Bachelorette episode 3, Part 1… Chad is raging, and takes my wife on an emotional roller coaster.

Opening scene. Animal house. We’ve all been there. Let move it on to….
“HEYYY CHADD.”
“He’s so hot,” says wife. Spoiler here.
Chad and Daniel having another bro moment. Talking calories, the whole nine.
Chris Harrison talks date parameters
First date card:

Chase

“Let’s get physical… Love JoJo.
Chad. Upset.

“He’s the hottest guy there,” wife chimes in. We.Get.It.
To the date between chase and JoJo

And it’s yoga… Not mad at it….

But it’s hot yoga.

Instructor starts saying…

“Hey”

“Hey”

“Hey”

Then what she says… Her words, not mine

“It’s kinda of like an anger-gasm.”

Got it.

More screaming while standing up… Or anger-gasm.
Back to the house. Daniel and Chad pumping iron. Like Venice beach style.
Annd…. Back to yoga

And JoJo has mounted chase. They are face to face. Someone burps. Could be a problem.
WIFE ALERT:

“That’s like the total opposite of what I want to do, because I don’t want you breathing on me .”
Then the kissing begins. Knew that was coming. Yab-Yum successful.

To the dinner date…

Chase came from a divorced family… He was eight.

“Marriage is forever,” he says.

And on cue. JoJo hands over the first rose of the night.

And magically… In the midst of trees and a perfectly lighted backyard.. Charles Kelly with a band. Just never know what’s outside. Hell, I may run outside tonight and see if I can find Chris Stapleton.

Date card #2 (group)

Jordan- Aaron Rodgers brother

Grant- “HEYYY CHADD”

Wells

James F

Christian

Daniel

Vinny

Nick

Evan

Alex

Chad

Ali
“I don’t want to go with 12 guys,” Chad says.
“You think she wants to have a whole day with you?” Jordan says.

 

Jordan continues:

“What ever team Chad’s on, hopes its a bench press contest and not a spelling contest,”
AHHHHH snap Jordan AKA Aaron Rodgers brother!!

Chad:

“You’re a 27 year old failed football player. You’ve done nothing with your life beside throw a piece of leather,” Chad responds.
Alex (the marine):

“There’s a solid piece of s$&$ right over here.”
Chad:

“And there’s a p$&@!” Over there.
If there could be a wrestling royal rumble, Chad would be alone. But Chad does what chad wants to do. And he walks alone (insert 80’s hero music).

The date group heads to a theatre, JoJo looks smokin.
They have to tell sex stories.

Chad ain’t HAVIN none of it.
But Evan…. Oh Evan… Is about to hate on Chad on stage. His bachelorette buddies are gonna let him walk on the plank by himself. God speed Evan. God speed.
GRANT THE FIREFIGHTER IS UP FIRST:

16 yrs old. He text a girl. Sleeping bags. Spotlight. Cops. He did the deed.
There’s a guy discussing an alphabet.
JORDAN:

man region joke
There a girl with a mustache joke
“There a guy with a fade, and I love him to!” Wife chimes in.

*sigh*
Cut to the main part:

Evan.. Bout to seal his fate… He drops the hate on Chad jokes:

“I want to tell the dangers of using steroids.

We get the danger of steroid overdose.”

CHAD IS ANGRY. REALLLLLY ANGRY.
GIVE CHAD A HAM AND ROAST BEEF PLATE STAT!!!!!
Chad of course rips Evans shirt as he walks down to the stage.
Chad then tries to kiss JoJo. NOPPPE. He throws the mic. CHAD NEEDS A HAM AND ROAST BEEF PLATE STAT!!!!!
He punched a door. Bro’s do that from time to time. You’ve seen it before.
“You’re gonna die,” Chad says to Evan.
Boys.. Y’all let him walk on that plank.
Chad then says after hands are bloodied:

“If I can’t lift weights,”

Of course he goes there.
GET CHAD A HAM AND ROAST BEEF PLATE STAT!!!!!!!
Group date guys hang out at night (most notables):

Jordan opens up… And lays a kiss on JoJo… Y’all know he’s not going anywhere. He will be there for the long haul.
Alex (marine)

“I’m ride or die” he says.
Chad tries to interrupt a one on one. Starts whistling and trying to mess up another dudes moment. Not cool.
AND WE HAVE A BREAKTHROUGH!!!!!
Wife: “I don’t like Chad anymore. I like the guy with the fade.”
That would be Vinny.
Chad then tells other guys, that he doesn’t start things he’s not a jerk
Wife: “Well Chad has a point.”
BREAKTHROUGH RUINED.
Evan is mad cause he shirt got ripped.

