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Aaron Rodgers reveals how obsessively he prepared to host ‘Jeopardy!’

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is trying out a new job this offseason, and he’s preparing for it as obsessively as he does his regular one.

Rodgers will serve as the guest host of “Jeopardy!” for a two week stint, and his episodes will begin airing Monday, April 5. The veteran quarterback is a huge fan of the show, and he suggested he prepared for his hosting stint as intensely as he’s prepared for any NFL game.

“I watched hours and hours and hours of episodes,” Rodgers told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky on Friday. “Luckily Netflix has a few seasons, and I went back to DVR. But I had to watch from a different perspective — from Alex (Trebek)’s perspective. I couldn’t watch it as a fan anymore.

“I took pages and pages and pages of notes. I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn’t get it right. I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it.”

Rodgers suggested that his level of preparation came as a pleasant surprise to the show’s producers and executives.

“So we get into the first game, the first run-through, there’s 30 questions in a Jeopardy round, and after the first 15 questions, we go to break. They say it in your earpiece, ‘Take it to break.’ So I take it to break, and there was a pause, and I think everyone was like, ‘Whoa, OK, this guy kind of knows what he’s doing here.’

“One of the head producers said as much. She was like, ‘I’m just so appreciative of your approach.’ And my whole thing was I felt like the best way to honor Alex’s memory was to be so dialed in and so ready, and that’s the approach I took. So I was ready to rock and roll.”

Rodgers is a huge “Jeopardy!” fan and has never made any secret of that. He even took part in one of the show’s celebrity tournaments in 2015 and said meeting Alex Trebek was one of his biggest highlights. Combine that fandom with the level of preparation he’s used to undertaking as an NFL quarterback and it’s no surprise he went all out for this.

Aaron Rodgers’ date to host ‘Jeopardy’ has been set

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has long been a huge fan of the popular quiz show “Jeopardy!” Now he will have a chance to host the show.

Rodgers is one of several celebrities who have been chosen to guest host “Jeopardy!” as they search for a replacement for longtime host Alex Trebek, who died in November.

Rodgers will host 10 episodes of the show, which will air over the span of two weeks beginning on April 5.

Episodes hosted by Ken Jennings and show producer Mike Richards have aired so far.

Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, actress Mayim Bialik, “Today” host Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker are also set to be guest hosts for future shows.

Rodgers appeared on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, winning the game and netting $50,000 for charity. He even compared meeting Trebek to meeting other iconic TV personalities from his youth, including Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Rodgers seems unlikely to get the permanent show hosting job because of a conflict with his NFL career, but we won’t count him out.

Video: Jeopardy! contestants hilariously had no clue who Jimmy Butler was

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler raised his profile even further by leading the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals in the Orlando bubble last season. But three contestants who were on “Jeopardy!” for an episode that aired this week still have no absolutely no idea who he is.

The Heat star was the subject of a clue on an episode of the popular quiz show. While the clue referenced Butler’s “Big Face Coffee” barista business and even included a picture of Butler for good measure, not a single contestant rang in to respond. Check out the video:

Butler is far from an obscure player. He is a five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA selection, and even represented the United States when they won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

That said, “Jeopardy!” contestants have a long history of getting stumped by sports clues. Just last year, we saw an even more disastrous NBA-related moment on the show.

Aaron Rodgers to serve as guest host on ‘Jeopardy’

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is a lifelong “Jeopardy!” fan who once made a celebrity appearance on the show, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback will soon know what it felt like to be Alex Trebek all those years.

Rodgers revealed on Tuesday’s “The Pat McAfee Show” that he will be given the opportunity to serve as an interim host on “Jeopardy!” and will be doing so during the offseason.

“I’m really excited about it. We’ve been talking about it for a little bit,” Rodgers elaborated on Tuesday, via Wes Hodkiewicz of the team’s official website. “I think I may have jumped the gun a little bit so I apologize to ‘Jeopardy’ if they wanted to announce it, I just got so excited on the show earlier. It just went down the last couple of days, us figuring it out. It is very exciting, it’s for the offseason, we’ll be even more excited when that opportunity gets a little closer.”

“Jeopardy!” is currently using a series of guest hosts after Trebek’s death in November.

Rodgers is a huge “Jeopardy!” fan and has never made any secret of that. He even appeared on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in 2015, winning the game and netting $50,000 for charity. He even compared meeting Trebek to meeting other iconic TV personalities from his youth, including Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Rodgers has indicated he’d like to play several more years, so the full-time hosting job is probably out of the question for right now. Still, it’s clearly going to be a real thrill for him.

