One of my favorite TV shows is Jeopardy. I wish I could say I love Jeopardy as much as I hate Wheel of Fortune, but I can’t. I just hate Wheel of Fortune so much. But still, I like Jeopardy well enough.
I don’t believe I will ever appear on Jeopardy. The stakes are too high. IF you win then everything is great. If you get second or third place, then you have lost, and you can never appear on Jeopardy again. Sure, you might get a thousand dollars and a free bottle of Advil, but that is far from adequate compensation for having a lifelong dream crushed. If I never appear on Jeopardy, then it will always be fun to watch. If I go on Jeopardy and lose, then I could never happily watch the show again. My evening ritual would be ruined.
That being said, I think maybe if they raised the stakes a little bit higher, I might actually be compelled to take the test and audition for the show. The show is called Jeopardy, but it’s really not all that dangerous.
I say they should change the rules. If you win your first game, then you are a champion. You get to play until you lose, keep the money you win, and go on with your life. So that is just the status quo.
However, I say if you lose on your first appearance, that is to say if you place second or third, then you are put to death. Ideally by the same laser gun that makes the “daily double” sound effect.
This might sound harsh, and I suppose it is, but it makes sense for any true Jeopardy devotee. The only thing worse than losing on your first appearance is death itself. But at least if you’re dead, you can’t beat yourself up every day over what might have been.
And if it sounds to brutal to you, then you are free to appear on Wheel of Fortune with all the other weaklings.