Pete Dyakowski, Hamilton Tiger Cat, on Jeopardy Tuesday night
Dyakowski named 'Canada's Smartest Person' in CBC competition
So, how well will Canada's Smartest Person do on Jeopardy?
Hamilton Tiger-Cat Pete Dyakowski will appear on American game show Jeopardy Tuesday night hosted by fellow Canadian Alex Trebek.
"(Trebek) is a Ticats fan so it was kind of cool," Dyakowski said. "One of the really neat things was at the start when they say, 'This is Jeopardy,' actually seeing the guy (announcer Johnny Gilbert) doing it live because I always thought it was a recording."
In 2012 Dyakowski was crowned Canada's Smartest Person on the CBC TV show of the same name. So does this mean that if the six-foot-five Dyakowski loses, then the smartest person in Canada is no smarter than the average Jeopardy winner?
No pressure big guy.
"Unfortunately, there were no categories about Tim Hortons pastries," he said. "I think the other contestants would've cried foul if those had come up."
On Sunday Dyakowski was placed on the nine-game injured list as training camp officially opened. He's recovering from a knee injury suffered during the 2013 Grey Cup. He told CBC Hamilton "I'll be there (at training camp)and active but I'm not going to be close to contact. I'm working on jogging the rest of this month and in May I'll be running and getting into football drills."
The show airs Tuesday night on CHCH TV at 7:30 p.m.
Dyakowski won't have to face long-time champion Julia Collins.
Collins, 31, lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode of the show that aired Monday. The Chicago-area resident accumulated a total of $428,100 during her 20 victories on the syndicated series.
Collins was vanquished by Brian Loughnane, an investment operations manager from Scituate, Massachusetts. Collins went into the final-question showdown in second place, bet everything and lost it. Loughnane won $22,000.
The clue that stumped her: The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay. She failed to answer with the correct question: Who is John Irving? The novel and film was "Cider House Rules."
Monday's game overall "just didn't go my way," Collins said in a phone interview, adding, "I couldn't have loved being on the show more."
Collins said she was glad her record might serve as an example of female achievement.
"If it helps dispel the idea that women aren't as good `Jeopardy!' players as men, that would be great," she said. "It's good to see women being applauded for being smart."
Her winnings helped finance a dream trip to Paris, where she rented an apartment for a month. Some may fund future travel adventures, Collins said.
The management consultant, who's been enjoying a hiatus thanks to "Jeopardy!", said she plans to get back into the work world.
The previous top female player for consecutive wins was Stephanie Jass, who took seven games in a row in season 29. Collins displaced her and Larissa Kelly, who was No. 1 in total winnings with $222,597.
Collins holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind all-time "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings. He won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total prize of $2.5 million.
With files from the Associated Press