Wes ve Kellyanne partner

He also gets in Wes’ face, but he doesn’t react to the threats. Jamie sticks up for the women in the house, specifically his teammate KellyAnne, and tells Devin not to threaten females. Bananas would’ve been a decent partner. He always degraded her and called her a dumb bitch on the Island. More recently on Bloodlines bananas screwed KellyAnne and Anthony (who was 100% on the Banana boat at the time) over to save face. Obviously Bananas had better “Vendettas” for Final Reckoning in Devin and Tony, though. The Ruins. Since winning The Duel, Wes has put his record breaking prize of $150,000 to good use, going back to school and double majoring in marketing and entrepreneurial management.Another big change for Wes has been the end of his engagement to fellow Challenge vet, Johanna.But that hasn't made Wes give up on love, as he comes to The Ruins with a surprising new girlfriend -- KellyAnne! Vanessa Bauer has appeared to hit back at Love Island star Megan Barton Hanson following her furious rant on Monday. The Dancing On Ice professional, who is partnerned with Megan's beau Wes Nelson ... KellyAnne & Jamie - Ooh this could potentially be a rootable team! I expected her to be with Wes, but I guess Exes would've been more appropriate. Devin & Cheyenne - I know he's gonna be on next season so I'm excited to meet him! Apparently he's sexist from his little intro (and Cheyenne called him out on it ) so maybe I'm less excited now lol. The Challenge: Rivals III cast listing. Learn more about the stars of this popular TV series including exclusive news, photos, full episodes, videos, and more at MTV.com. Bananas got Wes out on Exes, Wes beat Bananas in the Rivals 2 final, Wes sent Bananas into elimination on Exes but Bananas returned from Ex-ile and sent Wes into elimination… the list goes on. These two will never work together unless forced. Kellyanne. On The Island, Bananas was a prankster who didn’t treat most of the girls too nicely.

Rivals III from a first time viewer.(Part 11: Jesus, I didn't think my hate for Johnny could go any higher)

2020.09.15 00:52 Sanity0004 Rivals III from a first time viewer.(Part 11: Jesus, I didn't think my hate for Johnny could go any higher)

I'll be honest. I'm not exactly looking forward to Rivals. What I would call Rivalry's, or worthy of calling a rivalry, have been either pretty tame or pretty rare. The season's have been on a pretty downward spin with the casting being low caliber and not much competition when it comes to actual challenges.
Anyways, this is my eleventh go-around, if you want to check out my thoughts on other seasons check out my submissions. As I get close to caught up with CBS All Access I'm thinking more and more about a finale type post to follow the seasons of a whole bunch of rankings and thoughts on the show overall as I was going through it. If you have any ideas for random rankings you'd like to see that I might not have thought of, just let me know in the comments.
EP 1:
Wes and Bananas this time around?
Fucking Vince...
It's weird they're listing "championships" with the confessionals? Bananas has 5?
Johnny Reilly is back again? Didn’t Exes prove that he was worthless and got lucky with his first season?
I'm actually surprised Nany has only been on five seasons. It feels like more.
They brought Christina back after one episode? What? just because she hooked up with someone immediately?
Sarah's back? I honestly thought she was done the way she was talking on Exes.
Johnny saying someone else is playing dirty is hilarious. Only because it was against him.
Well this Ashley chick looks like a fucking wreck.
I'm fine with seeing Kellyanne again.
Jenna again! They really see more out of her than I do.
Kinda surprised to see Avery and Jessica back. Those are two people I didn't expect to see again.
Fucking Dario, guess we know Vince's rival.
Thomas, Cory, and Leroy. Ok, I'm honestly not hating this cast so far.
Thom now changes the story to making out. Fitting with the narrative Cara was pushing lmao
I'm not hating the rookies either. This cast has potential.
Nicole, Jamie and Vince walked in. I changed my mind. Well we needed some fodder I guess. I can't wait to see Vince prove he's the worst.
I'm so goddamn tired of Johnny's speeches.
I'm not liking how many people of Johnny's inner circle there are this season. Camila, Nany, Vince, Leroy, Johnny, Jenna, who knows how many other ties he made in the off season or how the rivals of those people will feel. I feel like Johnny would be the quenticiential pregamer. Any time anyone even has the potential of getting on the show I feel like he's probably chatting them up and trying to get friendly with them before the show even starts.
Jenna's butt has returned to the screen after being absent for a season. Nicole's cartoon makeup has returned.
These AYTO people are dumb lmao, trying to talk strategy right by the pool in front of everyone haha These fucks have no chance. I don't know what this AYTO show is but they need to stop looking to it for casting.
You don't jump, you don't get on the season. Make it the rule!
Is Sarah's rival Johnny? Are they doing a guy/girl rivals?
"Mexico's an island right?" I remember why Jenna is here.
Was honestly anticipating Wes and Johnny being forced to work together. I'd be fine with opposite sex rivals if they did something similar to Bloodlines of the two teams structure. Think there was a lot of potential there that got screwed by so many early exits that forced alliances so quickly.
The lengths they go to fill these 'rivalries' is hilarious. "He disrespected your little sister...one night...the first day of the previous season."
Say any negative word about someone in a confessional one time. Producers: "Such rivalry!"
The first time Wes gets a female partner that isn't terrible? Better than Mandi and Casey at least.
Cory and Ashley seems like a trainwreck waiting to happen.
I kinda like this Briana chick.
Johnny is really stuck on the red hair and freckles
Jessica is cute as hell, but her mouth is sooooooo damn big.
Leroy tries to calm down Simone for a single second and then walks away like "nevermind" hilarious.
Fucking Tony
Ashley gets turned on by people fighting.
"Smashley" Ok Cory is pretty funny.
This season is actually off to a pretty good start.
Like the top tiny section of this house looks like it's the same size as the first Fresh Meat house all together lol These houses just get bigger and bigger. Least it's not a bunch of bunk beds this season.
They only have like 4 different color jerseys this season? Couldn't try for more disparity?
Oh Nicole's makeup....oh oh oh. Girl...
Jessica's fall was scary as hell, Nicole fell like 5 inches.
I have a feeling this challenge isn't regulated by height like Survivor does. Nany didn't even have to let go of the side rail to grab the first skull, and here Simone is struggling to even get the first lmao
Vince overcoming his challenge terrible-ness on the first challenge? This will just completely inflate his ego.
Sarah being Johnny's best partner? I feel like Camila and Sarah would be a pretty good comparison. I think Camila is underrated.
Johnny just throwing it because Vince won and he gets a chance to let Sarah fall. Sounds just like Johnny.
Camila is a badass, I just think her partner is going to end up sucking.
I'm predicting Johnny/Jessica being first Eliminated. No matter who their contender is. Johnny showed on Exes he was bad.
Man, we're getting to the point where even premieres don't have a full challenge and elimination in them without getting a to be continued?!
EP 2:
Episode starts with “Champ is here” yeah definitely doing wonder for Vinces ego
Sounds like Leroy has a bruised tailbone
I really don’t want to see Johnny R again. Please go. You suck, a Bananas puppet and you got second by almost pure luck.
“Super twisty!” What a tease! /s
I actually like Leroy but would like him more if he wasn’t dumb and best buds with Bananas
Everyone keeps trying to talk about this skydiving
haha shut up
“The little sex cops” ok I’m a Jenna fan
Tony not taking any advice at all and not taking it slow at all.
Tony, still a mess confirmed.
At least Jess is calling things off before anything happens unlike Cara.
Leroy No! That’s a bummer.
Silver lining is it hurts Johnny's numbers.
Oh shit. Two pairs going in? So much for telling that rookie couple they were safe haha
Oh stuck with their word. Good for them. Would have been a second easy pick.
Inner rookie drama is least interesting drama
Cory is so damn horny for this girl.
All these times Johnny is seeing Jessica go home. Know what he’s not seeing? Johnny, doing anything other than a final.
Bananas losing Leroy and Johnny in the first go would be a dream come true lol
Darn! Jess carried Johnny to a win.
“I understand the nuances now.” Dude you’re going first after like 3 days here you learned nothing.
EP 3:
Replacements? Hmmm
Please send in Abram and Cara! Haha
Smashley looks smashed and trashed.
Good god. Watching Camila of all people trying to rationalize with a crazy drunk is giving me life right now haha
Smashley about to hulk smash haha “piss in your pants bitch!”
I’m kinda liking Cory a lot so far this season.
Hahahahaha she goes to Jamie afterwards and asks HIM why HE is pissed?!? Hahaha
“You don’t want people to talk about you, don’t give them something to talk about” Simone, girl, preach!
It’s going to be nobody again isn’t it? TJ turning around and looking like he’s trying to find them just seems like peak bad TJ acting.
More rookies? That was a let down. I would have rather had no one.
