THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Friday, May 3, 2019
Four for Four
Four for Four
Do you watch
Jeopardy? It is a daily TV quiz show that has been on for a zillion years.Winning takes trivia knowledge, quick reflexes
to buzz in on an answer, and guts as there are opportunities to wage different
amounts of money on a question.
It is unusual for a contestant to win more than four or five times.The all-time champ won 74 times and earned
2.5 million dollars.
The current champ is on a roll. He has won 1.6 million dollars in 21 matches.He is basically unbeatable. I saw this guy recently on reruns of another
quiz show, “The Chase” where contestants battle against a trivia genius and
expert.The guy did not just beat the
expert, he embarrassed him.Now he is
killing it on Jeopardy.
He is fun to
watch, as he is destined to beat the old record, but after that, what?He is unbeatable, how much fun is it to watch
someone that cannot be beat?
It brings to
mind a short story I read years ago in Sports Illustrated.“Four for Four George” (I don’t remember the
real title.)It was about a MLB rookie
who went four for four in his first game.(Four base hits in four at bats for you non baseball people.)
The next game
George went four for four again…and the next game, and the next.The fans loved George.He was all over the TV news and every sports
magazine.He was loved, he was cheered.He was a phenomenon.
about a month, George still had not made an out.Every game he came up four times and he got
four hits.At some point the fans wanted
George to make an out.Still every game
he went four for four.Before the season
was over George was hated.He was booed
every at bat.
I do not
remember how the story ended, but it did not end well for George.People love excellence, but perfection gets
boring.Perfection takes the thrill out
of spectating.Perfection is great for
building bridges, but no fun to watch.
I think this
will be a problem for the Jeopardy champ.Eventually he will surpass the record and at that point no one will want
to watch.I suspect the show will invent
a rule to make him leave.
No one wants
to watch someone go four for four every single day.