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

Same

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 March 2022 11:32 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I managed 25 correct answers (9 first round, 15 second round, and the final). Really wanted someone to choose that final opera question so I could sweep the category, but alas.

As for the final... "Doctor Dracula"???

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Thursday, 7 April 2022 06:42 (one month ago) link

So, Mattea...

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 14 April 2022 17:10 (one month ago) link

Really, really hate that she extemporizes after, seemingly, every answer or category pick. It eats time from the round and it's dirty Jeopardy playing. Sure hope someone reels that in prior to tournament of champions. Neither Ken or Mayim have done a good job with reeling her in on this bad play habit (Shoot, Mayim is just as guilty of this as host).

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 14 April 2022 18:12 (one month ago) link

They need to do the tournament of champions as a live competition.

I think it could become a bigger deal if they did.

earlnash, Friday, 15 April 2022 01:55 (one month ago) link

touring stadium show imo

beepy fridges (sic), Friday, 15 April 2022 02:06 (one month ago) link

Really, really hate that she extemporizes after, seemingly, every answer or category pick. It eats time from the round and it's dirty Jeopardy playing.

I don't get the sense at all that she's doing it intentionally, or to "play dirty." And is it really eating time from the rounds? How many clues were left on the board during her run?

I love that she does it. She's playing like she's watching at home, and it seems to sharpen her focus.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 15 April 2022 18:25 (one month ago) link

Yep - I respectfully disagree. Maybe she doesn't do it intentionally, but the fact remains that the show runs a tight play-time schedule. Mattea obviously has a wide breadth of knowledge and, more importantly, is fast on the buzzer. For every 'oh my golly gosh' reaction she shows before or after giving an answer/picking a category, that further throws off other player's timing on figuring out how to be faster at ringing in their buzzers, and it cuts into overall round time (thus my 'dirty' play inference). Matt Amodio was fast on the buzzer, but was extra sharp/clipped with his microphone time (using 'What' for everything was genius). Even talky/charismatic players like James or Austin kept their mic time short other than for answers or category picks.

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 15 April 2022 18:55 (one month ago) link

I dunno, I don't see Mattea taking any more time -- much less, actually -- than the players who spend 20 minutes going, "Hmmm...let's see...maybe...maybe I will try...the...the category...of...Potent...no, wait...ah, yes, here we are! I will...attempt to...answer a...question in the...category of...base...ball."

And if she was really taking time away, there'd be a bunch of clues left after each round. During her run so far, I don't think there's been more than a total of two or three clues left.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 15 April 2022 19:24 (one month ago) link

i dont enjoy it as a viewer just bc i find it annoying after 8 games, but i also feel like i'd likely be the same if i ever made it on the show. i like her as player. its surely no coincidence that she's relaxed enough to be playing like shes watching at home & also doing so well.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 15 April 2022 19:38 (one month ago) link

Today's ep is WILD.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 16:54 (four weeks ago) link

Holy crap, you weren’t kidding. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Final like that before.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 21 April 2022 01:13 (three weeks ago) link

lmao

flopson, Thursday, 21 April 2022 08:07 (three weeks ago) link

fyi, I just discovered that Mattea is a voracious tweeter, giving play-by-play to more notable moments in the game

e.g.

This FJ was really frustrating for me, because I felt like I was picking up what the writers were putting down. I knew that I was looking for something with the word “night,” and probably a collection of short stories or some sort of anthology in a non-English language

— Mattea Roach (@mattearoach) April 19, 2022

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 21 April 2022 12:58 (three weeks ago) link

Excellent round today. Great finish

jammin on the dud (Spottie), Thursday, 28 April 2022 06:33 (two weeks ago) link

is the chatty lady still winning

alpine static, Thursday, 28 April 2022 06:38 (two weeks ago) link

Yes

jammin on the dud (Spottie), Thursday, 28 April 2022 06:39 (two weeks ago) link

the chatty lady

🙄

beepy fridges (sic), Thursday, 28 April 2022 07:14 (two weeks ago) link

she's 23 years old and an all-timer already, deep respect

Clay, Thursday, 28 April 2022 07:34 (two weeks ago) link

This year's Tournament of Champions is gonna be epic.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 28 April 2022 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

man i forgot shes only 23, what a boss. last nights FJ was some real edge of your seat action, was really impressed by her $1 bet

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 28 April 2022 14:14 (two weeks ago) link

Not a fan of the running commentary tbh.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Thursday, 28 April 2022 14:21 (two weeks ago) link

Big fan of her being her authentic and inquisitive self

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 29 April 2022 01:30 (two weeks ago) link

Yah she’s fun I think

jammin on the dud (Spottie), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:22 (two weeks ago) link

Gonna lose all their viewers at the retirement home at this rate

Well I've got a bone to pick with the producers... Who's gonna tell the Gen Z crowd on this show to keep their inner musings and Minecraft touchdown dances to a minimum?

— you can call me al (@rubberbandita) April 28, 2022

She is brilliant That said ..Never, in all the years I've watched jeopardy have I seen someone do this type of commentary. It has me and my wife totally disgusted. Especially the .. should have parts.

