If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(The New Republic)   Honest, I only lost on Jeopardy because I couldn't work the buzzer right   (newrepublic.com) divider line 112
    More: Unlikely, risks  
•       •       •

10690 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Feb 2014 at 1:16 PM (32 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



112 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2014-02-05 01:07:03 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Sounds like a Kihnspiracy to me.
 
2014-02-05 01:14:00 PM
Honest, I only lost on Jeopardy ...

...baby...
 
2014-02-05 01:15:10 PM
I know nothing of Jeopardy strategy, so that was fairly interesting. Until I got to this line:

So if the current rules are so bad, change them again.

Nobody but this guy seems to be complaining about the rules because he's a sore loser.
 
2014-02-05 01:17:46 PM
If you're so dumb you can't use the buzzer, you probably deserve to lose.
 
2014-02-05 01:18:03 PM
Sounds to me like he isn't complaining at all.
 
2014-02-05 01:18:12 PM
I took Potpourri for $100 and then my head started to spin
 
2014-02-05 01:19:26 PM

jake_lex: I took Potpourri for $100 and then my head started to spin


I'm givin' up
Don Pardo:
Just tell me now what I didn't win
 
2014-02-05 01:20:22 PM
www.myplay.com

/Sympathizes
 
2014-02-05 01:21:08 PM
how is buzzer formed
 
2014-02-05 01:21:23 PM
I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.  That said, it's not like the other contestants' buzzers were any more or less forgiving, and it is a challenge that everyone had to deal with.  He just happened to suck at an important part of the game.

It'd be like me saying that the only reason I'm not an NFL running back is because I'm slow and can't break tackles or hold onto the ball very well.
 
2014-02-05 01:21:26 PM

SmackLT: Sounds to me like he isn't complaining at all.


Agreed:

Do I begrudge Jay his Daily Double-hunting and his buzzer experience? Do I think it was bad sportsmanship? Of course not. He was free to avail himself of such gamesmanship, as was I. And none of it would have amounted to much if he did not know his stuff, which he did.
 
2014-02-05 01:23:08 PM
Ruff, just the way your mother likes it, Trebek!
 
2014-02-05 01:23:54 PM
Laugh if you might, but timing is everything with gameshow buzzers.

Though modern ones are digital, they all have a relay/delay circuit in them that will lock out the other contestants for a certain time (usually 3 seconds or so), so repeated button mashing won't work to give you
any advantage (and, indeed, for some of them is a disadvantage by prolonging your lockout period).

/Was on REMOTE CONTROL back in the 80s.  Came in 3rd.
 
2014-02-05 01:24:16 PM
i42.tinypic.com
 
2014-02-05 01:24:49 PM
I thought it was going to be about this guy:

images.huffingtonpost.com
 
2014-02-05 01:25:02 PM
Chu was awesome.
 
2014-02-05 01:25:05 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-02-05 01:25:34 PM
How dare he pick questions in a non-sequential order?  He has discovered the trick to win the game.

Other than knowing the answers to the questions. Which I would assert does the heavy lifting in any winning gambit.
 
2014-02-05 01:25:41 PM
Squeeze it, don't jerk it.

cdn.uproxx.com
 
2014-02-05 01:25:54 PM
I was on Jeopardy.  I lost against a plumber and an architect...both with a PhD.
 
2014-02-05 01:26:05 PM

Gig103: Nobody but this guy seems to be complaining about the rules because he's a sore loser.


He doesn't seem to be a sore loser at all. In fact, he spends most of the article calling the complaints stupid and talking about how Chu is simply playing the game how the rules allow him to. He even makes a point to say that he is not mad and the guy who beat him was just better at it.
 
2014-02-05 01:28:02 PM

HMS_Blinkin: I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.  That said, it's not like the other contestants' buzzers were any more or less forgiving, and it is a challenge that everyone had to deal with.  He just happened to suck at an important part of the game.

It'd be like me saying that the only reason I'm not an NFL running back is because I'm slow and can't break tackles or hold onto the ball very well.


Indeed. A great deal of Jeopardy questions are set up so that a large percentage of people will know the answer (sometimes with cutesie hints, etc.). Since you can read faster than Alex can talk, buzzer timing is crucial. Unlike quiz bowl, you can't interrupt the question, so it's a matter of timing it perfectly; as the article noted, you get locked out for 1/4 second if you're too early and that's likely to give someone else a chance to buzz before you're back in. Ken Jennings noted that over the course of a winning streak, you become very familiar with Alex's speech patterns and are able to tell when he's going to finish the last word and the techie will activate the buzzers.
 
