Jeopardy: Just Noticed This

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by waynomo, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003


    I was being sarcastic. It was posted here in this thread and was being discussed in the posts just before you made that post.
  2. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    I would like to have seen S.E. Cupp, just for style & intelligence. I don't know if that would have been perceived as any kind of balance, these days, maybe seen as just another same old.
  3. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    So 2nd place literally wasted a chance to win yesterday:

    Going into FJ, 2nd place Dan had exactly half of the leader...
    Kelly Donohue: 21200
    Dan Singer: 10600
    Kimberly Stunkel: 6800

    The obvious play is to bet it all, and hope 1st misses and you get it. Or maybe 1st bets -0-, and you both get it, and there is a tie. Several possibilities. all requiring 2nd place to actually make the obvious and intelligent wager.

    He bets $3001. It seemed he wanted to make sure he locked 2nd place.

    But he gets it, and the leader misses. 1st place Kelly bet a buck, hoping to avoid a tie-breaker, but ended up winning since 2nd place idiot didn't wager to win $21K, just $2K.

    Why do these people even bother to play? :mad::(
  4. MauriAnne

    MauriAnne Mostly lurking

    Sep 20, 2002
    I don't understand how people are smart enough to get on Jeopardy but not smart enough to know how to bet. I was yelling at my TV when I saw his bet.
  5. lew

    lew Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2002


    I've read the difference between 2nd and 3rd place may be the difference between covering your expenses and losing money being a contestants. Not sure if it applies to local contestants.
    The math analysis puts no value on the difference between 2nd and 3rd place.
    You can't just look at the math. It's easy to say bet to win but sometimes the chance of getting a question you know and the leading contestant gets wrong doesn't seem likely.

    Assume you thought you had less then a 5% chance of getting it right and the leader wrong. Wagering for 2nd makes sense.

    Bet to win sounds right but bet so being a contestant doesn't cost you money also has some validity.
  6. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    It's $2,000 vs $1,000. All I can say is if that extra $1,000 is driving your decision, you have no business being on Jeopardy. I don't care what other factors are at play.

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  7. lambertman

    lambertman With an "L"

    Dec 20, 2002
    Worst wager in the history of Jeopardy!, I’d have to imagine.
  8. HarleyRandom

    HarleyRandom Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    I'm watching when I have very little time left before bedtime and I'm still watching Rodgers. I loved his reaction when no one guessed The Packers as the team that won the most NFL championships in the 60s. Of course I should have known that because The Packers won the first two Super Bowls. That was the NFL Championship starting in the 70s. Wait ... it was NFL Championship. The first Super Bowls involved the AFL.

    And it was Norah who got the answer for a Nick Charles clue.
  9. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    And as you know they were already the NFL champions, win or lose in those 1967 and 1968 Super Bowls (for the 1966 & 67 seasons) while the leagues remained separate. For the 1970 season and forward, the NFL Championship game became the NFC Championship game (the then defunct AFL becoming the AFC division of the NFL and the existing NFL becoming the NFC) and the Super Bowl determined the NFL Championship.

    Trivia question you can win 9/10 times: "The Baltimore Colts played the New York Jets quarterbacked by Joe Namath in Super Bowl IV; which team won the NFL championship that season?"
  10. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

    Mar 29, 2003
    I LOLed when the dude from Boston's first "question" was "What is a LOBSTAH?" :D:D:D
  11. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Ever have one of those moments where your brain locks up, you know the answer, but it won't come out?


    The mythical founder Byzas consulted the Oracle of Delphi before establishing what’s now known as this city


    I knew they were referring to Byzantium. One of my favorite cities, I've even read a couple books about it. But Constantinople quickly ran into my brain, and I could not dislodge it. Even though I knew it had been renamed again, once Connie was in there, nothing could overwrite it.

    This should have a get rate of about 99.9%. I'll be the .1

    Aaaahhhhh. :mad:
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  12. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    All you needed was the current name of Constantinople.

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  13. ehusen

    ehusen Geek not Nerd

    Jan 7, 2002
    Chicago Suburbs
    So much this. What especially drives me bonkers is how often they wrongly bet the daily doubles. I believe they even get time not being filmed to figure out what to bet right?

    So many times I see a scores where the first place is about 75% more then 2nd place. It's very near the end of the round and 2nd place hits the last daily double. They then proceed to bet somewhere around 60-70% of their money. Arrggghhhh. You've just made a bet that can only help you lose! You've bet enough that if you lose, 1st place will have a runaway. But if you win, you are still behind 1st place and will need to win final jeopardy and have 1st place get the answer wrong. Just like before you hit the daily double. So you risked even having a chance to win for nothing. I see this often and I don't understand it. If you have so little confidence in being able to answer then only bet a 1$. It's like they think a semi big bet will help them "catch up" but in reality, there position really doesn't change since they are still behind 1st place while not understanding that a their semi-big bet will effectively prevent them from having any chance at winning in the end.
  14. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    DD wagering almost always bugs me. In the first round, you should usually wager as much as you can, unless it's a category you are really weak in. Even if it's several thousand, wager it! You'll either build a good lead, or lose an amount that's easy to make up in DJ.

    There was one last week where the DD was in the top row, a very rare occurrence. And they barely wagered anything. Come on people, THINK!

    I wonder how many contestants don't watch much Jeopardy, don't know all this stuff we rage about? But they're trivia smart, so they make it on the show.
  15. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
    I immediately thought of the same song, but it was this version that came to mind for me. No doubt because The Tiny Toons used it in an episode back in the 90s.

  16. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    It's because TMBG is awesome of course!
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  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I only knew the TMBG version. Had no idea it was a cover.

    Noticed a captioning error last week when the answer was St. Maarten and the captions said "St. Martin" but that's an understandable mistake.
  18. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    St. Martin is actually correct as well. The island is split between The Netherlands and France and that is the French spelling. St. Maarten is the Dutch flavor.

    (Yes, I know the question was Dutch related, but either spelling is acceptable).
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  19. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

    Jun 18, 2002
    It's been covered a lot. What blew me away was learning Turkey only officially changed the name in 1930.
  20. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

    Sep 26, 2002
    So, did Alex always remind the players with less than $1,000 on a JR DD that they can bet up to $1,000? Did Anderson Cooper say that but it was cut for time? Or did AC see clearly that the player was hip to that, and just let him go (good sense of the game flow)? Or did AC make a mistake that didn't matter because the player was hip.

    My take at the moment was that AC was flustered a tiny bit because it was a $1,000 clue, though that was irrelevant. It seemed to me that he was flustered a couple of other times, his weakest game in terms of smoothness, though he engaged in some excellent banter at a few points. He was clearly nonplussed at exactly what to say about the winner getting the final clue in DJ right. It was a key dramatic moment, overall she closed strong plus that made the game a runaway, and he wanted to say something dramatic but I think he kinda caught himself, thinking (or hearing in his earpiece) "You're not supposed to say 'runaway'" and he blathered a bit.

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