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 (sixteen years ago) link

what happened to the five-day limit?

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

does he not like questions about animals?

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

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

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

I should've just said "Woody Harrelson."

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

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

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

Ken Jennings is a machine

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

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

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

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

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

I'll take Charleston Chews for 15 Millions!

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

the Jeopardy start time in Chicago absolutely sucks.

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

no Oprah?

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

haha they rerun Oprah after Nightline and BEFORE Kimmel!

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

gotcha - you know 'cause you watch.

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

you misunderestimate the POWER of OPRAHTM.

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

What is this guy doing for anecdotes?

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

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

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

its not on here for another hour and a half

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

when you know, you know.

friend: i've got a girl for you.
jeopardy champ: awesome. when can i meet her?
f: well, you're gonna have to fly 3,000 miles.
jc: for a blind date? f*** that.
f: she will never, ever let your daughters be seduced by a transgender craze.
jc: booking a plane now.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 05:31 (one month ago) link

i wouldn’t be mad if Ken were host but i wasn’t loving it either, tbh i did welcome the current guy’s injection of suave confidence. the rest of that list of guest hosts is depressingly ghoulish. rip alex

flopson, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 06:25 (one month ago) link

lolz at Jeopardy having a legit "Potent Potables" category tonight

"Salvation Army FUCK!" (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 23:23 (one month ago) link

Couric sounds weirdly robotic

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 March 2021 01:31 (one month ago) link

lolz at Jeopardy having a legit "Potent Potables" category tonight

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armoured van, Holden (sic), Thursday, 18 March 2021 03:11 (one month ago) link

lolz at Jeopardy having a legit "Potent Potables" category tonight

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― armoured van, Holden (sic)

Reference to St Paddy's day, I'm guessing..

nickn, Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:10 (one month ago) link

my guess is that the lolz are because "Potent Potables" is such a staple of Jeopardy parodies - am i right that it's always one of the categories in the SNL sketches, and never actually chosen by the contestants? but i'm pretty sure that stems from it actually being a classic, frequently-used Jeopardy category!

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 18 March 2021 16:33 (one month ago) link

<SPOILER ALERT>

Today's ep has a post-credits scene.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 18 March 2021 17:01 (one month ago) link

post-credits scene

best song he's written in years.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 19 March 2021 03:02 (one month ago) link

i dont think he was wearing a wetsuit, but it reeeally looked like he was wearing a wetsuit

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 19 March 2021 14:54 (one month ago) link

kt lowe, a librarian from st. clair shores, michigan, today's second place finisher, used to run a warren zevon fan site, which is my new all-time favorite contestant interview story.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:57 (two weeks ago) link

warren called her one day to correct some errors on the site, thus beginning a long correspondence. that was the story :)

fact checking cuz, Friday, 2 April 2021 02:59 (two weeks ago) link

fuck if i'm gonna watch doctor oz in any capacity

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 2 April 2021 04:40 (two weeks ago) link

yeah that was great. she even had kind of a zevon look going with her big round glasses.

much better than the guy from the jennings run whose fun fact was that he listened to podcasts.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 2 April 2021 13:02 (two weeks ago) link

New favorite Jeopardy contestant pic.twitter.com/q0NBsj5yT5

— Scoops (@ejmaroun) March 30, 2021

Clay, Friday, 2 April 2021 18:48 (two weeks ago) link

her final jeopardy callback-answer made me LOL

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 2 April 2021 19:03 (two weeks ago) link

fuck if i'm gonna watch doctor oz in any capacity

― G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, April 2, 2021 12:40 AM (fourteen hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Yep. It's been a weird Jeopardy-free two weeks for me, but no fucking way am I watching Dr. Oz. I hope the show's ratings cratered during his hosting run.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 2 April 2021 19:34 (two weeks ago) link

watched some oz jeop, he’s about as terrible as you’d imagine

flopson, Friday, 2 April 2021 19:39 (two weeks ago) link

Vague Spoiler: One of the contestants gets off a sick burn on Rodgers in Final Jeopardy.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 5 April 2021 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

Couric was bad, Rodgers is frankly unwatchable. Just the wrong guy to do this, no nuance and no rhythm. Everything delivered in husky, slow monotone.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:27 (two weeks ago) link

i hated him at first but by the end of the ep i think i kind of love it - just a slow, soothing, HAL-type voice, like an AI hostbot.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

exactly the opposite of what i want from a jeopardy host!

