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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.

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.”