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Post-Podium: A Jeopardy! Retrospective

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Answer: A podcast where former Jeopardy! contestants are instead given questions and asked to provide answers on a variety of topics related to their taping days, game(s), and overall contestant experience. The correct response? What is Post-Podium? Not affiliated with Sony Pictures Television or Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

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Answer: A podcast where former Jeopardy! contestants are instead given questions and asked to provide answers on a variety of topics related to their taping days, game(s), and overall contestant experience. The correct response? What is Post-Podium? Not affiliated with Sony Pictures Television or Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

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Episodes

Justin Bolsen: Reunion and Redemption

4/3/2023
In this episode of Post-Podium, I am joined by Justin Bolsen, the winner of the recent Jeopardy! High School Reunion Tournament - a competition including 27 contestants who previously competed in the teen tournaments of season 35. In his last appearance on the show, Justin finished as a semifinalist; this time around, he completed his redemption arc by defeating Jackson Jones and Maya Wright in a two-day total point affair final. Topics discussed include Justin's preparation for the teen tournament versus the HSRT, his eager response to a clue about one of his favorite musical artists, and how he plans to face his greatest challenge yet: the season 39 Tournament of Champions (TOC). We also analyze each of his games from the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals individually and talk about, among other things, the nuances of gameplay and wagering strategy. Timestamps 0:14 Introducing Justin Bolsen 0:55 What was competing in the teen tournament like? 2:16 Did Justin make any large purchases after the teen tournament? 2:43 How did both groups of teen tournament contestants get to know each other? 4:06 Justin on his connection to trivia after the teen tournament 5:44 Justin's reaction to the first email about the HSRT 7:21 Did Justin ever consider the possibility of a second chance? 8:08 Who did Justin not want to face in the quarterfinals? 9:28 Best glow-up of the HSRT? 10:08 Justin on studying for the teen tournament vs. the HSRT 12:01 Final Jeopardy! wagering was consistent throughout the HSRT 12:57 Did Justin have any goals or expectations for the HSRT? 13:52 Justin on how his quiz bowl experience shaped his preparation 14:52 Justin's best and worst categories 16:44 No college attire? 17:43 Any unused contestant stories? 18:45 Justin's quarterfinal match (vs. Shriya Yarlagadda, vs. Teagan O'Sullivan) 21:26 "Who is JID?" 23:06 How did Justin spend his day off before the last taping day? 25:00 Justin's semifinal match (vs. Stephanie Pierson, vs. Claire Sattler) 29:02 The Finals: Game 1 (vs. Jackson Jones, vs. Maya Wright) 31:57 The Finals: Game 2 35:02 Post-HSRT celebrations 35:56 Justin's HSRT watch party experience 37:00 Justin's dad's reaction to the finals 37:42 How much clout does winning on Jeopardy! get you at Brown? 38:22 Justin's plans for the prize money 38:48 Who is Justin looking forward to meeting in the TOC? 39:26 Some trivia regarding Justin's TOC berth 40:03 How much time will Justin dedicate to TOC prep? 40:59 Wrapping up and promoting social media 42:06 Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:00:42:56

What is the Tournament of Champions? - Pt. 2 (feat. Andrew He)

1/23/2023
Editor's Note: At 1:11:37, Andrew mentions Jeopardy! champion Ben Ingram and credits him with winning the 2013 TOC. This is a mistake; Ben won the TOC in 2014 while Colby Burnett won the TOC in 2013. In this episode of Post-Podium, I am joined by Andrew He, a 5-game Jeopardy! champion and the 2022 Tournament of Champions (TOC) first runner-up. I asked him a ton of questions - some including what it was like running into Amy Schneider during his initial run, watching her streak unfold from home, and how Andrew prepared himself in the months leading up to the TOC. We also spent some time recapping and analyzing each of his games from the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the six-game showdown between him, Amy, and Sam Buttrey. Finally towards the end, Andrew speaks candidly about his TOC performance, how his relationship with Jeopardy! has changed since competing in the TOC, and what he has planned for the future (at least until Jeopardy! Masters). Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 1:22 - Andrew's introduction 2:01 - Andrew on his original tape day 4:01 - Andrew on his perception of his 5-game run while Amy was setting records 5:46 - How Andrew prepared in the months leading up to the TOC 7:18 - Andrew on dealing with pressure and meeting expectations 11:11 - Andrew's quarterfinal match (vs. Jonathan Fisher, vs. Christine Whelchel) 21:36 - Whose quarterfinal win impressed Andrew the most? 23:04 - Between Matt and Mattea, who did Andrew want to face in the semifinals? 25:26 - Andrew's semifinal match (vs. Mattea Roach, vs. Eric Ahasic) 34:51 - The Finals: Game 1 39:05 - The Finals: Game 2 42:16 - Andrew on the night before games 3-6 44:48 - The Finals: Game 3 52:05 - The Finals: Game 4 1:01:29 - The Finals: Game 5 1:04:54 - The Finals: Game 6 1:10:13 - Andrew's final thoughts on his TOC performance 1:12:23 - Andrew on the post-TOC celebrations 1:13:36 - Discussing "post-Jeopardy! hangover" 1:16:42 - Andrew on his future plans and how he'll be spending his winnings 1:18:33 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:20:03 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:01:20:57

