Until VH1 brings back Rock & Roll Jeopardy! (bring back Rock & Roll Jeopardy!), the only good Jeopardy! is Teen Jeopardy! because it’s the only Jeopardy! where I don’t feel like a total idiot. Only a half-idiot. For instance, how much would you have wagered for last night’s Final Jeopardy knowing that the category was “Early America”? I would have gone with zero (that’s the -idiot), because I’m smart enough to know I’m not getting it right (that’s the half-).
And I didn’t. “William Bradford wrote that this document was partly inspired by the ‘mutinous speeches’ of some passengers.” Contestants Sharath Narayan, Alec Fischthal, and Michael Borecki knew what Trebek was hinting at, of course — What is the Mayflower Compact? — but that’s not the only thing Narayan knew. He was also a smart enough player to wager $901 for a two-day total of $39,701, or one dollar more than Fischthal. Stone cold.
The high school junior from Madison, Alabama, who was chosen out of 300 other teens to compete on the show, said that “being on Jeopardy! has been one of my lifelong dreams. We’ve been watching it since I was little. I love trivia.” He also loves being ruthless. Just look at Fischthal’s reaction.
My man Narayan had one shot. He took it.