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 (fifteen years ago) link

what happened to the five-day limit?

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

does he not like questions about animals?

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

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

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

I should've just said "Woody Harrelson."

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

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

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

Ken Jennings is a machine

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

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

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

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

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

I'll take Charleston Chews for 15 Millions!

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

the Jeopardy start time in Chicago absolutely sucks.

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

no Oprah?

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

haha they rerun Oprah after Nightline and BEFORE Kimmel!

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

gotcha - you know 'cause you watch.

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

you misunderestimate the POWER of OPRAHTM.

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

What is this guy doing for anecdotes?

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

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

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

its not on here for another hour and a half

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

hah I saw the articles about "James Holzhauer's future in MLB" and I was like, I guess you could hide him in right field

frogbs, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:20 (six months ago) link

Query 2 Casino or Jaymc (or anyone else here who's been on): Do they let you watch the other tapings on 'your day'?

Yes. They will tape a week of shows in one day, so at the beginning of the day there will be 11 contestants (the defending champ and two challengers for each day) and usually an alternate or two in the green room. Everyone will know right away what they're up against. Then they will draw lots to see who's on "Monday", "Tuesday," etc. Before and after your taping you can sit in the audience and watch along with friends, family, and tour groups full of kids and old people.

von kelson, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:32 (six months ago) link

do they introduce James at the top of the show as "a professional gambler"? cuz that seems to be his primary job.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:45 (six months ago) link

They introduce him as a “professional sports gambler”

joygoat, Friday, 10 May 2019 15:48 (six months ago) link

Not a major spoiler, but that poor 3rd contestant today...

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 18:24 (five months ago) link

Also: Thanks von kelson!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 18:24 (five months ago) link

*coughs*

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Monday, 3 June 2019 16:51 (five months ago) link

Oh golly.

EVERYBODY WATCH TODAY!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 June 2019 18:30 (five months ago) link

game show spoilers

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 3 June 2019 18:42 (five months ago) link

Spoilers...or Misdirection?

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 June 2019 18:57 (five months ago) link

from multiple parties?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 June 2019 18:58 (five months ago) link

aw shit

k3vin k., Monday, 3 June 2019 19:05 (five months ago) link

!!!

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 3 June 2019 19:13 (five months ago) link

I was just visiting my parents in FL and they are super into this and hope he keeps winning and my feeling is that...he just comes off kinda smug? And I maybe don't like him. So I was pulling for the Guantanamo lawyer and they were very confused and upset about that.

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 3 June 2019 19:17 (five months ago) link

also leaked, and way way earlier (see top of this thread): ken jennings' demise

fact checking cuz, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:31 (five months ago) link

and yeah there's a kind of smugness about him, but he's jeopardy's michael jordan, so he's earned it.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:33 (five months ago) link

its kinda hard not to appear that way as the camera zooms in on you after hitting a $60,000 final jeopardy

frogbs, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:36 (five months ago) link

saw one show with him, didn't even realize it until the end -- he was actually down a fair bit after the first round. tbh he seemed considerably less smug/annoying than i'd have expected of a professional gambler kicking everyone's asses

mookieproof, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:39 (five months ago) link

He seems like a decent enough guy and all but I stopped watching a few weeks ago because it just felt kind of boring - which seems kind of fickle on my part but still.

joygoat, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:35 (five months ago) link

he comes off as extremely sweet and endearingly awkward, don’t really see smugness at all

k3vin k., Tuesday, 4 June 2019 04:31 (five months ago) link

so tonight: exactly one wrong response all night between the three contestants. 59/60 correct responses during regular play, plus 3/3 correct responses in final jeop. two of the three daily doubles were successful true daily doubles. is that as close as jeopardy has ever come to a perfect game?

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 04:46 (five months ago) link

(xp) i'm with you on sweetness, awkwardness and, above all, normal dudeness. but i do think a tiny bit of smugness crept in over the last 10 or so games. and it didn't bother me at all.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 04:48 (five months ago) link

the dude seems nondescript as hell lol at the projection

brimstead, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 05:08 (five months ago) link

is that as close as jeopardy has ever come to a perfect game?

https://thejeopardyfan.com/2019/06/final-jeopardy-6-3-2019.html

The Combined Coryat score for the game of $53,200 is an all-time regular-play record.

Clay, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 05:15 (five months ago) link

Christ, that is insane.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 05:54 (five months ago) link

If that's what it takes to beat him...

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 13:36 (five months ago) link

i was bummed when dude lost... but it's pretty cool that Emma has three wins in a row since beating him, hope she can run off a nice streak as well.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:59 (five months ago) link

loved how he gave her a big high five after she nailed the final jeopardy. his 'smugness' was always endearing.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 6 June 2019 17:00 (five months ago) link

he going to get a baseball job now?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 June 2019 17:12 (five months ago) link

im sure he'll get some kinda shot on a team yea

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 6 June 2019 17:22 (five months ago) link

he suggested in an interview that it probably wouldn't pay enough

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 6 June 2019 17:50 (five months ago) link

what would? He should be able to do the promotional talk circuit for the rest of his life if he wants additional cash.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:09 (five months ago) link

He makes a lot of money at his gambling job

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:11 (five months ago) link

he suggested in an interview that it probably wouldn't pay enough

― reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, June 6, 2019 1:50 PM (thirty-six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is what haralabos voulgaris said for a long time too and now he works for the mavs

k3vin k., Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:28 (five months ago) link

steady money is good

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:43 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

So this Jason guy...

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:00 (one month ago) link

I swear they're giving him weak competition on purpose

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:08 (one month ago) link

Regardless his strategy is great and he's not getting many questions wrong. 3rd highest cash total after only three weeks or so!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:29 (one month ago) link

Is this the guy who was the champ on the season opener?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:33 (one month ago) link

yep. He's at something like 450k now.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:39 (one month ago) link

Whoa cool

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:47 (one month ago) link

Netflix has just the season openers of each year in a set. It's a trip watching Alex, the sets, and people's hair/fashion rapidly change upon binge watching.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:48 (one month ago) link

There's a few random episodes of the 70s version on YouTube. Man, the questions, er I mean answers were a lot harder then!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:49 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Ken Jennings is interviewed on Andy Richter's podcast and seems like a cool guy.

Yelploaf, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:19 (one week ago) link

I didn't realize Eddie (mentioned in 1st post) is blind! Used braile to read the questions. That's impressive. And met his wife after she saw him on the show. Neat.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:29 (one week ago) link

Holzhauer was on today (tournament of champs).

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:39 (one week ago) link

Holzhauer's twitter avatar makes me laugh every time I see it

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:48 (one week ago) link

Emma (she who defeated Holzhauer) is on today.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 7 November 2019 18:00 (six days ago) link

Miscalculating Contestant Rushes To Cross Out ‘Fuck Alex Trebek’ Final Jeopardy Answer After Seeing Goodwill From Previous Contestant https://t.co/6xPQ7IL641 pic.twitter.com/S2HbVK2SEk

— The Onion (@TheOnion) November 12, 2019

frogbs, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 18:47 (yesterday) link


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