Johnny Manziel money sign flashed ... on ‘Jeopardy’?

October 2, 2018

Johnny Manziel money sign flashed ... on ‘Jeopardy’?

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Johnny Manziel is long gone from Cleveland, but Monday night a contestant on “Jeopardy” kept the memory of the brash yet troubled player alive, if briefly.

In his introductory shot, one-day champion Andrew Knudsen evoked the former Cleveland Browns quarterback’s notorious money sign by rubbing his thumb and fingers together as his name was announced. It prompted host Alex Trebek to ask what everyone in Cleveland already knew all too well: “What’s that?”

Replied Knudsen: “Johnny Football.”

“Oh,” Trebek replied in his trademark dry tone. “Thank you for educating me.”

Knudsen, an environmental lawyer from Washington, D.C., was in the champion’s chair, having won $19,601 previously. After Monday’s first round, he was tied for the lead with one other player at $2,200. But going into Final Jeopardy he was in third with $3,400.

All three missed the Final Jeopardy answer in the category of World Literature: “In a recent poll of 125 authors, this long 1870s novel about a woman ranked as the greatest work of fiction of all time.”

The three guessed different answers, with Knudsen jotting “Jane Eyre,” and his co-contestants offering “Emma” and “The Scarlet Letter.”

It was Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina,” a novel weighing in at 864 pages – one more than the number of Manziel’s attempted passes at Texas A&M.

So Knudsen, like Manziel, finished out of the big money. (Third place nets $1,000 on the show.)

Manziel, a former first-round pick who played for Cleveland in 2014 and 2015, is with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. It’s doubtful he is flashing the money sign much this season. In four games so far, Manziel is 54 of 87 passing for 622 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.


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