Let’s Raise Some Money for the South Philly Sharks!

We did it for the Super Bowl, and we’re doing it again for the Eagles Cowboys game on Monday night. The South Philly Sharks have been using football as a tool to empower young men in our city for almost 30 years now. Unlike sports leagues in the suburbs, sports leagues in the city are almost always cash strapped, and the Sharks are no exception. Let’s do our small part to help, and have some fun doing it. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go here and fill out a square (any square will do, we’ll pick the numbers randomly).
  2. Then send $10 to @jgtquizzo on venmo or johnny at johnnygoodtimes.com on paypal. That buys you a square (you can purchase up to 3).

Once we have all of the squares filled out, we’ll draw the numbers randomly. Then on Monday night, we’ll have a winner after each quarter. How does the contest work?

  • If the score after the first quarter is 14-7 Eagles, whoever has the 4 Eagles and the 7 Cowboys will be the winner.
  • Winners each quarter will receive an Eagles prize pack from Shibe Sports valued at $90. So pick a square, raise money for a great program, and have some skin in the game on Monday night.
  • 100% of the proceeds raised will go towards the South Philly Sharks.

Oh, and while i’ve got you here, a quick shoutout to our 30 teams playing in the Fall Brawl. With $25 of each team’s fee going towards charity, we raised $750 for the Poor People’s Army. The first $500 will go towards their ongoing effort to help Philadelphia’s homeless. The other $250 will go towards restocking the food pantry they run in which they give away free food to anyone who needs it. Thank you guys!

Hire Johnny For Your Holiday Party!

Hard to believe it folks, but we’re starting to book events for the upcoming holiday season. And we are set up to take both in-person and virtual quizzo events. Wanna learn more? Just answer a couple of quick questions about your event and we’ll be back to you within 48 hours. Whether it’s a party for friends, a charity, or for your business, we’d love to help you have fun this year!

Oktoberfest Quiz at Frankford Hall


Really excited to host a special one time quizzo this Sunday at Frankford Hall! To help celebrate their Oktoberfest celebration, we’ll be doing a quiz focused on Germany, beer, and festivals. Lots of great prizes and specials in a beautiful outdoor space. I really enjoy the heck out of hosting there. And yes, football will be on the TVs. Hope to see you there!

Quizzo This Week

Tuesday night, I’m back in action at Trademan’s (13th and Chestnut). A beautiful outdoor space, gonna be a great night to quiz. Weather looks perfect. Action starts at 7 PM. A lot of people told me they’d quiz if we did it outside…well here’s your chance!

Wednesday, we’re back at Dock Street, where we continue to rock. Packed house. 8 PM start time. Good beer. Let’s do it.

Two quizzes on Thursday. We kick off with a special pop up quiz at the Deli at Dwell (Game time is 7 PM). We had a blast there on Thursday. Quizzo regular Taryn’s team won our inaugural quiz, and she’ll actually be hosting the quiz on Thursday! Quiz is on, rain or shine. If it rains, we’ll move indoors. Really great space, great food, beer on draft or by the 6 pack, nice owners. Come on out.

Carl takes the reins at Birra at 8 PM. Come out to get some great pizza and a great quiz.

On Sunday, I will be hosting a special Oktoberfest quiz at Frankford Hall! It’s a spectacular outdoor space, lots of great German beer, and a special beer/German theme for the quiz.

It’s quizzin’ season, folks!

Quizzo Pop Up at the Deli at Dwell

Trying out a new quizzo spot next week. The Deli at Dwell (2nd and West Thompson) just opened recently and I went there a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Beers on draft, four packs you can buy out of the fridge, great food, and best of all, a lovely outdoor space. If you know anybody in the Fishtown area who wants to quiz, tell them to come on out! September 16th, 7 PM. If we get a good turnout, maybe we’ll return more often. Hope to see ya there!