Oh the elim winner picks order. Interesting change that I’m ok with.
This challenge reminds me so much of the older school style of challenges. I’m all for that.
“I’ve been practicing with Jamie all week.” I puked in my mouth a bit.
Wes looks tired instantly. He coming in a bit out of shape?
Why is she moaning? Hahahaha
Maybe the funniest challenge.
Oh never mind Wes is being smart.
What the hell kinda quesadilla is spicy? Simones asshole feels like a spicy quesadilla...
I don’t like the game getting more twisty!
Every time I get just a tiny glimpse of Christina I either think Casey or Melinda is on the season. She’s like a weird amalgamation of the two.
Johnny trashing Wes and Simone defending him lol
“I carried her ass to the end” you were gone like fifth what are you talking about? Lmao
“I would have never done that.” I would have had Leroy or Jenna/Jay do it for me. So I can still claim I was loyal.
Wes looking at the camera and saying “this happens all the time” after Simone walks away mad is fucking hilarious.
This Tony dude is always getting in arguments with girls. There is something with him. Always.
All this fighting because he asked what season of a show she was from lol
EP 4:
This season going fast. I’m enjoying the hell out of this season so far.
I haven’t said it yet but I’m kind of shocked Jamie is back. That dude was literally invisible last season. Every time he appeared on screen I was confused for like 3 minutes pricing together who he was.
Simone going home with a torn butthole is a new one.
“How is a butthole going to send me home?!”
Nicole is so much cuter without all the makeup. Quit it chick!
They really went all out in this house party. Dang.
Here comes Camilinater!
Camila, you could just approach it calmly and say no that didn’t happen and then try to see who said it. But to flip out right away just comes off as defensive.
“I’m going home” this is not the Camila I know. Now she’s crying? You’re really taking on the Robin vibes as of late.
Kellyanne, you can’t keep saying be quiet and trying to be quiet and not seeming suspicious.
It’s on its way to getting resolved and Nicole calls Camila crazy lol good people skills
I’m glad these rookies don’t seem to awful this season.
Haha I love how these rookie AYTO players are having a meeting talking about allegiances and Wes is just quietly in the middle of them barely even being shown on camera lol
Arguing about which show is better haha
“You’re on a dating show! Shut the fuck up!” Lol
This new freckle chick is coming in wanting to get under everyone’s skin. If only she was good at challenges she’d be my new favorite cast member.
Since when do they have security?!?!
I think Camila just wants to kiss the freckle girl. Lol
Quittin bitch! I was liking Brianna. Jennas cousins namesake didn’t not chew bugs and end up finishing the final for you to quit on another girl named Brianna the following season because you had a case of the sads. How dare you!
So many people standing there look like they want to punch the dude lol
I feel like Brianna could be back.
I feel like Johnny and Wes are working together this season on the sly. They’re always close together during the comps talking and when Reilly got to decide order he put Wes in the second group.
Oh oh oh Ashley got caught on a rope or something. Wow that’s definitely a production fuck up. Ouch.
At least Dario isn’t talking as much shit this season.
How are you gonna end on a cliffhanger on Camilas normal looking fall when Smashley looked like she was about to lose a damn arm?!
EP 5:
Tony sucks. I feel bad for Camila lol
Amanda the new mouth of the house? Talks shit and falls right away.
God I hate everyone names Johnny.
Please be reilly/Jessica please please please.
Yes!!!
Please get eliminated now.
Smashley it’s probably not a good idea to tell your partner you want to throw in his number one ally lol
Camila flipping out from someone playing the he said she said game and then turning around and playing the he said she said game lol
I feel like this is being said to possibly sway smashley/Cory to not vote any vets in elim but the editing isn’t doing it justice.
“You know why you ripped your ass?! Cause you’re a weak ass!!” Line of the season.
“Just go back to....hell bitch” phew that was close. Held my breath for a second.
I don’t know how the sliding glass doors on this show don’t break. They get slammed every season constantly.
EP 6:
“Who? Her?” No, Cory, Camila is drunkenly yelling at you two about someone else…
“Literally never have I wanted someone and NOT gotten with that person.” What a weird creepy ass thing to say Devin…
Damn Smashley, Yeah Simone was so in the wrong saying Jamie shouldn’t trust her lol
Not really a mini final, but this challenge of completing tasks and climbing repeated walls sounds great.
Brains or balls, way to start.
Did Vince seriously just smash the brain and basically smush it against his face barely actually getting any in his mouth?
Everyone puking, Jamie just calmly chewing.
I swear Vince just basically cheated that eating part. He literally smashed it up and had like half of it plastered to his hand and just shows his empty mouth and walks on.
With the size of that rope you really think the lasso choice wouldn’t be that hard.
Camila with tries on her head and on each arm. Never let it be understated that Camila is kind of a beast.
They took the wrong mattress haha
Jeez, Wes and Nany seem so far behind.
Now someone loses their token? Lol I love this challenge.
Eat cake, or go naked….wow
“This is not a good day to be a ginger.”
I’m so tired of hearing Johnny whine about this shit.
Literally two seasons of Johnny fucking over friends, but please, lets whine about the one time you got screwed over by a friend two seasons ago.
Devin comes up like “You need me to bend over too?”
Wants to throw in Wes. We just ignoring the long history of being outside friends with Nany? Not even going to talk about who Wes’ partner is? Just putting in Wes, that’s all that’s said lol of course. Fucking over friends at the end to get money, jesus christ that’s wrong! Fucking over a friend simply because their partner is a nemesis? Easy peasy. I feel like MTV and the editors are literally helping Johnny just shy away from his faults or issues. That Nany is never referenced or even talked about?
For all the time Wes was the hot head, he always seems to be the first on the scene of trying to break fights up or stop them from happening.
You get a pass, you get a pass. Everyone gets a pass!
Oh shit, Tony and Camila.
Camila, you didn’t do it on purpose, but it was clearly asked multiple times did anyone grab one that wasn’t theirs. You had the chance to bring it up. You remember it so clearly suddenly?
Surprised Johnny even spoke the name Nany. Isn’t that a friend Johnny?
Camila still bitching. You had multiple times to bring up that you picked it up and you didn’t. “Emotional abuse.” hahaha
Wait...Camila and Tony are Wes’ number one alliance?
Pulling an audible and leaving it up to the skulls to determine safety?
Every skull pull has had the three white skulls pulled first.
EP 7:
Oh Tony, you’re going down a bad road. Step away slowly.
Devin, drunk and blowing his game? Lol
Kellyanne coming in with a stinger “Shouldn’t you be home?”
If precedence means anything, Cory will get a pass.
Producers actually breaking up an argument seems weird lol A fight? Yeah, obviously. But producers telling Devin to stop antagonizing Cory and people, seems weird.
Angry drunkenness everywhere.
Nany seems out of it, and they get a single one lol
Yeah, Smashley seems like someone that would drive a car through a house.
Nate and Christina seemed to grab red and yellow by basically just falling on the poles.
That….can’t be a valid run lmao Kellyanne and Jamie just basically walked off the platform
I wanted to know what the tiebreaker would have been.
Camila handled the social situation by basically coming out and saying “All teams matter” lmao “Yes I took your token, but what happened to us was unfair too!”
Not gonna lie, I’m liking Nelson and freckle chick. Coming straight down to eat and saying don’t fuck around, throw in the vets!
Camila is seriously trash at even attempting to accept any kind of blame lmao
They throw in the only two people going to them and saying not to be stupid? You idiots throw in other damn rookies? You idiots.
Freckle girl talking truth. These people will slit your throat the next week. TJ asked if anyone took the token and they didn’t say a peep.
Finally the black skull is actually pulled.
Ice baths make a return! You couldn’t put it in a freezer? Challenge going bitch mode confirmed.
Jamie and Kellyanne as a collective may actually be dumber than Jenna. Jenna has actually completely disappeared from the last couple episodes.
I spoke too soon about Jenna disappearing. Random confessional basically calling Jamie/Kellyanne dumb.
“My weiner hurts.” “You call it a weiner?”
These wood blocks are going to need to be used to make boxes or something. THe rookies seem completely unfazed by the water.
Kellyanne and Jamie win by copying. Bummer.
I kind of liked freckle chick who I can never remember her name. Nelson seemed kind of invisible.
EP 8:
Lot more partying this season than the last couple I feel.
I don’t know what it is, but Cory and Cheyanne seem so boring. THey keep seeming to build it up, but it’s repetitive and just kinda goes nowhere?
Tony really just seems to have problems with females in general. That’s basically all he gets in arguments with, and always has issues with. He gets drunk and then rants and raves about women.
I think I hate Vince more than Johnny lol At least Johnny is interesting for the game.
Johnny going to get Tony to shut Camila up. What in the fuck kind of psychological fucking warfare is this?! That’s literally just trash. You’re the dude who has a long fucking history with the chick, and you go grab the guy who has fought with her all season and tells her to shut her up.
