Winter Warz 2020 Champion
Mathematicians Must Be Right
It took double overtime to settle the Winter Warz. In the end, Mathematicians Must Be Right reigned supreme.
Greetings Quizzo diehards. The Winter Warz is upon us.
SIGN UP NOW: To reserve your team’s spot, fill out this form.
SEASON: Season kicks off the week of January 4th. 10-week regular season via Zoom. One week of playoffs week of March 15, in Breakout Room format. 12 games guaranteed including the brand new Mid-Season Mixer (see below). Final will be held on Sunday, March 21.
GAME FORMAT: The 10-week regular season in 40 minute Zoom Quizzo sessions. Top nine scores are used to determine your overall score.
LEAGUE FORMAT: Up to 60 teams. Two conferences. You “play against” your division rivals twice.
QUIZZO TOPICS: There will be three topics per week, one per round. This will keep the quizzes “general” but still allows us to have some fun with your ideas for topics. We’ve already gotten a ton of suggestions, but would love to hear even more. Topics for the first five weeks were announced on Sunday, January 3.
First Half Trivia Categories
- 90s Celebrity Gossip; African American Culture; Before and After; True Crime & Serial Killers; Obscure Sports; Trump Tweets; Furniture; Colors; South Pacific; Latin America; Snakes; World Religions; Horror Films; Arizona; Academy Awards
Second Half Trivia Categories
Jazz; American Lit; International Skylines; 1920s; New Orleans; Trees; Cults; Before & After; Dinosaurs; Board Games; Arkansas; Nobel Prizes; Baseball; Foreign Films; Feminist Literature
MID-SEASON MIXER: We’ll also offer a “Mid-Season Mixer”, where everyone in the league is welcome to play…but instead of breaking into your previous teams we’ll split you up randomly into teams. Thought it might be a fun way to get to know some new quizzers, some who have been playing along since March, and some of them going back years and even decades.
PLAYOFFS: 32 teams make the playoffs – 16 per conference. 1st & 2nd place in each division earn an automatic berth. 1st place teams get a bye and advance to the Semifinals, 2nd place teams play in the Wild Card Game (20 teams total). Of the remaining teams, the top 5 average scorers per conference gain a Wild Card berth (10 teams total). And then in Week 10, the remaining teams per conference NOT mentioned above compete for a final “Joker’s Wild Card” slot, based on their Week 10 quiz score. (2 teams total).
RULES UPDATES: 40 minute time limit, 2 hints available in the final round for a 2-pt deduction. In an effort to limit the “ringers” factor, in order for individual players to be eligible for the postseason, they will need to have played in at least 5 regular season games.
PAYMENT: $450 per team, with $20 going to a local charity. Final payment is due by February 1. Payment can be made via Venmo to @jgtquizzo.
Winter Warz Posts
- Signs Ups for the Winter Warz Are Live!
It’s about that time…time for our second season of Winter Warz! Here’s how it works. There are nine games guaranteed, including something new we’re trying: our Kickoff Spectacular. The season will start on Thursday, January 6th at 8 PM, with all of our teams playing. Cash prize to the winner ($100) and the 2nd place ($50). The Kickoff Spectacular counts as the first regular season game- those who participate get to drop their lowest score for playoff seeding.The format is the one you’ve come to know and love; you and your teammates in a zoom with your quizmaster. After very heated and contentious negotiations, we’ve signed all of your favorite QMs for another season, except for Blake, whose demands of red M&Ms in his dressing room was simply more than we could handle.Dues are $425/team. First $200 is due January 6th, other $225 is due February 6th.
This will be a roto league. You won’t be going head to head, but we’ll be adding up your points each week and ranking teams by average. There will be six regular season games in addition to the Kickoff Spectacular.There will also be at least two playoff games for each team as well. (There will be a consolation game or losers bracket, depending on # of teams.) Season will conclude by March 13th at the latest. To sign up, just go to the link here. Hope you’ll join us for another season of the Warz!
- Our Finals Are Set!
We started with 60…we’re down to our Elite 8. The Championship takes place on Sunday night at 7:30…and you’re welcome to play along. Just go to playbigquiz.com and enter the Event Key “mar21” and you can enter your team in Sunday Night’s play-along (we’ll be airing the game live on Facebook, with a Finals preview starting at 7:15).
The finals are really a collection of true Quizzo bluebloods. Some truly elite squads in the finals this year, with only one team I’d call a Cinderella. Here are the Vegas odds and what you should know about each team:
Mathematicians Must Be Right (Odds 3/1): A new team of trivia veterans from around the country, they have come into the league and made their presence known. The highest scoring team of the regular season, they advanced easily in the semis. They are not fan favorites here in Philly, but thus far they don’t seem intimidated by the local fans.
Smells Like Quarantine Spirit (Odds 4/1): They won Summer Slam. They won Fall Brawl. Could they make it three in a row? It’s quite possible. They dominated the wild card and had the 3rd highest score in the semis.
Cool Cats and Kittens (Odds 9/2): An incredible semi-final performance saw them put up a perfect score. They’re certainly a top contender (leading scoring regular season team in Summer Slam, missed the Elite 8 in Fall Brawl by a single point, and a 10-0 record and the 3rd highest average this season). They’re hungry for their first title.
Boyz II Menehune (Odds 5/1): The Boyz (and Taryn) fell by 2 in the World Cup Final Four, suffered a devastating overtime loss in the Summer Slam Finals, and suffered a stunning Wild Card Loss in Fall Brawl. Just over a year ago they brought home their first Quizzo Bowl title. Could they bring home the hardware for the Winter Warz?
