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The Bachelorette Recap Week 4: ARB Shining, Gross Gossip Mags and Cupcake Cake

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Man, it’s been a long two weeks hasn’t it? I mean, sure, we got that epic Game 5 in which LeBron essentially unfurled on everyone and started his march toward the greatest three-game run in the history of ever. BUT NOW, we got our conclusion to the Chad Saga, a NEW (different and wholly disgusting) Chad Saga and the rise of Alex the Ass. But really, Monday night’s episode should be known as the one when Aaron Rodgers’ brother just dunked on EVERYONE in the house, including JoJo.

So, without further adieu:

MVP

ARB might not have gone full LeBron on the house, but his pull JoJo behind the wall move during the first rose ceremony was a strong move. Any time my fiancee turns me and says, “you can do that,” you’re doing OK, ARB.

On a related note, ARB looked to be in rough shape after JoJo essentially asked him if he cheated on his last girlfriend. The body language of not saying anything, stopping dead in your tracks and pausing to drink — not so good. But the way he recovered and eventually spun it into making her feel bad about even asking was pretty effing smooth, even if he was polishing a turd.

The only concern for ARB is he’s quickly becoming the main target of the other guys in the house. As soon as they read his name on the solo date card (after the group date rose), you could literally see every other dude shoot daggers into his smug, smiling face. The producers are clearly setting up the “ARB only wants to be famous” storyline for at least the next two to three weeks.

LVP

Look, I get that as a producer of a reality TV show that’s been on the air for like two decades (is this right? I’m not checking it), you need to sometimes generate some storylines. Sometimes, you even have to get into some sticky, not-so-nice, probably-morally-questionable territory to do that. But the gossip mag storyline last night was just freakin’ gross. Does anyone believe for a second that Vinny just HAPPENED to have that specific gossip mag with a story from JoJo’s ex about how JoJo just wants to be famous? It was the most blatant producer plant I’ve seen and it would’ve only been a little gross if they left it there. But when they waited for JoJo to be deliriously happy and then shoved the mag in her face, said “we need to address this” and said the guys have seen it (like they just “found” it) — I mean, c’mon, man. That’s the kind of stuff that makes me feel gross and dirty and uncomfortable in a really bad way. It didn’t help anyone other than the producers and it made for terrible, awkward and unenjoyable television.

What a waste

Speaking of producer decisions, what a weird call to have that stupid Chad segment this week and hold it over everyone like some huge cliffhanger. I haven’t been that disappointed in a “to be continued” since all of the Matrix movies.

Cupcake questions

I have so many questions about the cupcake cake they smashed into Alex’s face in celebration of Chad’s exit. In order:

  • Where did the cupcake cake come from? Did the producers have it waiting? Did they have to go out and order it?
  • Was it the producers’ idea to have it or did the guys ask for it?
  • Was it made at Stop N’ Shop?
  • Who brought the party hats and the road flare?
    • Is the road flare a fire hazard or does Western PA just roll like that?
  • What was the ordering process like at the store where they got the cupcake cake?
  • Was there anything written on it?
  • Was it in the shape of Chad’s face or was it just a shapeless blob?

If you have any answers to these questions, please let me know @cgriffin415 on Twitter.

Alex is the new Chad

Now that Chad is gone, it’s clear Alex is getting the bully/villain edit. He got made to look like a serious (word we can’t say here) for most of the second half of Monday’s episode.

Too soon, bros

I lost count how many times my fiancee got audibly and physically upset at these dudes telling JoJo they loved her after a month. It’s a wonder these relationships don’t last.

Thing I learned about my fiancee

She HATES poetry. Like, ridiculously hardcore hates it. Her response to James’ poem to JoJo was as follows:

“I don’t think I’d like you if you wrote me poems…

*Full pause*

“They’re for pansies.”

Random notes

  • Vinny and Evan lasted two episodes longer than I thought, but there was no chance of them or Wells (who survives again despite doing nothing) making it past the midway point.
  • It boggles my mind that these dudes let Vinny cut their hair. Have they not seen his haircut?
  • Would it take longer to get from Western PA to Eastern PA than to fly to Uruguay from Pittsburgh? I think yes.
  • Do the bachelor/bachelorette ever got drunk with the contestants? I’m talking rip-roaring, holding-each-other-up-as-you-stumble-home drunk. How could you possibly know if you can stand to spend your life with someone if you don’t even know if you like them drunk?
  • These dudes got really mad at Derek for taking their time away from JoJo when there was no time with JoJo anyway.
  • RIP Drunk Canadian Dude, who was definitely a package deal with Chad.
  • Swim shoes are never sexy.

Quote of the week

This week’s gem comes from Drunk Canadian Dude, who struggled to find words after he was bounced by JoJo.

“If this was based on looks, I’d still be here. I’m a great catch … I got a better chance of.. of getting struck by lightning…

*full 15-second pause*

“…while shaving my face.”

Welp.

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.