Now Tony is literally in Camila’s face and pinning her to the wall? I’m sure Johnny will catch nothing for this…
Johnny just conveniently invisible when shit blows up.
Oh shit.. Producers asking if he remembers being woken up? They’re acknowledging that he was PLACED in that situation?
His warning wasn’t acknowledged when Cory went at Devin? Seems sus…
I seriously can’t understate how shitty Johnny was in this situation. He literally just used oil to, in his words, “put out a fire” and basically put a long time friend in a really shitty situation and then just disappears while shit hits the fan.
Damn, Smashley still has big as scars under her arms from the ropes in that challenge.
“One can argue, I’m a little responsible” Fuck off Johnny, you knew full fucking well what you were doing.
I would fully believe Tony has some domestic violence calls in his history or future.
I love the spur of the moment things like this. Keep them on their toes.
I am all for this challenge. Basically just endurance and will. They’ve all but eliminated these types of challenges in Big Brother and Survivor purely for time and scheduling.
“A thousand dollars, that means a thousand cheeseburgers, I need that money!”
They’re going to ask questions about their interruptions, I just know it and I absolutely love it.
“I think it’s only been an hour and I’m already going crazy” (Ten minutes later) I’m assuming this was some kind of editing mess up and they actually meant only ten minutes have elapsed and it’s making fun of Jenna thinking it’s been an hour. Because otherwise the ten minutes later was pointless and nothing happened afterward.
Smashley of all people queueing in on picking up the details? Kind of surprising.
We don’t get enough of Wes’ sense of humor.
Hope it’s not crucial that you know that number was definitely NOT on the gas tank lol
Vince, you weird creepy fuck. I’m just going to take this opportunity of being on a box with a girl to need to hang on her and touch her as much as possible.
Christina like 5 hours in thinking about paying attention just now…
I hate Bananas, but I can’t help but have respect for a guy that instantly evokes David Bowie in Labyrinth when a guy comes out doing some fushigi shit with a glass ball.
OK Johnny doing TJ impressions is great.
I feel like Jenna is going to come in and Rainman this shit lmao
Awww you end just as it gets to the actual puzzle? Damn you.
EP 9:
Dario a dumbass? Shocker
Actually surprised by Sarah and Bananas winning, the way it was edited made it seem like Sarah was paying attention to the wrong details.
Jeesh, it comes down to Wes/Nany and Nicole/Dario.
Why are they just sitting there doing nothing?!
Bananas saying they want Nicole/Dario to lose so they can vote in Wes makes no real sense. If they vote them in they have a chance to pull white skulls and not even go into the elim. Wouldn’t you want a better chance of them going home?
Oh yay, Johnny gets to take his cousin on a trip.
I seriously can’t take the daily check ins with Sarah and Johnny repairing their bullshit.
Sarah being gaslighted in to thinking she “stole” a win from Johnny, and now wants to “pay him back” is fucking depressing. It’s like her working with Kenny in Fresh Meat 2, after she got bullied endlessly in Ruins, all over again.
Of any boat trip to be on, this would be my absolute last choice.
Jamie and Kellyanne whining about not being selected lmao
Kellyanne talking fucking facts! Amen!!! “Johnny will never throw a guy friend under the bus, but he will throw any girl friends name out. But if a girl friend backstabs him, like Sarah did, they become rivals.” AMEN sister.
Wes, you’re talking to a brick wall of people who either suck, or just had a chance of putting Johnny in and put their own alliance members in instead.
Why is Devin randomly called “Gronk” at one point?
Why did the cast on Free Agents have the real nice Challenge Jerseys, but they still just went back to plain t-shirts after that? Was thinking they moved on to nice “uniforms”
Should have had some distance between the two yellers.
This is pure insanity
TJ looks like he’s facepalming in the background this entire elim lol
Wes had an easy time as soon as Jamie wasn’t just holding him the whole time.
Hey look, Johnny talking about winning with grace. Literally the dude that hoots and hollers every single time he wins. I swear I would hate this guy near as much if he just didn’t have confessionals. He’s such a two faced hypocrite as soon as he talks in confessionals. His confessionals do him a disservice.
Johnny talking to Vince about someone else playing on borrowed time is amazingly oblivious.
EP 10:
Oh god Johnny talking about a final being a real final when you go against strong teams. Fuck off Johnny.
“Guys! I miss Sarah!” Ok, Johnny can be funny
Cory talking about timing lol what in the hell are you trying to talk about Cory? Lol You’re so bad at the politics
I think I’ve actually seen this challenge of digging up partners but it was at the very beginning of a season. I keep waiting to see it, but I don’t think it’s this one.
Wes putting Cory back in this comp shows that he smartly knows he’s probably not reliable.
Nate literally saying his strategy is wanting to be a layup for Bananas and coming in third place lmao These fuckers are depressing.
Wes was on a roll, but he’s absolutely blown this
Wes bobbing up and down in excitement after Nicole/Dario win lol
Half of Christinas answers were really fucking dumb lol Nate’s strategy of wanting to be a layup to Bananas is the worst fucking joke though lmao
Nicole, I feel like you could have phrased this a tiny bit better than talking about Cory making deals with Wes.
Dario then talks to Wes about wanting to throw in Cory. Nicole, you dumbass.
Dario and Nicole are not fucking good at this game lol jesus christ
Nicole is just blindly sitting by and watching Nany get fucked right now lol
Dario’s game plan: Let’s call over Johnny and Sarah and present our asshole for them and hope they feel gracious later on. Jesus, people
Nicole and Dario may seriously be dumber than Vince/Jenna
Nicole...what point of view? Seriously. One guy had a conversation with another guy weeks ago so suddenly everything is null and void? Lmao what are these people talking about? Cory is the one that’s wanting to play both sides, but somehow Wes/Nany and Devin/Cheyanne are the bad guys?
This really just comes to me as Dario being afraid of going against Bananas and Vince and just trying to do anything to rationalize it.
EP 11:
Devin looks like a robot when he does his 3 clap thing. Like his hand is at an exact right angle and stiff as can be.
Oh yeah, midevil torture, lets go!
I have way more faith in Smashley holding on to a bar than Christina.
Smashley being a complete disappointment, damn
Cory again, is fake muscle. Is Cory the second coming of Ty? Complete exhaustion with the least amount of effort.
Cory and Smashley an utter disappointment. That was depressing to watch. I knew Cory has like a quarter tank of gas, but Smashley was impressing most of the season.
The downside of Nany and Wes right now is literally that they’re not trying to sit Nicole/Dario down and talk rationally to them. The way they continue to come off is emotional and spastic just because they got screwed over, but I feel it’d go over a lot better if they just talked about what actually took place and how it was nothing.
Vince...is just terrible.
News alert: Vince is terrible at challenges, remember he THREW all those challenges on Bloodlines, he definitely didn’t suck. Trust his cousin, Johnny.
Johnny benefiting greatly from Sarah, he barely even has to jump getting on or off the bag.
Johnny having to rely on these shitty rookies not sucking is my favorite thing ever.
I hate how many of these dumbasses say “Fustrated”
Not really dominant TJ, they got one extra flag?
Wait, wait. How are these people EVER pulling out the black skull. I feel like this was the first time actually seeing a good glimpse of all the skulls and the other skulls have triangles cut out of the skulls and the black one has semi-circles. I knew there had to be a difference with how often it’s come down to the last draw, but this seems so dumb.
I feel like this is just going to be another season where Wes or Johnny goes right before the final and the one remaining is the clear winner in the final.
I love that this elim started with Nate and christina talking about being great in pressure, but what does them in is Nates patience and getting frustrated.
I’m fine being back in the days of Wes vs everyone. Wes is more entertaining in this seat than Johnny is.
Every season, without fail. “Where is it at?”
EP 12:
Wait, I thought they broke up? Oh jesus. Zach ghosts Jenna while she’s on The Challenge? Woooooow Zach, you were already a misogynist douchebag, but damn dude.
Oh god, Devin wanting to pull a Jordan lmao
Ugh, I hate seeing a challenge and instantly know that Johnny and Sarah have an advantage.
“It’s like having a giant condom on you”
You could have literally hindered Johnny/Sarah by like 5 minutes and I still would have bet on them over everyone in that challenge from the start.
I hope to see a repeat of Dario being absolutely terrible in an elim.
Jesus christ, do we literally have to hear about Johnny possibly not being over Sarah playing the game, every god damn episode? He is literally just piling on over and over again on Sarah. It’s gross.
I like how Johnny passes it off as carrying Vince AND Jenna knowing damn well it’s all Vince bringing that pair down. Vince is the new Dunbar or Tyrie.
Devin being 4 for 4 on the skulls.
Nany, just think of Nicole's eyebrows and imagine yourself beating something off of her face.
