Eight nights in, Aaron Rodgers as “Jeopardy!” guest host is starting to feel familiar — so much so that Wednesday's show felt like business as usual.
Oh sure, we noticed how he’s changing up the “corrrrr-ect” response he relied heavily on in Week 1 with a “you are right” and a “you got it,” how he put his hand over his heart to announce another $27,401 charity match to help out small businesses through the North Valley Community Foundation and how viewers continue to gush on Twitter about his “comedic timing, charm & those eyes ...”
Almost standard stuff at this point, right? So let’s detour to that Rodgers vs. Corey Linsley “Jeopardy!” matchup not likely to ever happen but that has proven to be amusing nonetheless.
Aaron Rodgers Says Guest Hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ Was His ‘Dream Job’
Aaron Rodgers is the latest celeb to guest host “Jeopardy!”, an opportunity he calls “the honour of a lifetime.” On Friday, “Jeopardy!” teased fans with a clip of Rodgers’ takeover of the show, which starts Monday April 5 and lasts through Friday April 16. On Saturday, “Jeopardy!” released a full interview with Rodgers in which he talked about his love for the show and how, after playing -- and winning -- Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2015, he thought that hosting the show would be a "dream job." “When I came on the show in 2015 and got to do Celebrity Jeopardy!, I just saw how special this environment was,” Rogers said.
It started when Rodgers was asked in a Los Angeles Times interview if he were to face off against other NFL players as a contestant, who does he see as his toughest competition. He mentioned former Green Bay Packers teammate and current Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter and Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both “brilliant,” he said.
“One guy I would love to beat — love, love, love to beat — is one of my former teammates now, Corey Linsley,” Rodgers said. “Corey, who has been our center for a number of years, just signed with the L.A. Chargers. Corey is really brilliant. There is no one I would want to beat more if we were both contestants than Corey Linsley.”
That led Los Angeles Chargers team reporter Hayley Elwood to take the challenge directly to Linsley.
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Rodgers is the latest in a lineup of celebrity guest hosts for Jeopardy!, after Alex Trebek, the game show's beloved host of 34 years, died in November of stage IV pancreatic cancer He also added that he'd even be willing to shave for the job. "If [shaving] is ever a prereq to get the full-time gig, no problem with it at all. No problem at all ... I would love to be the host of Jeopardy!, yes," he said. Rodgers, who was a contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2015, said he thought about sporting a more clean-shaven look "to honor Alex [Trebek].
“What he’s doing, is he’s talking up the competition,” Linsley told Elwood. “You never want to give anybody bulletin board material! But the other thing is, you want to make your opponent look as good as he can and pay him respect. There’s some level of respect there. But he’s mostly saying that so when he smokes me on ‘Jeopardy!,’ everybody can look at him like he’s Einstein.”
But if Rodgers and Linsley should ever go buzzer to buzzer on “Jeopardy!” one day, Linsley, an Ohio native, joked about which categories he might ace and which might be better suited for his former teammate.
“I’d be good at certain categories like Midwestern geography, grit, manual labor, manners,” Linsley said. “Aaron would win in categories like golf, yachting, anything California. Met Gala attire is another category Aaron would excel in. More the ‘refined-lifestyle’ categories. But all in all, there’s no question he’d beat me for sure.”
Aaron Rodgers makes 'Jeopardy!' hosting debut, gets trolled about Packers' NFC championship field goal
Aaron Rodgers' "Jeopardy!" hosting debut included some trolling by a contestant about the Packers' field goal decision in the NFC championship game.Two-day champion Scott Shewfeld was in a distant second place to challenger Brandon Deutsch going into Final Jeopardy. Unable to catch the leader, he went for a laugh by writing, “Who wanted to kick that field goal?” as his question.
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32. Texans (Previous: 32): New GM Nick Caserio has been feverishly transforming this roster during free agency ... even if it all seems little more than rearrangement of those proverbial Titanic deck chairs.
31. Eagles (28): Given its moves this offseason, including the decision to deal down from No. 6 in the draft, this is another club that appears focused beyond the 2021 campaign ... pretty much ever since its Week 17 submission.
27. Panthers (26): Starting to seem as if circumstances could render Carolina the squad left without a seat as the game of NFL QB musical chairs continues. Barring a bold move, they might be in no man's land on draft night.
26. Bengals (27): DE Trey Hendrickson was a rare $60 million free agent investment. But the main things to monitor are the progress of QB Joe Burrow's ACL recovery – it seems to be on track – and the decision Cincinnati makes with the draft's fifth overall pick.
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24. Bears (20): Even if adding QB Andy Dalton amounts to more than a lateral move, hard to make a case this team looks better than last year's 8-8 version.
23. Broncos (24): Coming off a strong finish to 2019, they lost OLB Von Miller and WR Courtland Sutton straight away to injuries in 2020, while RT Ja'Wuan James opted out. Getting those starters back, plus signing CBs Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller could re-establish Denver as a threat ... if QB Drew Lock cooperates.