What is the Tournament of Champions? - Pt. 1 (feat. Tyler Rhode)

1/13/2023
In this episode of Post-Podium, I am joined by Tyler Rhode, a 5-game Jeopardy! champion and a 2022 Tournament of Champions (TOC) semifinalist. I asked him some questions about his initial run, his preparation in the months leading up to the 2022 TOC, and what it was like getting to meet some of the best players to have ever played the game of Jeopardy! We also spend some time recapping and analyzing the quarterfinal and semifinal matches from the TOC all while Tyler provides some additional context and perspective. Part 2 will be covering the six-game finals of the TOC featuring a very special guest. Timestamps 0:13 - Intro 1:58 - Tyler's introduction 2:21 - How did Tyler cope with the fact that he'd possibly go up against Matt Amodio during his initial run? 3:53 - Tyler on qualifying for the TOC and how his feelings changed over time 6:05 - How Tyler prepared in the months leading up to the TOC 7:52 - Who was the first TOC contestant Tyler met when he arrived in Culver City? 9:01 - What was it like getting to stand among some of the most talented players to have ever played Jeopardy!? 10:22 - Quarterfinal Match 1: Ryan Long vs. Megan Wachspress vs. Maureen O'Neil 16:22 - Quarterfinal Match 2: Jonathan Fisher vs. Andrew He vs. Christine Whelchel 20:18 - Quarterfinal Match 3: Brian Chang vs. Tyler Rhode vs. Margaret Shelton 28:38 - Quarterfinal Match 4: Courtney Shah vs. Rowan Ward vs. John Focht 31:34 - Quarterfinal Match 5: Eric Ahasic vs. Jaskaran Singh vs. Jackie Kelly 35:36 - Quarterfinal Match 6: Zach Newkirk vs. Jessica Stephens vs. Sam Buttrey 39:45 - Special Exhibition Match: Amy Schneider vs. Matt Amodio vs. Mattea Roach 41:24 - Semifinal Match 1: Amy Schneider vs. Maureen O'Neil vs. Tyler Rhode 44:58 - Semifinal Match 2: Matt Amodio vs. John Focht vs. Sam Buttrey 48:04 - Semifinal Match 3: Mattea Roach vs. Eric Ahasic vs. Andrew He 51:36 - Of the finalists, who did we think had the best chance of winning the TOC? 53:19 - The TOC afterparty (plus a close call!) 54:55 - Tyler's favorite match to watch in the studio vs. on TV 56:32 - Final words from Tyler about his performance and the TOC 57:24 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 57:52 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:00:58:42

Recapping the Second Chance Competition

1/4/2023
In this episode of Post-Podium, I recap the inaugural Jeopardy! Second Chance Competition (SCC). The SCC was a two-week competition, which lasted from October 17-28, 2022; it featured 18 non-winning contestants from seasons 37 and 38, who were invited back for a chance to compete for a $35,000 prize and a spot in the 2022 Tournament of Champions (TOC). Each week consisted of three semifinal matches followed by a two-day total point affair finals. The winners of both weeks of the SCC would eventually round out the 21-person TOC roster. Stick around until the end of this episode to find out who will be my guest in the next episode which will cover the TOC quarterfinals, semifinals, and the special exhibition match between Amy Schneider, Matt Amodio, and Mattea Roach! Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 1:09 - Semifinal Match 1: Cindy Zhang vs. Aaron Gulyas vs. Jessica Stephens 3:52 - Semifinal Match 2: Erica Weiner-Amachi vs. Tracy Pitzel vs. Molly Karol 6:26 - Semifinal Match 3: James Fraser vs. Renée Russell vs. Pam Schoenberg 8:55 - Week 1 Finals: James Fraser vs. Jessica Stephens vs. Molly Karol 13:41 - Semifinal Match 4: Sarah Snider vs. Jeff Smith vs. Sadie Goldberger 16:04 - Semifinal Match 5: Tom Philipose vs. Alicia O'Hare vs. Jack Weller 17:49 - Semifinal Match 6: Nikkee Porcaro vs. Do Park vs. rowan ward 19:45 - Week 2 Finals: rowan ward vs. Jack Weller vs. Sadie Goldberger 22:56 - How Jessica and rowan fared in the TOC 27:01 - Wrapping up and outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:00:27:27

What is j-ometry? (feat. John "TK" Focht)