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:57 (two weeks ago) link

He was awkward, and seemed lost during the q&a with the contestants, but I didn't hate him.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:02 (two weeks ago) link

they should let the cash me outside girl host Jeopardy

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 04:14 (one week ago) link

This is so funny to me. All three contestants heard the question as "who does America owe money to for its crimes?" And they all gave correct answers, but actually it was supposed to be about an official "bad guy" country for something absurdly tame in comparison. pic.twitter.com/SqjtGkUTiw

— Robert Kuschell (@RobinghamKusch) April 6, 2021

Funnier than all of the SNL Jeopardy skits.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 05:05 (one week ago) link

omg

sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 12:17 (one week ago) link

lmao that's amazing

I only watch Jeopardy via the arbitrary collections they put on Netflix in Canada, but watching episodes across the decades, I've been mildly surprised to notice how consistently and obsequiously devoted to celebrating the American military-intelligence complex the show is. So many categories—usually video at that—where they're showing off bases and planes and ships; watched one the other day with a whole video category devoted to the honorable men and women of the CIA. It's pretty depressing

rob, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 14:16 (one week ago) link

core audience has always been conservative and old

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 15:44 (one week ago) link

oh for sure. And the show is almost inherently conservative since it has to draw on "common knowledge," inevitably culturally eurocentric and historically inclined toward Great Men. tbh I wouldn't even have remarked on it if they weren't so often site visit / video categories, which makes them feel like overt propaganda

rob, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 16:03 (one week ago) link

Trebek donated to Republican Senator Chuck Hagel in three different elections. Those are his only recorded political donations. Hagel has a Purple Heart and served as Secretary of Defense for Obama.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 16:29 (one week ago) link

worth noting that (at least) the past decade of contestants skews much younger and more clearly culturally liberal than the viewing base

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 16:52 (one week ago) link

yeah that's an interesting dynamic I hadn't really thought about before

rob, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 16:58 (one week ago) link

grist for a larger essay about how the young culturally liberal population in america is holding up the conservative entertainment/economic pipeline imo

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 17:37 (one week ago) link

I saw Jeopardy was trending on twitter earlier because Levar Burton said he'd like to host. I haven't seen any of the guest hosts yet, but I have to say that seems like a brilliant way to thread this particular demographic needle

rob, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 18:18 (one week ago) link

Jennings: Good enough to go permanent
Slick Producer Guy: This felt more like a "Make a Wish" scenario
Katie Couric: Alexa as host
Dr Oz: Fuck that guy
Aaron Rodgers: Husky monotone voice asking you what the capital of Wisconsin is for a half hour

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 18:37 (one week ago) link

my suspicion about burton would be that the powers that be don't really want to dive in with a guy in his mid-60's shortly after the other guy died

Clay, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 18:46 (one week ago) link

I don't think the host should be as good at the game as Jennings is. It's just a weird dynamic.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 18:51 (one week ago) link

need to see him as guest host but I suspect I’d prefer Burton to Jennings. Jennings has the right overall trivia keener vibe compared to the other daytime tv freakshow guest hosts but Trebek’s suaveness & mellifluousness is key (it would crack me up how dynamically he would read answers, pure genius at word/syllable emphasis) and i feel like Jennings was kinda stiff

flopson, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:19 (one week ago) link

right, I think Jennings was pretty good & would be a fine full-time host but I think the voice is key. Alex Trebek had THE game show voice. I'd be in favor of someone like, I dunno, Matt Berry

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:30 (one week ago) link

Would love to see Levar in the guest lineup. I feel like whoever gets the gig, if it's not Ken, it'd make sense to have Jennings (already on the payroll) as fill-in host for holidays and such, and ready in case of death or milkshake ducking.

armoured van, Holden (sic), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:33 (one week ago) link

feel like levar burton would be my preference. very dulcet tones, bet he could read the hell out of a question

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:33 (one week ago) link

just listened to a few seconds of Levar Burton’s podcast to check on his voice, happy to report his instrument has aged like a fine wine. stoked to hear him host J!

flopson, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:39 (one week ago) link

he's not in the lineup to the best of my knowledge, there was just a public petition

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:50 (one week ago) link

Currently scheduled upcoming guest hosts are:

Anderson Cooper, 4/19 - 4/30
Bill Whitaker, 5/3 - 5/14
Mayim Bialik, 5/31 - 6/11

Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are also on the list, but no dates yet.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:58 (one week ago) link

I already hated Dr. Oz going in, so I expected to be, at best, extremely annoyed by him, but he somehow managed to be even more awful than I could have ever imagined.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 19:59 (one week ago) link

I'm okay with Anderson and Mayim, at least in theory.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 20:31 (one week ago) link

Whitaker seems like a good choice. Maybe too serious?

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


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