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Mr. Eddie Timanus

Wrong Eddie Timanus?

Sports Writer

USA Today
Careers Network 7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean , Virginia 22108
United States

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Employment History


  • South Lakes High School
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Mr. Eddie Timanus is no stranger to competitive games. The resident of Arlington, Virginia, born 1971, is well known to fans of the television game show Jeopardy as a five time champion of the program, a feat that trivia buffs revere the same way sports enthusiasts glorify winning the decathlon. Mr. Eddie Timanus, a sports writer for USA Today, who covers the collegiate beat (especially lacrosse), has now set his sights on tournament bridge. Why should this be unusual (or difficult) for such an obviously gifted young man? It is because Mr. Eddie Timanus is totally blind.
Despite being born without sight, Mr. Eddie Timanus developed a fascination with all types of games, and by the time he was in junior high school Timanus had developed a group of friends who shared his interests. One member of that group, Joe Hertz of Sterling, Virginia, has remained good friends with Mr. Eddie Timanus and is his bridge partner here in Washington.
Although Mr. Eddie Timanus has long been familiar with rubber bridge, Mr. Joe Hertz persuaded him to give duplicate a try at the Arlington regional last year.
"I earned my first red points," said Mr. Eddie Timanus, who plays with the help of Braille cards (there are raised "dots" on the corners of the cards) and an "electronic bidding box" produced by Baron Barclay.
ACBL allows the use of Braille cards, but they must be supplied by the player who requests their use, so Mr. Eddie Timanus and Mr. Joe Hertz created several of the special decks.
Modifying game components to allow Mr. Eddie Timanus to participate is nothing new to Mr. Joe Hertz.
"When we were younger, we played all kinds of board games, but the trick was to find ways to include Eddie," he said.
Their football solution was to make Mr. Eddie Timanus the quarterback for both teams, so that the real strategy lay in which side could best plan the blind player's pass attempts during the huddle. Mr. Eddie Timanus was able to parlay his love of games and trivia into multiple Jeopardy championships. In 1999, Mr. Eddie Timanus won five days in a row on the popular game show earning $69,700. He was invited back to play in the program's Tournament of Champions (open only to other strong contenders) later that year, and made it to the semifinal round to earn another $5000. He has become an inspiration to the nation after becoming an undefeated champion on Jeopardy Oct. 19, 1999. Ratings for the veteran game rose 15 per cent during the final two days of Timanus's appearances. Mr. Eddie Timanus was invited to the 2002 Million Dollar Masters Jeopardy playoffs in New York. Though unsuccessful in advancing beyond the first round, his original interview with reflects on his five-day title and reaction from around the U.S.
With all of his accomplishments, Mr. Eddie Timanus has recently added one more. He was married in July 2002 to his girlfriend, Kelli. "Even though I'm a newlywed, I do have my wife's permission to be here. She's not a bridge widow yet!"
Note: On March 3, 2014, Mr. Eddie Timanus appears again on the television game show Jeopardy for the Game of the Decades 1990.
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Eddie Timanus, a national colleges reporter and the poll editor for USA TODAY Sports, is on Twitter @EddieTimanus.
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By Eddie Timanus, USA TODAYFrom Appalachian State's opening-day shocker at Michigan to Ron Zook's rise at Illinois, USA TODAY's Eddie Timanus takes a league-by-league review of the college football season:
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Eddie Timanus, a national colleges reporter and the poll editor for USA TODAY Sports, is on Twitter @EddieTimanus.
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