Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Sports Legends) for Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (Season 38, Game 23):

When Johnny Bench broke his record, this man wrote, “I always thought the record would stand until it was broken”

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Mary Garvey, a pastor from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Mary Garvey on Jeopardy!
Bilal Ali, a product manager from Seattle, Washington
Bilal Ali on Jeopardy!
Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables, Florida (2-day total: $51,700)
Jonathan Fisher on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: A lot of fans are missing Matt Amodio’s run as champion, but after yesterday’s game, I think we can safely say that he was dethroned by a very worthy champion in Jonathan, who picked up a very strong total before Final Jeopardy. Moreover, this proves just how strong of a player Jessica was on Monday, who very nearly beat both Matt and Jonathan herself! Jonathan will be looking to extend his streak to 3 today against Mary and Bilal.

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Correct response: Who is Yogi Berra?

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When Yogi Berra retired, he held MLB records for hits, runs, and home runs by a catcher; Cincinnati Reds catcher passed Berra’s home run mark in the summer of 1980, leading to a telegram and the aforementioned quote from Berra.

In 2015, Johnny Bench tweeted out the telegram that Berra sent him: “Congratulations on breaking my home run record last night. I always thought the record would stand until it was broken. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Best of luck the rest of the season, but take it easy on Dale and the Pirates. Maybe we’ll see you in October. Yogi” (Dale was Yogi’s son who was an infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the time.)

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

Scores going into Final:
Jonathan $15,800
Mary $12,600
Bilal $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Bilal $5,400 + $5,395 = $10,795 (Who is Berra?)
Mary $12,600 + $3,300 = $15,900 (Who is Yogi Berra?)
Jonathan $15,800 + $2,500 = $18,300 (Who is Yogi Berra?) (3-day total: $70,000)

Jonathan Fisher, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the October 13, 2021 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Mary $2,800
Bilal $2,200
Jonathan $1,200

Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) THE SABBATH $600 (clue #18)
Mary 2800 -2000 (Jonathan 1400 Bilal 800)
2) SHAKESPEARE’S INSULTS $800 (clue #4)
Jonathan 6000 +3000 (Bilal 2200 Mary 2800)
3) DOUBLE-LETTER GEOGRAPHY $800 (clue #17, $16000 left on board)
Mary 7600 +3000 (Jonathan 11800 Bilal 4200)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 18

Unplayed clues:
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $800
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 3 (0.13 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Jonathan $13,600 Coryat, 18 correct, 6 incorrect, 38.18% in first on buzzer (21/55), 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Mary $12,400 Coryat, 16 correct, 4 incorrect, 23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55), 3/5 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
Bilal $5,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 7 incorrect, 32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55), 1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $31,400
Lach Trash: $9,600 (on 10 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $12,200

Jonathan Fisher, career statistics:
68 correct, 9 incorrect
8/8 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
36.31% in first on buzzer (61/168)
4/5 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $6,600)
2/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,333

Bilal Ali, career statistics:
14 correct, 7 incorrect
1/2 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
32.73% in first on buzzer (18/55)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $5,400

Mary Garvey, career statistics:
17 correct, 4 incorrect
3/5 on rebound attempts (on 12 rebound opportunities)
23.64% in first on buzzer (13/55)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $12,400

Jonathan Fisher, to win:
4 games: 65.696%
5: 43.160%
6: 28.354%
7: 18.628%
8: 12.238%
Avg. streak: 4.915 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Contestants should always wager in Final Jeopardy based on the game situation and not on the category, as even in a category that looks intimidating, you could always see a clue as straightforward as this one. It always amuses me greatly to see contestants run scared from a sports category, only to see the clue go 3/3 in Final.

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40 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Wednesday, October 13, 2021"

  1. My first thought was – this sounds like something Yogi Berra would say.

  2. Barbara Epstein | October 13, 2021 at 9:28 am |

    I MISS Matt very much – can’t wait to see him on Tournament of champtions.

  3. I had the same reaction to Jessica’s strong performance on Monday. She would have been an equally worthy winner. I don’t suppose there’s any scenario where a close second would be invited back to play again. It’s like watching the Giants and the Dodgers. One will eventually lose, and it will be tragic for them.

