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“Reader Emails,” “Dr. Reality Steve” & a New Feature “Daily Links”

Yes, you know you are a true fantasy football geek when for the third year in a row, you fly in for your league’s annual draft. As I write this, I’m currently en route to California for the Couch Commando draft taking place this Sunday. Don’t get me started on why I’m not the defending champion. Then again, I’m not even sure why I study and research for this sh** considering most of fantasy football is pure luck. So many things out of your control in fantasy football, that it’s amazing how to get so wrapped up in it. That’s why you’ll never see me tweet about who I drafted, or doing running commentary on Sunday on how my players are doing. Why? Because you don’t care. So yes, this is a message to anyone who feels the need to tell us about their team in tweets or FB posts: I guarantee none of your friends actually care what’s happening in your fantasy league. Stop it.

Busy couple weeks ahead of me as I’m out of town this weekend, then I get back and three days later I’m moving, then there’s Labor Day weekend, then the weekend after that I’m in Vegas. However, once I’m back from that, I’m going to try my best to post a “Daily Links” column every day on the site. I’m giving you a little taste of it today with some stories that I’ve gathered over the last couple days. Most you’ve probably seen, some maybe you haven’t, but basically as a way since I know a lot of you are busy during your day you can’t search the internet for stories like I pretty much do. So I’m gonna try and provide you with like your own little pop culture newspaper, giving you links to stories happening in the world of TV and such, along with throwing in a bit of my insight or commentary. When the “Bachelor” starts filming next month, of course I will still be spoiling it in real time, but I want this site to become even bigger than it is, so I figured I’d try this out during the offseason. Probably won’t have any columns next week due to packing and moving, but after that, I’ll probably get in a couple, then when I return from Vegas, try and make it a daily thing.

Right now, I’ve got 5 of Juan Pablo’s girls who have been accepted to be on the show. I’m waiting til I get a few more before I start posting any of them, but I’ll obviously let you know when I do. Probably do it closer to when filming begins, which as of right now, I believe is slated for Monday, Sept. 16th. It’s either that Monday or Tuesday, since girls start arriving on Sat. the 14th. So maybe the week before is when I’ll release who I have at that point. So far this crop looks no different than any other season: pageant girls, models, etc. You know, exactly the type of the women that are gung ho about immediately becoming a step mom to Camila. Should be interesting.

One story that I must address which WetPaint broke a couple days ago, was the breakup up former “Bachelor Pad” and “Bachelor” contestant Paige Vigil and her boyfriend. I honestly think this might be my favorite story of the year. Why? Ummmm, cuz it’s not a story. Look, if Paige was dating someone within the franchise, then absolutely if there was a breakup, I’d expect to hear about it. But this story only came about because, wait for it, Paige’s ex Lance DeGroot felt the need to run to a media outlet with it. This ass clown might now be my favorite guy ever. Lance you do realize that no one knows who the hell you are nor do they care, right? Why on earth would you think that people cared about your breakup with Paige, especially when she dumped you? Why the need to tell a media outlet about it? No one knows you.

So Paige dumps him and within 48 hours, he’s firing off an email to WetPaint alerting them they’ve broken up? By the way, I’ve been able to get a hold of this email he sent them and ummm, wow. Lance DeGroot is officially off his rocker. He stated that their breakup “is big news all over the Twin Cities at the moment” as they are both “well known socialites in the Midwest.” With all due respect to Paige because I’m sure she’s a lovely girl and who couldn’t feel sorry for someone who was on two different shows and never got a rose, but I’m guessing there are exactly ZERO people in the Twin Cities talking about their breakup. Kim and Kanye you are not. So for this douchenozzle to run to WetPaint with that story is completely delusional and probably a good thing Paige dumped his ass.

I don’t think I need to play Sherlock Holmes here to see Lance the Opportunists ulterior motives at play. He’s obviously hurt by the breakup so rather than act like a normal human would accept this breakup like an adult, he’s basically trying to make Paige look bad, all while announcing to others who don’t have a f***ing clue who he is “Hey, I’m available,” not to mention I guarantee there’s a part of him that would like nothing better than to be cast on the “Bachelorette” as well. Lance, you failed in every area possible. If anything, this would make you look even worse to any future girls, your desperate attempt at extending whatever 15 minutes you thought you had couldn’t possibly have come across any worse, and now you’re a laughingstock who got dumped and ran to tell the media about it. Based on Lance’s reaction thus far, I’m fully expecting to see a YouTube video released any minute similar to this one. I mean, who can forget this gem?

