Now the 4th highest earner in the history of “Jeopardy!,” Matt Amodio has transcended his status as a regular contestant. So much so, in fact, that his competitors are rooting for him the keep the streak alive.
With 14 straight wins to his name, the student from Connecticut is in the middle of a legendary run. He has already captured the attention of the public. And more impressively, he’s earned recognition from “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings. Now, it seems his fellow contestants are rallying behind him.
Of course, no one is rolling over and letting him win games. But in a clip posted to the official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account following Monday’s game, Matt’s competitors acknowledged his achievement by encouraging him to keep winning.
“I don’t know if that makes you feel any better, but you’re up against the behemoth,” guest host Joe Buck said.
“If we’re going to lose to somebody…” Brian joked. “Just keep going to make us look even better.”
It appears that the clip captured the moments immediately following Final Jeopardy. The other contestants, Brian and Kristen, had already lost. But they were gracious enough in defeat to acknowledge the greatness of Matt Amodio.
And it definitely doesn’t look like Amodio is planning on losing any time soon. The “Jeopardy!” legend in the making consistently bets huge amounts on his Final Jeopardy and Daily Double wagers when he has an unbeatable lead, and it doesn’t always work out.
Still, the willingness to take those risks is giving us flashbacks to James Holzhauer. And considering Holzhauer won 32 straight games, there may be something to that kind of mindset.
Joe Buck, Matt Amodio, and the Nature of a Winning Streak on Modern ‘Jeopardy!’
Since the passing of beloved “Jeopardy!” icon Alex Trebek, there hadn’t been a transcendent performance from a contestant until now.
The fascinating aspect of the week-to-week guest host rotation is that champions like Matt Amodio have to contend with multiple personalities. As consistent as “Jeopardy!” tries to keep their hosts, there are always slight differences in their speech patterns and rhythms.
Current guest host Joe Buck inherited Matt Amodio from David Faber, and before that, Matt Amodio was competing with LeVar Burton at the helm. His first appearance on July 21 saw him play with Robin Roberts during her stint in the role.
Whatever criticisms folks have for Matt Amodio’s unorthodox responses or strategy, the legends that came before him only had to deal with a single host—and the greatest one that will likely ever live—in Alex Trebek.
Fortunately, Matt Amodio and Joe Buck seem to have hit it off. The two have enjoyed a funny rapport, even reminiscing about the 2016 World Series at which both were in attendance.