Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 5, 2023

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Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Team Names) for Friday, May 5, 2023 (Season 39, Game 170):

An MLB team got this name in 1902 after some of its players defected to a new crosstown rival, leaving young replacements

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s Jeopardy! contestants:

Brian Alzua, a biocompatibility scientist from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brian Alzua on Jeopardy!
Ashwin Phadnis, an attorney originally from Hillsdale, New Jersey
Ashwin Phadnis on Jeopardy!
Hannah Wilson, a data scientist from Chicago, Illinois (2-day total: $71,000)
Hannah Wilson on Jeopardy!

Andy’s Pregame Thoughts:

Hannah Wilson’s incredibly strong play continued on yesterday’s Jeopardy!—she picked up 34 correct responses (if you include Final) for nearly 60 over her first two games! Today, she faces off against Ashwin Phadnis and Brian Alzua.

One thing that’s definitely been noticed recently—data scientists have suddenly become the occupation de jour for strong players, with both Hannah and other recent champion Stephen Webb being data scientists.

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Correct response: Who are the Chicago Cubs?

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The 1902 season—and its war between the American and National Leagues—would certainly be a good topic for a book! American League teams—in the case of this clue, Chicago’s American League entry (the White Stockings) raided the Chicago National League squad of players; the team’s sportswriters began referring to the Chicago NL nine as the Cubs as a result of the team’s inexperience.

Things were worse in other cities—after a raid by the Philadelphia Athletics of players from the Phillies, star player Nap Lajoie was prevented in 1902 and 1903 from playing in Pennsylvania—he was sent to Cleveland so that he might be able to play more than half a season.

By the end of the season, the two leagues called a truce, the 1903 National Agreement was signed, and their respective champions would compete against each other in the World Series.

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Game Recap & Tonight’s Game Stats:

Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Here’s the Friday, May 5, 2023 Jeopardy! by the numbers, along with a recap:

Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Take Me To Church; Quick Planets; Everything’s Coming Up Rose; Slang En Español; It’s A TV Mystery; The Great American Baking Show With Ellie Kemper)

Hannah wasn’t as dominant today as she was the past few days; however, STAYing CLAM was helpful for her, as she did have a good-sized lead after 30 clues, thanks to Ashwin and Brian struggling with incorrect responses.

Statistics at the first break (15 clues):

Hannah 7 correct 1 incorrect
Ashwin 5 correct 3 incorrect
Brian 2 correct 1 incorrect

Today’s interviews:

Brian took his first international trip in March 2020.
Ashwin is taking a trip to Oktoberfest for his 40th birthday.
Hannah is a latchhook rug maker.

Statistics after the Jeopardy round:

Hannah 10 correct 1 incorrect
Ashwin 9 correct 5 incorrect
Brian 7 correct 3 incorrect

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:

Hannah $5,800
Ashwin $2,600
Brian $2,200

Double Jeopardy! Round:

(Categories: Northern Lands; Stock Symbols; A Musical Bouquet; “Oh”, Yes!; Dunce, Dunce; Revolution)

Hannah got to both Daily Doubles in the round; however, she only got one of them correct! This gave Ashwin and Brian an opening, and they managed to play well enough in the second half of the round to prevent the game from being a runaway!

Statistics after Double Jeopardy:

Hannah 21 correct 3 incorrect
Ashwin 14 correct 5 incorrect
Brian 14 correct 3 incorrect
Total number of unplayed clues this season: 26 (0 today).

Scores going into Final:

Hannah $13,900
Ashwin $9,800
Brian $7,400

Hannah and Ashwin both got Final Jeopardy! today—she bet enough and is now a 3-day champion! She’ll return Monday for her fourth game!

Tonight’s results:

Brian $7,400 – $7,398 = $2 (What are the Dodgers?)
Ashwin $9,800 + $9,798 = $19,598 (What are the Cubs?)
Hannah $13,900 + $5,701 = $19,601 (What is the Chicago Cubs?) (3-day total: $90,601)

Hannah Wilson, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the May 5, 2023 game.)

Other Miscellaneous Game Statistics:

Daily Double locations:

1) TAKE ME TO CHURCH $600 (clue #9)
Ashwin 2200 -1000 (Hannah 1200 Brian -600)
2) “OH”, YES! $1200 (clue #5)
Hannah 4600 +3000 (Ashwin 2600 Brian 3400)
3) REVOLUTION $2000 (clue #12, $18800 left on board)
Hannah 11200 -2500 (Ashwin 2600 Brian 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: -3

Clue Selection by Row, Before Daily Doubles Found:

J! Round:
Hannah 1 2 1 2 3
Ashwin 3 4 5 3*

DJ! Round:
Hannah 3* 4† 5† 3 3 4 5*
Brian 3 4 5 2 2

† – selection in same category as Daily Double

Average Row of Clue Selection, Before Daily Doubles Found:

Hannah 3.00
Ashwin 3.75
Brian 3.20

Unplayed clues:

J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 26 (0.15 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:

