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Everything You Need to Know About Quizzo Bowl

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WHO: Anybody who wants to get their posse together and have one of the most fun Saturday nights of their year.

WHAT: Quizzo Bowl XV, the longest running quizzo event of its kind in America.

WHEN: February 9th. Doors at 7, Event at 8.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street

WHY: Because you want to have an awesome night out with your friends dressing up and listening to Hawaiian music and playing trivia and winning prizes and engaging in downright tomfoolery.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS: $25, same as they’ve been for the past 10 years. ($30 if you wait until the day of).

WHERE CAN I BUY THEM: You can buy them online here. I will also have a few more left on me next week at my weekly quizzes.

WILL ALL THE QUESTIONS BE ABOUT HAWAII? No, Hawaii is the theme but this will be a general knowledge quiz: I’d expect a few Hawaii questions but not a ton.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT THAN A REGULAR QUIZZO? In every way. We’ll have comedy, we’ll have live music, we’ll have vaudeville, we’ll have video rounds, music rounds, and even a round being drawn by one of my favorite local artists, we’ll have prizes to multiple bars in the area. And who knows what else? Past Quizzo Bowls have War Pigs on steel drums, 250 people singing Here I Go Again On My Own in unison, and even a freaking wedding engagement.  

HOW MANY PLAYERS CAN I HAVE ON MY TEAM? You can have up to 8 players on a team. If you have fewer than 6, shoot me a line and I’ll see if I can team you up with another squad.

WHAT IF IT’S JUST ME AND A COUPLE OF FRIENDS? No problem, we’ll team you up with a larger team. Just shoot me a line at johnny at johnnygoodtimes dot com and I’ll see what I can do.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STAY UPDATED? Make sure you join us over on the Quizzo Bowl facebook page.

SO SHOULD WE GO? Yeah, you’re damn right you should go. What are you waiting for? Get the crew together, get your tickets, and let’s party on Saturday!

The Quizzo Bowl Documentary


Some of you youngsters may not be aware that there was actually a documentary crew covering Quizzo Bowl IV. Turned out to be a pretty good film and offered a lot of background on the sport of kings: quizzo. No documentary this year but there will be video of the festivities. Hope you join us! Tickets can be purchased here.

Quizzo Bowl XV: Hawaiian Style

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PHILADELPHIA - Slowey and the Boats will provide the Aloha, and Johnny Goodtimes will supply the trivia, at the longest running trivia event of it’s kind in America. It’s the 15th edition of Quizzo Bowl, and the fifth straight one at the World Cafe Live.

The event is open to the public, and teams will be competing in teams of up to eight players for over $1200 worth of prizes. Taking home the title won’t be easy, however. Among the teams expected to compete are five time winners Sofa Kingdom, as well as the defending champs the Cracked Eggheads. There will be an extra $100 bonus prize to any team that can win their first title this year, knocking off all previous champions.

For JGT, the quiz will be a homecoming of sorts: he lived in Hawaii from 1998-2000, where he trained dolphins. For insurance reasons, there will be no dolphins at this event.

There will,however, be tons of prize giveaways, great live music, Hawaiian drink specials, Philly comedians, and plenty of surprises. In past years we’ve seen breakdancers, human pretzels, and even an engagement.

Tickets are on sale online now, and Goodtimes will also have them for sale at his weekly quizzes. To learn more about this unique Philly event and how you can participate, GO HERE. And for updates, be sure to follow our event FB page here. 

Question of the Week

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Who was the unlikely headline performer of the 1989 Super Bowl halftime show?

Quizzo This Week

No real theme this week, just a general quiz. Great opportunities to get a win at Dilworth, O’Neals, and Bards right now. Tickets available to Quizzo Bowl at all quizzes this week. Here’s the lineup:

TUESDAY

  • Dilworth Cabin 6 pm
  • O’Neals 8 pm
  • Sidecar 8 pm

WEDNESDAY

  • Locust Rendezvous 6:15 pm
  • Founding Fathers 8:30

THURSDAY

  • Birra 8 pm
  • Bards 9:15 pm

List of Previous Quizzo Bowl Winners

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Here’s a list of the previous 7 teams to win a Quizzo Bowl and become quizzo immortals. Is this your year?

