2017 ToC Quarter-Final Matches Revealed - Discussion

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2017 ToC Quarter-Final Matches Revealed - Discussion

Post by MarkBarrett » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm

The J! site has it, so I consider it fair game for discussion: https://www.jeopardy.com/tournaments/20 ... -champions

For those that like to wait for each night of the QF round to see who's playing then stay out.

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Monday: Buzzy Cohen vs. Hunter Appler vs. Pranjal Vachaspati

Tuesday: Tim Aten vs. Lilly Chin vs. Jason Sterlacci

Wednesday: Austin Rogers vs. Alan Lin vs. David Clemmons

Thursday: Seth Wilson vs. Lisa Schlitt vs. Sam Deutsch

Friday: Andrew Pau vs. Justin Vossler vs. Jon Eisenman

That makes it:
9-6-6
7-C-T
12-6-T
12-6-C
6-5-5

Andrew won the most $ of the 6-time champs, so that appears to have made him the 5th big dog separating him from the other ones.

Comments about the match-ups:

M: Pranjal has never trailed entering the FJ! round.
Tu: Jason (4 matches) has never trailed entering the FJ! round. I can't find another example like Tim of someone playing two tourney winners in the QF round.
W: Only something reckless by Austin can keep him from the semis.
Thu: Seth earned this draw that looks favorable for him on paper.
F: Justin has a 7th color shirt (orange) to go with red, pink, blue, green, yellow and purple worn previously.
I would call this the sleeper game as either Justin or Jon will step up and exceed expectations.

I watched the video on the J! site and detected no spoilers, thank goodness.

Anyone know what the blue ribbons represent?

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Re: 2017 ToC Quarter-Final Matches Revealed - Discussion

Post by mfc248 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:45 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Anyone know what the blue ribbons represent?
Dark blue is the color of colon cancer awareness, in honor of the 16th player who didn't make it to Culver City for this event. They're Jason's idea.

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Post by 9021amyers » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:49 pm

mfc248 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:45 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Anyone know what the blue ribbons represent?
Dark blue is the color of colon cancer awareness, in honor of the 16th player who didn't make it to Culver City for this event. They're Jason's idea.
Classy touch.

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Re: 2017 ToC Quarter-Final Matches Revealed - Discussion

Post by MarkBarrett » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:50 pm

mfc248 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:45 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Anyone know what the blue ribbons represent?
Dark blue is the color of colon cancer awareness, in honor of the 16th player who didn't make it to Culver City for this event. They're Jason's idea.
Great idea by Jason for the group tribute. Thanks.

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Post by Golf » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:23 pm

mfc248 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:45 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Anyone know what the blue ribbons represent?
Dark blue is the color of colon cancer awareness, in honor of the 16th player who didn't make it to Culver City for this event. They're Jason's idea.
Very nice.

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Post by threearruda » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:31 pm

To echo the others, thank you for the information about the ribbons. I deducted that they were to honor Cindy, but had no idea they were Jason's idea. Very classy touch indeed. I, like everyone else I'm sure, would loved to have seen her play in this tourney, but she'll be there in spirit no doubt. :)

Monday's game should be a great barn-burner. I've pegged Pranjal and Hunter as my sleepers (if it's possible for 6x champs to be dark horses), so it will be tough to watch if one of them exits early. I wouldn't be surprised one bit to see all three in that game advance to the semis, however.

I agree that Seth and Austin have earned their more favorable matchups, and both *should* easily advance, but Alan and Lisa could easily slip away with wildcards. I think Andrew wins in a lock Friday.. maybe Justin can sneak a wildcard, but I just don't see it happening. Much like March Madness, I don't like going with the chalk, but it's hard to go against that in the early stages.

I'll take a swing with some predictions:

Monday = Pranjal
Tuesday = Jason
Wednesday = Austin
Thursday = Seth
Friday = Andrew

Wildcards: Buzzy, Hunter, Lisa, Lilly

If all that happens, I'd imagine the producers would want to split up Buzzy, Seth and Austin amongst the semi games, so a strong player like Andrew or Jason will really have their work cut out for them on the road to the championship. I still have a weird suspicion that Austin does not get to the finals.. especially if he's paired up with someone like Pranjal or Andrew. But that's a story for another day!

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Post by Bamaman » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:33 pm

Very nice indeed. I was wondering if they would do something and I think this is a classy move.

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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:34 pm

mfc248 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:45 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Anyone know what the blue ribbons represent?
Dark blue is the color of colon cancer awareness, in honor of the 16th player who didn't make it to Culver City for this event. They're Jason's idea.
Hat's off to that.

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Post by seaborgium » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:49 pm

I feel like posting in this thread that there is an Austin impostor (imp-Aust-or?) on Twitter, @JeopardyRogers. The real Austin (who has a checkmark and everything) is @austintylerro.

