And now you can add another thing to the list of things Tacoma can tout: There's a dude on Jeopardy who's totally from Tacoma! And he won last night!
That's right! As Craig Sailor of The News Tribune notes, Tacoma attorney Mike Malaier showed off his smarts last night in front of Alex Trebek and all the world, and though he botched the final question -- which was about Beavis and Butthead, no less! -- the $8,100 he had in the pot was still enough to leave him the big winner.
Malaier will return to Jeopardy tonight to defend his one-day title, no doubt with all of T-Town rooting him on.
But if you want a play-by-play of Malaier's performance last night (maybe because you're not an 80-year-old lady and don't watch Jeopardy), Sailor and the Trib have you covered. It's not everyday there's someone from Tacoma on Jeopardy, after all. From his hot start with a question about Hans Christian Andersen, through some struggles with questions about Rick Perry and Madame Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors, the Trib is all over Malaier's victory.
Most importantly, Sailor gives a blow-by-blow account of how Malaier played the all-important Trebek meet-and-greet session.
As the Trib writes:
During the customary get-to-know-the-contestants chit-chat with Trebek, Malaier told the host about almost losing a finger to a rock crab.