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TOYS AND GAMES: The Onion, Hearing Loss, and Busted on Jeopardy!

The Onion cracks me up. Yes, it’s fake news, but it’s irreverent and funny. I loved a recent article: “NCAA Investigating God for Giving Gifts to Athletes.”

In the article mocking the ruling body of college athletics, one passage notes: According to sources close to the investigation, numerous players openly and brazenly flaunted their improperly gained athletic prowess, while further evidence revealed that many coaches and university personnel were aware that these talents were God-given, but failed to alert the NCAA.

The article concluded by noting: At press time, NCAA officials had announced an eternal ban on God that will prevent Him from having any association with collegiate sports until the end of time.

Why is it harder to hear when you get older, but loud noises bother you more?

I’m still scratching my head about Monday night’s Jeopardy! when everybody busted on the final question. Entering Final Jeopardy, two contestants were tied with $13,800 and the other had over $6,000. Each of them bet everything and nobody got the question right, nor did they have the sense to leave at least a dollar in the bank.

Alex Trebek noted on Tuesday’s broadcast that he’d only witnessed that occurrence happening just one other time during his tenure as host of the popular game show. I couldn’t help thinking about the Saturday Night Live spoof about Celebrity Jeopardy!

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