I’ll take “Trick Questions for 2000, Alex.”
For many of us, the nightly Jeopardy! episode is the hope to guess a few Shakespeare-based questions correctly and hope for some sports categories. But for the three contestants, the sports category was their worst nightmare, a nuisance in place of botanical questions.
Here’s the one they got wrong:
The Big Ten is adding two teams with Rutgers and Maryland joining the ranks this coming fall. Common sense would say the answer is 12, right?
Wrong. The answer is 14 because college football is its own animal, one that cannot be explained by Alex Trebek. Poor Andrea failed to repeat as champion and her losing effort was aided by this near miss.