RIP, James Holzhauer's 'Jeopardy' streak

Welcome to Read and React, Yahoo Sports’ daily newsletter. Every morning, we serve up and break down the day’s top sports stories, from breaking news to impactful storytelling to that viral video everyone's watching.

Get Read and React emailed right to you, every Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. ET.

Subscribe to Read and React

(Via Instagram/Jeopardy)
(Via Instagram/Jeopardy)

TRENDING: Blues even Stanley Cup Final at 2 ... Russell Wilson wants to play until he's how old? ... 10 names you should know from the MLB draft ... Roger Goodell thinks preseason games are garbage

Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. The UCLA men's 88 and UConn women's 111 consecutive victories. The Boston Celtics' 10 straight NBA Finals appearances. For the last month, it appeared James Holzhauer's scorched-earth run though the world of "Jeopardy" would join them as legendary, nigh-untouchable streaks.

But then, on Monday, just as he was on the brink of "Jeopardy" immortality, it all came crashing down for Holzhauer. Against a librarian from Chicago named Emma Boettcher, Holzhauer couldn't employ his usual strategy of racking up big dollars early, and on the final question — “The line ‘a great reckoning in a little room’ in ‘As You Like It’ is usually taken to refer to this author’s premature death” — Holzhauer answered the question correctly but was trailing Boettcher. She also answered correctly and won. Holzhauer’s total take of $2,464,216 left him just a few questions' worth of coin behind Ken Jennings' record total of $2,520,700, set in 2004.

(One interesting sidelight: because "Jeopardy" airs at different times around the country, some viewers learned early in the day that Holzhauer was toast, and promptly spoiled the experience on Twitter. We can keep secrets about "Avengers: Endgame" and "Game of Thrones," but this, apparently, was too much. Holzhauer himself added a mic-drop tweet clowning on everyone's favorite bad-luck charm: "Knew I shouldn’t have invited @Drake to the @Jeopardy taping.")

Why was Holzhauer so fascinating? And why the heck did we spend so much time covering him on the Sports page? Simple. None of us is ever going to be able to defend a Steph Curry stepback or complete a pass against a Chicago Bears rush. But all of us can answer in the form of a question. And all of us want to be the one who runs the table and knows all the answers. In the end, that's why we kept an eye on James and his quest. Who wouldn't want a chance to bet their dreams on a Daily Double?

*-The answer was "Who is Christopher Marlowe?", but you knew that.

Jay Busbee

BEN ROHRBACH: Three questions the Raptors must answer for Game 3

PETE THAMEL: Recruits love Northwestern's 'man cave'

THE RUSH: Kawhi Leonard sues Nike on his day off

Mr. Smith-Schuster goes to prom

JuJu Smith-Schuster, reigning titleholder of Most Fun Player in the NFL, joined a Pennsylvania high school student for prom ... in matching swaggy suits. Now that's how you win prom.


Thanks for checking out today’s edition of Read & React! Subscribe right here to get every edition delivered right to your inbox.