Koo's Law

From QBWiki
Revision as of 21:33, 12 September 2021 by Kevin Wang (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Koo's Law states that college quizbowl teams playing against high school teams (a situation once reasonably common at college tournaments) inevitably find themselves in something of a no-win situation: specifically, if the college team loses to the high schoolers, they suffer the relative shame of having lost to children, while if the college team wins the game, they achieve no more than the result that a naïve observer would expect of them. It is named in honor of former Berkeley and Chicago player Selene Koo, who provided a particularly memorable version of this observation at a 2011 mirror of Penn Bowl, and who is generally not recognized enough anyway.