— Steve (@olesage) April 28, 2022

papal hotwife (milo z), Saturday, 30 April 2022 01:47 (two weeks ago) link

Plenty of geriatric millennials ready to take their place.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 30 April 2022 01:53 (two weeks ago) link

Criminy, it's a game show not a thesis defense.

Won the last three on final Jeopardy, to be fair Amodio nor Amy had that much challenge in their runs let alone back to back to back. Of course those two pretty much went like the Terminator through the board many nights.

I was thinking it was so wild that she was this big a champ at 23, they could literally maybe bring her back in like 40 years (in 2065 if mankind is still alive) and have her on whatever mental transmission media Jeopardy is on.

earlnash, Saturday, 30 April 2022 01:57 (two weeks ago) link

what’s the running commentary? like when she says “uh let’s get away from that category”? i feel like lots of ppl do that although she does do it more than average

flopson, Saturday, 30 April 2022 08:23 (two weeks ago) link

mattea is crazy good

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 21:49 (two weeks ago) link

I like her fine as a person, less so as a Jeopardy contestant but I admit I’m very much over contestants being allowed to just string 25/30/50-day streaks

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 22:06 (two weeks ago) link

*looks up when that changed*

it’s been nineteen and a half years

Yul Brynner film festival on Channel 48... (sic), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

Some real "this girl is 'annoying'" vibes in here

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 22:27 (two weeks ago) link

if my "chatty lady" comment came off that way, i apologize. i legit didn't mean it that way.

i haven't even watched her play and don't know what she's actually doing. i was just up late one night, curious and had just read the dozen or so previous posts.

alpine static, Thursday, 5 May 2022 00:16 (one week ago) link

I like her fine as a person, less so as a Jeopardy contestant but I admit I’m very much over contestants being allowed to just string 25/30/50-day streaks

― Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, May 4, 2022 3:06 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

the only time i really tune in is when someone is on a streak. she is very entertaining and funny, top tier all time player.

he was eating Vaseline like it was bunch of cheeseburgers (Spottie), Thursday, 5 May 2022 00:26 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I'm definitely more excited about watching when there's a streak going. And I've already said that I like Mattea's running commentary, but I'm saying it again because I'd much rather watch someone who's obviously having a lot of fun than some of the I AM JEOPARDY-BOT contestants.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:25 (one week ago) link

strong rich only child energy from mattea

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:57 (one week ago) link

Classic ep today.

ha - I AM JEOPARDY BOTs are my fav contestants. nothing gets me excited like watching some dead-eyed terminator coldly vaporize the board.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 5 May 2022 17:45 (one week ago) link

Holzauer and Mattea were both great to watch because they are good players who clearly love the game

(but I probably would have gotten burnt out on James if he didn't break dead-eyed kayfabe at the end of an episode, or get zings in on Trebek)

Yul Brynner film festival on Channel 48... (sic), Thursday, 5 May 2022 19:24 (one week ago) link

her authentic and inquisitive self

this girl is 'annoying'" vibes

someone who's obviously having a lot of fun than some of the I AM JEOPARDY-BOT contestants

This is all going to result in thinkpieces isn't it

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Thursday, 5 May 2022 20:46 (one week ago) link

Interview with Mattea, includes discussion of how viewers find her annoying / charming

https://www.vulture.com/article/jeopardy-champion-mattea-roach-interview.html

Yul Brynner film festival on Channel 48... (sic), Thursday, 5 May 2022 20:51 (one week ago) link

As of publishing time, Roach has solidified her status in the show’s Hall of Fame by winning 22 consecutive games, the fifth best in history, as well as racking up $534,984 in prize money, which will be going straight to her student-loan payments.

After the student-loan payments hit, how are you spending your $500,000 and counting?
I’m going to continue being really boring with money.


OK, I take it all back. She's a legend.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Thursday, 5 May 2022 21:08 (one week ago) link

god fucking dammit

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 7 May 2022 00:07 (one week ago) link

one dollar!

Yul Brynner film festival on Channel 48... (sic), Saturday, 7 May 2022 03:36 (one week ago) link

Regarding Final J
J-archive wagering calculator says Mattea bid correctly. https://j-archive.com/wageringcalculator.php?a=19200&b=11400&c=7400&player_a=Mattea&player_b=Danielle&player_c=Betsy

adam t. (abanana), Saturday, 7 May 2022 12:53 (one week ago) link

Yeah they both made the smart bet

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Saturday, 7 May 2022 13:21 (one week ago) link

Great thread:

So, I completely fell off in my pursuit to share my thoughts about every game of Jeopardy I played - when I have more time/energy, I hope to compile my memories/analysis somewhere. But right now, we have important business to discuss: the end of my run on Jeopardy!

— Mattea Roach (@mattearoach) May 8, 2022

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 8 May 2022 10:58 (one week ago) link

thursday and friday episodes' final jeopardies were all-time

flopson, Sunday, 8 May 2022 19:28 (one week ago) link

I really hope a certain ILXer saw last night's Final Jeopardy.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Friday, 13 May 2022 01:53 (five days ago) link


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