March 17, 2016

"Someday there’s going to be a Jeopardy question, 'The gutsiest person of all time.'"

"And the correct answer will be, 'Who is Philip [T]iu.'"

42 comments:

traditionalguy said...

That sure was an easy question. Vancouver is the only Canadian City west of Ontario and the only Canadian Pacific Ocean port.

Oso Negro said...

Goodness. You and Meade need to get out more. If only you weren't against travel.

rhhardin said...

Gutsy why? Is there stuff he needs $19k for?

rehajm said...

Fun, but gutsy is wagering money you don't have.

Was there a high degree of confidence in his own knowledge of the category? Maybe under stress he couldnt quickly do the calculation for the optimal wager to put him out of reach of the other contestants?

Henry said...

Priceless reaction.

Curious George said...

Maybe second gutsiest. Gutsiest was Obama okaying the raid to get Bin Laden.

Quaestor said...

Vancouver is the only Canadian City west of Ontario

Edmonton.

rhhardin said...

Saskatoon. Prince Albert.

Hagar said...

The question was about the largest port city in SW Canada, so yes, it was easy. But he did not know the question was going to be easy when he made the bet. And sometimes the easy questions are trick questions, so you want to take a moment, but not too long, to scan for traps.

And Philip Liu did the same nervy betting on the previous show.

traditionalguy said...

IMO Trump self funding a race for President of the United States as the first office he ever runs for is courageous. How dare the Bandito attempt that! He is trying to do what they say can't be done. And it costs way more than $19,000.

Ann Althouse said...

"Goodness. You and Meade need to get out more. If only you weren't against travel."

Today's the last class before spring break. What do you suggest we do? Assume it's too late to buy airline tickets. It's a 10-day window. Weather forecasts are available for all those days.

Ann Althouse said...

A figure of speech that uses exaggeration for comic or other effect.

What is hyperbole?

AFChiling said...

His name is Philip Tiu.

Basil said...

"Today's the last class before spring break. What do you suggest we do? Assume it's too late to buy airline tickets. It's a 10-day window. Weather forecasts are available for all those days."

You can drive to "America's Resort" the Greenbrier in beautiful White Sulfur Springs, WV. I'm sure they'll have the Badgers' game on somewhere.

Rob said...

Contestants on "Jeopardy" routinely wager too little on Daily Doubles. According to anecdotal reports, buzzing in is the hardest part of the process. Daily Doubles eliminate that. To be sure, you're obliged to answer the question, but especially for a middle-level question like this $1200 question, chances are excellent you'll know the answer. (The very easy question Tiu answered is evidence of that.) And it is a category the contestant has chosen. Plus you're under a bit less time pressure for a Daily Double answer. So a high wager made eminently good sense in this situation.

Birkel said...

Gutsy would have been wagering $20,000.

Hagar said...

Tiu it is.
And I think Philip Tiu has something in mind to do with the money if he wins that made it worth it for him to go for broke.
Note that his final bet was quite modest, so I think he had got what he wanted.

mikee said...

He held out $600 in his wager. He didn't risk it all. He was playing a game he is obviously good at, having amassed $19,600 in less than one regular game.

I recall the (first?) winner of the grand prize on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" using his phone-a-friend, on his final question, to call his dad, not to ask for help, but to announce proudly to his old man that he was about to win a million dollars, before answering the question.

Sdv1949 said...

If you haven't been there, Monument Valley, Utah.

gerry said...

Once on Jeopardy, a contestant who could not possibly win the day - his accumulated winnings were less than half of both his competitors - bet all but one dollar on the Final Jeopardy question. The other two contestants were very close, so they each bet all they had. All three got the question wrong, so the winner was the one who'd bet all but one dollar.

The next day, it was amusing when the show opened with the introduction of the champion, "...whose single-day winnings are ONE DOLLAR!"

PB said...

It's not like it was actually HIS money at that point. There's a big difference between given money to play in a game and putting up your own money to play in a game.

Char Char Binks said...

Vancouver, Wayne Gretzky, and Niagara Falls are the only things known about Canada, for Jeopardy! purposes.

BDNYC said...

Why didn't he just do a true daily double?

Some Seppo said...

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Ann Althouse said...

@Some Seppo

You'd send us to Haiti and Jamaica?

Ann Althouse said...

@Rob

I know. People act like they have so much time left when betting even at the end of Double Jeopardy, and they are risk averse, but then they have to bet a lot in Final Jeopardy because they pretty much have to and it's obvious. It's some distortion of human reason that we are seeing. One could design and experiment to get a clearer look at the problem. People could act earlier to serve their interests, but they prefer to play it safe, even though there could be a much worse chance later when they won't have the option to play it safe.

Ann Althouse said...

"Note that his final bet was quite modest, so I think he had got what he wanted."

He bet over $11,000 but that was with over $38,000. On the following show, yesterday, he did another huge bet on a daily double, but he made a very small bet in Final Jeopardy (only $1,700).

Meade said...

Who is Tank Man?

Some Seppo said...


You'd send us to Haiti and Jamaica?


Along with thousands of people weekly. I've been to both ports of call. They are safer than Milwaukee.

MisterBuddwing said...

I can't find online footage, but on the March 8 show, a contestant named Annie went into Final Jeopardy! with $14,600. Runner-up Brent had $7,200 and Paul, in third, had $6,800. Which meant Annie had already won - she had more than twice what Brent had. And yet, Annie bet $7,700 on The Western Hemisphere ("2 U.S. state capitals & 2 major Panamanian ports are named after this European"). And Annie got it right. All three of them got it right. I couldn't decide whether Annie was being gutsy or idiotic in her wagering, but she did win, so who am I to criticize.

(For the record, the answer was "Who is Christopher Columbus?")

hamiyam said...

Death valley!
Best wildflower bloom in a decade.

MisterBuddwing said...

Found it:

https://vimeo.com/158285209

Go to the 17:32 mark.

Bill said...

I love this guy. He's humble and gutsy - a rare combination.

Meade said...

I know — let's go here!

Yancey Ward said...

That was an easy question, providing you can decipher "southwestern" quickly. Not everyone can do that, and I think he delayed answering because he was making absolutely sure he understood it.

buwaya said...

Bring back gladiatorial combats an the question would get more interesting.

Yancey Ward said...

This is the true Jeopardy wager classic!

Link

rastajenk said...

I'd bet $19,000 that the other contestants he has faced wished he would quit wasting so much time in between answers. Get on with it, Phil!

Alex: "We'll take a break here for some ads while Phil figures out where to go next."

Gahrie said...

That sure was an easy question.

For 90% of Americans , ANY geography question is a hard question, double for other countries.

Smilin' Jack said...

That was an easy question, providing you can decipher "southwestern" quickly. Not everyone can do that, and I think he delayed answering because he was making absolutely sure he understood it.

Good grief, "busiest port in Canada" should have been enough. He delayed so long because he's obviously a dimwit, and the gutsy part was betting anything on being able to answer a question when you're that dim.

Char Char Binks said...

@Smilin' Jack

He was probably searching his memory to make sure it wasn't Victoria. I'd like to see how quick you'd be with $19,000 on the line.

Doug said...

Phil's all done.