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

poor brad

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:04 (six months ago) link

good news for him is he's only 1 behind, I want this series to go on as long as possible so I'll be pulling for him tonight

weird to see him look so out of his league here, he's arguably the best of the 3

frogbs, Thursday, 9 January 2020 14:24 (six months ago) link

If anything, Ken Jennings is the #JeopardyGOAT just for this pic.twitter.com/Mhjl1Y1zAW

— PPO David Budd (@jtakang7_22) January 9, 2020

j., Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:31 (six months ago) link

A Hoe's Progress

pomenitul, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:33 (six months ago) link

the best $200 ever spent

frogbs, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:36 (six months ago) link

man the new FJ theme is a banger

Did you enjoy last night's Final Jeopardy! music? Thanks to @MilkLikeSubstance on our Discord channel, we've got a high quality version! https://t.co/OhiRdAbPyF

— BuzzerBlog (@buzzerblog) January 8, 2020

frogbs, Thursday, 9 January 2020 20:27 (six months ago) link

holy shit pic.twitter.com/ssPeC7p1Fn

— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) January 10, 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 10 January 2020 21:52 (six months ago) link

(new final jeopardy jingle is fucking terrible)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 10 January 2020 21:52 (six months ago) link

Wowww James got a pretty good burn on Brad

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:38 (six months ago) link

What happened?

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:43 (six months ago) link

oh never mind, I see

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:50 (six months ago) link

Wow that was a riveting Final Jeopardy

Major style points for Ken

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:21 (six months ago) link

Btw here’s the aforementioned clip

KEN JENNINGS MIGHT WIN BUT JAMES HOLZHAUER IS TRULY THE GOAT 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 #JeopardyGOAT #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/JwQAlBUnmL

— Nicholas (@TheNickVieira) January 15, 2020

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:21 (six months ago) link

damn, im surprised that james didn't know that final answer

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:57 (six months ago) link

ken and james are pretty entertaining together, hopefully they find a way to make something like this happen again

iatee, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:09 (six months ago) link

Final ep was so good. Wish they did first to 5 or something. And switch out brad with someone else

omg what did you type to find this gif? (Spottie), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:10 (six months ago) link

I agree this was really great TV. Probably the most entertained I've ever been watching this show.

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:20 (six months ago) link

so cool that it came down to the reveal on the last answer. I wanted james to have it right so we could get another episode. the right guy won though. kinda lame that 2/3 place got 250k each, 3rd shoulda been like 100k or something. james earned more money and outplayed brad so badly + he brought roughly 60% of the good jokes and entertainment and should be paid accordingly. brad just looked embarrassed to be there by like halfway through the first episode.

omg what did you type to find this gif? (Spottie), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:24 (six months ago) link

so did ken predict james would get the wrong answer? i'm too dum to understand why he didn't bet anything

symsymsym, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:43 (six months ago) link

because James was obviously going to bet everything and if he did & hit then Ken couldn't catch up even if he did bet it all. so it made no difference what he wagered there. actually getting it right was pure style

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:49 (six months ago) link

thanks!

symsymsym, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:52 (six months ago) link

btw that "Math Equations to Roman Numerals to Initials to Names" category was hilarious, they definitely dialed it up for these guys. I got the Mark McGwire one though

pretty cool that The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society was the answer to a $2000 question. maybe that album isn't as well known as I thought??

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 04:56 (six months ago) link

loved ken guessing charles lindbergh as a no-chance answer in that numerals category

symsymsym, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 05:05 (six months ago) link

I was very surprised Village Green /Kinks was a $2000 question too. Maybe they were going by age and it being british? I have no clue.

