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  1. #121
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. synellinden View Post
    When was the last time Dick Vitale analyzed anything relevant to the game he was covering?
    What is 1991?
    A plane takes off from Baltimore and touches down on Bourbon Street

  2. #122
    Whoa tonight was a close one!
    I just love watching James stay cool and stiletto his competition!
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    Whoa tonight was a close one!
    I just love watching James stay cool and stiletto his competition!
    I was watching on and off. His opponent was very good and got on some nice little rolls on the buzzer. The opponent had the misfortune of there being what I thought was a very easy final jeopardy question (the female contestant didn't think so but my 8 year old even knew the answer). If James wins the next one it should put him over $2 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie View Post
    Whoa tonight was a close one!
    I just love watching James stay cool and stiletto his competition!
    I think he was screwing with 'em.

  5. #125
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    Luck factored into last night's game in that James found the second double. Had the opponent picked it and answered correctly, the game would have been out of reach. Someone predicted earlier in the thread that exact scenario might bring him down. Anyway, I am glad he is donating some of the funds to charity.

  6. #126
    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    I think he was screwing with 'em.
    LOL, maybe, but that other guy last night was VERY smart and knowledgeable and good on the draw with the buzzer and, with a bit more luck (i.e., finding the second daily double during the second round) MIGHT have beaten James!

  7. #127
    Ahh. The old hop toads, long legs and bumped butts argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeacherTom View Post
    Luck factored into last night's game in that James found the second double. Had the opponent picked it and answered correctly, the game would have been out of reach.

    The guy who came in second also played it (too) cautiously with one of his Daily Doubles. If I recall correctly, he had over $13K when he found his second Daily Double, but he only bet $6000. He got the question correct but ended up trailing James by $5400 entering Final Jeopardy. So the guy who finished second might have entered Final Jeopardy with the lead if he had bet the extra $7000 he had available on his second Daily Double.

    If you are going to beat James, you are probably going to have to go all in on any Daily Double you find.

    Quote Originally Posted by TeacherTom View Post
    Someone predicted earlier in the thread that exact scenario might bring him down.
    It seems that at least one of the following scenarios is likely to occur whenever James loses


    1. James does not find either Daily Double in the Double Jeopardy round.
    2. James misses a Daily Double where he goes all in (and doesn't make it up with another Daily Double).
    3. James misses the Final Jeopardy question in a "non-runaway" scenario.
    4. James runs into a "buzzer timing savant" who consistently buzzes in before James.

  9. #129
    Something to amaze ...

    Two months ago the highest winning total in the HISTORY OF FOREVER was $77,000. James is averaging OVER $77,000 a night.

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    He not only must have total recall but also had to have spent his entire life in the library perusing countless volumes of forgotten lore to have such a wide range of knowledge on so many subjects. It's beyond amazing.

  11. #131
    Quote Originally Posted by TeacherTom View Post
    He not only must have total recall but also had to have spent his entire life in the library perusing countless volumes of forgotten lore to have such a wide range of knowledge on so many subjects. It's beyond amazing.
    And, on top of that, the coordination to hit the buzzer precisely at the right moment. I hear there is a science to it, but I'm not privvy to it myself.

    It's fun to watch.

  12. #132
    Quote Originally Posted by House P View Post
    The guy who came in second also played it (too) cautiously with one of his Daily Doubles. If I recall correctly, he had over $13K when he found his second Daily Double, but he only bet $6000. He got the question correct but ended up trailing James by $5400 entering Final Jeopardy. So the guy who finished second might have entered Final Jeopardy with the lead if he had bet the extra $7000 he had available on his second Daily Double.

    If you are going to beat James, you are probably going to have to go all in on any Daily Double you find.
    I wouldn't fault the guy for not going all-in... he was beating James at his own game up until that point. If James was in that position he would have probably bet a similar amount.

    The only way going all-in there would have been correct is if you just assume James is so much better than you that he's going to make a huge comeback. Which... may be the truth given his performance but it's hard to realize that in the moment I think. The $6k bet is only correct if you assume you can win after missing which is probably super overestimating your chances. The guy is definitely going to be kicking himself for not going all-in though...

    As others have pointed out... if James doesn't find the 2nd daily double (or somehow misses it when he has to go all in) the other guy has the game won. He just got a bit unlucky.

    Double unlucky that the 2nd daily double was in a category about geography... I swear James has the entire globe memorized.

  13. #133
    Quote Originally Posted by TeacherTom View Post
    He not only must have total recall but also had to have spent his entire life in the library perusing countless volumes of forgotten lore to have such a wide range of knowledge on so many subjects. It's beyond amazing.
    He truly has an incredible range of knowledge and the ability to pull it out of his brain very quickly. And he is world-class at clicking in with the buzzer prior to the other competitors!

    Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, he was a "C" student in school growing up (but very smart in math)!

  14. #134
    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    And, on top of that, the coordination to hit the buzzer precisely at the right moment. I hear there is a science to it, but I'm not privvy to it myself.

    It's fun to watch.
    It's certainly impressive to watch but I'm beginning to get a little bored with his performance. It's TOO easy for him to win every day. It's just a matter of how much money he can pull down in each game. It's a little like watching the Duke men's basketball team play Delaware State in an early season game.
    Last edited by pfrduke; 05-24-2019 at 05:00 PM.

  15. #135
    Quote Originally Posted by duke79 View Post
    It's certainly impressive to watch but I'm beginning to get a little bored with his performance. It's TOO easy for him to win every day. It's just a matter of how much money he can pull down in each game. It's a little like watching the Duke men's basketball team play Delaware State in an early season game.
    Doesn't that speak more to the others on the show rather than James?

  16. #136
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    Who *is* Dr "Dree"? Lol. James is ridiculously good at this game. He got neither of the daily doubles in double jeopardy and still crushed his opponents.

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    Loved his response to Alex about whether he would like to be a sports stats guy - something like, "That was before I realized that Jeopardy could be a career." Bam...

    BTW, tonight he beat a Duke alum whose "unique" experience was tenting for weeks for a Duke-UNC game.

    Over $2 million now.

  18. #138
    Quote Originally Posted by duke74 View Post
    Loved his response to Alex about whether he would like to be a sports stats guy - something like, "That was before I realized that Jeopardy could be a career." Bam...

    BTW, tonight he beat a Duke alum whose "unique" experience was tenting for weeks for a Duke-UNC game.

    Over $2 million now.
    Yea, some what embarrassing but the Duke alum finished up with negative $2000 and didn’t even make final Jeopardy

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    Quote Originally Posted by duke79 View Post
    It's certainly impressive to watch but I'm beginning to get a little bored with his performance. It's TOO easy for him to win every day. It's just a matter of how much money he can pull down in each game. It's a little like watching the Duke men's basketball team play Delaware State in an early season game.
    I am pulling for an upset every night. I prefer Jeopardy when it's close at the end and it comes down to the final question.

  20. #140
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    Quote Originally Posted by duke79 View Post
    He truly has an incredible range of knowledge and the ability to pull it out of his brain very quickly. And he is world-class at clicking in with the buzzer prior to the other competitors!

    Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, he was a "C" student in school growing up (but very smart in math)!
    Simply proves the theory of multiple intelligence. Math may be his dominant intelligence and he has linguistic in his back pocket. I find it fascinating.

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