12/30/2022
Editor's Note: This episode of Post-Podium was recorded on December 3, 2022 - three days before Cris Pannullo lost his 22nd game to Andy Tirrell. In this episode of Post-Podium, I am joined by John "TK" Focht, a 4-game Jeopardy! champion, a 2022 Tournament of Champions (TOC) semifinalist, and creator of j-ometry - a website which compiles statistics using historical game data from J! Archive and the official box scores published by Jeopardy! itself. I asked John some questions about what j-ometry can tell us, how it can be useful to future contestants, how it helped him prepare for the TOC, and the implications that j-ometry and "Jeopardata" can provide. We also discuss some of his original run from February 2021 as well as his winding path to the TOC. Finally, we break down three games of Jeopardy! and view them through the lens of j-ometry to see what the data can and cannot tell us about contestant performance. Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 2:01 - John's introduction 2:31 - A game of telephone with MLB Network 4:55 - What is j-ometry? 11:06 - John explains the available stats on j-ometry 17:47 - What does a contentious game of Jeopardy! look like? 19:04 - Would it be possible to see who would win in a head-to-head-to-head matchup using j-ometry? 21:38 - What data should the Jeopardata team publish next to help improve j-ometry? 24:14 - How did John feel about his chances of qualifying for the TOC as more superchampions emerged? 33:30 - John's "preparation" for the TOC 38:11 - How can future Jeopardy! contestants use j-ometry in the same way it benefited John? 40:24 - John's reaction to his matchup against Courtney and rowan 42:53 - How did the data specifically affect John's strategy in the TOC? 52:54 - Analyzing game 4 of the TOC finals 1:00:22 - Analyzing Cris Pannullo's 11th game 1:05:36 - Analyzing Cris Pannullo's 15th game 1:11:42 - John on his 5th game loss to Lance St. Laurent 1:14:24 - Why the Jeopardy! staff is the best at what they do 1:19:45 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:20:30 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:01:21:21

Ranking the Players in the 2022 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions (feat. Bliss and Zach Gozlan)

9/9/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I am joined by Bliss and Zach Gozlan to discuss the roster and format of the 2022 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions (TOC) as well as justify why we think certain players should be ranked higher than others in our individual power rankings/tier lists. I also spend some time at the start of this episode talking to Bliss about why she decided to create a Jeopardy! all-time leaderboard, which can be found here. We apologize for misgendering Mattea Roach at certain points of this episode. Wikipedia incorrectly addresses Mattea using she/her while the Inside Jeopardy! podcast correctly uses they/them. We regret this error. Timestamps 0:13 - Intro 0:55 - Why Bliss created the Jeopardy! all-time leaderboard 2:59 - How Bliss handles data entry for the Jeopardy! all-time leaderboard 4:51 - Why Jerry Slowik wasn't invited to the 2014 TOC 5:41 - Twice the Jeopardy! loser? 6:56 - The best performing Canadian Jeopardy! contestant before Mattea Roach 8:24 - How to access the Jeopardy! all-time leaderboard 9:20 - Explaining the 2022 TOC format (plus potential scenarios) 11:37 - Our thoughts on the 2022 TOC roster and format 16:55 - Explaining the methodology behind my 2022 TOC tier list 19:03 - The S Tier Players 20:09 - The A+ Level Players 27:52 - The A Level Players 31:37 - The A- Level Players 37:20 - The B+ Level Players 45:22 - The B Level Players 50:47 - The B- Level Players 59:09 - Summary of my 2022 TOC hot takes 1:00:27 - Brief comments on the Second Chance Tournament's impact on the 2022 TOC 1:03:06 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:04:28 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Second Chance Competition: Pt. 2 - Analysis (feat. Rhone Talsma and Zach Gozlan)

8/14/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I am joined by Rhone Talsma and Zach Gozlan to talk about the Second Chance Competition (SCC) format and break down the roster of contestants who are looking to rewrite their Jeopardy! history. We also spend some time at the beginning of this episode giving our opinions on some of the ideas Jeopardy! executive producer Michael Davies pitched in the first episode of the new Inside Jeopardy! podcast. Because of the length of this episode, I highly recommend you refer to the timestamps below if you are looking for a particular segment or topic of discussion. Timestamps 0:13 - Intro 1:38 - Discussing Jeopardy! Honors 3:02 - Jeopardy! spin-off shows? 6:07 - What would a Jeopardy! Masters League look like? 11:13 - Breaking down the financials of Season 38 15:51 - Tournament of Champions roster speculation 20:03 - Opinions on the SCC format 26:08 - Sadie Goldberger 29:07 - Molly Karol 32:58 - Isaac Applebaum 38:52 - Jack Weller 41:26 - Cindy Zhang 45:44 - Do Park 50:03 - Jessica Stephens 53:44 - Aaron Gulyas 56:17 - Renée Russell 1:00:19 - Nikkee Porcaro 1:05:33 - James Fraser 1:08:51 - Sarah Snider 1:13:41 - rowan ward 1:16:26 - Tracy Pitzel 1:19:32 - Pam Schoenberg 1:24:08 - Tom Philipose 1:26:41 - Alicia O'Hare 1:29:54 - Jeff Smith 1:35:47 - Some SCC roster stats 1:37:41 - Our SCC picks to win 1:40:32 - Who would we have liked to have seen in the SCC? 1:44:16 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:45:50 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Second Chance Competition: Pt. 1 - Predictions