Chad tells Evan to stay away.
“I mean he hasn’t been looking for fights,” wife says.
BREAKTHROUGH IS DESTROYED FOREVER.

Date card #3 (one on one)

James T. (The guitar guy)

“Let’s kick it old school the note says.

Chad hate:

He says GRANT THE FIREFIGHTER looks like a sponge bob character.
Wife laughs:

“Hahaha Sqiudworth.”
BREAKTHROUGH IS CRUSHED TO OBLIVION.
Evan tells JoJo that if chad stays here, I’m leaving
“BYE EVAN! HEYYY CHAD!”
BREAK.THROUGH.GONE.TO ETERNITY.
“And she gave Evan a kiss on the cheek,” wife says… Meaning Evan’s out.
JoJo gives a rose to.. Wait… She pulls Evan to the side… Wife chimes in

“When girls talk to you in the past tense…”

And then JoJo shows Evan the door…. WAIT WHAT THE!?!?

EVAN GOT A ROSE!?!?!?!?!?!??!??!??!??
I proceed to get hit in the arm by the wife

“See! I told ya!”
CHAD NEEDS A HAM AND ROAST BEEF PLATE STAT!!!!
“Is this a real scenario right now!?! I’m just being curious right now,” Chad says.

“You’re actually vibing this dude right now?!?”
JoJo. Not feeling it.
Next day:

Guys are afraid to sleep in the same room with Chad. Alright guys. Let’s be serious. It is not that deep.
They hired a security guard for Chad. Once again guys. It’s not that deep.
Back to one on one date with James T.

Old school date. JoJo looks really good.

“She looks like Kelly Clarkson,” wife says.

So there’s that from left field.
Back to the date

There’s a lady named June. She can swing dance. She’s 92. And awesome.

And then we have a swing dance party outside. Just walk outside and folks are swing dancing huh? Got it.

James T and JoJo sit in a old school car and…

“Friend zone.com,” wife says.

Looks that way. Looks.That.Way.

James T has a moment. He was called Luke Longneck. JoJo laughed at him. Anyway, he goes into the ahh shucks I’m not the best looking guy deal. JoJo tells him that’s he’s a good person and what not. And shocker… He gets a rose. Well played James T. Well played.

And OF COURSE HE BRINGS OUT THE GUITAR. GUYS ALWAYS GET AHEAD WITH A GUITAR.

Back at the house

Daniel tells his bro Chad to tone it down.

Chad eats lettuce. The end.
Rose ceremony:

No cocktail party tonight. Right into the roses. But she wants an all day pool party.
Evan tracks Chris Harrison outside… And whines about his shirt getting ripped etc. Chris Harrison in no certain words said.. DUDE MAN UP!
Chris goes and talks to Chad… And Chad says he tried to push me. Daniel tries to take up for his bro inside the house. Chris Harrison tells Chad to go into the house to apologize not before

Saying…
“I’m gonna cut everyone’s heads and arms off and mess up this entire thing.”
CHAD RAGING. PART ONE IS OVER.

Mom, Dad, Uncle Marvin, and Ali

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Raised 24 miles south in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. To this day, I have family members who live in the heart of the Derby City. Outside of Kentucky and Louisville basketball, and horse racing, anyone close to the Louisville area couldn’t escape the presence of the “Champ.”

(Source: portrait photography)

Whether it was billboards, quotes, watching VHS tapes of his greatest battles in the squared circle, or adults explaining to me his importance out of the ring, “Champ” was everywhere throughout my childhood.

So after his passing late Friday, and after reading tons of articles, and re-watching YouTube videos well into the early morning Saturday, I called three people separately. All three were over the age of 50, that met him, and in their respective lives gave me insight into what “Champ” meant to them. My Mom, Dad, and my uncle Marvin:

 

 

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The Meeting

 

Mom (came to Louisville in 1979):

“I was in my 30’s. I was at Nancy’s hair boutique off Naomi Drive. It was a strip mall, a grocery store, a barber shop, a wig shop. And actually you used to get your hair cut there. A bank sat on the corner. Gosh, Lilian Yarbrough was my cosmetologist at the time. I went there that particular Saturday, all the ladies were under the hair dryer, and all this commotion was going on outside. Horns sounding, people screaming. Everybody was happy. Nancy (who owned the boutique) knew him because she was known in and around the city as a business woman. I don’t know what was going on, but something was going on.
Throngs of people outside, it was about 10 AM on a Saturday morning. All these men, with these suits, and these two ladies were with him. People were coming out of the supermarket, you saw the limosesnes, women were coming out of their houses with rollers in their head. People screaming Cassius Clay! Muhammad Ali! These two ladies were with him, one caught my eye. She had a Queen Latifah, Halle berry (skin) tone.

