Open Post: Hosted By “Jeopardy!” Champion Mattea Roach Losing By Just $1

May 9, 2022 / Posted by:

The last year of Jeopardy! has been a wild ride. Last July Matt Amodio kicked things off with a 38-game winning streak. In November, amazing Amy Schneider began her historic run; she won 40 consecutive games and became the second most-winning contestant in Jeopardy! history (after host Ken Jennings). Then, last month, we met Mattea Roach, a 23-year-old Canadian tutor with a nose ring and a passion for gesticulating with her hands. She managed to win 23 games and over $560,983 ($720,000 Canadian), making her the champion with the fifth-most wins. Alas, Mattea was finally defeated on Friday, losing by just $1 ($1.30 Canadian).

After Friday’s Double Jeopardy!, Mattea was in the lead with $19,200. Contestant Danielle Maurer was behind her at $11,400. The Final Jeopardy! category was “USA” (rigged!), and the clue read, “These two mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Chandler.’  Bitch, I don’t know. Neither did Mattea, who guessed, “Who are Churchill and Downs? idk.” She bet and lost $3601, taking her down to $15,599. Unfortunately for Mattea, Georgia-resident Danielle knew the correct answer was, “Who are Hartsfield and Jackson?”, the namesakes of Atlanta’s international airport. Danielle won an additional $4200, bringing her up to $15,600. Just one dollar more than Mattea! Fuck you, math. Here’s the big Final Jeopardy! moment:

Here’s the always-cheerful Mattea being interviewed immediately after her loss. She says “the biggest possible thing” that she could have dreamed of was paying off her student loans, and she did that in her very first game. “Everything else after that was playing for fun”:

The Jeopardy! episodes were filmed over two months ago, so Mattea’s had to keep quiet about her stats for awhile. She’s currently visiting her native Halifax (us Toronto fans can still claim her, though, since she lives and works in TO), and Zoomed in for an interview with the CBC:

Mattea revealed that she was inspired by Amy Schneider’s historic run, and it meant a lot to her when Amy DMed her on Twitter. This fall, the two brainiacs will likely face off in the show’s Tournament of Champions. Mattea is a lesbian and Amy is a trans woman, so it’s set to be the most LGBTQIA+ Jeopardy! tournament ever. But forget Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik (who, in my opinion, is downright unwatchable); producers should hire somebody queer to host. They should be very careful, though, especially after all that 2021 Mike Richards drama. So stick with someone safe like Ellen DeGeneresCaitlyn Jenner, or Ezra Miller! “What is… um, I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer!” *is immediately punched in the face*

Pic: YouTube

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