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2018-02-01 10:23:55 PM  
tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.
 
2018-02-01 11:43:44 PM  

FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.


tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.
 
2018-02-02 12:23:24 AM  

ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.


Tom Landry Middle School was the name of the school on King of the Hill, based somewhere vaguely near enough to Dallas that everyone was Coyboys fans.

Lots of Jeopardy contestants could have gotten one of those answers right even if they're not football fans.
 
2018-02-02 12:31:29 AM  

davidphogan: Tom Landry Middle School was the name of the school on King of the Hill, based somewhere vaguely near enough to Dallas that everyone was Coyboys fans.

Lots of Jeopardy contestants could have gotten one of those answers right even if they're not football fans.


king of the hill is the only reason i had any clue about that particular answer/question.
 
2018-02-02 12:45:30 AM  

ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.


All of those were pretty common knowledge. Offsetting penalties have been around a while, so has the option, so has the fair catch. And Tom Landry. And The Cowboys. Purple People Eaters is the only thing anyone should have had trouble with. They didn't throw in anything new or obscure.
 
2018-02-02 12:46:08 AM  

ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.


They literally memorize every other goddamn piece of trivia on planet Earth. You've gotta know farking cricket and rugby rules on that show.
 
TKM
2018-02-02 12:57:15 AM  
Look, smart people don't know about your piss-ant bread and circuses.  Lets move along now.


Okay, fine.  NFL and EBT.
 
2018-02-02 12:58:43 AM  

ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.


We're in violent agreement. My statement was meant to denigrate SI's petty, exclusionary article mocking a segment of the population for not knowing the details of one sport.
 
2018-02-02 01:20:00 AM  
Well, you had to figure bow-tie would be clueless.
 
2018-02-02 02:04:55 AM  
Nerds!
 
2018-02-02 02:51:40 AM  

FormlessOne: ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.

We're in violent agreement. My statement was meant to denigrate SI's petty, exclusionary article mocking a segment of the population for not knowing the details of one sport.


Jeopardy is known for being extremely broad in terms of where it draws it's clues from.  Having at least a passing knowledge of the most popular sport in the US isn't too much to expect for someone wanting to compete on that show.
 
2018-02-02 03:34:13 AM  
Stuff like this is why bartenders and secretaries always do the best on average.
 
2018-02-02 03:53:42 AM  

mandyer: ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.

All of those were pretty common knowledge. Offsetting penalties have been around a while, so has the option, so has the fair catch. And Tom Landry. And The Cowboys. Purple People Eaters is the only thing anyone should have had trouble with. They didn't throw in anything new or obscure.


If you are familiar with football, sure. But that isnt every one. Logical reading of the clues might allow you to get a couple of them right if you don't know football, but the cost isn't worth guessing.
 
2018-02-02 06:22:55 AM  
I will cut them some slack on the $200 question. Option is not a term that is obvious to a non fan, and the way the jeopardy answer was phrased, It took me a second to figure out the jeopardy question.
 
2018-02-02 07:05:25 AM  
For farks sake... It's news not because of nerds vs jocks, but because no one even buzzd in on any question in a whole jeopardy category. They've had a million sports categories in the past without that result.
 
2018-02-02 07:46:28 AM  
si happy they knew the answers for once when the contestants didn't
 
2018-02-02 08:05:01 AM  
I am a poor football fan. I got two of of five right (Dallas Cowboys, Purple People Eaters). But to be fair on the other questions, I know what an option play looks like when it's run, I answered touchback instead of fair catch, and I forget what the fifth one is.
 
2018-02-02 08:16:21 AM  
I was on Sports Jeopardy so I'm getting a kick out of...
 
2018-02-02 08:25:01 AM  
I watched that.  I got all five right, but I thought the $200 question (what is the option) was probably a little advanced for a $200 question.  The Tom Landry one was the easy one.  That's pop culture.

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Don't leave home without it.

Offsetting penalties wasn't something you'd answer correctly if you didn't watch a lot of football, but then all Jeopardy categories are like that.  I don't know jack about the opera or mythology.
 
