RTÉ Sport quiz 08

January 12, 2009 in Quiz Show

Joanne Cantwell, the blog's new hero

Joanne Cantwell, the blog's new hero

In the second of a quickly diminishing series, here’s how the RTÉ Sports Dept Christmas quiz, hosted by Des Cahill, turned out.

The first thing I’ll say about this quiz is that the competitors certainly enjoyed themselves.  Indeed, the competitors here sound like things may have been a bit “festive” around the RTÉ studios that day.  No wonder Eamon Dunphy feels at home there.

The star of the show is undoubtedly Joanne Cantwell.  Here, clearly, is a sports reporter who likes sport, and isn’t just a pretty face reading off an autocue from the Croke Park sideline.  By the end of the quiz, her back may have been sore from carrying her teammates.  At one point, Des even lets her tell her opponents how they fared on a multi-part question!

The scoring system gets a bit out of whack towards the end, which levels things up.  This may have been on purpose – I’m sure sports correspondents will always prefer if an event goes down to the wire.

The producers of the show clearly aren’t scared about fulfilling stereotypes (listen out for a sound effect joke at the start which falls a little flat).  It’s hardly surprising then that the teams are The Dubs (Damien O’Mara, Kevin Egan and Joanne Cantwell) and The Culchies (Paddy McKenna, Evanne Ní Chuilinn and Claire McNamara).

Enough already, here’s the quiz:

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