Sports Jeopardy Recap – November 4, 2015

This episode aired on NBC Sports Network August 7/8, 2016.

You can watch this episode on Crackle!

Today’s contestants:

Jack Williams, a writer and actor originally from Boulder, CO
Beth Rohde, a senior data processing representative from Lino Lakes, MN
Vinny Varadarajan, an engineering graduate from Fords, NJ (2-day total: $10,000)

Of note: Vinny the Purdue grad was beaten to the buzzer by Beth on a Purdue clue that had Vinny gotten correct, he would have had a runaway!

Final Jeopardy! category: 19th CENTURY SPORTS

Final Jeopardy! clue: On Sept. 2, 1880 a Boston electric co. sponsored the first of these; it ended as a tie between 2 amateur teams

Click/Tap Here for Correct Response

What is a night baseball game?



Scores going into Final:
Vinny 20,000
Beth 10,500
Jack 2,500

Final Results:

Jack 2,500 – 2,500 = 0 (What is a baseball game?)
Beth 10,500 – 10,000 = 500 (What is a football game?)
Vinny 20,000 – 1,001 = 18,999 (What is a college football bowl game?) (3-day total: $15,000)

FYI: This is touched on briefly in “The Games That Changed Baseball: Milestones in Major League History”, my second book, available from McFarland!

The two teams were Jordan Marsh and Company & R. H. White and Company. The game was called after nine innings with the score 16-16. There were 300 spectators.

Daily Double locations:
1) FEATS FIRST 500 (17th pick)
Beth 1250 -500 (Vinny 6250 Jack 1000)

2) COMING UP “ROSE”S 1500 (8th pick)
Beth 6000 +2000 (Vinny 11000 Jack 1500)
3) CAREERS BY THE NUMBER 2000 (21st pick; 4500 left on the board)
Vinny 15500 +2500 (Beth 9000 Jack 1500)

On the scoreboard:
04 – 06
18 – 96
The modern Olympics began on April 6, 1896 in Athens, Greece.

Game stats:
Vinny 19,500 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 44.44% in first on buzzer
Beth 10,500 Coryat, 16 correct, 5 incorrect, 40% in first on buzzer
Jack 2,500 Coryat, 6 correct, 2 incorrect, 13.33% in first on buzzer

Vinny Varadarajan, stats to date:
64 correct
8 incorrect
3/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 2,250)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
42.96% in first on buzzer (58/135)
Average Coryat: 19,167

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