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The Man Who Knew Too Much 655

theodp writes "For thrilling competition, Slate says the Tour de France pales next to the 25-game reign of Jeopardy! supercontestant Ken Jennings. The 30-year-old software engineer has won a total of $788,960, beating the previous record-holder by a margin of over $600,000. Watching KenJen play is like witnessing any great athlete in top form: He's the Michael Jordan of trivia, the Seabiscuit of geekdom, and his antics have once again made Jeopardy! required viewing. (Update: 26 wins and $828,960: 'When Jennings ran the Marvel comics category during the second round, host Alex Trebek asked: Have you done anything besides read comics? It pays to be a nerd, Jennings responded.')"
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The Man Who Knew Too Much

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  • Fun fact: (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:20AM (#9640763)
    There are more hens & chicken that humans on earth.
  • movie? (Score:5, Funny)

    by maxbang ( 598632 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:21AM (#9640773) Journal

    Oh lord, I hope they don't make a movie about this guy forty years from now and expose him as some kind of patsy in an elaborate scheme to sell more vitamin juice for old people.

  • by hal2814 ( 725639 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:22AM (#9640774)
    If Jennings were on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, he could already have more money by now (and it wouldn't take him a month to do it).
  • Proud? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rpbailey1642 ( 766298 ) <robert.b.pratt@gmCOUGARail.com minus cat> on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:22AM (#9640780)
    I'm actually really impressed that this man is getting so much respect (and money!) for how much he knows. Most of it is useless trivia, but to most people, that comes across as intelligence...a man is getting respect for his intelligence, on daytime TV. Awesome.
    • Re:Proud? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by CaseyB ( 1105 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:39AM (#9640924)
      Most of it is useless trivia, but to most people, that comes across as intelligence...

      Any one fact by itself is "useless trivia". But assorted "useless trivia" questions are just a way of gathering a random sampling of the entire body of knowledge that someone has.

      If you're going to reliably answer a question about who happened to be president in a given year, then you pretty much have to know the entire chronology of the presidency.

      • by emilng ( 641557 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:44AM (#9641486)
        If you're going to reliably answer a question about who happened to be president in a given year, then you pretty much have to know the entire chronology of the presidency

        Just like if you had a towel then you pretty much have to be in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc.
      • Re:Proud? (Score:4, Interesting)

        by Le Marteau ( 206396 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @12:48PM (#9643854) Journal
        Any one fact by itself is "useless trivia". But assorted "useless trivia" questions are just a way of gathering a random sampling of the entire body of knowledge that someone has.

        I remember when I was having my head shrinked. The psychiatrist gave me a battery of tests. He asked me about 10 'useless trivia' questions, e.g. "Who wrote 'Faust'" (I replied "Goeth", pronounced it just like that, not the German pronunciation.) Another question: "Where is Egypt?" (Africa, of course). I forget the rest.

        The shrink was using the questions to gauge my general body of knowledge. Combined with other metrics, a general picture of a person's state of mind and persona develops. Certainly, someone who knows who wrote 'Faust' and where Egypt, and the other questions, is a very different person from someone who knows none of the answers. Plus, the fact that I pronounced "Goethe" the way it is would be pronounced if it were an American name, is telling, as it showed that I obtained that knowledge by reading, rather than through a lecture or a TV show. It also showed I was not German, and had not studied the language to any real degree.
    • Re:Proud? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by maxbang ( 598632 )

      Ah, yes, you say useless trivia. This proves that useless trivia is far from useless, given the right circumstances. Nothing is not worth knowing.

      • Re:Proud? (Score:3, Funny)

        by AGMW ( 594303 )
        Nothing is not worth knowing.

        For example, I know that if you are standed at the North Pole and are starving and are
        a) foolish enough to try and kill a polar bear ... and
        b) lucky enough to succeed
        do NOT eat the liver as it will kill you because it is loaded with Vitamin A (as discovered by some hapless explorers many years ago!).

