You Belgians! You killed Ken Jennings! (Spoilers)

No, really, I mean it. SPOILERS. Not that you can possibly miss it on any of the newscasts…

KenJen in happier timesTonight, Ken Jennings lost in tragic fashion. Live by the sword, die by the sword. He missed two $4800 Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy! I didn’t get either of them, so I can’t make too much fun of him. The problem is, he was betting too much given the competition. He placed himself TWICE in the slot of nearly tying the game with a missed answer. With the doubled answer values these days, he was asking for it.

Yes, I, the Belgian-American, missed the Belgian Patton question. I’m so ashamed.

Final Jeopardy! really surprised me. My first answer to it was UPS. Then I read it a second time: “White Collar” and “4 months.” That means it won’t be truck drivers. And four months is tax season — January through April. H&R Block sprung right to mind.

Sadly, Ken never made it further than that first step in his thought process. It’s a pity.

I have to think some of it was just a case of being tired. If I don’t miss my guess, the episode aired tonight would have been the fifth taped in the day. That was his fifth show in a row in the same day. It’s amazing he lasted this long without stumbling under that kind of pressure.

And let’s not be hard on him — he made 75 appearances on a game show and won 74 of them for a total of just over $2.5 million. It was a remarkable achievement.

And the Tournament of Champions stands to be a complete blood bath. ;-)

Here’s to you, KJ! You finally gave America someone to rally around for their brains, rather than their stupidity.

(Special thanks to Tom Galloway for pointing out that KJ will be on BIOGRAPHY Wednesday night, and possibly Regis and Kelly. Plus, Letterman and Nightline tonight. Whew.)

(That pic is from the first show after KenJen crossed the $2 million mark. He finished at over $2.5 million.)


7 Responses to “You Belgians! You killed Ken Jennings! (Spoilers)”

  1. Elayne Riggs
    1. December 2004 at 09:18

    Oh, come on, it’s not “a pity.” Jennings came away with over two and a half million dollars. He was bound to lose sooner or later. He can be very, very proud of what he’s done.

  2. Everything Is In/Flux
    1. December 2004 at 09:50

    It’s over Well the Ken Jennings era on Jeopardy! is indeed over. It wasn’t that much of a surprise and even if I didn’t have the heads-up that last night was the last episode, the television stations sure did let the cat out of the bag. CTV had a preview of …

  3. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    1. December 2004 at 10:53

    No, it’s a pity that, to my mind, he lost on a clue that was so easily deduced. If he had lost on a Final Jeopardy clue that was about 19th Century Belgian Cabinet Makers from Peru, I would say he just got beat. If either of those Daily Doubles had been the Final Jeopardy! clue, I would say he just got beat.

    But, still, he won 74 times and gave us all a cheap thrill for a few months. He has nothing to be shamed of. Like he said somewhere, the law of averages had to kick in eventually. It was fun while it lasted. And I can’t wait for the ToC, now that there’s a chance for a second entrant into the ToC. (Can you imagine if – and this is a ludicrous possibility – he had won every game this season? The other 14 contestants in the ToC would be those who scored the highest in second place against him. ;-)

  4. Christopher J. Arndt
    1. December 2004 at 13:34

    I say that it is a pity. He was entertaining. Merv Griffen and Kingwold airs past-season Jeopardy re-runs on the weekends and they aren’t that interesting. Ken Jennings made the game fun again and brought me back.

    It is a shame; I don’t care that he had a long run… having the long run was part of the charm. For crying out loud…. we can say “he had a long run” when an old man dies, but most of us still say “That’s a shame” when the oldest man currently on record finally gives up the ghost and gives the second oldest time he needs to catch up.

    The Ken is dead! Long live the Ken!

  5. Tom Galloway
    1. December 2004 at 21:21

    Keep in mind that J! schedules Tournaments of Champions pretty much when they feel like it. They’ve gone longer than a year between ‘em before, so they’ll probably wait until they have what’d seem like a reasonable field.

    Also, per both the J! website and the message board, J!’s been trying to contact pretty much every 5-time champion in the Trebek era, and has been asking about availability through most of 2005. No rumors about what’s up, but theories are either they’ll be reinstating eligibility given the demise of the 5-time winner rule or having the J! tournament to end all tournaments.

    Me, I’d just like to manage to finally make it on the show and qualify for the ToC to go up against Ken. Perhaps we’d both wear Suicide Squid shirts for the occasion. :-)

  6. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    1. December 2004 at 22:07

    Tom – That’s friggin’ awesome! Pardon my NJ accent there…

    As for me, I’ll just take my chances at becoming one of the Clue Crew. ;-)

  7. Everything Is In/Flux » Blog Archive » It’s over
    16. January 2006 at 12:59

    [...] Well the Ken Jennings era on Jeopardy! is indeed over. It wasn’t that much of a surprise and even if I didn’t have the heads-up that last night was the last episode, the television stations sure did let the cat out of the bag. CTV had a preview of their nightly news before Jeopardy! came on and they had a small clip of the final Final Jeopardy! results for Ken. [...]