First off, the best match of each stage of the series:
- First Round + Play-Offs: Not much to choose from, so I'll go for York's shock trouncing of Manchester.
- Second Round: Again, not much of note, so I'll go for Glasgow vs Newcastle.
- Quarter-Finals: Definitely York vs Peterhouse. St Catharine's nearly coming back to beat St John's the following week comes a close second.
- The Final Three: None of them were very good, so, by virtue of being the only close one, Peterhouse vs York.
As far as the teams are concerned, there was a slight Oxbridge imbalance, with six Cambridge to four Oxford. Four London teams is no change from last series, while the post '92 unis were, again, unrepresented. Overall, though, we had a good spread of teams this series, with plenty of teams from across Britain, with all areas well represented.
In terms of scoring, for the second year running, the highest score and the biggest win of the series came in the same match, Imperial's 305-75 trouncing of Sidney Sussex. Lowest score of the series came this Monday just gone by, when St John's became probably the least deserving members of the Sub-50 club ever, with just 30 points.
And now for the annual highlights reel:
- Mr Brejevs of Glasgow trying to give an answer in Russian!
- "The viewers of this program are even older than the presenter!"
- Mr Haughton's spectacular buzz giving Manchester, what would turn out to be, their only real highlight of the series.
- Free Frasier and Divine Niles!
- My dad's favourite answer of the series: "Whig?" "Good heavens!"
- Vestgate! (Or, as it should be known, the latest non-news story that the press try to turn into news)
- Lewis from the DoND forum on the show for Reading! (Shame they got trounced; at least it was to a worthy team)
- Rent Voicemail #2, and Paxo's reaction!
- Poor Mr Walker. "Scotland?" and "Nutella?"
- "Bruegel?" "Which one?" "Pieter." "WHICH ONE?!"
- Poor Miss McMenamin's meltdown over 'nymphs'. Also "wombat?".
- The MetaPicture.com bonus set!
- Peterhouse's struggle with the foreign pop round.
- Footballers who only played for one English club, and the Twittersphere's response!
- Mr Watson's instant mental arithmetic!
- Imperial, of all teams, getting a bonus set on the Big Bang Theory!
- "Chicken Austerlitz"
So, that's the usual highlights; now, though, I'd like to speak seriously.
As some of yous will know, I try to be positive when I write these reviews, as my aim in this blog is to write-up an accurate, professional, unbiased, off-the-press review of each UC. However, it has become increasingly hard to do so in recent times due to various controversies surrounding the show. Two things, in particular, have hit the show hard recently.
The first is, of course, the repeated penalties for cutting in just as Paxo is finishing reading the question. The second, which has come to the fray towards the end of this series, is that the starters are too long, and thus the teams are waiting until they are absolutely sure Paxo has stopped talking before buzzing. Weaver's Week, of course, have been less than impressed by either of these, and have stopped fully reviewing the show regularly again.
Now, some of yous may wonder why I take what Weaver's Week say so seriously. Well, you see, Weaver's Week was one of the main things that got me hooked on the show in the first place, as their weekly reviews that perfectly summarised the show, as well as those of our friend Dave Clark, provided good reading that nicely complimented the show itself, and you looked forward to reading them every week. Plus, the archived 'weeks' meant you could swot up on back editions of the show.
But recently, it has been hard for me to be positive, as it has been very hard for me to contradict what they have been saying, as I respect them and their opinions so much. I do apologise, and no offense is intended to Mr Weaver or anyone else at UKGS, who all must be commended for their commitment to keeping the site going. And I totally agree with them on both penalty points I mentioned earlier.
When the show returns in July, I will try to be more positive in my own right about the show, though I will keep bringing up any 'borderline' penalties for as long as they carry on.
That's it for this series then; all that remains is to thank all involved for another series of University Challenge, and I'll be back to cover the next come July. In the mean time, I'll put this blog on the backseat for a while and post occasionally whenever I feel the need to. See yous around.