“Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, James Holzhauer.”
“Who are the three top Jeopardy! winners of all time?”
Three brainy game show contestants will meet for a trivia showdown. The “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” event is a spinoff of one of the world’s best-loved game shows. Avid fans are eager to see the fray.
Jeopardy! (the exclamation point is part of the official trademarked name) is the world’s second most popular TV game show. Since 1964, Jeopardy! hasn’t changed much. Matches consist of light-hearted, fact-based trivia, with clues stated as answers and answers phrased as questions. For example, Most popular game show. What is Wheel of Fortune?
TV and quiz show producers say that Jennings, Rutter, and Holzhauer will compete in several matches in January. The games will help decide who is the show’s best player ever.
The smarty-pants trio will vie for a share of $1.5 million. The first contestant to win three matches will receive $1 million. Each runner-up will take home $250,000. But the biggest prize will be the title of Jeopardy! G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).
Jesus’ disciples had a question about who was the greatest. Jesus’ answer? “He who is least among you all is the one who is great.” (Luke 9:46-48) Contests and challenges often serve a good purpose. They allow for growth and encourage excellence. But it’s good to remember that humility and helping others makes one truly great.
All three men have excelled at Jeopardy! Rutter is the all-time money winner with $4.7 million, followed by Jennings with $3.4 million and Holzhauer with $2.7 million.
Rutter has never officially lost to a human. He did finish third behind Jennings and IBM’s Watson supercomputer in an unofficial game.
Jennings has the longest winning streak. He won 74 matches in a row. Most credit Jennings with boosting the show’s slumping TV ratings.
Holzhauer is the newcomer. He won 32 consecutive games last year and broke several single-game records. During much of Holzhauer’s winning streak, the show averaged more than 12 million total viewers per episode.
Jeopardy! G.O.A.T. will run every weeknight until someone triumphs. Officials say that could take as many as seven games.
Much-beloved game show legend Alex Trebek will host the trivia face-off. Trebek, who is fighting pancreatic cancer, has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984.
He says, “Based on their previous performances, these three are already the ‘greatest.’” But Trebek adds that viewers “can’t help wondering: Who is the best of the best?”
At the end of this quiz show, one person will emerge victorious—no questions asked.