As I've posted ad nauseam on all my other channels (a full-time job!), the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions starts today, with my first-round game. Some related notes: I've claimed that I'm going to be tweeting commentary on each game @TomNissley, so I guess that means I'll have to actually do it. So tune in. And to handle the trampling hordes of fans who no doubt will be arriving, I've set up a Facebook fan page at Tom Nissley, Ephemeral Firmament, which will conveniently double as a fan page for this blog (especially if I can get Facebook and Typepad to talk to each other--I thought I had, but then I broke it a few minutes ago).
In honor of this week's Major Television Event, I would like to post my two favorite images culled from the larger-than-I-expected world of Jeopardy! fans and/or snark artisans. The first was posted during my run last December, but I only found it when the other contestants told me about the site during the ToC. You should know that the proprietor has a bee in his bonnet about contestants who don't wear ties, so no doubt that was one strike against me (though I did wear one a couple of times--and look at Ken!). I meant to include it in my Ken Jennings interview post, but I think it speaks for itself (and really cannot be argued with):
And the second was the most glorious production of the Jeopardy! discussion board's lengthy and fascinating (at least to us contestants) threads predicting the outcome of the Tournament. I won't speak to its accuracy, but I will say that the Pyramid of Greatness (and everyone's relative position thereon) was much-discussed among the contestants and even used as a rallying cry by some on the bottom row. (Third row, meanwhile, seemed just fine to me going into the tournament: respected, but still a little under the radar.)
UPDATE: Ha--I had no idea that this Pyramid of Greatness was inspired by the greatness of Ron Swanson's pyramid on Parks & Rec. Which might explain why we all whiffed on Ron's name in the tonight's game, causing a thousand tweets of agony and contempt. Love how the world converges when you least expect it.