One lady had a soft baby blue, two piece, Taylor made suit. She had on some real nice pointed toe pumps on, she just caught my eye. Shoulder length hair, pink lipstick. Fair, not light skinned, a shade darker than I am. He (Ali) came out of a car, suit coat, no tie, all kinds of body guards. He was true to form, picking up the babies, shuffling his feet, talking trash. The whole nine. It was really something to see.

He was very cordial.  I told Your Dad after the fact he was a nice looking man, but when I shook his hand they were small. And I remember when he walked by, he smelled really good.”

Dad (came to Louisville 1964):

“The gym ain’t even there anymore. Hell I was young myself. I believe it was on Grant and Cecil, or on Cecil, I’m not sure. I was 18,19, might have been 20. Me and Bill Jones (friend) would go around the gym because we wanted to see the other people training. Clay was older than me, and was training. I didn’t come here till 1964, it was some years after that when I saw him. He was sparring and stuff. He looked more like a kid, had that damn lip. You could could hear him over in the next ring runnin that damn mouth. Met him. He spoke to everybody. He’d wave at you. Everybody, different age groups. That’s when I thought I could box, until a guy named Marcus Anderson made me see blue stars (laughter). I knew his daddy better than him. He was a construction painter, painting signs, houses. You know, he’s the one that painted they house pink. I knew his daddy cause I used to run around with Johnny Page (cousin of Greg Page, former heavyweight champion, also from Louisville). His momma used to have a brick house around the Buechel area.

Never did see him anywhere else.”

Uncle Marvin (came to Louisville October 22nd 1972):

“I worked at Sears for two years, and then went to overnight (trucking service, later bought by UPS).

I had to deliver freight to UofL’s campus bookstore. As I drove up to the loading dock, I noticed a crowd of people. It was by the loading area, and you knew it was him. I saw people around, and thought it was Ali.

He was with Bundini Brown. Somebody else was with him passing out Quran books. He was signing autographs (on the Quran). It’s green. I still have it and he signed it.

Just small talk, and he was cuttin up. I stayed for about ten minutes. I’ll say it was ’80 or ’79. He was so sharp, quick-witted.

I was on cloud nine. I shook his hand, hugged him. He looked lean, fit.

He was a jokester.

A experience I’ll never forget .”

 

 

 

 

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The Fan

Uncle Marvin: “I was scared to death. I told people this, I said man, I love Ali to death, but he’s bitten off more than he can chew. My stomach was turning, I couldn’t eat nothing.

It was about right around midnight when the fight was shown at Freedom Hall. Me, Prince, and some of the guys I went to UEI trade school with went to see it.

Foreman was pounding ’em.  And I was screaming, get off the ropes! Get off the ropes! Made ’em punch his self out, and Ali went to work on ’em.

When he went down, it was loud. I ain’t ever went to a ball game that was that crowded. Shoulder to shoulder. I was so relieved.
That fight taught me a valuable lesson. Styles make fights. Ali was a thinking fighter.”

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The Decline

Uncle Marvin:  “It hurt me to my heart to see him fight Larry Holmes. Larry Holmes himself knew he had only a shell of a man. I bet ya right now, Larry Holmes regrets it.

I knew he shouldn’t have took the fight. I almost cried. That hurt me so bad. I loved Ali just that much.

Ali shoulda retired after the second Spinks fight.

When I heard the slur in his voice. When he fought in the Norton fight, I picked up on it then, I didn’t know what it was, he was just getting older, and then it came out that he had Parkinson’s.”

 

 

 

 

 

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The Man

Mom: “He was genuine, real human being. Even being a polarizing figure. Here was this black man, in the 60’s, who was strong in his convictions. He was controversial, but he believed what he believed.”

Uncle Marvin: “He epitomizes what a strong black role model is. I like him for his courage, what he was up against. He always trying to help folks. “

Mom: “Some white people didn’t know what to expect, and some black people were mad, because he converted to Islam, and many came from baptist church upbringings.”

