We often discuss great moments in sports in this blog, or even great moments in wrestling. What we don't get enough discussion on is great moments in classic games show games. That's on me, and that stops today. Just an epic performance by some guy named Ryan yesterday on the Price is Right. Not only was it an all-time great performance, is was an all-time great performance in the most iconic of Price is Right games: Plinko.
Go ahead and watch the video before we break down his heroic performance. I started the clip for you right at the time he starts sliding his chips down but the whole video is there if you want to watch the entire segment, some of which we'll talk about.
But Ryan doesn't just walk up to Drew like any regular contestant, oh no. RYAN TAKES A VICTORY LAP AROUND THE AUDIENCE BEFORE HE EVEN GETS ON STAGE. He's getting the crowd on his side and letting the viewers at home know that something special is about to happen.
I'll save you all the minor details of his actual game to get his chips but the important part is Ryan and his magneta colored cargo shorts go 4-for-4 and he walks up the Plinko board with all 5 chips and looking to do some damage. This is where the video starts above.
First chip: $10,000. Smack dab in the middle. Ryan let's it be known that he ain't here to mess around. He seems to be an excitable type of guy and he starts celebrating, yelling Oh My God! and spinning in a circle. But this is where Ryan shows the poise of someone who has seen Plinko been played for years....he quiets the crowd.
Most rookies would just lose their mind and get lost in the moment but Ryan keeps his cool and tells the crowd to control itself, there's still a lot of work to be done. With four chips in his hand, this ride ain't close to being over. But like any great story, the hero has to overcome some adversity. The next chip out his hands doesn't find the $10,000 slot but instead falls into the $1,000 container. A hefty chunk of change no doubt but you aren't getting blog posts written about you for getting the $1,000 slot.
Ryan wastes no time getting back into the groove. Almost as soon as that 2nd chip settles in the $1,000 container Ryan has the 3rd chip on the board and ready to drop. He's not letting that setback define him. By this point, the crowd is chanting his name and willing him to greatness. He has them in the palm of his hands.
By now you can start to feel that history is being told right in front of our eyes. We are witnessing something special. Even Ryan feels it. This may be the one time when it seems like maybe the moment might be getting too big for Ryan. After the 3rd chip falls into the $10,000 slot, he starts to celebrate and as he turns he almost trips. He is a half second away from falling down the flight of stairs next to him and becoming the first contestant in the history of The Price Is Right to not be able to finish his game due to injury. But he gathers himself, STARTS CHANTING HIS OWN NAME, and places the 4th chip.
The crowd follows his lead and continues to fill the studio with chants of "Ryan" as the 4th chip falls into the $500 spot, leaving Ryan down to his final chip. With $21,500 already under his belt, Ryan takes his aim at history. In this very season, the all-time Plinko record had already been broken once. With the record currently being at $30,500 Ryan is on the cusp of history. A 5th chip in the $10,000 spot would make him the all-time winningest player in The Price Is Right's most iconic game.
In the Plinko version of Babe Ruth calling his shot, Ryan starts the chant: "Number 5! Number 5! Number 5!". The camera pans to the crowd who are also chanting....not all chanting the same thing though, which is awkward. Half the crowd is chanting 'Ryan' and half the crowd is chanting 'Number 5'. But nonetheless, Ryan has let it be known that the record is his. He's going for that $10,000. He's going for that record. And with a kiss to his final chip, Ryan places the final chip on the board and takes his shot at immortality.
For the first 50% of the way down the board, the chip is dead center. Almost like there's a magnet in the chip moving towards the matching magnet at the bottom in the $10,000 slot. But then it starts to move over to the right side of the board and away from the $10,000. Just when it starts to look like this has all been for naught, the chip takes a quick left turn and gets back on track. It's going to fall in one of the middle three slots, the only question is if it ends up in the $0, the $10,000, or the $0.
And then it happens. $10,000.
And the rest is history. A grand total of $31,500...an all time record. A truly remarkable performance, something we will be blogging about for years to come. Congratulations Ryan, and Thank You.
Being a teacher my summers are fairly lazy. At least that's what my wife tells me. Normally to help fill that time in the summer I resubscribe to my Netflix account. I don't watch enough of it during the school year to justify the monthly bill but I normally reactivate my account in the summer to knock out some TV shows I'd like to catch up on.
This year though I resubscribed a couple weeks early off the suggestion of my boy Nuts. I had asked him about Season Two of Better Call Saul and if it was worth dipping back into it. I had watched Season One in real time but cut the cord right before Season Two and hadn't seen Season Two yet. He said it was great and needed to watch it right away to get into Season Three. So I took the jump.
Thought Season Two was a big step up from Season One, and I enjoyed the first season. Part of Season One was setting the table for what was to come and it did drag at times. Like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is a slow burn show. It requires patience while it tells you the story. While that is still definitely the case in Season Two it does move at a little faster pace and starts tying thing together from Season One and even Breaking Bad. Season Two felt like the story was starting to be told, as opposed to Season One setting the table to tell that story.
What also made Season Two an improvement over Season One, in my eyes at least, besides the pace was the main characters being built up stronger and finding themselves more this season. We finally started to see more of the "Saul Goodman" come out of Jimmy in Season 2. Those seeds are starting to bloom a little bit in Season Two. Kim really had a breakout season and got a lot of screen time and built her character from a supporting role into a star of the show. And we got to see Mike do a lot of Mike stuff. The more Mike I can get on my screen, the better.
Looking forward to Season 3. Not sure how many episodes into this season they are but I'm hoping to catch up as quick as possible. And if anyone has any suggestions for my next Netflix series I gotta watch this summer, let me know.