Saturday, March 17, 2007

What the hell happened on Jeopardy! yesterday?

Indeed, this Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Jeff Ritter, the senior publicist for Jeopardy!, had sent them a notice that read as follows: "This Friday, March 16th, 2007... and for the first time in 23 years, Jeopardy! history will be made. It was such a remarkable event we consulted a game-theory expert, and he said it may never happen again!" When I first read this, I couldn't imagine what it could be. It had to be something mind-blowing. Like one person running the board and winning everything while everyone else gets zero points. But the episode has since come and gone. So, for those of you who don't watch Jeopardy!, which is, like, what, everyone reading this, including myself, I'll tell you what happened.

There was a three-way tie for first place, with each contestant finishing the game at $16,000. I'm assuming they are just going to bring all of them back for another show on Monday, as is official Jeopardy! policy for anytime there is a tie.

Thrilling, right? Who gives a shit? In 2004, Ken Jennings won $75,000 in one day. That's more than all three of these first-place schmucks' winnings put together. I hope Jeopardy senior publicist Jeff Ritter thinks long and hard the next time he gets the impulse to waste our time with stupid bullshit.


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