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January 12, 2015

Color by Number: Streaks Edition

Jeopardy streaks after Ken Jennings 122 columns

Now that Vaughn Winchell has ended most of our Streaks of Futility, I thought it might be fun to see – visually – what these droughts looked like.

I decided to build a table to represent the different inhabitants of Podium 1 since the new season began. Each new champion would be a different color. I ignored ties because in no case did the challenger in the tie game embark on his own streak.

The first cell represents Winston Nguyen, the returning champion on the season premiere.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
38 39

Ok!, I said, this is cool – but let’s see what it looks like with some longer streaks in it. I extended the idea to Season 30 to capture Julia, Arthur, Sandie, etc… all the way back to Jared Hall’s second victory at the end of Season 29.

(Nothing personal to those with ugly colors; they were generated by an algorithm.)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44
45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
59 60 61 62 63 64 65
66
67 68 69 70 71
72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81
82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89

But that wasn’t enough for me. I took it back to that old milestone: November 30, 2004, the day the Ken Jennings Show ended.

And building on my credo that anything worth doing is worth doing well, I cleaned it up a bit, too.

Colors now rely on the length of the winner’s streak; ties are denoted with asterisks. You can also mouse over a particular cell to see information on that game and its winner(s).

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Note: I took into account the “split” streaks of Priscilla Ball and Bob Mesko. If there are others I’m missing, please let me know.

I’m sensing some marketing possibilities for this pattern… perhaps a neck TIE? Or perhaps I can sell this as a framed poster.

Thanks, as always, to Robert K S and the team at the J! Archive for providing the data needed to craft this post!

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