The 6th OptaJoe Quiz
The OptaJoe Quiz - Tuesday November 11, 2014
The 6th OptaJoe Quiz took place on the evening of Tuesday 11th November with 27 leading sports industry teams battling it out to claim their place at (football) quizzing's top table.
If you want to test your own footballing knowledge the blank question sheets can be downloaded from the sidebar of this page along with sheets containing the correct answers to all the questions.
On the night Mark Hazell was manning the live blog which can be found below beside images of the teams in attendance and a few of your own comments and answers.
The Masters at Augusta, the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Wimbledon at… Wimbledon – some sporting events are synonymous with their locations.
And the OptaJoe Quiz is no different. For the third successive year, this meeting of the best minds in the business is being held in the lavish London district of Holborn.
OptaJoe is as social media savvy as they come and this year has seen him add a new string to his already large bow. For the first time ever, you can follow live photos of the quiz via his Instagram page: instagram.com/optajoe
Here is tonight's programme. OptaJoe is certainly ready, are the contenders?
We are still waiting for the confirmed line-ups, but a cast of superstars is expected.
With the quiz due to start in 40 minutes, we are expecting the team buses any time now.
Indeed, the Opta helicopter is already above South London following the Sky Sports Stats Team, as they wind through the streets from their training camp in Osterley.
Sporting Index are the first team to arrive at the venue; the 200/1 outsiders are obviously looking to get some last minute practice in.
The teams are gradually filtering into their seats as the opening question draws close. Still no sign of the favourites, the Sky Sports Stats Team, though.
Late drama - with 10 minutes to spare news has arrived that the Sky Stats Team are going to be late.
Their team bus has got caught amongst thousands of screaming fans around the Elephant and Castle and a police escort has been summoned! (They've missed the train).
Sky Stats Team skipper and MNF stalwart Will Rickson looks livid as he waits for his teammates to cross the capital, but insists he is "still confident."
Let's not forget the Stats Team were significantly off the pace at the interval last time out, but came from behind with a sterling second-half performance to win.
We're almost there.
So with the behemoths of football in attendance, the sixth OptaJoe quiz is about to get underway.
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Pre-match odds show the reigning champions Sky Stats Team as evens favourites, with The Guardian at 5/2 and FourFourTwo at 4/1.
BT Sport are available for a tasty 10/1 though as they look to build on a fifth place finish last time out - Have a bang on that!
So we kick things off with the English Football League round, much to the delight of The Football League.
Quick teaser for you - Alan Shearer was the first player to reach 100 Premier League goals. Who was second?
Comment From Guest: cole
Comment From Hans Anitizer: Thierry Henry
Comment From Toma - from Egypt: How many clear-cut chances Chelsea players have created last season and this season so far in PL?
Toma not really getting the idea there - answer will be revealed shortly.
Slight pause at the end of the first round to clear a spillage on the Sport Lobster table - looks like they've been getting their claws into the free bar.
Comment From Guest: Ian Wright
Comment From Daveo: Fowler
We're onto the European football round.
Name the only team to get 15 or more points in a Champions League group and not finish top?
OptaJoe looking magnificent as he takes us through the early stages.
Comment From D: Man City
Comment From Guest: Napoli
ITV claim "it's going well beer-wise, though the quiz is much more difficult." Tough start for the broadcasting giants.
Comment From Guest: ferdinand?
Comment From Daveo: Dortmund
Reminder of the opening two teasers, answers to be revealed at the interval: Alan Shearer was the first player to 100 PL goals, who was second? Who are the only team to gain 15+ points in a CL group and not finish top?
Comment From norm: liverpool
Comment From Alex: juve
It's alright, say FourFourTwo - bit more enthusiasm please, lads.
Comment From ginge: anderlecht
Next up is the Pointless round, based on a very popular TV game-show.
OptaJoe gives a category and teams must choose three answers, they get one point for each correct answer but bonus points for any answer not guessed by a random panel of 25 people earlier in the day.
Name an alcohol brand to have sponsored a Premier League team - remember, the more obscure the better.
Comment From norm: the chase?
Think Norm might be popular with the ITV team.
That's the end of the first-half and it is now time for the teams to swap papers ready to mark.
Comment From D: Whyte and Mackay, McEwans Lager and Strongbow.
Comment From Steven Swindells: Smirnoff Ice
Comment From Dale (ESPN): Labatt's
Eurosport are enjoying the free beer, but everything else has been a catastrophe.
Comment From Guest: Chang, the people that sponsor Everton
Comment From Daveo: Newcastle Brown Ale (Newcastle), Tennents(Not Sure), Whyte and Mackay (Leeds)
Keep the guesses coming, all the teaser answers will be revealed shortly.
