Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 17, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category 19th Century U.S. Politics) for Friday, September 17, 2021 (Season 38, Game 5):

Named after a U.K. political party that helped depose a king, the U.S. Whig Party was formed to oppose this man

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Odessa Madakacherry, a retail manager from Westminster, Colorado
Odessa Madakacherry on Jeopardy!
Samit Sarkar, a journalist from New Rochelle, New York
Samit Sarkar on Jeopardy!
Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (22-day total: $775,401)
Matt Amodio on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: I’m very interested in seeing what happens today, especially after Matt gave himself a bit of a scare yesterday after missing the first Daily Double. Being that this show was taped just 15 minutes after yesterday’s, there may still be a knock-on effect. Moreover, Matt’s statistics on Fridays—while still incredibly strong compared to the average player—drop off a bit compared to the rest of the week. Last night, I ran my prediction model on just Matt’s Friday performances to date, and it put him only around 86% to win a Friday game, compared to the 92% he is to win the rest of the week. There are quite a few people who would love to see Matt come back on Monday to make it to his 6th different host.

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Correct response: Who is Andrew Jackson?

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In the 1830s, the Whig Party was formed in the United States as a loose coalition of those who were deeply opposed to President Andrew Jackson, who they viewed as someone who ruled with the executive tyranny of a king, especially when it came to Jackson’s shuttering of the national banks with the most notable Whig being Henry Clay (even though Clay never ascended to the Presidency). The party didn’t last particularly long, as the end of the Jackson presidency caused the party to faction. However, the party did win the 1840 (William Henry Harrison) and the 1848 (Zachary Taylor) elections.

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

Scores going into Final:
Matt $38,400
Samit $11,400
Odessa $3,200

Tonight’s results:
Odessa $3,200 + $3,200 = $6,400 (Who is Jackson?)
Samit $11,400 – $4,999 = $6,401 (Who is Calhoun?)
Matt $38,400 + $12,000 = $50,400 (Who is Jackson?) (23-day total: $825,801)

Matt Amodio, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the September 17, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Matt $12,400
Samit $4,200
Odessa $3,600


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE COMMON DEFENSE $800 (clue #10)
Matt 4600 +4600 (Samit 1800 Odessa 1000)
2) LET’S VISIT MARS $1600 (clue #4)
Matt 14000 +8000 (Samit 7800 Odessa 3600)
3) BROADWAY ON THE POP CHARTS $2000 (clue #23, $3600 left on board)
Matt 34400 +2000 (Samit 10600 Odessa 2800)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 163

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Matt $28,200 Coryat, 31 correct, 2 incorrect, 45.61% in first on buzzer (26/57), 3/4 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Samit $11,400 Coryat, 15 correct, 1 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Odessa $3,200 Coryat, 12 correct, 4 incorrect, 26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $42,800
Lach Trash: $2,600 (on 2 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,600

Matt Amodio, career statistics:
733 correct, 77 incorrect
38/44 on rebound attempts (on 82 rebound opportunities)
53.12% in first on buzzer (689/1297)
47/53 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $182,200)
17/23 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $26,739

Samit Sarkar, career statistics:
15 correct, 2 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $11,400

Odessa Madakacherry, career statistics:
13 correct, 4 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
26.32% in first on buzzer (15/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $3,200

Matt Amodio, to win:
24 games: 92.821%
25: 86.158%
26: 79.972%
27: 74.231%
28: 68.902%
Avg. streak: 35.930 games.

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24 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, September 17, 2021"

  1. Debbie Stover | September 17, 2021 at 10:37 am |

    Count me among the people who would love to see Matt come back not only Monday, to see a sixth host, but all the way through November 8th, to see a seventh, Ken Jennings. By my count that would mean Matt racking up 58 wins, and I know that in the “modern” — post Ken Jennings — era that’s supposed to be impossible. I imagine it is. Still, that’s what I’m rooting for.

    To me, Matt is the ideal superchampion, a nerd’s nerd and a nice, respectful guy. Plus, he has this way of pausing, when he can’t immediately summon an answer, and searching for the answer in his mind. When you watch him, it looks as if he’s actually locating the right tunnel in his mind, then peering down it to secure the answer, then grabbing and extracting it.

    I love watching him play.

    • Debbie, great description of watching Matt come up with some of the answers. I enjoy that process too!

      • I think Matt is of the “measure twice, cut once” philosophy, so even when he’s pretty sure of an answer, he double checks it in his mind.

        • So well said. I especially see that on Daily Doubles. You can see him as the clue is read zero in on the answer, then just pause to make sure he’s certain of it. It works!

    • I too love your accurate description and am also rooting for him!

      • Great description! Also enjoy his winsome smile when the host announces his cash winnings. Seems like an attitude of gratitude: “Can’t believe I’m getting paid so well for something I really enjoy doing!”