I hope we don’t get a repeat of the last time Wes was in something physical and confrontational. I miss roid rage Wes.
Jesus Wes, that was terrible.
This and the Hall Brawl elim versus Leroy is an absolute horrible back to back showing by Wes. That blows.
That had nothing to do with Nany not pushing Nicole. Wes you blew a big lead and were slow as shit in the crawl.
Welp, Johnny and Sarah have handedly won the season. Wes was probably the only one that would win a challenge to even put him in and none of these guys are going to beat them in a final.
Jenna looking confused: “We’re getting ready for the final right now?” Jenna, you are a treasure.
Johnny knowing it bothers her, and continually using it is definitely Johnny harkening back to his Kenny/Evan days. This should bother Sarah more than anything, because she saw those tactics in their prime.
At this point I just want to hear a single person on this cast saying “frustrating” the right way.
Sarah just sitting around eating while her two main ally’s continue to dole out what she has dealt with from the same people in the past is really hard to take. Especially when it includes picking on the only black girl by calling her a stereotypical name that they know bothers her.
Making someone want to leave, from the same person whos cousin earlier almost fought someone for calling him a bitch, and he passed it off as bitch gaming to get him out of the house. I can not take the Johnny hypocrisy.
EP 13:
Sarah DEFENDING it. Ugggggh Jenna and Sarah just trying to stay quiet and let the two guys be trash.
Glad you could get your friend back Sarah
Jenna and Sarah just passing off Devin being mad because he’s going to go home is some serious groupthink mentality in these games. Where you can tell Johnny has just repeated it enough times that they just accept that to just nullify any right Devin/Cheyanne have to being angry.
I’m suddenly back to the Ruins days where the people at the end just disgust me and I hate the second to last episode because it’s just everyone ganging up on one person or team.
Vince is a scumbag, fuck everything.
Johnny starting the morning saying this is nothing and everyone deals with it. FUCK out of here.
This one sequence is really just bringing this whole season crashing and burning down for me.
You can see the instant disgust on Johnny knowing his whole game comes down to drawing random straws lmao
Hahaha, please be Johnny vs Vince. Please please please please
Jenna being 3 for 3 for finals. Wow
No trivia this season, I just realized
Wow, these are literally the easiest of these style of riddles
“These young players keep testing me.” Really Johnny? You kind of coasted to this point.You consistently have the best partner any time you come in to a partners game.
That they’re struggling on Top Secret is crazy. These are literally some of the most basic ones of these idiom riddles that I’ve seen.
At least the best team isn’t getting knocked out right before the finale. I would have been fine with Dario or Vince going right here. I fucking hate Vince.
Hopefully this final is better than last seasons lackluster affair.
Don’t feel too bad about being here by luck Devin. Johnny’s been back 2 seasons on pure luck. Vince is here purely by association.
Them talking shit about Jenna being a hinderence in the final is hilarious, since she wasn’t the one to quit on her first, and she led her second one all the way to the point of something her and her tiny cousin couldn’t really do. I don’t even mean the food either. They struggled because the rowing and they had tiny ass arms.
I would not be surprised if Sarah and Johnny were the only people to complete the final.
A twist wholly set up for Johnny to fuck over Sarah. Sarah is literally staring down Johnny because you know she is expecting it.
Johnny not even looking at Sarah and only saying history could repeat itself, just shows me that he’s thinking the exact same thing.
If anything I hope Jenna fucks over Vince.
Of course, Johnny just avoids even talking about it. He won’t just say yes. Haha Johnny is a shit bag.
EP 14:
Johnny : “If anyone has to worry, it’d be me. You’ve done it in the past.” Says the guy that’s literally fucked over every girl he’s aligned with.
Hey, a Survivor style puzzle lol The slat puzzle
I honestly would have pulled an audible as the judge and allowed Johnny’s finish of the puzzle being upside down. It was together in the right order. It was just upside down. It’s still completed.
Johnny and Sarah’s confessionals sound like they’re trying to convince each other that they’re not planning on taking the money lol
I don’t know why it just hit me, but Devin reminds me so much of Big Head from Silicon Valley
“Could you go to sleep?” “Probably” Jenna’s brain default setting is literally off, she’s good.
Johnny is the king of projection. Let’s look at Cheyanne and say she’s only doing it for the points, knowing damn well you just talked about the 2 points being pivotal lol
“I feel like I can trust him. Yeah, I can trust him!” Famous last words Sarah
I wonder how much TJ hates having to sit there while these people puke?
20 minute penalty seems nuts. Wasn’t one of the most recent finals have like a 3 minute penalty? Lmao
Vince’s sucking finally coming to the surface! I love it!
Watching Sarah cough all over the place is hard to watch in current times
To compare working as a team and then taking all the money for yourself, to putting a different team in an elimination right before the final is a bit of a stretch Johnny.
Yeah, Johnny’s not a piece of shit at all lol
Yes Sarah, he just manipulated you the entire time. Don’t sit here and let him compare this to what you did. Fuck that.
I’m glad to be vindicated in my Johnny hate.
EP 15(Reunion):
I hope everyone at this finale laughs at Sarah for ever thinking this wouldn’t happen. You had the history right before your eyes all season. You had two past partners and friends that had nothing to do with him on this very season.
Hahaha Johnny trying to pass this off as anything like Sarah putting his team in to elimination is hilarious.
Oh here we go with Johnny’s usual argument. “How many finals have you been to?” You’ve literally had one of the top 2 or 3 partners every season dude.
I’m with Sarah, get the fuck out of there. Fuck this gaslighting prick.
Comparing him fucking over his partner taking any chance she had at money and comparing that to putting two people in to an elimination is just a sick joke. The only thing that makes them remotely similar is they both involved Johnny.
Hey Johnny going for reinforcement from guys he worked with. Whoa what is new?
I’m really getting to the point of hating these reunions and how no one says shit in defense of anyone. It’s like everyone is so afraid of Johnny they won’t say shit.
I would have honestly not doubted that Bananas knew about that twist the whole entire season.
How is Devin literally the only sane person on this stage?
You can’t call shit on Devin, when Johnny’s repeated total strategy is never going to an elim. You can’t then be mad at a team avoiding it constantly. Someone else who did the same thing literally became your biggest ally.
I never want to see Vince again.
Quit trying to talk up Vince, we saw all of last season and this season. Vince sucks. Jenna carried that partnership.
This final and reunion back to back has given me a migraine.
Ewww, Vince and Camila. Eww
The weird denial following this is weird. Were they in there doing coke? There’s something definitely sketchy there, if they didn’t fuck.
Ok, I’m for this host. She ain’t backing down and letting Camila run it.
Even when Johnny is randomly asking people on the street he can't help but frame the question in his favor and it still doesn't come out like he wanted lmao
Overall Thoughts:
Honestly, this season was great, but was almost hard to watch with the last couple episodes leading in to the final. The severe lack of competition makes the whole seasons basically rely on one or two main occurrences or eliminations and suddenly the rest of the season falls in line. As soon as Wes was gone, the season was decided. Not necessarily that Wes would win the final, but Wes was likely the only other person that would win over Banana's and Sarah and actually put Johnny in or beat Johnny in an elimination. I hate Johnny and I think I hate Vince even more because he talks just as much shit, but has done literally nothing. I'm still waiting for a single redeeming quality for Johnny to pop it's head out. Where were all the people throughout these posts that would not understand where the Johnny hate was coming from? It has literally only gotten worse!
That being said. I think Sarah basically played herself. It was Kenny all over again when he bullied her incessantly on The Ruins and then they went in to Fresh Meat 2 and basically the first words out of Sarah's mouth was that Kenny was her number one. To ever think you had anything to earn back from Johnny or to ever think he would suddenly have your back again is 100% on you. I still think Johnny did a supremely fucked up thing and him trying to compare it to what Sarah did was disgusting. It would have been 10 times better if he just walked out and said "Yeah, I did it. Fuck off" but the fact that he tries to validate it and he has to have people agree with him and be ok with it is what pisses me off. Either be the fucking bad guy or own up to the fact that you're a piece of shit you can't just do all these shitty things and act like you're above it all and you're only doing what you have to do. You're gross. You're a hypocrite and you're the fucking king of gaslighting, and I thought that before this fucking season. There was not a single fucking episode that went by that you couldn't bring up time and time again how you think you still weren't over what Sarah did. You kept building it up and up like it was the worst betrayal in the history because you just had to hold that over Sarah's head. You're a sick fucking dude. I am seriously on the edge of my seat just waiting for a single redeeming aspect of him to appear to understand even the slightest of fans.
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2020.09.11 17:14 Sanity0004 First time viewing The Challenge as a Big Brother/Survivor fan, Part 10(Battle of the Bloodlines)

So my run through of the seasons continues, this time with Battle of the Bloodlines. I put a TL:DR or overall thoughts down at the bottom if you don't want to go through each episode. Check my posting history if you want to check out the past seasons I've been through so far.