2014-02-05 01:28:04 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Was on REMOTE CONTROL back in the 80s.  Came in 3rd.


How's that Epiphone guitar working out for you?

/would've traded my consolation prize for a sniff of Marisol's panties
 
2014-02-05 01:28:31 PM
I don't know why this guy's gotten all this attention as the ONLY guy to do this.  I've seen plenty of people category hop and fish for Daily Doubles.
 
2014-02-05 01:29:52 PM

HMS_Blinkin: I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.


Hahaha it totally is.
I was on Jeopardy a couple years ago and timing the damn buzzer was really tough for me. What's odd is that I kicked ass with it in the practice rounds. Nerves are one part; another is that for practice, it's a production assistant reading the questions, and the timing of when they stop talking vs. when the buzzers activate is subtly different from how it is with Trebek himself.

They really do give you protips during the commercial break if you appear to be buzzer-impaired. It does not usually help that much.

/at least I lost to somebody good
 
2014-02-05 01:30:55 PM
People are criticizing this guy for actually having a strategy to win?
 
2014-02-05 01:31:24 PM

robsul82: I don't know why this guy's gotten all this attention as the ONLY guy to do this.  I've seen plenty of people category hop and fish for Daily Doubles.


I think it's the betting patterns.

Out of all the people I know that watch Jeopardy religiously, there are two common annoyances:
1) People that take a long time to choose the next answer/category
2) People that bet small on daily doubles or bet conservatively in Final Jeopardy.
 
2014-02-05 01:32:51 PM

RminusQ: Since you can read faster than Alex can talk, buzzer timing is crucial


Weirdly, annoyingly, you have to squint to read the questions when you're a contestant - there is no big screen (although there is for the studio audience) and the text appears only on the Jeopardy! board.
 
2014-02-05 01:33:32 PM

blatz514:


Light urple?
 
2014-02-05 01:34:06 PM
It was the "Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?" question, wasn't it? That'll get ya every time.
 
2014-02-05 01:36:11 PM

Uzzah: DjangoStonereaver: Was on REMOTE CONTROL back in the 80s.  Came in 3rd.

How's that Epiphone guitar working out for you?

/would've traded my consolation prize for a sniff of Marisol's panties


I was in the 3rd season, after Kari had left (and believe me, that was a HUGE disappointment), and while
Alicia Coppola was very nice, she just wasn't very compelling.

I won LA Gear sneakers (which fell apart within 6 months), Wella hair care products (which I never actually
got yet paid taxes on. Thanks Obama's TARDIS!), and the PC version of the game (on 5 /14" floppy no
less, and before I owned a PC to play it on).

One of my best friends did get his picture on the game box, though.
 
2014-02-05 01:36:29 PM

topcon: I was on Jeopardy.  I lost against a plumber and an architect...both with a PhD.


Can you tell me what you didn't win?
 
2014-02-05 01:36:58 PM
csb time.

former jeopardy contestant here, so of course all my friends are sending me these articles about this guy. i have no problem with his strategy, and if i had employed it i would undoubtedly still be a returning champion.

actually, prior to my show there was a 6-day champ who had similar strategies (at least as far as jumping around the board, searching for DD's, etc), and people were similarly "angry" about that. $100k+ later he certainly didn't care, and I might've even tried to (unsuccessfully) emulate his techniques in my episodes. bottom line--the guy there (and this guy) had loads of trivia knowledge as well as the understanding of the game necessary to make him an excellent player. nothing wrong with that IMO.

that said, the buzzer timing is a HUGE deal. between the 3 contestants in any given episode it's safe to assume that at least one (and often all 3) know EVERY ANSWER. so of course it comes down to timing. i was all over it in my first show and still only won as a result of the 2 others missing what i thought was a simple FJ clue. my 2nd show was filmed after our lunch break and somehow in that brief hour or so i completely lost my timing. they even give you a few minutes to practice before the taping starts, and i just could not figure out why i could no longer successfully buzz in like i could during the 1st show. so, to anyone watching my 2nd show it may appear that i know nothing about stevie wonder, when in fact i just couldn't beat the farker at podium 3 to the buzzer. and of course he went back and forth beating each other resulting in the woman between us winning.

still, i can't really complain about the nearly $30k i pulled in (though i might go back on that once i'm done filing taxes...)

/end CSB
//june 26-27, 2013 for anyone who really gives a shiat
 
2014-02-05 01:37:19 PM

gopher321: Honest, I only lost on Jeopardy ...

...baby...


Damn you! Now I have that catchy tune in my head...

/Oooo o o Ooooooooo
 
2014-02-05 01:37:21 PM

macross87: blatz514:

Light urple?


FEBTOBER!
 