Hannah $14,600 Coryat, 21 correct, 3 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 4/5 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Ashwin $10,800 Coryat, 14 correct, 5 incorrect, 29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57), 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Brian $7,400 Coryat, 14 correct, 3 incorrect, 28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57), 0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $32,800
Lach Trash: $12,200 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $9,000

Player Statistics:

Hannah Wilson, career statistics:

81 correct, 6 incorrect
6/7 on rebound attempts (on 11 rebound opportunities)
40.94% in first on buzzer (70/171)
6/7 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $19,500)
3/3 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $19,667

Ashwin Phadnis, career statistics:

15 correct, 5 incorrect
1/1 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
29.82% in first on buzzer (17/57)
0/1 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: -$1,000)
1/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $10,800

Brian Alzua, career statistics:

14 correct, 4 incorrect
0/1 on rebound attempts (on 5 rebound opportunities)
28.07% in first on buzzer (16/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $7,400

Hannah Wilson, to win:

4 games: 75.415%
5: 56.874%
6: 42.892%
7: 32.347%
8: 24.394%
Avg. streak: 6.068 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • Between the 11 incorrect responses and a video category, I was impressed that we still managed to see every clue today.
  • Today’s box score will be linked to when posted by the show.

Final Jeopardy! wagering suggestions:

(Scores: Hannah $13,900 Ashwin $9,800 Brian $7,400)

Hannah: Standard cover bet over Ashwin is $5,701. (Actual bet: $5,701)

Ashwin: Unfortunately, you can’t both cover Brian and win a Triple Stumper over Hannah; moreover, with how the scores are, Brian has occasion to go all-in. Thus, you might as well go close to all-in yourself, to force a cover bet from Hannah. (Actual bet: $9,798)

Brian: You can’t win unless you’re correct in Final—going close to all-in will help maximize your potential winnings. (Actual bet: $7,398)

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49 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Friday, May 5, 2023"

  1. Got it right ✅️ 😌 interesting info too Andy, thanks. Huge baseball family here ⚾️

  2. Michael R | May 5, 2023 at 9:51 am |

    The key word that stuck out to me was “defected”…so I was seeking a synonym and went with Dodgers. With two scientists and an attorney playing today, I would be willing to bet on a triple stumper.

    • Michael R | May 5, 2023 at 9:52 am |

      Oh wait…Hannah is from Chicago…my bad…

      • Bill Vollmer | May 5, 2023 at 8:00 pm |

        I live in the Chciago area (and, am a Cub fan,) but I didn’t get this Final Jeopardy. I remembered at a MLB was once called the Orphans, and, went with that.
        When Mayim read the short explanation on why Chicago Cubs was the correct response,what would be Andy’s Further explanation came to mind. 1902, the American League was just coming in to existence under that name, and, had no agreemnt with the National League concerning players, so Charles Comiskey raiding the more established team, and, taking it’s former name, makes sense.

      • Bill Vollmer | May 5, 2023 at 8:00 pm |

        I live in the Chciago area (and, am a Cub fan,) but I didn’t get this Final Jeopardy. I remembered that a MLB was once called the Orphans, and, went with that.
        When Mayim read the short explanation on why Chicago Cubs was the correct response,what would be Andy’s Further explanation came to mind. 1902, the American League was just coming in to existence under that name, and, had no agreemnt with the National League concerning players, so Charles Comiskey raiding the more established team, and, taking it’s former name, makes sense.

    • I was similarly stuck on “Raiders” until I realized it wasn’t even the same sport . . . 🙄

    • But “defectors” would apply to the players who left, not the players who were left [remained behind]. It was the new young players who took the place of the defectors that the clue was about, not the defectors who left nor the raiders who took them.

  3. Michael Johnston | May 5, 2023 at 10:16 am |

    Ugh… another day another wrong FJ! My knowledge of those years in baseball history is scant and more to do with the players than the teams. I guessed the Brooklyn Dodgers. I hate extended losing streaks :p

    Current FJ Streak: 3L

  4. I knew it was in Chicago and it had to be either the Black Stockings (aka the Cubs) or the White Stockings (White Sox as of 1904). Anyhow, I went with White Sox; Cubs never even occurred to me.

    At least I wrote something down in 30 seconds.

    • Bill Vollmer | May 5, 2023 at 8:02 pm |

      I never heard of that name for what is today the Cubs.

    • I’m not into sports, so I said ‘White Sox’, too, but thinking of kids’ socks. (Of course adults wear white socks, too.)

  5. Figured it out. Had to be a city with two teams, which limited the candidates. Chicago was one of the options, and Cubs fits perfectly.

    • Yup, this is how I got it in two seconds. It was a pretty easy question if you know your baseball teams. The Brooklyn Dodgers are an understandable guess for those who don’t, but I know that came about later as a result of guys dodging the draft (the team moved to LA even later than that).

  6. I was thinking the Braves; Boston had both the Braves and the Red Sox at one point, so maybe the original players were “brave” to stick around. Perhaps that was a bit of a reach…

    • Even so, the clue clearly indicated the name had something to do with being young, which “brave” doesn’t imply.

