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The Bachelorette Recap Week 8: It’s over now (basically)

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I hope you all enjoyed Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette, because once JoJo the producers sent Luke home, we’re basically just waiting for JoJo and ARB to break up a week after the finale so ARB can be the 17th guy on a football pregame show.

But since we still have a couple more recaps to go, let’s just get right into it

Bachelor party

I know we normally start with the MVP, but this is way more important.

The producers clearly had two choices entering the taping of the hometown and fantasy suite dates — prolong the Luke vs. ARB drama until the finale or bite the bullet for this season now and invest heavy in Luke The Bachelor. I can’t say I blame them for their choice. Goading Luke into his last-second display of love only to have JoJo crush him minutes later makes him as sympathetic a figure as possible. In fact, it might be borderline genius. Think of it —

  1. Stage the most romantic date possible for Luke and JoJo to make him look like more than a pretty face.
  2. Convince Luke to wait to tell JoJo he loves her until the rose ceremony.
  3. Tell JoJo she has to send Luke home.
  4. Wait for JoJo to stop begging to take Luke to the fantasy suite.
  5. Profit.

But seriously, the producers basically gave themselves two sympathetic, relatable candidates for next season’s Bachelor by forcing JoJo to eliminate Luke and Chase in the most humiliating and painful ways possible. Too bad neither of them will be even remotely interesting.

MVP

JoJo? I mean I don’t know who else to give it to this. At least JoJo called ARB out on his plans for the next year if she picked him. Of course, ARB tried to ply that smooth jazz he’s used over and over (and still kind of worked), telling JoJo he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. Except JoJo’s response this time was “That’s what Ben said.”

Damn.

ARB did recover nicely enough. By the time their conversation at dinner was over, ARB once again had smoothed things out well enough. The only question left for these two is who gets what job after the show ends and do they announce the breakup immediately after the finale or wait a few weeks.

Romeo’s balcony

I normally don’t devote two categories to one person, but the goodbye scene between ARB and JoJo deserves it’s own breakdown. First of all, ARB is shirtless in sweatpants in a tropical environment. OK, fine — style over comfort. Second, he pulls the classic Bachelorette move of walking up to the balcony, leaning forward with both of his arms on the railing and staring off into the distance. Starting to get stupid, but this is campy reality TV, so I’ll buy it. But then, in the final and most ridiculous straw, the camera pans out from Jordan’s thoughtful moment to reveal JoJo walking directly below him on the beach below — except HE NEVER CHANGES HIS VIEW. I have seen some absolutely ridiculous things on this show, but this was a slap to the face.

Pawn star

Oh, Robby, you easily manipulated creeper. The only reason you’re still around is the producers can basically get you and your mom to do whatever they want. I’m not sure what Robby thinks he’s going to get out of this agreement, but I can almost guarantee what he actually gets isn’t what he thinks it is.

Robby is probably the least interesting competitor the producers could’ve picked to go up against ARB in the finale. But that tells you all you need to know about this season. They’ve already mailed it in.

Shock and awww

Man, I legitimately feel bad for Chase. He clearly knew he didn’t belong at this point of the competition. He even told JoJo she liked the other guys more than she liked him, but there he was, in the fantasy suite, thinking he had a shot. And then he drops the L bomb, and, boom. JoJo decides THAT’S the minute to call it quits and end this charade.

The worst part of it all is he only said it because JoJo basically goaded him into saying it. Hey, at least he got to come back for that totally useless goodbye scene with JoJo during the rose ceremony.

I think I’m becoming jaded.

 

Random notes

  • My favorite part of the rose ceremony was the monkeys and it’s not that close.
  • Did anyone else hear someone call this week “the romantic overnight dates” or was that just me? That was real, right?
  • Does anyone actually believe Robby’s dad wrote that note? Good, me neither.
  • I find it hilarious how all of them still say “Chris Harrison” at the end of reading the fantasy suite letter.
  • When Robby interrupted Chase’s date and came to JoJo’s room, I shouted “He pulled a Kayla!”
  • ARB was bored AF on that cave hiking date.

Quote of the week

“I was in love with her, but I never got the chance to love her.”

That’s deep, Luke. It’s also completely incomprehensible nonsense, which is a perfect segue for JoJo’s family next week! HEYO!

Nassar victim: Michigan State leader offered secret payoff

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LANSING, Mich. – A sexual assault victim of former sports doctor Larry Nassar confronted Michigan State University officials on Friday, alleging the school’s interim leader offered a payoff to settle her lawsuit and pressured her to do so without her attorney present.

Kaylee Lorincz spoke during a contentious board of trustees meeting, where interim President John Engler expressed regret over the university’s response to another woman’s federal lawsuit over the schools handling of rape allegations involving basketball players. Lorincz, who has said Larry Nassar sexually assaulted her when she sought treatment for back pain, said Engler and his attorney offered her $250,000 when the teen and her mother were at the school a few weeks ago to sign up to speak at Friday’s meeting.

