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

Daily Pepe

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:01 (one month ago) link

now that Final Jeopardy is over, here is the Point Recount round, where we have the audience decide who really won

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:05 (one month ago) link

Right wing game shows are an untapped marked. Jeopardy but all the answers are from Conservapedia.

Paging Pat Sajak.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:07 (one month ago) link

Chuck Woolery has that gig on lock.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 18:08 (one month ago) link

It's really the entire industry.

John O'Hurley of Family Feud/Seinfeld fame is quite conservative.

Wink Martindale was an early Trump supporter, as was Bob Barker.

Drew Carey was a Ron Paul guy. etc

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 20:39 (one month ago) link

that explains why he currently looks like a smug BMV driving upstate college professor then

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 20:41 (one month ago) link

I just looked up when exactly Bob Barker died, and... he's still alive(!) at 97

Josefa, Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:18 (one month ago) link

And he'll stay alive until every pet in Los Angeles is spayed or neutered.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 21:37 (one month ago) link

in any case, thank god they finally got this guy off the show completely

Some judged Mike Richards solely on his podcast comments and formed a negative opinion, but I judged him by the way he treated people backstage at Jeopardy and formed a much stronger negative opinion https://t.co/mebtz0Tgc3

— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) September 1, 2021

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 03:31 (one month ago) link

LOL

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 13:03 (one month ago) link

Knives out.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 13:22 (one month ago) link

holzhauer is hilarious

a talented ‘Rebel’ with Balls (Spottie), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:51 (one month ago) link

I caught one episode of the show he works on, it’s not bad. Being the guy tasked with ruining peoples’ chances at a life-changing payday seems like a bummer though.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:53 (one month ago) link

Richards seems to be from a long line of people that can somehow navigate the corporate world falling upwards while being a total kiss ass to his managers and terrible to anyone around him that cannot help him out. That really seems to be one of the more successful ways to go it seems in any field.

earlnash, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 18:15 (one month ago) link

.

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 18:18 (one month ago) link

I kind of love that his downfall was tied into him deciding the world needed a behind the scenes pod about The Price Is Right that would somehow go beyond subjects like the origin of Plinko.

Mike Richards: "It's What The Kids Want!"

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 18:26 (one month ago) link

what is it with the name Michael Richards jesus

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

The five episodes that Richards shot in his first and only day as “Jeopardy!” permanent host were scheduled to start off the new season on Sept. 13; as of now the plan is to air those episodes, even though he is no longer EP or host

these are gonna be strange

i also have to assume richards is gonna sue sony? tho i guess he still has an overall deal there whatever that exactly means, maybe they will throw a ton of $ at him to go away

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 18:57 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

matt amodio has surpassed james holzhauers’ streak in games won. although he’s only made about a third as much money in that time (800k v.s 2.4m)

flopson, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 08:20 (one month ago) link

& btw wouldve lost yesterday if his opponent knew roger rabbit

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 12:10 (one month ago) link

Holzhauer won 32 games, Amodio is only at 23.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 16:29 (one month ago) link

Or 24, as stated at the top of today's ep.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 16:32 (one month ago) link

It’s a shame he came on in this fucked up luminal time, I would otherwise be following closely

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 17:43 (one month ago) link

Unlike Holzhauer, Amodio rarely goes all-in on Final Jeopardy. I could see that he didn't know Who Framed Roger Rabbit? last night, because he stared straight ahead for a long time before writing down his answer. But I didn't think he'd lose, because he's been pretty conservative on Final. He sometimes goes all-in on Double Jeopardy questions, and once that put him in negative territory, but he's a much more conservative better than Holzhauer.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 18:04 (one month ago) link

Also, fun fact: Eddie Murphy turned down the role that went to Bob Hoskins.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 18:05 (one month ago) link

my mom calls him Matt Immodium

you had me at "giallo" (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 18:15 (one month ago) link

(she does not like him)

you had me at "giallo" (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 18:16 (one month ago) link

Holzhauer won 32 games, Amodio is only at 23.

― Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:29 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

oops misread. my bad

flopson, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 05:41 (one month ago) link

the girl who could’ve beat him on monday with the Roger rabbit question was smashing the pop culture categories, i thought he was in trouble when they announced final jeopardy category was 80s movies and it wasn’t a runaway

flopson, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 05:43 (one month ago) link

i like matt

flopson, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 05:43 (one month ago) link

I think he is cool too, dude likes some baseball. Dude flat out knows his geography and kills on the lit questions.

Hard to believe he missed the Turing question tonight considering he is an AI doctoral student.

earlnash, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 05:48 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Seeing Mayim Bialik host for the first time, she's terrible.

papal hotwife (milo z), Saturday, 9 October 2021 23:26 (two weeks ago) link

yep

flopson, Saturday, 9 October 2021 23:33 (two weeks ago) link

So many people not making Final Jeopardy against Amodio. He goes up by so much so early I think it makes competitors swing for the fences a bit

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Saturday, 9 October 2021 23:34 (two weeks ago) link

what's goin on Amodio? u shook!

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Monday, 11 October 2021 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

finished in last damn

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Monday, 11 October 2021 23:28 (two weeks ago) link

Amodio's loss was kind of like the excellent sports team that wins by a ton week after week and then finally gets in a close game and kinda comes apart at the seams.

earlnash, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 02:40 (two weeks ago) link

questions seemed super easy. otoh, matt got a few obvious ones wrong (spawn dude?!)

flopson, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 07:19 (two weeks ago) link

he choked and the rough thing was he knew he was choking, otoh it was bound to happen! hate to see a big champ go down squirming though

a doula for creation (Clay), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 07:28 (two weeks ago) link

...and on a Monday game (i.e. the first one of that shooting day)!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 13:47 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, that was surprising. And it seemed like the others' quickness with the buzzer really rattled him. None of his previous opponents came close to him in that regard, and suddenly he had two challengers who were as quick as him (or quicker).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

I really wanted the lady in the middle to win, she seemed cool

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:19 (two weeks ago) link

yeah imagine beating matt and still finishing in second lol. that's rough.

for him to miss a geography based final jeopardy that both other players got correct was really shocking. not that it would've mattered but international geography felt like one of his (many) strong suits through his run. especially one like that where the question inherently narrowed down the answer to essentially a multiple choice set of answers... crazy.

you could tell he was just off kilter the entire second round, which was wild bcuz there were some games where ppl stayed close to him in round 1 and then he would just rip off like 13 of 15 answers in the second round and be up by 25k. even when the buzzer went to him he was out of rhythm, stammering etc. they also stuck both double jeopardies at the top of the board and the one dude getting them back to back pretty much killed any chance matt had at that point. you could tell when the woman in the middle ran through that entire section of medical abbreviations to open the round w/o matt even buzzing in once that something was off

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:45 (two weeks ago) link

gonna miss matt. looking forward to tournament of champions

flopson, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 05:25 (two weeks ago) link

they should do a tournament of players who would’ve won an episode had they just not faced matt. you could easily fill a whole week

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 13 October 2021 06:30 (two weeks ago) link

^that is a really good idea

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 12:24 (two weeks ago) link

in general strong 2nd place ppl, not only vs matt; redemption wk or w/e

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 12:25 (two weeks ago) link


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