There are three I can think of right now. I’m sure, as there are several of us who are, or were, quizbowl/college bowl/scholars’ bowl/other bowl people, that more will surface.
At PennBowl Nein, back in January 2000, the head dude guy was going over rules for when you give more information than is required. “If you buzz in with Fred Nixon (when Nixon is all that’s required), you’d be … well, you’d be an idiot, but you’d also be wrong.”
At same PennBowl, roll call was taken. After a long string of teams being there, some were … not. “Prestige University?” Not there. Captain of my team shouts out “Yeah! 1-0!” “Not-so-prestige University?” Silence. Captain and I shout out “2-0!” “Prestigious University?” Nothing. Entire team: “3-0!” “Ivy League University?” Blank. Entire team, plus one or two funnyguys: “4-0!”
Carlos Viscerra Memorial Tournament, 2001: The bonus is on temperatures, or something. The first part is: “What is the coldest place on earth?” The team has no idea, so one of its members takes a guess.
“Chapaqua, New York.”
Boy did THAT get the room going:D