22. Raiders (23): GM Mike Mayock made some interesting bets, blowing up his offensive line while adding DE Yannick Ngakoue and DT Solomon Thomas to a problematic defense. We wait to see where the roulette ball lands.
21. Vikings (22): Mike Zimmer's worst-ever defense gets better by signing CB Patrick Peterson and DT Dalvin Tomlinson. But Minnesota still needs pass rushers to get off the field ... though DE Danielle Hunter might not want to be one of them.
19. Chargers (17): Does any team have the potential for such a wide variance of 2021 outcomes? QB Justin Herbert still needs O-line reinforcements, especially at left tackle, and it remains to be seen how Vic Fangio disciple Brandon Staley adapts his defensive philosophy to these personnel. But Bolts have a core that should be playoff caliber.
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18. Washington (15): They've got a chance to feature the league's top defense in 2021. They've also got a quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, who's never led a team into the playoffs.
16. Patriots (16): They look significantly more formidable in the wake of a highly active free agency and return of LB Dont’a Hightower to the defense. QB Cam Newton should have a much better opportunity to thrive after his mulligan year in Foxborough.
15. Dolphins (12): Their trade of the No. 3 overall pick signaled commitment to Tua Tagovailoa while bolstering Miami's ability to continue building around the second-year passer. Free agent WR Will Fuller V should open up this offense.
14. Steelers (11): Their descent from that 11-0 high-water mark last December seems to be ongoing. QB Ben Roethlisberger returns with a reworked contract, but it's not clear whom Big Ben is handing off to, who's blocking for him, or who will make opponents pay for double teaming OLB T.J. Watt.
13. Cowboys (18): Locking up QB Dak Prescott made this offseason an unqualified success. But if new coordinator Dan Quinn can resuscitate this defense to just the average level, Dallas should run away with the NFC East.
12. Colts (14): Aside from the need to replace retired LT Anthony Castonzo, everything hinges on Frank Reich's ability to restore new QB Carson Wentz to his pre-injury, 2017 MVP-level form. Accomplish that, and this team can legitimately challenge Kansas City for AFC supremacy.
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11. Saints (10): Friendly reminder that they're 8-1 over the past two seasons with now-retired Drew Brees out of the lineup. Case to be made this offense might even expand given QB Jameis Winston's ability to strike further reaches of the field.
9. 49ers (19): They get TE George Kittle, WR Deebo Samuel, RB Raheem Mostert, DEs Nick Bosa and Dee Ford (among others) back from injury, not to mention QB Jimmy Garoppolo ... or whomever the Niners replace him with using their newly acquired No. 3 draft pick. Put this group right back in the Super Bowl discussion.
7. Browns (7): Second-year GM Andrew Berry continues to beautifully build this roster – largely without fanfare – fortifying Cleveland's defense with underrated signings like S John Johnson, CB Troy Hill and DT Malik Jackson.
6. Ravens (6): They added nice pieces (WR Sammy Watkins, G Kevin Zeitler) to an offense that projects even faster, but edge rush looks like a problem given the departures of Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue.
5. Bills (4): They're pretty much keeping the band together, too – even adding WR Emmanuel Sanders on keyboards and QB Mitchell Trubisky on backing vocals – though it remains to be seen if this is act is good enough, as constructed, to win a Grammy.
4. Rams (5): Their top-ranked defense took a few hits in free agency. But can't wait to see what the Matthew Stafford-Sean McVay marriage – not to mention the dimension speedy WR DeSean Jackson adds – means for an offense that ranked 22nd in points scored.
2. Chiefs (3): They've made very nice pickups on both sides of the line scrimmage – notably OL Joe Thuney and Kyle Long and DT Jarran Reed – and should get G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back from his opt-out year, though still not clear who QB Patrick Mahomes' tackles will be in 2021.
1. Buccaneers (1): "We’re keeping the band together," per QB Tom Brady. "We're going for two," per head coach Bruce Arians, who kindly advises you not to use the Chiefs' (failed) "run it back" motto. Whether or not the Bucs do become the first team to repeat in 17 years, TB12 did his part financially to keep this roster intact – OLB Shaq Barrett, WR Chris Godwin and TE Rob Gronkowski among those returning – and Arians, 68, is certainly energized to make some history in the twilight of his uniquely signature career.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: The former Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers would 'love, love, love to beat' on 'Jeopardy!'
Aaron Rodgers' 'Jeopardy!' Guest-Hosting Debut Jumps 14% in Ratings From Dr Oz's Final Week .
Aaron Rodgers could not beat Tom Brady in the NFC Championship game this year, but the latest "Jeopardy!" guest host just took down predecessor Dr. Oz. Rodgers scored a 5.6 household rating, up 14% from last week. That led all of syndication. In Dr. Mehmet Oz's second week, "Jeopardy!" finished with a 5.2 household rating, which was the lowest for the Sony quiz series since the week ending Jan. 3. That was the week prior to longtime host Alex Trebek's final episodes, when the game show hit season highs. "Jeopardy!" pulled in a 6.6 rating across Trebek's farewell week. Trebek's final episode on Jan. 8 drew 14 million viewers, more than any episode in over a year.