August 22, 2004
And now we pose. *pose*. Welcome back to WLTI. The
party's a bit
thinner, but we're still live.
Gordon: We still have a party of 3 - Me, Jason and Chico.
Chico: And live rhymes with five, and we're going right
into the Big Five,
celebrating Game Show Newsnet's fifth anniversary.
Chico: Today's subject: Biggest Players of the Past Five
Years. Last time, we
did biggest Host, and I have the results right there...
Your Big Five Hosts
5) Todd Newton
4) Phil Keoghan
3) Anderson Cooper
Chico: The top two, it was a horserace... But at
Chuck Woolery! And the
Biggest Host of the Past Five Years according to your
votes... Dude just set
a record. REGIS PHILBIN!
Gordon: That's great. hey Chico, out of the Top Ten, how
many of my hosts
were still there?
Chico: Two. Anyway, now we're going onto the other side
of the equation...
Gordon: Of the two hosts that you left standing, which
two were they?
Chico: Regis and Chuck!
Gordon: So MY TWO choices came in first and second? BWA
HA HA HA HA!
Chico: Ahem... Anyway, we call this one, Biggest Player
of the Past Five Years.
Gordon: The idea is for each of us to give our top 5
contestants, and then
get it knocked down to a list of ten that you, the
voters, vote on. Aldo, before
he left, gave me five.
Chico: What did he say?
Gordon: OK - #1 - Ken Jennings.
Jason: DER. Ken, obviously.
Gordon: #2 - Kevin Olmstead. #3 - John Carpenter. #4 -
Rob Mariano. #5 -
Chico: Oh man.. we're going to have so much fun with
that last one.
Gordon: I may wind up defending him.
Chico: We'll see. Okay, Jason, you have five? You can
repeat if you wish.
Jason: Five contestants? ....is this thing on? There we
Chico: Correct, and yes
Jason: Okay, #1 is, without a doubt, Ken Jennings...he's
made people talk
about game shows again (read: "Jeopardy Guy" updates on
PTI). #2 has to be Kevin
Olmstead; #3... I would actually say Richard Hatch, and
that's because almost
everybody remembered (at the very least) 'that naked guy
from Survivor' and it
garnered such HUGE responses. Then #4 would be John
tough.... Could I say Jason Block? :-P
Chico: You could. Millionaire and Jeopardy! within one
year. He'd be pleased.
Gordon: Make Jason happy - nominate him.
Jason: =D okay.
Chico: Okay, now I'm going to play the role of Gordon
this week... I need
glasses.. No seriously, I think I went out on a limb
here, but these are five
that I think, you know, stuck out in my mind...
Chico: But given the age, You probably would'nt even
have thought about
these. 1) Dan Avila... A loser, but a good sport about
it. Not everyone can say
that they lost $3,000,000 on the same stage. 2) Phyllis
Harris... For raiding
Greed AND Millionaire and just being so darn cute about
it... and the fact that
we need more ladies here. 3) Eddie Timanus.. He was the
Jeopardy! story before
Ken Jennings. He conquered the game without having seen
the board once. Truly
one of the feel-good stories of the early 2000s.
Chico: That and he suggested I pitch FastTalkers to
somewhere, but that's
beside the point.
Jason: Hehe.... another good choice.
Chico: 4) Ben Tritle... The final 21 player, a Jeopardy!
champ, and probably
the most patient person that I've ever seen on TV.
Gordon: Not to mention a man who loves giving out Street
Chico: And finally, the aforementioned Jason Block.
Also, a nice guy.
Jason: ....and in the Hot Seat.
Chico: Okay, Gordon, hit it up.
Gordon: Well, 4 of my 5 picks are up there, so I'll have
to go off the board.
Let me take 2 Greed people off the board. 1. Curtis
Warren. Mr. 'HAIR', who
won $1.2 million on Greed and won everything on Sale of
the Century. 2.
Madeleine Ali, who won $300,000 on Greed, but who also
won big on Millionaire and
won the big money all by herself on Friend or Foe
Chico: Interesting, yes.
Gordon: 3. Dr. Will Kirby, who taught everyone the
strategy of Big Brother -
and played it perfectly for a $500,000 payout.
Chico: Not to mention gave us this credo: If you have a
problem with reality
TV, you have a problem with reality.