7/29/2022
In this short, special episode of Post-Podium, I share my predictions for who I believe will join the inaugural Jeopardy! Second Chance Competition (SCC) roster, which is scheduled to release on Monday, August 1st (along with the first episode of the official Jeopardy! podcast titled 'Inside Jeopardy!', hosted by EP Michael Davies and other Jeopardy! producers). In addition to who I expect to be in the SCC, I also share my picks for who I'd want to see in the SCC. My predictions are backed by my own set of criteria that do not, in any way, reflect the decision-making of Sony Pictures Television or Jeopardy Productions, Inc. Any overlap in methodology or final contestant selections is purely coincidental. I also go over other Jeopardy!-related announcements shared in a blog post by Michael Davies, which you can read for yourself here. If I mistakenly misgendered someone while recording this episode, please contact me via Twitter at @thejericbrual, and I will add a correction in the episode description as soon as possible. Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 0:30 - Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik are the official co-hosts of Jeopardy! 1:21 - Jeopardy! will be airing handpicked episodes during the summer off-season 1:46 - More Jeopardy! recap content on social media during the off-season 1:58 - Jeopardy! launches an official podcast - Inside Jeopardy! 2:20 - Thoughts on Inside Jeopardy! 3:19 - SCC predictions disclaimer 3:41 - My methodology for determining potential SCC candidates 5:01 - No. 1-4: Most confident picks 6:54 - No. 5: Highest non-winning Coryat score of Season 38 7:38 - No. 6: A fan favorite in a superchamp sandwich 8:05 - No. 7-14: Highest non-winning Coryat scores against contestants in the 2022 TOC 8:35 - Honorable mentions and personal picks/favorites 9:43 - Rapid-fire recap of my SCC predictions 10:04 - Next episode of Post-Podium: Analyzing the SCC roster [with a guest(s)!] 10:23 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:00:11:11

Eric Ahasic: A Superchamp Superstorm

7/10/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I had the opportunity to chat with Eric Ahasic, a meteorologist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who recently ended Ryan Long's 16-game run on Jeopardy! Eric went on to win five more games, finished as a 6-game super champion, and won a total of $162,601. His run eventually came to end when Megan Wachspress beat him by $2 in his seventh appearance. Coincidentally, Megan also went on to become a 6-game super champion. And yes, we are anticipating Ryan, Eric, and Megan to return and compete in the upcoming Tournament of Champions later this year. With Amy Schneider’s run in the rearview mirror and Mattea Roach’s run in full swing, I’ll be asking Eric questions about what it was like to prepare for Jeopardy! during what’s arguably its most competitive season yet. Was Daily Double hunting always a part of Eric's gameplay strategy? Of Eric's 14 opponents, who gave him a run for his money? And who did Eric happen to run into while he was searching for a phone charger? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode of Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:00 - A quick message for Post-Podium listeners 1:46 - Intro 3:23 - Eric's introduction 4:11 - Eric describes his first day of taping 8:29 - Did Eric tell anyone about his success while he was taping? 10:06 - While taping, did Eric realize that Ryan, Megan, and himself could be in the next TOC together? 12:46 - Eric describes his watch party experience 17:36 - Eric talks about his past in-person auditions 19:58 - Eric's audition timeline 23:14 - What steps did Eric take to prepare for Jeopardy!? 27:13 - Eric's best and worst Jeopardy! categories 28:42 - Eric talks about the three categories he ran during his streak 30:07 - Eric talks about the Jeopardy! buzzer 35:22 - What does it take to become a meteorologist? 36:28 - What was the craziest weather event Eric witnessed/analyzed? 37:36 - How did Eric's career in meteorology affect the way he prepared for Jeopardy!? 39:08 - Eric on the importance of Daily Doubles 43:00 - Eric talks about the Final Jeopardy! clues during his streak 45:17 - Game Breakdown: Game 1 (vs. Ryan and Stephanie) 46:51 - Game Breakdown: Eric's tendency to make true Daily Doubles 48:03 - Game Breakdown: Game 3 (vs. Maggie and Tessa) 49:48 - Game Breakdown: Game 5 (vs. Randy and Siobhan) 52:12 - Game Breakdown: Game 7 (vs. Barry and Megan) 54:33 - Eric describes the "Overheard" segment after Game 7 55:50 - Was there any part of the contestant experience that surprised Eric? 57:23 - Does Eric still keep in touch with his contestant cohort(s)? 58:49 - Did Eric have a "taping buddy" while on set? 1:00:02 - Has Eric been able to connect with the greater Jeopardy! alumni and trivia communities? 1:03:07 - Other behind the scenes stories (Eric's struggle to find a phone charger) 1:04:36 - "Have you read any messages from randoms or people from your distant past on social media?" 1:06:21 - What does Eric plan to spend his winnings on? 1:07:11 - What kind of mentality or approach will Eric be working with leading up to the TOC? 1:09:08 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:10:32 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:01:09:24

