Is Jeopardy! James the GOAT of Game Shows?
How James Holzhauer has turned Jeopardy! into must-watch TV with his dominant—and lucrative—performances.
Released on 4/29/2019
So we start this weeks grind with an answer.
This man is the most dominant force in game show history
and has made Jeopardy the most watched TV.
If you responded who is James Holzhauer, you are correct.
Seriously, people were freaking out on Friday
when the NFL draft was on in Jeopardy's place.
And I'm even more excited to watch Jeopardy every night
than I am to watch Game of Thrones every week.
Especially after that Battle of Winterfell.
I had an easier time following
Tiger Woods Sunday at The Masters
than I did seeing what was going on
in that ridiculous episode.
Okay, let's get back to Jeopardy James,
I'm getting some evil looks here
and I don't want to get
[whispers] spoiler alert, daggered, like the Night King.
[regular voice] Anyway, from 18th century British literature
to pop culture, this dude doesn't have a weakness.
Heck, I bet he could even kill me in a golf only category.
And he has nerves of steel, betting crazy amounts
of money on Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy clues.
Of course, that makes sense considering the guy
is a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas.
He's my new idol.
Forget about Tiger and Phil, the next the match
has to be James versus Jeapody GOAT Ken Jennings.
And maybe throw in John Carpenter.
Remember that dude who only used a lifeline
on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
so he could call his dad and tell him he won the million?
I remember getting in to Ken Jennings
during his incredible 74 game winning streak in 2004.
I had just graduated from college
and didn't have a job and was living at home,
so watching Jeopardy with my parents
was often a highlight of my day.
But even Jennings is blown away by what James is doing.
In fact, while Jennings averaged 33,660 per contest,
Holzhauer is pulling in more than 75,000 per night.
The dude is single handedly demolishing the shows budget.
Those Alex Trebek silk suits don't pay for themselves.
To put James' earning in better perspective,
he's nearly averaging what the shows
previous single day record was.
A record he's broken seven times already in just 17 tries,
while racking up more than 1.2 million in earnings,
In about six hours of work, not counting commercials.
That's the equivalent of a PGA Tour winner's check
in about the time it takes to play one round
on the PGA Tour these days.
Slow play, am I right?
James' most impressive game to date?
Earning a record 131,127 dollars.
In that game, James risked 60 grand in Final Jeopardy
and went an absurd 40 for 40 when he buzzed in,
a performance worthy of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary.
But as we saw with Ken Jennings and a clue about H&R Block,
game show glory can end in the blink
of a White Walker's blue eye.
So let's enjoy Jeopardy James while we can,
because at some point,
this force of nature will be stopped.
Just like the Night King.
Oh, sorry, forgot to say spoiler alert that time