CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY IS IN JEOPARDY
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge about anything he opines. Opposing opinions are welcome but will probably be ignored. As usual, please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid- head!
Last week I copped out of an opinion post. Politics had worn me out. Polarization had me beaten. Hate, fighting, name calling, all of this has taken the fun out of having opinions. So is the Cranky Old Man done with opinions? Does this opinionated man have nothing left to complain about?
Today I have to speak on a subject that is really the aluminum foil on my amalgam fillings.
I watch a lot of TV. I like game shows, reality shows, and quiz shows. One of my favorite shows is “Jeopardy.” Lately, as sure as the hosts name is pronounced Alex TREEbek, they are ruining this game.
This quiz show has multiple categories for the contestants to risk money answering questions.
Yes yes, I know, they don’t answer questions; actually they get the answer and have to supply the appropriate question.
THE ANSWER – He wrote the seldom read “I Used To Be Stupid.”
The Question that fits the answer is – “Who is the Cranky Old Man?”
If you had answered, “Who is the author of ‘I Used To Be Stupid.’?” You would have correctly formatted a question that fits the answer but you would still receive the WRONG buzzer, so you see the game is really questions and answers.
OK, aren’t you sorry you challenged me?
For the past 40 years contestants in this game have answered the questions in each category in order; lower priced questions (the easiest) to higher priced questions (the most difficult.) Lately contestants have been choosing category questions out of order. They do this in an attempt to find the “Double Jeopardy” question which allows them to risk part of or all of the money they have earned. The “Double Jeopardy” question is always behind one of the higher priced choices.
This is annoying to me for several reasons.
1. Tradition! 40 years of selecting questions in order of difficulty and now they are changing because of some strategy? Does anyone care about tradition anymore?
2. I like to try and answer the questions along with the contestants. I need to warm up to the more difficult questions. I have to start with “American President’s Pets for $200 Alex.” I just cannot just jump straight to the $1000 question.
Come on Jeopardy, change your rules! Make it mandatory to choose questions in each category in order of their difficulty.
There it is; there is my beef, there is my solution, and there is my cranky opinion for this Saturday.
If you disagree, then you are probably smart enough to answer the questions hardest to easiest, you don’t watch the show, or you just have no passion.
If you agree, voice your opinion. Let Alex TREEbek know you’ve had it with these Jeopardy contestants that are ruining the game.
Tell him Cranky sent you.
The preceding opinion was from a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.