Danielle Maurer: The (Mattea) Roach Repellent

6/11/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I had the opportunity to chat with Danielle Maurer, a digital marketing manager from Peachtree Corners, Georgia who recently ended Mattea Roach's 23-game run on Jeopardy! Danielle finished as a two-day champion and amassed a total of $29,999. Have you noticed an ongoing theme in the guests we feature on this podcast? Season 38 is truly the season that keeps on giving. With the unprecedented rise in ultra champions such as Matt Amodio and Amy Schneider, how did Danielle prepare to potentially face one herself? What exactly is high fantasy literature? And what was the calculus behind Danielle's Final Jeopardy! wager which ultimately dethroned Mattea? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode of Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 1:34 - Danielle's introduction 2:31 - Danielle's watch party experience 5:11 - "Why Jeopardy!?" 9:21 - Will Danielle audition for another trivia game show in the future? 11:01 - What steps did Danielle take to prepare for Jeopardy!? 16:26 - Danielle's best and worst Jeopardy! categories 18:10 - Did Danielle read any "Jeopardy! reference books"? 19:41 - Danielle on Jeopardy! buzzer technique 24:00 - Danielle on Ken and Mayim as the co-hosts of Jeopardy! 26:52 - Danielle on high fantasy literature and being an author 31:32 - Danielle on Dragon Con and cosplaying 37:02 - Danielle on singing at the Korean Demilitarized Zone 41:33 - Danielle's initial reaction to Mattea's ultra champion status 47:31 - Game Breakdown: Danielle goes for a true Daily Double on DD1 (Game 1) 49:40 - Game Breakdown: DD3 - "4 'N'" for $2000 (Game 1) 53:16 - Game Breakdown: Final Jeopardy! - "USA" (Game 1) 55:19 - Final Jeopardy! wager theory - Why $4,200 was Danielle's best option (Game 1) 1:00:39 - Game Breakdown: Final Jeopardy! - "NOVEL TITLES" (Game 2) 1:03:10 - Danielle and Mallory's shared experiences as authors 1:04:28 - Game Breakdown: Danielle swept "OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE" (Game 3) 1:05:58 - Final Jeopardy! wager theory - Why Mallory's $5,000 wager was risky (Game 3) 1:08:29 - Game Breakdown: Final Jeopardy! - "LIVE MUSIC" (Game 3) 1:10:50 - Does Danielle still keep in touch with her contestant cohort? 1:13:26 - Danielle praises her contestant cohort for their camaraderie 1:16:25 - Was there any part of the contestant experience that surprised Danielle? 1:18:41 - Other behind the scenes stories (TV magic, the hosts are human too) 1:21:23 - "Have you read any messages from randoms or people from your distant past on social media?" 1:23:04 - Danielle on the impact of teachers who believed in her 1:25:37 - What does Danielle plan to spend her winnings on? 1:27:22 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:28:51 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:01:17:36

Rhone Talsma: Giant Killer for Hire

5/16/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I had the opportunity to chat with Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, Illinois whose crowning achievement was defeating Jeopardy! ultra champion Amy Schneider and ending her historic 40-game run. Rhone won a total of $29,600 but unfortunately lost in his second game finishing in third. However, Rhone is now part of an exclusive club of Jeopardy! contestants who have defeated ultra champions, which includes Nancy Zerg, Emma Boettcher, and Jonathan Fisher just to name a few. What kind of free stuff did Rhone receive after his big win? How did Rhone maintain his composure against a formidable opponent like Amy? And why do librarians, historically speaking, make for great Jeopardy! contestants? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode of Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 2:12 - What has Rhone been up to since appearing on Jeopardy!? 5:06 - Rhone's Instagram shopping habits 7:13 - Did any brands reach out to Rhone to send him free stuff? 10:24 - Does Rhone like other game shows besides Jeopardy!? What is Rhone's relationship with trivia like? 13:35 - Was Rhone afraid of the possibility of running into a super champion before taping for Jeopardy!? 15:38 - Rhone on maintaining his composure against an ultra champion 17:42 - How did Rhone tweak his gameplay strategy in response to watching Amy play? 20:16 - Was Final Jeopardy! wager strategy a part of Rhone's prep process? 21:14 - Rhone's rationale behind his $12,000 FJ! wager 22:19 - FJ! wager theory: What is a "crush?" 24:53 - How did Rhone draw a line between having low expectations for himself and feeling hopeless or defeated? 29:02 - Was Rhone able to stay in touch with Amy after his taping day? 30:33 - Does Rhone keep in touch with his contestant cohort? 31:15 - Rhone on why Ken Jennings is fit to be the permanent host of Jeopardy! 32:51 - Some meta trivia regarding Amy's loss to Rhone 33:42 - Rhone on why librarians make for great Jeopardy! contestants 35:19 - A series of Pokémon-related questions 37:44 - What was Rhone's watch party experience like? 39:09 - Rhone on reactions to his win on social media 40:12 - How did Rhone prepare for Jeopardy!? 42:15 - Rhone's best and worst Jeopardy! subjects 44:35 - Rhone on the Jeopardy! buzzer 45:28 - Rhone taught an online dating class for senior citizens 48:04 - Rhone on his favorite public metro systems 50:11 - Rhone's prisoner's dilemma in Final Jeopardy! 53:31 - Was there any part of the contestant experience that surprised Rhone? 54:42 - Other behind the scenes stories (Rhone and Amy's astrological signs) 57:02 - What was Rhone's best purchase using his prize winnings? 57:59 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 59:35 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:00:54:58

