Roger Craig, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings will be around next week.
Craig seemed nervous and struggled a bit in his quarterfinal, but eventually slipped by. Rutter waltzed from start to finish, as a faux tweet noted. And Ken Jennings was, well, Ken Jennings. Intimidating to a ridiculous degree.
Funny thing, Ken started out slowly tonight, dipping into negative territory. That didn't last long. Pretty soon he was in control and began to lengthen his lead. He wrapped up the episode with an absurd display on an absurd category. You had to guess the correct person's initials, translate those initials into Roman numerals, and then give the modern-day numerical equivalent.
Somehow Jennings ran the category with insanely quick responses. He did the calculations so fast, it truly was scary. Who is this guy? Okay, he's Ken Jennings, I know, but nobody should be able to cut through those devious clues so speedily. It's not fair, Mommy. For the record, Ken won with exactly $40,000. A nice round number.
Upsets happen, so who knows how the semis will tumble next week. But I would not bet against the 74-game winner.