Uncle Marvin: “I’ll be honest with you. If there’s a person that’s great, it’s Muhammad Ali. I think he’s the greatest ambassador for our generation. He did stuff that the president couldn’t do. He went overseas, brought peace everywhere he went. He’s the biggest figure I’ve ever known in my life. I looked up to him because I respect what he did for boxing and the whole world.”

Mom: “One word to describe him, bold.”

Uncle Marvin: “He’s an extraordinary man.

He’s the biggest figure I’ve ever met in my life. “

Bachelorette recap episode two

So here’s what I found out in the first episode…. My wife loves Chad or AKA “HEYYY Chad”

Other than that, everything’s a blur. So now on to episode 2 (hour one):
Chad (HEYYY CHAD) comes with the zinger with a drink toast in the morning…

“Beautiful girl beatiful life… F&$@ you guys Imma make her my wife.”
If this was Bad Girls club , boys edition, glass would be broken. And their would be blood. Lots of it.
So on to the group and one on one dates
First date card:

Luke

Grant

Will

Evan

Daniel

Vinnie

Ali

James F

Will

Robby
We’re in LA… There’s a limo on fire. CHASE says, “Is JoJo in there should I be a hero? Nah bro, just extinguish that weak one liner.
And then a 90’s pop hot girl music video breaks out… JoJo comes out of a fire truck with a hose and puts out the fire from the limo. So there’s that.
And to end the segment… Chad, sorry, “HEYY CHAD” throws out that everyone on the first date are “B” teamers. Got it.
Fire academy competition:

I know we have to have filler for what seems like a six hour show each week, but these have ZERO effect on who JoJo will choose, UNLESS YOU ATE A FIRE FIGHTER NAMED GRANT.
Wells looks like he’s about to lose his life, and about to pass out during the competition, and then Wells goes in with the “when I talk to you I feel like I’m gonna faint” one liners.
*sigh*
Back to the house:

James T. (The guitar dude) with a song that the rest of the dudes sing along to.

And Chad, sorry, “HEYY CHADD” puts things in perspective… With pure 100 percent hate.

I’m with Chad. This boy band song deal is worth the hate.
Back to firefighter competition:

GRANT THE FIREFIGHTER is In a competition with Luke and Wells to save JoJo from the top of a building:

1. Wells was done before this started.

2. Luke and Grant and going at it… In the end it was… GRANT THE FIREFIGHER. HES A FIRE FIGHTER. HE IS A PROFESSIONAL FIREDFIGHTER HE WAS GOING TO DO WORK! DUH!

And to add the icing on the cake… He carried her out of the building…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Good stuff right there.

The guys head to a hotel and get to know JoJo… Starting with the FIREFIGHTER GRANT (GRANT WILL ALWAYS BE IN CAPS BECAUSE HES A FIREFIGHTER).

Here’s his chance to get the first rose…. And he gets some kissing action… Wutttttt….with the glass of champagne… Do you FIREFIGHTER GRANT. Do you. No rose though. YOU ATE STILL A FIREFIGHTER.

Back to the hotel. Wells gets the sympathy talk from JoJo and makes the most if it. Gets JoJo to laugh, he’s a Nashville DJ, he should be able to ad-lib right here. He has a blood hound named Carl. I’m done with him. Get rid of him now JoJo. Do it for humanity.

Luke gets some time and he should. War vet. He should go to the finals. Anywho, him and JoJo have some heart to heart with a Spanish guitar playing in the back. And then he goes in for the kill… Sometimes you just gotta go in and see what’s happening… First kiss complete.
The rose goes to:

WELLS!?!?!?!? Man… Didn’t see that coming… The DJ for the win.
Back to the house:

Derek gets the one on one date. JoJo driving an ol school whip (she does look pretty dang good by the way)… They hop on a private jet. And fly over San Fransisco and decide to check out the city. JoJo leans in for the kiss! Ok then JoJo…. Do your thing lady. They talk about past relationships… And then Derek says the usual “close myself off” spill… JoJo talks about Ben… In the end, Derek gets rose #2. Gotta a feeling he will be a fan favorite.
Back to the house:

This JoJo song the guys are signing is awful. And Chad (HEYYY CHAD) let’s his feelings known:

“Stay away from the nice guys.”

