Will that guy on Jeopardy ever lose?

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He's won 16 times in a row now and has racked up over half a mil. Every time I've seen him, he's put the game out of reach before the end of the second round. And he doesn't even seem like a freak or anything! cf. that Eddie guy with the huge forehead and beady eyes. He was scary.

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:04 (seventeen years ago) link

what happened to the five-day limit?

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:20 (seventeen years ago) link

They got rid of it to hopefully boost ratings. Haven't they ever seen 'Quiz Show'?

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:21 (seventeen years ago) link

does he not like questions about animals?

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Is he doing it to get his hustling, basktball-playing boyfriend out of debt?

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Did anyone watch the "reunion" or whatever it was called that brought back the kid prodigies from the 80s? One guy with a soul patch, late in Double Jeopardy (about half of the answres gone) with a lead of a couple-thou, found the Daily Double, and said to Trebek, "Nothing ventured nothing gained" making it a TRUE DAILY DOUBLE, got it wrong, then proceeded to RUN THE TABLE by answering EVERY SINGLE REMAINING CLUE and regaining his lead. He was like the '99-'00 Lakers. NUTS.

Leeefuse 73 (Leee), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:27 (seventeen years ago) link

Took me awhile to know wtf you were talking about, jordan.

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:34 (seventeen years ago) link

soul patch! thank you! i know it's unrelated to this thread, but i saw a guy with one today & all i could think of was "flavor saver" & i knew they had another name . . .

kelsey (kelstarry), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:36 (seventeen years ago) link

I should've just said "Woody Harrelson."

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:37 (seventeen years ago) link

he was talking about a movie called White Men Can't Jump.

I went on a gameshow to finance my Transatlantic relocation. I even posted about it on ILX.

SEE?

ILXers, I need your help...A gameshow thread

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:38 (seventeen years ago) link

but then i wouldn't have the term i need!

kelsey (kelstarry), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Ken Jennings is a machine

daziz, Thursday, 24 June 2004 06:34 (seventeen years ago) link

does he always bet the same amount on each daily double? like 2400 on the first, 3600 on the next? I assumed he does since Alex said "I had a feeling you'd bet that". That's the only sign of OCD I can see in him.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 06:39 (seventeen years ago) link

He tends to be the amount that will give him a multiple of $5000 with a right answer. He just bet $1801 to break that pattern, though -- the first sign that he knows he's a monster and he's just fucking around with the alleged competition. Will he eventually lose out of boredom?

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Thursday, 24 June 2004 15:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Another $40,000. Bastard! Tithe 10% to me, why don't you!

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Thursday, 24 June 2004 15:27 (seventeen years ago) link

You mean Frank, the NYC transit cop ca. 1989, is no longer the all-time earnings winner?

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 24 June 2004 15:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Well not only is the 5-day limit gone, but all the dollar values of the questions have been doubled.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 15:59 (seventeen years ago) link

It seems like if they were going to be serious about it, they would keep separate records for the five-day-champion-limit era and the current gonzo stay-on-as-long-as-you're-winning era. IT'S ONLY FAIR!

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:00 (seventeen years ago) link

When did they start doubling the dollar values? It's been like that for a few years now, hasn't it? I knew a guy who was on the show in early 2002, and I think that was the first time I realized that the change had been made.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:01 (seventeen years ago) link

shoulda raised the values, but kept the 5-day limit.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:02 (seventeen years ago) link

The theory in our house is that this man will not lose until my dad, who has not missed a Final Jeopardy question (er answer...whatever) in 24 years of watching the show religiously, gets off his ass and gets on the throne.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:09 (seventeen years ago) link

I think your dad is too old to have the necessary quick reflexes.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Isn't there a light that goes on or off as soon as the question is open for answering? I mean when the answer is ready for questioning. or something.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah this guy is like a answering-in-the-form-of-a-question MACHINE.

