The show Jeopardy seems to have been gracing our television screens and testing our intellect forever. Actually the earliest inception of this iconic quiz show was from 1964 to 1975 on NBC with Art Fleming hosting. In 1984, Alex Trebek starred in the syndicated revival that has become an American institution ever since. The show has been featured countless times in pop culture. Weird Al Yankovic’s “I Lost on Jeopardy” is a parody of a popular 1983 Greg Kihn Band song and SNL’s lampooning of Alex Trebek and Celebrity Jeopardy over the years is absolutely classic. Trebek appeared on a famous 1990 episode of Cheers in which postman Cliff Clavin infamously botched Final Jeopardy by submitting “Who are 3 people who’ve never been in my kitchen?” to the answer of “Archibald Leach, Bernard Schwartz and Lucille LeSueur” and wagered “$22,000 Big Ones!”. Plus, Everybody hums the theme when a hard question is answered in every day life. Recently a contestant named James Holzhauer went on an epic 32-game win streak to make the show must-watch again and place him in the pantheon of show greats with Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.
In that spirit, I created my own special version of the show by using the meme generator Imgflip to create (what I hope are) challenging Steeler answers that need questions. However, what I created is archaic and not an app that will do the work for you, so you have to do you’re own scoring. Sorry.
Lets take a look at today’s category. It’s...
Keep track and share your scores. A word of warning though, the correct responses are right after each individual wager in blue.
Question: What is the Atlantic Coast Conference?
Crafton native Bill Cowher graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Education from North Carolina State University. The linebacker was a team captain, a MVP his senior year and ended up a UDFA signing of the Philadelphia Eagles. Following his graduation, NC State won the ACC Title. They haven’t won it since.
Question: What is the Big East Conference?
Leon Searcy was Cowher’s first-ever draft pick as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The OT played at “the U“ from 1988 to 1991, his senior season was Miami’s first as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes would go on to win nine titles in the conference that they called home until their defection to the ACC after the 2003 season.
Question: What is the Big Ten Conference?
Kevin Colbert’s era as General Manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers began in 2000 with the selection of Plaxico Burress, the wide receiver from Michigan State University. Since then, the Steelers have chosen six other first-rounders from the Big Ten. Ohio State’s Santonio Holmes, Cam Heyward and Ryan Shazier came first in 2006, 2011 and 2014 respectively. The others include Running Back Rashard Mendenhall (Illinois-2008), Outside Linebacker T.J. Watt (Wisconsin-2016) and Inside Linebacker Devin Bush (Michigan-2018).
What is the WAC?
The Steelers Linebacker was a member of the New Mexico Lobos when he was drafted 21st overall in the 1977 NFL Draft. New Mexico was a member of the Western Athletic Conference, better known as the WAC (pronounced whack), from 1962-1998. Cole spent eleven seasons for the Steelers, where he was named an All-Pro in 1984.
Question: What is Eleven?
Including Ben Roethlisberger from Miami (Ohio) and Kent State’s Roosevelt Nix, the Steelers have eleven members of their roster of 91 players that competed and matriculated at MAC (Mid-American Conference) schools. Seven of the twelve schools (would have been eight, but our Central Michigan player wanted traded) are represented, with three from the Toledo Rockets (WR Diontae Johnson and linebackers Tuzar Skipper and Olasunkanmi Adeniyi). The other six on the roster are DT Casey Sayles (Ohio University), LB JT Jones (Miami of Ohio), OT Chukwuma Okorafor and LB Robert Spillane (Western Michigan) and linebackers Sutton Smith (Northern Illinois) and Ulysses Gilbert III (Akron).
So, how did you do? Let us know your score in the comments section below and try to be honest. Nobody wants to be a “Daily Double” answer with the attached question...“Who is a cheater?”.