Jan. 20, 2009
Who Would Win if the Team Played Knockout?
In addition to asking the men's team who would win a game of P.I.G., we asked the players who would win a game of knockout. Both questions carried similar answers as respondents secretly wrote down, "me," "myself," or on occasion, "Hunter."
The order for knockout, as determined by the players (or as I observed, Henry and Larsen) was:
Jake Petersen, Kyle Haake, Elijah Allen, Nick Mikle, Blake Bales, Vernon Weddle, Shawn Carter, Jake Reinders, Mike Larsen, DaJuan Harris, Edriss Floyd and Hunter Henry. (Note: Allen was knocked out before I could even finish typing the order)
Bales, the winner of the P.I.G. competition lasted one shot before Weddle sent him to the sidelines in 11th place. Reinders knocked out Carter and Henry sunk Floyd.
Weddle missed his next shot, but had plenty of time to rebound and knock out Mikle. Larsen's shot fell off target, but his ball knocked away Reinders' who couldn't recover and finished seventh.
Then came the swishes. Henry drilled a 3 to knockout Harris, and Haake made Reinders pay for his miss. Reinders, who took silver in P.I.G., finished off the award stand by taking fifth in knockout.
The final four was quickly shrunk to two when Larsen used a reverse layup to eliminate Weddle and Haake drained a 3 to hand Henry his second bronze of the day.
The championship round began with Haake behind Larsen, but a 3 from Larsen and a miss by Haake quickly reversed the order. Haake would have two chances to make a 3 and win the crown, but couldn't hit on either. When his shot bounced far to the right, Larsen quickly gathered himself and swished the gamewinner.
It took seven minutes to eliminate 11 players, but in the end the man with a team-best 73 career 3-pointers took the crown. Unfortunately, Larsen didn't answer the question correctly on his paper - he didn't pick himself.
Also see: P.I.G. results
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