August is Here, Do You Know What That Means?

footballAugust means a lot of things, but there’s one really awesome thing that August brings and that’s football!! I realize that it’s only the NFL preseason games, but if you’re a fan, you’re a fan and any football will work. So not only does the NFL start their first preseason game August 7th, but our Ducks and Beavers play their first games at the end of the month. The excitement is about to begin!

In the spirit of football, here are some interesting NFL facts for you in case Roy Smallwood asks questions during Quizzy Trivia on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

  • 78% of NFL players are bankrupt just two years after finishing their careers! There’s a group of “Science Cheerleaders,” former NFL and NBA Cheerleaders who go around getting people interested in science!The longest field goal in NFL history was kicked by a man who had only half a foot!
  • NFL cheerleaders only make $50 a game!
  • During a typical NFL game, the ball is only in play for 11 minutes!
  • When former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner dines out with his family, he always anonymously picks up the bill for one other table.
  • Deion  Sanders is the only person to hit an MLB home run and NFL touchdown in the same week. He’s also the only person to play in the World Series and the Super Bowl.
  • The American Sports industry is worth $422 billion and employs 1% of the population!
  • The Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”
  • For over a decade, players that were featured on the cover of the Madden NFL video games were ‘cursed’ with a serious injury or a dramatic reduction in performance during the following season.
  • The ‘G’ on the Green Bay Packers helmet does not stand for ‘Green Bay’.
  • The huddle formation used in football came from deaf football players.

Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!

It’s all about Wine Trivia This Week…

wineIt’s another fantastic week with summer and warm sunny days on our heels. Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill offers a great reprieve after a day of hiking, weekend of camping or any other fun in the sun. And, as we approach some hot days you don’t have to go to the grocery store to cool off. Come on in, grab a cold beer, watch a game and cool off.

I hope everyone enjoyed the post about Roy Smallwood, and don’t forget to visit his Facebook page and blog. If you missed it, then be sure to go back and read it.

Here are some interesting facts about wine for you this week:

  • “Vinifera” actually means: grape varietals originating from Europe. The species covers thousands of different varieties including most of the best known like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Grapes such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, are classified as “native” grapes.
  • Why would you use an oak barrel in wine making? 
  • Oak does wonders for wine because it has a tendency to pull the tannins, acid, and alcohol into a perfect balance. Oak adds another dimension to the bouquet and flavor; it increases the acidity, lowers the pH, releases tannins and adds to the overall complexity. Hints of caramel, coconut, vanilla, roasted nuts are characteristics that can be found in oaked wine.
  • If newer oak barrels were used in the wine making process, the wines will often have a hint of vanilla in both the aroma and flavor.
  • The corkscrew was designed in the mid 1800’s.
  • There are approximately 85 calories per 4 ounces of wine.
  • California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.
  • There are approximately 60 gallons of wine per barrel.
  • 400 grapevines make up one acre.
  • The Mesopotamians are credited the producing the first wines in 6000 B.C.

Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!

 

Meet The Maker Behind Quizzy Trivia

Everyone knows what a huge hit Quizzy Trivia is at Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill, and if you don’t then your missing out! I briefly caught up with the creator of Quizzy Trivia, Roy Smallwood for a peek into how he started a game that has swept across the city.

Roy began Quizzy trivia in November 2004. He not only hosts the trivia, but also writes the questions for topics including music, movies, science, literature, geography and history. There are a total of 42 questions with four rounds of increasing difficulty.

RoyAccording to Roy, he started Quizzy with the intent of never working for someone else which has been the case for the last 5 years. He also guarantees you won’t be asked questions concerning America’s Next Top Model, Justin Beiber or anything from People Magazine. Creating the questions has also allowed him to claim a niche and separate it from all other bar trivia in Portland due to the questions not being dumb.
Roy continues to entertain his fans with great postings on his website and blog. You can also support and follow him on Facebook. Be prepared for intelligent, well written posts that drip with sarcasm and show his great sense of humor.

Roy Smallwood hosts Quizzy Trivia every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. so don’t be late!

Here are a few sports trivia fun facts to assist you in the game as well:

  • A soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.
  • Basketball and rugby balls are made from synthetic material. Earlier, pigs’ bladders were used as rugby balls.
  • The baseball home plate is 17 inches wide.
  • Golf the only sport played on the moon – on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.
  • Bill Klem served the most seasons as major league umpire – 37 years, starting in 1905.
  • He also officiated 18 World Series.

Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!