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August 15th, 2008

One Reason Why Drew Carey Will Never Be Bob Barker

There are plenty of reasons why Drew Carey is painful to watch on The Price is Right (he could show a little of that game show enthusiasm), but there’s one reason he’ll never be Bob Barker:

He can’t predict where the wheel is going to stop.

This morning, I was watching for a few minutes when a man spun the wheel for his second turn. He needed 25 cents to get a dollar and the wheel was approaching the 25 cent mark. When the wheel was one spot from the 25 cent mark, Drew made a comment indicating he thought it was going to stop there. But it didn’t. It went to the 90 cent spot and almost went one further.

Bob Barker would have been able to call it five spots earlier, knowing that based on the mometum, climate in the studio, and phase of the moon that it was going go too far. I’m pretty sure Bob Barker could predict how each spin was going to end before the contestant laid her hands on the wheel. He was that good.

Posted in Pop Culture, Television, Movies, and Music

Tony August 17, 2008, 1:32 am

Watch some episodes from the 70s after the wheel first debuted; Bob couldn’t predict it either.

Dave Walls August 17, 2008, 5:48 am

Bob couldn’t predict it very well for the last 5 years of his run, either. The wheel can be adjusted to spin more or less, so no one can ever figure out exactly how much force to spin it with.

The Wheel ain’t exactly as easy as it looks.

Ryan August 19, 2008, 1:37 pm

“The wheel can be adjusted to spin more or less, so no one can ever figure out exactly how much force to spin it with.”
Huh. I did not know that.

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