What my dad might lack in speed he makes up for in loud passion and being right a lot.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm happy to report that Frank Spangenberg (the NYC transit cop) is still in the Top 10, even with the doubled dollar values of the last few years:

NAME/SEASON/TOTAL
Tom Walsh 20 $ 184,900
Brian Weikle 19 $ 149,200
Arthur Gandolfi 20 $ 137,300
Sean Ryan 20 $ 123,797
Chris Miller 20 $ 123,597
John Beck 19 $ 117,099
Scott "Renzo" Renzoni 20 $ 112,998
Seth Alcorn 19 $ 106,400
Frank Spangenberg 6 $ 102,597
Tom Baker 20 $ 102,300

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I think that dude Brian Weikle is from here; if it's the same dude I think it is, I've been drunk with him before!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:18 (seventeen years ago) link

That's pretty awesome, Nick. I just checked the full list of champions and discovered that the dude I know won $54,000, but that's only good for 133rd of all-time!

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:20 (seventeen years ago) link

So you're saying your dad would just intimidate him into not answer, er, questioning? I'd like to see that: the other two contestants standing 5 feet back from their signaling buttons, whispering the correct responses to your dad when he shoots them a cold glare.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Naw, I think he'd just get frustrated when The Dude Who Just Won't Lose answered rapidly, and then when he finally buzzed in before the dude he'd yellspike the answer like a volleyball in Alex Trebek's smug-ass face.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll take Charleston Chews for 15 Millions!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:37 (seventeen years ago) link

I miss watching Jeopardy, I should fine out when it's on and if it's on one of the 2.5 channels I get.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Oops, is it still on at 3:30 pm in Chicago? I watched that show ALL THE TIME after school, but some of us have to work now!

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:15 (seventeen years ago) link

the Jeopardy start time in Chicago absolutely sucks.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:16 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, I think it's on during work hours. I watched it once or twice when I was unemployed.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, 3:30. It's about the only thing I watch on TV til the Simpsons are on at 5.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:19 (seventeen years ago) link

no Oprah?

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:20 (seventeen years ago) link

I think they still air a show on Saturday, early evening I think, 6ish.

xpost you think I'm up that early?!?

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:20 (seventeen years ago) link

they rerun Oprah like 5 times in Chicago, no? Before the Kimmel era (ugh), I think it was channel 7's late night competition.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:22 (seventeen years ago) link

haha they rerun Oprah after Nightline and BEFORE Kimmel!

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:25 (seventeen years ago) link

gotcha - you know 'cause you watch.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:25 (seventeen years ago) link

BUSTED (actually i had to run into the other room and check the listings. I knew they reran it at night, but thought "they can't possibly put it on before Kimmel, can they?")

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:27 (seventeen years ago) link

you misunderestimate the POWER of OPRAHTM.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:30 (seventeen years ago) link

I live right next to Naperville and have worked in several offices full of 40-something women, so it almost seems impossible that I could but there ya go.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:32 (seventeen years ago) link

What is this guy doing for anecdotes?

artdamages (artdamages), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Reading from the phone book.

Seriously though, good question. I don't know as I don't think I've paid attention while they interviewed him. I'll get back to you on it.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 17:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Kid I knew back in high school was on Teen Jeopardy and then blew it when he couldn't ID "Blame it on the Rain" on the Audio Daily Double. That song haunted him for the rest of senior year. He's probably dead now.

joshie (hammy), Thursday, 24 June 2004 18:09 (seventeen years ago) link

a kid I knew in high school (went to a rival quiz bowl school) blew an answer on Teen Jeopardy whose question was "What is the Kentucky Derby?" I mocked him relentlessly after that, tho he did win big.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 18:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Today's anecdote: "What I'm going to do with all that money."
(Answer: 10% tithe and a European vacation.)

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Thursday, 24 June 2004 18:16 (seventeen years ago) link

10% tithe TO SATAN???!!!@??!@?!@?!

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 24 June 2004 18:17 (seventeen years ago) link

its not on here for another hour and a half

artdamages (artdamages), Thursday, 24 June 2004 18:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Whitaker seems like a good choice. Maybe too serious?

