Why is it that the producers of “Jeopardy!” expect the contestants to have an extensive knowledge of sports? When we’re all glued to the TV watching Paul George dunk on LeBron James while mic’d up, future Jeopardy contestants are home studying, reading and getting smarter. So don’t ask them questions about Wayne Gretzky.
Earlier this week, a question was looking for the NHL player who has recorded more than 100 assists in a season 11 times. The answer, of course, is The Great One. Our man Joe quickly hit his buzzer and confidently answered “Who is Magic Johnson.”
Alex Trebek sympathized with Joe and realized he must have read the question as “NBA” instead of “NHL,” but does that really make it any better? I suppose Joe deserves credit for thinking of Magic when it comes to assists, but 100-plus assists in an NBA season? Come on now. Rajon Rondo gets there in about 10 games. Stick to National Geographic, Joe.