‘Jeopardy!’: Alex Trebek Once Hilariously Scolded a Contestant for Missing Simple Sports Question

by Madison Miller
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The late Alex Trebek may have just been the host of “Jeopardy!” but that didn’t stop him from inserting his hilariously judgmental criticism of some of the contestants.

He was known for his stoic and sarcastic humor and ability to mess with contestants in the classiest way possible.

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Messes Up Sports Question

In a 2014 episode of “Jeopardy!” Trebek read a sports clue to the three contestants. It was, “100+ assists in an NHL season has been accomplished only 13 times, 11 times by this player.”

Joe, one of the contestants, immediately buzzed in to say “Magic Johnson.” Alex Trebek gave a little “oh no” after his answer. Then, another contestant gave the correct answer, which was Wayne Gretzky.

While to many people this may seem like an easier sports question, it stumped one of the contestants enough to name an athlete who plays a completely different sport. Wayne Gretsky is also one of the most recognizable names in NHL history. Magic Johnson, similarly, is one of the most recognizable names in NBA history.

Alex Trebek couldn’t let the contestant off the hook that easily. With a somewhat astonished (possibly even disgusted) look on his face, he said, “We’re talking about hockey, not the NBA.”

While some hosts would have just moved on and let it go, Trebek was known for his serious, yet hilarious, one-liners. Amidst the stress of the “Jeopardy!” studio, the contestant possibly just panicked. Everything seems easy sitting on the couch and staring at the TV screen alone.

Alex Trebek Sports Fan

Alex Trebek had always given contestants a hard time, especially with missed sports questions. He himself was a longtime devoted Washington Football fan.

In 2018, Trebek once again had to face contestants that were left scratching their heads after each sports question. This time, the entire category was football-related.

He read the first clue and no one buzzed in. Trebek said sarcastically, “I can tell you guys are big football fans.” The same thing happened with the second clue. This time the contestants were smiling knowingly over their lack of knowledge on the subject. The audience chuckled and Alex Trebek said, “Do you think we should go to a commercial?”

The contestants missed all of the clues in the “Jeopardy!” category. By the time they reached the final clue, Trebek said, “Let’s look at the final clue, just for the fun of it.” As more silence ensued as the contestants and Trebek looked at each other, he said, “If you guys ring in and get this one, I will die.”

Trebek’s humor was simple, yet so effective in getting a chuckle. There were plenty of moments where the sports section specifically stumped the smartest of contestants. He would also take these opportunities to talk about his favorite teams and talk down his least favorite teams. He hilariously told one San Francisco Giants fan that their World Series reign ended in 2017.

Sports fans tweeted their condolences when the legendary game host passed away in November. Sports commentator, Rich Eisen, took a moment at the end of his show to honor Trebek.

Aaron Rodgers, who was also a guest host of “Jeopardy!” recently, tweeted saying “6p weeknights will never be the same. So many great memories and thankful to have met him.” Rodgers also mentioned sports as much as possible as a guest host.

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