        I believe his earnings this week are the most for anyone not named James.

    • I enjoy watching the process even more knowing who has won. Thanks, Andy.

  2. Now would be a good time for Matt to use his own advice; “Don’t get down when it goes bad, just stay even keeled.” Still, going into Double Jeopardy in negative territory and coming out of it with a runaway is something really, really impressive, especially considering the second place player only missed one question.

  3. Aside from James Holzhauer’s streak, is this the most money won by one person in a single taping day?

  4. I also want to express how disappointed I am with the Jeopardy Twitter base.

    In the announcement of one of Matt’s wins this week (I think it was either #19 or #20) a bunch of people were saying “Hello. I have the skills required to host/executive produce Jeopardy, pick me.” With absolutely no proof of their “skills” or “experience.” This is incredibly disrespectful, in my mind, as it is basically saying “I’m better than all the potential candidates”. It’s also frustrating to see them clog up the comments section and overshadowing what should ACTUALLY be talked about, being Matt’s historic run.

    • The fanbase has been pretty disappointing, and Twitter itself is a cesspool that should probably just be turned off.

      That said, Buzzy Cohen was given a guest hosting slot. If the only qualifications necessary are being a decent, articulate person with an intimate knowledge of the show, a lot of Jeopardy fans probably really do qualify.

  5. Would be interesting to see Matt break Ken Jennings record while Ken was hosting.

  6. so much for possibly being gun shy after missing a true daily double yesterday. i like this guy.

  7. Marty Cunningham | September 17, 2021 at 3:20 pm |

    Yes, the games at the ‘end of the week’ (after lunch on the day of taping) can be tougher. We kept encouraging the winner of the Wednesday game to get turkey at lunch, so the tryptophan might put him to sleep!

    I agree with the others above about Matt’s style of play. He doesn’t come off as a “Know-it-all” and even seems hesitant, or cautious, on his DD bets, especially in DJ (although he usually goes all in when he finds the DD in the first round). He still “goes big” enough and still has not “gone home”, he realizes how tenuous almost each and every clue can be to answer correctly.
    And I really liked his counting off the syllables as he pronounced them the other night when the category was “7-syllable words”! It made me smile. And, yes, i appreciate too that he always seems surprised by what he has done each day; very refreshing attitude, not pompous, like “Well of course I was going to win”. And it is kind of humbling when you actually do win, because you are only one of three people who actually know how tough each game was, and how good the competition actually was, and how lucky some of the breaks actually were, with timing or incorrect responses. Matt may be a trend-setter for the “Post-Alex” era.

  8. I’ve been watching Jeopardy since I was a little girl, so for me, about 32 years of viewing (well, on and off at least), but I have always loved streakers on the show. Also, growing up, I always was excited when someone from my home state of Connecticut was on the show (I’m originally from New Haven). I know Matt is originally from Medina, Ohio, but Johnny Gilbert says Matt’s from New Haven, so that makes me proud every day I watch. The idea that a guy who is a top-3 Jeopardy player in basically every category lives in my home town has made me so happy. I hope with Matt’s steady and shrewd gameplay, he can surpass James and maybe even Ken. If one assumes he can win the Tournament of Champions, he’ll be over a million like Ken, James, and Brad.

  9. Ronnie Gambardella | September 17, 2021 at 5:43 pm |

    I remember rooting for Pete Rose when he was going for DiMaggio’s hitting sreak. Same thing.

  10. As a long time fan of jeopardy I also loved watching many champions making streaks of wins. And now seeing Matt here making a historical run on Jeopardy makes me want to keep watching to see if he can get to James Holzhauer’s record. Although it was tough seeing him in the red yesterday after missing that daily double but he made an amazing comeback in the second round which is impressive. but 800K is definitely a lot of money. Matt is playing conservatively and only bets big on daily doubles that are in his wheelhouse.

    Good luck to matt on cleaning up next week as well!

  11. The other cool thing about Matt’s streak is that I’m sure all of his winnings are really helping him with expenses while he studies. He’s probably making little to nothing as a student. Especially with Yale’s expenses, I’m sure this money is a God-send, and well deserved. I can’t wait for him to get over a million.
    Another really impressive stat is that he’s 4th in all-time winnings, and hasn’t even been in a tournament or championship yet.

  12. I find the fact that he has been able to win with so many different hosts and cadences astounding. To me, that multiplies his accomplishment tenfold. He is a pleasure to watch and I personally find him much easier to root for than I did for James.

  13. I usually don’t like watching long-term winners, but Matt is a joy to watch. I like the way he plays—every answer is given a lot of thought and I think his use of “What is” for every answer is ingenious. He had me as a permanent fan the day that he gave a shout-out to all public school teachers. Go Matt!

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