Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Hilariously Names Frances McDormand Character as ‘Best Mom’ in the World

by Evan Reier

If there’s a pop culture reference to be made, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings is on it like Dagwood is on a piled-high deli sandwich.

When he’s not going up against competitors on The Chase or waiting in the wings as Jeopardy! prepares for its next full-time host, he’s often on Twitter sharing his unique observations.

On Mother’s Day, Jennings’ latest piece of wit touched on a cinema classic: Almost Famous.

“Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom in the whole wide world! (Frances McDormand in Almost Famous.)” Jennings wrote.

When it comes to fictional moms, this Outsider is in complete agreement. For those who have done themselves the great injustice of never watching Almost Famous, Frances McDormand portrays Elaine Miller, the mother of protagonist William.

The film is based on director Cameron Crowe’s real-life teenage days of writing for Rolling Stone. The teenager travels the country with fictional band Stillwater, somewhat faking-it-until-he-makes it as he attempts to write a major story for the publication while lying about his age and background.

McDormand’s Elaine is a understandably concerned mom whose concern and strict upbringing alienates both of her kids. However, William still gets the chance to tour the country, albeit he has to stretch and lie a bit along the way.

For an example of how awesome Frances McDormand is in the role, this early scene perfectly sets the tone.

Jeopardy! Legend Ken Jennings Talks Road Trips

Speaking of incredible trips, Ken Jennings recently touched on the subject. Granted, the former Jeopardy! champ was speaking about a hypothetical trip rather than a real one.

“I want to take a road trip through the South so I can try out this amazing joke I just thought of: “That’s a Stuckey’s, if I’m reading the teal eaves correctly.” Jennings tweeted.

I would say I understand where Jennings is coming from, but a childhood of driving through the South has given me a firsthand experience with Stuckey’s and the rest of southern staple stops.

However, if we had it our way, the teal eaves would be instead read, “Waffle House.” Anyone who’s lived in the southeast U.S. knows the bright yellow roof is a sign from the heavens that greasy, delicious and cheap food is a short wait from gracing your taste buds.