Thanks for reading these, they're fun to make and make going through the seasons more enjoyable.
EP 1:
I thought Camila was short, but she seems a head taller than her sister. Damn
Not surprised Jenna is back.
I feel like if they were going for a season of bloodlines they could have tried for more vets or big names from the challenge to at least use it as an excuse to get some people back. It seems like they went the easiest route possible and got half of the previous season and some rookies and a whole bunch of pointless add ons.
I'm really worried I'm not going to like how this show changes moving forward... lol
Fucking Johnny and his god damn speeches
Oh, I didn't even recognize Kellyanne.
Damn, the son is coming up and they're still just drinking and hanging out
"Expect the most maniacal twists" after literally the first thing resembling a twist ever happens
Why were we robbed of Cohutta and Kellyanne, or even Nany on Exes 2, rather than fucking Bananas
Caught a weird angle on Christina and really thought they snuck Casey on the season for a second.
I really never understand the people that come on here and literally think they can openly cheat. Like God damn, how do you have anyone trust you if you think you can get away with it on a show let alone real life?
Guy who is cheating says they didn't hook up, girl who doesn't care says they did lol
Coming in and throwing out shit like "typical woman move" is definitely the way to come in as rookies lol
He literally has nothing to say
Angry drunk casting strikes again
Imagine coming in this game with a family member as a teammate and going out for fighting with the same family member lmao
Wait...is this the house from Seasons? Or another season? I recognize those stairs that Sam got pushed down right beside of!
He didn't hit you Shane, but I'm preeeetty sure you hit him a few times.
THEY get the clear? Pffft production is so damn wishy washy
So you thought Jenna being worthless was so entertaining you thought it a great idea to bring her just as useless cousin on with her. Great.
Rules must be stopping them from collecting water from the moat that has collected around the hill lol Just fall over and go "Oops, I must have picked up a little extra."
Leroy even mad at his damn sibling!
God damn, Johnny is murdering this.
Oh no people may be trying to come for Johnny? Unfair! lol
I seriously can't take the cartoon drawing on Nicole that she calls makeup.
Seems weird to have male and female days when there is multiple teams with both male or both female. If it's a female day do the all guy teams not even try because it doesn't matter? I'm confused? This seems dumb.
Having the rookie make a speech about putting someone up because they're a rookie? lol seems smart
Vince starting shit lol
EP 2:
I'm only just starting episode 2 and I think I hate this season. This may be my least favorite cast from the jump.
Uhhhh, did Cara just give a Hand Job to some RUTO random, WHILE SHE'S DATING ABRAM?!?! What in the shit Cara?!?! Cara just plummeted in my mind. Eeeesh
Every time I see Jenna and Brianna I suddenly get struck with a wave disgruntlement.
I hate this cast.
Starting off early with the eating challenges. I'm ok with this.
Interesting that they chose to do this role/position aspect randomly. Doesn't usually seem like their thing.
It'd be weird to have the snake cuddling around with you, but I honestly can't see being all that freaked out about it. The bugs definitely has the worst end of the bargain.
How are they possibly going to determine the worse out of this lmao first to give up?
Eh, some people didn't do near as bad as I thought. Kellyanne seemed to struggle going in but looked to blow it away.
Jenna and Brianna continue to prove their worthlessness.
Again, don't understand the discrepency between the girl/guy days. Could the girls literally have just not tried because they assumed it was a guy's day? This seems so dumb.
Wow, Kelleyanne looked like she killed it. Shocked she was at the bottom of guy teams.
With the way Cara was orchestrating the helping of Cohutta last episode I'm assuming Johnny is going in against Cohutta? Maybe I shouldn't get my hopes up.
Oh, I guess she's just going to Cohutta and seeing who they want.
Ugh, I hate this fuckin' cast. These twins just seem like all talk. Notice they get all snappy with Cara, but even though it was Cohutta that called them out they don't go to him at all?
Awe, Cara has Diem on her arm.
Nany just blowing up Cara's spot. So I'm assuming Cara was thinking there was no cameras in the bus and then suddenly Johnny has a gopro and suddenly Thomas needs to go?
God damn. Nany's sister looks like a damn cartoon character with her makeup.
I feel like Aneesa is trying to get Jenna/Brianna to quit lol "She's not even cute!"
Again, why. Why the fuck was Jenna brought back and why the fuck did they think her trainwreck cousin was worth bringing on with her?
I agree with Cohutta, these people are insanely crazy. Fucking hell.
I feel like Cohutta is doing terribely with this Elim. He's not even trying for the ball. Once he tackles him he just wraps him up and sits there.
Wait wait wait wait. Someone just talked about wanting to quit and only staying for their cousin and you're going to switch up teams to where she has no motivation to stay? What?!
EP 3:
Ok, so they're doing Survivor style swaps. Teams of two now swapping to two big teams. I'm ok with this.
As much as I hate Johnny, Cara is smart to grab Johnny first.
Cara's cousin is looking at this much smarter. It's more about saddling your team with the worse people than it is about picking the best.
Cara's team is getting fucked right now with these picks lmao Candice, Brianna, AND Aneesa's family member. That team is fucked. Was Johnny not trying to help with the picks at all? I can't imagine he'd be quiet.
I'm loving the recycling of challenges from the last couple seasons.
I was about to ask why Cara looked like the least secure person to jump but then I remembered she has a height fear.
Did they literally get Candice to walk off the challenge and directly in to a confessional? lol They wanted to get the shot with the blood.
I like this voting mechanic. That's gonna be rough.
Nany just randomly voting Aneesa just to be a bitch lol
Camila don't fuck around with her politics. You wanna throw out her name you better
Nany, you didn't vote for Larissa, but you also threw away your vote instead of voting for Jenna. I feel like you took some notes from Johnny. Also, I again bring up the fact that Nany and Johnny were kissing Jenna's ass at the last reunion.
These fuckin' throwaway votes lol Aneesa and Nany are playing bitchy. Not voting against Camila doesn't do shit if you could have voted for the next closest person.
Ok, at least the team came around to their senses. I don't know what they were thinking.
The way it was being determined I thought maybe they were done with the representing aspect in the elim, but calling Camila and Briana up makes me wonder if it will be Camila vs Jenna.
Jenna wins one elimination and wants to be cocky lmao
Hope this Tony dude is ok, but I'm perfectly fine with Shane/Tony going. Bye.
EP 4:
Shocked by Candice and Leroy. The big toe stops you from competing?! I would think it'd be more out of fear of the lip busting open again and getting worse.
Guess I was wrong about the representation aspect in the Elims. Makes it a lot easier to get rid of strong players with just voting in their weaker partner.
I really wish they didn't make so many elims dependant on body weight and size.
Bye Camila. You got screwed. I would have actually liked seeing Camila vs Jenna in the same elim.
"We're going to be here to the final." "Yup, probably." Good enthusiasm Brianna lmao
Oh no, Johnny lost two of his numbers in one night. :c
Eeeeeeesh, Every time I see this Cara/Thomas shit I just cringe super fucking hard. Jesus.
So many damn people cheating on this show. God damn!
I love when people are completely opposite what they show from their confessionals lmao Cory, all over Aneesa, gets told by his partner to shape up. Gets in confessional "She's showing me she's more childish then I thought. I'm gonna put an end to that." -Jennifer Lawrence ok.gif
Nany and Johnny are definitely the cheifs of hooking up and not really letting it effect their games lol
Damn, another pair gone.
Oh shit. Oh SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT Huge fucking eye emoji. HOLY FUCKING SHIT.
Abram, coming in to this house right now is fucking hilarious. Cara, just straight awkward.... Oh fuck hahaha
This season JUST GOT INTERSTING!
Oh god the awkwardness. I love it!
Johnny and Nany fucking loving it!
Abram doesn't look like he's in the best of shape though...
Cara shockingly doesn't look happy or excited.
AND Trivia? Best episode ever?!
I feel like they've asked this 60/60/60 angle questions multiple times now. I wonder if it's a trivia staple. I also don't think anyone's gotten it right.
God, I hate so much of this cast. But hey Abram is here and I am so ready for this drama.
5 sides on a stop sign? What?!
Fake face girl of all people winning it for the red team? Shocked.
Damn, I thought trivia was going long but that's the end of the episode?
EP 5:
What a weird place to pick up on an episode. It's like the old half hour episode days.
"I wouldn't lose a day of sleep if Banana's fell off a cliff." I knew I liked Abram.
What....just happened? Did Abram's brother volunteer to go in to Elim? Like...why? The crazy gene is strong with this family.
Cara STILL hanging around with Thomas. What is in this chick's head?!
Kellyanne...
