Jeopardy! contestant forgets about the Raptors, loses after risking it all on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet and cable television, despite playing in Canada, the Toronto Raptors are one of the more well-known of the 30 NBA teams. Toronto’s success has also contributed to its rise among casual NBA fans and so has the rapper Drake, who is its most well known fan and is actually the team’s global ambassador. Yet this factoid was lost on Amy, a contestant on Jeopardy! on Wednesday.
The final Jeopardy! question of the show was centered around “Sports Mascots,” as contestants were given this clue: “The animal on this NBA team’s primary logo peaked about 75 million years ago.” With the Grizzlies and Pelicans, there are a few teams named after animals so this question is somewhat tricky. But the “75 millions years ago” part of the clue should’ve been a dead giveaway that the answer was the Raptors. Unfortunately for Amy, she wagered $17,200 (all of her money), on her answer, which was the Timberwolves.
Dinosaurs like raptors are of course extinct while timberwolves or wolves in general, are still alive and well. And while it is quite funny that Amy somehow forgot that Toronto’s NBA team is named is after a dinosaur, this also serves as a good reminder that there is an NBA team named after a type of dinosaur because of the movie “Jurassic Park,” which is just as ludicrous.