There Is More Nerd in This One Fat Face Than in Twenty Star Trek Conventions Combined

NEW YORK (AP) — “Jeopardy!” champ Arthur Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated.

Chu finished in third place with zero dollars on Wednesday’s edition of the syndicated quiz show. He had reigned for 12 days. His total winnings were $297,200.

“A great run,” summed up host Alex Trebek.

Chu was unseated by Diana Peloquin of Ann Arbor, Mich., who led for the day with $15,700.
Chu had struggled for much of the show when, in Final Jeopardy, he risked, and lost, his entire day’s bankroll — $6,400 — on the question: “He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales.”
Only Peloquin had the correct response: George VI.
The 30-year-old Chu, a resident of Broadview Heights, Ohio, has described himself on Twitter as “mad genius, comedian, actor and freelance voiceover artist.”

He applied a “mad genius” approach to “Jeopardy!” brinkmanship. He ditched the time-honored practice of polishing off each category’s questions one by one. Instead, he took a hopscotch approach to his category choices, which tended to keep his opponents off-kilter.

He also concluded that the bottom rows of the game board are most likely to contain the hidden Daily Doubles, and he played accordingly.
Chu’s strategy fueled indignation from “Jeopardy!” traditionalists, who contended that such an aggressive style was somehow unsportsmanlike and exhibited a lack of respect for the game.
Chu “rejected the unwritten rule that the guy or gal with the most facts wins,” said “On the Media” host Brooke Gladstone on an episode of the public radio show last month, “and replaced it with the appalling idea that you can outwit your opponent with the wily application of game theory.”
It was a style much different from that of legendary know-it-all Ken Jennings, who a decade ago set a “Jeopardy!” record with 74 consecutive victories while winning $2.5 million.

Well this sucks, I actually liked the way that Chu played. You could tell it pissed off his opponents and the first few shows it was obvious that Alex was all fucked up too. They never gave him shit about it though and the opponents always acted like they had just played against Einstein during the closing credits. They would all stand around him and wait for magical smart guy words to come flowing out of his fat face. I think we all just assumed he would never lose and maybe give Ken Jennings are run for his money, but he started to falter in recent shows and was almost caught a few times. I couldn’t wait for the stupid “Battle Of The Decades” to be over with so I could get back to watching Chu.

Gotta love the way he went out though. He was an all or nothing guy. $5,000 Daily Doubles? That shit was making ME nervous. Someone make sure his family keeps him away from Vegas otherwise he’ll be broke in 2 minutes.

-Ken

Oh yeah, and he’s a complete douchebag on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arthur_affect

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