|September 9, 2020||Singles Division||2020|
Ethan “Bigtime” Erwin is playing lights out trivia coming into the Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Tournament. He may boast a record of 1-1 over the course of the last month, but don’t let that deceive you. The former champion took both John “The Outlaw” Rocha and “Dangerous” Dan Murrell to multiple rounds of Sudden Death and is currently the odds on favorite to win the entire tournament.
Unfortunately for Vinnie “The Ice Pick” Mancuso, he ran into a Bigtime Buzzsaw that is at the height of his game.
Erwin (11-5) missed just one question early to power past Mancuso (1-1) in a 17-10 TKO and advance to the next round of the Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Tournament.
“I’m glad that I was able to kind of jump right back into a match,” Erwin said. “I still felt like I have that same momentum, that same energy. … It was great. I got more points on this than I could have gotten off Murrell.”
Despite being warmed up and ready to go, Erwin did have a bit of a slow start after only picking up 7 PTS at the end of Round One to jump out to a 7-5 lead. With the advantage, he elected to put the pressure on his opponent and went perfect in the category of Sigourney Weaver after spinning Spinniner’s Choice in the top of Round Two. Then, to make matter worse for The Ice Pick, he spun Opponents Choice in the bottom half of the round and was only able to secure 3 PTS in the category of Kathryn Bigalow. The hits continued to come for Mancuso as in addition to the lackluster performance, Erwin also poached 2 1-point steals to take a 17-8 lead heading into the final round.
Down 9 points, Mancuso would have to hit all 3 questions in Round Three to avoid the technical knockout and he got off to a good start by knocking down his 2-point question early. Unfortunately, karma came back to rear its ugly head for his 3-point question. The Ice Pick joked prior to the match that Erwin probably hasn’t seen Frozen, but it was Mancuso who was unable to pull the animated Disney movie late, resulting in the 17-10 technical knockout.
Manager Samm Levine picked up Erwin at the trade deadline from the Burning Droogs earlier this season. It was a gamble that paid off as Bigtime has netted the Usual Suspects 6 PTS this season, nearly half of their point total.
“He is the greatest trade I, or any manager, could have possibly made at the Schmoedown trading deadline,” Levine said in regards to Erwin’s play this season. “So, I am so thrilled that he is on board with the Suspects. I mean, look every player studies, at this point, who wants to be competitive, but study or not, Ethan’s base level of knowledge I truly believe is second to none in this league. So, I am thrilled he’s on board. He picked up right where he left off. The timing on this was really great for us. That he was able to go from that, you know, super close match that he couldn’t, you know, win the belt but then immediately get into this tournament and start kicking butt and taking names. And, I’m thrilled to have him on board.
Erwin advances to the second round of the tournament to take on another member of The Dungeon, Eric “Z-Man” Zipper, following the win. The former champion isn’t too worried.
“Look, I’ll prepare in the same way I always do,” Erwin said about his upcoming match. “You know, I’m going to keep reading up on the areas and watching movies in the areas that I am not so good at. … I’m just going to keep doing what I always do, but yeah, is he a little scary? Definitely scarier than the guy when he first came on to the scene for sure.”