2018-02-02 08:27:16 AM  
I love it when Jeopardy does biblical catergories.  I never get any of those right.  'Who was Job?' I don't farking know
 
2018-02-02 08:31:49 AM  

ghostfacekillahrabbit: For farks sake... It's news not because of nerds vs jocks, but because no one even buzzd in on any question in a whole jeopardy category. They've had a million sports categories in the past without that result.


Once they did:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl​/news/j​eopardy-sports-questions-cam-newton-an​derson-cooper-celebrity-answers-alex-t​rebek/p8xn7ua0ro401flijllcqz4ml

The Lara Logan/Anderson Cooper/Michael Steele episode, probably the worst episode of Jeopardy ever, did the same.  Lara Logan threw in some condescension on sports and then went back to wiffing on a series of easy geography, current events, and history questions.  It's one thing to be unknowledgable.  It's another to be an ass about it by proclaiming that knowing certain things is stupid.
 
2018-02-02 08:32:16 AM  

MNguy: 'Who was Job?'


 Hand "Solo" Job is the lonely guy in Star Wars that flew around in the Millennium Falcon with just Chewbacca to keep him company.
 
2018-02-02 08:32:47 AM  

FreeLawyer: I will cut them some slack on the $200 question. Option is not a term that is obvious to a non fan, and the way the jeopardy answer was phrased, It took me a second to figure out the jeopardy question.


It was strangely worded.

ghostfacekillahrabbit: For farks sake... It's news not because of nerds vs jocks, but because no one even buzzd in on any question in a whole jeopardy category. They've had a million sports categories in the past without that result.


A large part of the humor in this is how Trebek handles it. If he deadpanned the whole thing, it wouldn't be nearly as funny.

/his mother's a whore
 
2018-02-02 09:06:02 AM  

FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated and Alex Trebek mock nerds.


FTFY.
 
2018-02-02 09:08:18 AM  
How did the white college kids fare that one time where they left "African-American History" as the only category left
 
2018-02-02 09:54:24 AM  

ElwoodCuse: How did the white college kids fare that one time where they left "African-American History" as the only category left


Are you talking about last night, because they had a black history category on the show we are discussing. I got two of those if I remember correctly, and almost had the althea Gibson one. Who the hell should be expected to name an author based on just a picture?
 
2018-02-02 09:59:04 AM  
No, this was a while back, maybe last years college tournament? The two pics of the three white kids and the empty board except for that category made the rounds quite a bit
 
2018-02-02 10:00:21 AM  
A few years ago there was a category called "college football stadiums." I knew that Bobby Dodd Stadium and something involving the Rose Bowl would be two of the items but the farkers didn't even touch the category. :(
 
2018-02-02 10:12:25 AM  
I take it the contestants are similar to the folks that post things like, "Is there an important sports ball game today?" during the Superbowl to show that they are above that sort of crude behavior.
 
2018-02-02 10:15:02 AM  

WoodyHayes: A few years ago there was a category called "college football stadiums." I knew that Bobby Dodd Stadium and something involving the Rose Bowl would be two of the items but the farkers didn't even touch the category. :(


The Rose Bowl question generally involves the 42' or 43' game that was played at Wallace Wade Stadium at Duke U. due to concerns over a potential Japanese attack on the West Coast.
 
2018-02-02 10:31:04 AM  

ElwoodCuse: No, this was a while back, maybe last years college tournament? The two pics of the three white kids and the empty board except for that category made the rounds quite a bit


I don't recall the episode or the images, but it's so funny/awkward I'm sure it will turn up.
 
2018-02-02 10:31:44 AM  

Rapmaster2000: The Lara Logan/Anderson Cooper/Michael Steele episode, probably the worst episode of Jeopardy ever, did the same.  Lara Logan threw in some condescension on sports and then went back to wiffing on a series of easy geography, current events, and history questions.  It's one thing to be unknowledgable.  It's another to be an ass about it by proclaiming that knowing certain things is stupid.


And then you've got the opposite situation where a dumb football jock whups the other contestants.

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Yes, I realize it's only celebrity jeopardy but it's awesome because that smug jackass Kevin O'Leary proved he's actually dumb as a rock.
 
2018-02-02 10:33:48 AM  
That was hilarious. Not even one buzz-in by any of them on any question.
 
