COTKU and Big Lots 2008: results, stats, gratitude
- Congratulations to the winners of the Center of the Known Universe
Open (COTKU), the academic quizbowl tournament at UT-Chattanooga on
DIVISION I (varsity)
1st: South Florida
3rd: Florida State
4th: Virginia Tech
DIVISION II (junior varsity)
1st: Georgia Tech B
2nd: Tennessee A
3rd: Northeast Alabama C.C.
4th: Alabama B
In the special literature singles event, Jon Okon (Georgia) put on a
furious late charge to pass Billy Beyer (Florida State) and claim
first place. Rob Fernandez (South Florida) and Saiem Gilani (Florida
State) rounded out the top four.
Congratulations also to the winners of the Big Lots Clearance Open
trash tournament at UTC
1st: Superfriends with Benefits
2nd: Ugly Kid Joe the Plumber
3rd: Say "Hi" to Your Mother for Me
4th: a three-way tie between Mystery Date, Rearing Putin Head Wilson,
and Sarah Palin's Hit List
The Planeteers finished on top in the consolation bracket, by virtue
of a head-to-head win over Heavy Petting Zoo.
Michael Kearney won the special all-videogame singles event (JECHT
mirror), with Adam Chin, John Kilby, and Mike Hundley rounding out
the top four.
Full results and stats can be found at:
At COTKU, All-Star trophies went to the top six scorers in each
division (excluding open players), and the top ten scorers (including
open players) also took home books as prizes. Adam of Georgia Tech B
won the John Drennen Wiley Rollins Award for Outstanding Achievement
in Buzzer Aggression (most negs), while Carey Cantrell of Tennessee A
won Rookie of the Year.
At Big Lots, Andrew Santi of The Planeteers won the John Drennen
Wiley Rollins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Buzzer Aggression
(most negs) with a Dren-like 2 negs per round. Drew Bevis of Hume-
Fogg HS was Rookie of the Year, while September Leach took Title IX
All-Star honors. Adam Chin won Most Gloriously Wrong Answer (we
won't say what, since these questions will still be used at other
Last weekend's tournaments would not have been possible without
Andrew Hart, Rob Carson, and Gautam Kandlikar, whose Minnesota Open
provided questions for COTKU and the special literature singles
event; editor-in-chief Jeremy White and chief deputy Ben Lea of
FOGHAT, the source for the Big Lots questions; Michael Kearney, for
writing an additional round of questions; and Jeremy Eaton, author of
the videogame singles event.
Special thanks to Ruth Jackson for yeoperson service both days,
pulling double duty as moderator and statskeeper, and also to Ruth's
minions from Ringgold High for scorekeeping and logistics help.
Thanks to our other officials:
Saturday Scotti Whitmire, Emily Neal, Adam Chin, Dren Rollins,
Scott Sherman, Michael Kearney, Chris Hendry, Mark Dawson, Joseph
Dion, Gary Hardin, Wade Carpenter, and Jacob Vannucci.
Sunday -- Emily Neal, Mike Hundley, Kevin Holt, Dren Rollins, and