Sign Up for the JGT VIP Newsletter

As many of you know, I send out a lighthearted Friday Five newsletter each week. It’s really become a highlight of the week for me, as it encourages me to try, watch, and read new things. But I also send out an occasional VIP newsletter that’s a bit heavier on quizzo stuff. Sort of a State of the Union type thing. With several things happening, gonna send the next one of those out tomorrow. If you wanna receive it, just sign up here.

(And if you’ve signed up for either newsletter but haven’t been receiving them, be sure to check your promotions folder. Sometimes this kinda stuff lands there. Move it over to your main folder.)

Fall Brawl II: Electric Quizaloo

We’re back, baby, and we’re better than ever!* Fall Brawl II kicks off on September 13th, and we can’t wait to see you nerds onscreen again. Sign-ups begin today! You can register here. We had a whopping 50 teams vie for the title last year, and despite our ever-so-slight return to “normal”, we know there are at least a few dozen who still prefer the virtual format. For the others of you who have returned to live quizzing, worry not….you’ll have the opportunity to do both.

For those unfamiliar- your team plays weekly in a private 45-minute Zoom session with a JGT-certified host, giving you a chance to interact with friends near and far while playing your favorite brand of trivia. Sessions are available Mon-Thurs between 7 and 10:45 PM Eastern.

Other details-


SCHEDULE: Season starts the week of September 13th. 8-week regular season followed by 2 weeks of playoffs/consolation games. 9 games guaranteed to all teams.

LEAGUE FORMAT: Depending on how many teams we end up with, it’ll either be broken into divisions with “head-to-head” matchups each week, or kept as an overall seeding format with a tournament bracket for the playoffs.

PRICE: $425 per team, with $25 of that going to charity (PPERC). $200 deposit due by 9/13, balance due by 10/4.

Sign up today! See you in September!

*Possibly, no guarantees

50/50 Raffle for Back to School Gear Tonight at Birra!

We raised over $150 for kids school uniforms at quizzo last night, and we’re back at it tonight!

Carl is back at Birra at 8 PM, and we’re bringing back the 50-50 raffle for a great cause. As most of you know, we’re always doing things to raise money for PPERHC, who work tirelessly with Philly’s most vulnerable residents. Tonight we’ll be raising money to help kids get new school uniforms. $5 a ticket, venmo accepted, winner gets half.

Want to help and can’t make quizzo? Another thing that would be a huge help would be to buy the kids some school supplies. To do so, just order something off of this wish list. It can be one pack of pencils, it can be 10 bookbags. Whatever makes sense for you. Then have it mailed to:

PPEHRC

1505 West Allegheny Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19132

Thank you, and see ya tonight!

The Antivaxx Phillies are a Disgrace

On June 8th, 2007, a wild storm blew into Denver while the Phillies were playing the Colorado Rockies. 

The Rockies grounds crew tried to put the tarp down, but the wind was gusting uncontrollably, and the tarp flipped over and started whipping wildly, the men getting knocked around by it. Then suddenly the Phillies team came galloping out of the dugout, grabbing the corners of the tarp, allowing the grounds crew members who were stuck under it to escape, and making it possible for the crew to get things back under control. (You can see the video here).

The display showed them not to be out of touch wealthy athletes, but human beings rushing to help their fellow man in need. And when the team got hot later that season, and made a furious run to overtake the Mets and win the division, it was made all the sweeter by the fact that we really, really liked these guys. 

The Phillies are once again in the mix with the Mets for the Division, but it’s almost impossible to imagine this year’s team lifting a finger to help anyone. Marcus Hayes reported a few weeks ago that about half of the 2021 Phillies were vaccinated, a jaw-droppingly pathetic number that meant the Phillies lagged behind essentially every other team in Major League Baseball. As Matt Gelb wrote in the Athletic:

“…there is a contingent of Phillies players who have hardline stances against taking the vaccine no matter how much management encourages the shot.”

