Your first appearance on Jeopardy!
Well, the first show airs April 10th, and I won $21,200 on that show, and altogether I've won $149,200.
What's it like being on Jeopardy!?
It was a great experience, uh... I didn't realize that that 30 seconds goes by so fast when you're trying to write down your answer for Final Jeopardy! Uh, you think that you've got plenty of time, and all of a sudden, time's up.
What was unique about your competition?
Well, I did set the record for most winnings in five days, which, uh, at the time, people made a big deal over, so... We'll see how I do in the Tournament of Champions.
What will you do with the money?
Well, not any specific things. If I do real well in the Tournament of Champions, I may, uh, buy a new house or something like that, but so far I've just paid off some bills, and I'm waiting to decide what to do with it.
Do you have any special strategy for today's game?
Just kind of try to keep on the same routine that I had last time I was out here, and, uh, it seems to be working okay so far--we'll see how I do.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Nifty Nine (players with byes into Round 2) member: $25,000.
2003 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up: $56,601.
Season 19 5-time champion: $149,200 + a Jaguar X-Type.
In his 3rd game (#4296, aired 2003-04-14), Brian set a new single-day cash winnings record of $52,000, breaking the previous record of $50,000 set by Myron Meyer in his 1st game (#4139, aired 2002-09-05). (However, Brian's single-day cash winnings record did not top the record of $34,000 set by Jerome Vered in his 4th game, #1794, aired 1992-05-21, if adjusted for doubled dollar values.) Ken Jennings playfully tied Brian's record three times (#4585, aired 2004-07-09, #4586, aired 2004-07-12, and #4594, aired 2004-07-22) before shattering it with a $75,000 finish in his 38th game, the last game of Season 20 (#4595, aired 2004-07-23). (Shortly before the end of his streak, on show #4653, aired 2004-11-24, Ken topped Brian's record once more with a $55,099 win.)
Also in his 3rd game (#4296, aired 2003-04-14), Brian set a new regular play cash winnings record of $104,800, breaking the previous record of $102,597 set by Frank Spangenberg in his 5th game (#1241, aired 1990-01-15 )--a record that had stood for 13 years. (Adjusted for doubled dollar values, however, Frank's record would last a little over one more year, until broken by Ken Jennings's 7-day total of $231,000, #4564, aired 2004-06-10.) Brian's $149,200 5-day cash winnings record was beaten by Tom Walsh in his sixth game (#4456, aired 2004-01-12) with $152,900 and by Ken Jennings in his fifth game (#4562, aired 2004-06-08) with $156,000.
Brian lost his UToC Round 2 game--a game in which he had 29 correct responses and 0 incorrect responses--when opponent Grace Veach found both Double Jeopardy! Round Daily Doubles, wagered everything on both of them, and got them both right, putting her within $400 of Brian's score going into Final Jeopardy! The Final clue was a Triple Stumper, and Brian had wagered to cover, while Grace wagered only $500 to beat him if he answered incorrectly and wagered correctly. (She lost her Round 3 game to Frank Spangenberg.)
Brian's single-day cash winnings record-breaking appearance was featured in the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie film Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
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