    • Re:Proud? (Score:3, Funny)

      by IdleTime ( 561841 )
      I guess he is "Gloria" from "White men can't jump!"...
    • Re:Proud? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by neuroklinik ( 452842 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:03AM (#9641127)
      Useless trivia? Last I heard, this guy had won over $800,000 because of all this useless trivia. Doesn't seem so useless now, does it?
  • Tonari no Totoro (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Karrde712 ( 125745 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:22AM (#9640783)
    Personally, I thought it was wonderful when Jennings announced that his good luck charm was a stuffed Totoro doll from Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro), a Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki animated film. (See nausicaa.net for more)
  • by tommasz ( 36259 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:24AM (#9640795)
    Not only does Ken know a lot, he's got his "signalling button fu" working. He's going to be hard to beat as a result of that alone, as we've seen. But even when he guesses, he seems to guess correctly, so there's no doubt about the breadth of his knowledge. Go Ken!
    • I'm pretty sure he hits the button without even considering whether he knows the answer - he's been caught out like that a couple of times, having pushed the button but with no idea what the answer is. I suspect he just trusts to his vast knowledge of trivia.

      My daughter has started rooting against him - "Enough!", she yells, "Ken is getting boring! Somebody make him lose!"

      Personally I think he will just decide to walk once he hits $1000000.

      • "Personally I think he will just decide to walk once he hits $1000000."

        I don't think so. If I were in his place, I would keep going until I lost or they made me leave. There's not too many chances in life to rack up that kind of cash that quickly. He should and probably will take full advantage of it.
        • "There's not too many chances in life to rack up that kind of cash that quickly. He should and probably will take full advantage of it."

          Even ignoring the fact that he's making so much money, I bet he's *enjoying* it. Who wouldn't want to have that much fun and then get paid for it?
      • by HungWeiLo ( 250320 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:45AM (#9641491)
        Personally I think he will just decide to walk once he hits $1000000.

        Anybody else notice his slight political slant that he lents into his comments? It was towards the beginning of his reign. But in the last couple of shows, he jokes that he is now in favor of the Bush tax cuts.

        Speaking of which, does anyone else notice that Bush advertises on Wheel of Fortune and Kerry on Jeopardy?
      • by kryptkpr ( 180196 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @10:18AM (#9641883) Homepage
        Personally I think he will just decide to walk once he hits $1000000.

        Ken has himself said (on the 23rd show I think it was; where a the lady got ~$1800 taken away retrospectivelly for saying 'Olympics' instead of 'Summer Olympics' and didn't end up with enough $$ to challenge him) that his goal is to be invited to become a writer for Jeopardy. All Jeopardy writers are previous contestants (according to Trebek).
    • by Augie De Blieck Jr. ( 13716 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:46AM (#9641513) Homepage Journal
      The signaling button is no doubt an important part of the show. And last I heard, the J! producers put different people in charge of "turning on" the buzzers for every show. This way, you won't get one contestant in tune with one producer to lock into the timing. (Remember, you can't buzz in until AFTER Alex finishes reading the answer.)

      People often forget (or don't realize) that there is a certain amount of strategy involved with Jeopardy! Being smart and a trivia hound is definitely the first thing, but then the buzzer comes into play, and answer selection. (If you're under a minute to go in Double Jeopardy and another contestant is at -$2000, try hard not to pick a $2000 answer right away...)

      The idea I like the most to unseat KenJen is to bring back Chuck Forrest, Frank Spangenberg, etc. to compete against him. All out Super Jeopardy! brawl!

  • All Hail... (Score:4, Funny)

    by petepac ( 194110 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:25AM (#9640806)
    ...and bow before him for he is the Alpha-Nerd!
  • Incredible (Score:5, Interesting)

    by WenisMonger ( 787750 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:26AM (#9640809)
    It's like he knows one of the guys who makes up the trivia. It's really incredible.

    I had only heard about him until two days ago when he won his 25th in a row, and his winnings for that day were only $14,000, which was his lowest in all 25 games.

  • Maybe he's a robot (Score:4, Interesting)

    by grunt107 ( 739510 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:27AM (#9640816)
    This is very impressive. Maybe he has someone feeding him answers (conspiracy theory!).

