Okay, so here’s the deal. “Jeopardy!” has been around for nearly forty years in American households.
And in recent days (weeks) it has been one of the most explosive game show watches in television history because of a recent savant nicknamed “Jeopardy James.”
But as much as “Jeopardy!” has been in the news this year, for a number of reasons, the popular game show might do something insane to make history very soon.
It’s been one of the craziest runs in game show history. James Holzhauer, aka “Jeopardy James,” was on a tear that shocked the entire world. The man broke all sorts of records in almost every single contest.
To give you an example about how much of a savant the 35-year-old was, Holzhauer broke the daily record nearly 20 times – as in, he literally won, or beat his own record, almost 20 times for a daily total.
Jeopardy James smashed every record; except one. He didn’t have the all-time total in a streak.
The person who holds that current record is Ken Jennings, set in 2004; it took Ken Jennings 74 episodes to accumulate $2,520,700 while it only took Holzhauer 32 episodes to rack up $2,462,216 — he was only $58,484 shy of dethroning the all-time leader which would’ve likely taken just one more episode.
Jeopardy James did it in almost half the time.
Both Holzhauer and Jennings are both savants in game show history and that’s why “Jeopardy!” might do something extraordinary to keep the ratings flow.
Jennings’ said recently, “Honestly, I was cheering for this guy because before I was a ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant, I was a fan of the game – and you just want to see it played at a high level. So, I’m cheering for this guy because he’s elite. He’s fantastic. And I had a little James voodoo doll at home, and I’d poke him in the brain with this pin!”
Sherri Shepherd of “Best Ever Trivia Show,” also said last week, “God spoke and said it so, he didn’t want anybody to beat Ken Jennings. God is okay with somebody coming within one day of my record, but then God is like –…”
Could it be that these two savants meet together on the most popular game show of all time? Why not?
Why wouldn’t the producers of “Jeopardy!” agree to that?
Think about it. Television producers only job is to get higher ratings. And if you offered the two biggest winners in game show history a chance to face off against each other; how many millions of people do you think would watch? It’s a no brainer by a long shot.
Although, hilariously, Jennings was recently asked if he would want to face off against Holzhauer and he said, “You know, I would love to do it, but it’s been 15 years since I was in “Jeopardy!” shape.”
Howie Mandel said to Jennings, “No excuses!” Emphatically.
Jennings raved, “I think it would be irresistible for ‘Jeopardy’They always have tournaments where they bring people from the past back. It’s gonna be a Pay-Per-View event. Me and James and the computer from the evil IBM computer, and we’re gonna get in the ring.”
The metaphor Jennings tried to make is accurate in terms of boxing. These two going at it would be similar to Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson in their primes. Granted, Jennings might not be in his prime – so it might be more like Tyson and George Foreman taking age into account, but it doesn’t matter.
This would be must-see television. “Jeopardy!” would be stupid not to take this on and give both Holzhauer and Jennings whatever they wanted to have them face off… it would be the best face/off since John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.