Jeopardy update: one Ottawan beats another…

So if you haven’t been keeping up, CBC tells us that last night Robert Kennedy, who now lives in California, defeated current Ottawa resident, George Tsuji, to become the current Jeopardy champion.

The lovely and talented Conor Cronin, who plays on the “Spoiler Alert!” pub quiz team  at the Downtown Royal Oak on Wednesdays, gives us a quick rundown on last night’s show.

George got off to a great start where at $600 and he landed on the Daily Double and bet the full $1000 just as he had on last night’s show.  Unfortunately he could not identify Samuel Adams as the brewery which runs the Longshot American Homebrew Contest. Unsurprising, though, since no one in Canada drinks Sam Adams and under the rules and regulations of the contest, Canadian residents are barred from participating.  The whole game seemed to have an American bias more than usual (although Megan, the lone American, answered a question on the metric system correctly) . None of the contestants were able to dominate the board and at the first commercial break only Megan was on the plus side.

After the commercial, George showed his cleverness and the experience he gained from last night’s show by being quickest with the buzzer.  At the end of the Jeopardy round he was in the lead.

In Double Jeopardy, Bob, University of Ottawa alum, started rolling.  He was clearly quicker on the buzzer.  George’s quiet confidence turned into timidity and, though he didn’t seem to get any answers wrong, he couldn’t answer enough questions to get the lead back from Bob; Bob’s buzzer skills were the deciding factor.

The Final Jeopardy question was held a somewhat American bias as in order to answer correctly contestants needed to know that 1,320 feet equalled a quarter mile and there was such thing as a Quarter Horse breed.  Though in second, George strategically bet less than everything he had in the hope that Bob answered incorrectly.

George loss owed more to Bob’s ability to buzz in faster than it did with the contestants’ knowledge.  Many say Ken Jennings was so successful for that very reason.  George also showed that he could play the game better than many other contestants by betting strategically in Final Jeopardy; obviously a skill he learned by not betting the full two on the Wildcard and waiting to make sure his team got the answer in the Rush Round instead of guessing on the five point clue.

If you have no idea what that last sentence meant, you should really get out to an Ottawa Trivia League night.