    • I would never say it’s impossible, but Jeopardy has never run a second-chance tournament before.

      • Since Mayim was originally hired to host special Jeopardy events, one with some TOC worthy James and Matt contestants plus a few others who lost to Ultra Champs (10+ wins) would generate much interest, a “home run” so to speak!

        I envision J! selecting 15 top contestants for it to last the standard two weeks college and teachers tournaments last

    • Amazing that you have Matt turn so many contestants into cannon fodder and then you have Jessica and Jonathan on the same day.

  4. I don’t think they would do a second chance event. There have too many people already who are trying to get on stage just one time.

  5. aaron the crystal clod | October 13, 2021 at 1:25 pm |

    What I would like to see is this guy make it to four or five games just so that we have a rematch in the 2022 Tournament of Champions.

  6. Marty Cunningham | October 13, 2021 at 1:33 pm |

    Didn’t know the record, but the quote sounds like a Yogi-ism, like “good pitching stops good hitting, and vice versa”.

    Interesting that there was no babble on Monday, about that being Matt’s last game, although i have to roll my eyes at the people who are now suggesting that he “threw” the game. Believe me, sometimes you just don’t have a good game. On my last game, I remember Alex saying, “It’s time for Final Jeopardy!” and i thought to myself, “it is? Uh oh” because i knew it would take a miracle for me to win that game, and i knew that i was done. Matt just did not have a good game. I certainly never heard this kind of talk when Emma beat James, and it is ridiculous now.

    • Tom Galloway | October 13, 2021 at 7:07 pm |

      While I don’t think Matt threw the game, there was definitely something very odd about his DJ! performance. On Coryat, in SJ! he was beating both the Js by a 4-1 margin. Then when the first DJ! DD comes up 70% of the way through, he’s lost money while the Js both had turned on the afterburners. It was by far the worst round he played, and after a good solid for him SJ! round.

      I don’t know if he didn’t get much sleep the previous night, was feeling ill, folded under pressure once things started not going his way, didn’t know the categories, or any number of possible explanations, but something just wasn’t right for him in that round.

    • Replying to Marty. To the contrary, there were tons of people claiming James threw his last game. These silly claims are made by folks with little understanding of the game.

    • The thing about conspiracy theories: The only person you need to convince is yourself.

    • Jim Cardillo | October 14, 2021 at 2:10 pm |

      Here is what Matt had to say about his 10/11 game:

      In a phone interview on Monday, Amodio said his final episode was taped in mid-September, when he showed up to set after a break of a couple of weeks. (The show films a week’s worth of episodes in one production day.) On his previous trip to the set, he reeled off 15 victories over three days, many of them decisive “runaways” in which he could not be caught entering Final Jeopardy! But this time he found he couldn’t settle back into the groove of filming yet, and he was still feeling a bit “disheveled” that early in the day.
      “I got off to an early good start, but Double Jeopardy! went terribly for me. I was pretty soundly defeated,” Amodio said. “It was weird because in previous games, there were stretches where I lost the timing of the buzzer, but it was early enough in the games where the dollar values weren’t so high that I could recover later. … It had never been that long a stretch during a crucial point of time in the game.”

  7. Francine Pilon | October 13, 2021 at 1:41 pm |

    They invited the woman (forget her name) who defeated James Holzhauer back to the TOC even though she did not win 5 games or more.

    • Emma Boettcher—though a lot of people have forgotten that the producers used their discretion to invite her in place of Larry Martin, the Teachers Tournament winner who passed away before the Tournament of Champions.

    • Ronnie Gambardella | October 13, 2021 at 6:06 pm |

      I think she won 3

  8. I would like to see John winning another game tomorrow so that he can guarantee himself a rematch with Matt in the tournament of champions.

    The legendary Yogi Berra has broken so many records so it is hard not to forget him. He was a baseball legend I tell you. Everyone should know him. John seems to have a good strong performance here if this keeps up

    • Four wins isn’t a guarantee (5 normally is or winning $100k, with rare exceptions) but may happen depending on when the J! producers decide enough time has passed to pick 15 contestants. Earlier this year a 2021 TOC finalist was a 4 time winner (Veronica Vadikim Vichit (?), excuse my memory if I misspelled). I’ve seen some of the older TOC’s feature 3 game winners.

