To start, the Stump website says that trivia starts at 8:30. We got there a little before eight, planning to grab some food. The banner outside the place said that trivia was at 8:00. OK, no big deal. We asked the bartender which section we should sit in for trivia. She pointed us to the correct section, but said that trivia starts at 9:30. We told her the website said 8:30 and their sign said 8:00, so they might want to make some corrections. Bartender first denied that the sign said that, then said that the bar wasn't in charge of the Stump website. No, but the bar can either get on Stump's case about changing it, or hold it at 8:30 until they do. I'm assuming that Stump has some sort of interest in having their sponsoring bars not piss off people who come to play Stump.
So, we get seated, order some food and drinks, and wait around. It's 9:30, and there's no sign of the trivia person. The manager walks by, and we ask him. He says it starts around 10:00 or 10:30. I tell him the sign outside says 8:00. He says "no it doesn't." Um, what?
Finally, at around 10:00, the place is packed with people screaming at the Sox/Yanks game, and the trivia guy shows up and starts setting up. We get our Stump card, and the guy starts talking into a mic at about 10:15. There's music blasting from the next room, the sound is still on on the TVs, and we can't hear anything he says. We see the manager and ask if he can do anything about the music. He turns it down slightly.
The trivia game starts, with about half of the people in the room playing and the other half not. People are blocking the aisles and yelling at the TVs. Again, we tell the manager that it's impossible to play trivia when we can barely hear the trivia jockey and it's hard to take our answers up to the jockey because the aisles are full of people screaming at the TVs. The manager says "there's a Sox/Yankees game on -- what do you expect?" Uh, yes, but then don't try to hold two events in the same room. Why not reserve the front few tables for trivia and turn the front TVs off? Even that would have been much better.
Then, some Marlboro promotion people start walking around with handheld computer thingies, asking people to enter information into them in order to get free lighters. In the middle of the trivia game! One of them walked up to us and started jabbering about the promotion right while the Stump guy was asking a question. Clearly, the promo people were approved by the management. It isn't like Our House is hurting for money or business -- did they really need to allow this right in the middle of the trivia game?
It got better around 10:45, when the game was still going on, but most of the screamers-at-the-TV had left. Hmm, don't most people who come there really really wanting to watch the game stay for all of it? Once there were only trivia players in the room, the Stump game was awesome as usual. Our team was called "yermom," and we ended up winning. "Yermom comes in first place!" shouted the trivia jockey.
We won a $25 gift certificate to Our House.