The challenge was answered! After weeks and weeks of unabated braggadocio by the 5-Hole a challenger from afar finally emerged. As the smoke cleared and the walk-up music subsided we saw them. They were proud, confident, ready, and they had a bell. It was Quiz in My Pants, the once friendly rivals from Arlington, but this time, it was personal. Sure there was friendly banter at first, but I knew it was serious when they took up seats far away from 5-Hole. There would be no overheard answers tonight.
In a cunning move to throw the chameleonistic nom de guerre 5-Hole off their game, or perhaps to just be funny (see the bell), Quiz entered the fray under the name Can I Get a Ding Please?. This move worked wonderfully to move the crowd to their side with their playful "ding" after each name call. Even 5-Hole though it was cute...but cute has no place in war.
The battle raged on through game one with bell ringers leading the frist two rounds. It looked to be a sure victory until, of all things, a little old lady from Cabot Cove entered the battle and stumped the mighty QiMP. That was all 5-Hole needed to pass them on the last lap and nose them out across the finish line to take game 1.
Undaunted, QiMP came back in game two under the name Survey Says! It was neck and neck throughout Game 2. Body blow after body blow. Upper cut after upper cut. The two prize fighers stood firm in the ring, neither giving ground nor taking it. Then the ever-scrappy 5-Hole had a "Christmas" miricle when they were the only team to know that Crissy Snow's real first name was, in fact, "Christmas." A 1 point question differential was all they needed to break the tie and take the lead for their second victory of the night.
It was epic. It was fun. And just like Ali/Frazier, Tyson/Holyfield, there will no doubt be a rematch.
Thanks to all who came out last night. It was a blast and see you next week!