Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Oh, Pat!

I only watch "Jeopardy!" and reruns of "Super Password," so I depend on the L.A. Times sports section to let me know what's happening on any other game shows. It seems recently, there was a "Same Name" puzzle on "Wheel of Fortune" that had the solution ULTRAVIOLET AND TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS. After the puzzle was solved, Pat Sajak quipped, "They're both invisible to the naked eye."

Come on, Pat -- some might say you are the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of game show hosts, having come out of relative obscurity as a local weatherman to host "Wheel of Fortune." That's in contrast to Alex Trebek, who represents the New York Yankees in this analogy, having been groomed for greatness back in Canada and having a succession of fairly successful shows, from "High Rollers" to the non-super-sloppy "Double Dare" to the non-Activision "Pitfall," before getting the "Jeopardy!" gig -- and even then, there was a time when he was being seen on three daily game shows at once ("Classic Concentration" and "To Tell the Truth" in addition to "Jeopardy!"), which is like winning the World Series every day or something like that. Hey, I didn't say this was a perfect analogy.

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It looks like you know Pat Sajak's biography pretty well, Jim, but did you know he once worked in radio in Murray, Ky., the same town where one Heather Stahl (older sister of Levi) went to college and also where former Expos and Giants lefty Kirk Reuter went to college? How's that for a baseball reference?
Very good analagy, though, about the two (Sajak and Trebek, that is, not Heather and Kirk)
And Pat Sajak now has a web site,, where he rants about liberals, tells about his book, Pat Sajak's Super Sudoku, and laments that he hasn't hosted Regis's show in more than a year.
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