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Post by dhkendall » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:47 pm

OK, my predictions, because everyone else has or will:

Monday: Buzzy
Tuesday: Jason
Wednesday: Austin
Thursday: Seth
Friday: Andrew

Wildcards: Pranjal, Lilly, Tim, Justin

(Note: except for Pranjal, not really confident about the wildcards.)
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Re: 2017 ToC Quarter-Final Matches Revealed - Discussion

Post by Ironhorse » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:52 pm

I'll go with:

Monday - Hunter
Tuesday - Jason
Wednesday - Austin
Thursday - Seth
Friday - Jon

Wildcards - Alan, Andrew, Pranjal, Lisa
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Post by econgator » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:54 pm

Monday -- Pranjal
Tuesday -- Tim
Wed -- Alan
Thur -- Seth
Fri -- Andrew

WC -- Austin, Jon, Justin, Lilly

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Post by MarkBarrett » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:27 pm

Poll results for 2013, 2014, and 2015 TOCs

https://jboard.tv/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3207

https://jboard.tv/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2463

https://jboard.tv/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1204

In predicting 2017 count on one FJ! clue easier than the other 5. Another trend in the previous three tourneys is a QF game producing three semifinalists.

My personal choice for the three line would be Tuesday while not particularly caring if the other games produce 1 or 2 of the final nine.

What I think the producers would have liked if they could have cherry-picked the results:

M: Buzzy
T: Lilly
W: Austin
Th: Lisa
F: Andrew

WCs: Hunter, Jason, David, Seth

Finals: Buzzy, Austin and non-threat

My prediction is this TOC going rogue and not Hoyle for a change of pace.

I'll go with something crazy like:
Ws: Hunter, Jason, Austin, Seth, Andrew
WCs: Pranjal, Lilly, Alan, Jon
Fs: Jason, Pranjal, & Jon

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Post by This Is Kirk! » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:32 pm

Austin looking awfully dapper in that group shot!

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Post by zerobandwidth » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:16 am

mfc248 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:45 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Anyone know what the blue ribbons represent?
Dark blue is the color of colon cancer awareness, in honor of the 16th player who didn't make it to Culver City for this event. They're Jason's idea.
That is amazing. I knew I liked that guy.
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Post by zerobandwidth » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:43 am

MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Monday: Buzzy Cohen vs. Hunter Appler vs. Pranjal Vachaspati
Tuesday: Tim Aten vs. Lilly Chin vs. Jason Sterlacci
Wednesday: Austin Rogers vs. Alan Lin vs. David Clemmons
Thursday: Seth Wilson vs. Lisa Schlitt vs. Sam Deutsch
Friday: Andrew Pau vs. Justin Vossler vs. Jon Eisenman
Disclaimer: I didn't go to this taping. The game descriptions below are entirely speculation. Any similarity to the actual outcome would be, frankly, shocking. But it's interesting to try to guess the player dynamics and how they'll set the progress of the games.
  • Monday: Buzzy and Pranjal duel into five digits. Pranjal aims for $20k but Buzzy goes all-in, taking the win but with Pranjal easily clinching a wildcard.
  • Tuesday: Jason and Lily stun Tim early, Jason bets big on a slim lead into FJ and wins with Lily missing FJ and Tim locked out.
  • Wednesday: David grits his teeth and suffers being on stage with Austin and Alan. Austin goes all-in and misses an early J! DD, but uses big bets on the other two to keep pace with Alan, and ends up adding enough money to the game that the two of them exceed $20k. Austin has a rare FJ! neg but stuns everyone with a zero wager, taking the second wildcard under Alan's win.
  • Thursday: Sam gets an early lead but Lisa and then Seth seize control of the game, with Seth eventually winning a lock.
  • Friday: This three-player slugfest is a dead heat into FJ. Everyone bets for $15k and they all get it, with Justin winning and the other two claiming the remaining wildcard spots.
Again none of this is an informed spoiler, but is instead simply an imagination run amok after midnight. If any of the above comes true I'll be laughing all the way back to this keyboard to babble about it some more. :lol:
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Post by Cat Hammarskjold » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:46 am

My predictions are usually way off, but I'll do them anyway:
Winners: Pranjal, Jason, Austin, Sam, Andrew
Wildcards: Buzzy, Tim, Lisa, Seth
Andrew will have the only lock in the first week. IIRC, didn't both of his opponents basically admit that they don't care about strategy on Jeopardy! Live Panel?
Thursday's game should be an interesting game to watch. How will Sam's superior mastery of signaling device timing compare with Seth's and Lisa's superior knowledge? If all three don't make it, then I could see Alan snagging a wildcard on Wednesday.
I feel sorry for Hunter. If he was swapped with one of Andrew's opponents, he'd have a lot higher probability of getting a wildcard.
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Post by PanthersFan1 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:42 am

Winners
Monday:Hunter
Tuesday:Jason
Wednesday:Austin
Thursday:Seth
Friday:Andrew

Wildcards: Buzzy,Alan,Lisa,and Jon.

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Post by Ironhorse » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:19 pm

I haven't been this excited for something entertainment related since the Royals were in the World Series.
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Post by zdude69closedrofl » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:37 pm

Monday: 40% Pranjal, 35% Buzzy, 25% Hunter. All three advance. That match-up is brutal.

Tuesday: 60% Jason, 25% Lilly, 15% Tim. Jason and Lilly advance.

Wednesday: 60% Austin, 20% Alan, 20% David. Only Austin advances.

Thursday: 55% Seth, 35% Lisa, 10% Sam. Seth and Lisa advance.

Friday: 65% Andrew, 25% Justin, 10% Jon. Only Andrew advances.

Andrew, Austin, and Pranjal make it to the finals. Buzzy and Seth could be interchangeable with Pranjal. Maybe even Jason. I'm gonna make a bold prediction that Andrew takes it with Austin in second.
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