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(Onion AV Club)   Jeopardy just had its first tiebreaker in its 45-year history   ( avclub.com) divider line
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2018-03-02 11:59:58 PM  
the show recently changed its rules for ties

I knew I'd seen ties before.
 
2018-03-03 12:03:01 AM  

fusillade762: the show recently changed its rules for ties

I knew I'd seen ties before.


And we're done here.
 
2018-03-03 12:14:09 AM  
I liked the ties.
 
2018-03-03 12:33:30 AM  
best 2 out of 3 falls?
 
2018-03-03 12:39:06 AM  

fusillade762: the show recently changed its rules for ties

I knew I'd seen ties before.


Likewise, no matter how rare it was.
 
2018-03-03 01:15:10 AM  
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So what are the rules for tying Wolf Blitzer?
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-03-03 01:22:20 AM  
There were frequently co-champions, and once, all three players had the same score, and were all brought back for the next game.  The three-fer happened only a few years ago.

I guess that's why they have this rule now.  I thought it was cool when they all won the same money and could come back the next day.  It's not like they can't afford it, and it catches players really off guard, so I think the co-champions is more fun.

/talking to you, ABC and Alex
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-03-03 01:44:04 AM  

FNG: and the new tie-breaker catches players really off guard.


Not sure that's a good thing.
 
2018-03-03 02:37:13 AM  
the show recently changed its rules for ties:
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2018-03-03 02:45:26 AM  
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2018-03-03 03:23:46 AM  
I totally knew that Final Jeopardy question that they didn't.
 
2018-03-03 03:37:57 AM  
False. It's had tiebreakers in tournaments before.

This is he first tiebreaker in regular play, mainly because they changed the rules because they're too cheap to pay co-champions anymore.

So no more of these fun moments ever again...

Jeopardy! 3 way tie. First time ever. March 16 2007
Youtube 72zn2KODSsY
 
2018-03-03 03:44:48 AM  
Couldn't the loser of the tiebreaker at least keep all their winnings? It seems like a pretty shiatty way to go.
 
2018-03-03 04:12:50 AM  
Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks - SNL
Youtube O7VaXlMvAvk


wasn't as good as this episode
 
2018-03-03 04:35:09 AM  
Is it pro or college rules?
 
2018-03-03 04:44:38 AM  
How the fark was that a tie breaker? I mean, hafter they flubbed such an easy question.
 
2018-03-03 05:28:54 AM  

IlGreven: False. It's had tiebreakers in tournaments before.

This is he first tiebreaker in regular play, mainly because they changed the rules because they're too cheap to pay co-champions anymore.


It's also because it sucks for the contestants who fly in to be on the show if they get denied a place because of a tie. They need 10 new contestants a week (and a week is one taping day), but if there are ties then someone flew cross-country on their own dime and doesn't get to be on the show.
 
2018-03-03 06:36:00 AM  

FNG: FNG: and the new tie-breaker catches players really off guard.

Not sure that's a good thing.


I'm just hoping that was bad editing for that episode.  After the tie, Alex immediately said "Now here's the tie-breaker question."  If that was in real-time, I would have been freaking out.  Do I write the answer?  Do I buzz in?  Where am I?
 
2018-03-03 06:52:56 AM  

CarnySaur: FNG: FNG: and the new tie-breaker catches players really off guard.

Not sure that's a good thing.

I'm just hoping that was bad editing for that episode.  After the tie, Alex immediately said "Now here's the tie-breaker question."  If that was in real-time, I would have been freaking out.  Do I write the answer?  Do I buzz in?  Where am I?


I was watching, thinking the same thing.  The lady on the right even shrugged as he started reading the question.  A little heads up would have been nice for them.
 
2018-03-03 06:53:59 AM  

FNG: FNG: and the new tie-breaker catches players really off guard.

Not sure that's a good thing.


Laura handled it pretty well.

/yes that could be a double-entendre
 
2018-03-03 06:54:28 AM  

wildcardjack: How the fark was that a tie breaker? I mean, hafter they flubbed such an easy question.


We all bow at your feet.
 
2018-03-03 06:55:47 AM  

Aezetyr: FNG: FNG: and the new tie-breaker catches players really off guard.

Not sure that's a good thing.

Laura handled it pretty well.

/yes that could be a double-entendre


 Laura seems dead inside.
 
2018-03-03 08:16:19 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: [img.fark.net image 425x239]So what are the rules for tying Wolf Blitzer?


Exiling yourself from society and hiding in shame. There is at least some dignity in having a $0 at the end of a game, but a negative...Not so much.
 
2018-03-03 08:21:29 AM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I totally knew that Final Jeopardy question that they didn't.


Same here.
 
2018-03-03 09:03:48 AM  
Laura is quite hot.

I'll be watching Monday.
 
2018-03-03 09:11:24 AM  
SUCK IT, TREBEK!
 
2018-03-03 09:42:44 AM  

ManateeGag: best 2 out of 3 falls?


Five round shootout, with sudden death.
 
2018-03-03 10:26:37 AM  

IlGreven: This is he first tiebreaker in regular play, mainly because they changed the rules because they're too cheap to pay co-champions anymore.


As soon as I saw the headline, that was my guess.  Thanks for confirming it.
 