Lance, it’s bad enough you’ve been dealt the hand of having to live with that first name for the rest of your life which just screams “I’m a spoiled brat and full of douchebaggery,” but you’ve set a horrible example for the rest of us male species. I do want to thank WetPaint though for bringing this story to my attention and letting me know that Lance gave them a heads up that Paige had broken up with him. Whew. I was losing sleep every night wondering what was gonna happen with those two lovebirds. Thanks for clearing it up Lance, and thank you WetPaint for letting us know about it. My weekend can now continue. Moving on…

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  1. traversingthetwincities

    August 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I live in the Twin Cities & your suspicions are correct. NO ONE here knows anything about these two and/or cares about this break-up. There are a couple of significantly more recognizable members of the franchise living in Minneapolis and no one acts like they’re celebs, let alone Paige. There are people who think they are “socialites” in MSP and try to get in the social pages of local magazines, but no one else gives them a second thought.

  2. everglades

    August 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    To the reader email that was concerned with people not attending Gia’s funeral from the franchise…

    I follow quite a number of the “alum” on twitter and instagram and whole BUNCH of them met up in Chicago recently and held a celebration of life ceremony for her.

    Don’t be so quick to judge.

  3. minneapple85

    August 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I also live in the Twin Cities, and I can honestly say I have never even heard of either of these two. Definitely not a break up that is newsworthy, and I have surely done and said much more embarrassing things after a break up. Even the WetPaint article was a bit dry. Except for the part about Paige texting her ex while on vacation with her current boyfriend. This is a definite no no ladies. If you need restaurant recommendations, use the internet, don’t text your ex!

  4. mstrattosphere

    August 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Boring. Next.

    I once kicked the side mirror off of my ex girlfriends car after we broke up (I had to pay for it). This is hardly dramatic. Women make you CRAZY!

  5. montrealaise

    August 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I laughed out loud when I read Juan Pablo’s tweet. He makes it so obvious that he is doing The Bachelor a) to become famous and b) to get laid (not necessarily in that order). Now, I know that just about every other contestant goes on the show for the same reasons, but most of them have the good sense to keep their real motives hidden.

    For Juan Pablo to send out those kind of tweets, he must be really, really dumb. I can’t wait for the season to start – this is going to be so good.

  6. rob22

    August 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Steve, thanks for the off season blog. I could do without the excuses about all the vacations you will be taking…. so that you won’t be writing again soon. But, if I recall, this is where you got into trouble last time. Vacation after vacation. Then, boom, here are the picks….. and they are wrong. Maybe a little more elbow grease this season? It can’t hurt, right? Then when you’re right, take all the vacations you want.

    Besides, you know that MF gamed you last time. He’s wised up & you will need to adjust. Obviously whatever source you used is either compromised or you’re getting them from friends who know nothing. Time to step it up. MF has thrown down the gauntlet. He means to make a fool of you….. even though he looks foolish even bothering.

  7. bigfatwoman2

    August 24, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Just got home from seeing Woody Allen’s movie BLUE JASMINE with an amazing performance by Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. And….Ali Fedowtowsky with a bit role as a personal trainer? She only had a couple of lines but her inclusion made no sense to me. I’m sure the vast majority of Woody Allen fans don’t know who she is….but it really threw me for a loop, was unexpected and a real turn off.

    Maybe Steve mentioned this but I knew nothing about it. Don’t do that anymore Woody Allen… almost ruined a great movie.

  8. Athena

    August 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    bfw: I could be completely confused, but didn’t you once tell us that you were a personal trainer? If so, it must have added a little extra oompf to see Ali playing one.

    Unfortunately for me, even though he’s a creative genius, Woody’s marriage to his stepdaughter and his lack of any kind of insight into the issue of roles and boundaries kind of ended my enjoyment of his movies.