2014-02-05 01:39:35 PM

Beeblebrox: I thought it was going to be about this guy:

[images.huffingtonpost.com image 409x222]


That picture says everything you need to know about media in America. It turns out the late-night sidekick is a pretty smart guy, while the guy with a current events news show is a flippin' idiot.
 
2014-02-05 01:41:01 PM

Inchoate: HMS_Blinkin: I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.

Hahaha it totally is.
I was on Jeopardy a couple years ago and timing the damn buzzer was really tough for me. What's odd is that I kicked ass with it in the practice rounds. Nerves are one part; another is that for practice, it's a production assistant reading the questions, and the timing of when they stop talking vs. when the buzzers activate is subtly different from how it is with Trebek himself.

They really do give you protips during the commercial break if you appear to be buzzer-impaired. It does not usually help that much.

/at least I lost to somebody good


..and again, name anything doable imaginable, and there is a Farker who's done it.

My thing?  I happen to be an expert in developing MMORPGS.  I'm trying to get a coworker to start Farking.  He's a former JPL rocket scientist.
 
2014-02-05 01:41:59 PM
Saw some stuff about Arthur over on the Erfworld site ( he narrates web comicd there). Sounds like there are a lot of fashion critics that watch that show too.
 
2014-02-05 01:43:12 PM
I sure hope he does better next weekend on the Price is Right

/ight
/ight
 
2014-02-05 01:43:38 PM

robsul82: I don't know why this guy's gotten all this attention as the ONLY guy to do this.  I've seen plenty of people category hop and fish for Daily Doubles.


Lots of the complainers seem to also not like the guy's personality.

But yeah, he was on CNN a day or two ago and basically said he got his strategy from seeing other people do it.
 
2014-02-05 01:47:40 PM
Jesus, they're really trying to milk this " controversial" guy.
 
2014-02-05 01:48:35 PM

bulldg4life: Gig103: Nobody but this guy seems to be complaining about the rules because he's a sore loser.

He doesn't seem to be a sore loser at all. In fact, he spends most of the article calling the complaints stupid and talking about how Chu is simply playing the game how the rules allow him to. He even makes a point to say that he is not mad and the guy who beat him was just better at it.


Agreed.  He knows why he lost.  And is just telling the story.

As a huge Jeopardy fan myself, I think the biggest mistake that people make is when they bet 100% of their money on Final Jeopardy.  So many times, I have seen someone win the game (live to fight another day, as it were), simply by holding a dollar, when everyone else bet it all.
 
2014-02-05 01:49:45 PM
Maybe it's just me, but how would category hopping or otherwise moving around randomly improve your chances of getting a Daily Double? If they're evenly distributed across games, they're equally likely to appear as the first question(s) on the top left as they are to be in any other particular location.

I see why you should go for the highest-point questions first. But that just seems like common sense (get more money before you hit a Daily Double so you have more to wager when you do hit one).
 
2014-02-05 01:50:00 PM
Being good with the buzzer and hunting down the daily doubles wouldn't mean shiat if he didn't know the questions to all those answers, but TFA rightly points out that he does know them and deserves those wins.
 
2014-02-05 01:53:26 PM
Maybe he was tense, he was nervous. I guess it just wasn't his night.
 
2014-02-05 01:54:01 PM

HMS_Blinkin: I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.


And in the bedroom!
 
2014-02-05 01:55:03 PM

Verrai: Maybe it's just me, but how would category hopping or otherwise moving around randomly improve your chances of getting a Daily Double? If they're evenly distributed across games, they're equally likely to appear as the first question(s) on the top left as they are to be in any other particular location.

I see why you should go for the highest-point questions first. But that just seems like common sense (get more money before you hit a Daily Double so you have more to wager when you do hit one).


I could be wrong, but I think, almost always, the Daily Double questions are in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th row. I guess I don't read about Jeopardy often, but I didn't know this was a controversy, and I'm not sure I even understand what the complaints are about. Why would it matter what order someone picks answers in.
 
2014-02-05 01:57:56 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

/this makes me laugh everytime
 
2014-02-05 02:00:11 PM
31.media.tumblr.com
/formal protest
//informal protest
 
2014-02-05 02:00:49 PM

JohnHall: Why would it matter what order someone picks answers in.


I figure it's because a lot of spectators and contestants are more comfortable with a more thematically straightforward approach to question selection. Do all, or a few, of the questions from column A; move to column D, etc. This makes it easier for people to get their minds in gear for a particular topic and get a strong sense of the question themes, without having to shift focus (an effort) too often.

Chu knows his stuff. More power to him.
 
Displayed 50 of 112 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report