A hardline stance against helping to lower the r0 number that will in turn help the fans whose support pays their enormous salaries. A hardline stance against decidedly overwhelming science, a hardline stance for know-nothingism. It is depressingly dumb and stunningly selfish, this ignorant insistence to treat the people who pay to come to the games like garbage. Their excuses just made it worse. Aaron Nola, the team’s star pitcher, said that not getting vaccinated was a “personal decision” (which was supported by Joe Girardi). Nonsense. Choosing to not get vaccinated is as “personal” as sending your kid to school with the measles or holding up a 7-11. It is reckless, it is anti-social, and it is potentially deadly. The Phillies don’t care. 

There is a dark humor to the fact that the Phillies started winning, for basically the first time in a decade, almost immediately after the vaccine story broke. And it leads us to our current and rather unique conundrum. After a year in which we sacrificed for each other, a year in which we stayed out of the ballpark, what could be better than being together and experiencing the communal joy inherent in rooting for America’s Pasttime together? But how can we do so when the very team we’re rooting for is so anti-social that that they have no interest in our health? How can we root for a team that is quite willing to lose players down the stretch to COVID, making it clear that they are losers who would rather blow the division than get a simple shot in their arms? We root for our athletes to win, and our team has flat out declared that they don’t care about winning, they only care about the pseudo-scientific nonsense that they read in memes. 

One of the lessons we should have learned in 2020 was that role models tend to work in hospitals, not on baseball diamonds. As much as I love baseball (and I do), at the end of the day these men get paid a lot of money to excel at something rather arbitrary, and perhaps expecting them to do so much as lifting a finger otherwise is asking too much. Nonetheless, baseball players, like all people, are capable of showing great displays of humanity. The 2007 team did that, running onto the field in a storm to save the day. When the proverbial winds started howling in 2021, the Phillies did the opposite. When the opportunity came to help their fellow man, they did less than nothing. 

So I’ll watch the games sporadically, and I suppose I’ll still cheer for the Mudville 9, albeit with less enthusiasm than I did before. Watching them tank the past two nights to the worse team in baseball while in the midst of a division race sure doesn’t carry the sting it would have before I knew how much they hated their fans.

Regardless of what they do on the field for the final 40 games, their legacy is now secure. When the time came to be a part of the community in the midst of the greatest challenge to America in our lifetimes, they failed. Miserably. They are simply mercenaries in baseball uniforms, men paid to wear the letter P on their hats. The Philadelphia Phillies are absolutely, positively, not one of us. 

EXTRA: Listen here to my Shibe Sports podcast interview with the Athletic’s Matt Gelb about this topic and other Phillies questions.

Let’s Talk About One of my Personal Heroes: Rasputin

We had a question at quizzo last week, “Who did Prince Felix Yuspov kill in 1916?” The answer was Grigori Rasputin, and he’s one of my favorite figures of the 20th century. The fact that such a bizarre charlatan could completely (and largely inadvertently) change the history of the world never fails to boggle my mind. This week on the Worthless Knowledge podcast, Nat and I dug into Rasputin’s past, and had some fun with it as well. Like when Nat asked me if I had ever been offered sexual favors for quizzo answers, and what a spectacular scandal would ensue if I answered “Yes.” If you enjoy the pod, please rate it. If you love it, please leave a review. Thanks!

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Taco Night on Friday!

The Phoenix are not going to the playoffs this year. So this, then, is essentially our playoff game, against the New York Empire. Speaking personally, I don’t like the New York Empire. They’re arrogant, they’re obnoxious, and they were impossible to work with when we had to reschedule this game. And you know what else? I like not liking them. I like seeing them as our rivals. I like the fact that this game is more than just another frisbee game. This is our Cowboys game, the one that will determine if we can call the season a “success”.

And it’s gonna be damn fun. It’s Taco Night, and we’ll have delicious tacos from Tacos Los Catrines, mariachi singer El Mau, and a halftime pinata for the kids. Tickets are extremely reasonable ($12 ahead of time, $14 at the door) and the action is fast paced and fun. If you haven’t been to a game yet, come to this one. We need a big and loud crowd if we’ve got any hope of beating New York. Doors at 6, game at 7. See ya Friday night!