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Mr. Eddie Timanus

Polls Editor and USAT

USA Today

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McLean, Virginia 22108

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USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY deliv ... more

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Google Inc

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Education



South Lakes High School


economics
Wake Forest

economics degree

University of Maryland

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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.

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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.
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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.
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"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.
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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.
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Modifying game components to allow Mr. Eddie Timanus to participate is nothing new to Mr. Joe Hertz.
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"When we were younger, we played all kinds of board games, but the trick was to find ways to include Eddie," he said.
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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 TVgameshows.net 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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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.
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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.
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"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.
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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.
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Modifying game components to allow Mr. Eddie Timanus to participate is nothing new to Mr. Joe Hertz.
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"When we were younger, we played all kinds of board games, but the trick was to find ways to include Eddie," he said.
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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.
With all of his accomplishments, Mr. Eddie Timanus has recently added one more. He was married in July 2002 to his girlfriend, Kelli.


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Eddie Timanus, USA Today


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Another Way of Seeing: "USA Today's" Eddie Timanus "USA Today" sportswriter Eddie Timanus has never watched a game-but that's not stopping him.

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Timanus has never seen any of the college games he's covered.
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It was the Greyhounds' first Division I national title in any sport, and Eddie Timanus, 44, a longtime sportswriter covering the event for USA Today, didn't see any of it. He's never seen a lacrosse game-despite having covered scores of them. Timanus has been blind since before he was three.
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Chuck provided play-by-play and painted the scene that Eddie needed in order to write the story.
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Eddie helped him keep statistics by using an abacus and a couple of pegboards. The key to doing his job was listening closely to how his dad described the action. "If there's a big flurry at the offensive end where there's a couple of tips, you might lose track a little bit," Eddie says. "But I was pretty accurate for most of the games."
Graduating from college in 1990 with an economics degree, Timanus planned to attend grad school for sports management at the University of Maryland. He interned at the Supreme Court the summer before he was set to arrive in College Park. Then something unexpected happened: "The public-information officer at the court had put the word out that I was interested in working in sports. A reporter let her know that there was an opening at the USA Today sports department for a part-time news aide who would take reader phone calls and things like that."
Timanus accepted the position and in 1995 was named to the full-time staff. He has essentially had the same job ever since-with a little more responsibility. Along with editing and writing the occasional story, he oversees the influential USA Today sports polls. Each Sunday in the fall, for example, he compiles the top-25 ranking based on selections by the college football coaches.
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Timanus says his trivia days are all but over, but that won't be the case with sports coverage. He'll once again sit with his father in the press box for the 2013 men's lacrosse Final Four this spring. Another team will jump for joy on the field, and Eddie won't be able to see anything. But you can be sure his readers will.


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USA TODAY Sports Colleges Poll Editor Eddie Timanus with the week's winners and losers.
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