"I don't want to talk to that bitch(aneesa) either." Cory going downhill fast.
You think Aneesa is dumb enough to fall for this obvious politicking kiss ass? You dumb rookies.
Aneesa, don't be stupid.
I'd usually be all for newbies coming in and fucking shit up, but most of these rookies are just annoying as hell.
"You're showing your true colors." Cory, you literally only even talked to Aneesa to get a vote. Who's true colors were seen?
"Nobodies afraid ladies." These twins are nothing but mouth.
I don't even know who this Anthony guy is... lol
Mitch looks like he's about to cry when this Anthony guy votes for him.
It sucks that so many people went home so quicky because I feel like the format didn't get to play out as well as it could have. They're basically forced now to vote for alliances rather than trying to weaken or strengthen teams. Which I think is the best part of the teams/pair aspect of this system.
Johnny is a douchebag, but Dario and Raphy are really not ones to talk lol
TJ just smiling and nodding watching it all. I love TJ lmao
Throwing off his mic. Isn't that like a big no no? I remember everyone jumping in and trying to help Jasmine when she almost did that. Like they didn't care before that, but as soon as she went for her mic everyone jumped on her to stop her.
Them being mad at Aneesa is fucking hilarious. You guys basically dogged her and only talked to her for her vote. Ya'll are idiots.
They're saying the vote was in Aneesas hands, but are they going on the assumption that Mike would have voted for himself? Because even with Aneesa's vote the decision was off by 2?
"Did they ask you if you saw them come out of the bathroom?" God damn Cara. What the shit. This isn't even like the Paula situation, where Yes Paula was shit for what she did, but Ty was pressing that shit constantly and it was weeks of it. Cara was hooking up with this dude like a week in. God damn chick.
I remember thinking early on that Kellyanne seemed more mature and stable than a lot of people on the cast, from seasons like The Island or Ruins, but I feel like she's just gotten more childish and insecure as seasons go on? Aneesa's acting just as stupid in this episode, but Kellyanne just seems kind of like the desperate girl trying to get attention from all the popular guys or something. It's a weird energy.
Jenna not considering things racist? Color me shocked.
"2020's in hindsight." That's definitely not the saying, but god do I wish Kellyanne.
I can't express how hilarious it would be for the twins to lose this lmao
Using only his arms lol, what a dumbass
Oh fuck. His damn foot slips! He fucking had it!
Hahahahaha the bitch twins gave up and tried to wine about the yellow hitting the line lmao
What idiots. All mouth, and then they're mouths get them the loss. Wow
Aneesa, wise the fuck up. Cory just wants your vote at this point.
EP 6:
Oh shit, A Dirty little secret. Ominous episode title!!!!!
Johnny at yoga is pretty funny, not gonna lie
I love Abram's hate for Johnny. He calls it true! "False friendships, selling people up river, just false to your face." So true!
Love the Johnny hate Abram, but you're definitely letting emotion effect the game my dude.
People can't stop talking about Cara/Thom. lol How is she not walking around this house with an ulser with worry of who's going to say something.
I would love nothign more than the guys get to a challenge and TJ just saying "First thing first, Cara we have to address something." I would love nothing more than for TJ just to put the drama out there RIGHT before a challenge.
Its challenges like this that really shows the benefit of vets and experience.
Kellyanne offering to go in? Saves time I guess.
Johnny, I understand not wasting the time in fighting for Nany in deliberations, but to vote for her is just stupid and pointless. You're not gaining any face with people already gunning for you by voting for someone who everyone knows you're aligned with. You're doing yourself a diservice voting for Nany. You're just being stupid.
Like Nany says, throwing his vote away would just back up what he's said for years. He's so loyal isn't he?!
I had genuinely no idea who Anthony was lol
"No matter what I do is the wrong thing." Well yeah, when you do shit that makes no sense but is some weird veiled attempt at supporting your team or garnering favor. You're a dumbass and just as much talk as Raphy and Dario
Who the hell is Cara talking to? Who is Jamie?!?
It's been two seasons of Nany crying over Johnny, yes she still has feelings for him.
He didn't want to make his girlfriend mad hahahahahahaha Johnny's been the one to talk up in the reunions how people hide from cameras to fuck and all this shit. Not voting for a friend is the most hilarious copout that is so empty.
Fuuuuuck, 50 times?! This is a better test of endurance. Damn. I think Nany has this one easily.
Oh god, AND Kellyanne has some kind of chest cold? Good luck chick.
Kellyanne actually won. I'm shocked. The comp having a bell on each side actually made it easier than I thought. I was thinking it was only on one end.
I'm happy to have Nany's sister out of the house lol
Hahaha I love Johnny basically saying "come at me" with this Cara secret. Let this alliance see if it can stick shit out. You have a crazy guy on your house just waiting to blow up lol It's dirty, but I love it.
EP 7:
Cara continuing to just call it flirtation is great.
Wait wait wait. Is Johnny really just having his Cousin go out there and blow it up? You giant pussy! Johnny wanting to keep his hands clean and leaving it up to someone with no fucking sense of even how to talk.
Cara, you suck ass.
Cara just trying to pass it off as trying to get further in the game is really a shit way to handle this lol What a way to try and pass your shitty behavior off as "gameplay"
"I did say that, Johnny." "It's cool Abe!" Johnny not in power is so much better than Johnny in power.
Abram is straight chaos and I love it. It has saved this season.
Aneesa how the hell long have you done these. What weak shit.
Cara needing stuff to be easier for her is hilariously sad.
Abram is insane, and I fucking love it.
I feel like Abram came in with the entire mindset of wanting Cara to win. Him and his partner wanting to go in to elim as soon as they got there, him wanting to get Johnny out and not wanting Cara to team with him. I think his whole mindset was to go in and just help Cara.
Of all the things to NOT have Abram himself being in the elim?! Destroying shit! That would have been hilarious to see.
Fucking "Home wrecker" Wooooooooooow
This elim is fucking awesome.
Abram causes himself to get a bloody nose lmao
Can we just talk about Abram barking like a dog and quietly in the back ground Jenna and Briana are spinning in circles? What?!
Stephen literally can't even get through the tiniest table hahaha
This is not even close. This is so damn sad.
Motivational crazy Abram is my favorite Abram
Oh Cara, come on. You're just now going to talk all about this breaking up shit and saying Abram there is harder for you in the game. Just be real, you're upset your new cuddle buddy left and you're upset Abram came in to make it awkward for you on tv. That being said though, why were you even still with him? lol dude is crazy. But you don't cheat on the dude!
EP 8:
Throwing it for Kellyanne? Johnny wouldn't even talk during deliberation for Nany lmao
At least everyone is clearly talking about how shitty Johnny is with his game. He's dirty, but he talks like he's a damn saint lol
I am continually shocked everytime this Jamie dude shows up on the screen lmao
Wait wait wait wait. CT and Diem's sister are joining the game? I'm about to fucking cry! It seems stupid late in the game to impliment a new team, but it's CT! I don't care!
No colored shirts, probably just an audible on the specific challenge.
I'm going to cry! "Do it for D!" I love CT!
Faith seems more interesting and has more screen presence in like one confessional than half this bloodlines cast lol
I'm pretty sure they just gave Aneesa the "Complete" but she looked like she fell a whole square before the yellow line...
Johnny "helping" lol This is my issue with Johnny. He can't just do shit in the open. He talks so much shit about Wes throwing shit, but he had a reason to and he owned it. You couldn't even talk during deliberations to help Nany and pass it off as saving face with a team, then not wanting to upset your girlfriend. But here you are throwing a competition and sabotaging other players to help a different girl. You're fake as hell and you just hide from it so plainly. It's disgusting.
I never remember who this Jamie guy is but at least he's calling Kellyanne rightfully out.
Hahahah Johnny's face when they get announced the winner. I love it.
Kellyanne fucked up talking shit lol
There's only 3 people that can go in and only one is going to be safe. There's no real reason to be angry at this point.
Jenna and Brianna getting screwed by Johnny too haha Only now realizing it. Johnny promises everyone everything and just watches as they all go out one by one.
Vince out of nowhere with "I have to go by performance today" haha yeah that sounds like Johnny, not owning up to the reason behind their choices. Had an alliance from the jump with Aneesa/Jenna/Nany and basically two of those are getting screwed over and Kellyanne is moved up the pecking order over everyone because of Anthony lmao You people are so damn dumb.
Kellyanne literally can't even defend Anthony hahaha
Oh here we go, Johnny voting against his alliance people to "save face" haha
I'm happy to see everything is finally coming to head for Johnny. Just wish these people weren't so stupid to believe it in the first place.
CT and Faith!!!!!
Kellyanne came back on the show because of Diem passing? That's actually really sweet. Not sure how true it actually is but I'd give her the benefit of the doubt and find it really touching. Kellyanne comes off more authentic than Cara does with her writing Diem on her arm and saying Diem for a trivia answer.