    On the subject of movies, however, I saw The Butler last night. “Wow!” is all I can say. That, and “amazing”. (Do I sound like a contestant on the show?)

  9. bigfatwoman2

    August 24, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Yes @Athena…..good memory, I am a personal trainer. It didn’t matter to me the role Ali was playing….it was the fact that she was in this movie. I know what you mean about Woody Allen….he’s an odd guy for sure.

    I’m going to see The Butler tomorrow….looking forward to it.

  10. finalrose2013

    August 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Boy Juan Pablo’s season will be embarrassing! It drives me crazy that people call him Venezuelan, if he was born in the USA…

    His diva videos also drive me nuts! Good job promoting the recording of videos while driving, Juan! Really girls, is this really attractive for the majority of you react so crazily?

    Can’t wait for this season! It’s gonna be a joke, and the lead is the one already showing us that.

  11. karynr

    August 25, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    bfw…I think I read somewhere that someone affiliated with Blue Jasmine is a fan of The Bach/Bachette, and requested she read for the part. I won’t be seeing it. I don’t enjoy Woody Allen movies. I watched Silver Linings Playbook the other night. Excellent movie!!!! Bradley Cooper….big sigh.

    This season with JP sounds like it might be a ball with all the opportunities to laugh at his antics. I don’t keep up with him via Twitter, etc., but the little I’ve heard indicates JP might quite a tool,

  12. Athena

    August 25, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Once the cameras are rolling, don’t you think they’ll keep a tight leash on JP and only show us his most favorable side? I wouldn’t even put it past them to be promoting some of the crazy stuff he’s doing now in order to hype the show. Heck, if you weren’t one of the people who was wild about him before, you’re bound to be intrigued by the trainwreck he seems to be now.

  13. iheartvino

    August 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Love the added feature of the “daily links,” Steve, thanks for doing that.

    I agree with those who have mentioned the absurdity of Juan Pablo’s excessive selfies and videos. It’s just not normal for an adult to do that, let alone a guy. My teenage stepdaughters don’t post as many selfies as he does, and they’re both addicted to Instagram and Snapchat. Sure, Juan Pablo is nice to look at, but I don’t know if his looks will be enough to carry his season without it getting boring. I’m sure the girls will add a lot of drama as usual.

  14. jacartwright

    August 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I dont know who these people are that broke up. I have followed the show for a long time and I have never heard of them. Oh well I hope they are better now.

    I cant wait for Juan Pablos season. Whether he is in it for love or fame it will be funny. He is easy on the eyes but im not sure if anyones home upstairs?

  15. rob22

    August 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    As far as Woody Allen, in any comments he’s made about his movies, he clearly states that he’s completely doing the movies for himself. It’s for fun and for his ego. But it’s not based on reviews, attendance, or anything like that. So, if Woody likes Ali, then boom, she’s in the movie. Period. If people hate her, or love her, he doesn’t care. By the time the movie airs, he’s knee deep into his next vanity project. I’m told that he pays zero attention to how the movie performs, unless it unexpectedly draws extra attention that creates interview requests, or something. Then it’s like, “oh, gee, I’m glad people like it. It’s unexpected. Blablabla.”

  16. rob22

    August 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    It is interesting that The Bachelor hasn’t reigned in Juan Pah-blows antics on social media. My guess is that they’re taking the “any publicity, even bad publicity, is better than no publicity”. If people tune in to watch a train wreck, then they’re tuning in. That’s all that matters. The Kardashians certainly don’t discourage it & they’re the gold standard for reality programs. I’d say more than half, maybe quite a bit more than half, watch the Kardashians for the same reason people slow to view burning vehicles and dead bodies. It’s certainly not because they’re role models. Kris and Bruce are awful parents. Kim screws anyone with a tan, divorces within days and has a baby out of wedlock. Lamar Odom trashes his entire legitimate sports career to join the circus. It’s not pretty, but numbers are numbers.

