It's definitely a shameless ratings stunt. However, as shameless ratings stunts go, this one's pretty good.
Any chance that The W's own Teapot was involved in the proceddings?
"He is the most overrated piece of crap in the league. He bitched and whined after he got his ass beaten in New England last year, so the NFL changed the rules. Then he got his ass beaten in New England again. Every year he's the top MVP candidate. Every year he's supposed to be the best. Every year he's going to carry the Colts to the Super Bowl. And every single year he goes to New England and gets his ass beaten. And his brother's a whiny little bitch." -A friend of mine, on Peyton Manning
I'm shocked how badly they are doing on Final Jeopardy. The last two people to advance did so because they didn't lose as much as the leader going into that round. It's allegedly the ultimate tournament, and *I* am screaming the answer to these six numbskulls.
Same thing happened with Babu; he lost more then the person in second place after they both got the question wrong (on a very picky call by Alex, no less; I've seen him accept similar answers if he could follow the gist of the handwriting).
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
"All's Quiet on the Western Front" seems to be in the same class as "A Midsummer's Night's Dream," which people use as their answer on the show frequently, and that's always ruled incorrect.
I'm loving this tournament because not only do I get to see some of the old champions that I remember, but also the champions whom I'm familiar with online but don't have a face to put with the name, like Eugene Finerman, Doug Lach, Rob Slaven, Bob Fleenor, etc.
So, way back when, I said and that seems explicitly the strategy they used in picking him. And how Paul picked him too, really. I had it figured out at the final four, because Mark, Nicole and Paul had eliminated themselves by that point.