Final Jeopardy: Colleges & Universities

The Final Jeopardy question (6/3/2014), in the category “Colleges & Universities” was:

Team nicknames of the 8 Ivy League Schools include 4 animals, 3 colors & this Christian denomination.

New champ Brian Loughnane defeated 20x champ Julia Collins yesterday, winning $22,600 in the process. Today he takes on these two players: Peter Dyakowski, from Hamilton, ON, CA; and Sarah Fremgen, from Carrollton, TX.

Alex Trebek said that Brian “admitted” he might not have come up with the right answer if he did not live in New England, “but there’ll be a new category today.” Yes, well, today’s FJ has to do with Northeastern schools.

Round 1: Sarah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Founders Day” under the $600 clue. She was in second place with $2,400, $5,200 less than Brian’s lead. She bet $1,000 but couldn’t put her finger on the answer. She said Jobs, knowing it was WRONG.

He didn’t have the nicest things to say about Bill Gates in “Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft”. show

And the round ended right then with two $800 clues left on the board. Brian finished in the lead with $7,600. Sarah was second with $1,400 and Peter was at negative $1,400.

Round 2: Peter found the first Daily Double in “The Leader Who…” under the $1,600 clue. He was still in third place but he and Sarah had done some respectable catching up while Brian pretty much just stood there. At $4,200, he now had half of Brian’s lead. He bet $3,000 and came up with Hernandez. That was WRONG.

fled Cuba for the Dominican Republic on Jan. 2, 1959. show

Brian found the last Daily Double in “Rodgers & Hammerstein” under the $1,200 clue. In the lead with $10,000, he was $1,000 ahead of Sarah in second place. He bet $4,000 and came up with Carnival. That was WRONG.

Seen here are two of the original Broadway cast of this show, including Bonnie Raitt’s dad, John. Note the set. show

Brian finished in the lead with $13,200. Sarah was next with $11,000 and Peter was in third place with $1,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


As Alex noted, there’s (Columbia) Lions and (Princeton) Tigers and (Brown) Bears, oh my! And there are Yale Bulldogs. The colors are (Cornell) Big Red, (Dartmouth) Big Green and (Harvard) Crimson. (Trivia Bear: Ivy League)

Peter thought it was the Orangemen. He bet nothing and remained at $1,200.

Sarah got it right. Her $10,000 be brought her up to $21,000.

Brian just had a blank line after “What is”. Alex explained that Brian grew up in Ireland (although yesterday it was mentioned that he has been in the USA for 20 years). He lost his $9,000 bet and finished in second place with $4,200.

So Sarah Fremgen, who is a microbiologist, is our second new champ this week. Wow, that was a crazy game.

This ended up being a triple stumper in “Nice ‘Rug'” in the first round: “Lester Flatt & this banjo virtuoso performed the theme song for “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Peter rang in, then couldn’t answer it. Sarah and Brian didn’t try.

Here’s one from “Grab Bag” in Round 2: Barry & Garry (Goldwater & Shandling, respectively) are alums of the university of this state.

2 years ago:: BOTH of the players eligible to play got this FJ in “Africa”

Very different places, the first 2 African nations to gain independence from a European power were Egypt and this one. show

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57 Responses

  1. ginny says:

    I’m throwing a red flag on Tom Clark’s misogynistic remarks.

    • eric steele says:

      Ginny, settle down. If you read his remarks carefully and apply logic, you’ll realize that they are not in the least bit sexist. He just believes that your poster girl was coddled because the producers at Jeopardy had to do something about the inordinate number of white male winners.

      • eric steele says:

        *producers at Jeopardy FELT THEY had to do something*

      • Tom Clark says:

        Thanks, Eric. You get it.

        Ginny is typical of too many people these days who enjoy being the victim so much, they go out of their way to misread something.

        If that R&H song were written today, it would be, “I Enjoy Being a Victim.”

    • Tom Clark says:

      And I’m throwing up at your mischaracterization of what I said.

  2. john blahuta says:

    a day later i still don’t get it that all 3 DDs were missed, and not by ONE player but one each.

    paul allen/microsoft…..D U H !!!!
    batista……a major piece of history, a few years later involving castro and the soviets richt at our FRONT DOOR!!!!
    and “carousel”?? they showed the picture, for crying out loud!! what did brian think he was looking at???? besides, carousel is spelled similar if not exactly the same in english, french, german, italian, spanish…..
    jeez, what a fiasco. it did not really sink in until today.
    if they come up with 2 halfway decent opponents today then i think sarah is not going to stand a chance. we might be looking at a row of one day champions for a while….