    Brings to mind the recent GSN (Game Show Network) airing on the Michael Larson "Press Your Luck" scandal. This guy learned their random board sequence was actually sets of predictable moves and won what was then large $. Then the network would not pay him, although IMO he did nothing wrong.
    • by bujoojoo ( 161227 )
      Brings to mind the recent GSN (Game Show Network) airing on the Michael Larson "Press Your Luck" scandal. This guy learned their random board sequence was actually sets of predictable moves and won what was then large $. Then the network would not pay him, although IMO he did nothing wrong.

      Not true. The producers tried to weasel out of paying him but could not prove he was cheating, only paying close attention. There is an interesting site here [gscentral.net]
    • Actually, the network (CBS), was _trying_ to find a way not to pay him. The lawyers basically told them, nope, he didn't cheat, it's your fault, ya gotta pay him. The next season, CBS did double the number of patterns on the board, from 6 to 12, to try to prevent that from happening again. Sadly, Larson lost all of the money in a bad real estate investment deal (I guess he finally did hit that whammy), and died of cancer nearly broke. I did see rumors of a film based on the story, with Bill Murray as Mi
  • Constantly Recording (Score:5, Interesting)

    by thpdg ( 519053 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:29AM (#9640828) Journal
    I've watched a few of his shows, and I have to say, he is definitely a learner. On the rare occasions that he misses a response, I've never seen him say "Oh, I knew that". Instead, he has this intense look, as if he's going to remember it for next time. If he's been doing that his whole life, then it's no wonder he has such a knowledge base.
    Based on myself, and some others that read here, I suspect a lot of the Slashdot community is the same way. How else could we recall so much about Linux, servers, PC upkeep, and any number of topics that appear here on a regular basis?
    I wish Ken the best of luck, and maybe we'll be able to talk to him here, at some point.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:30AM (#9640834)
    Can you imagine what a Beowolf cluster of KenJens would be like?
  • What a change (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rurik ( 113882 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:30AM (#9640835)
    People being celebrated for their intelligence and wit, and not their looks or physical attributes. Are we still in America? What happened here?

    Anyone remember the episode of Sliders where Quinn (sp) was on the game show of extremely high level math and science questions (while throwing a ball). The perfect world for geeks :D
    • Re:What a change (Score:4, Insightful)

      by dasmegabyte ( 267018 ) <das@OHNOWHATSTHISdasmegabyte.org> on Thursday July 08, 2004 @01:42PM (#9644480) Homepage Journal
      Oh come on, it's just one guy. Hardly a revolution. Hardly anything new. America's always got their token smart guys. The average man knows Einstein, Sagan and Hawking. The average man knows Bill Gates. The average man know Asimov and Bradbury. The average man knows Alan Greenspan.

      The problem is, smart people don't really have time to spend in the spotlight. They're busy learning and doing stuff that matters. Beautiful people have little to do all day after that four hour session at the gym. So they go on E! So they show up on chat shows. So they go to gala premieres with vapid actresses.

      Fame is very high maintenance, and for most smart people, it's not worth it.
  • Heh (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sglane81 ( 230749 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:30AM (#9640842) Homepage
    Wow, this article is lacking something... content maybe? Someone who has seen the show maybe?

    Note his systematic habit of moving down the categories vertically, one by one, rather than skipping around the board.

    Everyone does this.

    His nearly preternatural ability to land on the hidden Daily Doubles.

    The odds are much more in your favor for hitting the DD if you answer the most questions.

    Sounds like Dana Stevens watched one episode and thought she understood. 2/3rds of the article isn't even about Jeopardy! or Ken. It's really amazing these kinds of journalists can get a job.
    • Who modded the Insightful? Should have been -1, Mean-Spirited.

      This article isn't a Learning Channel documentary on Jeopardy, sglane. She also didn't explain that Trebek is Canadian or whatever; I know, I know, serious oversight. Come on - she's using a (very small) bit of poetic license to illustrate her point about KenJen's slightly neurotic but lovable habits.

      Also note that this piece isn't 'journalism' properly so-called; if anything newspaperly it's editorialization or light-hearted commentary.

