9th Grade Ninja Propels ‘Steel Curtain’ to Victory




Someone ought to buy Gene from Steel Curtain a drink. Lord knows he deserves it.

You see, he knew about Randy Cunningham, 9th Grade Ninja on Disney XD. Apparently, he was the only one in the bar to know that. And his team hogged that question for 500 points, helping take Steel Curtain from 6th Place and 500 points out of first place after Round 2 to the top of the heap with a slim 41 point lead after Round 3. Curtain maintained its first place position for the rest of the contest.

The lesson learned — you never know what one person will know that will turn the game on a dime.

Such are the dramatics of the Trivia Ninjas Trivia Night Challenge at Zaffiro’s Pizzeria and Bar in the Marcus Parkwood 17 complex in Waite Park.

Here are your final scores from tonight’s contest:

1. 3,378 — Steel Curtain
2. 3,253 — Jolly Jokers
3. 2,935 — Browncoats
4. 2,769 — Dr. Mark and the Funky Bunch    
5. 2,682 — Turd Ferguson (formerly Bubba Ho Tep)
6. 2,111 — Careful Your Ignorance is Showing
7. 2,110 — Rinke Noonan    
8. 2,082 — Slash    
9. 1,953 — Stingrays    
10. 1,165 — Two




Round 1, Question 6 — Rinke Noonan
The legal beagles from Rinke Noon knew about Jerry Garcia’s pedal steel guitar solo in CSN&Y’s “Teach Your Children.” BAM! 500 points on the board for the lawyer Deadheads!


Round 1, Question 10 — Jolly Jokers
The Jokers knew it was Dave Navarro and Flea from the Chili Peppers backing Alanis Morisette in “You Oughta Know.” And now that we all know, it really does sound like the Chili Pepper, doesn’t it?


Round 2, Question 9 — Turd Ferguson
Turd Ferguson (formerly Bubba Ho Tep) hogged the question about the first president to live and work in the current day executive mansion.

GULPA, MEA CULPA:  Our answer was John Adams. That was challenged by  another team and as it turns out, our question should have been more  specific. According to the White House website, our answer of John Adams may not have been entirely correct.

“Our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791. The cornerstone was laid in 1792 and a competition design submitted by Irish-born architect James Hoban was chosen. After eight years of construction, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, moved into the unfinished house in 1800. During the War of 1812, the British set fire to the President’s House in 1814. James Hoban was appointed to rebuild the house, and President James Monroe moved into the building in 1817. During Monroe’s administration, the South Portico was constructed in 1824, and Andrew Jackson oversaw the addition of the North Portico in 1829. During the late 19th century, various proposals were made to significantly expand the President’s House or to build an entirely new house for the president, but these plans were never realized.”

So, while the Adamses were the first to live in the executive mansion at its current location, the Monroes were the first to move into the rebuilt White House. And the Jacksons lived there when the building finished taking on its current look. Our bad for not being specific enough.


Round 3, Question 4 — Steel Curtain
Truly Trivia Ninjas, Steel Curtain was the only team to come up with “Randy Cunningham” for Disney’s 9th grade ninja. Again, nice hogger, Gene!



Round 4, Question 3
No one knew Sarah Michelle Geller, Jody Farber, Olivia Waldriff, Katie Holmes and Minka Kelly all played Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the movies and on TV. Well, actually, Kay from the Jolly Jokers pushed for that answer, but her team went another direction. Had they listened to her…



Steel Curtain and the Browncoats know their bugs. They aced our visual round of show-biz insects. Most impressive.



So, Steel Curtain beats the Jolly Jokers by a 125 point margin to win tonight’s contest. And what team name does Steel Curtain randomly draw for the Super Ninja Question? The Jolly Jokers, of course.

The question:

“It was 45 years ago today that the world lost Robert Kennedy to an assassin’s bullets. Two famous athletes wrestled Sirhan Sirhan to the ground after he shot Kennedy in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen. One athlete was a gold medal decathalete. The other — a pro football player. Name them.”

And without much hesitation at all, Lee from the Jokers gave the right answer:

“Rafer Johnson and Rosie Grier.”


All right, enough for tonight. Remember to watch our website and Facebook page throughout the next week. You never know what hints and clues you may get for the next contest, Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at Zaffiro’s Pizzeria and Bar at the Marcus Parkwood 17 complex in Waite Park. We always start at 6:30.

Until then, see you at the movies!