Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Knowledge Bowl: St. Agnes Academy Stars vs. Craigmont Chiefs

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Saint Agnes by Ambrogio Borgognone, 1495, Detached Fresco,  Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
  • "Saint Agnes" by Ambrogio Borgognone, 1495, Detached Fresco, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Knowledge Bowl, Match 11. St. Agnes Academy Stars vs. Craigmont Chiefs. Aired January 9th, 2010.

St. Agnes (Red)
Julia, Junior (Captain)
Maggie, Senior
Laura, Senior
Sophie, Senior
No alternate

Craigmont (Blue)
Malcolm, Senior (Captain)
Arthur, Senior
Caroline, Sophomore
Jeremy, Senior
Alternate: Lloyd

Round One: St. Agnes 50, Craigmont 40
Round Two: St. Agnes 80, Craigmont 50
Round Three (Lightning Round): St. Agnes 20, Craigmont 10
Final: St. Agnes 150, Craigmont 100

The Game: Though low-scoring, the contest was close and certainly in contention until the end. Neither team was proficient with bonuses (St. Agnes 2 for 9, Craigmont 0 for 9) but made up for it with efficient toss-up answering in the first two rounds. The Lightning Round saw more missed questions, but certainly Craigmont was playing catch up and feeling the need to buzz in even when they didn't know the answer.

St. Agnes advances to play the winner of St. Mary's/Munford.

For the Record: I picked St. Agnes over Ripley, who was originally slated for this game instead of Craigmont.

Ladies First at a 2005 East Memphis Kiwanis Christmas luncheon
  • Ladies First at a 2005 East Memphis Kiwanis Christmas luncheon
The Kids Are Alright:
For St. Agnes, Maggie's going to Ole Miss to major in psychology or international studies. Laura sings a cappella in the group Ladies First. Ladies First appears to have been around for awhile, but I wonder if, with the popularity of Glee, school-age choral groups are blowing up in enrollment.

For Craigmont, Malcolm is going to MIT and is the vice president of the Art Club. (Does he cast the tiebreaking vote when Monet vs. Manet is debated?) Arthur will be a Georgetown Hoya.

Jeremy says he wants to be an astronaut. Later in the program, one of the answers is Alan Shepard (the greatest of all American astronauts, IMHO). Host Jim Jaggers tells Jeremy he'll meet Shepard soon enough. Er, I hope not — Shepard died almost 12 years ago.

Malaprostagisms: Carboxylic acid, Gagarin, quadrilaterals, Saad Hariri, Ritau, Konstantin Feoktistov, Yves Leterme

Welcome to Florence, Kentucky
  • Welcome to Florence, Kentucky
Dr. Richard Ranta, Renaissance Man: After we get to know the kids, Jaggers and Knowledge Bowl judge Ranta hold brief palaver where Ranta tells about some other nonprofit/initiative/community effort he’s involved in. It’s quite funny, en masse, getting a handle on all of the things Ranta participates in.

This week we learned that Ranta is past president and past executive director of the Southern States Communication Association. The SSCA is "one of the grand divisions of the National Communication Association," Ranta says. With over 1,000 members, the SSCA convention is coming to Memphis in April. Y'all.

Objection, Your Honor: A wrong answer was apparently written on Jaggers' card, at one point in the game. For a question about what walled Canadian city Benedict Arnold attacked, Jaggers said the answer was Toronto, and Dr. Ranta corrected with Quebec.

At another point in the game, Malcolm gives the answer "alliteration," which he's told is wrong but which is actually right. Inconceivably ill-inculcated incorrect information!

The calls coming from inside the house!
  • "The call's coming from inside the house!"
Tune in Next Time: St. Mary's Episcopal School Turkeys vs. Munford Cougars. Guess who's been to a live taping.

Previously on Knowledge Bowl:
Match 10: St. Benedict at Auburndale vs. Arlington
Match 9: Ridgeway vs. Overton
Match 8: SBEC vs. Covington
Match 7: Raleigh-Egypt vs. ECS
Match 6: Westminster Academy vs. Immaculate Conception
Match 5: St. George's vs. CBHS
Match 4: Hutchison vs. Germantown
Match 3: Marion vs. FACS
Match 2: Bartlett vs. West Memphis Christian
Match 1: Houston vs. Kingsbury
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