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The Bachelorette Recap Week 1: Aaron Rodgers’ Brother and Drunk Dudes

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Some things you should know before reading: I started watching the Bachelor about a year ago, late into the season with that farmer from the Midwest who always seemed like dating him was more trouble than it was worth. Bachelor in Paradise is, in my personal opinion, the pinnacle of the Bachelor universe. And finally, if MTV’s The Challenge is the fifth major sport (as Bill Simmons hypothesized), then it appears The Bachelor has become the sixth.

Which is all to say, there’s a former NFL quarterback (technically) on this season of the Bachelorette, so that makes this all fair game for a recap from a sports site because the Internet is a wonderful place and you’ll all click on these things.

So let’s jump into a totally incomplete and hastily-cobbled-together musing of thoughts, observations and mean comments about real people on a fake TV show.

MVP

Aaron Rodgers’ brother made a better play in his first 30 seconds on screen than he did in pretty much the entirety of his professional football career. The chemistry between JoJo (the Bachelorette in case you’re unawares) and Aaron Rodgers’ brother was strong enough that he got a “real” kiss and had her talking about his butt for roughly 15 seconds.

Some other thoughts on Aaron Rodgers’ brother:

  • I haven’t seen many of these things, but it seems to be the first impression rose is important and he got it.
  • He was all over the “This season on…” preview montage with a whole bunch of angry dudes trying to tell JoJo that he’s “not here for the right reasons.” That seems to be a common trope on these seasons, but the Aaron Rodgers’ brother vs. Everybody narrative is particularly compelling.
  • My fiancée called him the winner roughly a minute into him being on the screen, so that’s probably worth something.

Second MVP

Aaron Rodgers’ brother’s hair.

Drunk people!

So dudes get drunk on this. Like, really drunk. At one point, the Drunk Canadian Dude appeared to be ordering half the bar, so it’s probably not a huge surprise he ended up taking his clothes off and jumping from the balcony into the pool. Considering that the episode started in pitch blackness and ended with the sun coming up, it’s a miracle three-quarters of the house doesn’t resemble the The 13th Step at 3:45 a.m. on a Sunday morning.

Side note: DCD (Drunk Canadian Dude) and Florida Barber are the early leaders in the clubhouse for “producer’s choice.”

Short people

Not so much a revelation, but it felt like there were a lot of height-challenged individuals this season.

Things I learned about my fiancée last night

She was once hit on by the “weirdo from Jersey City” (her words). So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Quote of the night

This will probably be from the show at some point, but the best last night was from my future mother-in-law:

“I think the Chinese Scot is cute. The rest are yucky.”

BUCKLE UP.

Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore does push-ups during Winter Storm Stella

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Not even a foot of snow is going to stop the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore from getting a workout in.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Cantore was asked by Dan if he would perform push-ups on air during his next live shot and sure enough, Cantore obliged.

Not only did Cantore knock out 28 push-ups, but he continued his weather report with ease.

If only there would have been some thundersnow.

Fighting doubt and finding my voice in sports journalism

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I was once told by an internship advisor that I should give up my dream of working within the world of hockey in favor of event planning. Why? Not because I wasn’t knowledgeable in the sport, but because it was “hard.”

After a summer of treating me as his executive assistant he felt it was his place to tell me that my talents, which he only saw as keeping an Outlook calendar and making phone calls, would be better suited elsewhere.

It’s fair to say I didn’t listen to him, but part of what he said was right. Working in sports is hard.

Being a woman in a male dominated field comes with its ups and downs. I’ve been the only woman on press row and in press conferences, I’ve been subjected to season-long “towel interviews” by teams trying to get a rise out of me and as a colleague of mine wrote about, I’m constantly being tested by The Quiz.

Along the way I’ve worked with women who have viewed me as an enemy rather than an ally and men who have thought themselves more superior, but unlike some women I know, I’m lucky enough to consider those encounters rare.

As an introvert, it would have been easy to take this guy’s advice and run, but I didn’t. He motivated me to do the exact opposite of what he suggested.

I sometimes think about that summer conversation and wonder where I would be if I had in fact listened to his outdated and sexist ideals, but I can’t picture it. I remember sitting there, listening to what he said and remember how I never spoke up. I let him knock down my goals, even though I knew he didn’t do to the three male interns in the office.

I’m not proud of that, but I fought back in my own way.

I earned more internships, and now work as a sports producer. That’s the best revenge, even though he probably doesn’t remember the conversation or my name.

I think back at my 19-year-old self and am proud for ultimately not backing down, though I should have told him to shove it. It was a good lesson and one I hope less women will be forced to learn as the years go on.

Being in sports journalism isn’t easy, but it’s helped me find my voice. It’s given me the confidence that I never had before and this is only the beginning.