On Tuesday night, Stephen Curry will start anew. He will join his Golden State Warriors teammates in receiving the championship rings they earned last season, with Oracle Arena vibrating at its own unique frequency in celebration of the Dubs' magical run to one of the most impressive campaigns in NBA history. He will then head into the huddle, rip off his warmups, take the court with his 'mates to face the unenviable task of solving the galactic problem that is Anthony Davis, and hit the reset button.
Before rolling the odometer back to zero and beginning the journey all over again, though, Steph tacked one last thrilling honor onto a remarkable year that saw him become an NBA champion, the league's Most Valuable Player, a unanimous All-NBA First Team selection, the leading vote-getter in the All-Star Game, the Three-Point Shootout kingpin, the record-holder for most 3-pointers made in both the regular season and the playoffs, and, for the second time, a father. This one won't take up any space on the mantel, but, if there's any justice in this world, it'll take up precious DVR space for all eternity:
That's right — the dagger-pitching, flame-throwing, playmaking point guard of the defending NBA champions got an entire "Jeopardy!" category devoted to him on Monday's program. Not a bad way to end your championship season.
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After the opening round of Monday's show featured a category called "Curry Dishes," focused on variations in the popular food, the Double Jeopardy! round included "Steph Curry Dishes," all about the MVP:
"Steph Curry Dishes" was a category on Jeopardy just now. pic.twitter.com/mAvf7d4vVx— GoGSWs (@GoGSWs) October 27, 2015
Those answers, in order of how lucrative their associated questions were:
$400: Steph dishes out thank yous to cafeteria workers who he thinks have made a special meal for him in an ad for this network.
$800: When Steph is making an assist, a.k.a. "dropping" this coin, he's dishing it to someone else for the score.
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$1,200: If Steph dishes out 10 assists along with collecting 10 points and 10 rebounds in a game, he achieves this coveted feat.
$1,600: One of Steph's best dishes at the 2015 All-Star Game was to this Maverick big man, a.k.a. The Dunking Deutschman.
$2,000: Steph dished and dealt in the NCAA, leading this southern state's Davidson College to the Elite Eight.
The questions to those answers, of course:
$400: What is ESPN?
$800: What is a dime?
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$1,200: What is a triple-double?
$1,600: Who is Dirk Nowitzki?
$2,000: What is North Carolina?
And now, before we go any further, let's relive that All-Star dish from Steph to, um, "The Dunking Deutschman," I guess?
Tom Flynn, a bartender from Goshen, N.Y., and Sean Anderson, a law professor from Champaign, Ill., split the category, with Flynn taking the $400 and $1,600 clues and Anderson getting the $800, $1,200 and $2,000 questions. (Color me disappointed that Beth Horn, a nanny from Dallas, did not chime in on Dirk.) Anderson would go on to a big victory, making him a two-day champion whose winnings total $48,300. That's a bit less than Steph will make for the Warriors this season, but hey, champions recognize champions.
While Curry received the "Jeopardy!" spotlight on Monday, longtime host Alex Trebek — a point guard in his own right, as a Canadian high-schooler — says in a video released Tuesday that doesn't see the Dubs hoisting the O'Brien again this season:
Great. Just what the Warriors needed: something else they can use to say nobody believes in them.
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