Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Moving up the list
He won his seventh game yesterday, though it was a squeaker on the final clue. Sometimes you get lucky with an opponent's bet. U.S. Game Shows Wiki tells me that only twelve players have won more games in a row than Seth since the venerable quizzer went to the unlimited wins rule in 2003. The big dog of winning, of course, is Ken Jennings. His 74-game record is absurdly far out in front of everybody else. Cricket fans - I know you're out there - will think of Don Bradman towering over every other batsman with his 99.94 test batting average. I'll take non-U.S. sports stuff for $200, Alex.
Sure, nobody knows how many other people would still be in front of Seth if Jeopardy had allowed unlimited wins from its inception in 4 BC. (The show started sometime around that year.) But we're talking about more than two thousand eps under the "new" rule. It's impressive that Seth only has a dozen winners in front of him.
And now I've probably jinxed the poor guy. We'll see later today.
UPDATE: Well, I didn't jinx him, at least not yet. Seth has now won eight straight and only has eight winners in front of him on the list. Stay tuned.