Apocalypse Sports Trivia, Explained

Hello everyone! Welcome to the explainer for Apocalypse Sports Trivia, the head-to-head league taking the nation (read: a few sports nerds) by storm. The simple explanation of our fair enterprise is that for ten days (M-F only), you will face a new opponent each day from within your ten-player division. The individual battles are “games,” and the overall ten-day affair is a “Series.” Along with answering five questions in each game, you will try to stymie your opponent in an attempt to limit the damage he wreaks. If you get more points than your opponent that day, you win the game. If you don’t, you lose. You can also draw! Three points for a win, one point for a draw, zero points for a defeat, just like European soccer. Also just like European soccer, there is promotion and relegation from within your division! At the end of each Series, the top three players in each division will climb the ladder, and the bottom three will be relegated to what lies beneath. New players will be placed in Junior Divisions, and their results will determine which league they enter for the next Series.

Now, some FAQ.


1. What’s to stop us from cheating?

Nothing, except the strength of your character. And really, why would you join a league like this, which features no cash prizes, and cheat? What’s the point? Don’t cheat!

2. Are the questions hard?

Our league-wide average in our first Series was 47%, so let that be your guide (though the goal is to have a slightly higher get rate in Series two). In my opinion, the questions are hard, but not impossible. Your mileage may vary, but we’ll always keep up a certain standard of difficulty. You can see the questions from Series One here.

3. How long do we have to answer?

Twenty-three hours. The questions will come out at night, around 10 p.m. eastern, and will be due by 9 p.m. eastern the next day.

4. What if someone fails to answer in the time allotted?

That’s a forfeit, meaning the other player gets a three-point victory and the highest possible points for each correct answer. For the forfeiting player, it just counts as a normal loss, but too many forfeits and you’ll be booted from the league.

5. How are standings determined?

First by points for wins and losses, then by differential of points within a match, then by correct answers.

6. How do points within a game work?

In each game, a correct answer is worth two points…with two exceptions. As you answer, you’ll also mark one question with a K, and one question with an HR—that’s baseball notation for strikeout and home run. If your opponent gets the question marked “K” correct, he or she will receive 0 points—you’ve effectively nullified the question. However, if he or she gets the “HR” question correct, it will be worth 4 points. Clearly, you want to assign a K to the question you believe to be easiest, and an HR to the hardest.

7. What are the different divisions called?

For now, we’ll have a Premiership Division, Liga One, Liga Two, and so forth, along with the Junior Divisions.

8. What are the categories for questions?

Glad you asked…

The Categories

Note: As you’ll soon discover, there’s a good deal of overlap between certain categories. Many of the sports covered in other categories are also in the Olympics, for instance. I’ll make sure to balance the questions accordingly, so that, for instance, if there are two tennis questions in the “Country Club” category, there won’t be any in the Olympics category. And if there’s a question about Olympic Hockey, that will likely go under the Hockey category to avoid having too many hockey questions in one Series.

New for Series Two: The categories will no longer be listed in front of the questions. Rest assured that each Series of 50 questions will still contain five questions from each category. The reason for this is that some questions are designed to test your knowledge in ways that would be given away if the category was listed.

Sub-Categories: Each set of five questions throughout a Series in a specific category will be separated into broad sub-categories such as history, current events, rules, entertainment, and business.

1. Football – Self-explanatory

2. Soccer – Self-explanatory

3. Baseball – Self-explanatory

4. Basketball – Self-explanatory

5. Hockey – Self-explanatory

6. Obscure sports – For the foreign and the uncommon.

7. Racing & Combat – An admittedly odd couple that includes motor sports, horse racing, boxing, MMA, wrestling, etc.

8. The Country Club – For sports we associate with money, from tennis to golf to lacrosse to polo to fox hunting. Expect many fox hunting questions.

9. Olympic Sports – Sports that are contested in the Olympics that generally don’t appear in another category, such as swimming or track & field.

10. Games – Another broad category which can include anything from billiards to chess to video/arcade games to cards.

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  1. Kevin Lawrence says: