What is … do a 180? Not a Sixers fan are you, Paul?
The long-running quiz show Jeopardy went viral once again last night when contestant Paul Trifiletti bungled a $1,000 clue that should have been a layup (no pun intended). Most hardwood fans are familiar with Joel Embiid’s nickname “The Process,” a catchphrase associated with the 76ers’ lengthy rebuilding movement that began under then-GM Sam Hinkie. But apparently that lingo hasn’t yet made it to Athens, Georgia, where Trifiletti makes his living as an assistant district attorney.
Host Alex Trebek had to break the bad news to Paul that the All-Star center does not go by the moniker “Do a 180,” at least not yet. That may be about to change, however, as the seven-footer appears open to making the switch, even changing his Twitter username to “Joel ‘Do a 180’ Embiid???” while posting a clip of an unsuccessful 180 attempt from his high-school days at Montverde Academy in Florida. Though he usually goes by “The Process,” Embiid has tried on other nicknames before, previously going by “Hulu Has Live Sports,” a rebrand motivated by—as the Kansas alum so eloquently put it—money (apparently a whole briefcase full of it).
If you’re wondering why Embiid is on his computer tweeting instead of hooping it’s because the 25-year-old is still recovering from a shoulder sprain that has shelved him since last week. His shoulder woes add to a growing list of concerns for the Sixers, who have fallen to sixth in the Eastern Conference while weathering injuries to both Embiid and All-Star point guard Ben Simmons (back).
Apparently Paul wasn’t the only one stumped by the question as neither of his opponents chimed in before the buzzer. Luckily the wrong answer didn’t cost him as Trifiletti surged to a decisive victory, netting $21,000 in defeating Chicago’s Mike Upchurch (the previous night’s winner) and Margaret Beaton of Massachusetts.
Before Wednesday night's show aired, Trebek provided an encouraging update on his cancer battle. Only 18 percent of patients with stage four pancreatic cancer survive a year after their diagnosis, but fortunately, Trebek can now include himself in that 18 percent. “If we take it just one day at a time with a positive attitude, anything is possible,” the long-time host said in a message posted to social media, adding he’ll be sure to “keep [us] posted” on his health.