Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Knowledge Bowl: Raleigh-Egypt Pharaohs vs. Evangelical Christian School Eagles

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Knowledge Bowl, Match 7, Raleigh-Egypt Pharaohs vs. Evangelical Christian School Eagles. Aired December 12th, 2009.

Raleigh-Egypt (Red)
Alexander, Senior (Captain)
Bianca B., Senior
Tiara, Senior
Bianca C., Senior
Alternate: Elana (not sure about spelling — my apologies if it's wrong)

Evangelical Christian School (Blue)
Ian, Senior (Captain)
Chris, Senior
Andrew V., Senior
Andrew D., Junior
No alternate

Round One: Raleigh-Egypt 10, ECS 170
Round Two: Raleigh-Egypt 20, ECS 160
Round Three (Lightning Round): Raleigh-Egypt 10, ECS 20
Total: Raleigh-Egypt 40, ECS 350

The Game: This was a one-side affair. ECS sewed it up early by building a big lead and kind of forcing Raleigh-Egypt to capitulate while there was still plenty of game left. Blow outs are much more common than close matches. With the TV set lights on you, it's hard not to feel that mounting pressure every time your opponent buzzes in. To ECS' credit, they didn't take their foot off the gas.

For the Record: I picked ECS here and have the Eagles advancing all the way to the finals. I don't regret that decision, though the other second-rounders in the Dr. Richard Ranta Region have proved to be no shrinking flowers themselves. I for one can't wait for the Sweet Sixteen.

The Kids Are Alright: Alexander's favorite hobby is texting — love it — and he enjoys calculus and one day wants to be a D.A. or mayor. Bianca B. is into the Memphis Urban Debate League. Tiara likes shopping and plans on attending Middle Tennessee State University. Bianca C. also likes calculus — I sense a great math teacher and department at Raleigh-Egypt — and tutors elementary school kids.

For ECS, Ian participates in the MIFA Handyman program. Chris was involved a physics experiment to make a golf ball launcher — or, more correctly, a trebuchet. "It's a French word," he helpfully informed. Andrew V. is headed to Mississippi State and participates in fantasy football. Word. For the record, my fantasy squad, America's Team, just finished third to Chris Herrington's league-winning The Bubby Bristers. #Fail.

Whether or not it's precedent-setting I cannot say, but it's certainly rare that each team had two members with the same name.

Malaprostagisms: Evangelical, expression, anomalous, autonomic, Pharaohs, chief

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, perhaps in honor of Raleigh-Egypt's presence, we learned that the good doctor is on the board of directors of the University of Memphis' Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology. Ranta even wore a tie to illustrate his passion for the Nile River civilization. As he said, "The tie is an example of the Papyrus of Ani, really, with scenes of heaven and the Elysian Fields." Ranta also said there was a recent lecturer who was an advisor on the Mummy films and Stargate. Anubis scared the heck out of me in the latter movie.

Part of the Papyrus of Ani
  • Part of the Papyrus of Ani

Objection, Your Honor: In my humble opinion, the response "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is not an acceptable answer when the correct response should be "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."

Tune in Next Time: Later today, the second part of our doubleheader, SBEC Trojans vs. Covington Chargers.

Previously on Knowledge Bowl:
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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