Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 27, 2022

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Sports & Entertainment) for Friday, May 27, 2022 (Season 38, Game 185):

In 2021 this Hall of Fame athlete launched Omaha Productions

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Aaron Gulyas, a community college history instructor from Grand Blanc, Michigan
Aaron Gulyas on Jeopardy!
Srimal Choi, a chief strategy officer from Falls Church, Virginia
Srimal Choi on Jeopardy!
Ryan Long, a rideshare driver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10-day total: $183,301)
Ryan Long on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: Philadelphia’s Ryan Long has joined the ranks of the ultrachampions this week, picking up win #10 yesterday. Interestingly, players going for win #11 on Jeopardy! are 13-0; however, Ryan did say in last night’s “Overheard” video that he could use a nap, will he be able to overcome that to extend his streak into another week? Will Srimal or Aaron end Ryan’s streak today?

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Correct response: Who is Peyton Manning?

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Hall of Fame Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Menning launched Omaha Productions in 2021 for his television work; “Omaha” is significant as the city was often used in Manning’s play-calling “audible” signals in his NFL career. The most prominent program produced by the company would very likely be NBC’s Capital One College Bowl; interestingly, former Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman (he was EP before Mike Richards) came out of retirement to help produce the upcoming second season of this.

Personally: I hope that all players give both first and last name tonight on this specific Final, as there are other Mannings involved (Eli was also a prominent NFL quarterback and Cooper was part of College Bowl as well)—I don’t want to see the controversy that will ensue (in either direction) if a player just says “Manning”. One note, though: Any ruling on this would come from the judges, not the host. It is inappropriate to pin any sort of blame on Mayim (or Ken) on Final Jeopardy! rulings. The judges have the ability to see the Final Jeopardy! responses as they’re being written; they then communicate their respective rulings to the host to rule as the response is being revealed to the viewers.

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Game Recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(As an editorial note: I will not be posting the category names today as computerized algorithms don’t understand context very well and I would prefer not to risk demonetization over the third category in today’s Double Jeopardy! round.)

Aaron took full advantage of a tired champion, running off nine correct responses before the opening break! Unfortunately, he missed the first Daily Double for his only incorrect response in the opening segment. Coming out of the Break, Ryan found his footing and got six correct of his own! Single Jeopardy! ended with Aaron leading at $6,400, with Ryan at $4,600 and Srimal at $800.

Double Jeopardy! Round:

Double Jeopardy! was very much a two-horse race today; Srimal picked up the first Daily Double early, though a conservative bet didn’t help her score much. Aaron got the last Daily Double correct, but he also went conservative—I was hoping for a more aggressive Daily Double bet from Aaron, especially when facing a double-digit champion. Unfortunately for Ryan, he wasn’t quite able to catch Aaron, who held the lead going into Final. Scores going into Final were Aaron at $14,800, Ryan at $13,000, and Srimal at $7,000.

In Final Jeopardy! today, only Ryan was correct, which means he’s now an 11-day champion! He goes for win #12 on Monday!

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, May 27, 2022 Jeopardy! by the numbers:

Scores going into Final:
Aaron $14,800
Ryan $13,000
Srimal $7,000

Tonight’s results:
Srimal $7,000 – $2,000 = $5,000 (Who is Woods)
Ryan $13,000 + $12,999 = $25,999 (Who is Peyton Manning?) (11-day total: $209,300)
Aaron $14,800 – $0 = $14,800 (Who is Nature Boy Ric Flair)

Ryan Long, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 27, 2022 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Aaron $6,400
Ryan $4,600
Srimal $800


Opening break taken after: 16 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) WORDS FROM GEOGRAPHY $400 (clue #12)
Aaron 4800 -1000 (Ryan 200 Srimal 400)
2) LITERARY SHIPPING $1200 (clue #3)
Srimal 1600 +1000 (Ryan 5800 Aaron 6400)
3) EUROPE $1200 (clue #18, $14800 left on board)
Aaron 13200 +2000 (Ryan 9800 Srimal 2600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 44