Quizteama Aguilera (Odds 7/1): Another team that’s been damn close with no cigar…a Final Four in the World Cup, a 5th place finish in Summer Slam, and 4th in the Fall Brawl. Can they get over the hump?
Social Distance Warriors (Odds 9/1): They won last year’s April Madness and finished 2nd in the World Cup. But they were a no-show at the Summer Slam finals, and took off for Fall Brawl. People in the media were questioning their heart. But they returned with a bang in Winter Warz, going 9-1. They’d love to hoist another trophy.
Del-COVID 19 (Odds 11/1): You know you’ve got a hell of a field when a team that goes 10-0 and has Quizzo Bowl wins on their resume but has the second worst odds to win the title. They finished 15th at Summer Slam and fell in the Semis of Fall Brawl, but do have some members from the Cracked Pact, which has won a couple of Quizzo Bowls. The team is beloved in their home stadium, located in Upper Darby.
Babysitters Fight Club (Odds 42/1): Last season, America’s sweethearts were FFSF. This season, it’s Babysitter’s Fight Club, a wild card team out of the Ewok Division. They snuck into the semis with the lowest score in the wildcard to advance, then snuck into the Finals with the lowest score in the semis to advance. They have the same odds as Buster Douglas did vs Tyson. Could they shock the world?
- Quizzo News and Notes
JGT, J Michael, and Carl were just talking playoffs on the Facebook page on Sunday night. If you wanna see who they think are the favorites, the sleeper picks, and the Cinderellas, give them a listen here.
Did you not make the playoffs but wanna play in the Winter Snorez? You can sign up here.
Wanna hire JGT for your next corporate event, birthday party, or fundraiser? Check out our snazzy new commercial!
Checked out our new quizzo-inspired podcast! Each week my buddy Nat the Truth and I do a deep dive on a question we’ve recently asked at quizzo…Week 1 was Leopold and Loeb, Week 2 was Heaven’s Gate. New episodes released weekly, and you can listen to them all here, or on itunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.
A young man I used to coach and I have started a small charity and had our first event over the weekend, a block clean-up at 15th and Allegheny. It was awesome: music, burgers, and a great turnout. The org is called Us Not I, we’re going to be doing a lot of events this spring and summer (and as the weather gets warmer, some crossover quizzo/cleanup events), and I’d love to have you guys follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see what we’re up to.
Yes, I am talking to some outdoor venues about starting up some outdoor quizzes. I am hoping we can be ready to rock and roll in a month or so. In the meantime, we are kicking off April Madness 2. Your team wanna join the fun? You can learn more and sign up here.
And while I’ve got you here: if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the Friday Five, my weekly roundup of my favorite local bars, restaurants, and bands.
OK, we’ve got an exciting few weeks lined up! Look forward to seeing you!
- Winter Warz Playoffs
ROUND ONE (The Wild Card Round) can be played in any of 3 sessions: Monday at 8:00, Tuesday at 8:00, or Tuesday at 9:30 (each team chooses ONE session).The following teams have earned a Wild Card spot:
- Au Bon Pandemic
- Babysitters Fight Club
- Boyz II Menehune
- Brains on Cheese
- Carole’s Husband
- Hallmark Hot
- Jesus Hashtag Christ
- L Ron Hubbard’s Diabetics
- Lambda Lambda Lambda
- Little Kwings
- Mad Princes
- Narcotyzing Dysfunktion
- Philliez Nutz
- Pop Fit Studio
- Smells Like Quarantine Spirit
- Sofa Kingdom
- Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Answers
- Very Many Porpoises
- Very Stable Geniuses
- Yacht Rock
The top 5 teams per conference (by score/tiebreaker) will then advance to…
ROUND TWO (The Semifinals), which can be played in any of 3 sessions: Wednesday at 8:00, Thursday at 8:00, or Thursday at 9:30 (each team chooses ONE session).
The following division winners have earned a Round One bye:
- Careless Swiffer
- Cool Cats & Kittens
- The Jawns
- Mathematicians Must Be Right
- Quizteama Aguilera
- Social Distance Warriors
- Super Spreaders
- $ons of $am
- Underground Bard
The above will battle the ten Round One winners for the right to play for championship glory in the WAR TO END ALL WARZ on Sunday night at 7:30. The top 4 teams per conference (by score/tiebreaker) will advance to this final game.
THE WINTER SNOREZ – a consolation game for all non-playoff teams – will be held this Wednesday at 8 PM. For those who participated in last season’s “Fall Crawl”, you know this’ll be a fun one.
For the championship game on Sunday night, everyone else is welcome to play along from home, as we will stream it live from the Johnny Goodtimes Quizzo Facebook page.
With a total of 60 teams in the league, our prize breakdown ended up as follows:
WAR TO END ALL WARZ
Champion: $300 + $50 off April Mayhem
2nd Place: $150 + $50 off April Mayhem
3rd Place: $100 + $50 off April Mayhem
Best of the Rest: $100 off April Mayhem
2nd Best of the Rest: $50 off April Mayhem
2nd-to-Last (aka the honorary “Not Last Place” Award): $50 off April Mayhem
As for our next league, APRIL MAYHEM, you can register for that here. Running from March 29-May 22, we expect this to be our last full-scale Virtual Quizzo season, with 5 “seeding” games culminating in a full-scale March Madness-style tournament, which is how we started things way back when this whole pandemic started. What a year it’s been.
Finally, J Michael, Carl and JGT will be hosting a playoff preview show on Facebook tomorrow night at 6:30. Hope to see ya there.
Best of luck to everyone, and thanks again for making this our best season yet!
- The Playoff Format