Video: ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants were clueless on Yankees questions

Yankees logo

Sports categories tend to be some of the most difficult for “Jeopardy!” contestants to conquer, and we saw yet another example of that with the episode of the long-running game show that aired on Thursday night.

The latest episode of “Jeopardy!” had a category that was dedicated to the New York Yankees. Things got off to a simple enough start with a clue about Babe Ruth, but it quickly went downhill from there. Let’s just say none of the three contestants studied their Bronx Bombers history before going on the show.

Those clues weren’t exactly simple, but you would think even casual baseball fans could piece together one or two of them. That was not the case with this trio.

When you consider that even Alex Trebek has zinged “Jeopardy!” contestants in the past over their lack of sports knowledge, the Yankees debacle is not exactly a surprise.

Video: Jeopardy! contestant completely botched Joel Embiid’s nickname

Joel Embiid Jeopardy

There are a lot of smart contestants on “Jeopardy!”, but those players don’t know everything. We were reminded of that from an embarrassing fail that took place on Wednesday night’s show.

One of the categories for the program happened to be “Current Sports Nicknames.” The $1,000 clue asked for Joel Embiid’s nickname, noting that Embiid’s nickname matches the Philadelphia 76ers’ strategy for improving the team.

The answer, of course, is “The Process,” but contestant Paul thought it was “Do a 180”. Here’s the video:

Embiid has been going with “The Process” as his nickname for a good four years or so now, but I think we may have to change it to “Do a 180.”

Yes, Joel “Do a 180” Embiid sounds so much better. What do you think?

Here’s another video of Jeopardy contestants getting sports questions wrong on a past show.

Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time preview: will James Holzhauer, Brad Rutter or Ken Jennings win?

James Holzhauer

Jeopardy! fans have been awaiting Tuesday with bated breath ever since it was announced that the show would be airing a “Greatest Of All Time” tournament in primetime. The specials will pit the three most successful Jeopardy! contestants ever — James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter — against each other in a tournament-style contest.

THE TOURNAMENT RULES

Each night’s show will be an hour, made up of two games of Jeopardy! Whoever totals the highest score in those two games wins that night’s match. Whichever contestant is the first to win three matches wins the tournament and $1 million grand prize.

The tournament should have plenty to offer for even casual Jeopardy! watchers. These are three of the finest Jeopardy! players alive facing off at the highest level, and it should make for several nights of intense and exciting television. The big question is: which of these competitors stands the best chance of winning the tournament?

Let’s take a closer look at all three before we pick a favorite.

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Jeopardy unbelievably had sign-stealing clue day of Astros report

Alex Trebek

The biggest bombshell story yet about the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing tactics dropped on Tuesday, and somehow “Jeopardy!” was ready for it.

A huge story from The Athletic detailed how the Astros used an electronic system to steal opponents’ signals during their World Series season in 2017. As luck would have it, the episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired on Tuesday night featured a clue about sign stealing in baseball.

What are the odds? Episodes of “Jeopardy!” are typically filmed about three months before they air, so that was likely a complete coincidence. The timing just happened to work out perfectly.

Between the clue about sign stealing and the touching moment we saw during Final Jeopardy’ on Monday night, this has been quite the week for the long-running show.

Watch: Alex Trebek gets emotional after touching ‘Final Jeopardy’ answer

We Love you Alex Jeopardy

Alex Trebek is known for his stoicism as the longtime host of “Jeopardy,” so to see him break character was unusual, but great to see.

During Monday’s episode of the long-running quiz show, a contestant did not know the answer to “Final Jeopardy” and decided to write in “What is we love you, Alex!” The host’s voice quivered as he was clearly moved by the sweet answer.

Trebek, 79, has been the host of “Jeopardy!” since 1984. In March, he announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He has since shared that he has responded positively to treatment.

Trebek was no doubt touched by the gesture and is feeling the love as he battles cancer.

Watch: College Jeopardy! contestants coordinate basketball intros

Jeopardy basketball

The three finalists for the “Jeopardy!” College Championship coordinated some basketball-themed motions during their introductions on Thursday’s show.

Take a look as the three contestants all pretend to play basketball during their intros:

Brown University freshman Dhruv Gaur seemed to be the one who coordinated the effort.

As awesome as those intros were, it’s even better with the NBA on NBC theme song in the background.

We’re just pleased to see some sports effort on Jeopardy!, especially after a previous NFL disaster on the show.