Well, tonight is the start of a new trivia season! Season? Yes! Season. What we do at Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub & Kitchen is a trivia league. We accumulate scores over a 12-15 week period and there are standings and prizes and a load of fun. There’s competition not just weekly but over this time.
We have teams that sign up for the emails, are kept in the loop about the accumulated scores and the amount of wins. The wins are almost as important as the scores. Let’s say we have a team that at the end of the season that has 216 points with 2 overall wins. We also have a team that has 187 points and 2 overall wins. And we have another team that has only 156 points but 3 overall wins. Well, the team with the most points wins the season, but “second” place doesn’t go to whichever team has the second most points, it goes to the team with the most wins outside the season winner. That means if the winning team has 4 overall wins and they had the most points, well, their wins don’t count since they won the season so we move on to the team that has the most wins that didn’t win. That’s bad news for the second most points holding team because in the scenario above, the team with 3 wins had less points but more wins. It’s not that confusing, really. Just come and try to win. Try to get as many points as possible.
And don’t worry if you don’t win this week, there’s always a consolation prize. If we have eight teams then there are seven other teams that are eligible for the consolation prize. If there are six or less teams we just roll a die to see which team wins the consolation prize. If there are seven or more, I generally put numbers into a hat, my hand, a bowl, etc. and then have a member of the winning team pull one number at random. Which ever number comes out, then that’s the winning team. Easy-peasy George and Wheezy!
So this is, as I said, a new season. Everyone starts at zero. Tabula rasa! Even if you miss a week or two, doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause for the season. Each week there is a prize (up to four $15 gift cards for the winning team) and the consolation prize can be either four $5 gift cards or something else like pint glasses or snacks, it’s discretion of the Quiz Master.
I do the questions every other (ish) week. The weeks that I don’t do them, Opie (Fin’s owner) does them and I play. Now, I know what you’re thinking, if I’m on a team then I can slant the questions toward the team that I play for. And yes, that is possible but not likely. You can ask any of the teams in league and they’ll tell you that I take this way to seriously to cheat. I don’t like that, won’t allow it. There’s too much integrity that I have for this low-stakes trivia game to let that happen. I’m always up for new categories so if anyone has any ideas or suggestions for them, I’m game to listen. I’ve been doing this for about 8 years now and I start growing stale on the categories that I have to choose from. So, help a brother out!
We do this, again, at Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub & Kitchen at 620 North Trade Street in the Arts District, Downtown Winston-Salem. We start around 8:20 and it goes for about an hour, maybe ninety minutes. So, you can still get home at a reasonable time, since it is a school night. Come have some traditional Irish fare, some awesome libations (FORTY taps, 33 Scotch whiskys, a full liquor selection and wine) and have a good time showing off how good (or even bad) you are with your useless information. There is no cost to play although we do highly recommend/ask you to purchase some food and/or adult beverages. We also ask that you keep your team(s) to six or less players per. If there are seven generally we’ll allow it. If there are eight then you’ll need to split into two teams. All in the name of fairness.
Oh, and if you’re wondering? Yes, Finnigan’s is the Official Emerald Isle of The Less Desirables. In fact, it’s where it was born! Erin go bragh!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Go n-éiri an bóthar leat” – “May the road rise to meet you” in Gaelic.