The Bachelorette Recap Week 3.1: Bad Chad, Failed Football Players and the next Bachelor

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It’s a two-part, two-episode Bachelorette week! That means TWO, yes TWO hastily-compiled, moderately-incomplete Bachelorette recaps from your 17th-favorite recapper.

It was another Chad-centric week, although this one felt even more combative than last week’s deli meat extrvaganze. Also, we finally got a bit more of the presumptive favorite, Aaron Rodgers’ brother and the random “surprise” country performance in the middle of a date. What if the date doesn’t like country? What if they want Future or Gucci? What if they’re more of an 80’s Joel head? I feel like the Bachelor franchise is really invested in propping up country artists 30 seconds at a time. Personally, I’d rather lose my mind to some March Madness than be serenaded by the 175th song to talk about pickup trucks, red solo cups and dogs.

Anyway, date songs and Chad antics aside (we’ll get there), this week also saw another fairly important development:

MVP

James Taylor is here for the crown!

I’ll admit, the guitar schtick seemed pretty stupid at first (it still is), but JoJo seems to be digging the “dude playing at the open mic 2-3 years too late) vibe JT is putting out. There was definitely a connection when he sang whatever that was on the top of the car. To me, they seem like high school sweethearts who stay together two years too long into college before she leaves him and immediately starts dating the put-together dude in her Psych 302 class.

That said, I think JT is here for a long time and I’m dubbing him the early favorite for the next Bachelor.

The two sides of Chad

Within a 20-minute span, my fiancee said something along the lines of “Chad’s right!” and “Chad is such a (word we can’t use here)!” Thus is the dichotomy of Chad. At once, he’s the most honest person I’ve ever seen on this show and yet that honesty, and the “ALLEGED” roid rage, make him inherently unlikable for long stretches. At once, you want to see more of Chad and see him potentially get punched in the face.

On a related note, Chad’s exit seems to be rapidly approaching, which is a tad surprising. Although I never thought he’d last THAT long, it seems JoJo is far less willing to put up with his crazy mood swings than Ben was with Olivia last season. There’s also a 38-percent chance Chad gets sent home for turning into Wolverine at the pool party in part two of this week.

Chad is right about Evan

Look, no one condones bullying and Chad has definitely gone way too far, but Chad is probably on to something when he says Evan was bullied his whole life and picked this moment to fight back. You have one chance to impress JoJo and you use it to pick a fight and make fun of someone else (WHILE ROCKING THAT HAIRCUT.)? And then you throw down an ultimatum that Chad’s gotta go AND chase down Chris Harrison?!

(Side note: Chris Harrison literally had the “Dude, have you ever watched the show before” face on during that entire talk with Evan. He couldn’t have given less of an eff.)

Chad might be a jerk, but Evan is annoying.

Security rent-a-cops

Does anyone think any of those “security guards” could stop Chad if Chad really decided to unleash berserker mode? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Wanted: Gym setup in house full of workout freaks

Why are the guys lifting weights on a random box in front of the pool? Is there really no gym setup in this house? That seems like a short-sighted move by the showrunners.

Or, and hear me out here, did Chad bring all of those weights with him to the show and refuses to use the gym? I need this question answered.

Aaron Rodgers’ brother

Jordan seemed like a lock for the final two after the first week, but he’s been a background player for most of the past two weeks. We did get an awesome tete-a-tete with ARB and Chad, which Chad simultaneously won and lost (as he’s wont to do) with the “You’re a 27-year-old failed football player” jab.

I’m gonna need to see more from ARB if we’re going to realize my goal of seeing Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn having dinner with JoJo at mom and dad’s house.

Random notes

  • JoJo really likes the nails on the back of the neck thing. I can’t tell if she uses it when she’s into the moment or if it’s just her thing.
  • Is JoJo ever going to go on one of these one-on-one dates and not give out the rose? Give me some suspense, people.
  • What the hell was James Taylor doing with the suspenders during the swing dancing date? He just refused to attach the back of them. Did he think we wouldn’t notice or was it some sort of silent protest to having to wear them for the shot? He took them off pretty quickly into the date but then they were back on for the confessionals. This would be one of my first questions during “The Men Tell All.”
  • “I think you’re an unbelievable father.” JoJo actually said that to Evan this week despite knowing him for a week and never having met his kids to seen him as a parent. This is just as ridiculous as last weeks’ SportsNation “proposals.”
  • Luke looks like a failed country singer.
  • Aaron Rodgers’ brother really needs to work on that one clump of hair that goes rogue every single week. It’s distracting, dude.

Quote of the week

There was a lot to work with this week, but I’m going to go with maybe the most ridiculous out-of-context quote in the time I’ve watched this show.

“Be less like Hitler, be more like Mussolini.” — Drunk Canadian Dude to Chad.

Strong effort from DCD this week. He gained major fiancee points by confronting Chad and telling him to be a moderate-level dictator instead of a Grade-A word we can’t see here.

Tuesday night is going to be awesome.

Joey Chestnut downs a record 74 franks for 11th title

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Defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, California, takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed last year.

The heat wasn’t a factor; the National Weather Service put the temperature at 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees.

Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women’s competition.

That didn’t stop the Las Vegas eater from easily beating out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

Joey Chestnut heavy betting favorite on 2018 Hot Dog contest odds

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It boils down not to “if,” but “how many?” when it comes to Joey Chestnut and the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Chestnut, who’s won in 10 of the last 11 years, is an overwhelming -550 favorite against the field to prevail again in the July 4 competitive eating contest that takes place in Coney Island, New York, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The rest of the field is listed at +325 to pull off the upset (stomach), but it seems telling that Matt Stonie, the only competitive eater who has out-gorged Chestnut in the last decade, has had a two-year decline in the total of hot dogs and buns consumed since his triumph in 2015.

The reality that Chestnut might be competing against himself could be a tip on how to handle over/under on his 72.5 total. Chestnut has improved his record in three of his last four wins and has consumed at least 68 hot dogs and buns five times, so getting the over – which pays +160, to the -210 for the under – would seem projectable.

Carmen Cincotti, who will mark his 25th birthday on the day of the contest, has emerged as an up-and-coming challenger. The total on Cincotti’s consumption is 59.5, with the over still holding decent value at -190, to +145 for the under.

The alternate lines for the winner’s total – 68.5 and 66.5 – are very low-risk, but also very low-yield plays.

Four-time women’s champion Miki Sudo is also a -550 favorite on the 2018 hot dog contest odds to win her division, with the field priced at +400. Sudo crushed a record 41 hot dogs and buns in 2017, while runner-up Michelle Lesco finished with 32.5.

The over/under on the total for the women’s winner is a toss-up at 41.5, paying -120 either way, and Sudo is likely the only one in the field with a legitimate shot at it. Sudo has finished at least 38 hot dogs and buns in three consecutive years.

In head-to-head props, Sudo is also offering -500 against +300 challenger Sonya Thomas, who won back in 2014. Thomas finished with 30 hot dogs in 2017.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.