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Jillibean

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  1. The producers must be just thrilled that Tyler and Mike are now both stepping on their Bachelor announcement by publicly dating people who are far better “catches” than this show could ever offer. This season’s choice is less “the guy we all wanted to see have another chance at love” and more “the guy who wasn’t good enough for A list celebrities and therefore still willing to do it.” I’m wondering how the show dynamics might shift if future wrong-reasons contestants think they have a chance at dating a celebrity if they behave well enough.
  2. Johnny’s smug laughing at Wes being voted in seems like a short-sighted choice. He may personally dislike Wes, but the US team breaking the ice on voting in their own players, and super-vets, at that, doesn’t bode well for Johnny. Not sure he’s smart enough to realize that. I watched Josh’s season of Big Brother, so this is nothing new. He’s incredibly immature, emotional, and easily manipulated. However, the person this really soured me on was Laurel. Her choice to hook up with Bear was pitiable, but basically screwing over her whole team to try to support his game was so disappointing. Laurel, if this is how you’re going to behave, feel free to retire again. She hasn’t even done any good Cara smackdowns so far, so what even is the point of her?
  3. Jillibean

    Tennis Thread

    Wow, I love Kim—probably my favorite female player of all time—but this seems like a strange move for her. When she retired the second time, she was battling injuries (as she did for a lot of her career) and she wasn’t looking great. I saw her practice last us open with...Mertens, maybe?...and she can for sure still hit. But it’s hard to believe she’s in competitive match shape, and she was a streaky player at best to start with.
  4. Does Krystal still teach fitness classes? Or is she a full time instagrammer now? I felt bad for her after her season when I heard that people didn’t want to attend her classes and was happy she was given the opportunity to rehabilitate her image on BiP. Also, apparently Krystal has said that JPJ has not apologized about the wedding blowup off media, just publicly, which makes most doubt its sincerity as opposed to being rotted in damage control. Turns out if I had just waited a month to express my grievances with Tanner, he would have fully done the job for me. He has been whining about not getting enough sex since the birth of their first child. It seems pretty clear that while he “doesn’t want to complain” (as he complains all over the place), he’s the kind of person who believes sex is part of his wife’s duties to him and he’s bitter as hell that she’s slacking. I think it’s probably very hard for him to accept Jade as the main breadwinner, to the point that he’s a “house husband” as he puts it. He must need to find lots of other ways to remind her and everyone else who’s really in charge. I definitely think Jade’s brand could survive leaving Tanner. It might even make her more popular, because it could be a relatable and inspiring story. I don’t think she would do it, though. I don’t think she has any understanding of how not okay his behavior is. Finally, I totally agree about the Instagram (and sometimes podcast) ads. I get that it’s good money, but some of the things these people advertise make me downright uncomfortable. Other people advertise a home gym workout one week, then two weeks later advertise a totally different one. The whole thing feels so manipulative to me.
  5. Jillibean

    Tennis Thread

    Bianca played amazingly well, and the fact that she came out so tough in her first GS final at such a young age is remarkable. She deserves a massive amount of credit and all the accolades. She played a few tough matches and still came out physically ready and mentally ready. She has a very bright future and might very well be tennis’ next big star. it is ALSO true that Serena didn’t play very well, and because of who Serena is that’s a story. I was very happy for Bianca, and at the same time I was frustrated that Serena couldn’t make this—or any of her finals since her return—competitive. THIS match, on the other hand...
  6. Jillibean

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    I think it might be time for Serena to start working on her mental fitness as well as her physical fitness. It was never a significant issue for her pre-pregnancy, but every final she has played since her return has been completely underwhelming. She gets out there and can’t serve, makes tons of errors, and looks like she can barely move. The commentators try to convince us that her opponents are playing the matches of their lives (and I might agree about Halep), but in reality it isn’t hard to beat a Serena who is so off form. I was also struck by the difference between Serena’s play against Svitolina and here. She looked great against Elina. Served well, hitting winners off both sides, very few errors. Two days later, she was a mess. There has to be a mental aspect. Somewhat ironically, she’s reminding me of PRE-pregnancy Kim Clijsters, who would storm her way through a grand slam and couldn’t buy a final win because she would play so tight. Also: Chrissie, don’t think I didn’t notice that when Serena was looking a bit off early against Svitolina, you claimed that Serena has more trouble with players who don’t produce a lot of power than those who do, but that when she was struggling in this match you “explained” that Serena hasn’t seen power like Andreescu has in this tournament yet. Does she get a bonus for every excuse she creates when Serena is off? Ridiculous.
  7. I do think it’s necessary for them to start replacing Johnny, based on his last few appearances. He’s not the king of the challenge he used to be, and I think cast members are finding him as irrelevant as viewers. That said, his toast (which I think you can find online) was cut because they changed the name of the challenge. While filming, they were using the exceptionally dumb name Bloody Hell. That’s why it cuts away from TJ’s face whenever he announces the challenge as WotW2–it’s all voiceover that was recorded later. Johnny’s toast referenced the original title. The way Tori speaks when she’s putting on the sort of affected patterns has always bothered me. It comes off as very inauthentic. It makes sense that those two are together, since they both seem like the sort of desperate that results in constant bravado. However, historically, they’re both strong competitors, so I don’t think we’ll be getting rid of them anytime soon.
  8. Jillibean