Daniel from Canada joins in on some bro love

There’s talk of a dude protein shake. Huh. They hi-five each other. I checked out for about 45 seconds after that to gather my thoughts again.
Date card #2:

Jordan

Christian

Nick

James

James T

Alex

Chad (shakes his head in agreement)
The date card #2 dudes head to LA Live and ESPN Studios and have some fun with the Sports Nation guys Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley in a game called Bachelor nation. Fun times. Dudes had to do dances.

And then…. Chad (HEYY Chad) just picks up JoJo… More hate from the dudes.

Chad to JoJo: “you’re starting off a little naggy here.” Chad is the best “heel” (means being a wrestling bad guy) in bachelor or bachelorette history. With that said… JoJo will keep him around FOREVER. She likes bad boys (her words not mine).

Later, Chad drops some real honesty… And tells the fellas, he doesn’t know if he wants to marry JoJo, because he doesn’t know her…. He gets points for that.
HOUR TWO

Date card group #2 continued… The Sports Nation guys did a list of their ranking of the guys:

3. Alex

2. Chad (he will continue to hate till eternity)

1. James T (the dude with the guitar… They always get ahead in life).
On to the nightcap with the Date card #2 guys:

James (the dude with the guitar) basically says he has a good heart and doesn’t work out. But loves to eat. He gets half credit from me for the eating part. Aight. Was waiting for him to break out his guitar. To no avail. But we did get a spoken word/song… JoJo cries… He goes in for a kiss…James T is winning right now.

Chad then dissects every dude on the date… I mean he should sign with WWE immediately. BUT….
he then gets his one on one time with JoJo…and says he has a Maltese puppy from his mom that died. Explains his “being angry” spill. Don’t want to wish tragedy on anyone. They both go to a wishing well… And she (you guessed it) swaps tongue with Chad.

The date card #2 rose goes to….James T. Guitar. Spoken word poem. JoJo cried. It was a slam dunk. Chad ponders why not me in his first person reaction.
Final Rose ceremony/ cocktail party:

JoJo gets out the limo and BAM! Chad has a glass of wine waiting on her.. And gets some extra one on one time… Well played Chad. Well. Played.
Obviously the guys are pissed and mad they didn’t think of it. So Alex (the marine) pulls Chad to the side and then the other guys confront him. Chad laughs while eating finger foods.
Chase then pulls JoJo to the side, and out of nowhere generates fake snow. He says he snowboards. Man, the bachelorette crew can make anything happen.

Back to the star of the show… “HEYY CHAD.”

He has a plate of food that I would be proud of. Nothing but meat. Wings, roast beef, ham, the whole nine.

“He would take an IV of meat if he could,” one contestant says.

So all the guys are super mad… And they all confront Chad.
“It was like watching west side story, a bunch of guys surrounding me,” Chad says… I laughed aloud.

Chad cuts Evan off from time with JoJo .. Evan is upset… So Alex (the marine) goes to confront Chad. Good stuff here.
“You think I’m scared of you bro?” Chad says…

“You’re a meltdown.”

Could a small fisticuffs ensue later in the season? Heck why not.
So we FINALLY (after 3,457 hours in this episode) get to the final rose ceremony

The final rose guys that will advance are:

James T (guitar dude)

Derek

Wells

Alex (the marine)

Christian

Robby

Luke

Chase

Jordan (Aaron Rodgers brother)

Grant (FIREFIGHTER)

Ali

Daniel (Chads bro)

James F.

Nick

Vinny

Evan
Final rose goes to (shocker):

“HEYYYY CHAD!”

Wife will continue to watch the show moving forward.
Episode 3 next week. TWO EPISODES. TWO NIGHTS. Peace out.

The Bachelorette stream of consciousness  

So I want to let everyone on a guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoy reality TV. And It’s all my wife’s fault. Not really, I enjoy entertainment… And reality TV is, well, entertaining, and crazy weird. And I love it. One show that I’ve always watched (for the most part) is the Bachelor or Bachelorette franchise. It’s over done, there’s a lot of crying, the whole nine, and yes I watch it like I’ve watched professional wrestling my entire life. So while I have a little more free time during the late spring and summer before the “good” crazy returns (High School, college football), I decided that I’ll chat each week about JoJo and this season of the Bachelorette. It’s sort of like a stream of consciousness with added commentary from my better half. So without further ado…
Bachelorette episode 1

The dudes (quick synopsis with added quick hitters from the wife):

Jordan-hugged and held hands with her… Told a mom dad story… She told em he looked amazing…. And told him he’s hot. Aaron Rodgers brother. He will be hated on as long as he’s on the show. Count on it.

