Alex Trebek Hates Newtown Child!
Okay, I can’t say for sure that he hates him but it was a tough Kids Week for one contestant.
Thomas Hurley III hails from Newtown Middle School and took part in Wednesday’s episode. When the game reached Final Jeopardy he found himself in a big hole, trailing the leader by $27k. Watch the drama unfold below.
Can you believe that one extra “t” cost this kid his wager? Never mind the fact that he would have lost handily to the other kid anyway. Let’s just get mad at the show for crushing this poor kid’s soul, right?
Wrong. Does it suck for Thomas? Yup. Will this long haunt him the rest of his life? maybe. I can remember not knowing how to spell “guffaw” in a 3rd grade spelling-bee. Hell, I didn’t even know what the word meant! The thing is rules are rules and this kid misspelled “emancipation”.
Some loons are crying foul and stating that spelling shouldn’t count. The fact is it does in Jeopardy. From what I could find the rule is “If the misspelled word in the answer phonetically changes the pronunciation of the word it is considered incorrect.” Thomas’ extra T certainly does and don’t try to tell me it was silent.
Some folks are so mad they have stated they will never watch Jeopardy! again and are encouraging others to the same. Is this what we have come to? We disagree with something so trite so vehemently that we rally for an all-out black-out? “Rules is Rules” people. (trademark Allan Lamberti)
This is what my father would call a “character building moment” for young Thomas. A chance to learn about failure, disappointment and growing as a person. Instead, he was quoted as saying this, “I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final Jeopardy! question. It was just a spelling error.” Now, I am not going to attack this poor kid but he was in no way cheated. The sad thing is that those attacking Jeopardy! for enforcing the rules are only reinforcing the idea that he was cheated.
I take no joy in seeing Thomas fall to prey to the rules but they are a part of life and most people have to live by them every day. The only people who don’t are the rich, famous, and politicians. Now you have something to work towards Thomas.
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