What is…an unspoken legacy for this Long Island family?
West Islip cousins Dan and Sean McShane did their clan quite proud when they both competed on Jeopardy! — but it’s something they don’t dare talk to each other about.
Dan, 35, reached the show’s 2013 Tournament of Champions — raking in more than $62,000 in the process — and Sean, a 25-year-old modern history graduate of Boston College, competed for the first time Monday night . He easily won a cool $20,600 on his debut.
“I purposely didn’t even tell Dan I was going on the show until we recorded,” Sean told the Post, adding that he wanted to cement his own legacy and avoid potential conflicts of interest.
“I told the show’s production team that I hadn’t mentioned it to them at all, and they all gasped in shock.”
But there is no bad blood in the McShane family as both cousins get along great, according to Sean.
Dan – who, like Sean, was a Quiz Bowl captain at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington – couldn’t be prouder to hear his little cousin would respond in the form of a question for host Ken Jennings.
“When I finally told him after the show was taped, he was like, ‘Oh, that’s great, I’m sure I’ll never talk to you about it,'” Sean said. “Dan said to me, ‘That’s the only thing you’ll hear about for the next year of your life, so I’ll spare you that.’ ”
Dan recalled his own daily double dose of fame. “That’s all anyone has wanted to talk to me or ask me about for at least a year after my episodes,” Dan, who now does communications work for Columbia University, told The Post. “‘How was the show? How was Alex Trebek?’ Such questions came up all the time. I wanted to spare Sean at least one such conversation.”
As Sean recalls, Dan’s big “Jeopardy!” run was the island’s toast nearly a decade ago.
“Everyone and their mom talked about it on LI, he was a local celebrity,” Sean said. “Our high school made an announcement at noon telling students to take care of him, and it was the ‘big thing’ during our Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays.”
Since recording in October, Sean has already had a taste of sudden celebrity status.
“People send me screenshots of their family group chats, it’s all over Facebook, and I’m like, ‘My mom is cheering you on, my grandma is going to watch your show!’ ‘ Sean recalled. “‘That’s all great, but I don’t even know your grandma.”
He described the fandom “bombing” as “cool but annoying” and sees Dan’s rationale more and more every day.
“I appreciate that we keep it unspoken,” Sean said. “He just knows how it is and what I plan to do in the next few years.”
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