Unplayed clues:
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 78 (0.43 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
Ryan $13,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 31.58% in first on buzzer (18/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Aaron $15,000 Coryat, 24 correct, 4 incorrect, 42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57), 0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Srimal $7,200 Coryat, 9 correct, 1 incorrect, 15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $35,200
Lach Trash: $10,400 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $8,400

Ryan Long, career statistics:
258 correct, 42 incorrect
10/13 on rebound attempts (on 36 rebound opportunities)
42.35% in first on buzzer (263/621)
7/13 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $14,000)
7/11 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,945

Srimal Choi, career statistics:
9 correct, 2 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
15.79% in first on buzzer (9/57)
1/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,200

Aaron Gulyas, career statistics:
24 correct, 5 incorrect
0/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
42.11% in first on buzzer (24/57)
1/2 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $1,000)
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $15,000

Ryan Long, to win:
12 games: 55.925%
13: 31.276%
14: 17.491%
15: 9.782%
16: 5.471%
Avg. streak: 12.269 games.

Today’s interviews:
Aaron once “investigated” a crop circle.
Srimal comes from a family where everyone (except her) plays multiple instruments.
Ryan still listens to LPs on the turntable he had as a child.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Ryan moves to 19th all-time in terms of regular-play winnings on the show.
  • Link to the box score: May 27, 2022 Box Score

Final Jeopardy! betting suggestions:
(Scores: Aaron $14,800 Ryan $13,000 Srimal $7,000)

Aaron: Standard cover bet over Ryan is $11,201. (Actual bet: $0)

Ryan: Standard cover bet over Srimal is $1,001. As I’ve suggested to trailers facing you, though: if you don’t think the leader will cover, go all-in. (Actual bet: $12,999.)

Srimal: If Aaron covers Ryan, he falls to $3,599. Thus, you need to stay above $3,600. I’d recommend betting no more than $3,399. (Actual bet: $2,000)

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31 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 27, 2022"

  1. Neither Cooper or Eli are in The Hall of Fame. So Manning would be acceptable as an answer

    • The general rule in the past has usually been “prominent in the same field”.

    • For what it’s worth – Eli Manning is in the College Football Hall of Fame – and the question simply referred to a “Hall of Famer” – it did not specify which Hall of Fame or even which sport.
      In any event, if someone watched pro football when Peyton Manning was the QB for the Colts and Broncos, they should still be able to hear Peyton Manning calling out “Omaha” before almost every snap.

    • Yep…”Hall of Fame” eliminates the other two..still, he got it…and a good get it was

    • Pizza Face Fred | May 27, 2022 at 10:46 pm |

      I’ll wait to hear from Lisa for a final determination on this matter . . .

  2. I remembered how Peyton Manning always used to shout “Omaha!” in his plays with the Denver Broncos.

  3. Finally a FJ for those of us who spend hours watching the NFL, and whose only knowledge of Shakespeare is as fishing rod company.

  4. Eli also shouted “Omaha” before a play. I assume it’s what Archie did. Any football fan would connect Omaha with the Mannings, and Peyton would be the logical choice. This should not be a very difficult question.

    • Easy assuming you watch football. I know a decent amount about the Manning family that I have absorbed over the years reading articles, watching ESPN talk shows, etc, but I don’t actually watch football games, so I wouldn’t have got this in a million years.

      I spent 30 seconds trying to think of athletes from Nebraska. All I could come up with was Bob Gibson, who I know died of pancreatic cancer around the same time as Alex Trebek, so was pretty sure he didn’t quite make it to 2021.

      • I’ve never been a football fan. But since we lived in Colorado for many years, the Broncos with Peyton Manning were all over the local TV channels. So it was hard to miss that.

  5. Ahhhh… All those years of watching football pay off at last. Thnx, Petty-Pooh ,)

  6. Pam Schultz | May 27, 2022 at 1:41 pm |

    Thank you for reminding us that the judges make the final decisions not the hosts. We, Monday quarterbacks need to hear that.😀

    • Michael Johnston | May 27, 2022 at 1:55 pm |

      Har 😂
      Peyton was my favorite player for years, starting with his first Pro-Bowl appearance, so I naturally made the connection immediately!

