Overheard on CNN.com: Sometimes you buy a vowel, sometimes you buy a drink
Vanna White and Pat Sajak are icons from the TV game show "Wheel of Fortune."
January 26th, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Sometimes you buy a vowel, sometimes you buy a drink

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

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(This puzzle is based on a comment from Joe. Any guesses? Want to buy a vowel? Solution at the bottom of this post.) 

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak gave a recent interview on  "Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable" in which he said he and Vanna White sometimes went across the street to grab margaritas. Sajak has in fact admitted to being, in the joking words of reader Crys, "drunk behind the Wheel" on occasion. This is definitely on the lighter side of today's news, but the comments were great.

Pat Sajak's hosted 'Wheel of Fortune' drunk

This comment sums up the main points many users expressed.

mfx3:
1. Anyone who has seen 'Wheel of Fortune' already knew this.
2. If I had to host that show, I'd be drunk too.
3. Who cares? It's not like he was flying a plane or operating heavy machinery.

A couple of readers speculated about White's on-the-job performance.

TheFatherofLies: "I can see how some people would feel that it's in poor taste, but considering the man wasn't operating a machine or on a person, no harm, no foul. Vanna, on the other hand, was operating those large, heavy, rotating letters. As a kid, I remember her struggling with those from time to time. Now, I can't help but wonder if those were margarita tapings ... "

We heard some funny stories about Sajak from people claiming to be former contestants.

Michael: "When I was on the show (taped in October 2003), in my intro I mentioned I was married and moving into a new house next week, and his response was, 'Great, glad to hear everything is coming to an end for you.' True story."

Enough about Sajak. Who is ... Alex Trebek?

trix are for kids: "Did Alex Trebek host drunk ever? That would be an interesting story."

cag1970: "If Alex hosted 'Jeopardy!' drunk, it got by me. I was a contestant on the show three years ago, and he seemed perfectly sober."

Marc shared an anecdote, and the conversation about Trebek continued.

Marc from Florida: "Understandable. Sitting down and having margaritas with Vanna was definitely quality time. My understanding is (Sajak) stood by her when the network wanted to change to a younger Vanna type. Too often we hear how personalities like Pat and Vanna detest each other offstage. It appears these two were great friends. Now, (let's get) the real skinny on Alex Trebek."

cag1970: "As much as I can give you on Alex: He's a nice guy who, despite his serious demeanor, does have a mischievous streak about him. He can get a bit testy. There was one exchange during my taping between him and the stage manager, John Lauderdale, where you could tell he was not happy with what was going on. And he's actually pretty handy. During one of the commercial breaks, when the audience was talking to him, he said that he enjoyed rebuilding the heads for his landscaping sprinklers. Figure this guy makes a truckload of money to host a game show, and he took time to learn how to fix something like that."

Some talked about other shows.

citizenUSA: Nothing can compare to The Match Game. They made no bones about being drunk, stoned or both. Too funny.

One reader shared a "Wheel of Fortune" drinking game.

munkittrick: "Ironically, I've watched the show drunk once or twice. We had a drinking game in college where the word 'spin' was a drink, 'buy a vowel' was two drinks (unless there were three or more vowels and then it was three drinks) and solving the puzzle first was three drinks for everyone else. I was content to think that I was hearing a slur due to my inebriation. I'm glad to know that I was apparently not as hammered as I thought I was."

Finally, this person suggested trying a different poison.

Herbert Hemingway: "Most people have gone to work drunk or snuck out at lunch and had a few. This is not news except for the fact that they drank margaritas. Everyone knows margaritas suck and they should have been throwing back Bombay sapphire martinis. Then we would have seen Vanna fall through the letters as she was trying to spin them around, swaggering this way and that."

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity. The solution to the puzzle is "Friends don't let friends get behind the Wheel drunk." For those buying vowels, please direct all money to user nsaidi.

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