I just noticed that Dana Stevens at Slate.com has created a set of rules for the Ken Jennings Jeopardy drinking game. (Scroll down, it’s the second item on the linked page). Among the rules:
1) If KenJen misses a question, everybody drinks once. If one of his opponents gets that same question right, drink again.
2) If KenJen misses a Daily Double, drink twice. . .
Everybody drinks once whenever: a) Alex Trebek mentions Ken’s affiliation with the Mormon church . . .
This creates some fun questions. Can Ken get in trouble for any drinking that he inspires? (Does this create a religious duty not to answer wrongly?) And does anyone else think it’s kind of strange to have a drinking game inspired by a Mormon?
On the other hand (given that we can’t exactly support Ken in this particular manner), perhaps we need to adapt the idea. It could become the LDS KenJen Ice-Cream game, or perhaps the (non-alcoholic) Jello game. Or, maybe the cheese game. If KenJen misses a question, have a piece of Gruyere. If he misses a daily double, have some Gorgonzola. Hmm, I think I could live with that.
Note: Dana also explains that:
The guiding principle of the game is elegantly simple: The worse Ken does, the drunker you get. This structure satisfies both KenJen fans (who can regard their increasing inebriation as solace for their hero’s downfall) and the anti-Ken contingent (who can jubilantly toast the demise of their foe).