Game Show Follies: Jeopardy Contestants Have No Clue on the Big Ten
Ah, Jeopardy hijinks.
Of all the sports "things" that are set to debut this fall (a list that includes Jadeveon Clowney, the SEC Network, and A.J. McCarron trying to shoo his Bengal teammates away from his wife), perhaps the one I'm most excited about is Dan Patrick's new Sports Jeopardy show, which is set to debut on Crackle sometime this fall.
(Okay, that's a lie. I am definitely most excited to see Vontaze Burfict wind up with Katherine Webb, but Patrick's show should still be good.)
For those who don't know, Crackle is a Sony-owned digital service available on mobile devices and services such as PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku. Until now, its best known programming is probably Jerry Seinfeld's short comedy series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Patrick's show should be a nice home for wayward souls who are pretty intelligent with razor-sharp retention skills but who only use their powers for sports-related data. (I am raising my hand as I type this.)
It should also be devoid of moments like this one from a recent episode of the original Jeopardy.
The category is "Solve for X" and the answer (remember, in Jeopardy, they get really cute and you have to guess the question, because it makes the game smarter or something) was:
— Brian Wagner (@BrianRWagner) June 18, 2014
Now, I'll admit, there are probably people who fancy themselves big sports fans who might not get this one, what with college sports conferences these days having a murkier numbering system than Enron's books. (The question/answer, by the way, was "What is 14?" Yeah, yeah, I know. It's jacked up.)
So there was zero chance that Andrea, Paige and Peter (all of whom look straight out of central casting for, well, Jeopardy) were going to nail this one. And they did not disappoint....
One sacrificial lamb "logical question/answer" from Andrea ("Let's see a conference called TEN and you add two teams, so TWELVE." I feel you, Andrea.), followed by two terrified blank stares from Paige and Peter, capped off by the requisite condescending revelation of the question/answer by Trebek:
"Gonna have 14. I know, sounds weird."
You suck, Alex.
And, of course, as much fun as I poke at the three bookworms onstage in this video, I had no clue on the final three answers in that topic string. Thankfully, Dan Patrick's Sports Jeopardy show will provide a safe haven for sports-only clods like me who are clueless on things like the Bill of Rights, popes or books.
(h/t Awful Announcing)
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