I will have tickets for sale on me tonight at Dilworth at 6 pm and Sidecar at 8ish.

Meet Dr. Snow, Philly’s Former Cocaine Kingpin


On the latest edition of the Philly Blunt, we did a remarkable interview with Larry Lavin. In the mid 1970s, Lavin started dealing pot to his frat brothers. By 1981 he was the biggest coke dealer on the East Coast. I first came across his story 15-20 years ago, when I bought a random book at a used book store called Dr. Snow. I was riveted by this incredible true story, and when we started doing the podcast, I thought I’d take a random stab at doing an interview with him. I reached out to him, and incredibly he got back to me and said he’d be happy too, and he’d be willing to tell all. The end result was a remarkable interview. Here are a few highlights. Be sure to listen to the full thing on our site or on itunes. In this part of the interview, we talk about making the transition from selling pot to college campuses to selling coke.

JGT: How does that expand? Where suddenly you’ve got a guy talking to Cubans in Miami. Like, that’s a whole different ballgame than talking to college kids in Blacksburg.

LARRY: Right. Well everyone kind of has a connection somehow. And I was pretty, I’m a pretty easily friended person. I make contacts really well. And one of my friends that lived out on the Main Line, he was a little bit older, and he had a Cuban girlfriend, fiance I believe, and he had a couple of connections. And he was the one who told me we could do this. So we pooled our money and bought like a half key. Like the smallest buy, I’m surprised they even sold it to us.

GREG: What did that cost back then?

LARRY: Believe it or not, keys used to be $55,000. The price tumbles down over the years to like $14,000.  But for the longest time, we would buy keys at like $55,000 and by the time we broke it up, and put whatever cut depending on which product people wanted, it sold for about $75,000.

GREG: What would you cut it with?

LARRY: Inositol. You know it’s a Vitamin B product. And, uh, lidocaine. But how you develop it is the fact that we had something all the time. So once a week you would come and pay what you could, and we’d give you more, so your business would grow. By me fronting all this. So if you came and wanted half pound, a pound, I’d say “Johnny, what the heck, why don’t you take two pounds this time, and see what happens.” And that’s what made these things grow. And unfortunately everyone’s debt to me grew, because a lot of times people wouldn’t pay them, they did too much product, whatever happened.

REEF: What would you do like the big debt was owed? You would just let it go?

LARRY: Yeah. What good does it do you to get in trouble by going after someone? You try to work with someone, decide if it’s worthwhile, if it’s not-

REEF: Then they lose the connect to you if they don’t pay.

LARRY: That’s exactly right. No one wants to do that because they’ve got, you know, the Golden Ticket.

Wanna hear more about Larry’s days as a cocaine kingpin, how the FBI caught him, and what life was like once he went on the lam? Be sure to listen to this absolutely incredible interview.  And be sure to join us on Facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Johnny Flamethrower Is In the Building!


Here’s a look back at an oldie but goodie: the video round from three years ago. No Johnny Flamethrower this year, but the video round should still be pretty damn funny. Get your tickets to the premiere quizzo event on the planet now!

Coat Drive at Shibe Sports

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Hey gang, just wanted to let you know that we’re doing another charity drive at Shibe Sports to help our friends at PPEHRC. Anyone who brings in a lightly used coat between now and the Super Bowl gets 40% off all Eagles gear in store. It’s a great deal, and a great way to help out our fellow Philadelphians in need. If you’d prefer to have a coat mailed, you can mail it to:

Shibe Sports
137 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Just let me know and I’ll send you a code for 40% off. Finally, if you’d prefer to donate money and have me pick up the money, that’s fine too. Just shoot me a line at johnny @ johnnygoodtimes dot com or you can give me some cash at quizzo this week. Thanks!

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Bonds and Clemens Aren’t Getting Into the Hall of Fame. What a Joke.