According to Lorincz, Engler said to her, “Right now if I wrote you a check for $250,000 would you take it?”

Lorincz said Engler also claimed another Nassar victim had given him an amount she would consider to settle with the university. Lorincz said she felt “bullied” by the encounter.

Engler didn’t immediately respond to her comments. His spokeswoman, Emily Guerrant, said she was in the room during the conversation and does not remember Engler offering a dollar figure.

“My interpretation of the discussion was not that he was saying, `I’m offering you $250,000,”‘ she said. “It was a discussion about the civil litigation and how it was going on.”

Lorincz addressed Engler in a room brimming with protesters, parents and sexual assault victims of Nassar, now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls and for possessing child pornography. Lorincz was among roughly 250 women who gave statements earlier this year during Nassar’s sentencing hearings in two Michigan courtrooms.

In a separate case, a woman filed a lawsuit Monday saying the university’s counselors discouraged her from filing a police report after three Michigan State basketball players allegedly raped her in 2015. She accuses the school of violating Title IX protocol and claims staff made it clear that “she faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention” should she report her rape.

The university’s immediate response to reporters asking about the lawsuit was to decline comment. But on Wednesday it issued a lengthy statement that detailed staff interaction with the woman.

The university faced criticism over that response from people who say it violated privacy laws.

Engler acknowledged Friday that the school “provided an unnecessary amount of detail” about the case, saying some people saw the response as “violating privacy expectations.”

Engler became interim president after Lou Anna Simon resigned in January hours after Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for crimes involving Michigan State athletes. Students remain anxious over the future course of the university, which has yet to choose a permanent replacement for Simon.

In Friday’s board meeting, Engler attempted to steer focus toward celebrating milestones of the university’s graduating seniors but was frequently usurped by boos and jeers from a crowd clad in teal shirts with the phrase, “I stand with the sister survivors (hash)MeTooMSU.” Some Nassar victims wrapped their mouths with black bands that had the phrase “Silenced” scrawled over them.

Parents of victims were left in the lobby downstairs because their posters of their children’s faces were considered “signs” and thus barred from the meeting room. Protesters who were able to attend instead held up cellphones with childhood pictures of victims.

During the meeting, Engler proposed a 2.97 percent tuition increase, the third lowest in 20 years. Earlier he had teased the possibility of heavy tuition increases should the school’s lawsuits over the Nassar controversy continue to snowball financially.

During public testimony, Engler and his board were castigated for how he handled the public fallout over the past few months and repeatedly told to resign.

“You sponsored my assault,” dancer Morgan McCaul, a Nassar victim, said. “Your time is up. Resign.”

As McCaul’s testimony concluded, the crowd joined her in chanting, “Shame on you,” at the board.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg dies at 82

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SAN DIEGO — Dick Enberg, the longtime sportscaster who got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres baseball games, died Thursday. He was 82.

Engberg’s daughter, Nicole, confirmed the death to The Associated Press. She said the family became concerned when he didn’t arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.

“He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” wife Barbara told the Union-Tribune. “We think it was a heart attack.”

Enberg retired in October 2016 after a 60-year career – and countless calls of “Oh my!” in describing a play that nearly defied description. He also was well-known for his baseball catchphrase of “Touch `em all” for home runs.

Raised in Armada, Michigan, Enberg’s first radio job was actually as a radio station custodian in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, when he was a junior at Central Michigan. He made $1 an hour. The owner also gave him weekend sports and disc jockey gigs, also at $1 an hour. From there he began doing high school and college football games.

During his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles. Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, including two by San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014.

He said the most historically important event he covered was “The Game of the Century,” Houston’s victory over UCLA in 1968 that snapped the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak.

“That was the platform from which college basketball’s popularity was sent into the stratosphere,” Enberg said. “The `79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. … UCLA, unbeaten; Houston, unbeaten. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose. That became a monumental event.”

Enberg’s many former broadcast partners included Merlin Olsen, Al McGuire, Billy Packer, Don Drysdale and Tony Gwynn. He even worked a few games with Wooden, whom he called “The greatest man I’ve ever known other than my own father.” Enberg called Padres games for seven seasons and went into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame in 2015.

John Ireland, the radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, tweeted that “If there was a Mount Rushmore of LA Sports Announcers, Dick Enberg is on it with Chick Hearn, Vin Scully and Bob Miller. Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so much more. Was the first famous announcer I ever met, and he couldn’t have been nicer. Definition of a gentleman.”

Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and UCLA named its Media Center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.

“Kindest, most proactive possible treatment of newcomers in this business, for the length of his career,” broadcaster Keith Olbermann said of Enberg on Twitter. “What a terrible loss.”