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|Zach|
11-30-2004, 03:56 PM
Per MSNBC.

dirk digler
11-30-2004, 03:57 PM
He's a quitter.

Demonpenz
11-30-2004, 03:57 PM
afterwards he played mental errors and injury's for his loss

Saulbadguy
11-30-2004, 03:58 PM
BUST

stevieray
11-30-2004, 03:59 PM
Was he eating nachos and playing chess?

Rain Man
11-30-2004, 04:00 PM
Oh my god! They killed Kenny!

Logical
11-30-2004, 04:15 PM
I heard he had lost his second level burst.

Hoover
11-30-2004, 04:27 PM
I feel bad for him, having to spend every day for the past 6 months away from his family to be on a game show with some drunk from Canada

ENDelt260
11-30-2004, 04:31 PM
You sonuvabitch.

I specifically avoided clicking on the Jeopardy thread whenever it popped up to avoid seeing a spoiler.

But, now it's plastered on the front page.

Braincase
11-30-2004, 05:12 PM
He blew it on a Double Jeopardy question.. the answer was Deuteronomy...

Baby Lee
11-30-2004, 05:17 PM
Jenning's Record Jepordy Run Has Ended!
Let me guess, he made a spelling mistake?

The Rick
11-30-2004, 05:31 PM
He blew it on a Double Jeopardy question.. the answer was Deuteronomy...
Actually, the answer we were looking for was "Buck Futter".

Iowanian
11-30-2004, 07:08 PM
Oh my god! They killed Kenny!

YOU BASTARD! You've been saving that for 6 months, haven't you Mr Cosby?

Phobia
11-30-2004, 07:23 PM
I don't understand. What's the deal?

Miles
11-30-2004, 07:34 PM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041130/JEOPARDY30/TPEntertainment/?query=ken+jennings

Is it final Jeopardy for Jennings?

It looks like it, but the soft-spoken software engineer is going home with $2.5-million (U.S.)

By GAYLE MacDONALD
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - Page R1

The soft-spoken software engineer Ken Jennings, who is Jeopardy!'s longest-running champ, could finally get beaten and booted off the pre-taped show tonight after a record 75 appearances, according to numerous Web reports.

With $2.5-million in his back pocket, the 30-year-old Jennings has earned the title of highest-earning player ever on a syndicated quiz show.

Yesterday, a two-minute audio clip was circulated on the Web, including the question that is reported to have stumped this king of quiz. Sudbury, Ont.-native Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!'s host, can be heard saying, "The category is business and industry, and here is the clue, ladies and gentlemen: Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal, white-collar employees work only four months a year?"

The theme song starts. "You have 30 seconds," says Trebek. "Good luck."

Well, if the trivia pundits are correct, Jennings finally chokes.

A contestant named Nancy guesses H&R Block. Jennings writes FedEx.

Trebek yells, "Nancy, you're right!" The crowd groans, long and loud.

Sounding like the cat who swallowed the proverbial canary, Trebek wraps up the final minutes of the show: "Nancy Zern, congratulations! You are indeed a giant killer. A new Jeopardy! champion at $14,401!" Then the host continues. "All good things have to come to an end, don't they? Well, too bad for Ken. But he's going home with a lot of money -- $2-million [U.S]. Congratulations young man."

Apparently, most fans of the show will see this Jeopardy! episode tonight, while folks on the West Coast will have to wait until Wednesday because ABC pre-empts the broadcast for Monday Night Football.

This cherub-faced, devout Mormon kicked off his Jeopardy! juggernaut in early June, when he started the slow and steady decimation of every competitor he came up against.

By mid-September, Jennings was a household word, appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman and even providing inspiration for a T-shirt sold on eBay that read: "There are now three constants in life: death, taxes and Ken Jennings."

Rumours began circulating in mid-September that his time would be up by the end of November -- a nice wrap, coincidentally, with the fall ratings sweeps. According to Nielsen Media Research, Jennings was a bona fide hit as Jeopardy!'s average number of viewers rose from 9.6 million in June to 15 million in July, even beating the game-show ratings champ Wheel of Fortune. And he did it all without marrying a bachelorette, getting fired spectacularly, racing across a remote desert, or eating sheep's guts.

Yesterday, Jeopardy Productions in Culver City, Calif., refused to comment on the widespread rumours of Jenning's fall. "We cannot comment on any continuing champions," said one spokesperson.

