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 (eighteen years ago) link

what happened to the five-day limit?

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

does he not like questions about animals?

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

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

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

I should've just said "Woody Harrelson."

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 June 2004 20:37 (eighteen 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.


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

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

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

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

Ken Jennings is a machine

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

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

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

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

oops (Oops), Thursday, 24 June 2004 16:14 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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:

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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

I'll take Charleston Chews for 15 Millions!

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

the Jeopardy start time in Chicago absolutely sucks.

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

no Oprah?

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

haha they rerun Oprah after Nightline and BEFORE Kimmel!

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

gotcha - you know 'cause you watch.

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

you misunderestimate the POWER of OPRAHTM.

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

What is this guy doing for anecdotes?

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

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

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

its not on here for another hour and a half

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


Spottie, Thursday, 26 May 2022 22:16 (six months ago) link

Forks clove game clues.

nickn, Thursday, 26 May 2022 22:35 (six months ago) link

A truly phenomenal shirt, forks

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 27 May 2022 00:04 (six months ago) link

A truly phenomenal shirt, fork


(i was v v sad that the shirt wasn't the subject of today's jeopardy overheard clip. which i won't link to and which nobody who doesn't want a spoiler should watch!)

fact checking cuz, Friday, 27 May 2022 00:43 (six months ago) link

Well played, forks.

Yul Brynner film festival on Channel 48... (sic), Friday, 27 May 2022 02:58 (six months ago) link

Thanks y'all! I was obvs disappointed but the old saws are accurate: the buzzer speed is really the key, it feels different when you're up there, etc.
woulda had a pretty reasonable chance at getting him if i had gotten the double and i bet correctly. Just didn't get it from the context clues. That's the game!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 May 2022 03:37 (six months ago) link

you did this board proud!

fact checking cuz, Friday, 27 May 2022 03:41 (six months ago) link

Hell yeah! It was such a nice surprise when you popped up on my screen. And so polite! <3

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 27 May 2022 03:47 (six months ago) link

you were awesome Forks

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 27 May 2022 19:36 (six months ago) link

Yah man good stuff.

Spottie, Friday, 27 May 2022 20:10 (six months ago) link

My brother was super into the Bigfoot shirt

jmm, Friday, 27 May 2022 21:57 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

This has to be the craziest run of shows in a season ever. I got to think Alex would be cracking up.

The Artist formerly known as Earlnash, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 03:31 (five months ago) link

it is pretty funny that megan keeps winning by $2

circles, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 05:31 (five months ago) link

so wild. and two finals in a row involving greek word origins. are they gonna do that all week?

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:29 (five months ago) link

For all that I've read about Psycho, and Hitchcock in general, over the years, I never knew until last night that the Bates Motel was inspired by a Hopper painting.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 17:46 (five months ago) link

The house, not the motel.

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 17:48 (five months ago) link

Right, sorry--meant one, typed the other.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 17:50 (five months ago) link

YO I AM DEAD 💀 pic.twitter.com/dVsdtMMipV

— Mega Ran (@MegaRan) July 1, 2022

Sudden Birdnet Thus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 1 July 2022 12:44 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

I guess I missed somewhere that Ken is the new permanent host, and Mayim will go back to handling the special primetime stuff.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 12 September 2022 22:53 (two months ago) link

overdue if true

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Monday, 12 September 2022 23:44 (two months ago) link

Ken doing the next three months of regular Jeop, including Tournament of Champions, while Mayim does hour-long Celebrity Jeop tournament on Sunday nights; then Mayim scheduled to have another run on daily eps in or from January.

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 18:44 (two months ago) link

that really seemed like the direction they were going and - barring the shitshow - should have gone from the start: give fans Ken for the regular show and then give tourists Mayim.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 20:14 (two months ago) link

It doesn’t seem to be a change per se (yet) - they’ve traded off since the shitshow as their schedules allowed; now there’s a block of primetime specials (a few days’ taping?) for Mayim to do as per her initial contract, so she won’t be on the nightly show until it’s over.

Presumably there was some major panic behind the scenes with the post-shit-shedu-show, and they will now have more time to find specials for Mayim going forward, so her regular episodes will be fewer…

It’d be fun to have Ken banter with the slebs, but definitely better to have him piloting the TO’C.

