Jeopardy: Just Noticed This

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

  1. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
    Yeah, I've always thought, did he miss that it said "white collar"? FedEx's seasonal employees are obviously not white collar. Part of me has always wondered if he wasn't just subconsciously ready to be done.
  2. NatasNJ

    NatasNJ Bone marrow lover!

    Jan 7, 2002
    Based on how he is just DESTROYING people I can't see him losing anytime soon. He is making the game next to impossible for his opponenets by early into the 2nd round. Most of his final jeopardys he can wager 50k and STILL has 0% chance of an opponent of catching him. It is crazy. His buzz in game is the difference. He is so spot on with it.
  3. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
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  4. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I watch to see the marvel of what is occurring. I must say (and please don't flame me for it), but there is something about this guy (and this type of guy) who doesn't jive with me. But I don't root against (or, really, for him as much as for his achievement).
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  5. 3D

    3D Active Member

    Oct 9, 2001
    Plantation, FL.
    I root for him for the same reason I root for an amazing athlete, the thrill of witnessing greatness. On another note, something about his facial expressions bothered me and I finally figured it out. He smiles like Ed Grimley, I must say.
  6. jcondon

    jcondon Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2003
    My wife hates it and wants him to lose. Personally I find it interesting. Sooner or later he will lose and we will get a new champion. Until then I am going to enjoy the ride.
  7. Ruth

    Ruth Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    He is just amazing to watch. How is this guy going to lose!?! I love how all-business he is, too -- one-word category names always, no wasting time with please or any smalltalk, etc. Just a whole different level of seriousness going on.

    I haven't seen all of his eps, just the last week or so after he started getting so much press. But last night he seemed to have switched his strategy from what I'd seen. Before, he was starting at the bottom and going side to side (so, doing all the highest-value questions first without regard to topic, then the next highest-value questions, etc.) Last night it seemed like he was starting from the bottom, but then staying within the category for a while, moving up on the board. Anybody got a theory on that? I must admit it crossed my mind that he'd reached his $1M goal and was trying to back off a little to give the other contestants some kind of chance. But maybe he was just tired, or bored and trying new things? Any thoughts?
  8. KDeFlane

    KDeFlane Active Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    I was going to post a Season Pass alert for my region, but it has since been corrected.

    {ABC is airing the NFL Draft live today and tomorrow, which bumps our local affiliate's syndicated airing of Jeopardy! into primetime. SF Bay Area KGO-7 will air J! at 10:00pm tonight and 8:30pm Friday}
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  9. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I still added a 1.5 hour end padding for tonight and will probably add padding tomorrow.. previously they've slipped sometimes.

    They did email me about these since I've complained to KGO for quite a while when they preempt Jeopardy!
  10. wouldworker

    wouldworker _

    Sep 7, 2004
    MA, USA
    I can’t stand the players, like the woman last night and a guy the night before, who take forever to make a selection. “Can I have Rogues Gallery for 800, please?” Wasted time that might mean they can’t finish the board.
  11. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    The lead time is still long enough where the current contestants haven't seen him on TV yet. They may have watched a couple eps of him live while waiting for their show though. I wonder if he'll still be around when new contestants have seen him play, and how, if at all, they will change their strategy.
  12. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
    Even with taping 5 episodes in a day, I wouldn't think they allow contestants to watch episodes ahead of their open appearance. According to this 2016 article on, there are 46 production days per season, but it doesn't indicate how spread out those days are. One unconfirmed source indicated 2 days per week, every other week.

    At his Tournament of Champions appearance, Austin Rogers joked about not being paid yet for his regular season appearance. Alex pointed off set and told him his check was on a desk "over there". Even though the 2 appearances were many weeks apart, it implied they were taped very close together.

    I think the recent All-Star Team Championships were taped several months before airing.

    Long story short: I don't think any of the contestants that have gone against James so far, have known in advance they were walking into a buzzsaw.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
  13. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    I've been watching the faces of his opponents at various times--when he beats them to a click, when he makes DD wagers, etc. Many times, they are literally jaw dropping. The rest... frustration.

    His click reflexes are amazing. When you combine a 1% click performer, with a top 10% knowledge base, you get... you can do the math.
  14. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
    A lot of contestants, in general, seem to have trouble with getting the hang of ringing in. Like, if you ring in before Alex finishes reading, you lock yourself out for a moment. They're the ones you see pumping the button like a crack fiend. You have to wonder why no one tells them they look ridiculous.
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  15. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    I'm pretty sure that they do allow people who are taping later in the day to watch the other shows.
  16. MacThor

    MacThor Not Pictured

    Feb 7, 2002
    Richmond VA
    In the interview with James posted earlier, he mentioned his favorite moment was when Alex dropped an S-bomb during an end-of-episode conversation, pointing to the next contestants and saying what they were thinking about having to face James.
  17. Jon J

    Jon J Curmudgeon TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Music City USA
    Holzhauer admits he is pretty knowledgeable in most areas "except ballet".
  18. OhFiddle

    OhFiddle Active Member

    Dec 10, 2006
    Chicago Burbs
    It's hard to remember when watching that each week for us is only one day for James. His first two days (our two weeks) he seemed much more awkward... the smile showing teeth was indeed a bit creepy looking. Now he seems much more relaxed, presumably due to the time off and having already banked so much money!

    I don't think I could do Jeopardy. I would really need some work on my weak categories: literature, geography, sports, opera, mythology, chemistry... you know basically everything they like to focus on so much! I wonder how James would do on Millionaire? I don't think I got to see Jennings on there, but did see him on that 500 Questions show where he did really poorly. You need to be aggressive to do well on Millionaire. Always amazed at the people who have a 50/50 shot at the answer to the $50,000 question, which if they get right will lock them at $50,000 and then get a free guess at the $100,000 question... and they choose to walk away instead of risk losing $25,000.
  19. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
    It's possible. Just struck me as weird that they would allow that.
    Yeah, I still wasn't sure that meant they saw the whole thing though. They could've just been there long enough to see the end. Too bad we don't have any former contestants on the forum.
  20. EdwPowers

    EdwPowers Member TCF Club

    Apr 14, 2002
    I did post a season pass alert. Here in central Florida, it is delayed until late Saturday night. So even though it is scheduled, it did get picked up, who is to say it will air on time.

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