Vince wanting to start shit with CT? lol Dumbass
"I heard me and you would have been competition in the past." "In the past you would have already been knocked out." I love CT
Please tell me Jenna and Brianna are finally gone.
What in the holy hell is Kellyanne doing? lol She blows a huge lead by trying to flip the blocks and worry about their sizes? Jenna just comes in and throws them all up like it's nothing.
Anyone falling for Johnny and his bullshit has no one to blame but themselves. Kellyanne and Anthony just watched Johnny fuck over Nany, why did you think you'd be any different?
EP 9:
Of course Johnny wouldn't like Abram. He's too honest and not willing to believe his bullshit.
"Creepy uncle Vince" This show has a weird track record with Vince's
This is a cool scary challenge lol
Brianna didn't even try. Jesus.
Oh my god these people. Four in a row not trying! What in the hell?! You can't go under fucking water?! Did I miss the description of the task? Were people throwing it to have the fastest swimmers do it?
Abe getting in the box and cracking up. Abram is insane and amazing tv.
Everyone joking about Abram taking the chance to kill Johnny is reallllllly weird?
Some of these comps, I wonder if TJ hates that he even has to be there for them lol They're under water the whole time and TJ just announces when they're out. I'm surprised he's not sitting in a chair under shade having to be reminded to blow the horn.
If you told me at the drawing of teams that Red team would not lose a challenge I would seriously not believe you.
Vince saying he's not worried about it when he's been letting the team down constantly lol Of course he isn't.
Yes! Get rid of Johnny before it goes back to pairs!
Johnny running off to shore up his easy votes like easy. Doesn't give a shit about them, throws them in, but oh wait I can get their vote!
"I just hope you're not just sweet talking me." Jenna, you're a dumbass. He's only talking to you when it comes down to your vote lol Good thing it's Brianna with the vote and not you. She seems to buy less of Johnny's shit.
It's funny how Johnny doesn't play the "rookie" card and "earning stripes" when the rookie and person who's been terrible is tied to his fate.
Fucking Brianna and Jenna. Ya'll are so dumb. You are going to instantly get screwed right after this.
Call em out Abram! Call em out!
I have a feeling Mike is just going to throw this for Cara. Like I said, Abram just seems like he's had the mentality of helping Cara along since he's gotten here.
I get CT again, he was already there....but why Zach? Is it just to show off that he cut his hair off?
Comparing Zach and CT is laughable.
Could you imagine if Johnny was in the pit and was taken out by CT again?!
CT looked like he came in to kill someone in Cutthroat. He looks a lot more relaxed coming in here.
Hahaha Jamie looks like a child in this competition. His head just constantly being pulled against the wall.
Jamie, no matter how often being told, just refuses to use his legs.
"I think I'm nicer than CT" Oh Zach... that's funny. You have two full seasons of screaming at your female team members.
I'm with Aneesa. Hearing "Cuz" and "cousin" this often is just weird.
Of all the eliminations to bring in ringers for, this is kind of a boring one.
There was basically the only real risk left for Cara. I would say they're chalked in for the final at this point if not the win.
EP 10:
(With absolutely zero people paying attention) Vince: "Stupid bar tricks." and tries to blow a ping pong ball in the air, for no apparent reason or directed at anyone? What even is this dude?
Yes, a mini final! I hope this is a new trend of having a mini final every season.
This basically is a final with only 3 teams having any kind of chance at this lmao Aneesa and Jenna and their pairs have jack shit of a chance.
Brianna carrying this weight that looks bigger and heavier than she is! Lmao
"There's rocks on the ground!" Jenna... You say some of the funniest shit unintentionally.
I really wouldn't call struggling with the first leg "gassing out" it's more like they're suddenly struck with the struggle and just need to adjust and get on track. It's not like they're to the point of not being able to walk. They just aren't used to climbing an incline with a bag of weight on their backs.
I'm actually shocked by Cory and Mitch being so far behind everyone.
Ok, I spoke too soon. Vince legit looks gassed lmao
The two teams I didn't think even had a chance are leading hahahha
If I was in some kind of pool or betting for this show Cory would have me so pissed. He is being pathetic for how much you would just be looking at him and thinking he'd be better.
This monkey bar checkpoint would be terrible if you can't do it on first try. If you can't do it the first time, why would you be able to do it a second or third time?
Weird spot to have a girl/guy differential in the comp.
Cara just fucking booking past Bananas lol
The puzzle going to be the equalizer? Aneesa going from first to last?
It's a credit to editing that they somehow turned 15 minutes of Aneesa and Rianna struggling on the monkey bars in to like two whole segments.
Last to first? Holy shit! Wow
The challenge was actually surprising as hell in just about every way. Wow
"It's going to be a hard decision to make." What? How?!
Johnny just doing anything to keep himself out of Elim lol "Jamie sucks, he'd be easy to beat." Definitely not Vince, who's been terrible throughout the season. Not at all!
Good god, if Bananas and Vince scraped by again I would have flipped my shit.
"Knock these egos down." Vince, I didn't expect you to be so self aware...oh you weren't talking about yourself. Nevermind, carry on.
Johnny saying "If I go in and beat Cara, this could be considered one of my best wins I've every had." rings to me like Bananas trying to excuse a coming loss after the fact. Like he loses this elim and then wants to preemptively talk about the competition of Cara as being some huge win knowing damn well he loses. Fucking Johnny, I hate you if this happens. This is such a fucking Johnny move to belittle his loss like it was a big competitor. If you lose it will one hundred percent be because Vince is godawful at everything.
STOP SAYING COUSIN!!!!
It sounds like Johnny is thinking this is a color related puzzle, but I think it's more about the pattern of the lines. I don't think they have it.
Johnny is gone!
The Challenge is starting to get that Survivor problem where some big competitor leaves just short of the final and they started to put in the fire making challenge. Stuff like CT leaving before Free Agents, Johnny/Nany in Exes 2. There's an aspect of lesser competition getting to the end simply because the two big competitors face off leading to the end. Cara vs Johnny in the final would be more interesting than Jenna being in another damn final, or Aneesa and her partner having no chance.
EP 11:
Location change! This seems like a standard at this point...
Oh we checked off someone having to ask where it is. Even for Berlin.
Aneesa talking about getting this far and then failing, and then immediately sabotaging and tearing down her cousin.
They walk in to this hotel and it looks like it'd be the location of an older Real World season lol the weird furniture and colors everywhere.
Aneesa seems completely uninterested in even trying to care about her family member she brought in to this lol
Aneesa's like I'm just here for the money, and Rianna actually seemed to want to get to know her family member and have a good time.
All Aneesa talks about in these confessionals is needing Rianna in the game and to get her head in to it. Rianna's just talking about Aneesa being standoffish and rude. Maybe one of those things would kind of help the other? Like, give Rianna a reason to care to help you win money, or want to work harder for you. You might as well be Zach screaming at the girl.
Another cool competition. This season's cast has been lackluster, but the challenges have been on point.
Aneesa just seems so angry and bitter at this point.
Cory/Mitch blowing it away.
Aneesa sees her final fall away before her eyes.
Oh god. Cara says "Fustrated"...
"Then go to another country!" Aneesa says as if she has a choice...
Wait wait...it's come full circle. Now Aneesa is yelling at someone else to figure out who they are and who they wanna be. I've heard that argument thrown at Aneesa way too much.
Is..Is Aneesa talking about Cara right in front of her, like she's not there and not even a human? lol Aneesa, are you getting to Robin and Katie levels at this point? My brunette crazy drunk crush squad is closed up, sorry.
I definitely think there is a quality of fakeness to Cara, but Aneesa, I think you're a bit off the mark with her accent and how she approaches the game.
Bar Wrestle back, if there was anything Cara could come up short on.
I love that they try to act like an elbow or knee during the bar wrestle is dirty, but continue to keep bar wrestle in the game because of this exact aspect of it.
Saying Jamie won against CT is definitely stretching it lol
Jenna two for two in finals? Underrated great competitor? lol yeah right.
EP 12:
Jenna being the one to talk shit about being in a final... What reality is this?
Franz! A tailor?
City Final!!!!
A part of me would actually love Jenna and Brianna winning this lol
Oh yeah predictions: Cara/Jamie > Cory/Mitch > Jenna/Brianna
Cory and Mitch having to sit on only the second lap lol
Only the guys seem to have issues with this. Maybe 120 is a little much compared to the girls' 60?
"Janky carnival games"
Oh Cara come on. Literally crying from just fake beer?
Cara, you have rookies talking shit about your whining! THIS is how you handle drinking liquid?
Jenna and Brianna are just killing this.
At this point I purely think Aneesa lost her mind with Cara because of how much she had to hear "Cus" and "Cousin".