  17. rob22

    August 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    It’s a good question about how they will edit Juan Pah-blow. Traditionally, you’d expect a good edit. Hack out anything too unflattering. I wonder though. Will they go to the dark side and make it a circus side show. Remember, they did show Ben Flatdick skinny dipping with Courtney, barely edited, (possibly the most hated contestant ever), which essentially doomed him in the court of public opinion. Later it RS revealed that Mike Fleiss hated Ben, and we know how vindictive MF can be. There is no slight too small that doesn’t require a snide response from him. Harrison threw out some not so thinly veiled barbs about Des this past season. Charlie McConnell was edited as he was, a total frat boy horn dog. So, negative edits have happened. We’ll see.

  18. karynr

    August 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    rob22…Lamar Odom is busy creating his own circus without the Kardashians. What a loser he turned out to be. He doesn’t need their help trashing his life. He’s dong it himself as we speak.

  19. kasey31

    August 26, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Dang it! I wrote the longest comment, and then accidentally deleted it..

    In summary, I was wondering if the Juan Pablo selfie situation is a cultural thing.. maybe he’s just really excited about being the new Bachelor? Idk. But I did like him on Des’s season, so hopefully he’s just caught up in the excitement of what’s to come for him. I don’t follow him on anything, but it’s annoying when anyone uploads hundreds of selfies, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt until his season airs.

    Rob- you’re spot on about the Kardashians and the Bachelor, specifically Ben’s season. Funny thing is, Courtney Robertson was one of my favorite characters.. don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t stand her, but she provided so much entertainment. I feel like the season would have been horribly boring without her- she was fun to watch. The Bachelor is the only Reality Show I really watch (besides The Voice), and there are a few different reasons I enjoy it.. the ridiculousness of it, to see if Steve is right, the cattiness, and the overall plot just makes me laugh. I am, however, happy when a couple does work out bc they beat the odds..

    Iheart- I am, too, so happy that Steve is adding the Daily Links! It will save people like me the time to search for articles that I never have enough time to search for or read. I always end up hearing about the gossip from friends, so it will be nice to come to this page and read a summary of what’s going on.. Thanks, Steve! You’re such a giver 😉

  20. karynr

    August 27, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    kasey…you’re right about Flatd***** season. It would have been really boring without Courtney, someone a lot of people loved to hate. There have been a few really bad Bachelor’s, but Ben, IMO, was the worst in every way.

    Clarification….I didn’t call Lamar Odom a loser because of the alleged addictions issues. Addiction is a disease, an epidemic, and I know a few people battling those overwhelming issues. It’s very sad. What gets me is the alleged cheating. I never understood why someone would hurt another person so badly, when an honest breakup before it happened would save a lot of heartache. I hope he gets his act together. Overall, he seems like a decent person.

  21. rob22

    August 27, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Lamar Odom is an interesting case. He came directly out of High School, when that was still allowed, hyped very highly as a future Kevin Garnett. Initially, he was pretty much a bust. Which is amazing conidering all of his talent. But he found his niche in LA as a sixth man who could do a little bit of everything. Then, of course, he hooked up with the Kardashians.

    As happens on The Bachelor, he started to get enamored even more with himself. Remember, he was still more of a glorified role player on a team with Kobe, Pau, Metta-World, Phil Jackson et al. that sucked up a lot of the air in the room.

    So, now he’s getting lots of face time and views on a reality show. Then, bam, his career in basketball completely tanks & is actually released by the Mavs…. they ate his contract to be rid of him just one year (or two) removed from being sixth man of the year. It’s thought because of his lack of focus on his game… and becomes a “reality star”.

    Reality stars are all about themselves. It’s a completely narcissistic pursuit…. oddly even more so than an NBA career, in Odom’s case. I don’t watch that crap Kardashian show, but I guess he’s quite out of control these days. It’s interesting that a guy who should have been used to a fair amount of public attention couldn’t handle being a reality star without having it effect his life. So, what chance does anyone else have?

    It kind of explains all the Bachelor Pad and off screen stuff that goes on with ex-Bachelor contestants. So, now Juan Pah-blow…. he could be the creme de la creme in this regard. If he’s that impacted, after about 5 minutes of Bachelorette airtime, and before he ever even starts filming The Bachelor…. just imagine where this tool might take it. On one level I imagine him being so laughable that he blows up the entire franchise…. but on the other end, maybe it’s so over the top people just have to watch the train wreck & they get very high ratings. It will be interesting to see!

