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Twin Cities Talk: Smells like team spirit

DIXON – Saturday, I competed for the third year in a row on Sauk Valley Media’s Stupor Bowl team.

The daylong trivia competition held at Reagan Middle School benefits the Dixon Schools Foundation.

This year, organizers came up with a new way to hold the event. Instead of individual matches that pit one team against another, the format allowed all 20 teams to compete at the same time.

Almost everyone seemed to agree the new format was more collegial. Working together with all your teammates allowed sharing of ideas and gave each team time to reach a consensus on the answers.

We had a strong team this year. Each member had a different strength to contribute. We had Assistant Sports Editor Chris Heimerman, who knew that it was Sloane Stephens who upset Serena Williams at the Australian Open.

My fellow reporter David Giuliani was extremely skilled at all questions dealing with presidents and many U.S. history questions. It’s an area he is quite interested in.

And Derek Barichello, our Dixon reporter, had a strong command of all questions related to movies.

At the end of the day, it was fun to walk away with a bit of trivia knowledge tucked away for future reference. For example, I will now not forget that “E” is the most commonly used letter in the English alphabet. I’ll also remember that “Hamlet” is William Shakespeare’s longest play.

Overall, I think our team worked well together. We also managed to have a lot of fun along the way.

I’m happy to say our team finished in the top 10. In fact, we finished with 96 points. The top four teams advanced to the next round of competition. The fourth-place team earned 104 points. That means we were only 8 points away from getting to the next level.

There’s always next year.

Sauk Valley Media reporter Kiran Sood covers government and happenings in Sterling and Rock Falls. She can be reached at or at 800-798-4085, ext. 529.

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