The cult of Ken Jennings became so pervasive he got a J.Lo moniker: His nickname is KenJen. But who is this soft-spoken guy who, for months, could not be beat?

Apparently, a quiet-living nobody from Salt Lake City, married to a nice woman named Mindy, with a son named Dylan, a Lab named Banjo and a computer degree from Brigham Young University. He doesn't drink and plans to give a portion of his winnings to his church. Since his early years, he has been fanatically addicted to trivia, and in his spare time writes questions for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments organization.

Jennings is now the top TV game-show contestant of all time, beating a previous record of roughly $2.2-million set by Michigan engineer Kevin Olmstead on ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Steve Beverly, a broadcasting professor at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., believes Jennings will be long-remembered by Jeopardy! fans for his quick mind and trigger-happy button finger. "I'm mesmerized by his talent," says Beverly. (Jennings knew this: Izanagi and Izanami are male and female creator gods from this island nation of Asia. Question: What is Japan?) Beverly, who is also webmaster of TVgameshows.net, says Jennings has managed to amass the celebrity status of, say, Charles Van Doren, who was the most celebrated quiz-show contestant of the 1950s. He was ultimately discovered to have managed his winning streak with illegal help. He inspired the Robert Redford-directed 1994 movie Quiz Show, in which Ralph Fiennes played Van Doren.

Will Jennings inspire a movie? Knowing Hollywood, probably. But Beverly adds that this character will be clean-cut and inspirational.

"His name will not be confined to 15 minutes of fame. People will remember him because he was the boy-next-door type of personality."The one he missed

Answer:

Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal, white-collar employees work only four months a year.

The correct question:

What is H&R Block? Not FedEx, which was Jennings's reply.

"Nancy Zern, congratulations! You are indeed a giant-killer.

A new Jeopardy champion at $14,401. Ken, take a look at the audience. The audience is paying tribute to not only Nancy but to you as well." -- Alex Trebek

Miles
11-30-2004, 07:36 PM
Wonder if Ken pull out a white hanky and wipe his brow during final Jeopardy?

The 1955 Oscar Winner for Best Picture....is On the Waterfront.

OldTownChief
11-30-2004, 07:46 PM
He blew it on a Double Jeopardy question.. the answer was Deuteronomy...

[Billy Crystal]OHHHH NOOOOOO!!! He did not know what deuteronomy waaaasss, OHHHH NOOOOOO!!![/Billy Crystal]

tk13
11-30-2004, 07:47 PM
Yeah, supposedly the rumor has it that H&R Block has offered him free tax preparation for life....

Kclee
11-30-2004, 08:29 PM
[Billy Crystal]OHHHH NOOOOOO!!! He did not know what deuteronomy waaaasss, OHHHH NOOOOOO!!![/Billy Crystal]

That's funny, that was the first thing that to pop into my head too.
Can I get some more petite marshmellows for my coco?

Saulbadguy
12-01-2004, 11:55 AM
http://fox302.com/userdata/eelw/files/TV_clips/Jeopardy041130.wmv

jAZ
12-01-2004, 12:09 PM
For the record, I knew that he was going to be losing on an episode to be aired just after Thanksgiving. One of my co-workers' brother was on an episode that was filmed the day he lost.

Found out the week that the episode was filmed (a month or two ago).

Yeah, I'm cool.

ENDelt260
12-01-2004, 12:12 PM
No, you're not.

Ultra Peanut
12-01-2004, 04:11 PM
You sonuvabitch.

I specifically avoided clicking on the Jeopardy thread whenever it popped up to avoid seeing a spoiler.

But, now it's plastered on the front page.I knew at least a couple of people had been BURNED when I watched it this morning. Suddenly, I was very thankful my internet connection had been flaking all day. Still annoyed, but I felt almost like someone up in the big Jeopardy board in the sky had been looking out for me.

I feel like my dog has died. I now have inside me an empty hole... err, void.*

The thing I liked so much about Ken was that his wrong guesses matched up with mine so much of the time. Not on Final Jeopardy, though... I knew it had to be a tax season firm of some sort. Can't believe he went with FedEx.

I mean, if I wanted to watch random people come and go, I'd watch the reruns on GSN... wait, I do. But still, I want Uncle Ken's Quiz (Half-)Hour!