      • Re:Ugh (Score:5, Insightful)

        by sab39 ( 10510 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:25AM (#9641330) Homepage
        What's astonishing to me is that *nobody* mentions that the only reason he's so far ahead of previous records is that in all previous seasons you were booted after 5 wins. Of *course* someone doing very well is going to beat records by a lot - anyone who did this well on any previous season would have left the show three weeks ago with a paltry 150K or so.

        Sure, the guy's good. But there's no way to tell how much better he is than previous 5-day winners, because those previous winners never got the chance to show what they could do.
        • Re:Ugh (Score:4, Informative)

          by Maestro4k ( 707634 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @10:24AM (#9641943) Journal
          • What's astonishing to me is that *nobody* mentions that the only reason he's so far ahead of previous records is that in all previous seasons you were booted after 5 wins.
          Actually the article mentions this, did you read it? Another person pointed out that the doubled the value of the questions also this season (when they did away with the 5 day limit). That wasn't mentioned in the article.
  • by digithead ( 132919 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:32AM (#9640862)
    ...welcome our new trivia overlords.
  • Pales? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by linuxrunner ( 225041 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:33AM (#9640871) Homepage
    "Tour de France pales next to the 25-game reign of Jeopardy!"

    I'm sorry, but a 23 day 2235 mile, (3600 KM), race at full speed PALES?

    Yesterday was the time trials, and the US Postal team finished first with an average speed of 33 MPH, 53 KPH.

    That's amazing... and they'll keep doing it. With other racers such as Ullrich, Hamilton, Julich, etc, this is going to be a great year to watch the race.

    Sure this fella on Jepoardy is smart, but we don't know if the show is trumping it up, now do we?

    I mean... we can get one smart guy, and keep getting dumb challengers, and hey... look... wow.. he DEFINATELY looks smart, and won't loose.

    Can anyone say, "ratings"... I mean, on a bad channel, and a bad time... they need something right?

    At least the tour isn't fake, and everyone is at the same level, going for the same goal.

    I'll take the Tour over any WB show anyday.
    • Re:Pales? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by treuf ( 99331 )
      Excuse me, but when you say that the tour isn't fake, you should consider doping.
      All those guys (most of them) are cheaters and I don't consider this sport anymore.

      Check those 2 links out :
      http://www.thinkmuscle.com/articles/hoberman/to ur. htm
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/ cycli ng/3748973.stm
  • by Brain Stew ( 225524 ) <zackwag@@@verizon...net> on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:34AM (#9640875) Homepage
    And he'd give it all up for a kiss from a girl :(...
  • by sielwolf ( 246764 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:35AM (#9640887) Homepage Journal
    Was it recently? For a while that kept the max pretty low (since, well, the best anyone could do was be on less than a fifth the shows Jennings has been on. Also might explain why his winnings are about five times as high).

    On a related note: I liked Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption talking about auditioning for Jeopardy where he got some pretty high marks but chose a less skilled contestant because Mr Tony wasn't "telegenic enough" (ironic since he cohosts PTI, is a guest on another weekly DC sports show and the Sports Reporters). I guess criteron might be out the window too.
  • Only in america (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Underholdning ( 758194 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:36AM (#9640903) Homepage Journal
    "If his winning streak continues, Jennings could become the most celebrated software engineer in America."
    Engineers can put probes on Mars and take pictures of Jupiter, but if you want to be celebrated, you must go on TV :)
  • Not even close (Score:5, Interesting)

    by arieswind ( 789699 ) * on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:38AM (#9640921) Homepage
    These games arent even close... last night he had 40k at the end, the next closest was like 4 or 5k. The night before that he had over 25k, both of the other people were in the red, for nearly the entire show. It's one thing to win 25 closely contested shows, its quite another to win by the impressive margins that he does every night.
  • by Psychic Burrito ( 611532 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:41AM (#9640940)
    Anybody seen Quiz Show [imdb.com]? To increase viewer numbers, champions regularly stayed on a show for 20+ weeks. How they did it? Participants got the questions in advance and it was all just a big show... And no, this isn't fiction, it really happened - in the 1950...

