That damn “Jeopardy!” just thinks it’s so freakin’ funny sometimes, right? The nearly 50-year-old game show has taken its fair share of swipes at athletes and sports teams over the years, and the producers were at it again on Wednesday night. Barry Bonds was the latest victim.
One of the answers given on the show read “he fathered baseball * Barry Bonds.” The question, of course, was Bobby Bonds. Here is how Alex Trebek read the answer.
“He fathered baseball star Barry Bonds.”
Those of us who are familiar with baseball’s steroid era and Barry Bonds’ career know that an asterisk is hardly a star. Well played.
The Houston Astros lost 111 games last season. To the fans, players and front office, that is incredibly embarrassing. To others, it’s pretty funny that a professional baseball team can be that horrible. The people who write the questions for “Jeopardy” apparently see the humor in Houston’s abysmal 2013 season.
Earlier this week, the Astros were used as a hint for an answer that was presented on “Jeopardy.” If you were at all familiar with Major League Baseball, the hint was a huge help.
Now I know why Jeopardy pisses me off so much and I never watch it. It’s not the fact that I can barely answer 5% of the questions correctly and wouldn’t stand a chance at winning more than $300. It’s the pompousness that goes along with being on the show. A contestant named Fidelito experienced that first-hand on Tuesday night’s edition of the show.
One of the answers in a category called “Name That TV Role” was “Seinfeld: Julia Louis-Dreyfus.” The corresponding question, of course, was “Who is Elaine?” It seemed pretty clear to me that Fidelito had the correct question, but for whatever reason Alex Trebek told him it was wrong. Another contestant was then awarded the money for saying “Who is Benes?” Benes, as many of you know, is Elaine’s last name on the show.
WTF? To make matters worse, they weren’t even looking for the last name. The judges simply determined that Fidelito mispronounced Elaine’s name and didn’t put enough emphasis on the “E.” No, seriously, that’s what happened. If that’s the case, I think I would have pronounced it wrong too. Would they have cracked my balls about it? We’ll never know. What we do know is that Fidelito got hosed.
The kids on Teen Jeopardy! are supposed to be geniuses, yet none of them know who Eli Manning is? They need to put down their physics book and pick up a New York Post once in a while. OK, bad example. Maybe stop watching Nat Geo and start mixing in a little more ESPN. Alright, another bad example. I just know all the useless facts in the world are worthless if you can’t recognize the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
Side note: After watching that video, it’s easy to see why it was so easy to find a pool or jurors unfamiliar with Roger Clemens.
Second side note: This is the same contestant who confused Jay-Z with LMFAO last week. Video below.
Category: College Baskeball Coaches. Answer: John Wooden (1949-1975).
Question: Who are a bunch of dummies that haven’t picked up a Los Angeles Times within the last month? The clowns below:
Even if you’re not a sports fan I figure you heard about John Wooden dying earlier this month. These people don’t even belong on Jeopardy. At least Wooden got more respect from the game show than Bill Belichick. Thanks to Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger for the video.
Jeopardy-fail: John Wooden question stumps contestants [The Dagger]
Video Credit: YouTube user mdwivedi
As previously mentioned here at LBS, Bill Belichick has quite the reputation as a poor sport. He’s made plenty of headlines for his lack of handshakes with Eric Mangini, and he even has a history of being a jerk dating back to his time in Cleveland. Even if that’s the case, I’m not sure how that gives a factually-based TV quiz show like Jeopardy the right to rip him in one of their programs. They’ve cracked on Matt Leinart before, and this time it was Belichick who was the victim:
Threw a hissy fit? I’m not so sure that’s the type of language I would have chosen. Seems to me like they’re editorializing more than giving straight facts. If they wanted to get the question across, why didn’t they ask what team lost the Super Bowl after going 16-0 in the regular season?
I didn’t really feel it was necessary to post any pictures of Matt Leinart beer bonging hot chicks in a hot tub when they first came out. For one reason, I didn’t have any context for the photos; they could have been from five years ago for all I know. Besides, can’t really get mad at a guy for hanging out in a jacuzzi with a bunch of hot co-eds, right? But I do have to say, this photo from Jeopardy is hilarious.
Not sure I would really call this a clue, but it is pretty funny. And yes, it totally humanizes Leinart.