of the season. Pomp and circumstance of sorts. Time for
our Moment of Zen. Lots of things to celebrate.
Champions, wraps and awards. So, get a Cold One of your
choice, a snack, put your feet up and enjoy.
First up, congratulations to Meredith Vieira, on winning
the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host. You've
truly made the host's job on Millionaire your own. You
deserve it, for nothing more than hearing the 'lights
down' cue five thousand times. It's appointment viewing
for me, and I welcome you into my home every weekday
night. Best wishes in 2005-2006.
Congratulations to winners Uchenna & Joyce Agu (Uchenna
is from Seattle, he worked at a television station here
many years ago), Tom Westman, Sergio Mora and Carrie
Underwood. Each is truly deserving of winning their
various competitions that ended recently. It's nice to
see the 'good guys' win. Too bad it doesn't happen more
often. We will be seeing more of the Amazing Race,
Survivor and American Idol, but The Contender isn't so
lucky. A shame, too, since it was a legitimate boxing
tournament, with minimal 'reality show' elements.
Now, to the tournaments that ended. Congratulations to
the Hogg family, who won $80,000 in a sudden death
tiebreaker to cap the Family Feud Tournament. Too bad
Richard sucked all the drama out of it.
And a toast to Teresa Lee, the winner of the Street
Smarts Tournament. As the last new show the Smarts will
ever do, it's a fine way to go out. The tournament was a
great idea, in format and execution. Too bad they didn't
think of it in season three, when the whole thing was
getting a bit old. Farewell, Smarts, it was a good run.
Frank, I hope you land on your feet, you deserve another
Big ups to Stump the Schwab winner Adam Garfield. You
fought a good fight, but couldn't quite put him away.
Enjoy the $5,000 and trip to the ESPYs, as well. That's
another show I hope gets another season.
You really thought I was going to forget Jeopardy? Not a
chance. The very first OTB fifteen weeks ago dealt with
the super tournament. I was pleased and disappointed.
Pleased to see 145 of the greatest people to ever grab a
signaling button get to play again for some big money,
bragging rights, and a chance to play against a legend.
The first fourteen weeks were great, even up to the
Unfortunately, the three-game final was disappointing to
me. What had been built up as a clash of the titans
turned into Brad going nuts on the buzzer, racking up
tons of dough, and coasting to an easy win. I'm happy
for him, Ken and Jerome, all three earned their spot in
the finals, but it just wasn't the same as tournaments
where everything is up in the air until Final Jeopardy!
ends. I was left hungry for more. I still enjoyed the
tournament overall, though. Unfortunately, I think this
counts as the year's tournament of champions, since
there are only four people qualified to compete.
Even though many of the shows above are ending soon for
the summer break, On the Buzzer isn't going anywhere.
There are always enough topics, shows and things to
write about that we'll be here for a long time. Thank
you for reading, because as Jim Perry said on Card
Sharks so many times, "Without you, we're nothing."
Travis Eberle was
valedictorian of GSNN's Class of 2004. You can give him
props at email@example.com