2018-03-03 10:33:37 AM  
This is like using the 1 game MLB Wild Card playoff as the format for the World Series.

Awful... worse than College Football OT.
 
2018-03-03 10:35:51 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: they're too cheap to pay co-champions anymore.


That seems unlikely, I mean, how often are their co-champs?   That is really cheap for something that has to cost them, what, MAYBE $250,000 a year, if that?

Jeopardy is a mega money maker... plus Trebek should be retiring soon, and they'll likely bring someone in that is "known" but they can sign for less.
 
2018-03-03 10:47:06 AM  
I already miss ogling the last champion.  She was cute.
 
2018-03-03 12:28:30 PM  

jmr61: Laura is quite hot.

I'll be watching Monday.


You'll be disappointed, since she lost last night.  To a hipster.

https://fikklefame.com/final-jeopardy​-​3-2-18/
 
2018-03-03 12:34:29 PM  
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2018-03-03 03:05:54 PM  
I'll unTIE your mother from my bed post Trebek
 
2018-03-03 03:52:29 PM  

eyeq360: Straight Outta Wells Branch: [img.fark.net image 425x239]So what are the rules for tying Wolf Blitzer?

Exiling yourself from society and hiding in shame. There is at least some dignity in having a $0 at the end of a game, but a negative...Not so much.


They were playing for charity and were guaranteed 10K no matter the score, so everyone played wild and lose with the betting. I was more disappointed in Anderson Cooper...I think he finished in the black but he missed so many things that should have been walking around sense it was embarrassing.
 
2018-03-03 04:07:50 PM  

dletter: TheMysteriousStranger: they're too cheap to pay co-champions anymore.

That seems unlikely, I mean, how often are their co-champs?   That is really cheap for something that has to cost them, what, MAYBE $250,000 a year, if that?

Jeopardy is a mega money maker... plus Trebek should be retiring soon, and they'll likely bring someone in that is "known" but they can sign for less.


This rule has been in place for about 3-4 years (after the Arthur Chu bullshiat of betting to tie constantly), and the contestants are briefed on this.  This is merely the first time a tie happened.  I think the surprise factor that contributed to this wasn't the 'obvious tie' route situation like IlGriven posted.
 
2018-03-03 04:17:40 PM  

buckeyebrain: This is merely the first time a tie happened

in a regular-season game.

/FTFM
 
2018-03-03 06:31:25 PM  

buckeyebrain: buckeyebrain: This is merely the first time a tie happenedin a regular-season game.

/FTFM


So this is the "Kansas Plan" of Jeopardy!?
 
2018-03-03 08:24:21 PM  
According to one of the contestants, there was a substantial (5-10 minute) edit between the tie and the tiebreaker question, it wasn't a deer-in-the-headlights jump like it looked on TV. Still, I don't like that a relatively simple question determined the (tiebreaker) outcome. 

According to one of the mods at jboard, "there was an 11% tie rate over the first seven weeks of Season 31" (3 years ago). Before that, they were rare (one or two a season). This was causing issues - not really about the money (a few thousand dollars here and there is nothing to Jeopardy), but because it was bumping contestants who would have appeared that week (since a week is filmed all in one day).
 
2018-03-03 09:46:59 PM  

mikebdoss: According to one of the mods at jboard, "there was an 11% tie rate over the first seven weeks of Season 31" (3 years ago). Before that, they were rare (one or two a season). This was causing issues - not really about the money (a few thousand dollars here and there is nothing to Jeopardy), but because it was bumping contestants who would have appeared that week (since a week is filmed all in one day).


They did not care that not everyone might actually get to play for the first few decades.  Why care now?  And unless they are utter fools, then they will always have more potential players on hand than can possibly play. I'm sure some don't show up.  Some get sick.  Some get the nerves over actually playing. Some get a call that forces them to be elsewhere. So even with tiebreakers, they never actually know how many contestants they will need to invite.

Yeah the money from ties is probably in the pennywise department for the show.  But I'd be surprised if some MBA did not suggest having tie breakers for that very reason. Businesses often can very easily afford to keep what they cut to make that extra buck. And pretending that something done for a buck is really done for more noble ends is rather common.
 
2018-03-03 10:12:57 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: They did not care that not everyone might actually get to play for the first few decades.  Why care now?  And unless they are utter fools, then they will always have more potential players on hand than can possibly play. I'm sure some don't show up.  Some get sick.  Some get the nerves over actually playing. Some get a call that forces them to be elsewhere. So even with tiebreakers, they never actually know how many contestants they will need to invite.

Yeah the money from ties is probably in the pennywise department for the show.  But I'd be surprised if some MBA did not suggest having tie breakers for that very reason. Businesses often can very easily afford to keep what they cut to make that extra buck. And pretending that something done for a buck is really done for more noble ends is rather common.


They cared because it started happening a BUNCH more after Arthur Chu's run - his strategy was to play for a tie, and others started doing the same thing. They probably just wanted to cut it off before it became regular. 

Jeopardy has one alternate per taping group, and they always pull that person from southern California (because it's the big local contestant pool) so that there aren't large travel logistics involved. That person then comes back as a regular contestant as a later date. So they always have 12 players for a given week - the returning champion for the Monday game, two new players per day, and the alternate. They know exactly what they need - it's a well-oiled machine.
 
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