‘Jeopardy!’: Here’s Who Won Show’s First-Ever Professors Tournament

by John Jamison

The results are in! Audrey Buttrey of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey is your first-ever Jeopardy! Professors Tournament champion.

It’s not quite the $250k Tournament of Champions winners receive, but the Associate Professor of Operations Research is certainly not disappointed in his $100,000 purse. In second place, hauling in a very respectable $50,000, was Ed Hashima of Sacramento’s American River College. He’s a history professor there. Finally, botany professor Alisa Hove took third with a sizable consolation of $25,000. She teaches at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

But one doesn’t win a Jeopardy! tournament with nothing to say afterward. Audrey Buttrey paid respect to his competitors and detailed his enjoyment of the process.

“This has been the greatest time, and to come out ahead of all these other great players is something I’ll remember forever. The group was uniformly so smart, charming, and warm, and there’s been a real feeling of camaraderie from the very beginning.”

If this is how Buttrey is going to perform against professors, what kind of damage can he do to the lineup of this year’s regular game winners? Fortunately, we have a chance to find out. Buttrey’s victory has earned him a coveted spot among the best of the best at the Tournament of Champions. And he, for one, can’t wait to test his mettle against those now-legendary Jeopardy! figures such as Matt Amodio and Jonathan Fisher.

“I know there are some strong players, but I want to go up against them. I would like to play against Matt Amodio, he’s a strong player, and I’d like to see how I can do,” Buttrey said of his newly earned spot in what basically amounts to Jeopardy!’s Super Bowl.

Speaking of Matt Amodio, the ‘Jeopardy!’ Powerhouse Recently Explained His Mindset Surrounding the Tournament of Champions

For those of you who don’t know who Matt Amodio is, allow us to fill you in. The man is a trivia genius on the level of the best to ever compete on the long-running game show. When it was all said and done, Amodio had won 38 straight games and over $1.5 million.

It’s safe to say Audrey Buttrey has his work cut out for him if he hopes to topple the 2nd all-time player on the consecutive wins list. But reading some of Amodio’s recent remarks might give Buttrey some confidence.

“There are some nerves about the Tournament of Champions because I won’t have played Jeopardy! in a while, and there will be some people who are less rusty. Also, I will be up against very smart people. I’ve watched them play! So, I’ll go in just trying to be as calm and prepared as possible,” Amodio wrote in a Newsweek piece.