Jeopardy - G.O.A.T. Discussion Thread

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  1. Jan 7, 2020 #1 of 164

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006


    A reminder that it starts tonight. It's on ABC at 8pm (YMMV).

    If you have a season pass for regular Jeopardy, it will NOT record the GOAT show!

    For those that don't know, it's a contest with Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer with a million dollars for the first to win three games (and the title of GOAT!) and $250,000 each for the other two.

    My money's probably on James.
  2. Jan 7, 2020 #2 of 164

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    (I'm probably an outlier here, but rewarding the "winner" with $1M just seems kind of obscene to me.)
  3. Jan 7, 2020 #3 of 164

    MikeMar Go Pats

    Jan 7, 2005
    I hope they are doing this for charity, or they SHOULD
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    dwatt Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    They forgot to send an invitation to Watson.
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    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx


    Why? If they're smart enough to win the whole thing, they deserve the $1M. And besides, it's not like it's 1M...
  6. Jan 7, 2020 #6 of 164

    Marco Loyal Little TCF Club

    Sep 19, 2000
    Capital of...
    I know Holzhauer has made a number of charitable donations since winning.

    I think it'd be good public relations to pay the winner AND pay a charity of the winner's choice.
  7. Jan 7, 2020 #7 of 164

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    Damned entertaining!
  8. Jan 7, 2020 #8 of 164

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Yeah, it was.

    It's amazing how quickly they could put together the triple clues. Before I could finish mentally processing the clue, they were already answering snap-crackle-pop.
  9. Jan 7, 2020 #9 of 164

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    Most entertaining! I forget, what's the determination of the winner? Most points? Two out of three?
  10. Jan 7, 2020 #10 of 164

    gersh49 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    First competitor to win 3 games.
  11. Jan 7, 2020 #11 of 164

    TriBruin Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 10, 2003
    Bartlett, IL
    Good show. I was somewhat afraid that James would have an advantage due to being only 1 year removed from his performance and likely having a good feel for the buzzer But, he was somewhat stunted by not hitting the DDs.

    The only thing I was surprised was that they revealed Ken's answer in the 2nd game FJ before James. Since, if Ken got it right, he was likely going to have more combined points than James could achieve, it made James' reveal irrelevant. It would have been more suspenseful to reveal James answer and two-game total before Ken's. (Yea, I know that is not what would happen in a normal game, but this game has a slightly different strategy. )
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  12. Jan 7, 2020 #12 of 164

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    Three matches made up of 2 games each.
  13. Jan 7, 2020 #13 of 164

    waynomo My One Time

    Nov 9, 2002
    It's interesting how James play/strategy affected the play of Ken and Brad* causing them to play a riskier strategy. Clearly Ken was uncomfortable wagering everything on his Daily Doubles and of course it didn't work out for Brad. I'm wondering if the others new the ones that Brad missed? Also what are the odds that there would be 4 Daily Double questions that Brad would miss?

    *I didn't watch Brad's run way, but I suspect his DD wagering was much more conservative.
  14. Jan 8, 2020 #14 of 164

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    Very entertaining! That one answer in the DD in the first game basically won it the whole night for Ken: I think you're right that James' DD playing style has really pushed the other two, and Ken had a lot of guts to go all in with that much money. Going all-in was a no-brainer for Brad but he obviously had trouble. They were ALL hunting from the start: they know if they want to win they have to keep James from finding them all. Getting them early, and keeping them away from James, is a big key to beating him. Even if you miss it if it's early enough you won't lose much.

    I'm rooting for Ken, just because. He's a great player and seems like a good guy, and he's come in second in enough of these championship games. I really feel for Brad as I'm getting older myself and I know exactly how he feels, trying to pull up those names and places gets harder every year :(

    I have to say, though, Ken had some unfortunate errors; without that big DD answer it could have cost him the game. James is incredible, I can't remember him missing a single question. He certainly does get a lot fewer tries with these two, though, than he did when he was on his run: they're both much better on the buzzer than the run of the mill contestant and you can see the difference.
  15. Jan 8, 2020 #15 of 164

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    Ken was uncomfortable with the whole style of play but he understood the game has changed; and he took chances. Have to give him credit for flexibility and success in a different environment.

    Rutter did not play badly at all, he rung in first frequently and his correct % was high, except when it counted. I would expect to see him score higher as this goes on.

    Local betting here was that James would blitz through this; I was entertained to see him competed with toe to toe, so far. Ken had implied nearly a year ago that he would have trouble keeping up with James (because he was past his prime), but he dug deep.
  16. Jan 8, 2020 #16 of 164

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

    Feb 7, 2001
    Madison, WI
    This was so entertaining. I'm really looking forward to watching the rest of this tournament. I'm rooting for Ken to win it.
  17. Jan 8, 2020 #17 of 164

    TriBruin Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 10, 2003
    Bartlett, IL
    The game has definitely changed since both Brad and Ken played and James is definitely a key to that. But Ken and Brad seemed to adjust. But, wasn't Ken one of the first to play a style of jumping around the board? While not hunting for DDs like James does, I thought Ken used that strategy to keep his opponents from getting a used to a single category and running with it. Plus, it negates any theme that the producers may have developed for the category. I seem to remember some people not liking him for that reason? (Or am I just not remembering correctly?)
  18. Jan 8, 2020 #18 of 164

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    you didn't hit the 30s skip button as soon as the host said "you have 30 seconds" like i did?
  19. Jan 8, 2020 #19 of 164

    Mario500 Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    I did not like hearing whom I had believed to had been the host of the program presenting what I had believed to had been a certain clue for one of its game involving a certain word I would describe as "profane" (its spelling was similar to this one: " witchin' ") and did not like the music for the final rounds of those games (I was hoping one of the final rounds would have a certain kind of music originally used for the final rounds of games for a TV program like this one ("Jeopardy!") in years past since I had expected it ("Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time!") to be what some folks might describe as a "special").
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    Mario500 Member

    Jan 11, 2019

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