There’s an unspoken rule in journalism that every article about a Jeopardy! contestant must begin as follows…
Answer: This brainy Princeton student is about to make her mark on America’s Favorite Quiz Show.
Question: Who is Erica Greil, Class of 2010?
Greil debuts tonight as a contestant in Jeopardy!’s annual College Championship, which has a top prize of $100,000. Before she get can to the big money, though, Greil has to survive the quarterfinals, where she faces competitors from Rice and Harvard (in a highly uncoincidental matchup).
Princeton has a checkered history in this Tournament of Tournaments. Our 1993 hope, John van DeWeert, scored third place. But the last Princeton entrant, Chris Breen ’07, failed to make it out of the first round in 2005.
Here’s hoping Greil does better. But don’t feel too bad for this Anthro major – who told jeopardy.com that she “knows a lot about cultures and other people, but not a lot about facts” — if her Jeopardy! journey ends tonight: she still gets $5000 just for showing up.
Also: There’s an unspoken rule in college that every reference to Jeopardy! must be paired with a quote from SNL’s celebrity takeoff…
Sean Connery: What’s the difference between you and a mallard with a cold? One’s a sick duck and I can’t remember how it ends, but your mother’s a whore.
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