  3. jacobska says:

    No Syracuse is not Ivy League. Far from it. Normally, Ivy League colleges are not newsworthy in intercollegiate sports. The only reason Harvard’s basketball team has been in the news lately was because of Jeremy Lin when he joined the NBA a few years ago. I think he was only the second Harvard alumnus to join the NBA in its history.

    • eric steele says:

      Although Yale won the college championship in hockey (frozen four) last year, the Ivy league is certainly not known for athletics. I believe it to be still the case that they do not allow athletic scholarships.
      Princeton, however, has had some success in basketball. In 1996, they ousted UCLA in the NCAA tournament. In their greatest year, 1964-65, Bill Bradley (later a U.S. senator) lead them to the final four.

    • Sport Team says:

      In the 2013 NCAA tournament, 14th seeded Harvard upset #3 New Mexico, and as a 12 seed in 2014, Harvard upset #5 Cincinnati. So far, the Crimson have been unable to advance past the Round of 32, but don’t bet against them in their first game.

      The last Ivy League team to reach the Final Four was Penn in 1979. The Quakers lost in the semi final to Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans. Hard to imagine an Ivy League team making it that far these days.

    • john blahuta says:

      wow, basketball fan, huh? after 30 years i still stick with what here is called soccer (fortunately i get all the english and spanish games live in hawaii, unfortunately it’s from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. my time…). but i took a fancy to baseball and football (red sox, dolphins…) and starting from scratch i know the rules almost better than somebody who grew up with the sports. i like high scoring games. although a no-hitter or perfect game is exciting in bb, a walkoff grand slam is still more thrilling, especially when it’s in the bottom of the 15th or so…
      but thanks for the info!!!!
      somehow i have a nagging feeling that basketball (college OR nba is the sport where the most fixes are in, in that case point shaving….) it’s harder to prove than doping ,but there were several cases in the past, especially in college. that’s one of the reasons-i guess- why i am not so hot on never know if it’s for real or fixed.

      • eric steele says:

        I’m going to guess that there’s no a lot of hockey out there, haha. I got into watching hockey when my cousin’s son played. It’s an incredibly fast game, but once you get used to it, the pace makes football seem like baseball. You wonder what they have to talk about all of the time (in hockey, one player comes in as the other goes out).
        I’m sorry that it’s too late to watch him this year but Thomas Vanek, from Austria, plays for the Montreal Canadians and had some good games in the playoffs. There are other players on the NHL, but they’re with teams not likely to be televised. I guess there would be some footage on youtube. Unfortunately, at least for you, hockey is the sport that is least well represented on television: only during the playoffs is the coverage remotely adequate to show the plays developing and the full impact of the hits.

      • jacobska says:

        I’m not really much of a basketball fan. Prefer tennis, curling (although it is shown mostly during the Winter Olympics), and chess. I just know college basketball because of the news coverage.

        • eric steele says:

          Are you Canadian?

        • jacobska says:

          Nope. As Jeopardy would say I hail from New York City. Born and attended school there. Have lived in Europe for years. Love the Scandinavian countries. Lived in Asia for many years. Lived on every continent except Antartica. I always tell people “I am a child of the universe.” My ancestry is part Irish and part German. Speak none of the languages though.

          If I went on Jeopardy it would be weird to hear where they would say I am from. I would say pick a country and it might fit. :-)

        • eric steele says:

          Wow. What experiences you must have, and how they must have enriched your life!!
          I was wondering about the curling. I was in Seattle caring for my grandmother so I got to watch a lot of the 2010 Winter Olympics on CBC. I got kind of interested in curling, but have never tried it. It looks like fun, but the sweeping part doesn’t appeal to me. It probably would if I tried it.

        • eric steele says:

          I like to say that I’m from two loving parents. I was lucky.

