Sunday, November 1, 2009

Knowledge Bowl: Houston Mustangs vs. Kingsbury Falcons

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Knowledge Bowl, Match 1: Houston Mustangs vs. Kingsbury Falcons. Aired October 31st, 2009.

Sebastian (Captain), Senior
Daniel, Senior
Faith, Junior
Clayton, Senior
Alternate: Scott

Urica (Captain), Senior
Orlando, Junior
Audrey, Junior
Chawan, Junior
Alternate: Mary

Round One: Houston 170, Kingsbury 0
Round Two: Houston 160, Kingsbury 0
Round Three (Lightning Round): Houston: 80, Kingsbury 20
Final: Houston 410, Kingsbury 20

Kingsbury High School
  • Kingsbury High School
With the correct answer “The Battle of Britain,” given by Houston’s Sebastian, the 2Xrd season of Knowledge Bowl began. I say the 2Xrd, because there’s some mild confusion I’ll have to clear up tomorrow: A Channel 3 employee told me this was the 23rd season, in response to my inquiry last week. And yet, KB host Jim Jaggers opened his mini-monologue with the information that he had been told this was the 24th season. Controversy! I’ll have a definitive answer for you next week.

If you didn’t watch it, you might look at that score and think Houston dominated the game. You wouldn’t be wrong. But it’s worth noting that the Falcons seemed to have gotten shy after the first round. It’s one of the most underrated things about KB and, I presume, all TV game shows: the paralyzing fear and stage fright. I recall, before each of the three games I started back in 1993-94, waiting in the Channel 3 lobby for our turn on the stage, my overwhelming anxiety and how I had to excuse myself to the restroom. Too much information? Absolutely. I’ve never told anyone that before. But it’s wise to keep in mind that that’s the kind of stuff being experienced by the kids before and as the cameras roll. Respect.

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