    Should make everyone wonder whether the network has really found a great candidate or just decided to increase viewer numbers again with a similar plot...
  • The New Jeopardy (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gwjc ( 181552 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @08:42AM (#9640947)
    Firstly, I don't think he's cheating. People we're speculating on it the last time he was /.'d but he's just under too much scrutiny. The elimination of the five win rule set the stage for this new form of Jeopardy and I can't see how it can change from here unless the reinstate the rule. Ken will stay on top until someone like Ken but better comes along, and it stands to reason that whoever can beat him will remain unbeatable for a long run until some equally rare triv-master knocks them out. I noticed that last night when he referred to himself as a 'nerd' Trebek quickly insisted he was anything but; He used to seem more antagonistic to him. It's like Alex has Stockholm syndrome now that his show has been taken hostage by Ken. I wonder if the people who select the questions will deliberately start stacking the questions to exploit his weakspots or maybe they won't given the ratings boost he's bringing them.
    Anyway, here's to Ken!
  • Jeopardy Web boards (Score:5, Informative)

    by UDGags ( 756537 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:00AM (#9641099)
    http://boards.sonypictures.com/boards/forumdisplay .php?s=50aa46369dcf5a3280b1ed37548dfe79&forumid=34 These are the actual message boards for Jeopardy and Ken Jennings posts there frequently on such topics. They also have running tallies of his scores and precantages. Kinda cool information if you like that kind of stuff. Also I have watched most of Ken's game and this guy is amazing with the amount of trivia he knows.
  • Bored of Ken (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Walrus99 ( 543380 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:03AM (#9641130)

    Actually I am getting sort of tired of watching Ken. I used to watch Jeopardy every evening, but have tunned out lately. He has gotten the signaling button down. Most of the lower value questions are general knowledge and its a matter of who ever signals in first. If you can control the board you can choose the categories and can pic the ones you know more about, also you have a greater chance of getting a daily double. This give an adavantage to those who have been on for a few shows and has gotten used to the timing of the signaling button, regardless of knowledge.

    I say bring back the five show rule and get some competition back in the game.

  • by AssFace ( 118098 ) <stenz77&gmail,com> on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:14AM (#9641233) Homepage Journal
    I think the obvious answer is the simplest one:

    He is a cybernetic mutant from the future that was programmed to have all of the answers to a series of game show questions so that he could be sent back in time, win the prize money, and then use said money to fund his killing spree which eventually allows the robots to rise up and take over the earth while only a handful of humans remain plotting to overthrow the robot regime and one day reign supreme again.

    And hookers. He is going to blow a ton of that cash on whores.
    I know I would.
  • by cimber ( 795059 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:14AM (#9641244)
    Slate says the Tour de France pales

    That's Tour de Freedom if you please.
  • by The I Shing ( 700142 ) * on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:27AM (#9641346) Journal
    When I watch Jeopardy!, I childishly yell out "Triple Stumper!" whenever I know the correct response and all three of the contestants either get it wrong or don't respond, and I'll sometimes do a little dance.

    And if that happens during Final Jeopardy, I yell out "Final Jeopardy Triple Stumper!" and I'll break into an extended, elaborate dance, not unlike a wide receiver dancing in the endzone after a touchdown. I get maybe one of those every three months. The evening when I performed that dance while watching Jeopardy! with my girlfriend and her parents is particularly memorable.

    Then there was a friend of mine who got a "Ultimate Mega Final Jeopardy Triple Stumper," where he correctly guessed the response before the clue was even given, knowing only the category, and all three contestants got it wrong. As I recall, his head exploded. That was quite a day.
  • by Bricklets ( 703061 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @09:36AM (#9641412)
    I think it may be difficult for many Americans to appreciate what a feat Lance Armstrong has been able to accomplish by winning these past few Tours. I happenly vacationed in Paris last summer around the time the Tour was going on, and let me say that was one insane tour Armstrong had to go through. I'd never seen cycling before then, but I'm now forever hooked. On the first day there was a massive crash among the huge swarm of cyclists in their final dash to the finishing line. Armstrong had also crashed. On the ground with his bike broken, one of his teammates stopped beside him and handed him his own bike so that Armstrong could finish the race. Amazing.