  4. vj says:

    Another triple stumper in Rodgers & Hammerstein was “Completes the Title of Linda Low’s song from “Flower Drum Song”, “I Enjoy…”

    The song has been a clue 3x before now and was a triple stumper twice. In the film version, Linda Low was played by the beautiful Nancy Kwan (she is in this youtube, singing dubbed by B.J. Baker)

    The last time the musical itself was a clue (6-26-13), no one got it: $2,000 – “It’s set in San Francisco’s Chinatown”

  5. Tom Clark says:

    Here we go again.

    That football player was a leftover from Julia’s weak competitors group. They had to do something with him!

    I’d like someone to explain to me how someone like that qualifies for Jeopardy for any other reason than to provide easy competition for the women.

    I want to be more explicit about my conspiracy theory: Men had been outperforming women on Jeopardy, by a large margin, for the entire thirty years of the current run. This year they decided to do something about it.

    It’s really easy: You find a strong woman player and throw really dumb men at her. Once a woman is on a roll, you can even throw stupid women at her, which is what they did for Julia.

    This is so obvious, that anyone who doesn’t want to live in my head isn’t welcome there, so it works out great.

    • vj says:

      Here’s something — Peter won a quiz show up in his native country called “Canada’s Smartest Person” Funny article – he tweeted:

      “Tonight at 7:30 will I taste the sweet joy of Jeopardy! victory or will I feel the crushing pain of defeat and public humiliation? Will I achieve a triumph for the ages or will I suffer for the rest of my days bearing the lifelong shame of having come so close to quiz show glory only to embarrass myself and everyone who has ever admitted to even knowing me?…”

      Maybe not the rest of his days — but a few of ’em at least.

      • eric steele says:

        I’m having a hard time understanding what the balance beam has to do with being the smartest person. Curling, I could see.

  6. vj says:

    @jacobska re: Peter… was it any worse than Sarah answering (Steve) Jobs on that Microsoft DD?

    Some players apparently feel it is better to say or put down something than nothing at all, that’s my guess.

    That being said, you do get the feeling with some of these players that they were lucky when taking a test to get on the show and the questions were mostly in their particular knowledge base. Then when they actually get on the show, they get hit with categories and clues that they don’t know diddly squat on. If that’s not it, then it’s nerves.

  7. vj says:

    you get a pass for growing up in Austria, John, just like Brian got one for growing up in Ireland :-)

    I get a pass my sloppy editing (I hope) because I am tired as hell! Some form of wildlife got in the garage at 3 am. I thought it was a squirrel or a cat but my daughter left me a note that said it was giant lizard.

    • eric steele says:

      You had a lizard so big that it made so much noise in your garage that it kept you up. That is so cool. Now you just need a gigantic snake to eat your giant lizard.

      • vj says:

        It’s so hot, you know, I was leaving the garage door about an inch open but was advised to close it. It wasn’t making noise, I just went out there to close it and saw this thing with a long tail run away so fast. I was going to be get Venom Perez to investigate, but he was upstairs. (That’s our cat. The vet got his last name mixed up with someone else’s cat, but we liked it so that’s his name now)

      • eric steele says:

        Whew! I’m glad that you’re not under lizard siege. You have to know that thing was way more afraid of you than you it. At least it wasn’t a possum. Those things are so nasty looking.

      • john blahuta says:

        we have lizards in hawaii, but not too big. we call them geckos. but N O snakes. none.
        thank goodness, they freak me out. the lizards are always great entertainment for my cats. it’s always the question who is faster….

    • john blahuta says:

      thank you, i appreciate it…..
      and YOU need no pass, vj!. the stuff you are doing here is WAY past amazing.

  8. john blahuta says:

    so i guess syracuse is not an ivy league university. me and my big mouth…..

    • jacobska says:

      Nope. As a matter of fact Syracuse is historically connected to the United Methodist.

      • john blahuta says:

        thank you. i thought i remembered some religious connection. still not an ivy league school,right?

