Final Jeopardy: State Capitals

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22 Responses

  1. James Lang says:

    Randi’s only chance was for the others to defend against each other and be wrong so Randi’s smart bet would have been $0 but greed took control.

  2. Ken says:

    This was a betting catastrophe.

    • Mitchell Hodack says:

      And what that means, ladies and gentlemen, is that tomorrow we will have no returning champion.

  3. Cece says:

    The weird synchronicity is that the last time a $0 3-way tie happened (a Teen Tourney), the FJ was ‘Capital Cities’.

  4. angie myers says:

    Jimmy Carter made Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta a National Historic Site in 1980. The church was the where the SCLC was started with Martin Luther King Jr as it’s head in 1957. The Carter Presidential Library is just a few miles away from the church. I think Atlanta could also be considered correct.

  5. aaaa says:

    They’ve had the Hometown Howdies up on Saturday or Sunday before IIRC. When they still allowed for ties, there were times that 10 contestants being shown in the howdies spoiled there’d be a tie. Maybe they realized that having 12 contestants would spoil either a contestant not being able to return to the next taping(like Claudia couldn’t return to the next taping) or a three way tie on zero. Also, the JOhn Glenn getting a ticker tape parade clue was worth $100K on WWTBAM single run last week, he was the last non-sports person to get a NYC ticker tape parade when he returned to space in 1998.

  6. Lou says:

    this is just unbelievable with all three contestants finishing with zero. I was expecting Claudia to bet zero and stayed at the current amount and was hoping to see her stick around. But the clue of little rock Arkansas was familiar to me when joel poole played the same game. but I really need to see a 4 or 5 time champion

  7. aaaa says:

    43/58 here. I thought for a moment there’d be an Eagles album in the 70s No.1 category in the wake of Glenn Frey’s passing today (One of these Nights, Long Run, and Hotel California were No. 1 albums in the 70s). BTW, Bowie’s getting his first #1 album in the US this week.

  8. Dalton Higbee says:

    Well, I never knew it was going to happen with no winner at the end of today’s program. But I was hoping that Claudia would win today. It says at This Week’s Lineup @ jeopardy.com for Tuesday’s Contestants “A returning champion was yesterday’s winner”. Guess we’ll have to wait and see who will be at the first podium tomorrow.

    • VJ says:

      This is no doubt why they don’t have the Howdies video up yet — they’ll probably straighten it all out later tonight

  9. aaaa says:

    It’s been mentioned on JBoard by people that have been on the show in the last year and change that there are no more ties on J!, and ties will be broken by a tiebreaker clue now. But still no tiebreakers for three way ties on zero. THe last three way tie on zero in a regular game was in season 14, but there was one during a teen tourney semifinals more recently.

  10. EricS says:

    This is one time where the Collins idea of looking ahead at dates may have hurt. MLK was not in the state of Arkansas in 1957 (although there was correspondence with Ike, some think it played no role). He was, however, born in Atlanta and did his undergraduate work there.

    • Cece says:

      I think you make a good point and Mike was probably confident in his answer. But given the ‘air date’, I think the contestants should’ve boned up on all kinds of civil rights stuff.

      BTW, that’s what we both get for joking about a 3-way tie on Thursday. :):)

  11. Sandy says:

    OH MY.

  12. Leena says:

    So much for begging Claudia’s return. I understand her and Mike’s wager, but Randi? At least you leave a buck on the table!

    • jacob ska says:

      @Leena, I agree. Now the three of them will go in history books on J! for the history they did not know. Weird!

    • VJ says:

      My feeling is they all studied their State Capitals well, had them down cold and felt supremely confident.

      There was an FJ in a Joel Pool game in the 1957 category asking for the state on 5-22-2012.

      • jacob ska says:

        Just checked J! Archive. 2-2-2015 there was a clue that discussed Central H. S. 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas. How recent must a clue be for contestants to remember it?

  13. jacob ska says:

    What? So much for wagering it all!!!

    Given the year 1957 I don’t understand the misses. A similar clue was given on Jeopardy about a year ago. But, I think the name of the high school was given then. Too much focus on the latter part of the clue imho.

    • jacob ska says:

      Btw, Never knew that President Bill Clinton signed a bill for a historic site In Little Rock. But I do know that in 1957 “the Little Rock Nine” were infamous.

      • Berob says:

        Little rock nine “infamous”? I’d say courageous, determined, and naive. And definitely historic.