Sports Jeopardy! Recap – November 9, 2016

Will Earl Holland join the very small ranks of Sports Jeopardy! superchamps?

You can watch this game on Crackle!

Today’s contestants:

Trey Rickman, a division order analyst from Spring, TX
Dennis Dugan, a pricing director from Philadelphia, PA
Earl Holland, a sports copy and web editor from Newark, DE (5-day total: $25,000)

Final Jeopardy! category: TEAM OWNERS

Final Jeopardy! clue: In the 1960s he was a regular at a club called The Horn, which began performances with the announcement, “It’s showtime”

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Who is Jerry Buss?


Scores going into Final:
Earl 16,500
Trey 16,000
Dennis 8,750

Final Results:
Dennis 8,750 + 250 = 9,000
Trey 16,000 – 1,502 = 14,498 (Who is Baba Booey?)
Earl 16,500 + 15,501 = 32,001 (6-day total: $30,000)

Well, this game was certainly a lot closer! Earl battled back in Double Jeopardy, aided by the Daily Doubles, but he needed to get the final 500 point clue of Double Jeopardy to take the lead!

In better news: This game was actually a good one for training my Sports Jeopardy! prediction model. Because we’re only at the 57-game mark of “winner keeps playing”, the correlations between Coryat and win percentage, while still existing, aren’t quite as strong yet as for the regular game (trained with data back to 2004) and thus I update the model after every game (whereas I only update the Jeopardy! model at a tournament break). However, the outcome of this game put the r-square value of my new trendline up to 0.91 (from 0.88), as it brought a couple of outlier results back closer to the mean. I’d still like more data (obviously!), but I’m still satisfied with how things are looking.

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Scores after the Jeopardy! round:
Trey 5,500
Dennis 3,750
Earl 3,250

Daily Double locations:
1) TRACK & FIELD STARS 500 (11th pick)
Earl 1750 +250 (Dennis 2750 Trey 2000)

2) THE SUM OF ALL FEARS 1500 (6th pick)
Earl 5750 +3750 (Trey 9500 Dennis 5250)
3) THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER 1000 (12th pick)
Earl 12500 +2500 (Trey 12000 Dennis 5250)

On the scoreboard:
09 – 13
04 – 80
Got any ideas as to what this scoreboard might mean? Leave a comment!

Game stats:
Earl 13,000 Coryat, 14 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.67% in first on buzzer
Trey 16,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 0 incorrect, 37.78% in first on buzzer
Dennis 8,750 Coryat, 11 correct, 0 incorrect, 24.44% in first on buzzer

Earl Holland, stats to date:
126 correct
12 incorrect
12/12 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: 19,250)
4/6 in Final Jeopardy
41.11% in first on buzzer (111/270)
Average Coryat: 16,792

Earl Holland, to win:
7 games: 67.85%
8: 46.04%
9: 31.24%
10: 21.20%
11: 14.38%
Avg. streak: 8.111 games.

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