alex trebek & leonard cooper

‘Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek and Leonard Cooper

OK  EUR commenter Taurusingr, this one’s especially for you. 🙂

*If you don’t know who Leonard Cooper is, read on ’cause this young brother is someone you need to know about.

You see, the cool, calm, collected (and a little cocky) Mr. Cooper – a Little Rock, Arkansas high school student – just won $75,000 on “Jeopardy Teen Tournament.”

Needless to say, that’s quite a feat for anybody, not to mention a 17-year-old with an Afro. Yes, it’s a well-worn cliche, but you really can’t tell a book by its cover. And you know what we’re talking about.

One more thing. As the Huffington Post pointed out, since the teen tournament set-up includes lump sum awards for each contestant, Leonard Cooper didn’t have to bet anything at the end to win the most money. On the other hand, keep in mind that things could have gone a lot differently. We like how a commenter on Uproxx named dax montana explained the situation.

This is his direct quote [sic]:

We NEED to talk about this though. Leonard started final jeopardy with $37,000. He had $3,000 from the Previous evening. Therefor,e wagering nothing, the most he could accumulate was obvi $40k. Nilai entered final jeopardy with $14,400. He ended the rpevious night wiht $19K. IF NILAI HAD WAGERED IT ALL (or even a majority) AND GOTTEN IT RIGHT, HE WOULD HAVE WON AND LEONARD WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE A HUGE DINGUS! But all’s well that end’s well I guess. Playon Playa.

Read the full story at Arkansas Online.

Watch how it went down: