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‘Jeopardy!’: Aaron Rodgers Called Out for Rematch by Politician He Beat in 2015 Celebrity Episode

by Jennifer Shea
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers just wrapped up his guest-hosting stint on “Jeopardy!,” but if Sen. Mark Kelly has anything to say about it, Rodgers is not done with the show.

Before Rodgers was a guest host, he was a contestant on “Celebrity Jeopardy!”. He won his 2015 game, but Kelly, now an Arizona senator, was close behind him and finished in second place.

Scott and Mark Kelly are identical twins and astronauts – in Mark’s case, a former astronaut – who came up in a “Jeopardy!” question during Rodgers’ guest-hosting stint. After that question aired, now Kelly is calling for a rematch, per NJ.com.

‘Jeopardy!’ Question Prompts Talk of a Rematch

It all started with a “Jeopardy!” question that Rodgers, as guest host, read out on the show. The question was: “Here’s this astronaut with his identical twin brother, Mark.”

The question met with stumped silence. Rodgers finally answered it.

“That’s Scott Kelly,” he said. “His brother, Mark Kelly, [is] a senator of Arizona, and once a second place ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ finisher.”

Kelly, sensing a fortuitous moment, then tweeted at Rodgers, “Hey, @AaronRodgers12. I think I got this one: What is… a rematch?”

Rodgers was up to the challenge. “Deal my friend,” he tweeted back at Kelly.

The Kelly Brothers Provided An Interesting Case Study

As identical twins and astronauts, the Kelly brothers offered NASA a unique opportunity to study the effects of space travel on the human body. Scott spent a year in space aboard the International Space Station, and when he returned, scientists were able to compare his molecular, cognitive and physical health to that of his twin brother Mark, who had spent the year on Earth.

One surprising finding: After he returned from space, Scott’s genes no longer exactly matched his twin brother’s.

Most of the genetic changes were temporary and disappeared within days of Scott’s return to Earth. But 7% of the changes – mostly related to immune function, DNA repair, bone formation, hypoxia and hypercapnia – did not revert to normal after he got back, Time magazine reported.

“We are at the beginning of our understanding of how space flight affects the molecular level of the human body,” NASA said in a statement. “NASA and the other researchers collaborating on these studies expect to announce more comprehensive results on the twins studies this [2018] summer.”

The space agency noted, however, that Mark and Scott are still identical twins – as the recent “Jeopardy!” question correctly pointed out.