6...1000+ points...I'm 898th in NA.
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