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 20:44 (three months ago) link

never watch network news/60 minutes so i am actually unfamiliar with him!

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 23:04 (three months ago) link

A fellow Cal grad... he seems chill

During his time at CBS, Whitaker has covered many large events or disasters. Some include the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the War in Afghanistan (more specifically in Kabul). He also has covered many race-related issues such as policing in cities such as Cleveland, Chicago, and Tulsa. In Tulsa, Whitaker had a notable first interview with Betty Jo Shelby, the former police officer accused of shooting and killing Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man.[1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLshKazkzMs

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 23:54 (three months ago) link

my problem with anderson cooper so far is that he's a little too anderson cooper

Clay, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 03:46 (three months ago) link

The Joe Buck news sucks buuuuuut the final guest host will hopefully immediately transition to being the permanent one

THANK YOU... to all y’all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time. https://t.co/C7mZWMok2X

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 21, 2021

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 19:32 (three months ago) link

lets get a petition going for Steve Harvey too

frogbs, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 19:35 (three months ago) link

still holding on for neil hamburger

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 19:46 (three months ago) link

what joe buck news?

i was too much listening to your accent (Spottie), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:08 (three months ago) link

He's another guest host

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:29 (three months ago) link

That is 100% of what I know about him

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:29 (three months ago) link

Hell yea, great news

flopson, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:30 (three months ago) link

Every Joe Buck ep will have at least one Juan Soto reference.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:34 (three months ago) link

please take him away from baseball

brimstead, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:38 (three months ago) link

they should get Hank Azaria in character as Brockmire instead

rob, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:39 (three months ago) link

^ five questions get asked every episode

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:23 (three months ago) link

Azaria is a top five request for me. But glad to see Burton is in.

Additional names with Buck and Burton: George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, David Faber

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:40 (three months ago) link

i think buck will be good actually

i was too much listening to your accent (Spottie), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:47 (three months ago) link

Have they announced that they're doing this for a full year or something? The prolonging seems kind of weird to me at this point, like how desirable a gig is this really? (though I'm sure some of these people aren't genuinely auditioning, just doing a stretch for fun/the chance to seem smart)

rob, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:47 (three months ago) link

It's very desirable!

But I'm sure a huge part of the rotation is to leave a large, respectful gap between Trebek and a permanent successor (plus to sustain interest / avoid putting people off with one new host), more than it is an actual strategy of auditioning.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:51 (three months ago) link

yeah that all makes sense, I guess the hype is starting to make me salty is all

rob, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:57 (three months ago) link

when they announced the first grip of guest hosts after Jennings they said it would be guests for the season before naming a replacement starting next fall

Clay, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 22:12 (three months ago) link

ah ok thanks!

rob, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 22:21 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.avclub.com/the-jeopardy-guest-hosts-ranked-worst-to-best-1847049741

Can't disagree with "the obvious frontrunner," but I've been enjoying Mayim Bialik just as much. Dr. Oz sucks, obviously, but I'm not sure why so many are so down on Katie Couric.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:23 (one month ago) link

Buzzy did better than some people that get paid some serious cheddar to talk on TV. I think Mayim Bialik might be the best one so far. Aaron Rodgers was better than expected and there was some humor, but I'd put him being Mayim, Buzzy and Ken Jennings. Bill Whitaker was fine, but really low key.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:44 (one month ago) link

hated buzzy as a contestant, his smugness seemed really in your face, but thought he was a warm and charming host. did not expect it! I can't handle mayim's politics, unfortunately, as she's been great as a host.