Comment From James: Chelsea and Spurs with Coors and Holsten
UEFA unsurprisingly aiming for a top six finish - though they will hope to get in via the fair play league should they fall short.
Comment From ginge: Whyte and Mackay, Holsten and Coors
So the answer to the first question - name the second player (after Shearer) to reach 100 Premier League goals - Les Ferdinand. Congratulations to anyone that got Sir Les!
Second one - the only team to get 15 points in a CL group and not win the group: Manchester City.
How they'd take that this time around.
Ready for the pointless answers for alcohol-based Premier League sponsors.
Labatt's, Shipston's, Vaux Breweries, Greene King - three points if you got any of those.
We will now take a short break while the contestants enjoy some well-earned food and will be back shortly with some more teasers.
Hush in the auditorium as the top three are revealed.
BT Sport are in third place. I told you that 10/1 shout looked good value.
Its Sky Sports Stats Team in second place - the three time champions are currently off the pace.
ESPN are leading at the half-way stage - you could look a bit happier, boys!
We are onto the World Cup and European Championships round.
A teaser for you - who was the only player to miss a penalty at the 2014 World Cup, excluding shootouts?
"It's harder than last year," say The Telegraph.
"No comment" from Squawka - not a good sign.
Comment From The Magpie: Lionel Messi
BT Sport looking casual at the interval.
A dismal first-half from the ECB who claim they are only here to promote their Twitter account. For anyone interest, its @ECB_cricket.
Betfair are hoping for a mid-table finish - they look relaxed enough.
We're onto the League Cup round - name the three teams from outside the top tier to beat a top-flight team in the League Cup final?
Comment From D: Benzema
Two-time champions The Guardian weren't in the top five at the half-way stage. Can they make a late surge?
Comment From Dale (ESPN): Sheffield Wednesday
Final round is transfers, and it has drawn a selection of worried gazes from the baying crowd.
Real Madrid have set the last five world record transfer fees - name the players they signed.
A reminder that you can have a go at all of the questions from tonight's quiz straight after the winners are announced. Just follow OptaJoe on Twitter.
And that's the end - the teams are finalising their answers before we mark the second-half. The tension in the air is palpable.
Comment From norm: Kaka, Ronaldo, James, Bale, Zidane
Daily Mail in good spirits.
Comment From haezzer: Bale, Ronaldo, Kaka, Zidane, Figo
Head in the hands is never a good sign for Skysports.com - must be tough competing against their own stats team though.
Here are the answers to the second-half teasers.
The only player to miss a penalty in normal time at the 2014 World Cup was of course Karim Benzema - well done to the many that got that one.
The token Bloggers team enjoyed a good first-half, though they admitted to misspelling QPR. And I thought they did a lot of writing?
Goal.com aiming to consolidate last season's 10th place finish.
The three teams to win the League Cup from outside the top-flight against top tier sides were Swindon, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday.
Bale, Ronaldo, Kaka, Zidane & Figo were the five Real Madrid record buys - not a bad six-a-side team (with a keeper, obviously).
Might be lacking a bit at the back to be fair.
And the sheets have been handed in for OptaJoe to tally up the second-halves. The results will be in shortly.
The results are in - OptaJoe is poised to announce the winner.
Sporting Index were a surprise entrant in the top five at half-way, could they possibly go all the way?
Picking up the wooden spoon is ECB, though they are competing at the wrong sport.
Rumour has it that OptaJim and OptaJonny are organising a multi-sport quiz for the near future; the ECB will be looking to do much better in that one.
The Guardian in second-bottom place - what a fall from grace for the former champions.
We're into the top 10 as OptaJoe rifles through the competitors. The Telegraph sneak in, in eighth place.
Football365 just miss out on a Champions League spot in fifth place.
The Bloggers come in fourth place, by far their best position in the competition's history.
BT Sport are third - the tension is unbearable.
In second place..
It's Sky Sports Stats Team!!
The three time champions have been beaten and we have a new winner.
ESPN are the OptaJoe quiz champions.
Comment From hv: One in the middle looks like he's had a few!
There they are, look at the delight in their faces.
I'm not sure what will please them most, the pride of being champions or the free Opta mugs.
That cup of tea will taste sweet tomorrow morning.
Or maybe not, depending on how long they celebrate this evening.
So that's the end - remember to follow OptaJoe on twitter for the full question sheets to see how you would have got on.
Thanks for joining in, and have a good evening.
Here's to ESPN, the sixth OptaJoe Quiz champions.
The results from the night are now in, with ESPN winning their first ever OptaJoe Quiz title.
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You can download all of the questions and the programme from the evening to the right of this page, and we'll post the answers later on.