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 21:38 (two months ago) link

mayim hosting TOC would've been a national disaster

flopson, Wednesday, 14 September 2022 07:45 (two months ago) link

ngl i kinda like the alternating rhythm. sometimes ken is all a bit too... ken

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 14 September 2022 18:23 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

So, Chris...


flopson, Tuesday, 11 October 2022 05:06 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

first episode of tournament of champions... these guys stink

flopson, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 08:37 (one month ago) link

had big hopes for Ryan but he pretty much disintegrated immediately, tough break

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 13:21 (one month ago) link

All in on Amy tbh

Eric H., Tuesday, 1 November 2022 13:30 (one month ago) link

Rowan Ward was really impressive in the second chance tournament.

exhibition episode was fun. would be wild if mattea wins the tournament

flopson, Wednesday, 9 November 2022 06:32 (one month ago) link

i felt like matt was playing possum a bit

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 9 November 2022 12:58 (one month ago) link

seemed like he was treating it purely as buzzer practice, not a bad idea honestly

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 9 November 2022 13:12 (one month ago) link

I loved it. There should be a whole season of Jeopardy with just those three. Such a fun game. And "I will bet 2500...magic beans" made me lol (think it was Mattea who said that?)

I also noticed that Mattea started saying "What's." Wonder if Amodio thought, "Hey, you're stealing my bit!"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 9 November 2022 15:34 (one month ago) link

Yes! That game was such a blast...Ken Jennings swearing (and having to be bleeped!) after accidentally giving away an answer, Mattea getting audience reactions from her saying "that was my favorite song when I was 4" (as if it was some intentional sick burn - I don't think it was) and then later on Amy saying (after a correct response) "that was my favorite song when I was 27"...Ken poking fun at Matt (after Amy said she was invited to the White House after her winning streak) for him throwing the first pitch at a minor-league game after his winning streak. I don't follow any sports...I can't remember the last time I've been this excited by any competitive event, honestly.

ernestp, Thursday, 10 November 2022 02:20 (one month ago) link

yes that game was a blast. pretty interesting that mattea wiped the floor with the three of them buzzer wise. would love for the three of them to come back and do a more competitive game for charity or something.

J0rdan S., Friday, 11 November 2022 05:29 (four weeks ago) link

amy was pretty unflappable in the semifinal. tyler is a strong player but she kinda ended up cruising. it could’ve been an even bigger margin had she not guessed wrong off two of tyler’s misses in double jeopardy

the matt semifinal game was amazing, one of the best jeopardy games i’ve ever seen. they got the daily doubles off the board within like the first 5 clues which i think really hurt matt given the aggressive nature of his wagering. he was only able to get up from 4,000 to 8,000 and then had to play the rest of the game more or less heads up with the other two guys. it didn’t break his way. i also was completely shocked at his final jeopardy wager, it feels like he sometimes psychs himself out under pressure. ken even called out how strong he is in geography. i don’t think it would’ve mattered in the end but that was wild. the professor guy who won is a really strong player. sad we won’t be getting the amy/matt/mattea final tho

J0rdan S., Friday, 11 November 2022 05:34 (four weeks ago) link

rip Matt, would’ve prob taken him against the field but he seemed somewhat unengaged especially as the game wore on and he didn’t grab his usual advantage

Clay, Friday, 11 November 2022 05:36 (four weeks ago) link

FYI, Jeopardy uploaded the entire exhibition game to YouTube here. Ken's amusing mess-up is at 9:39.

Today game (Mattea's semifinal game) was wild - no spoilers here, but one moment in particular had big gasps from the audience.

ernestp, Friday, 11 November 2022 21:37 (four weeks ago) link

All three players in the Amodio semi had a good game. The middle guy had a good game considering he did not get any of the daily doubles.

After the professor tournament, I thought that guy might do pretty well as him and the guy who was runner up in that tournament both seemed to know a boodle of obscure stuff.

I still don't get Matt going 'zero' on final jeopardy with a geography question as that seemed to be one subject he would tear through in his winning reign.

Today's is not on here until 730, I have not seen it yet.

earlnash, Friday, 11 November 2022 23:44 (four weeks ago) link

didnt realize the finals format is a race to 3, that is cool

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 November 2022 01:36 (four weeks ago) link

amy the GOAT

flopson, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 06:44 (two weeks ago) link

Legit deserving winner

ex-McKinsey wonk who looks like a human version of a rat (Eric H.), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 15:24 (two weeks ago) link

So happy she won. Does this mean there'll be a game in the future with her, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter? Because I wanna see her win that one, too.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 15:32 (two weeks ago) link

what a badass

The Little Mermaid? Jeez, and just when I was starting to root for you.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 7 December 2022 00:58 (three days ago) link

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