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Monday, October 20, 2014

Article of the Week - McGruff the Crime Dog

McGruff the Crime Dog is an anthropomorphic cartoon bloodhound created by Saatchi & Saatchi through the Ad Council for the National Crime Prevention Council for use by American police in building crime awareness among children. He debuted from Dancer Fitzgerald Sample in July 1980. The character himself was created by copywriter Sherry Nemmers and art director Ray Krivascy. Nemmers and Krivascy reported to creative director Jack Keil, who wrote the motto "Take a Bite out of Crime". Keil, a native of Rochester, New York, also did McGruff's voice for many years. After two years on the air, a nationwide contest was opened to name the character. The most common entry was "Sherlock Bones." Other entries included "J. Edgar Dog," "Sarg-dog," and "Keystone cop Dog." The winner, McGruff the Crime Dog, was submitted by a New Orleans police officer. In some of McGruff's advertisements, he appears with his nephew "Scruff".

McGruff reaches kids through commercials, songs, educational videos and booklet from the National Crime Prevention Council, talking about drugs, bullying, safety and the importance of staying in school. Recently, McGruff has appeared in commercials addressing identity theft. The character is often used with his motto "Take a bite out of crime!" He also reaches kids through personal appearances as both puppets (often used in classrooms) and costumes worn by police officers nationwide. In a 1990 commercial, Ralph Edwards appeared to honor McGruff's 10th anniversary with a This Is Your Life themed ad.

In 2005, a new identity theft warning campaign was launched in honor of his 25th birthday.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Line Up Single File!

It sounds a little bit like a broken record, but another big crowd descended on Camp Bar in Shorewood on Monday night for some quiz action.  With so many team playing, an amazing leaderboard showed teams lining up one point behind the team in front of them.  Big questions about Romeo and Juliet, Pacific Ocean bordering countries, and all time leading NFL passers did little to separate on team from another.

In the end, I Trapped Mallory In The Basement Of The Alamo defended their victory from last week.

It was an extra correct answer in the music round that gave them the win.  More importantly, regular QM Mallory should stay the hell away from this team upon her return, apparently.  Good job crew, come back next week to try and make it 3 wins in a row!

In an epic back in forth with the teams behind them, EEEEEE-BOLA!  The New Cough Drop did just enough to work its way to a runner up finish. 

There is not much to overanalyze on their finish, they simple outlasted their nearest competitors for the $20 runner up gift card.

Since I love the Packers, best team name went to Aaron Rodgers Scored In 3 Seconds...Beat Me By 2

The duo from Princess Peach, That Bitch Has EVERYTHING! disputed that ruling, claiming they were jobbed out of the gift card and best team name honors.  Upon review, they may have been right, but the QM decisions are final.

Mallory will be back next week; come out and support her and Camp Bar.

Until time Milwaukee, drink while you think...

Monday October 13th, 2014 scores:

  1. 41  I Trapped Mallory In The Basement Of The Alamo
  2. 40  EEEEEE-BOLA!  The New Cough Drop
  3. 39  Mah-Mah-Mah-My Verona!
  4. 38  Princess Peach, That Bitch Has EVERYTHING!
  5. 37  Wreck It; We're Gonna Ralph!
  6. 36  Aaron Rodgers Scored In 3 Seconds...Beat Me By 2.
  7. 36  Where Did The Stuffed Bear Go?
  8. 35  Goofy 50 Foot Cock On Our Chests
  9. 34  Drew P Weiner
  10. 33  At Least There Was No Math
  11. 31  Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner
  12. 30  Jay Cuntler Fan Club
  13. 27  At Least We Are Not Last
  14. 18  Bananas and Pajamas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Article of the Week - Charles Luciano

Charles "Lucky" Luciano ( born Salvatore Lucania November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962), was a Sicilian-born American mobster. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for splitting New York City into five different Mafia crime families and the establishment of the first Commission. He was the first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family. He was, along with his associate Meyer Lansky, instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States. Luciano is considered by many to have been the most powerful American Mafia boss of all time.