      Current FJ streak: 4W

      • Pizza Face Fred | May 27, 2022 at 11:30 pm |

        Three for five this week; four for five last week (numbers under 10 spelled out? I’m a stickler for that nonsense). I’m tied with Ryan on Finals. He got one I didn’t, and I got a Final no one got. Adriatic, Adrischmatic . . .

  7. 2 for 5 for the week. Not sure what’s worse: Red Curtain seas or football players.

  8. I was worried that there might be a Barry/Berry incident in final. While I was certain who the clue referred to, I had a senior moment about the spelling. Were I on the show, I may have replied with “Who is P. Manning?”

    • I’m fairly certain that they would have accepted “Who is Payton Manning?” as a correct response. Even though it is misspelled, it doesn’t change the pronunciation.

      • Berry/Barry are pronounced the same too but that didn’t change the fact that ‘Barry Gordy’ was not accepted.

  9. Robert Fawkes | May 27, 2022 at 4:49 pm |

    Andy wrote, “there are other Mannings involved (Eli was also a prominent NFL quarterback and Cooper was part of College Bowl as well)”

    Not to mention Archie Manning. Someone could easily have thought of the father of the other three as being the correct response. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the contestants to properly respond with Peyton Manning. Archie may not have had many winning seasons with the Saints but he was still a darn good quarterback. The sons may have exceeded the father in the NFL, nevertheless, Archie was the man for my generation.

    Of course, “Omaha, Omaha” was made famous by Peyton.

    Close call for Ryan on this one against a very good player. Congratulations to Ryan on a Friday win and get some rest, man.

    • Mary A Rose | May 27, 2022 at 5:22 pm |

      And then there are those of us (many, many, many?) who have zilch knowledge of or interest in football.

      • that’s how I feel whenever Opera, Ballet, or Composers/classical music come up on the show. none of those categories are any more worthy than football is.

  10. Andy, you mention Omaha as the city. When I first heard Manning using Omaha in his audibles, I assumed it was for Omaha Beach and a tribute to D Day that he used it.

  11. Zach Hicks | May 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm |

    I’m guessing Nature Boy Ric Flair (Woo!) came from sports entertainment being what Vince McMahon calls his wrestling shows.

    • Except that Flair spent most of his time in the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance), which later changed its name to WCW. Flair did eventually go to WWE, but well past his prime.

  12. Ryan survives another week, and it’s truly astounding that through 175 regular games this season, we have just 31 champions by my count.

  13. Aaron pulled out some deep cuts. He might’ve been able to put together a nice run of his own if he hadn’t run into Ryan.

    If I were judge, I would accept “Manning” as correct, viewing Peyton as the default Manning.

  14. Good game. Being “forced” to watch football my whole life, this was easy to me. Always surprised me when my friends didn’t watch football every Saturday and Sunday during the fall 🙃 😄

  15. I like Ryan but his FJ betting doesn’t make sense. He could have bet between $1801and $5999 to cover Srimal and overtake Aaron and still have a chance win if he was wrong.

    Aaron bet $0 hoping Ryan would be wrong rather than he (Aaron) would be right,an interesting strategy. It seems natural that the leader would bet on themself being right but are there ant statstics on correct FJ responses, for all contestants and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd separately? I could be wrong but it seems FJ has gotten more difficult since the days of Alex.

    • Sports lends itself to unique bets. There’s a clear divide between contestants who’ve been dreaming their whole lives of a sports category on Jeopardy and those who don’t even view it as worth their time to study. I recall a similar wager paying off a few years ago on an easy (for me) Final about Phil Mickelson that was a triple stumper. What I like about Ryan is that he dominates regular person stuff like movies, TV and sports while also knowing more traditional Jeopardy material like Lake Baikal.

  16. Here’s a fairly detailed explanation of why Peyton said “Omaha” and about how he did not invent it:

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