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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.

LISTEN: NBC Sports Thanksgiving Weekend Podcast Recommendations

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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the turkey, apple pie, oh and the traffic.

One of the most-traveled days of the year is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Here are some of the most recent episodes from the NBC Sports Podcast Lineup, so you can be thoroughly entertained while traveling. 

We have something for everyone- shows that range from NFL analysis to pop culture to NASCAR.

Thanksgiving and football are synonymous. If you’re a football fan, check out the PA and Florio podcast with Vikings play-by-play announcer Paul Allen. (Subscribe on iTunes here)

If you are setting your fantasy football lineup on the way to your grandmother’s house, check out the Rotoworld Fantasy Football podcast. Evan Silva might leave you a compliment if you rate and review in iTunes too.

That kind of football not really your thing? Give our Premier League podcast a shot and listen to the 2 Robbies. Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe dissect everything happening in the Premier League. You can find The 2 Robbies on iTunes too.

If you’re stuck in traffic, Danica Patrick’s candid conversation on the NASCAR on NBC podcast with Nate Ryan might be right up your alley. Subscribe here for automatic downloads of fresh content.

College Basketball is in full swing. In between your first and second courses, listen to College Basketball Talk’s analysis on the top 25 teams and the latest current events in college basketball.

If you’re not an X’s and O’s fan, but love hearing about what’s going on in the world and pop culture? Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir’s show Tara and Johnny will thoroughly entertain you.

Not seeing your sport here? Check out the full NBC Sports Podcast lineup here or tweet me @TessQuinlan and I’ll track it down.

 

Best sports Vines: 10 funniest, most unforgettable videos, moments

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Twitter announced Thursday morning it will shutter Vine, the looping, six-second video platform that spawned a generation of Internet celebrities and unforgettable highlight clips.

So we decided to put together our 10 favorite sports (relatively speaking) Vines for your pleasure.

Remember that time Mike Tyson got RKO’d by a hoverboard?

Maybe throw some chains on those tires next time.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

We don’t understand why the Knicks hired Derek Fisher either, Lance.

NEVER celebrate early, kid.

The Vine that spawned 1 million Vines.

Pete Rose with a Hall of Fame photobomb (Vine-bomb?).

Way to go, Paul.

LOW BRIDGE!

The Spelling Bee is not a game, yo.

Vine is gone. Long live Vine.