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20+ years ago, while I was working as a student assistant at the Radford University, my boss Mike Ashley said something I never forgot. We were arguing about the Baseball Hall of Fame (as sports nerds, that wasn’t all that uncommon) and I had brought up the outrage that Shoeless Joe Jackson was kept out of the Hall. Mike glanced up and said, “Being kept out of the Hall is the best thing that ever happened to Shoeless Joe Jackson.” I was stunned. Mike was one of the most knowledgeable sports mind I knew (still is) and I couldn’t believe what he had just said.

“What?”

“Best thing that ever happened to him. You know what happens the day after he gets inducted? Everybody in America forgets who he was.”

It was a great point. Other than Ty Cobb, Cy Young, and maybe Walter Johnson, there are almost no pre-Babe Ruth era Hall of Famers that modern fans ever knew existed. But they all know Shoeless Joe, and as long as he’s kept out of the Hall, they always will.

The Shoeless Joe argument tends to lead one to the Pete Rose argument that has been brewing for so many years now. Should he or shouldn’t he? In a sport that ultimately defines players by whether or not they can hit, having more hits than anyone else ever is a pretty damn big deal. But the player with the most hits in the history of baseball isn’t in the Hall of Fame.

And now it appears that the player with the most Home Runs in MLB history won’t be joining him either. Barry Bonds, the greatest player of our lifetimes, isn’t joining the Hall any time soon. Roger Clemens, arguably the best pitcher of our lifetimes, won’t be either. The reason is, ostensibly, steroids. That is of course only part of the story, as Clemens and Bonds had something else in common: both were world class pricks.

Not a prick? Harold Baines. By all accounts one of the nicest guys in baseball. Despite having an OPS 0.230 lower than Bonds, he will be going into the Hall of Fame.

You know who else teammates loved? Mike Mussina. Despite rather pedestrian numbers over his career, he’ll be going in largely because he “won with elegance” as the Washington Post said.

I’ll tell you who didn’t win with elegance: Curt Schilling. What a world class jerk-off that guy was, and still is. But let’s be clear: there is no statistical measure by which Mike Mussina was a better baseball player. None. And yet, he heads to the Hall of Fame while Schilling rushes off to the nearest radio to blame the immigrants or Hollywood or whomever else he’s hating on today.

So what do we have? We have a Hall of Fame that has decided it’s not just an arbiter of baseball but an arbiter of proper behavior. And quite frankly, if they don’t like you, they’re not letting you. Either win with “elegance”, either answer their questions and smile, or else.

Thus “good guys” who were highly suspected of being steroid users such as Pudge Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell are in the Hall of Fame*. The churlish assholes such as Clemens and Bonds are not. And even Schilling, who isn’t suspected of using steroids** and who should be a shoo-in for the Hall is on the outside looking in.

There’s something else about the steroid era that makes the motion to keep out Bonds and Clemens even more absurd: they weren’t breaking the rules. Hard to believe, but in the 1990s, Major League Baseball had no steroid policy. None. Why are so many players held under suspicion from that era, but there are seemingly no definitive answers? Because there was no testing, and until 2005 there was simply a blind eye turned to the whole thing.

And why is that? In large part because baseball was reeling after the disastrous 1994 strike that cancelled the World Series. And there’s precedent for what came next: in 1920, the Black Sox scandal rocked baseball, and threatened the survival of the sport. But some genius decided “We should juice the ball. The fans seem to like home runs.” That and the charisma of Babe Ruth saved the league.

Fast forward 70+ years, and again baseball was up against the ropes. And the answer to bring the fans back was obvious. But this time, not just the ball was juiced. The combo of a juiced ball and the chiseled from stone Greek Gods Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa brought the fans back in that thrilling Home Run race of 1998. Yes, these two behemoths looked more like defensive ends than baseball players, and there were more than a few whispers about steroid use. But you know what? Nobody cared. It was a gravy train for everyone: the league, the players, the writers, and the fans. And so we all pretended that what was so obvious was not; that these two men were juiced out of their minds. Bud Selig, who ran the league, certainly had no problem letting steroids flow like wine as long as revenue returned to baseball. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2017. The sportswriters, whose papers saw an explosion in interest as people kept up with the home run race, didn’t say what they all knew. Nobody wanted to spoil the fun until it was all over, and even then it wasn’t a reporter but a dipshit former player, Jose Canseco, who spilled the beans. Sportswriters were absolutely derelict in their duties when it came to steroids.

