Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 25, 2020


Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Highest-Paid Athletes) for Friday, September 25, 2020 (Season 37, Game 10):

On Forbes’ 2020 list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, at age 50 this active individual sportsman is the oldest

(correct response beneath the contestants)

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Today’s contestants:

Alyssa Weinberger, a media rights assistant from Los Angeles, California
Alyssa Weinberger on Jeopardy!
Julissa Castillo, an operations manager from Los Angeles, California
Julissa Castillo on Jeopardy!
Sameer Gandhi, a writer from Pasadena, California (1-day total: $22,200)
Sameer Gandhi on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: Who is Phil Mickelson?


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Probably the best golfer of the last 30 years not named Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, best known for his left-handed swing, is also a popular celebrity endorser in the United States, including Callaway golf (there’s a lot of money in golf, especially as rich white men tend to play a lot of it), and accounting firm KPMG (Phil has worn KPMG on his hat for over a decade, leading to confusion among more casual sports fans about Phil potentially being a middle name and then wondering what the K stands for.)

Mickelson should also have a resurgence over the next 18 to 24 months, as 50 is the minimum age to compete on the PGA Tour Champions tour (formerly the Senior PGA Tour); he won his first start on that tour in August.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
Sameer $15,200
Julissa $13,200
Alyssa $4,800


Tonight’s results:
Alyssa $4,800 – $4,700 = $100 (Who is Jagr?)
Julissa $13,200 – $13,199 = $1 (Who is Phil)
Sameer $15,200 – $0 = $15,200 (Who is Mr. Magoo) (2-day total: $37,400)


Sameer Gandhi, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 25, 2020 game.)


Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Julissa $8,000
Alyssa $3,200
Sameer $1,200


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Opening break taken after: 15 clues


Daily Double locations:
1) TRAVELING ON THE INTERSTATE $800 (clue #23)
Julissa 4400 +2000 (Sameer 400 Alyssa 3200)
2) PLAYS $1200 (clue #11)
Julissa 9600 +2000 (Sameer 4800 Alyssa 1600)
3) ALL THINGS BELGIAN $2000 (clue #20)
Sameer 9200 +2000 (Julissa 12000 Alyssa 3600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 88


Unplayed clues:
J! Round: WJPY CLASSICAL RADIO $200 $400
DJ! Round: 1920 $1200 $1600 $2000
Total Left On Board: $5,400
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 26 (2.60 per episode average), 1 Daily Double


Game Stats:
Sameer $15,200 Coryat, 15 correct, 2 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer (13/52), 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Alyssa $4,800 Coryat, 11 correct, 3 incorrect, 23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Julissa $11,200 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 42.31% in first on buzzer (22/52), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,200
Lach Trash: $10,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $7,400

Sameer Gandhi, career statistics:
29 correct, 6 incorrect
3/4 on rebound attempts (on 9 rebound opportunities)
25.69% in first on buzzer (28/109)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $2,000)
1/2 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $13,200

Julissa Castillo, career statistics:
21 correct, 4 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
42.31% in first on buzzer (22/52)
2/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $4,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,200

Alyssa Weinberger, career statistics:
11 correct, 4 incorrect
2/2 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
23.08% in first on buzzer (12/52)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $4,800

Sameer Gandhi, to win:
3 games: 41.454%
4: 17.184%
5: 7.123%
6: 2.953%
7: 1.224%
Avg. streak: 2.708 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Oftentimes, contestants are more stressed at the end of a full day of taping (or watching episodes being taped) and their performance isn’t as strong compared to if they were fresh. Please remember to be kind to all contestants.
  • In Prisoner of Trebekistan, Bob Harris said that it’s just as important to know what you don’t know. And props to Sameer for knowing that he didn’t know sports, betting $0, and ending up a 2-day champion for it.

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23 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 25, 2020"

  1. The golf world made Phil’s turning 50 and qualifying for the Champions Tour a big deal and rightfully so. His was the first name to come to my mind.

