Congratulations, Austin Rogers. You’ve won again on “Jeopardy!” — now go have a taco to celebrate.
While Rogers muffed the Final Jeopardy round on Wednesday’s episode of the syndicated game show, he still handily defeated his two opponents, raking in $20,600 for the day. That brought his seven-day total to an impressive $278,300.
The Final Jeopardy category, American Plays, bore the clue, “The latitude and longitude given by the narrator of this 1938 play would set it in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire.”
The correct answer was “Our Town,” and Rogers’ response was a far cry from that — he offered up “What is a taco?”
It may have been coincidence, but Rogers coughed up that answer for an episode that aired on National Taco Day. Likely, the episode taped so far in advance that Rogers wasn’t aware of it at the time, but who knows — he looks like a man who really enjoys his tacos.
During the episode, Rogers also got dinged for mispronouncing “sherbet” as “sherbert” — a standout moment that had fans rushing to Rogers’ defense on social media.
“@Jeopardy I’m from Kentucky and I say “sherbert” as well,” wrote one Team Austin member.
“#jeopardy we say sherbert in Rhode Island too,” wrote another Rogers supporter.
“WTH! Sure-bert is a common way of pronouncing sherbet! They should give that to Austin. #jeopardy,” another disappointed viewer weighed in.
Flub or no, it’s a sure bet that Rogers will go down as one of the more memorable contestants in “Jeopardy!” history.
– Robin Fay Neal (@RobinFayNeal) October 4, 2017
#jeopardy we say sherbert in Rhode Island too
– Norm Mailer (@NormMailer) October 4, 2017
WTH! Sure-bert is a common way of pronouncing sherbet! They should give that to Austin. #jeopardy
– Abigail Twittahfield (@mastodfow) October 4, 2017