What do you think about this kid? He’s mad because the Jeopardy judges ruled against him for misspelling his answer in the Final Jeopardy round.
Thomas Hurley III, an eighth-grader from Newtown, Conn. who appeared on Jeopardy!’s kids tournament last week, says his Final Jeopardy answer was unfairly ruled incorrect.
Under the category “Famous Documents,” the Final Jeopardy question referenced an 1863 document that President Abraham Lincoln called a “fit and necessary war measure.” The correct answer was “Emancipation Proclamation,” but Hurley flubbed the spelling, writing “Emanciptation Proclamation
Okay, he was close. But Jeopardy rules are rules. If he had misspoken the word, and said it the way that he had spelled it, they would have ruled it incorrect too. But the kid, even though there was no way he would have won anyway, thinks he was “cheated”.
“I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the Final Jeopardy question. It was just a spelling error,” Hurley told the News-Times of Danbury.
Poor kid. He’s used to getting a trophy for just showing up.
Okay, sing along with me…..”do-do-do-da-da-do-do-do…do-do-do-do-DA-….do-do-do-do-do…”
Young Thomas’ father has weighed in:
His father is angrier, saying Trebek “basically humiliated” his son on television.
“Alex Trebek was really sort of callous and smug, kind of condescending towards my son,” he told radio host Fran Schneidau.
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