SavoyGirl wrote:Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! Kate's late run was amazing and when 60s TV Characters was revealed as the FJ category I thought it was a fat pitch right over the plate. Kate was obviously watching TV (at least Jeopardy) during the 60s and it looked good for her with Brendan being quite a bit younger and maybe not being up on all the 60s era characters. Sure enough, Brendan whiffed and Kate got it right...but NOT WAGERING TO COVER THIRD PLACE????
It was particularly painful to see Kate blow it as her story was mine. I was a kid watching the Fleming Jeopardy and I, too, applied to be a contestant as soon as I turned 18. And also didn't make it. I thought I had a long wait till I finally made it (at 40) but Kate waited at least a decade longer. And then.....
A question for you others who watched this: I was unclear as to whether Kate said she simply tried out, or that she actually made it to the show in the Fleming era. When she said she did well up until the last question, that sounded as if she lost a game on a missed FJ. Did I misunderstand? Was she a contestant or simply a wannabe?
As to this game itself, well, it's all been said. I can't imagine watching the game since 40 years ago and not having a little more wagering sense. And I say that knowing full well that I also watched back in the Fleming era and didn't really start thinking about wagering strategy until much later, even after I had passed a couple of contestant quizzes. I think it was the advent of the original board, where things such as wagering were much more carefully analyzed/discussed/criticized/expounded, that I began thinking seriously about these matters.
Still, I have to wonder whether the dear lady has concussed herself with all the self-administered dope-slapping, once she figured out what a mistake she had made and how much it cost her. Her comeback was truly impressive, and I give her all credit for that. I figured the FJ category was soooo right up her alley, and that her much younger opponents might even be disadvantaged by the "that-was-way-before-my-time" bug.
Needless to say, in the couple of minutes after the reveal, my wife had to sedate me, I was so apoplectic at that wager. Jeesh.