When Luciano was 10 years old (1907), the family immigrated to the United States. They settled in New York City in the borough of Manhattan on its Lower East Side, a popular destination for Italian immigrants. At age 14, Luciano dropped out of school and started a job delivering hats, earning $7 per week. However, after winning $244 in a dice game, Luciano quit his job and went to earning money on the street. That same year, Luciano's parents sent him to the Brooklyn Truant School.

While a teenager, Luciano started his own gang. Unlike other street gangs whose business was petty crime, Luciano offered protection to Jewish youngsters from Italian and Irish gangs for ten cents per week. It was during this time Luciano met Jewish teenager Meyer Lansky, his future business partner and close friend.

It is not clear how Luciano earned the nickname "Lucky". It may have come from surviving a severe beating by three men in the 1920s, as well as a throat slashing. This was because Luciano refused to work for another mob boss. From 1916 to 1936, Luciano was arrested 25 times on charges ranging from assault to illegal gambling to blackmail as well as robbery, but spent no time in prison. The name "Lucky" may have also been a mispronunciation of Luciano's surname "Lucania".

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Rockin' Evening

It was another full house on Monday night at Camp Bar in Shorewood, as 16 teams filled the place for another exciting Quizmaster Trivia night.  It was a difficult quiz, as questions about Asian cities and customs, soccer, and Samuel L Jackson movies stumped many on hand.  Even the bonus round had an increased difficulty this week, as fill-in Quiz Master Matt kept his promise from a week earlier to play one hit wonders for the music clip question.  Little did he know, that keeping that promise would mean busting out five great tunes; check that, four great ones and Rebecca Black's "Friday."

The night's champs Suck My Shuttlecock, We Got The Badminton Question absolutely dominated the evening.

The quartet never missed more than one point in any round.  A little nostalgia hit QM Matt as a couple members of the team used to frequent Rusty's Old 50, where Matt spent his rookie season on the mic.  Well done team, good to see you back.

When scoresheets were handed in after the quiz, it looked like sudden death would be necessary to determine our 2nd place finishers  However, one of the teams was deducted 1pt for exceeding the maximum number of team numbers, and Herb Brooks Arena Is A Way Better Name Than Seppuku-Town was awarded the $20 gift card.

Last week's champions, I Can't Believe It's Not Ebola!  couldn't overcome the one point penalty like they did last week.  Their fine play is still worth a kudos.

In a night heavy on Ebola themed team names, it was Got More Head Than ISIS that clearly got the most reaction from the crowd, making Best Team Name an easy choice.

Enjoy your $10 gift card in hell, team!

QM Matt will be back next week filling in for regular QM Mallory.  Let's fill up that place again, Shorewood!

Until next time Milwaukee, drink while you think...

Monday October 6th, 2014 scores:

  1. 45  Suck My Shuttlecock, We Got The Badminton Question
  2. 40  Herb Brooks Arena Is A Way Better Name Than Seppuku-Town
  3. 39  I Can't Believe It's Not Ebola!  (1pt Deduction For Team Size)
  4. 39  She Ain't A Lady If She's Under 280...#SlumpBuster
  5. 37  It's My Birthday, Just Let Me Win For Christ's Sake!
  6. 32  If You're Bad And You Know It Clap Your Hands
  7. 32  I've Had It With These MotherFuckin' One Hit Wonders In My Motherfuckin' Trivia!
  8. 30  Put That In Your Verve Pire & Smoke It, On Friday, With A Freshman, In Tennessee
  9. 28  Grease Lightning
  10. 27  Jay Cutler Can't Touchdown There
  11. 27  Got More Head Than ISIS
  12. 25  Baby Geniuses
  13. 24  I Got 99 Problems But Ebola Ain't One
  14. 24  The No Names
  15. 19  Hotel Ebola
  16. 13  Embrace Embarrassment

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