Super Duper Jeopardy! -
obvious big story right now is the Jeopardy Super-Duper
Tournament, where 150 big winners from the past 20 years
have a chance to play the game again. The two winners
play in the grand championship against Ken Jennings;
where they will divide $2,750,000. It's very obvious
that Jeopardy is trying to cash in on Ken-Mania, but I
think they're making a couple of big mistakes.
First is the tournament format. Fifteen weeks is an
awful long time for a tournament to play out, especially
when Jeopardy tournaments are usually done in two weeks.
If the Marquee Match-up is against Ken, holding him back
for nearly four months is a bad move. Better to have it
be just a month or so. Then there's the issue of the
Tournament champions, along with many of the previous
five-day winners will return to play in this Uber-Championship.
The great thing about the Masters Tournament was that
the fifteen players were all well known: Bob Harris went
down in flames, Eddie was the first blind champion, Bob,
Brad, Chuck and Robin all won their own ToC, and other
people were there for various reasons. They were all
memorable. Even the rabid fans aren't likely to remember
two-thirds of the field; what about the regular Joes who
are watching? They're going to watch the games, thinking
"who ARE these people?"
Then there's this whole business about giving Ken a bye
until the finals. This smacks as much of a stunt as
anything else. If someone offered me a bye until the
final round of a tournament, with a guaranteed prize of
$250,000, I would dance a jig on the spot. I know he's
the biggest winner of all time. I know he's the main
draw for the event. He still shouldn't get to sit back
and watch all of that. He should be in the trenches with
Lastly, there's the timing. For a week or so after Ken
lost, I found myself going into withdrawals of sorts.
Jeopardy just wasn't the same. Then, after that, I got
over it. It was time to move on with the show. He's
still fresh in my mind, but now it's time for other
players to get the spotlight. They needed to wait awhile
for this mega event, to give viewers the chance to get a
rest from 15 weeks of Ken. It's way too soon.
All that said, I'm still excited about seeing all these
former champions and how they'll play the game.
Especially the champions from old, it will be curious to
find out if they can pick up the signaling button and
work it like it was yesterday. I want to see the great
champions of the game again. It's my Nerdvana, as it
were. So, even though I think Sony messed up big time,
I'm still going to be there every day, matching my game
with the champs.
In closing, if Eddie Timanus and Leszek Pawlowicz
weren't invited, it just won't be the same without them.
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