*Only people who have actually seen the episode will get that. What a tard. Maybe if that guy had been breathing down her neck a little instead of sticking his thumb up his ass in the back, she would have been frazzled.

ENDelt260
12-01-2004, 04:14 PM
I knew at least a couple of people had been BURNED when I watched it this morning. Suddenly, I was very thankful my internet connection had been flaking all day. Still annoyed, but I felt almost like someone up in the big Jeopardy board in the sky had been looking out for me.

To be honest... if it hadn't been for this thread I might not have watched yesterday.

I didn't watch every day. Anytime I saw the Jeopardy thread pop up, I made a mental note to be sure to watch that day... just in case. But, the note might not have stuck without this one yesterday.

I just wanted to bust Zach's balls.

Ultra Peanut
12-01-2004, 04:20 PM
No... sanctity from spoilers is the supreme... somethingorother.

People who spoil shit suck.

ENDelt260
12-01-2004, 04:21 PM
What's that quote in your sig from?

Ultra Peanut
12-01-2004, 06:30 PM
Todd Barry's Comedy Central Presents special.

KC Dan
12-01-2004, 06:49 PM
I just wanted to bust Zach's balls.
I heard that you were like that....


NTTIAWWT

tk13
12-01-2004, 06:57 PM
Hahaha, just watched today's episode. The woman that beat Ken just got walloped today, finished in last place. So much for that...

ENDelt260
12-01-2004, 09:13 PM
Hahaha, just watched today's episode. The woman that beat Ken just got walloped today, finished in last place. So much for that...
I logged on specifically to make fun of her.

Silly broad.... couldn't even successfully defend her title ONE DAY!

tk13
12-02-2004, 07:16 PM
No... sanctity from spoilers is the supreme... somethingorother.

People who spoil shit suck.
Then you'll probably laugh at this blogger. He was supposedly the first to break the story of when Ken lost a couple months ago, and kept running info about it and even posting an audio clip of the last couple minutes of the loss. I remember him being pretty perturbed when some of the major news outlets gave credit for the info to other sources besides him. Well I guess he's getting some credit now, in the form of a trip to court against Sony to get his ass sued off.... ROFL

http://www.kottke.org/

Sony, Ken Jennings, and me

Things may be a little quieter around here in the short term as I deal with some stuff going on in the real world. One of the reasons for the silence is that my legal difficulties with Sony about the whole Ken Jennings thing have yet to be resolved. I can't say too much about it (soon perhaps), but it sure has had a chilling effect on my enthusiasm for continuing to maintain kottke.org. As an individual weblogger with relatively limited financial and legal resources, I worry about whether I can continue to post things (legal or not) that may upset large companies and result in lawsuits that they can afford and I cannot. The NY Times can risk upsetting large companies in the course of their journalistic duties because they are a large company themselves, they know their rights, and they have a dedicated legal team to deal with stuff like this. In the current legal climate, it may be that the whole "are blogs journalism?" debate is moot until bloggers have access to a level of legal resources similar to what large companies have. I'm certainly thinking very seriously about whether I can keep this site going in this kind of environment.

Logical
12-02-2004, 07:21 PM
Then you'll probably laugh at this blogger. He was supposedly the first to break the story of when Ken lost a couple months ago, and kept running info about it and even posting an audio clip of the last couple minutes of the loss. I remember him being pretty perturbed when some of the major news outlets gave credit for the info to other sources besides him. Well I guess he's getting some credit now, in the form of a trip to court against Sony to get his ass sued off.... ROFL

http://www.kottke.org/


Although I can see why you find it humorous the guy was accurate and it is too bad he may be silenced by this sort of legal bullying tactic. JMO

Pants
12-02-2004, 07:26 PM
He seems like a cool dude, he won't take money from his fans. Hard to find decency like that nowadays (or that's what they say, ask Skip).

tk13
12-02-2004, 07:29 PM
Although I can see why you find it humorous the guy was accurate and it is too bad he may be silenced by this sort of legal bullying tactic. JMO
Actually I do agree that it is pretty bad... I think his initial report wasn't completely accurate but still I understand where you're coming from. I'm not sure Sony had a problem until he posted that audio clip before the show even aired, that made it's way around the internet pretty fast, and Sony caught wind of it and made him take it down. I can actually understand Sony wanting that taken down. I just thought it was kind of ironic because he didn't seem happy that tvweek.com or some website like that got credit for initially breaking the story....