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The Bachelorette Recap Week 3.2: Ding, Dong, Chad is gone … or not

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I didn’t think I could handle watching four hours of The Bachelorette in the span of 26 hours, let alone writing two of these recaps, but so be it, here we are.

There was ANOTHER random country concert (seriously, expand the Rolodex or bag the concert and send them somewhere better than western Pennsylvania), Ben Roethlisberger and Co., a hefty amount of Fireball, a big moment for Luke the Failed Country Singer and, of course, the Alex-Chad showdown the producers had been building toward for the better part of three weeks. Let’s get right into it.

The Downfall of Chad

We’ll start here instead of the MVP, because I’ve gotta keep the seven people reading this (hi, Jamie) on their toes. My fiancee says it was “early” for the two-on-one date, but it seemed properly placed for me. For those unaware, the two-on-one date is essentially the Bachelor/Bachelorette’s version of the wild card play-in game. Two guys go in, one goes home and the Chad-House (but specifically Alex) relationship had gotten to the point of resolution. Otherwise, you’re just going to drag a series out until everyone stops watching the same storylines over and over and over.

Three main observations:

  1. Chad made a major tactical error by failing to keep his temper in check for ONE AFTERNOON. Seriously dude. All you needed to do was not threaten to track someone down and beat them up once the show ended and you could’ve played the “I’ve changed” card with JoJo. Instead, Chad essentially threatened to go Boba Fett on Aaron Rodgers’ brother IN FRONT OF EVERYONE. Did you think Alex wasn’t going to bring that up?
  2. Alex essentially sacrificed his long-term success to get Chad out of the picture. Maybe it’s better for the house and the show (doubtful) in the long run, but Alex had one-on-one time with JoJo and spent all the time we saw complaining about Chad (again). Now, this time it worked and Chad actually got the boot, but there’s no chance it works out well in the long run for Alex after JoJo essentially friend-zoned Alex before the date even started.
  3. The Chad-Olivia comparisons were in full swing Tuesday night, starting with Chad believing he had some secret connection that no one else saw. But the real comparison was the way they bounced Chad, leaving him stranded on a rock surrounded by water with not so much as a goodbye. There was even the depressing overhead shot with Chad wandering and looking stunned in the middle of nowhere. Of course, the difference was Chad went completely insane, tracking the house THROUGH THE FREAKIN’ WOODS and knocking on the door of the guy’s hotel suite/house right as the credits rolled. CLIFFHANGER.
    1. This was gotta be producer-aided, right? There’s no way Chad has the skills to go from a river in the middle of nowhere and track through the woods to find the hotel/house. Either that or the producers were so brazenly insane that they let a roid raging madman chase down the woman who just dumped him and the guys he threatened to hunt down and destroy. I can’t decide which.

MVP

The march of ARB (Aaron Rodgers’ brother) is in full effect. I have to say I appreciate the way the producers slow-played the inevitable love affair between ARB and JoJo. The chemistry was pretty obvious from the jump, but they didn’t jump right into it and let it simmer slowly under the surface of Chad’s rage boil. Now, with the Chad storyline winding down, ARB is making his move and I must say, he’s playing this perfectly. JoJo tells him he’s being too closed off, so he flips the table in their one-on-one time and asks her what she’s thinking. Well-done, sir. Well-done.

Some other ARB notes:

  1. At first, it seemed unfair that they didn’t put ARB on a team during the football challenge. LET THE MAN SHINE, amiright? But, as the fiancee pointed out, JoJo essentially positioned him as guaranteed to make the extra date after the game. I see you, JoJo.
    1. Related note: ARB, man, STOP THROWING END ZONE FADES.
    2. Other related note: There’s something comical and demeaning about ARB wearing 11 since Aaron Rodgers wears 12.
  2. It was pretty funny that Big Ben pretended like he didn’t know who ARB was. “He’s Aaron’s brother, right?” Yeah, OK.
  3. How quickly would ARB call the police if Chad actually showed up at his door like three months after taping? He’s gotta have the local precinct on speed dial, right?

Secondary MVP

BIG BEN! Seriously though, I would pay for a second-screen experience in which Big Ben watches The Bachelorette and provides real-time commentary while tossing Cheetos into his mouth.

Thing I learned about my fiancee

I think if we ever run into the Former Professional Swimmer, there’s a 70 percent chance I’m going to lose her. There’s fawning and then there’s the act I witnessed last night. I’m concerned.

Random hot tub in the middle of nowhere

This seems to be a Bachelor/Bachelorette trope. On Ben’s season, they put it in the middle of the field. This time, it’s in the middle of the woods. Is there “a guy” who’s specialty is hooking up hot tubs in the middle of nowhere for reality TV shows?

The perplexing case of Vinnie

You might know Vinnie as the barber with the terrible style. My fiancee called him “Barber with the Bad Hair.” How does this guy keep getting a rose? I haven’t seen a single moment of him with JoJo, he dresses like a neon sign and he’s a barber with a bad haircut! That’s like being a sports journalist who writes a crappy reality TV recap.

Texas

How many men/women on this franchise come from Texas? It’s gotta be 40 percent, right? I think reality TV is one of Texas’ top five exports at this point.

Random thoughts

  • So many leather jackets this season. Do you think the producers told everyone that JoJo likes leather jackets or did they all just read GQ, Complex and Esquire too many times before packing for the show?
  • That sled dog date was BS. It wasn’t even snowing! They essentially made the dogs peddle a bike for them.
  • They were definitely drinking Andre in the hot tub and at the house. I’m not sure whether I should be proud or ashamed. Probably both.
  • Lighten up, Luke.
  • Evan, man. That’s a tough week. It’s probably the end of the road soon.

Quote of the week

“This is for America!” — ARB on Alex trying to get Chad off the show.

No, ARB, this was not for America. America wants more Chad.

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.