Finn Corrigan: From Alternate to Certified Contestant

4/29/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I had the opportunity to chat with Finn Corrigan, a student from Vista, California who made his Jeopardy! debut on March 17, 2022. Finn went on to win two games and a total of $40,602. He was also an alternate for the 'Jeopardy! National College Championship,' which aired in February 2022. I ask Finn a few questions regarding his unique experience as an alternate and find out how it differed from being a bona fide contestant on the syndicated program. We also break down his individual performances and games and talk about Final Jeopardy! wagering strategy. Did Finn celebrate his success by eating at the In-N-Out on Venice Boulevard? Why did one of Finn's Final Jeopardy! responses cause an uproar on social media? And who paid a surprise visit to the Jeopardy! set while Finn was taping? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode of Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 1:17 - Finn's introduction 2:11 - Was Finn's Jeopardy! debut on St. Patrick's Day purely coincidental? 3:56 - Finn's watch party experience 6:26 - "Why Jeopardy!?" 7:55 - "What did your audition timeline look like?" 12:17 - How did Finn prepare for the JNCC? 13:37 - Finn's takeaways from observing the JNCC taping 15:45 - How did Finn prepare for the syndicated show? 19:42 - What category did Finn feel most prepared for? 20:46 - What category did Finn feel the least confident in? 22:22 - Does Finn still keep in touch with his contestant cohort? 24:18 - Did Finn get to scout his opponents at all before his first episode? 26:32 - Finn's Jeopardy! buzzer strategy (lights vs. sound, preferred grip/hold) 30:53 - Finn's opinion on Ken and Mayim as the hosts of Jeopardy! 33:09 - Did Finn get to talk to Ken at all outside of his contestant interview? 33:53 - Finn's unused/alternate contestant stories 35:45 - Finn's PSA for anyone who wants to adopt a rabbit 37:09 - Game 1 Breakdown: Finn goes 4 for 5 in "CIRCUMFLEXING ON YOU" 38:21 - Game 1 Breakdown: "IRISH NAME DERIVATIONS" 39:07 - Game 1 Breakdown: 18 triple stumper clues 40:46 - Game 1 Breakdown: Final Jeopardy! - "NONFICTION" 41:20 - Game 2 Breakdown: Final Jeopardy! - "NEWSPAPER TALK" 42:28 - Did Finn meet or surpass his expectations for Jeopardy!? 44:18 - Why you shouldn't "wait" to apply for Jeopardy! 46:12 - What did Finn do after his first day of taping? 49:39 - Game 3 Breakdown: Discussing Final Jeopardy! wagering strategy 52:02 - The "Diana Ross" backlash 53:34 - Final Jeopardy! wager theory: Explaining Stratton's Dilemma 56:32 - What part of the Jeopardy! experience surprised Finn the most? 58:24 - Who paid a surprise visit to the Jeopardy! set while Finn was taping? 59:30 - Other behind the scenes stories (a rumored celebrity on the Sony Pictures lot?) 1:00:32 - Would Finn have preferred to have been on the JNCC? 1:02:19 - "Have you read any messages from randoms or people from your distant past on social media?" 1:04:14 - What is Finn planning to use his winnings on? 1:06:17 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:07:14 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:01:05:32

