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mikebell
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Has anyone been watching Jeopardy! lately? I've tuned in last Friday after a friend told me about this guy... Ken Jennings has won over $900,000 and has been a champ for 28 consecutive shows. Quite amazing! Guy's like a walking encyclopedia. He proves that there's no such thing as useless information.From Slate: The man who knew too much RowdyRoddyPiper Posts: 529 Joined: November 5th, 2001, 7:25 pm ### The amazing Ken Jennings "He proves that there's no such thing as useless information."And you are battling him on that front tooth and nail.Anyway, I don't think that the 28 is going to hold up in the long run. You've only been able to go an unlimited time on Jeopardy for the previous 9 months. I think some guy did like 9 days in January. Again, not to knock the guy but I think that it's not nearly as impressive as it sounds, once you have all the facts. Common theme with you no, mikey?? mikebell Topic Author Posts: 1698 Joined: July 1st, 2003, 5:23 am ### The amazing Ken Jennings QuoteOriginally posted by: RowdyRoddyPiper"He proves that there's no such thing as useless information."And you are battling him on that front tooth and nail.Anyway, I don't think that the 28 is going to hold up in the long run. You've only been able to go an unlimited time on Jeopardy for the previous 9 months. I think some guy did like 9 days in January. Again, not to knock the guy but I think that it's not nearly as impressive as it sounds, once you have all the facts. Common theme with you no, mikey??Oh, we all know you NP psychopaths could do better in everything including this silly little game. Why don't you watch it instead of talking nonsense and trying to look like a pompous blow-hard all the time?PS: It's Mr. Bell to you. farmer Posts: 13461 Joined: December 16th, 2002, 7:09 am ### The amazing Ken Jennings QuoteOriginally posted by: mikebellKen Jennings has won over$900,000 and has been a champ for 28 consecutive shows. Quite amazing!QuoteOriginally posted by: RowdyRoddyPiperAnyway, I don't think that the 28 is going to hold up in the long run.Sounds like we have a bid and an ask. Now all we need is for Roddy to define "long run" (as a multiple of 9 months), plus a custodian for the funds, and we'll have a bet!So Roddy, whom on Wilmott would you accept as custodian?

mikebell
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MP's onto something. Why don't you put the money where your mouth is Roddy and show us how much this guy sucks? How much money are you willing to put down and what is the timeframe we're talking about? Also, are you willing to go through Jeopardy! trials and try to beat him yourself (or are you posting this trash just because you feel extra arrogant/"mad at W" today)?PS: Today this "schmuck" won another $52,000 and his challengers ended up with under$1000. Current record for one day winnings is $52,000 and he has equaled the record twice. For some reason he doesn't wanna break the record even though he's had multiple opportunities. farmer Posts: 13461 Joined: December 16th, 2002, 7:09 am ### The amazing Ken Jennings I've got a better format, kind of like a swap.Roddy sets a price for Bell to pay him on the day that someone beats 28, which amount is held by the custodian.Roddy pays Bell a fraction of that amount, every show that nobody else beats 28.The day someone beats 28 (or the day Roddy's margin falls below the amount), the bet ends. Last edited by farmer on July 12th, 2004, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total. mikebell Topic Author Posts: 1698 Joined: July 1st, 2003, 5:23 am ### The amazing Ken Jennings I'm up for that. The only thing is, Ken is still winning (#29 today) and if Roddy's confident enough, let's replace 28 with whatever the Ken's record ends up being. I'd be willing to "invest"$1000 per Ken's winning game -- up to $60-70K. farmer Posts: 13461 Joined: December 16th, 2002, 7:09 am ### The amazing Ken Jennings Last edited by farmer on July 12th, 2004, 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total. mikebell Topic Author Posts: 1698 Joined: July 1st, 2003, 5:23 am ### The amazing Ken Jennings I'll take either one of these bets. Whichever one Roddy accepts. Either more money with a longer timeframe or less money ($28,000) with shorter timeframe... whatever he wants. What's left is to devise his payment structure. Any preferences?

ppauper
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### The amazing Ken Jennings

I'm with you guys on those bets.I guess Roddy is having one of his days. I think if someone had posted that they had a new puppy, we'd have got a poisonous response to that as well

farmer
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### The amazing Ken Jennings

QuoteOriginally posted by: ppauperI guess Roddy is having one of his days.I remember Roddy's first lashing-out type posts. They came right after a post in which I mentioned people's wives being on Prozac.Can you come up with something better to hang it on?

RowdyRoddyPiper
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