Who hasn’t ever daydreamed of being that lucky contestant, standing opposite the game-show lectern from that classy wiz of a TV host, Alex Trebek, if only to make witty small-talk about your hometown after a commercial break?
If you’re tired of sitting in front of the tube tuned into Jeopardy! on late weekday afternoons, or you actually think, “It can’t really be that hard,” this is your chance to make your dream come true and prove them non-believers.
On February 9 at 9:00 p.m. (ET, 6:00 p.m. PT), you can try your luck, or rather, test your wits, and take the Jeopardy! College Online Test to become a contestant on the college tournament of the classic Merv Griffin game show (the edition with the college sweatshirts… not the one with the 12-year-old punks looking really proud they know that the capital of Vermont is Montpelier… I mean, duh…). Just make sure to follow the link above and register ahead of time.
“Do you have what it takes to become the next Jeopardy! champ?” One MiddKid did. His name was Keith Williams, class of ’07, though he was a first-year when he won the tournament back in 2003. A native of New Hampshire Manchester, Vermont (edit), eventually an economics major, and a Dissipated 8 member, Williams snagged a total winnings of $50,000 and a 2004 Volvo S60R in the nail-biter of a final (brought to you by MiddBlog in 2008).
Since then, the cash prize has doubled to $100,000. Students from Notre Dame, Mississippi State, UCLA, Stanford (the only school to have won twice), and Carnegie Mellon have won; the Ivies have yet to make a showing on the champions’ board, according to the tournament’s well-catalogued Wikipedia (a resource Jeopardy!-alum Williams was later quoted in the NY Times as frequently using… by the way…).
Make yourself useful over Feb break, study up on your world populations and famous quotes, and bring that cup back to Midd! Or, sit back on your couch a’whistlin’ that 30-second theme song (REEmix!), you daydreamer, you, and enjoy classic SNL spoofs and sassy Ken Jennings comments (below) .