I’ll take asshats for $200, Alex

Remember Ken Jennings? He won Jeopardy! 11 million times in a row (I’m estimating here.)

Turns out Ken has a blog, and he’s pretty damned funny for a devout Mormon millionaire.

He wrote a fairly hilarious entry, containing a letter to Jeopardy complete with ‘suggestions’ as to how to bring the show in the present.

You can read it here, but I’ll share some here too, because it’s easy and I’m lazy:

First up, the categories. Maybe when Art Fleming was alive, America just couldn’t get enough clues about “Botany” and “Ballet” and “The Renaissance,” but come on. Does every freaking category have to be some effete left-coast crap nobody’s heard of, like “Opera,” or, um, “U.S. History” or whatever? I mean, wake me up when you come up with something that middle America actually cares about. I think it would rule if, just one time, Alex had to read off a board like:

* PlayStation
* The Arby’s 5-for-$5.95 Value Menu
* Reality TV
* Men’s Magazines
* Skanks from Reality TV Who Got Naked in Men’s Magazines
* Potpourri


And this is perhaps my very favorite part:

Whenever Alex says “Correct!” to a contestant, he should do the two-index-finger point, like Isaac in the Love Boat credits.

That shit is funny, right?

That entry was posted on the 19th of July. On the 25th of July, this article by Michael Starr was published in the New York Post. A few exerpts from that article:

ALL-time “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings has emerged from the “Where Are They Now?” shadows to bite the hand that fed him $2.5 million just a short time ago.

In a snarky “Dear Jeopardy!” letter {…}, the winningest contestant ever needles the game show for being out of step and out of date.

The article goes on to quote Jennings’ post out of context again and again, never even hinting that it was supposed to be funny and silly. He goes out of his way to make Jennings look like an ungrateful git. Unless he really believes that Jennings would like to see physical challenges involving angry bees as a part of the show’s format.

Here’s Jennings response, via another blog entry on July 25th.

Now, I am not the president of the Ken Jennings fan club, mostly because he’s both smarter and richer than me, by a good shot on both counts. But I think he got done wrong here.

What do y’all think?

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