Bruin sophomore Ryan Stoffers turned surprisingly conservative on Final Jeopardy last night and finished second to a kid from Wash U in St. Louis.
After a horrendous start, Ryan made his move on a couple of categories, including film, and took the lead for a while (not counting his $5,200 deficit from the first night). He missed two Daily Doubles, but bet conservatively and so was right in the mix at the end.
Final Jeopardy was Kings in the Bible, or something like that, and I guess Ryan decided to make sure he finished no worse than second, because he bet without the aggression that had marked his earlier appearances. As it turned out, he got it right and the kid from Wash U didn't, leaving Ryan less than $2,000 short.
Anyway, congratulations to Ryan for a great run, for representing UCLA like a champion, and for entertaining us for a couple of weeks in a pretty bleak winter.