  9. As a sports fan, I always love to see categories sports-related. When they show up in Double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy, they are “bet the house” clues. It always bothers me when someone could have won but didn’t because they didn’t bet enough.

  10. Besides Andy’s thoughts on FJ, the same applies to today’s DDs, none of which were wagered true DD’s but two out of three correct. If they were “all in”, then Mary would have had $3800 more and Jonathan to cover would have finished with $32,801. Matt said he would bet on himself, and though Jonathan plays well, seem too hesitant with DD’s and FJ to bet on himself.

  11. Brad (not Rutter) | October 13, 2021 at 5:09 pm |

    Given how Matt and James lost, I think it’s safe to say it takes 2 strong players tagteaming to take out a superchamp, plus luck on the daily doubles.

  12. Well Matt Amodio would have loved this Final Jeopardy! He mentioned baseball several times as all J! Fans know…miss him!

  13. How can you put yourself in a situation where you could have the correct answer in FJ…and still lose?

  14. I must confess, I have no idea what the FJ wagers was about. Everyone should try to win????????

  15. What the heck was Jonathan thinking when he wagered that??????? For my cup of tea, Mary’s wager was totally correct because in theory her only hope is that the Jonathan gets it wrong. But as Al Davis used to say…..”just win baby”.

    • I agree. I thought Mary might bet zero. Bilal couldn’t catch her, and from her position, you have to figure the leader has to miss for you to win. Jonathan took a chance, but he got lucky and it worked out.

  16. When they mentioned Johnny Bench’s home run record, I was wondering if it was the single season catchers’ one that Salvador Perez broke a few weeks ago. Turns out it was not.

  17. Interezting FJ wagers. Mary should have bet even less to guarantee beating Balal and would have no chance if Jonathan got it right – assuming he covered. Big surprise Jonathan didn’t cover. Maybe he guessed Mary’s (near) strategy. But probably not -more likely he just didn’t like the category.

  18. Considering that Dale Berra wasn’t a catcher, and wasn’t as famous like his dad, glad that the judges didn’t ask for a first name in the response.

  19. Unlikely but as others have said, I’d also like to see Jessica again. She and Jonathan were trading the lead back and forth near the end of DJ and either could have ended up leading going into FJ.

    And Matt played a bad game including his wager in FJ which should have been less since his only hope was for both his opponents to miss. And with history and geography two of his best subjects really a surprise he got it wrong. I guess it’s possible he went for a “longshot” answer as his best hope figuring his opponents would pick the “obvious” answer.

  20. Now I’m curious about when this episode was taped. When Salvador Perez broke Bench’s single season record for home runs by a primary catcher (about a month ago), Bench tweeted his congratulations using that quote from Yogi. I wonder if that was the inspiration for this clue.

  21. Commenting from St. Louis, Yogi’s

    If Yogi had been brought up on
    charges by the Language Police, and
    I had been his defense attorney, I
    would have argued that his message
    was not idiosyncratic, incoherent,
    or ungrammatical in any way: to wit,
    Yogi’s sentence “I always thought
    the record would stand until it was
    broken” is exactly synonymous with
    “Until it was broken (the previous
    night, by Johnny Bench), I had
    always thought the record would

    The word order is different, but
    both versions are coherent and mean
    the same thing. Yogi churned out a
    lot of funny Yogiisms during his
    lifetime, and who among us doesn’t
    want to have our spirits lifted by
    America’s late, great folk-philosopher–but it’s not at all
    clear to me that the Johnny Bench
    message was in fact a Yogiism.

    Congratulations, Yogi, on your
    commemorative stamp! What’s next?
    A U.S. coin? Currency?

  22. My favorite Yogiism. “ No one goes there anymore. Its too crowded.”

  23. Cranky Canuck | October 14, 2021 at 11:45 am |

    Yogi Berra is supposed to have said “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

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