Gordon: 4. Kelly Clarkson - the first, hottest, and
arguably, most successful
Jason: Alright, interesting choices thus far.
Gordon: And I will have to keep the same strategy that I
used last time and
bring up a decoy to protect my other 4. So my fifth
Chico: Dude, no decoys! You have to believe!
Gordon: Decoys are part of the game - and it brings
entertainment value to
Chico: Yeah, whatever, your fifth choice, please?
Gordon: SKYLER CLIPNER!!!!!!!
Chico: Can I play spoiler now?
Gordon: Fine, I'll not use the decoy (party pooper)
Chico: I was going to get rid of Clipner :-)
Gordon: Nooooooooo - really?
Chico: Really! That's basically how you play the Spoiler
Round. One at a
time, we'll just take one name and... see ya! Until
there are 10.
Gordon: #5 - Nancy Christy, the first women to nail a
million dollars on
Chico: Okay. We each get two. From 16 to 10...: Here's
Madeleine Ali, Dan Avila, Jason Block, John Carpenter,
Nancy Christy, Kelly
Clarkson, Phyllis Harris, Richard Hatch, William Hung,
Ken Jennings, Dr. Will
Kirby, Rob Mariano, Kevin Olmstead, Eddie Timanus, Ben
Tritle, Curtis Warren
Chico: Time to play spoiler. JD... You're up first...
Who you want to bump?
Gordon: I DARE you to cut Jennings.
Jason: HELL no. =P I'm cutting Madeline, and... Hung.
Chico: I can't wait to hear this one...
Gordon: He banged himself right out of the tournament.
Is it my turn? =)
Chico: Hit it.
Gordon: I won't cut Jennings either.
Chico: I'm thinking.. so many choices.. So many good
Gordon: This is tough. I'll have to cut Mariano (since I
thought Hatch was a
much better player).
Gordon: Having guts is nice, but you have to have glory
to go along with it.
I'm sorry, Dan Avila, you're gone.
Chico: Fair enough... Fair enough.. Okay, now it's my
turn... And this is
very VERY hard... I'll have to take these one at a
time... Jason Block...
Probably the first "big name star" of Millionaire... Or
one of the first.
Gordon: I met all of these people at the convention, so
I wanted to make sure
I didn't cut them - lol
Chico: Well, Curtis Warren really didn't do anything
that anyone else
couldn't do. I mean, he knew when to go, and he went...
So I guess I'm going to have
to cut him. Those are a dime a dozen nowadays.
Gordon: You're cutting a millionaire.... sob....
Josh: How much did Block win on Millionaire? I was
unaware he was even on
until after the con.
Chico: I think $125K.
Gordon: $125,000 - and was a 4 day champion on Jeopardy:
and also won on Turn
Chico: I'm not cutting Jennings either.
Gordon: So you cut someone who won the grad prize on TWO
shows. It's a good
thing you're bald.
Chico: It is, isn't it? =p Man... This is hard..
Gordon: ok - one more cut.
Chico: I may have to pull a sac fly and cut one of my
Gordon: So who do you cut - and insult - at the same
Chico: Right now, it's down to Nancy and Ben for the
final cut... Ben's just
one of those lovable losers that you can't help but root
for. Nancy was the
first female Millionaire winner... Can I phone-a-friend?
Gordon: Who would you like to call?
Chico: Mike Klauss. He's on IM right now..
Gordon: Jason said that Ben gave him free tickets to
Street Smarts, so cut
Chico: I was going to cut her anyway. She's kinda
overshadowed by Carpenter
Gordon: and ONCE again, I am down to TWO selections.
Chico: So there you have it. The Top 10. Don't forget to
vote. The results in
the next WLTI.
Gordon: The final Top Ten list, please?
Jason Block, John Carpenter, Kelly Clarkson, Phyllis
Harris, Richard Hatch,
Ken Jennings, Dr. Will Kirby, Kevin Olmstead, Eddie
Timanus, Ben Tritle
Gordon: That's the list, good luck to everyone on it.
Chico: When we return, it's the Big Finish, and I get to
bring out the big
board for a little bit of happy fun.
Gordon: Hooray, Board!
to you by Little Bit of Happy Fun. It's all you need.)
here to continue...