This video went semi-viral on Twitter last night and rightfully so because it’s one of the best Jeopardy Nerds vs. sports category moments we’ve had in some time. Every few months, Jeopardy will throw in a sports category when it relates to some sort of current event (this time around it’s the Super Bowl) and without failure, these dweebs get put through the ringer.
Last night’s category was straight football. Just basic questions that any average football-watching American could easily answer. Things like fair catches and off-setting penalties. Come for the big fat goose egg the contestants put up and stay for Trebek absolutely dunking on these nerds in-between each question. This is Trebek at his best.
Usually, these sports questions have a little more specificity to them and that’s what always stumps these people. Once you get past the basic sports knowledge, their brains short-circuit and they have no chance. But last night’s was different. Outside of the $1000 Purple People Eaters question, these were some of the most basic clues you can ask.
And I’ll say it again: these are the moments Trebek lives for these days. He’s been doing this for 40 years now, so when the rare opportunity appears to mock the nerds, he takes FULL advantage.