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‘Jeopardy!’ contestant goes viral for his message about Mets

A 'Jeopardy!' contestants's response

Though he did not win the match, one “Jeopardy!” contestant could still end up looking pretty good several months down the road.

Mike Janela, who competed on the episode of the popular quiz show that aired Thursday, went viral for his funny response in the “Final Jeopardy” round. Janela had no clue what the correct response was in the category “Inventions.” So instead, he used his space to predict that the New York Mets would win the 2022 World Series.

“What is I’m going to lose but the Mets will win it all this year?” he wrote.

Obviously, that wasn’t the response that the judges were looking for (though Janela did still end up in second place). Fellow Mets enthusiasts definitely loved his devotion to the fandom though.

Janela, whose “Jeopardy!” byline said that he is a sportscaster from Astoria, N.Y., serves as a TV host for the Mets, according to his Twitter bio.

Janela might not be too far off-base with his prediction either. Though the Mets are missing Jacob deGrom to start the 2022 season, they did add Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Starling Marte, and others to round out a core that already has the likes of Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor. Some sportsbooks even agree that the Mets have a chance to win it all.

Bo Jackson reacts to ‘Jeopardy!’ players being totally clueless about him

Jeopardy contestants

Three contestants on “Jeopardy!” this week offended sports fans everywhere by being completely oblivious about Bo Jackson. But Jackson himself is being a little more understanding.

The retired sports great Jackson reacted in a tweet to the viral clip from the popular quiz show where players had zero clue who he was (video here).

“I just wanted to let y’all know that I forgive each one of them,” wrote Jackson along with some laughing-face emojis.

The category in question was “Multi-Sport Athletes,” so even before the clue was revealed, many would have Jackson in mind already. As written, the clue itself also had several giveaways that Jackson was the correct response.

Sports questions are often hit-or-miss on “Jeopardy!” But this isn’t the first time that Jackson has had to give a history lesson about his sports career.

‘Jeopardy!’ contestants embarrass themselves on Bo Jackson question

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Contestants on an episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired on Wednesday absolutely embarrassed themselves on a very easy sports question.

The clue in question came in the “multi-sport athletes” category. The $800 clue mentioned that the athlete won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn, ran for 221 yards in a game for the Raiders, and was an AL All-Star in baseball. The question, obviously, is “Who is Bo Jackson?”

The answer wasn’t so obvious though for the contestants, who drew total blanks.

Yikes, that’s embarrassing.

Bo knows everything, but they don’t know Bo.

Host Mayam Bialik really let them get off easy for not knowing that one. That’s not the first time we’ve seen some contestants blow out it on sports questions, but this one just seemed so easy.

MLB All-Star surprisingly becomes ‘Jeopardy!’ clue

Mitch Moreland in shades

Baseball fans will probably be wondering, “But why?” about a clue that aired on “Jeopardy!” this week.

Ex-MLB All-Star Mitch Moreland was surprisingly the subject of a clue on Tuesday’s airing of the popular quiz show. The clue, for $200 in the opening “Jeopardy!” round, read, “Mitch Moreland, sometimes called ‘Mitchy Four Bags,’ is a pro athlete in this sport.” The category was “Sports Nicknames.”

Reigning champion Amy Schneider buzzed in with the correct answer of “baseball” without hesitation.

The “Jeopardy!” clue writers could have chosen any baseball player to write a clue about and yet they somehow landed on … Moreland. While Moreland is a former All-Star, World Series champion, and Gold Glove winner, he is definitely a lesser-known player to the general public. Perhaps the writers were trying to choose a player whose nickname hinted at a baseball theme. But even so, something like “Tony Two Bags” (Anthony Rendon) or “Joey Bats” (Jose Bautista) might have been better.

Also for what it’s worth, Moreland’s nickname is actually listed online as “Mitchy Two Bags” instead of “Mitchy Four Bags.”

Still, we can’t complain too much. Schneider nailed that clue just the way it was written, which is way better than “Jeopardy!” contestants usually do with baseball questions.

Photo: Mar 18, 2021; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Mitch Moreland against the San Diego Padres during a Spring Training game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers gets trolled with ‘Jeopardy!’ jokes after poor Week 1 showing

Aaron Rodgers

After an offseason of controversy and turmoil, the Green Bay Packers kicked off the 2021 season with a worrying 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. That outcome got a lot of attention, particularly the performance of Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers spent much of the offseason at odds with the Packers amid reports that he wanted to be traded. His most notable public appearances came when he guest hosted “Jeopardy!”, a job he said he prepared obsessively for.

People certainly remembered, and as Rodgers struggled Sunday, the “Jeopardy!” appearance was fodder for a lot of jokes. It even proved topical still as the show hunts for another permanent host following the botched selection of producer Mike Richards.

Rodgers went just 15-for-28 for 133 yards and threw two interceptions in the loss. The Saints bottled him up all day, and he was outplayed by Jameis Winston.