2018-02-02 10:57:06 AM  

John Buck 41: That was hilarious. Not even one buzz-in by any of them on any question.


Back in the old days, I played video game jeopardy with a friend, who rapidly got pissed off and decided he'd never play with me again. i only buzzed in for the ones I knew i would get. He buzzed for things he thought he might get. He buzzed in for a lot more things, but my score beat the crap out of his.
Don't hate the player, hate the game.
 
2018-02-02 11:48:29 AM  

Cndn Bacon: Rapmaster2000: The Lara Logan/Anderson Cooper/Michael Steele episode, probably the worst episode of Jeopardy ever, did the same.  Lara Logan threw in some condescension on sports and then went back to wiffing on a series of easy geography, current events, and history questions.  It's one thing to be unknowledgable.  It's another to be an ass about it by proclaiming that knowing certain things is stupid.

And then you've got the opposite situation where a dumb football jock whups the other contestants.

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Yes, I realize it's only celebrity jeopardy but it's awesome because that smug jackass Kevin O'Leary proved he's actually dumb as a rock.


As a Cal alum, I was farking annoyed how he dropped the easiest farking softball question about Steve Wozniak.
 
2018-02-02 12:02:18 PM  
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2018-02-02 12:17:28 PM  

CaptainSpaceJohnny: I take it the contestants are similar to the folks that post things like, "Is there an important sports ball game today?" during the Superbowl to show that they are above that sort of crude behavior.


...aaaand here he is

TKM: Look, smart people don't know about your piss-ant bread and circuses.  Lets move along now.


Okay, fine.  NFL and EBT.

 
2018-02-02 12:34:29 PM  

doubled99: ...aaaand here he is


Yeah. Why is he even on the sports tab? Has Fark started slurping televised video games as sports like Deadspin has?

Incorrigible Astronaut: Stuff like this is why bartenders and secretaries always do the best on average.


I've also noticed that on celebrity Jeopardy comedians seem to whip everyone's asses.

ghostfacekillahrabbit: For farks sake... It's news not because of nerds vs jocks, but because no one even buzzd in on any question in a whole jeopardy category. They've had a million sports categories in the past without that result.


That to me was the really hilarious part.
 
2018-02-02 12:49:42 PM  
Every time I think about how much money my Dad could rake in on Jeopardy (because he knows everything), it's categories like this that make me remember why that might not work out.  He knows zilch about modern popular music, TV, and sports.  So if they set up the categories right he'd be screwed.

These contestants played it perfectly - answered every other category on the board, and then didn't even try to guess at every question in that category.  Not worth it.  Especially with the scores 8,200 / 2,600 / 3000.  #1 only has to keep his rank and separation from the others, so he can only lose by guessing; #2 and #3 are just playing for second place at this point, so neither one wants to lose any money and wouldn't be able to catch #1 even if they got every question right, so even if they had a hunch or a guess, it's not worth the attempt.
 
2018-02-02 01:55:36 PM  
You're told what to prepare for and these people aren't historians, scientists, sociologists, etc all at the same time, yet they answer all those questions.  Answering a sports question isn't out of the realm of what one should be able to answer.
 
2018-02-02 02:14:53 PM  

TKM: bread and circuses


"What is a supermarket chain that went out of business?"
 
2018-02-02 02:53:58 PM  

bhcompy: You're told what to prepare for and these people aren't historians, scientists, sociologists, etc all at the same time, yet they answer all those questions.  Answering a sports question isn't out of the realm of what one should be able to answer.


What to prepare for on Jeopardy is "anything and everything".

Everyone goes there knowing there are topics they don't have any shot at and they make decisions on what to study. This time it just happened to be three people that didn't know about football. And even when you have three people that don't know a category you often wouldn't see this because there is quite often a category left unrevealed.

It is funny to watch, but nothing more. The only point of criticism I might have is, if they knew that the episode would air just before the Super Bowl (do you know the airing date before filming?) they should have done some NFL studying, but even then I probably wouldn't have studied basic terminology, I would expect more historical questions directly linked to the Super Bowl (like the final clue) and studied winners, records, and feats.
 
