Don’t ever accuse Jeopardy! contestants of being sports fans. The latest example of that came during a recent airing of the game show, in which a simple hoops question flew over contestants’ heads.
“Recently, this baller-barista launched Big Face Coffee and turned his new team, the Miami Heat, into a title contender,” interim host Ken Jennings answered, while waiting for three contestants to ask the right question for $1,000.
“We were looking for Jimmy Butler,” Jennings said.
Granted, Butler isn’t LeBron James, Steph Curry or some other global NBA superstar. But he did just lead the Heat to the Finals, and he is the best player on his team. It’s the equivalent of contestants not knowing who wrote Much Ado About Nothing when the host gives the hint that the individual’s first name is “William.”
This isn’t anything new, of course. Jeopardy! contestants have been missing sports-related questions for ages.
Nothing wrong with that. A large, successful contingent of our population and some of the world’s biggest difference-makers probably have no clue if a football is inflated or stuffed with packing foam.
But if you’re on Jeopardy! you’re expected to be an expert in all subjects — science, literature, entertainment, American and world history. On and on it goes. Or it least it is supposed to go. Contestants knowing about sports, though, is clearly no slam dunk.