‘Jeopardy!‘: Sports Fans Stunned as Contestants Fail to Name Pro Team

by Thad Mitchell

When comes to success in the game of Jeopardy! sometimes lady luck plays an important role in determining winners and losers.

Contestants on Monday’s episode of the hit game show found that out the hard way as a critical clue was missed by all three players. It was a sports question that tripped up the Jeopardy! players who were unable to identify the team of a famous hockey player. The clue fell under the “There is an ‘I’ in team” category and would have given the contestants $1,000 had they come up with the correct answer. Instead, none of the three players even buzzed in to take a shot at answering the clue. An incorrect answer would have taken away points, so contestants were unwilling to make a guess.

The clue asks contestants to name the team that famous hockey player Gordie Howe played for as a professional. You can just imagine the look on the faces of sports fans tuning into Monday’s show.

“Gordie Howe played for this NHL team from 1946 to 1971,” the clue states.

Jeopardy! Sports Clue Trips Up Contestants

After a few seconds of silence, the buzzer rings signaling the time limit to answer the clue has expired.

“Who are the Detroit Red Wings?” would have been the correct answer to the clue. Jeopardy! guest host Mayim Bialik then reveals that Howe was the favorite player of someone every Jeopardy! fan knows.

“Gordie Howe was Alex’s favorite player,” she says as she prepares for the next clue.

Bialik is, of course, referring to longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and his fondness for hockey. Trebek hosted Jeopardy! for 37 years, recording his final episodes just days before his death. He passed away in November at the age of 80 after a lengthy battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Gordie Howe is one of the most notable professional hockey players of all time. Howe holds a plethora of National Hockey League records and was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1972.

Bialik is most known for her work in the hit sitcom “Big Bang Theory” and playing the titular character in “Blossom.” She is the eighth celebrity to take on Jeopardy! guest hosting job since Trebek’s passing last year. In addition to her acting career, she also holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA.

She is now a full week into her Jeopardy! hosting stint with her second week upcoming. Reviews for performance so far have been overwhelmingly positive and she appears to be a natural behind the Jeopardy! lectern. Her final episode is set to air this Friday.