Writers Workshop: Go, Mattea!

Mary and I watch Jeopardy! every night. This season is a bit different: longtime host Alex Trebek died at the end of 2020, and after nine months of the show being hosted by a number of guest hosts, the show is now hosted on a rotating basis by former champion and "Greatest of All-Time Jeopardy! player" Ken Jennings, and actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.

I have to think that Alex looks down from heaven every night and smiles, because this year has brought a couple of remarkable champions. One is Amy Schneider, who earlier this year had a 40-day winning streak, winning $1,384,800.

Another big champion is Matt Amodeo, who had a 38-game winning streak this summer, earning $1,518,601.

This past month has brought another long-time champion, Mattea Roach, a tutor from Toronto, who as of last night had won 22 straight games and won $534,984.

I’m looking forward to the Tournament of Champions this year to see how well these three match up…

18 thoughts on “Writers Workshop: Go, Mattea!

  1. I am not smart enough to watch that show, but I have been interested in the hosting situation. Do you have a preference regarding who takes over permanently?


    1. Both the current hosts are good, and I like how they’ve split things up between them. Both have good points and bad: Ken mumbles, so we have to crank the volume, and Mayim is a little too perky. Ultimately I think he’ll end up being the one host, mostly because she’s an actor who I hope finds more roles, but I’d havte to lose either of them.

      You probably know more than you think you do. Many of the harder questions have clues embedded in them.


  2. I liked how you mentioned Mayim Bialek’s neuroscientist position. In fact, at the very moment I started typing this, her Neuriva Plus came on the television.


  3. I don’t watch regularly, especially since Alex Trebek’s “exit”, but I’m always impressed by the contestants – especially those who go on these streaks. I think I would totally clam up!


    1. She really pulled it out last night, didn’t she? I thought she’d lose for sure. So did she…. did you her at the end? She looked shocked…


  4. I’m not fond of the idea of super champions. I’d like to see the old tule restored, five day champions retire and three new players are chosen for the next game. But I’ll root for Mattea in the Tournament of Champions.

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    1. Frankly, so would I, but it would be kind of hard to go back now. I think people really get into it when you have a champ like Mattea, Amy, or Matt. Ken Jennings is set for life. He was the first champ after they changed the rule…

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  5. This season has been fantastic. What really impresses me about Mattea Roach is how much she knows about the United States. Just floored me that she knew about the Battle of Antietam last night. She would put a lot of our citizens to shame. Alana ramblinwitham

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