Clay, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:57 (one month ago) link

hated buzzy as a contestant, his smugness seemed really in your face, but thought he was a warm and charming host.

otm. i also thought he was way more prepared than anyone else and the only one, for my money, who came close to transcending the "guest" part of the role and making me believe he was actually hosting the show.

mayim has been fun (though not nearly as fun as her bubbly, super-talkative two-time champ julia, my favorite contestant of 2021), but she seems like she's trying too hard to play it as a role. she's the only jeopardy host i've ever seen do a callback to contestant 1 while doing an interview with contestant 2, and i like that aspect of her. she knows how to talk to people!

i thought the football player was perfectly ok, andy cooper same, i think ken jennings would be a great guest host going forward for whenever whoever gets the job is on vacation, i thought katie was a little awkward and i thought bill whitaker was a lot awkward and never found his footing. i don't think dr. oz ever needs to be mentioned again, in any context.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 10 June 2021 02:37 (one month ago) link

bubbly, super-talkative two-time champ julia

i was crushin hard on her tbh

Clay, Thursday, 10 June 2021 03:45 (one month ago) link

she's great

mayim bialik has been good but its hard for me to get over the weird dissembling antivax stuff from her past. if it wasnt for that she'd probably be my #3 after jennings & rodgers

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 10 June 2021 20:45 (one month ago) link

Blossom sucks!!!

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 11 June 2021 01:24 (one month ago) link

Whoa hot take

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 11 June 2021 02:03 (one month ago) link

I haven’t been watching at all lately so didn’t know buzzy was involved - I disliked him as a contestant but remember at one point he told Alex he wanted his job someday and Trebek seemed really pissed

joygoat, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:55 (one month ago) link

Buzzy hosted the Tournament Of Champions, not as a maybe-contender for the real job. Agree that Mayim is good at the job, and that Ken should remain a regular fill-in if someone else gets it (I may have said that upthread), and still looking forward to Levar.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 11 June 2021 19:11 (one month ago) link

i thought mike richards was really good

iirc ken is presently some consultant or something & i read a quote @ least attributed to him of “there will be a permanent host in the fall” which i took to mean it wont be him

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 June 2021 03:56 (one month ago) link

buzzy was quite good also, blossom is w/e fine

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 June 2021 03:56 (one month ago) link

i'm taking a break until this nonsense stops and they have a regular host again

Levar's getting one week only, from July 26, if yr intersted


iirc ken is presently some consultant or something

he came on as a consulting producer in September; they've stopped doing his own micro-segments since Alex died tho.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 12 June 2021 09:15 (one month ago) link

I could watch Levar, sure.
based on what I've seen, Jennings should mellow into the role over the next few years and be able to keep the ship afloat.

two weeks pass...

It’s a huge bummer that Oasis is objectively better than Blur.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) June 27, 2021

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 June 2021 17:28 (one month ago) link

RIP Ken Jennings

an eco-conscious Music Box (DJP), Monday, 28 June 2021 18:40 (one month ago) link

Ugh. I had no use but RIP anyway.

Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 June 2021 19:32 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

I like how enthusiastic Lavar is when certifying an answer is correct.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:53 (one week ago) link

Sooooooo, this Matt guy...

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 29 July 2021 16:59 (five days ago) link

Lavar needs a lot of seasoning but his voice and presence are great. i wouldn't be mad.

i've only watched the first lavar episode so far but it bugs me that he seems to be trying to give a dramatic reading to every clue, like he's at a table read.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 29 July 2021 20:40 (five days ago) link

he dropped the ball several times in the first ep for sure

3 days in lavar wouldn't be in my top 5 guest hosts and it's not really close either

Clay, Thursday, 29 July 2021 22:30 (five days ago) link

Lavar has gotten better.

Matt Amodio tonight was the terminator. Up 40k going into Final Jeopardy and then hit the final for 30k. Yikes. Over 250k... Only really been close in 1 game so far.

earlnash, Friday, 30 July 2021 00:46 (four days ago) link

just fyi all, it's LeVar

I honk along darkened Bobo-doors (Doctor Casino), Friday, 30 July 2021 01:12 (four days ago) link

can't say i'm a fan of LeVar's performative singsong children's show host delivery, but it has been a weirdly interesting pairing with Matt's brutal steely-eyed efficiency

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 30 July 2021 15:31 (four days ago) link


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