Redskins Name Serves as Answer to Awful ‘Jeopardy!’ Clue
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins were the answer — or is it question? — to a pretty awful “Jeopardy!” clue during Tuesday night’s episode.
The trivia game show’s $400 clue in the “Word Problem Problems” category read: “If the new football field at FedEx Field is 47 yards long & 24 yards wide, Dan Snyder, the owner of this NFL team, will not be pleased.”
Contestant Sarah Fremgen, a microbiologist from Carrollton, Texas, rang in and slightly hesitated before correctly answering, “Who are the Redskins?”
It’s unclear if host Alex Trebek — a long-time Redskins fan who says the team shouldn’t change its much-debated name — would have accepted an answer that omitted the word “Redskins,” which was a realistic possibility if any of the contestants had issue with the team’s name and refused to say the “R-word.”
Fortunately for Trebek, “Jeopardy!” producers and Redskins fans, that potential issue never came to fruition.
Trebek publicly defended the team’s name last month during an interview with New Republic.
“They weren’t called the Redskins because we thought Redskins were terrible; it’s because we admire their strength, their abilities,” Trebek said.
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