Jeopardy! has announced the field for the show’s first-ever Second Chance Tournament, to be held this fall.
The field was announced on August 1 to coincide with the debut episode of the show’s Inside Jeopardy! podcast.
The 18 players who will be returning are:
Isaac Applebaum, Stanford, CA (4th place in the Jeopardy! National College Championship)
James Fraser, Newport Beach, CA (March 10, 2021)
Sadie Goldberger, Columbia, MD (June 17, 2022)
Aaron Gulyas, Grand Blanc, MI (May 27, 2022)
Molly Karol, Houston, TX (November 15, 2021)
Alicia O’Hare, Long Beach, NY (July 6, 2022)
Do Park, Minneapolis, MN (December 20, 2021)
Tom Philipose, Forest Hills, NY (June 2, 2022)
Tracy Pitzel, Ellensburg, WA (September 20, 2021)
Nickee Porcaro, originally from Lebanon, NJ (June 25, 2021)
Renée Russell, Baltimore, MD (April 28, 2022)
Pam Schoenberg, South Salem, NY (November 30, 2021)
Jeff Smith, San Diego, CA (November 5, 2021)
Sarah Snider, Fishers, IN (May 5, 2022)
Jessica Stephens, Nashville, TN (October 11, 2021)
Rowan Ward, Chicago, IL (August 13, 2021)
Jack Weller, originally from San Diego, CA (January 22, 2021)
Cindy Zhang, New York, NY (November 4, 2021)
According to an announcement on her Twitter account, Erica Weiner-Amachi (July 18, 2022) will be an alternate player for the event. (There may also be more alternate players selected.)
One wrinkle in the tournament format has caught many fans off-guard: There will be 2 players in this tournament advancing to the Tournament of Champions in November. In this week’s Inside Jeopardy!, it has been said that the upcoming Tournament of Champions format will be different — the Tournament of Champions field and format will be announced on the August 15 episode of the podcast.
Unfortunately, some fans are likely going to be focused on how some of their favorite players from the most recent Tournament of Champions cycle didn’t receive an invitation. There are obviously going to be perceived snubs in a format such as this, and this is no exception. In my opinion, there are undoubtedly many more very deserving players than there were spots available in this event, and that means that the favorites of many won’t be returning. There were 787 people who were eligible for this Tournament of Champions, and somewhere around 770 (give or take a few) of whom had not already qualified for the ToC. It’s going to be impossible for everyone to agree on which subset of those 770-or-so should get a second chance. Thus, as a fandom, we should celebrate the players who were fortunate enough to be invited back instead of being upset about those who weren’t.
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