    Another time the tires of a cyclist in front of him exploded and that cyclist went skidding across the pavement. I don't remember how fast they were going (maybe 40-50mph), but Armstrong just barely misses running the guy over but had to swerve off track onto the grass before finally getting back on the road and continuing on. And there was one day when due to perhaps his own mistake, he ran out of water. By the time he finished that day he was completely dehydrated and had lost 1/3 of his body mass. Crazy.

    And finally the tour had a thriller of an ending. I think the day before the Tour ended Armstrong was still neck and neck with this closest competitor. Racing through a timed trial in the rain, Armstrong finished a bit slow if I remember correctly, but the other guy ended crashing on the wet road, losing too much time and hence guaranteed Armstrong's victory. A toss-up to the very end. Amazing.

    And so while Ken Jennings is certainly impressive with his winnings so far, I'd be hard press to say that the Tour pales in comparison.
    • by pmc ( 40532 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @10:21AM (#9641910) Homepage
      Ah - you missed out the moutain stage - stage 15 - where he effectively won the race. He was going up this HC climb (really steep and long) with Jan Ullrich and Tyler Hamilton in his group - the leader of the stage being about a minute a head.

      Lance attacked and was starting to pull away when his handlebar got caught on a spectator's bag and he crashed to the ground most spectacularly. Jan's and Tyler's group went by him and slowed to wait - tradition demands you beat the yellow jersey, not take advantage of misfortune.

      Lance climbed back on his bike and immediately the chain slipped and he went groin first into the top-bar - eyewatering stuff. He got his rhythm again, caught up with the group. And kept going - straight through them. Tyler and Jan just could not respond and Lance went on to win the stage by 40 seconds. This gave him enough margin to eliminate any possible challenge in the last time trial.

      Tyler Hamilton, incidently, broke his collar-bone on stage one. He still went on to win a stage and finish overall fourth last year. True "Clash of the Titans" stuff. And people think a quiz-show compares?
  • by Mickey Jameson ( 3209 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @10:04AM (#9641740)
    Ken wins until July 23rd, the last episode of this season. When the next season airs, he wins the first 10 shows, amassing somewhere in the tune of $1.5 million.

    This season stopped taping in February and he can't legally comment on anything related to the show until his reign is over.

    That said, I don't think this guy is all that special. Who knows how many prior 5 day champs could have done what Ken has.

    And don't ask me how I know. Let's just say a little birdie told me.

  • by kaden ( 535652 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @10:36AM (#9642126)
    I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet (apparantly). Ken Jennings has a webpage [8m.com]! I'm sorry to report to the /. crowd that it was designed in MS Word. But it seems to be more of a personal checklist (and a window into how he got so much "useless" knowledge) than a page he intended for other people to see.
  • by debest ( 471937 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @11:34AM (#9642893)
    Assuming that he doesn't just quit first....

    The guy is so good, you know that he'll never do anything stupid enough to lose. There have likely been many like him on this show, but they never had this chance (the limit on 5 wins cut them off).

    It will take another super-duper geek to beat him. Is this the future of Jeopardy? "Unbeatable" champions that just win for months at a time? Personally, that'll get boring quick. Having a heroic run once in a while is thrilling: having it happen all the time is just dull. Michael Schumacher's dominance has similarly turned me off of F1 racing.

    Methinks another rule change may be in the making for next season: a cap on earnings. Maybe $1,000,000 is the right amount.

    BTW, I'm REALLY looking forward to a "Tournament of Champions" where he can square off against some of the others that got cut off at 5 wins. I think he'd do well (likely very well), but he'd certainly not be a lock to beat some of the others we've seen on this show in the past.
  • by Octagon Most ( 522688 ) on Thursday July 08, 2004 @12:34PM (#9643662)
    "I feel like 'Cactus Gavvy' Cravath. Do you know who that is? Right. Nobody does. He's the guy who had the home run record before Babe Ruth came along." Tom Walsh, of Washington, D.C., who held the record for "Jeopardy" winnings until Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City broke it recently

    - Newsweek 7/12/04 issue

We're living in a golden age. All you need is gold. -- D.W. Robertson.