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    I think the crowd will be heavily pro Serena. She’s an American, and she’s Serena frickin Williams. They were very pro Serena last night even though Elina enjoyed some nice support from them in her earlier matches. And if Serena wins, they’ll be witnessing history. There are lots of Canadians and Romanians at the Open, so Andreescu won’t be totally on her own, but I predict the crowd will largely be pulling for Serena. That said, they for sure want to see a match, so if Serena is thrashing her they’ll throw support behind Andreescu. i’m more of and Armstrong kind of girl, but my experience is that when Serena, Roger, or Rafa are announced on Ashe, you can hear the cheering anywhere in the vicinity of the court.
  9. Jillibean

    Tennis Thread

    A little crazy how he was able to run all over the place saving multiple match points but couldn’t get a serve over the net by the end. It’s interesting how, as he presumably draws to the end of his career (since he’s 33), he’s only recently seemed like he’s willing to take this seriously. For me, he’s probably the person on the men’s tour who most significantly never lived up to his potential. I’ll be interested to see how Berrettini looks against Nadal, if it’s going to be a competitive match or if Nadal is just going to dispatch him in 3.
  10. Jillibean

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    I go to fan week every year, and as far as I know players do not practice on Ashe. Players can practice on pretty much any court other than Ashe during the week before the Open, including the designated practice courts. Ashe is closed except for the Kids’ Day concert, and a practice schedule goes up on the website every day so fans know where to go to watch their favorites practice. I hope Madison feels better soon. What a terrible time to come down with what looked like a pretty unpleasant illness.
  11. It’s not just the actual words that came out of Tanner’s mouth, it’s how he said them and how he reacted to Jade. You can’t script things like that. He was constantly dripping with contempt for her. If someone hands you a script telling you to call your wife a bitch, you have the choice not to adhere to that. But Jade said he called her that all the time, not just on the show. He literally told her she was worthless as a wife. And PLENTY of people have been on that show without verbally abusing their wives. There was one point where Tanner was telling a story about finding out his mom cheated (or something like that) and Jade empathetically said that while she loved Tanner’s mom, what happened wasn’t fair to young Tanner. Tanner’s immediate response was to snap back that Jade’s mother sucks also. Then there was also the incident of their first child. Tanner was open about the fact that he wanted a boy and even made Jade do all those wive’s tale things so they would have s boy. (They didn’t). From the delivery room, he instagrammed Jade begging him to take his McDonald’s outside because it was making her sick while he laughed and waved it around at her. While I don’t listen to her podcast, my understanding is that sometimes the things Jade says about the way Tanner behaves are concerning to the point that others feel compelled to stop and further discuss it with her. And as for Demi’s comment? Jade has openly stated that Tanner won’t do that. So there you go. Anyone can look happy and in love in instagram pictures. I even think Jade genuinely loves him. I just also think it’s because she doesn’t know any better and that if she had any idea of her own self worth she wouldn’t be with someone who so willingly and casually awful to her with the cameras ON.
  12. Demi was out of line, but Tanner is so detestable that he deserves whatever he gets.
  13. The fanbase insanity during that Meryl/Charlie season was insane. You had the intense Maks/Meryl shippers, and then also the Meryl/Charlie shippers who had come up with this story that Meryl was this sweet, sad wallflower who just kept waiting for Charlie to realize he was in love with her and not the evil witch Tanith (who in reality is one of Meryl’s best friends) and who believed all of Meryl’s dances were secretly to try to show Charlie how she felt. And who then all voted for Meryl to “punish” Charlie for daring to flaunt his girlfriend by having her actually attend the shows. It was so crazy and a bit terrifying. That said, I do remember an article coming out around that time in which Meryl either explicitly stated or implied that she was single, which came as a surprise to everyone in the figure skating world who knew about Fedor. It’s still unclear to me whether it was all part of the DWTS show or whether Meryl and Fedor actually split for awhile right around the Olympics. I like Meryl a lot, but she did nothing to dissuade that showmance. Assuming she wasn’t actually broken up with Fedor, she certainly benched him while she was doing the show.
  14. I’m pretty sure Sarah hates Johnny. I’m not a regular listener of her podcast, but I’ve heard it a few times and she dislikes him, to say the least. As for the title: Vevmo claimed the working title was Bloody Hell. I assume the network told them that wasn’t appropriate, hence war of the worlds 2. For people who refused to even admit they were dating for most of their relationship, I’m surprised Jordan decided on an onscreen proposal. I suppose they have as good a chance as anyone else from this show.
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