Every year we do this, every year you guys come through BIG TIME, and every year we make some Christmas wishes come true. This is a really special thing we’ve got going here and and I can’t thank you enough. Here’s how it works: go to this spreadsheet, insert your name next to the kid you want to buy something for, then go online to buy the gift. Once you’ve got it, have it mailed to:
(Child’s first name) c/o PPEHRC Toy Drive
1505 West Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19132
That simple, and in less than a minute you can make a world of difference. Thanks as always, you guys rock!
A fun but hectic holiday week: three regular bar quizzes, a wedding quiz, a birthday party quiz, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at the store, an article for Billy Penn, and organizing a Thanksgiving dinner for those in need with our buddy Mike (above) and the crew at PPEHRC. (That was all thanks to the donations we raised at quizzo last week.)
Some of you know Mike from having hosted some virtual quizzes last year, others from his many years in the bar biz. He’s generously cooking turkey dinners for the homeless on Wednesday, and I thought in the spirit of the season it would be nice for us to help him buy the food. So we’ll be doing 50/50 raffles again this week. One chance for $5, 3 for $10. (If you wanna donate but aren’t playing quizzo this week, just donate to @jgtquizzo on venmo and put “turkey fund” in the note.)
Heads up on the fundraiser we did a couple of weeks ago: we raised over $200, and thanks to our friends at Rittenhouse Hardware, were able to buy ten high quality space heaters for those in need. Next up: our annual toy drive, dropping tomorrow. Stay tuned.
And congrats to 7th Place (below) who pulled off the upset at Founding Fathers last week. Be sure to follow our winners in real time over on the jgtquizzo IG page. Here’s our abbreviated quizzo schedule for this week:
Just a quick update on where we stand heading into the holidays:
I have actually gotten pretty good about posting winners on the JGT Quizzo Page on Instagram, so if you wanna see what’s going on in real time, follow us there.
Shout out to everyone who participated in our 50-50 raffles last week. We raised over $200 for heaters for people in need. And thanks to our friends at Rittenhouse Hardware, we got a great deal on some good heaters. The crew over at PPEHRC picked them up yesterday. Thanks again. We’ll have our annual toy drive kicking off next week, so keep your eyes open for that.
As far as our actual quizzes:
Loco Pez is off to a nice start. We’ve been averaging about 20 people a week as we get off the ground, would love to get that up closer to 35 or so. It’s an intimate space and a LOT of fun to do a quiz there. Since it’s small I can riff more with the crowd and with no dominant team there is certainly a great opportunity for teams to get a win. Starting to see some old Sidecar teams trickle back, which has been really cool.
A great win for 7th Place at a packed Founding Fathers this past week. It’s been pretty solid there, There’s No I has established themselves as the team to beat thus far, but they got smoked this week.
Dock Street South is a) packed and b) dominated by Duane’s World. It’s a rocking good time every week, I really like our Wednesday night staff there, just a really solid spot.
On Thursdays, Taryn has been doing a great job at Deli at Dwell. I’m still going to host some quizzes there, but Taryn seems to be building a nice following. It’s a great place for a quiz: the sandwiches are terrific, and being able to buy a 4 pack or a draft beer is pretty cool. No dominant team yet.
Also on Thursdays, Birra has been somewhat hit or miss: slammed last week, mellow this week. Jitney Spears has been dominant there lately, winning four straight. Truly terrific pizza there.
As far as virtual quizzes, we’ll be getting back to those in January with our next Winter War.
And if you’re not already, get yourself signed up for the Friday Five. It’s my short, fun newsletter telling you what I’m eating, drinking and watching. I also tend to put a lot of quizzo updates on it. Next one goes out this afternoon.
Shout out to Leonard: we used his “Rhymes with Gritty” round this past week. Wanna suggest a topic for a future week? Let us know on Facebook.
And congrats to Cool Cats and Kittens, who won our Fall Brawl. Great job by our crew making this past season happen, especially J Michael and Carl. Winter Warz will kick off in January.
Have a great weekend everyone and hope to see ya next week!
Shoutout to everyone who participated in our 50-50 raffles last week: we raised $280, enough for 14 heaters for our friends at the Poor People’s Army to give out to those in need!
Last week we went international, this week it’s back to a regular quiz. We also went back to paper sheets at most of our venues. For the massive quizzes (i.e. Dock Street) I’ll probably stay online because it pushes the quiz along but for the others I’ll be moving back to the good old fashioned paper and pencil (or pen). Also, gonna start a $5 Tecate and tequila deal at Loco Pez this week. Here’s our schedule for this week. Let’s Go!
