CoachP wrote:I like the idea of an All-Teen Champ TOC. And, I think (especially this year) the College and Teacher's Champions are every bit as good as the other 12 finalists. I will say I was a little disappointed to see 2 Teacher's tourney champs getting automatic qualifiers this time instead of just one, but perhaps that was due to a quirk of the show's calendar?
Stefan's tournament had three College Champs due to scheduling quirks, which, if I recall, meant that all 4xers got on, yet the highest ranking 3xer (whose name escapes me at the moment) had accumulated more $$$ (about $100k) than a good number of players in the field.
Patrick Tucker and Nick Yozamp would have been in my ToC anyway; Joey Beachum won the 2008 College Championship, but the 2009 ToC tape dates conflicted with his Air Force schedule.
When Maggie was briefing us before the first ToC taping, she introduced us to Kevin Joyce, and said that in three games, he won more than any of the 4xers did. I raised my hand and semi-quietly interjected, "And one of the five-timers!"
Pretty much every ToC that keeps out all 3xers (and some that let them in) is going to have also-rans that earned more than some people who actually made the tournament. Here are the highest earning 3xers from each ToC qualifying period who didn't make the ToC:
2013: Patrick Morrison: $80,701 (over Kristin Morgan's $69k, Paul Nelson's $54k, Ashok Poozhikunnel's $69k, and Dan McShane's $60k)
2011: Megan Barnes: $103,203 (over Kara Spak's $83k, Brian Meacham's $90k, and Buddy Wright's $88k) (not an alternate)
2010: Kevin Joyce: $111,299 (over my $84k, and all six 4xers)
2009: Jack Feerick: $108,200 (over Matt Kohlstedt's $77k, Lisa Klink's $70k, and six of the seven 4xers) (not an alternate)
2008: Julie Dunlevy: $73,800 (over Sara Terrell's $71k)
(2006's lowest earning competitor was a 3xer, so no 3xers with more than 4xers were overlooked.)
2004: Patrick Macaraeg: $83,002 (over Steve Reynolds's $75k, Sam Ott's $67k, and Russ Schumacher's $64k)
2003: Tom Kelso: $83,402 (over Travis Troyer's $83k, Ben Tritle's $78k, Mark Brown's $68k, and four 4xers' totals) (not an alternate)
(2001 and 2000 skipped because they didn't even let 4xers play, and no 3xers earned over $50k in this period, making a search of Jeopardy.com's Hall of Fame useless.)
1999: Louis Cohen: $48,203 (over Andrew Maly's $44k, James Arey's $42k, Dan Girard's $37k, J.J. Todor's $29k, and three of the four 4xers)
(1998 skipped because all 3xers earned less than all 4xers and 5xers during the qualifying period.)
Beyond that, the Archive gets spotty, so I'll stop there, except to note that Matt Handel is listed in the Hall of Fame with $63,401 in season 11 (I assume during the 1995 qualifying period; MarkBarrett's help would be appreciated here!), and since the 1995 ToC had 4xers below that (Ryan Holznagel is particularly notable), that must mean he's a 3xer. (cheezguyty once found his linkedin, where he self-identified as a 3xer, so there you go.) That total puts him above all but two of the 1995 ToC participants.
While I'm at it, here are the highest 4xers for each qualifying period who outearned 5xers but didn't make the tournament:
2011: Sara Heard: $85,601 (over Kara Spak's $83k)
2001: Jason Parker: $59,800 (over eight of 14 5xers) (not an alternate)
2000: Jason Karpf: $46,499 (over Steve Fried's $45k, Mike Blumenfeld's $44k, Helen Petroff's $43k, Terry Currin's $40k, and Darlene Lieblich's $35k)
(1999 and 1998 saw all 4xers make the ToC)
And again, J! Archive gets spotty. But there are a few people who made the Hall of Fame without making a ToC. Josh Vincent is the highest pre-doubled non-ToC HoFer besides Matt Handel, with $58,800 in season 8. This puts him above 5xers Dave Willis, Robert Slaven, and Kirk Ditzler. The earliest non-ToC HoFer is Paula Massengale, who is a mostly archived 4xer
from season 6, with $50,901, more than 5xers Steve Berman, Dan Katz, Jeff Bandman, Lisa Guay, and Andrew Bernknopf.
And heck, let's go the other way for 2006! 2xer William Lee won $62,500, which is more than Michael Falk (whom he beat!) and Aaron Thompson, and all the 3xers who didn't make that ToC.