2018-02-02 03:16:09 PM  
Best part of the clip? The trash talk Trebek was dishing out to them.
 
2018-02-02 04:18:41 PM  

CaptainSpaceJohnny: WoodyHayes: A few years ago there was a category called "college football stadiums." I knew that Bobby Dodd Stadium and something involving the Rose Bowl would be two of the items but the farkers didn't even touch the category. :(

The Rose Bowl question generally involves the 42' or 43' game that was played at Wallace Wade Stadium at Duke U. due to concerns over a potential Japanese attack on the West Coast.


If they had asked where it was played I wouldn't have gotten that correct. I don't think it slipped my mind, I just don't think I knew it. Thanks.

I've always heard that Wallace Wade Stadium is a gorgeous place to watch a football game.
 
2018-02-02 04:27:00 PM  

Trocadero: ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.

They literally memorize every other goddamn piece of trivia on planet Earth. You've gotta know farking cricket and rugby rules on that show.


I am very good at Trivial Pursuit except for the brown wedges, fark those things. Similarly, I am very good at watching Jeopardy except for all of the Shakespeare shiat. How I would do on the show under the bright lights and with two other people possibly buzzing in before me makes it a different matter entirely than watching on the couch but as long as they didn't focus too much on literature from guys who died hundreds of years ago I'd like to think I wouldn't make too much of a fool out of myself. Some of those people are like walking encyclopedias though so I can pretty easily envision me crying before the first commercial break against actual people.

Also, Ken Jennings has a pretty nifty podcast.
 
2018-02-02 05:11:42 PM  

WoodyHayes: CaptainSpaceJohnny: WoodyHayes: A few years ago there was a category called "college football stadiums." I knew that Bobby Dodd Stadium and something involving the Rose Bowl would be two of the items but the farkers didn't even touch the category. :(

The Rose Bowl question generally involves the 42' or 43' game that was played at Wallace Wade Stadium at Duke U. due to concerns over a potential Japanese attack on the West Coast.

If they had asked where it was played I wouldn't have gotten that correct. I don't think it slipped my mind, I just don't think I knew it. Thanks.

I've always heard that Wallace Wade Stadium is a gorgeous place to watch a football game.


Wallace Wade Stadium has gotten a lot better over the last few years.  They renovated the stadium and Duke football has vastly improved.

If you went, say, ten years ago, it was nothing to behold.  A giant, old structure that had a track around the field and was, at best, 30% full.  Reminded me of a smaller LA Colliseum.
 
2018-02-02 09:17:26 PM  

WoodyHayes: Trocadero: ThatGuyOverThere: FormlessOne: tl;dr: Sports Illustrated mocks nerds.

tl;dr: Football is not as important to most people as SI and the NFL wish it was.
I have no motivation to keep track of all the changing rules that even the NFL can't keep track straight, and apparently the "nerds" on jeopardy don't memorize them either.

They literally memorize every other goddamn piece of trivia on planet Earth. You've gotta know farking cricket and rugby rules on that show.

I am very good at Trivial Pursuit except for the brown wedges, fark those things. Similarly, I am very good at watching Jeopardy except for all of the Shakespeare shiat. How I would do on the show under the bright lights and with two other people possibly buzzing in before me makes it a different matter entirely than watching on the couch but as long as they didn't focus too much on literature from guys who died hundreds of years ago I'd like to think I wouldn't make too much of a fool out of myself. Some of those people are like walking encyclopedias though so I can pretty easily envision me crying before the first commercial break against actual people.

Also, Ken Jennings has a pretty nifty podcast.


I made the qualifier for Jeopardy but never got the call.  It has occurred to me that if I would have gotten selected to film that a wise move would be  the complete works of William Shakespeare Cliff Notes.
 
2018-02-03 01:51:13 AM  

knbwhite: ElwoodCuse: How did the white college kids fare that one time where they left "African-American History" as the only category left

Are you talking about last night, because they had a black history category on the show we are discussing. I got two of those if I remember correctly, and almost had the althea Gibson one. Who the hell should be expected to name an author based on just a picture?


It wasn't just a picture.  His most well known work "Invisible Man" was referenced in the clue.
 
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