  7. Thomas G. | May 5, 2023 at 12:20 pm |

    My father would have known this response. He was very much into baseball. Thanks Andy for such trivia.

  8. Jerrie Kroll | May 5, 2023 at 12:44 pm |

    The Black Stockings referred to the Chicago White Sox for the scandal they were part of when they threw the the world series.

  9. Kathy S. | May 5, 2023 at 1:43 pm |

    Ken was interviewed by ABC 7 Chicago about the upcoming masters tournament. One change they made is that the audience will know where the daily doubles are located.

    • Kathy:

      That’s fascinating; I can’t wait to see that in action!

      Thanks for sharing that.

    • Michael Johnston | May 5, 2023 at 2:06 pm |

      Wait, do you mean just the TV audience? That wouldn’t be a big deal, but if the studio audience knew, that is a potential stumbling block for no real gain IMO.

      • Kathy S. | May 5, 2023 at 2:18 pm |

        Ken made it sound like it will be the TV audience.

        • Michael Johnston | May 5, 2023 at 2:23 pm |

          Thanks for the response!👍

          • Kathy S. | May 5, 2023 at 6:39 pm |

            I just saw another Ken interview. Before each round begins the TV audience will see where they are. If you don’t want to know you can look away when it’s shown.

        • If studio audience knew in real time that might lead to possible fraud, or appearance of such.

          • Yes, this looks like a gimmick which could cause problems with game play.

          • I also immediately thought that — that a studio audience would not be able to keep from making sounds when a player would pick a clue very close to a DD.

          • Isn’t this part of the reason the “Think” theme is used, to drown out any murmurings from the audience?

          • Nick, I thought the ‘Think’ music was just to pace the contestants so they can tell how much time they have without being distracted by a number countdown, much less having to actually watch a clock. I would have thought that the audience could (and would be required to) be perfectly quiet for 40 seconds and the music would measure that out for them, too. [I said 40 seconds because they should also be silent while the clue is being read.]

  10. Today was a historic milestone for me – namely, for the first time in four years, I finally had a week where I got all five Final Jeopardy clues that week correct. I’ve had uncountable 2/5s, a handful of 3/5s, and even scored a 4/5 during Cris Pannullo’s run; however, I’ve never actually had a clean sweep like this. Needless to say, I’m feeling quite accomplished 🙂

  11. Easy get…same city, early 1900’s “young” nickname…not too many teams to choose from

  12. Timothy Hinsdale | May 5, 2023 at 4:23 pm |

    I’m from Chicago, It was easy for me.

  13. Robert Fawkes | May 5, 2023 at 6:15 pm |

    As a baseball fan since 1954, this one was easy for me. Despite what some others have said, the key word in the clue, in my opinion, was “young,” as Cubs are the young versions of any number of animals such as bear cubs (Chicago Bears in football), lion cubs, tiger cubs; you get the idea.

    As a side note, the National League Chicago baseball team had the name White Stockings first. Charles Comiskey, the original owner of the American League Chicago baseball entry, stole the name from the National League team and got branding rights as a marketing ploy.

    Also, there was no team officially called the Black Stockings or Black Sox. That name refers to the 1919 White Sox team involved in the game-fixing scandal in which eight members of the team were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series.

    • Bill Vollmer | May 5, 2023 at 8:08 pm |

      That is my understanding of the name “Black Sox” (stockings as well. Which why I expressed surprise at Tim H’s post.

      • The team now known as the Cubs and originally called the White Stockings, were dubbed the Black Stockings in the late 1880s when they changed their hosiery color. The 1919 White Sox were being called Black Sox even before the scandal because the owner wouldn’t pay for laundry and the players let the dirt build up on their hosiery.

        • Robert Fawkes | May 5, 2023 at 11:34 pm |

          Sorry, Nick-O, but the story that the “White Sox were being called Black Sox even before the scandal because the owner wouldn’t pay for laundry” is actually in dispute and considered to be a rumor. Here’s what the Society for American Baseball Research, a noted baseball authority, has to say about that story: “The Black Sox and the ‘Dirty Laundry’ Theory: One of the lingering questions about the 1919 World Series scandal is how exactly the name “Black Sox” came to be associated with the Chicago White Sox. The shameful name became prominent only after the scandal was publicized in the fall of 1920. But rumors persist that the Black Sox name was bestowed a few years earlier, because of the team’s reputation for wearing dirty uniforms on the field. (SABR Black Sox newsletter)”

  14. The phrase “cub reporter” is what cemented my confidence in having the correct answer. Well done clue.

    • That strikes me as funny. Has the term “cub reporter” been in wide usage since the days of Jimmy Olsen? [Whereas young bears, lions, tigers, etc. are still mentioned (frequently) as cubs.]

  15. sorry if my remarks were offensive. . .not my intention!

  16. Judith P. | May 6, 2023 at 5:06 am |

    Yay! I finally got one right! I live in Chicago, and my dear late husband was a big Cubs’ fan. Huzzah!

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