And now those same sportswriters who let the steroids run amok without any investigative journalism have the temerity to wag their fingers at Clemens and Bonds, as if they weren’t part of the same problem. They dare plant themselves on that moral high ground, as if they are entrusted with allowing these men into Heaven and not a baseball museum. Bonds and Clemens weren’t penitent enough, they didn’t grovel enough, and therefore (unlike Bagwell, Pudge, Piazza, etc) they will not be allowed past the gatekeepers. The Schilling snub just proves that the Baseball Hall of Fame has little to do with baseball…it has to do with kissing sportswriters asses. And THAT is why Clemens and Bonds, the best hitter and best pitcher of our lifetimes, will not go to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Who knows, maybe in 80 years it will be the best thing to ever happen to them. But right now, it is nothing short of an outrage.

*When Rodriguez was asked in 2009 if he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball’s 2003 survey it instituted that year, he told the Associated Press, “Only God knows.” Both Bagwell and Mike Piazza admitted taking androstenedione, a substance that would be banned by MLB.

**though he obviously drinks plenty of the FOXNews Kool-Aid

Boston and LA Suck Week Begins Today

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Our topic is “Boston and LA Suck”, and yes we WILL be back at the Sidecar tonight at 8 p.m. No question of the week this week.

Food and Drink Week This Week

Food and Drink Week

We’re gonna be playing a Food and Drink quiz this week. Pretty self explanatory. One notable change: no Sidecar quiz on Tuesday, as they are closed for renovations. I will be at Dilworth tonight at 6, and Car will be at O’Neals at 8. No question of the Week this week. Hope to see ya tonight!

New Facebook Page, and New Quizzo Bowl Page

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We’ve moved over to a new JGT Quizzo Facebook Page. If you want to know all the latest and greatest things happening in the quizzo world, head on over there.

I’ve also just launched a Quizzo Bowl XV FB page. If you’re planning on going, or at least thinking about it, be sure to like that page. I’ll then harvest all your data and sell it to the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign.

Prizes for Best Aloha Shirt and Muumuu at QB XV

JGT, circa 1999.

JGT, circa 1999.

When I first moved to Hawaii with my childhood buddy Bo in 1998, we decided to attend services at the Mokuaikaua Church, the oldest Christian church in Hawaii. I put on my typical church wear: an Oxford shirt and a tie. Bo said, “You don’t need to wear a tie.” Being from the South, I knew that was outrageous.

“Of course I have to wear a tie, it’s church.”

“OK but you’re going to look like an idiot.”

I decided to take my chances. We started to walk into church, and the usher, sure enough, says, “Why you wearing a tie? Take it off. Relax.” And that was the last time I was dumb enough to wear a tie in Hawaii. The tie simply doesn’t exist there. For formal occasions, men wear Aloha shirts and women wear muumuus. And so it shall be at Quizzo Bowl XV, where you will be expected to wear Aloha wear. I mean, if we’re going to do a Hawaiian party, we’re going to do it right.

If you’re really looking to wear something nice that you can wear again, I recommend Hilo Hatties. An actual Hawaiian store that has beautiful clothes. And if you sign up on their website they give you 20% off your first order. It is a bit pricer than your other options, but if you want to support a true Hawaiian business and have an awesome shirt or muumuu when it’s done, that’s the spot.

If you’re looking to do it on the cheap, the move is always local thrift stores, but if you’re in a rush, yes of course you can use amazon. They’ve got some decent aloha shirts and muumuus for under $20.

And yes, we will have prizes for best Aloha shirt, best muumuu, and best dressed team.