Sunday, September 7, 2008

You Can Do What You Want to Do

I'm disappointed in the difficulty level of the trivia lately. It's one thing when a team gets a ridiculously high score for the week; any given set of questions could be right in one team's wheelhouse. But, and I know I've harped on this before, when the top three teams are within two points of a perfect score, that's just no leeway for teams to get anything outside their areas of expertise.
Anyway, on to a story of our only miss: Each round, we're given the categories for each question in advance. This, in theory, helps us decide how many points to bid on the first two questions. To pass the time between questions, our team usually tries to come up with possible questions for the later categories. On occasion, we have been able to come up with the exact question - last week, I correctly predicted that the Just Shoot Me question would ask for the name of the magazine (sadly, this clairvoyance did not help us correctly answer the question). On rarer occasions, the category is so obvious that we have come up with the correct answer without a question. Tonight, the category was "backup dancers," and we figured the answer simply had to be K-Fed. When it wasn't, we were so stuck that we were unable to come up with anything. So that's question one, question two is the only other question we really had to think about, and then there's two I made up. Please to enjoy.

1. What future superstar was a backup dancer in Janet Jackson's video for "That's the Way Love Goes?"
2. What rap star suavely blamed his teammates after he was cut from a tryout for the Toronto Raptors?
3. What is the oldest continuously used auto raceway in the U.S.?
4. In Calvin and Hobbes, what are Calvin's parents' names?


Jim said...

1. Jenni Lopez
2. I heard an interview with Master P saying he tried out with Toronto, but I can't believe it could be him
3. Indianapolis ?
4. I don't think they had names, maybe "Mom" and "Dad" ?

J. Bowman said...

1. If they had said she used to be a Fly Girl on "In Living Color," I would have gotten it.
2. Believe it! It was Master P.
3. The Milwaukee Mile.
4. "Mom" and "Dad" is correct; Watterson never gave the parents names (incidentally, this is why only one non-parent relative ever appeared in the strip, and only briefly).