Sure, most of America might be abuzz about how poor NFL refereeing definitelymay or may not have swung the outcome of this week’s showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. But this week, the NFL doesn’t have a monopoly on sports-and-games fairness scandals (even if its scandals might have the most effect on Vegas betting linesand home fantasy football leagues everywhere). That’s because of a new case that will surely rock the (narrow, quirky, cloistered) world of game show and trivia nerds everywhere.
So here’s a trivia question for you: what happens when producers of a game show tell two contestants there will be no trick questions on the show, and then throw something that might be considered a “trick question,” causing those contestants to blow $580,000 in potential winnings? Do the contestants:
(A) Quietly retreat to their homes and try never to look at the chain of excoriating comments on the YouTube video of their defeat.
(B) Launch an inspiring grassroots campaign on the Internet to get a second run on the show.
(C) Reevaluate their personal choices and embrace new lives of monastic asceticism, untempted by the siren’s call of game show winnings.
If you guessed D, congratulations! You win…the rest of this article. So can two contestants who lost it all on TV win it back in the courtroom?
Before we answer that question, you must understand: I’m a particularly qualified expert to opine on this subject. Sure, the law degree is nice, but lots of people have those. I, on the other hand, have particular insight on the question of what happens when you, oh, I don’t know, lose a half-million dollars in winnings (give or take) in the span of about 4 minutes in front of a national network primetime audience. So I think these plaintiffs can take it from me when I say, Run from this lawsuit. Run like the wind.