Derek- commercial banker… Threw out some one liners.

Grant- man… Threw out a one liner… Saying he’s not going to fall in love with two girls deal… Too deep to soon in my opinion.

James- boxing club owner… Said he came for a relationship… Not a rose… Uh huh.

Robby- competitive swimmer… He came with wine. He’s a favorite early on for that gesture, and they drank out the bottle. Like for real drank out the bottle before even stepping inside he house. Bonus points there. And JoJo said mom would like em. 10/10 for Robby. Nailed it

Alex- marine… He should be a finalist period for what he does for our country.

Will- was waiting for the first quirky dude… He brought cards… And tried to be funny… Wife says called him captain awkward.

Chad- wife immediately says “Heyyyy chad” meaning he’s great looking… He talked very low. Taking low tells me you know you think you’re elite.

Daniel- Canadian. Threw out the “dang Daniel” social media deal.

Ali- bartender. Wife says … He has crazy eyes… And he had high water pants. Doesn’t look good Ali.

James Taylor- singer… Songwriter… Wife doesn’t believe he has a job. He brought a guitar. And sang. And played more. We shall see.

Jonathan- he wore a kilt. Rowdy rowdy piper… He threw out a man region joke. Dunno about it.

Break from introductions and cut scenes to inside the house:

* all the guys hated on Jonathan from the jump… Haters everywhere… Which means he probably stays.*

*james Taylor continues to play guitar*

Back to dude intros out of the limousine:

Saint Nick- for real. A dude wore a Santa Claus outfit. No chance he makes it. Thanks for playing.

*wife likes Chad at this point. Likes his dry humor*

Chase- comes with a I “mustache you a question” but I will “shave it later”… Uh….

Rapid fire dudes in succession (not a ton of time here):

Jake- architect

Sal- another male region joke

Coley

Brandon- quick

James S-bachelor super fan. Wife says that equals stalker.

Nick S- did the splits. Nah man.

Vinny- toast. he brought a piece of toast. Like toast that I want to throw some jelly on. Hmm…

Peter

Evan- he brought a heart pillow

Wells- imposter Ben (from last seasons Bachelor) the wife says.. BUT.. he brought a quartet… AND IT WAS ALL-4-ONE. THEY SANG I SWEAR. AUTOMATICALLY IN THE FINALS.

Christian- rode in on a motorcycle.

Luke- War Vet. Automatically in the finals, and rightfully so for his service for our country. Unicorn horse and all.
*we skipped the rest of the show and got to the important part. Final rose ceremony.*

Dudes who got roses:
Luke

Wells

James T

Grant

Derek

Christian

Chad-Wife says for the zillonith time, “HEYYY Chad… I mean… I like him a lot.” Think I got wife.
Chase

Alex
Robbie

Brandon

James F

Ali- crazy

Saint Nick- HE FOR REAL MADE IT.THE DUDE IN THE DIRTY SANTA SUIT MADE THE CUT. SOCIETY IS DOOMED.

Will

James S.

Eddie

Evan
And the Final Rose goes to…..

Daniel
Afterwards all the dudes hug it out

Dude with the kilt upset with Saint Nick getting a rose…

So there’s that.

On to episode 2.

A Few Words

The NFL Draft

—I love Jared Goff. I have ZERO clue about Carson Wentz. I watched two games this season. Didn’t notice him at all. He got hurt, and I knew the backup took North Dakota State to the FCS Title game. Once again, I HAVE ZERO CLUE on Wentz. I’ve seen Goff way more in his career, and like what I see (For whatever the hell that’s worth). Hackenberg is another I like (I watched him a lot also).

— The “anonymous” scout is something I always look forward to leading up to the draft. Who knew that your cooking skills will raise or drop your draft stock?  Or the age old Not smart enough and lets throw more hidden connotations in my evaluations.. (For your time.. scroll to number 10).

–It’s all part of the process (good and disgusting),  Draft day is here. Hooray.

–I respect all 32 franchises in the NFL. That doesn’t mean said franchise doesn’t always do smart things. All a fan can have is hope. Tennessee and Cleveland folks, I hope for the best with new respective regimes. History has proven otherwise.