  9. john blahuta says:

    i guess orange (syracuse) is the third color?

    but missing batista!!!
    his rule by america’s grace was legendary as well as his flight in the morning of jan. 1, 1959 to the dominican republic. he was refused asylum by rafael trujillo (technically by his brother hector, who was officially in power but acted for rafael). also denied by mexico and the u.s., batista finally was granted asylum by antonio salazar in portugal (reportedly for a hefty “fee”), where he died in 1973 of a heart attack. a condition for his asylum in portugal was to abstain from any political activity.
    first the u.s. supported him as much as you can, but when cuba became such a mess, with every crime imaginable (corporate or personal) committed there, america started to withdraw support and finally even imposed an arms embargo in 1958. thus the way for fidel castro was open…
    an important piece of history on the closest caribbean island to the u.s.
    batista: held power by america’s grace and fell by america dropping him like a hot potato. you have to wonder, what fdr, truman and foremost eisenhower were thinking…..ike was the one who finally turned off the spigot, so to speak. and trujillo, a former close ally did not want batista in his country, fearing americas displeasure….and still, over 50 later we have not managed to normalize relations with cuba. a real shame. yes, castro got into bed with the soviets in the early 60s, but that time is long gone. to have cuba as a friend and ally would be a lot better than the status quo. things did improve very much in cuba during the last 10, 15 years. everybody citing “violation of human rights” is a hypocrite. we do business with CHINA for crying out loud!!
    and after all: cuba is the gateway to the caribbean for us. but i guess as long as fidel is still alive, we won’t budge. we could lose face. i bet that the moment fidel castro dies we will declare an “era closed” and that it is time to reconcile.
    too bad, almost all cubans are pro-americans, friendly, smart (every cuban under 50 is perfectly bi-lingual…). yet we turn cuba away again and again. go figure.
    sorry for the history recap. 2 more hours and i can watch j here (finally) it’s already 10.30 in the evening in n.y. by the time j airs here in hawaii….
    have a great evening everybody and stay safe!

    • john blahuta says:

      and btw, batista left cuba at 3 a.m. on the FIRST of january 1959, NOT the second….

  10. william k says:

    Welp, there goes Brian’s streak.

    I’m thinkin’ they need to let US on the dang show, eric and vj!


    • eric steele says:

      You are too kind to me, but thanks. I would “Roger Craig” it on most of the other people here though.

      • eric steele says:

        Maybe VJ’s preps will help smooth my rough spots. If so, and I go on and don’t know my true daily double, there will be a big thank you. Wait. That doesn’t sound too good: when I’m in a runaway and have no clue, then the thank you.

      • vj says:

        ok, I’m confused… why would you thank me for not knowing something?

        • eric steele says:

          Ok. I’m greedy, I’d want 80,000. Couldn’t give up money if I knew it. I’d have to put the thanks in parenthesis, but only if it’s allowed.

    • vj says:

      not me — I’m sure I would tank big time up against you, eric, jacob, tom and john. john’s history knowledge is intimidating!

    • jacobska says:

      What streak? He only won one time.

  11. eric steele says:

    As I thought might be the case, the Americana slant got to Brian. I think that it would be outstanding if there was one night where they had International Jeopardy, but I guess that would be admitting that Jeopardy itself is somewhat biased.

    • vj says:

      Not at all what I thought would happen… Peter is a football pro so I thought he must read sports a lot. Guess not all guys follow college sports.

      Anyhow, if Tom doesn’t predict a 1-day reign for Sarah, I will.

      • eric steele says:

        He’s from Canada. It may have worked against him, too. Plus, Penn has been to the NCAA basketball tournament maybe twice in the last twenty years, so they really don’t get much sports coverage.

      • william k says:

        Again, this Final was a case of either you get it almost immediately, or you spin your wheels a bit too long to figure it out.

        I was stuck dwelling on the more coastal schools, and the obvious “Quakers” came too late if I’d been at a podium.

        • eric steele says:

          Like I said this morning, trying to think of Brown’s (and Columbia’s also) nicknames were speedbumps.

      • jacobska says:

        Peter? The guy is clearly clueless. The clue explicitly stated religion. How he came up with the color orange I will never know.

        I will chalk this one up to another mystery of life. Somethings just can’t be explained in life.

    • eric steele says:

      I’m kind of wondering if Nomi (who seems to be our resident authority on the Americana slant) thought there was an Americana bias? It really seems like a state question as well.

      • Nomi says:

        Yes, American bias galore in the last few FJ’s.

        • eric steele says:

          Well then, no shame in missing them. Just think: everyone that you miss will not be one you see when you get on the show. Better to miss more now!

      • vj says:

        It’s an American game show — the majority of contestants are American. Of course there’s going to be an American bias.

    • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

      I think years ago they did have an international tournament, but I could be wrong.

      • eric steele says:

        Probably. Most of my ideas are too idealistic to be commercially successful. Ironically, I studied economics.