  22. kasey31

    August 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Karyn- Agreed. I always had a lot of respect for Lamar on the court and off. He does/did seem like a really decent guy, and Khloe’s love for him was very apparent. I hope the allegations aren’t true- cheating is an awful thing, and it will take years for her to recover from it, if she ever does.

  23. iheartvino

    August 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I’m trying hard to give Juan Pablo the benefit of a doubt until his season airs, but he’s making it tough with all the constant tweets and Instagram selfies. I’m not following him on either, but the few times I’ve checked, I’ve seen a ton. Kasey, I would agree that maybe it’s just a culture thing, but I noticed that his selfies didn’t get to the over the top level until Des’s season started airing. If I had to guess, I’d say finding a wife and stepmom for his daughter is not his #1 reason for signing up for the Bachelor gig.

    Regarding Lamar and the cheating rumors, I hate when people make blanket statements so I know what I’m about to say probably makes me a hypocrite. I think the majority of successful professional athletes cheat on their spouses. Not all, but a good portion of them. When women marry men that are traveling a good amount of time and have all that money and live that kind of flashy lifestyle, I’ve got to think they know what they’re signing up for. Do I agree with it? Of course not. I was disappointed in Kobe, one of my all time favorite athletes, and I was disappointed in Tiger, whom I always thought seemed like an arrogant ass. I just wasn’t surprised with either.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think cheating on a spouse or someone you’re in a committed relationship with is always wrong. I agree with Karyn in that breaking up is always way more respectful than cheating. I’m just never surprised when I hear reports of so-and-so NFL or NBA player cheating on his wife or girlfriend. It’s far more common than what we hear about. That being said, I hope Lamar gets help, especially if he has a serious drug problem. He was one of my favorites when he was a Laker.

  24. kasey31

    August 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Iheart- I agree, a lot of the time I hear about things like this and think to myself, “what did you expect marrying HIM?!”

    But in all fairness, I think people are more affected/surprised by it because they make their relationship so public, and, therefore, people are more invested and feel like they “know” them personally, unlike Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods who are more of a mystery.

    I’m not too surprised by the cheating, but I’m also not surprised that this story has shocked more people than Kobe’s or Tiger’s. A lot of people (I am not one of them) tune in to watch their dumb show, and so now it seems more like a gimmick and a farce. <— not that we needed this story to tell us that, but in reality, they always seemed like a happy couple- it just goes to show you that you never know what's truly going on behind closed doors, even when cameras seem to be rolling 24/7.

    I, too, hope he gets help. I liked the guy, and I never really saw him as the "cheating" type, but drugs will make you do questionable things, no doubt.

  25. rob22

    August 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I agree on athletes iheart. Imagine the boredom of travelling for half the season. Combine that with lots of time off…. a typical NBA week consists of 3-4 games and some short practices (very few full practices). It’s a long season, so they don’t want to beat the players to death. As a result, the players have lots of time on their hands. In every player hotel lobby, there are groupies that have one goal, and that is to sleep with players. So, you’re a bored athlete, in a narcisstic culture, with hot women throwing themselves at you. You may initially intend to stay away from that…. in fact, the league and union seminars pointedly tell them to stay away…. that these women are trying to use you, in some cases to get pregnant (cha-ching!) or later scream rape & sue you (cha-ching!) or at minimum, to brag that they slept with a player (and wifee finds out)…. but, the boredom and the opportunity become too much to resist. I’m not condoning it at all. Players sometimes get themselves into big trouble & it’s really stupid (most pro athletes, don’t forget, are not rocket scientists)…. but that’s the culture and it happens a lot. I can’t say for sure on this, but LeBron seems like potentially one guy of his stature that’s staying away from this nonsense. Jordan, Magic, Bird, Chamberlain…. a lot of the big ones, slept with tons of women. A lot of them, like Jalon Rose, have kids with multiple women…. and the child support payments to prove it. Others, like James Worthy, sought out prostitutes, I guess to avoid the potential of an emotional attachment forming.

    So, Lamar Odom sleeping around, even though he looks like ET and no longer has a sports career…. is hardly surprising. It’s actually the rule, not the exception.

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