 

 

 

Sports randomness:

–Kobe Bryant dropped 60 points on his way out. Of course “well he shot it every time” person will scoff at the point total.  “Well he shot it every time” person also hates ice cream, pizza, sports cars, and money.

— If Conor McGregor could ever link up with WWE….

–GGG can punch a tad.

— Errol Spence can box a tad.

–Jon Jones is well.. Jon Jones. Really good.

–Justice Winslow. You started a hashtag revolution. Bravo sir.

— And yes, one of these days, I’ll join in.

–Injuries STINK in sports. Understand it’s part of it, but can they ever screw things up.

— Best play of the season in the Majors:  Puig.

 

One more thing and I’m out:

I was about six or seven  and at my baby sitter’s house, her daughter had a poster of this dude with long hair on a motor cycle with smoke surrounding the picture. I finally was able to watch this movie called Purple Rain, and besides my first ever crush, the lady know as Apollonia came in number two.

I could go on and on with the songs that the dude I came to know as Prince wrote, performed, etc. Had to drop a quick line or two for one of the best that ever did it.

I remember this performance

And this one in the rain. Go figure.

And the guitar solo during Purple Rain (and EVERY song on the album).  Didn’t even get to my favorite songs.. that would take a few pages. Thanks for some of the best music of all time and arguably the best 14 words in a song ever:

Dearly beloved.. we are gathered here today, to get through this thing called life.

Saban best ever… with another coaching great

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We are all prisoners of the moment. Knee jerk reactions aren’t silly, It’s just human nature. A player, or team has an accomplishment, it’s easy to throw out the best ever comparisons.

Monday night after Alabama’s 45-40 win over Clemson, I walked out to the field inside University of Phoenix Stadium (partly to stay awake) to think if Nick Saban is the greatest coach in College Football history. I think he’s the best coach in the college game right now (Urban Meyer, David Shaw the other two) and I think it goes without saying that Alabama is the best program in the game (Ohio St is number two).

But, is Nick Saban, THE greatest coach in the college game. He joins one coach atop the mountain (more on the other coach later). Here’s what’s made Saban’s accomplishments at Alabama all-time impressive:

 

1.Being able to adapt his game plan, and program

Alabama isn’t anywhere near the program they were when Saban came to Tuscaloosa. The game plan was even more of a run heavy, conservative, sound defense that wouldn’t make many mistakes. It worked the first few years in a big way (2009 National Title).

What’s made Saban great is being able to meticulously find every little detail before kickoff, and allowing his assistants to do the same. Case in point, the game changing onside kick Monday night.

You can go all the way back to Saban’s first National Title run  in 2009 and their win over Florida in the SEC Championship.

He can make adjustments, but he can also change as the college game changes. Would Saban have the success that he’s enjoying if he were staying true to his philosophy in 2008-09? Doubt it. He won games the last two season’s with Blake Sims and Jacob Coker, running a more up tempo attack.

 

2. Recruiting philosophy has changed

It’s one thing to stock pile elite recruiting  classes year after year in College Football. That means nothing if a coaching staff:

A) Can’t evaluate elite talent at the prep level that fit your needs schematically on offense or defense.

B) Can’t develop the talent you have once it arrives on campus.

How many programs have had top 10 classes, and can’t get 7 wins, much less a chance to win a conference or National title?

Now granted, EVERY college program will “miss” on talent over the years once on campus. That’s just the reality of  the game. Guys don’t pan out for one reason or another.

The biggest accomplishment for Saban is what he’s done to revamp his roster all while dealing with the “spread” or wide open scheme across the country and within the SEC. After the slow progression of a spread type scheme with Tim Tebow and Cam Newton at Florida and Auburn respectively to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, Nick Saban understood that he needed players on defense that were good enough to hold up in the trenches and in run support, all while being able to play in space.

The Dont’a Hightower’s, Rolando McClain’s, Trey Depriest’s of the world are a thing of the past. What Tide fans will see more of are body types like Rashaan Evans, Tim Williams, Reuben Foster, Shon-Dion Hamilton, Da’Shawn Hand, Mekhi Brown, or Adonis Thomas. Guys that can flat out run downhill, and able to make plays in open areas of the field when playing against spread attacks. Big fellas will always be needed (when dealing with more run heavy schemes),  along with rangy Safety’s in the secondary (one of, if not the most most important position on defense), it’s just that Saban understands he needs players for EVERY scheme he can or will face.

