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Come and ‘ave a go

Last night I headed to Dublin to watch Ireland host Uruguay in an international soccer friendly.  However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have any quizzing action for you today.

Opta Sports are the company that, according to their website, are “passionate about collecting, compiling, databasing and supplying sports data”.  You’ve probably heard of them if you’ve ever watched a live football match from the UK as they supply the media with stats such as: highest percentage of shots scored, who has covered the most ground during a match, who’s conceded the most throw-ins etc.

Last week, Opta Sports hosted a table quiz for the professional sports media in the UK.  It was won by the team from Sky Sports, closely followed by ESPN and The Guardian.

If you’d like to take on the journalists and see how you’d have done on the night, you can by following this link: www.optasports.com/about/news/feature-the-opta-joe-sports-quiz.html

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Hereby follows the shortest ever post on this site.

As much as I try to pad it out, I’ll surely never be able to lengthen this article to make it look like it isn’t not very big.  Even my thumbnail picture seems tiny.

Anyway, click continue to see all three answers to the questions asked in Friday’s post.

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On Wednesday night, the local football club, Ballyhaunis Town FC held a table quiz in The Hazel Bar, Ballyhaunis.  Twas nice to have a relatively local quiz to go to – usually I have to drive through Ballyhaunis and then on to Claremorris or somewhere even more exotic.

It’s not often (i.e. never) that I’ve based a post around the raffle that took place on the night but today will be an exception.

Let me explain: as with almost every quiz you’ll attend, this one featured raffle tickets being sold at half-time.  Ger was away from the table at this point but myself, my dad and father-in-law all bought tickets (as you do). Normally, neither I nor any of my team-mates ever seem to feature in the prize-winning, when the tickets are drawn out of the hat.  However, on Wednesday night, for the first time in my life the opposite problem occurred.  Between the three of us with tickets, we won four different prizes!  This level of success became embarrassing, to be quite honest with you.  My own win came third in the sequence and things were already becoming shameful.  Even though there were several bottles left on the table, I opted for some chocolates!

Bizarrely, we weren’t the only multiple winners in the draw.  Two other fellows in the bar ending up winning two and three prizes.  I think the rest of the crowd were on the verge of revolution by the end!

And then we ended up winning the quiz.

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Here are the answers to the questions I posted last week on the FIFA World Cup.

How did you do? Get to the final or out in the first round?

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FIFA World Cup quiz

Robert Green says "Oh Oh"In honour of the start of the 2010 World Cup, here’s a round of 15 questions about this festival of football.

I actually wrote most of this quiz four years ago and, back then, posted it on my old Bebo account.

Let’s see if I still have any friends left from those days! 😉

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I returned to the blog yesterday after a hiatus of almost three months and, if my site’s stats aren’t damned lies, over 100 people called in to view the new post.  Thanks everyone!

Before I reveal the answers to the questions I posted, I did say I’d come clean on my good fortune in the raffle.

To be honest, it wasn’t much to write home about.  First prize was announced as a Barbecue. Yes, an actual barbecue! Don’t worry, I didn’t win that.

What I did win was second prize: a set of barbecue tools. 😦

I ended up passing these to my team-mate Tom, as there is already a fine set of barbecue utensils in my shed. Still, it gave us a laugh on the night. 🙂

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Just like the League of Ireland, it seems that my quizzing season has reorientated itself.  Gone are the days when quizzes were plentiful from October to April. Now, almost three months have passed by since I last caught wind of a quiz.  These are hard times indeed.

Sheridan’s Bar, Knocknacarra, was the venue for a quiz last night whose questions were exclusively based on football.  That is, soccer, if you’re not from round here.  Quizzes on single topics can be a bit of a drag but, hey, we were just looking for our quizzing fix.

That said, it nearly slipped under the radar.  The advertising budget for the quiz must have been kept to a minimum as my Galway contacts told me they’d first seen posters on Monday evening – for a quiz scheduled that Thursday.  Furthermore, an enquiry made by telephone yesterday afternoon led to a mixup that could have been straight out of The Two Ronnies.

“Hi. I’m just calling to ask about booking a table for the quiz tonight…”

“I’m sorry sir.  There’s already a quiz taking place tonight so you cannot book the bar.”

Oh, how I’d love if such a world existed where table quizzes were so popular that bars would have double-booking issues! (more…)

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