Mike Janela: The Host Who Knows Most

4/18/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I had the opportunity to chat with Mike Janela, a sportscaster from Astoria, New York who made his Jeopardy! debut on April 7, 2022. While he may not have emerged the champion, I was so fascinated by Mike's background that I just had to get him on the podcast to talk about his career and how it played a role in his preparation process for the show. We also break down his game/episode, and I ask him questions about what it was like to play against a Jeopardy! juggernaut like Mattea Roach (who has since qualified for the next Tournament of Champions). What was the last state that Mike visited to finish his travels to all 50 states? Who sabotaged Mike's chances of appearing in a Jeopardy! Teen Tournament? How many groanworthy puns and cheesy analogies/metaphors do we make in this podcast episode (tag me on social if you know!)? The first two questions and more are answered in this episode of Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 1:20 - Mike's introduction 4:50 - Mike's watch party experience 6:38 - "Why Jeopardy!?" 10:07 - "What did your audition timeline look like?" 16:44 - Mike's career in media: Being a sportscaster 17:44 - Did Mike see anything as "a lost cause" while studying for Jeopardy!?" 19:40 - Mike's reaction to the "BALLPARK" category 22:32 - Mike's career in media: Travelling for Guinness World Records 30:43 - How much did travelling the world help Mike in studying for Jeopardy!? 32:25 - Mike's career in media: Working for LittleThings and Reward the Fan 33:12 - Did working for LittleThings or Reward the Fan help Mike keep in touch with pop culture? 35:25 - Did working for the American Kennel Club add to Mike's knowledge of dog breeds? 36:23 - Mike's career in media: Appearing on $100,000 Pyramid and dealing with a high-stakes environment 40:06 - What were some additional resources Mike used to study for Jeopardy!? 42:30 - Was there a category Mike felt very prepared for but didn't appear in his game? 45:13 - How close is Mike with his contestant cohort? 50:07 - Did watching Mattea from the audience change Mike's gameplay strategy at all? 53:58 - Mike's thoughts on Mayim and Ken as the rotating hosts of Jeopardy! 56:08 - Was Mike able to speak with Mayim outside of his contestant interview? 57:27 - Mike's unused contestant stories 59:02 - Game Breakdown: Mike's final words on the Jeopardy! buzzer 1:02:19 - Game Breakdown: "COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET" for $600 1:04:09 - Game Breakdown: Mike's Final Jeopardy! response 1:06:48 - Was Final Jeopardy! wager theory part of Mike's preparation for Jeopardy!? 1:09:15 - Why Reagan should have wagered no more than $2,000 in Final Jeopardy! rather than going all in 1:11:57 - "What aspect of the contestant experience surprised you the most?" 1:13:49 - Other behind the scenes stories (meeting Jimmy McGuire from the Clue Crew, getting roasted by wardrobe) 1:15:19 - "Have you read any messages from randoms or people from your distant past on social media?" 1:17:29 - "Did you get any stray 'thirst tweets' or anyone trying to slide into your DMs?" 1:19:06 - Should Jeopardy! raise the value of its consolation prizes for non-winning contestants? 1:22:18 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:24:08 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:01:19:48

Kristin and Ciara Donegan: A Case of Double Jeopardy!

4/7/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I had the opportunity to chat with Kristin and Ciara Donegan, twin sisters who hold the record for the shortest amount of time between two siblings appearing on Jeopardy! Kristin represented Carnegie Mellon University in the 'Jeopardy! National College Championship' (JNCC) while Ciara appeared on the syndicated show as an undergraduate student from the University of Maryland at College Park. They both won their first games but then went on to lose in their second. While the two of them may share the same experience of taping for Jeopardy!, there are some interesting differences that we discuss in this podcast episode. Which twin was born first? Who had an uncomfortable staring contest with Ciara? What do Kristin and Amy Schneider have in common? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode of Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 0:59 - Panel introductions 2:35 - "Should we expect more Donegan family members on Jeopardy!?" 3:00 - Ciara's watch party experience 4:23 - Was Ciara expected to perform better than Kristin? 5:24 - Kristin's watch party experience 6:52 - "Why Jeopardy!?" 7:53 - Our collegiate quiz bowl experiences 10:38 - The Donegan Family's pub trivia team 13:44 - "What did your audition timeline look like?" 17:23 - "How did you prepare for Jeopardy!?" 25:09 - "What was a category that you didn't want to see in your games?" 26:50 - "Did any of your favorite categories appear in your games?" 28:12 - "Were you able to size up your competition beforehand?" 32:41 - Is Ciara still in contact with her contestant cohort? 34:12 - Ciara's shares her Jeopardy! buzzer strategy 36:12 - Experiences with Jeopardy! hosts Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings 38:55 - Alternative contestant stories 42:50 - Final Jeopardy! Breakdown: "RECENT AUTOBIOGRAPHIES" in Kristin's quarterfinal game 44:47 - Final Jeopardy! Breakdown: Kristin and Liz's tiebreaker clue in the semifinals 45:56 - Final Jeopardy! Breakdown: "DISNEY CHARACTERS" in Ciara's first game 46:59 - Final Jeopardy! Breakdown: "U.S. CITY NAMES" in Ciara's second game 50:04 - "What aspect of this experience surprised you the most?" 53:49 - Similarities and differences between being in a Jeopardy! tournament versus being on the syndicated show 55:24 - "Would you have preferred to have been on the syndicated show or the JNCC?" 57:01 - Other behind the scenes stories (Kristin's stained sweater, Ciara's Daily Double snipe, Final Jeopardy! wager whispers) 1:00:44 - Reactions and messages on social media 1:07:34 - "What was the best purchase you've made with your winnings thus far?" 1:12:31 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:13:40 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:01:09:54