Like the other dual threat quarterbacks that Alabama has faced,  Deshaun Watson was magnificent Monday (478 yds, 4 passing TD’s). But even in the shootout, Some of those young Alabama defenders (Evans, Hand, Hamilton, Williams, Fitzpatrick) were called upon to help the veteran guys that needed a break going against such a tempo heavy scheme.

 

3. Being in the hunt every season an accomplishment in itself

Outside of Saban’s first season at Alabama (2007, a 6-6 record) he’s had the following records:

2008- 12-2

2009- 14-0*

2010- 10-3

2011-  12-1*

2012- 13-1*

2013- 11-2

2014- 12-2

2015- 14-1*

* National Championship season

 

Nick Saban has been in Tuscaloosa for nine seasons. Eight of those, Alabama has been in the hunt for a National Title, all while playing in the best conference in College Football. And if we all want to play the “if” game, “if” a handful of plays went Alabama’s way during these eight seasons, Saban  could have 5-7 National Titles total in nine seasons.

To be able to adapt his coaching philosophy, adjust his personnel, and have personnel on the field  to execute his coaching philosophy over the years, is what makes this run for Saban all time great.

Coaching record at Alabama:

100-18 overall

50-12 in SEC Play

4 National Championships

 

It makes him at this moment ONE of the two greatest coaches in College Football history. The other:

 

 

(Source: cnn.com, Getty images)

Florida State had zero. ZERO history. In comes Bobby Bowden in 1976. He had a losing season in his first season. He never had another in 34 years in Tallahassee.

From 1987 to 2000, Florida State won at least 10 games, and loss a combined 19  (along with one tie).

FSU finished in the top 5 from 1992-2000 (14 straight seasons).

Bowden “only” has two National Titles, but the reason I put him alongside Saban, is because he created a program that had no history, into one of the best programs in America, and a brand in College Football. Saban. Bowden. The very best in my opinion. There’s a coach in Columbus, Ohio that could make me revisit this a few years from now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Hitters

— Nothing wrong with the College Football rankings this week.. Yes, everyone ( including yours truly) needs something to talk about, and the Top 4 is OK in my book.  Clemson, Ohio State, and Alabama all control their own destiny. The only spot that’s up for grabs (if everything stays the same) is the four spot. Notre Dame, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Florida, are in the mix…. Any other team that wants in needs to hope for complete and utter chaos.

— North Carolina is not getting in. Every team in the top 10 needs to lose. A great season, especially if they cap it off with a win over Clemson., and their  defenisve coordinator has done a hell of a job this season. But you can’t lose to South Carolina early, when you have a number of other one loss or undefeated teams ahead of you.

–If Oklahoma State wins out, I have no problem with them jumping into the fourth spot. Undefeated and beating the likes of TCU, Baylor (Saturday) and Oklahoma in the season finale is a pretty good resume….

—BUT, if they don’t get in, the program can only look back at a pair of non conference games this season: Central Arkansas and Texas-San Antonio. The committee told everyone last season, go out and play people. That’s a program problem if teams decided to go against that and continue play cupcake state University.

—Your only hopes  Power Five leagues:

SEC- Florida, Alabama

Big Ten- Iowa, Ohio State

Big 12- Oklahoma State

ACC- Clemson

Notre Dame

Unless chaos happens, four of these teams will be in the Final Four. you can banter, get upset, whatever. It is what it is, and I believe the above teams are the best in the country.

Funday Thursday

—Anyone seen the dude happy about sweet potato pie? Hilarious. (some strong language)

—I don’t watch alot of movies, but checked out The Gift last week. Pretty good.

—I love reality TV. The DVR is full of shows. My better half told me there are Two new Real Housewives shows are coming to Bravo. I’ll be all over it.

—A fun show to watch over the years on E! was the Soup. Wednesday, it was announced that it’s saying goodbye after 22 years.

Derek and Hansel are back.

—So Ronda loss. Breaking news. It happens. As a boxing fan, styles make fights. Congrats to Holly Holm, who also was gracious in her win. UFC are the big winners in this once these two meet again.

— Excited about the Cotto/Canelo fight. Too close to call for me (along with rooting for both fighters)… If I had to make a pick today, I’ll go with the younger guy in this one in a action packed, fight of the year candidate bout.

I’ll be back with another post after Thanksgiving….so eat everything in sight and I’ll chat again in two weeks. Questions? Comments? find me on Twitter @CarlPratherWAFF or leave a message here

Enjoy the week, and Happy Thanksgiving!