‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Share Their Thoughts on Why the Latest Champ Is So Special

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Ryan LongIs no longer the dominant Jeopardy! champ. The 16-game winner came within touching distance of a record amount when he earned $299,400 through the program. Long is a beloved champion and has been praised by fans.

The Every Man

There’s something very ordinary about Long. The Lyft driver from Philadelphia didn’t feel like a Ken Jennings-esque genius, nor was he a gambler like James Holzhauer. Instead, he was known for his sweater vests as well as genuine emotion. 

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Long’s flabbergastedness at being on the show was evident even in the early days. Long misplaced his glasses in the middle of the country, and had to look up as he made his way through his first week. Long was very relatable Jeopardy! champion and there truly aren’t too many of those.

Fans Are Talking

As one would expect, the end of Long’s streak meant fans of the show could discuss what made him special. One was touched b Long’s plan for the winnings.

He’s not just planning to take his son on a trip. In a recent tweet, Long said he’d also pick up “new shirts. New glasses”His large net worth. His glasses would cloud every show, which would have made his life difficult.

Another user succinctly described Long’s everyman style. “He was an everyman. He wasn’t a great student in high school, doesn’t have a college degree and doesn’t have a occupation like ‘Rocket Scientist’. He showed anyone can play and win.”

Ryan Long: What are you doing?

Long, as we have come to expect from him, is taking his Jeopardy!Loss is not a problem. He thanked his parents for being there and made it a point to compliment his fellow contestants. “I want to thank all my fellow contestants who were, to a person, exemplary human beings.”

Long ago, he waxed poetic about society as a whole. “Sometimes it seems like society put you in a box, and you are classified as a certain thing with a certain destiny, even though you may feel differently inside. For the longest time, I didn’t believe that a person could really break out of that box. But I feel like this thing that just happened is proof that you can.” Long concluded by saying he’ll see everyone in the fall for the Tournament of Champions.

It’s shaping up to be a legendary tournament as Long will duel with the likes of Mattea Roach, Matt Amodio, and Amy Schneider. We’ll all have to wait and see if yet another super champion emerges between now and then.

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