    • I caught the news in passing of his win on the Champions tour last month and was surprised to learn that he was 50. Of course, it made sense when I thought about it—he won his first event in 1992 as an amateur when still in college—but it was still a surprise to me. My parents both watch a ton of golf; I’ll be curious to see how they do on this Final when they watch.

  2. I feel bad for Julissa. To be so close and wind up in last. And isn’t it funny that within 2 weeks there are 2 players who have the same 2-day total (Cory & now Sameer)?

  3. Not having seen the show yet, I’m curious whether Julissa’s response of “Phil” was because she wasn’t sure of the spelling of his last name.

    When I saw the clue this morning online, I figured it was likely Phil though I wasn’t 100 percent sure he had turned 50, but I knew he was close. Then I had a senior moment with the spelling. Did the last name have an “le” or “el”, and was it “son” or “sen”? I think I eventually got it right from the comfort of my couch, but who knows what might have happened under the lights.

    • She ran out of time.

      • Marty Cunningham | September 25, 2020 at 3:47 pm |

        And how lax would the judges have been if the spelling was not totally correct, but it still conveyed the correct name? Some last names end in “-sen”, not “-sen” but would it really have changed the pronunciation? Doesn’t seem to matter in this case, anyway.

  4. Marty Cunningham | September 25, 2020 at 3:54 pm |

    sorry, meant “not “-son”. Know two different people named Larsen and Larson but you can’t really hear the difference, and they both had their roots with someone who was the “son of Lars”. This could be a bigger problem with more Scandinavian names, with variant spellings between Swedish, Norwegian and Danish. Iam thinking of the Danish actor who played LeChiffre opposite Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale” and was also in “Doctor Strange” and was “Hannibal” on TV; I think he has the ‘same’ last name as Phil, but spelled differently.

  5. Strange yet lucky bet in FJ for Sameer.

    • I’d hardly call it strange. It was a situation where he clearly hated the category—just look at what happened yesterday—so he made the bet that he thought gave him the best chance of winning. And it worked.

  6. Tough final jeopardy as we got another triple stumper to end the week.

  7. its a trick question. Michelson has the most EARNINGS. He is not paid the most per year

    • Steve:

      The list is literally called “The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes”. There is no trick.

      • It IS a trick question as most people would consider their given salary NOT endorsements. Golfers are not given a salary as they have to win tournaments to earn their $. No matter anyway as most athletes are overpaid!

        • If you were Phil, and you only took “salary” into account and not endorsements when filing your taxes with the IRS, you would find yourself in court incredibly quickly.

          • Still a Trick question if you were the contestant on jeopardy trying to answer.

          • In my opinion, if you felt tricked, that’s on you. The show asked from a reputable source and from a list that is well-known in trivia circles, using a well-established metric that takes the exact same numbers into account that a federal tax agency would.

        • He only gets the endorsement deals because he’s a successful athlete. Thus it’s part of his income derived from his career as a golfer. Completely valid category and clue.

          Certainly much more valid than George Clooney basically vanishing from Hollywood the past few years but landing on highest-paid actor lists due to his tequila company.

        • the question stated the source as Forbes. contestants should consider how Forbes would assemble this list. Forbes is consistent.

  8. Keith Hosannah | September 25, 2020 at 8:10 pm |

    I was very disappointed that I didn’t get Final Jeopardy! I was thinking golf but I knew Tiger Woods did not turn 50 and the other star golfers like Spieth and Mcllroy are not even 40 yet. So I thought perhaps Tony Hawk would be a possible correct response.

  9. I love today’s FJ as an example of how to deconstruct the clue to simplify the process of finding what it is they’re looking for. Of the individual sports, the ones likely to make a highest-paid list are tennis and golf. Since it’s highly unlikely a 50-year-old tennis player is still a top star in the sport, it’s basically asking to name a 50-year-old golf player. I doubt anyone who doesn’t follow golf could name more than a handful of golf players anyway, but they probably know Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, so just pick one of those guys (of course, knowing Tiger is only 44 really helps).

  10. Phil Mickelson had a great reply/Instagram msg. about his Final Jeopardy “showing.” I found it a great FJ!

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