A Conversation with Jaskaran, Raymond, and Liz: The JNCC Finalists

3/23/2022
In this episode of Post-Podium, I had the opportunity to chat with the finalists of the 'Jeopardy! National College Championship' (JNCC): Jaskaran Singh (UT Austin), Raymond Goslow (Kennesaw State), and Liz Feltner (Northeastern). We went over why they auditioned for Jeopardy!, their reactions to their wins in the semifinals, and how they each handled the fickle Jeopardy! buzzer. We also reviewed some clues in the finals and went over game dynamics, compared and contrasted the tournament with the syndicated show, and talked about the celebrations after taping and reactions from others after the finals aired. What did Liz want to talk about as one of her contestant stories? Is Jaskaran a "foodie"? How did Raymond experience what he describes as a moment of "gay privilege"? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode of Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:14 - Intro 1:08 - Panel introductions 2:09 - Jaskaran deals with newfound fame 2:48 - Liz recounts her finale watchparty 4:08 - Raymond recounts his finale watchparty 6:42 - "Why Jeopardy!?" 8:05 - "What did your audition timeline look like?" 9:01 - "How did you prepare for the JNCC?" 12:15 - Jaskaran talks about his semifinal Final Jeopardy! response 14:00 - Liz talks about her semifinal tiebreaker clue 16:58 - Raymond talks about his worrisome semifinal score 18:54 - "What was a category that you didn't want to see in the finals?" 20:15 - "How consistent were you on the buzzer from game to game?" 22:48 - The Jeopardy! buzzer: Team Lights vs. Team Sound 23:59 - Alternative contestant stories 26:19 - Finals Breakdown: "MYTHIC CONSTELLATIONS" for $1,600 27:11 - "How much time was there between game 1 and game 2 of the finals?" 28:19 - "Did you make any changes or adjust your strategy going into game 2?" 29:38 - Finals Breakdown: Jaskaran swept "FOOD COMBOS" 30:17 - Did Jaskaran's approach to the Daily Doubles change from clue to clue? 31:37 - "What aspect of this experience surprised you the most?" 33:24 - Opinions on the tournament's structure 36:40 - "Would you have preferred to have been on the syndicated show?" 39:09 - Jaskaran's reaction to qualifying for the Tournament of Champions 40:16 - Other behind the scenes stories (Wheel of Fortune set pictures, Finals afterparty) 42:59 - Reactions on social media 47:05 - "What was the best purchase you've made with your winnings thus far?" 50:06 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 52:05 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:00:52:04

A Conversation with Raymond and Lucy

3/2/2022
With the 'Jeopardy! National College Championship' (JNCC) now behind us, I had the opportunity to chat with my quarterfinal opponents Raymond Goslow and Lucy Greenman and reflect upon our paths to qualification, our quarterfinal match, and the reactions from our families, friends, and communities once our episode aired. We also talked about the intricacies involved in auditioning and taping for Jeopardy! as well as share some details about the things you didn't get to see on camera. How did we feel about each other before our quarterfinal match? Would we have preferred to have been on the syndicated show? What was the most expensive thing that Lucy spent her winnings on? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode Post-Podium! Timestamps 0:15 - Intro 1:08 - Panel introductions 2:05 - "How are you feeling?" 3:43 - "Why Jeopardy!?" 5:24 - "What did your audition timeline look like?" 7:06 - "How did you prepare for the JNCC?" 10:17 - First Impressions 13:42 - Our weaker Jeopardy! categories 15:46 - The Jeopardy! buzzer (lights vs. sound, buzzer hold) 18:33 - The Matt Amodio buzzer method 20:06 - Our contestant stories 22:47 - Alternative contestant stories 25:20 - Recounting our Zoom auditions/interviews 27:01 - Quarterfinal Breakdown: "HITS OF 2021"/"SQUID GAME" 28:32 - Quarterfinal Breakdown: "HALF PAST"/"ADD/DROP" 30:47 - Quarterfinal Breakdown: Raymond swept "NATIONAL PARKS" 32:35 - Quarterfinal Breakdown: "ISLAND FOLK" for $400 34:33 - Quarterfinal Breakdown: Final Jeopardy! - "PHYSICISTS" 39:00 - Quarterfinal Breakdown: Individual Stats 42:37 - "What aspect of this experience surprised you the most?" 43:45 - Opinions on the tournament's structure and promotional strategy 47:36 - "Would you have preferred to have been on the syndicated show?" 49:37 - "Any regrets?" 51:16 - Other behind the scenes stories (Carnegie "Melon", Getting Dinner Together) 53:47 - "Did you have a quarterfinal watch party? Did anything exciting happen?" 56:15 - "Have you read any messages from randoms on social media?" 58:27 - "What was the best purchase you've made with your winnings thus far?" 1:01:27 - Wrapping up and promoting social media 1:02:26 - Outro --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jericbrual/support

Duration:00:55:40