Have you been noticing a ton of chatter about a “Super League” coming into existence? Don’t worry, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings has too.
We’ll get to exactly into deeper details on the “Super League” here shortly, but first, we have to address two Jeopardy! icons going back and forth. Jennings’ tweet was prompted as a prospective soccer league in Europe created by 12 clubs appears to be in collapse.
The announcement and ensuing collapse has seen more than just soccer fans weigh in, as Ken Jennings does with his tweet below.
“‘Super League’ sounds like some fantasy or sports gambling thing that @James_Holzhauer would always be talking about and I just have to keep nodding because it’s too late to say I don’t know what that is.”
Alright, that’s pretty relatable. We all have friends, or maybe that friend, who over-explains and gets on a roll. And when those folks get going, they can be hard to stop. Credit to Jennings though, who details the tweet as him being uninformed, as well ribbing James Holzhauer for his apparent personality trait.
Of course, a direct tweet to a fellow Jeopardy! legend can only lead to a response, which Holzhauer did by referencing a classic Twitter meme.
Holzhauer’s response says:
“So the top clubs are already printing money but they want to print even more money and FIFA is pissed and the sportsbooks invented something called quarter goal spreads to provide additional betting options and…”
If that looks like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, you can say you’re in the same boat as Jennings. Myself, on the other hand, is coming from Holzhauer’s perspective.
What are the Two Jeopardy! Legends Talking About?
For those who don’t follow pro soccer, Europe is where the biggest names and teams play. Whether it’s Manchester United and Liverpool in England, or Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, it’s where the majority of the best pro soccer takes place.
For a long time, the various countries and their pro leagues would play into a international competition, known these days as the Champions League. The Champions League’s format means that teams from every country can qualify, if they win their country’s league or finish in a high enough spot.
So, on Sunday, when 12 of Europe’s biggest teams announced that they were breaking away to form their own Super League to rival the Champions League, it was a massive ordeal. Besides being a prospective shakeup and a breakaway from the overseeing organization in Europe, UEFA, it prompted massive outrage.
This came from both fans, players, staff of the 12 teams as well as from other teams playing in Europe. A big, foundational idea of soccer is competition and the idea that if you don’t play well enough, you can be relegated to lower divisions within your country. There’s always motivation tow-in.
With a Super League, most of the founding clubs would never have to worry about missing out on massive paychecks by playing in the league. Meanwhile, the rest of European soccer would suffer.
The backlash has led to clubs such as England’s Chelsea to pull out. Manchester City, another big English team, is also pulling out. There are rumors and reports that more are on the way.