It’s worth noting that “Jeopardy!” job is open again if Rodgers still wants it.

Could Aaron Rodgers still end up as ‘Jeopardy!’ host?

Aaron Rodgers Jeopardy

One of the subplots of Aaron Rodgers’ dramatic offseason involved him publicly campaigning to become the new host of “Jeopardy!”. The Green Bay Packers quarterback didn’t get the gig, but may now have a second shot at the job.

The syndicated quiz show ultimately gave the hosting job to executive producer Mike Richards. However, Richards announced Friday that he would step down from the role over controversial comments he previously made on his podcast. That means the job is open again.

Coincidentally, Rodgers said on SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio” on Thursday that he “definitely” would have taken the “Jeopardy!” job had it been offered to him, as long as everyone involved found a way to make it work with his schedule.

Could “Jeopardy!” give Rodgers a second look now that the spot is available again? That isn’t clear. The show announced that it would return once again to using guest hosts until a new permanent host is named. It has not been revealed who is in the running for either role.

By most accounts, Rodgers did legitimately impress the show’s producers when he guest-hosted earlier in 2021. The show’s taping schedule is fairly limited, so he could theoretically find the time to host while simultaneously continuing his NFL career. For now, there are no hints regarding whether or not Rodgers is even being considered, but it might be something to watch again going forward.

Aaron Rodgers set to make another notable TV guest appearance

Aaron Rodgers Jeopardy

While speculation continues to run rampant about Aaron Rodgers’ NFL future, the Green Bay Packers quarterback keeps adding to his resume in Hollywood.

A new promo released Saturday revealed that Rodgers is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC’s “The Conners.” Even more notably, he’ll be appearing as the host of “Jeopardy!” within the show.

This will only fuel speculation even further. Rodgers has made no secret that he wants to host “Jeopardy!” on a permanent basis after his well-received guest stint in April. It’s also been reported that he will at least be considered for the job.

No permanent host has been announced yet, but the fact that he’s appearing in the role here — presumably with the show’s blessing — may be a hint that he has a real shot at the gig. Of course, it’s also possible that the episode taped during his guest hosting stint, or that the show felt he would be best for ratings.

All of this is happening against the backdrop of Rodgers’ ongoing drama with the Packers. It may leave some wondering where his priorities lie, but it’s clear that he’s keeping busy regardless of where things stand with the team.

Could Aaron Rodgers become the full-time host of Jeopardy?

Aaron Rodgers Jeopardy

When it was announced that Aaron Rodgers would be guest-hosting “Jeopardy!”, most assumed it was for a combination of fun and charity. However, the Green Bay Packers quarterback made clear he wanted the permanent job — and apparently he has a shot at it.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Rodgers “really impressed” the show’s producers during his two-week stint as guest host. The quarterback was impressive enough that he will reportedly receive consideration for the permanent job once that decision is made.

If there’s any doubt about whether Rodgers would want the job, you only need to know how hard the quarterback prepared for the gig. Some might question how he could host a game show while simultaneously playing quarterback in the NFL, but he appears to have a plan for that, too.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the biggest Rodgers rumor going around at the moment.

Aaron Rodgers gave ‘Jeopardy!’ noticeable ratings boost

Aaron Rodgers Jeopardy

Aaron Rodgers’ 10-show tenure as a guest host on “Jeopardy!” translated to a ratings boost for the popular quiz show.

TV News Check reported this week that Rodgers helped the show become the No. 1 program on the syndication chart in the session ending April 11. They say Jeopardy got a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, which was its highest mark in a month. That was 14 percent higher than the week before.

Rodgers’ first week of shows aired from April 5-9. His second week was April 12-16. He followed Dr. Mehmet Oz as the guest host.

Jeopardy is trying out various guest hosts as they look to find the permanent replacement for the late Alex Trebek, who died in November.

Even though he is the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and reigning NFL MVP, Rodgers has a plan for doing both if he gets picked to be the show’s full-time host.

US senator calls for ‘Jeopardy!’ rematch with Aaron Rodgers after funny jab

Aaron Rodgers Jeopardy

A United States senator called for a “Jeopardy!” rematch with Aaron Rodgers after a funny jab from the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

Rodgers’ two-week stint as a test host on the popular quiz show ended up on Friday. Rodgers filmed his 10 episodes over the course of two weeks and progressed well from the first show to the last.

You can see in this video clip how comfortable he was. Rodgers made a joke about US Senator Mark Kelly finishing second to him in a celebrity Jeopardy episode. Kelly posted the clip on Twitter and asked for a rematch with Rodgers.

Rodgers seemed ready to make it happen.

Given how chummy Rodgers seems to be with the Jeopardy crew now, maybe they would bring him back for a celebrity episode if he doesn’t get the full-time hosting gig.

Compare that video to this one from earlier in Rodgers’ hosting stint and you can see the personality difference.