‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Shows Wildfire Smoke from Western U.S. in Selfie From Yankees Game

by Thad Mitchell

Largely considered the greatest game show contestant of all time, “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings was in the Big Apple recently.

With no shortage of things to do in New York, the former “Jeopardy!” contestant and his son took in a Yankees baseball game. They visited the famous baseball park Yankee Stadium to see the Bronx Bombers do battle with the Philadelphia Phillies. The New York Yankees would emerge victorious over the Phillies by a final score of 6-4.

But the story of the evening, as it continues to be, is the dense smoke that continues covering much of the United States. The smokey haze that has spread to New York and other parts of the country comes from blazing wildfires in the western half of the country and Canada. This means the smoke has traveled across the continent to arrive in one of the biggest cities in the world.

Taking to social media, the “Jeopardy!” champion says the hazy smoke is having a “calming” effect on the city that never sleeps.

“My kid and I are at Yankee Stadium tonight and the smoke is keeping the crowd very placid and sedate,” Jennings says in the tweet. “Like a hive of bees.”

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New York Yankee fans are well-known for their passion for their cities’ teams, as are Philadelphia fans. But the ominous smoke in the sky seems to have mellowed them out — at least for the time being. As the “Jeopardy!” champion jokes — the haze covering the sky has an almost “sedating” effect on fans.

New York residents woke to a red-colored sun on Tuesday morning, as wildfire to the north and west of the city continue to burn. While everyone wants to see the blazes come to an end, the haze in the sky has led to some breathtaking views in the city.

“Wildfires out west, mostly from Western Canada, have sent smoke all the way to the city,” the tweet from a New York Meteorologist says. “That smoke is creating the haze you’re seeing this morning and giving the sun a red tint.”

Jennings, who won 74-straight matches of “Jeopardy!” is a Seattle native and a big Mariners fan. Visiting Yankee Stadium in New York is a bucket list item for a lot of professional baseball fans.

Jennings’ record-smashing stint came in 2004 when he went on a 74-episode run racking up big money along the way. He’s appeared in several other editions of “Jeopardy!” including winning the “Greatest of All Time” tournament just last year.

Most recently, Jennings stepped behind the “Jeopardy!” podium to serve as the show’s first guest host. A friend to television icon and legendary host Alex Trebek, Jennings paid tribute to the late host during his tenure.

Jennings also expects to receive consideration for the full-time hosting gig when “Jeopardy!” decides to go that route.