Yerac, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 06:52 (six months ago) link

maybe that album isn't as well known as I thought??

outside of music nerddom, it isn't known at all!

james was pretty damn good on the music questions today.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 06:56 (six months ago) link

this did really well

Jeopardy 'Greatest of All Time' viewership numbers:
Tues: 14.4 million
Wed: 14.8 million
Thurs: 15.4 million

2019 comparisons:
NBA Finals Game 1: 13.5 million
MLB World Series Game 1: 12.2 million
NHL Stanley Cup Game 1: 5.5 millionhttps://t.co/JfkL5Z5BMm

— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) January 10, 2020

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:46 (six months ago) link

I've never heard of that album and I'm into (old) music more than avg person

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:12 (six months ago) link

i laughed at how none of them knew what Kanye's new album was called. it was probably filmed around the time it dropped, too.

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:16 (six months ago) link

I bumped into Ken Jennings’ +1 for the tapings just minutes after last night’s ep aired, and he said the lead time was much shorter than usual for these specials. The Kanye had probably been out for a month or more?

(also I’d guess they’re all busy studying existing general knowledge for months beforehand, not too deep into current pop releases)

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:00 (six months ago) link

still lol tho for sure

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:00 (six months ago) link

i remember yelling! "good day sir!" at the screen and was shocked that none of them got that one lol

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:04 (six months ago) link

yeah!! I thought for sure guys as online as James & Ken would know that one. I also got "nitwit", the 2 cybersecurity ones, "Jeet Kune Do", and the Kanye one of course

I know this tweet is out of date now but I still thought it was pretty funny at the time

#Jeopardy tournaments won:@bradrutter: 5@James_Holzhauer: 1@realDonaldTrump and @KenJennings: tied at 0

— GOAT Fodder (@James_Holzhauer) January 8, 2020

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:39 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

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Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 January 2020 14:28 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

dude, have any of you been watching the current streak by player MacKenzie ? about to go over 200K
I kind of love her (but hope I don't jinx her with the revive!)

Chief Kyiv, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:57 (five months ago) link

she's amazing (i, too, hope i have not jinxed her)

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 27 February 2020 21:35 (five months ago) link

One-year health update from Alex:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8c_mAxW7QI

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 5 March 2020 22:00 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

The champion over-explaining her FJ answer on Monday's episode is some of the most endearing comedy I've seen in a while.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 00:00 (three months ago) link

Ha yeah, we were on the edge of our seat about how Alex was going to react

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 00:13 (three months ago) link

yeah I'm busy not doing your shitty trivia game https://t.co/8MtrjUlDkI

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 30, 2020

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 1 May 2020 16:12 (three months ago) link

dang, people getting tighter

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:43 (three months ago) link

They started rerunning the original Jennings eps today.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 4 May 2020 16:33 (three months ago) link

that one-year health update has got me choked up. hadn't seen it before.

treeship., Monday, 4 May 2020 16:42 (three months ago) link

he always carried himself with dignity.

treeship., Monday, 4 May 2020 16:43 (three months ago) link

Actually they're just re-airing the first Jennings ep today, and the rest of this week they'll have the All-Star tourney w/him & Holtzhauer & Brad from earlier this year.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 4 May 2020 17:03 (three months ago) link

Have they run out of new episodes? There was nothing at the end of Friday’s to indicate that they were showing old stuff this week.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Monday, 4 May 2020 17:19 (three months ago) link

i think so. They stopped taping in mid-march and are typically about 6 weeks ahead

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 4 May 2020 17:38 (three months ago) link

I believe there’s a tournament or two in the can, probably holding them to space out remaining new content

Clay, Monday, 4 May 2020 21:53 (three months ago) link

Pretty dumb to do first-and-last on Jennings instead of the whole run imo. If this ended tomorrow, they'd still take months to get new eps into the pipeline (it's only been so short lately because of Trebek's health absences), might as well milk as many ~events~ as you can

Elon's musk (sic), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 02:55 (three months ago) link

They probably can't show all of them due to the horrific racism and sexism no doubt contained in the clues and categories crassly supplied by the Jeopardy writers in those less enlightened times of <checks notes> 2004.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 03:15 (three months ago) link


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