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Jul 18, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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Mark Runsvold has been reading and commenting on HBT since its inception and before that was reading my old blog, Shysterball.  I always knew he was rather bright based on his comments, but I had no idea that he was going to do something like win $48K in one day on Jeopardy!

But that’s what he did on Friday, his first day on the show.  I’m told it was a single-day record, but I couldn’t confirm that, mostly because Jeopardy! fan sites scare the living crap out of me.

Mark is back tonight to defend his title, so check your local listings.  Of course this was all taped back in March so it wouldn’t do too much good to wish him good luck, but I’m sure you’ll think of something. As a trivia nerd whose one attempt to get on Jeopardy! ended in failure — 1997; I passed the test but sort of wigged the talent search people out because I was fidgety on the buzzer during the practice game — I choose to use Mark’s run, however long it lasts, as a vicarious sort of experience. The marriage proposals included.

Oh, and Mark: if you get “baseball” as a category and you don’t get every clue correct, well, we’re just going to pretend that we don’t know you.

  1. ja4ed - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    On the show, Trebek said the single day record was ~$72,000. I can’t remember exactly, but it was $70 something thousand.

  2. cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Well I had no idea this was going on. One of the minions scoring big, you say? Cool. Since its an off day for the BeaverBoys I know what I’m doing with a half hour of my evening tonight.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Replacing the Blue Jays with another Canadian? You xenophobe.

      • cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        I shall eat cake while I watch Trebek deal answers.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM


  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Next stop World domination!! Or is that supposed to be White Castle???

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Around here, that would be Five Guys, wouldn’t it?

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        I used to stop at White castle every Sunday evening on my way home from my weekly honey hunting expedition on LBI. Ahhh, those were the days…….

      • natstowngreg - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        Five Guys, Best Burgers in the World (according to some survey or another).

      • natstowngreg - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

        BTW, about 3 months ago, had the misfortune to spend a few days in suburban Philly. I was impressed to find a Five Guys in a shopping strip. Also impressed that the burger was as good as our DC Five Guys’ burgers (and the fries as copius).

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:42 PM

        What suburb are you referring to?

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      I so miss White Castle- the worst part about living in the Philly area.

  4. stinkfingers - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Suck it, Trebek

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      I’ll take The Rapists for 100.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        I’ll try the Penis Mighter for $300.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      “Ohh…I’ll play your game, you rogue.”

      “Then I’m the cock of the walk!”

    • nategearhart - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Turd Ferguson. It’s a funny name.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      Ouch…a lot of late hate for the SNL sketch….

  5. bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    des-pe-rate, but kind of hot . . . on her blog she states there are 118 complete strangers that she’d sleep with.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Let’s hope he isn’t a Cliff Claven in the making.

  7. APBA Guy - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    What is Mark’s HBT user name?

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      That’s exactly what I wanted to know…seems to be the most pertinent question to ask, no?

      • cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

        Apparently he’s from Idaho. That’s like, a clue, isn’t it?

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        Don’t we have a guy here named “Rime of the Idaho Mariner” or some such name?

      • cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        I think you mean “IdahoMariner” but I’ll bet she’s not named “Mark”.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

      Markrunsvold. I’m pretty sure. If he weren’t busy with his new found groupies he could probably answer that for you.

      • kopy - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        I think you’re right. I saw his comments on a random thread when he initially said he was going to be on Jeopardy! (do I really have to use an exclamation point every time?) If it’s not his real name, it’s damn close.

        Short answer: You’ll recognize it when you see it.

  8. Brian Murphy - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    People like this make me feel so stupid.

    But at least he likes baseball.

    • cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM


  9. kalinedrive - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Mark mentioned his appearance on Jeopardy in the post about the 1991 Twins Bobblehead Set.

    He dominated the game on Friday and could have set the one day winning record if he had bet big on final Jeopardy, but that would have been needlessly risky with the lead he had.

    • APBA Guy - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      Good catch, thanks for that.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Xela Kebert.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      Trying to send him back to the 5th dimension where he belongs?

  11. Vincent - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    He certainly cleaned up tonight.

  12. kalinedrive - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Two day cash winnings total $103,000.

    Now, can he get Miller High Life to pay the taxes?

  13. cur68 - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Nice work by Mark tonight (actually a night back in March, but whatever). Smart and funny. “Studied German longer than most Germans” indeed.

    • Brian Murphy - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:31 PM

      Did you see how he reacted at the end of Final Jeopardy? He had just won $103,000. He’s now a two-day champ.

      But no time to lighten up and celebrate. No smiles. Just a blank stare into the camera and at Alex. Cold blooded! Dude isn’t there to make friends; he’s on that stage to humiliate the opposition and get money, son! Mr. Runsvold, doin’ work.

      Or maybe he was just nervous.

  14. andwelcometoit - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Open letter to Mark Runsvold, from an older woman:

    Honey, you just won $103K in 2 games, which is one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen. To be that smart, to win that much, that quickly… WOW!!! And you’re about as cute as “that smart” could get!!
    Believe me when I tell you that the next two things you need in your life are a good accountant and some condoms!
    Live well. Travel. Have fun. Be safe.
    Peace out. ;~>

  15. kalinedrive - Jul 19, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Turns out Mark did set the Jeopardy record for highest total after two days. Day 3 was a little tougher, but he’s still the returning champion.

    Got out-buzzered on the answer about the hot dogs that plump when you cook ’em, though.

  16. kalinedrive - Jul 20, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Four day winner, three in runaway fashion. Nice Final Jeopardy category “Sports Movies” and clue: “Their team colors were yellow and white and they were originally sponsored by Chico’s Bail Bonds.”

    Good thing he got that right.

  17. kalinedrive - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Lost in game five, after a big bet on a Double Jeopardy clue failed. No baseball category, but there was a whole category on “Bourbon”.

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