OK, I’m serious this time: we’re going to post winning team photos at the JGTQuizzo page on Instagram. Been posting them the last couple of weeks. Feel free to tag any friends you see in the pics that are already up, and we’ll have the winners of tonight’s Founding Fathers quiz as soon as the quiz wraps up. Pictured above are the Sidecardigans, who won the first ever quiz at Loco Pez G-Ho last night! We’ll be back with our next quiz next Monday at 7. The rest of the week’s schedule is below:
It’s that time again…Hard to believe but this is the 19th year of our annual Spooktacular! Questions about ghosts and goblins and ghouls. Different quizzes in-person and virtual if you wanna play both. Here’s the schedule for the week:
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Fall Brawl 2021 playoff picture is beginning to take shape. Lots of familiar faces atop the six divisions: Smells Like Quarantine Spirit, DelCovid-19, Hallmark Hot, Boyz II Menehune, Cool Cats & Kittens, and Au Bon Pandemic– the latter two being our only undefeated teams with matching 5-0 records. You can check all of the standings here.
Plenty of surprises and twists further down the standings, however. Though they’ve been brought down to earth a bit since, Not Last Place defied all odds and self-identifiers by roaring to a 3-0 start, while recent tournament finalists Queefer Sutherland and Sofa Kingdom somehow remained winless through four weeks. Our least predictable team, Summer Sizzler runners-up Texas City Players Club, remain as unpredictable as ever, with scores ranging from 33 to 45. And thanks to the built-in chaos caused by head-to-head matchups and tiebreaker questions, perennial contenders like Lambda Lambda Lambda, L Ron Hubbard’s Diabetics, and Little Kwings find themselves scraping for a wild card berth, while underdogs like Ukraine in the Membrane and upstarts like Quick Question find themselves in control of their own fate. With weeks 7 and 8 consisting mostly of divisional matchups, there could be a lot of late movement in the standings.
The common refrain among our 30 teams this season has been “Have these quizzes gotten harder?” and “Are you and Johnny angry at us?” Our response: Actually, yes! To the first question, I mean. Overall scores thus far have averaged below 40 for the first time in virtual quizzo league history, and there have only been 2 perfect scores of 52 (shout out to B2M for knowing their apples, and to the Cool Cats for knowing their Joan Jett). To put things in baseball terms – a topic you all very clearly enjoy more than anything else – you’re in the Big Leagues now, folks. This ain’t no Punch ‘n’ Judy show!
We seem to be hitting our groove. Great turnouts at Founding Fathers, Dock Street, and Deli at Dwell last week. Tough quiz last week! We’ll take it a little lighter on ya this week. Maybe. Remember, we’re back at Birra this week, so if you’re in the Passyunk area looking for a great quiz and a great pizza swing on by. Oh, and a new quiz starting on November 1st. Stay tuned for details!
Founding Fathers 8 PM
Dock Street 8 PM
Deli at Dwell 7 PM (followed by Eagles watch party)
Big night this Thursday at Deli at Dwell! We’re going to have our normal quizzo, which I’ll be starting at 7 PM sharp…that way we’ll be done just in time for kickoff. Once the game starts, we’ll start doing some giveaways from Shibe Sports, playing some fun games, and doing some football trivia. We’ll also be giving away two club box tickets to an upcoming Eagles game! Gonna be a fun night, and it’s gonna be OUTDOORS; weather is lining up to be absolutely perfect. Look forward to seeing ya Thursday night!
A great week last week at Founding Fathers, which is quickly picking up speed. Deli at Dwell was a bit slow, Birra still not back up to pre-COVID levels but doing pretty solid, and Dock Street still rocking. This week, we’re not just gonna be doing quizzes but watching the Eagles game together on Thursday night. More details on that coming soon. Please note that Birra is cancelled for the Eagles game.
Founding Fathers 8 PM
Dock Street 8 PM
Deli at Dwell 7 PM (followed by Eagles watch party)
NOTE: Birra is cancelled this week due to Birds game
Just like everything else on earth, our Quizzo Bowl schedule is all wonky now because of COVID. Typically we do it in February, but that was clearly out this year. We talked about doing it in Summer, but nobody was really doing larger events this summer, due primarily to not having enough staff. So now we’re in late September, and we’ve got two different options. Should we try to do it in November, then do next years in the spring (the Broad Street Run model) or should we just hold off, accept that we won’t get one in in 2021, and pick back up in February 2021? Let us know in this poll.
We’re back to the scene of the crime on Tuesday nights. After a year and a half off, we’re starting back up at Founding Fathers on Tuesday nights. In case you hadn’t heard, they recently re-opened under new ownership but with the exact same vibe. We kick it off next Tuesday at 8 PM. Can’t wait!