Jenna and Brianna blowing it away, just waiting for them to blow it away just in time to hear it's only day 1.
Part 1 ughhh. I miss marathon one day style finals. I don't care if it makes the final less suspenseful, or if one team blows it out of the water. I'd rather see people have to fight to not give up entirely.
Oh, is it still one day, just two parts?
EP 13:
I hope they have to swim in these suits.
You can just not eat them and get a 5 minute pinulty? Is that enough time?
Oh no Cara's worst enemy! Liquid!
Good god, Jamie seems like he's about to fill up that damn bucket.
Oh I see, it seems you have to eat everything, there is just a time limit for how long you have to get them done.
Jenna, also with no gag reflex. Zach seems to have a type.
TJ, amazing actor.
This city final has been a complete disappointment.
Just a random 2 mile jog around a track to end it. Did they just run out of ideas for finals?
These number puzzles and tangrams are again just like fire making in survivor. If you come in to these games not practicing these puzzles and learning basic strategies for them, then what are you even doing here? They come up just about every single season. Especially with the likelihood of people coming back multiple times. There's players of Survivor that will practice every single TYPE of puzzle they use and they have a much lower chance of ever even coming back let alone seeing the puzzle again. This show you're likely to come back on and likely to see these puzzle types. Do your damn homework!
I came around on Jenna/Brianna a lot. Happy to see them finish it.
Cara winning just seems tainted lol Like, I wasn't necessarily rooting for her so much as rooting against Johnny and then against the rookies and Jenna.
Reunion:
I hate when any show or episode starts with random teasers for the episode. Just get to it.
Vince starting the episode looking like an idiot.
Nicole looks less like a cartoon character.
At least Jenna is looking at all the elim's positively. Saying she had to make up for the previous season and never going in.
Bananas kissing ass of Jenna again, she must be coming back again...
Rianna looking good on this reunion. She looks a lot different than she was on the show.
Zach has a way of just cutting people off... geesh. Seems like a child that doesn't know how to handle a break up and just cuts, runs and hides.
Cara already crying, and they haven't even gotten to her yet.
Ugh...watching Abram's face while watching this. Ugh this is hard to watch.
Cara sit there and try to be mad or cry. You made your bed.
Abram about to cry.
Quit giving the fucking out that she did this because she was caught up in wanting to win. Fuck that noise.
At least she owns up and goes straight to Abram and says something.
Abram's tattoos just get worse and worse.
What the fuck is she trying to talk about with this being seven seasons about Abram and wanting the season. Way to take a fucking nose dive after starting off great.
This is just gross. Cara started off great, but damn it took a dive.
It just sounds a lot like fucking up and trying to find a lot of reasons to excuse it.
Didn't Thom himself say there was a handjob? lmao Cara, now you're just lying.
I hate Johnny, but I'm with him. Fuck this trying to bring up other peoples shit. Just be honest.
Quit giving her the fucking out that this has any fucking thing to do with the game.
Cara, wow. "Let me count my money. Who sent you home?" Well, that is definitely the way to address it lol
I loathe Johnny, but I agree with him when he says Cara saw she had an added number to her alliance and that was a huge factor of not telling him. She evne said it herself that she knew how he would react. She didn't want him to get DQ'd or possibly get Thom DQ'd. That's why she was upset when Abram wanted her to vote Thom in elim. At that point I do think she was just thinking about numbers and was trying to not talk about it. I don't think her getting with Thom had anything to do with thinking about the game, I hate that that is even suggested, but it definitely changed how she handled her decisions.
Can we literally not even talk about the fact that Johnny wasn't even willing to TRY to talk his team out of voting in Nany, but he was willing to throw an entire challenge to save Anthony/Kellyanne. Seriously not going to talk about that?
It was a game vote, what were you gaining? Everyone knew you were in an alliance with her and no one would care? You gained nothing, quit trying to squirm your way out of it.
Literally holding a trailer hostage to get a hashtag trending lmao
I feel like these reunions completely ignore the more pressing or interesting questions to just go for the direct and simple questions that might spark the most drama. Like not bringing up that Johnny tried to throw a challenge for Kellyanne and didn't mind not saying her name, but wouldn't even speak in defense of Nany at fucking all.
At least we're bringing up how god awful Vince was. Jesus. I'll just say it, Vince is more of a hindrance to the team than Big Easy.
"He purposely threw half of those." Fuuuuuuck out of here Johnny lmao
Good god, don't curse us with that Johnny, I never want to see Vince again. Cory is probably the only person from this season I could bet we see again. Maybe Jamie, but I doubt it.
Johnny, who has won finals with two other partners "This is the best partner I've ever had" haha this dude will literally say anything.
Why torture me at this point with hearing "cousin" more. Why?!
Overall thoughts:
I ended up coming around on this season quite a bit. The first two episodes I had absolutely zero investment. It brought in the worst parts of the previous season and then added half the cast being pointless or throwaways. The season ended up coming around, I think, due to the editing and the building of stories and drama. There wasn't a ton, but what was there was put together pretty well. Not only just the Cara and Abram situation, but also the individual elims, even though I never cared about any of these people, actually had interest and swings. I think the biggest disappointment of the season was the final. I was actually coming along and enjoying the season finally, you give me a "city" final and then it's so boring and bland and has almost nothing to do with the city other than kayaking down a river in the middle of the city and one part being in an abandoned subway. This final was an absolute bummer. It could have had the most interesting and athletic players in it and it would have still been a stail boring ass final. It's sad that the last couple seasons the mini final that they have within the season has been a better race or show of endurance than the actual finals have been.
I miss the long marathon exhaustion inducing finals. These finals are getting really lame. Fuck the winners coming down to times on the combined parts. Make the shit a race. Between the casting as of late, the group of players to continuously return, and the final going more and more down hill I'm really worried my interest and trust in the show is waning. I really hope it isn't so. I know I've heard some good about some seasons coming up, but I just don't see some issues being all that addressed.
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2020.08.25 20:48 Sanity0004 My journey through The Challenge for the first time: Battle of the Exes (Part 5)

OK, not sure if anyone really likes these anymore, but I've now just gotten in to the habit of doing them, that I'm not sure of any other way to watch the show at this point. I've been a big Survivor and Big Brother fan since the beginning, and lately have fallen off of Big Brother quite a lot. Over time I saw a lot of people who would critique or discuss Big Brother slowly turn to covering The Challenge, so with some seasons being added to CBS All Access I decided to give the show a try. 10 seasons in I'd say I'm pretty addicted. I just hope the quality stays up at this point.
Previous posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Battle of the Exes
EP 1:
Robin!
Ok, I'm going to learn people who had things and had no idea about.
Why are Tyrie and Jasmine so adversarial?
Abram and Cara are split just between the end of Rivals and now?
I feel like I'm missing all kinds of context? Apparently there was way more between Camilla and Johnny?
Oh yeah, Dunbar and Paula were a thing.
This Heather chick is adorable as hell.
This fucking Vinny guy again. Still no clue who he is. Apparently there was a Vinny/Sarah thing? What? I refuse to believe this guy was ever on this show before his small appearance in Cutthroat.
I'm actually happy to see the winners deciding someone going in. It makes numbers less powerful.
This Nate dude looks like a god damned bobblehead. Why is his head so cartoonishly large?
Aneesa seems less in shape than she was on Rivals, and Robin seems more in shape than she was.
Jasmine, unhinged real quick.
Please don't keep the roller coaster going up and down and make me not like CT now. I love CT.
No Kenny or Evan, I'd say I'd probably like Kenny more this time around, but Wes will probably be just as douchey so there's no telling.
"Dunbar looks like some kind of creature crawling out of the swamp." ...and that's without they honey. Buh dump tsh
"It sucks to lose to new people." You're paired with Dunbar Paula, get used to it.
I can't take this Nate dude lmao The attitude plus the cartoonish head is just hilarious.
It is insane that Mark is the "Old man"
Does Johnny follow along with being worried and afraid of CT or is that more of an Evan/Wes/Kenny thing.
Wes instantly getting on his shit. He belittles women and just about anyone he talks to. I'm starting to think my one time love for Wes was just a one season anomaly because he was fighting against JEK.
Wes just seems to really like getting the girls to dislike specific guys. Everyone needs to hate CT he's garbage, he's a scumbag, blah blah. Now he's instantly on Johnny.
Glad to see Wes going in right away. If only it was against someone other than this cartoon bobblehead.
The people who say "I'm going until I die" or "I'm here all day" literally never last.
EP 2
I can't take Wes talking about his stuff he works out on in the real world. What the hell does he do for business or work that he talks so much about it? lol
I'm starting to see why I don't remember Vinny. He is basically a human embodiment of a doorstop.
I wish they offered some kind of uncensored version of these shows with streaming becoming more popular. I really just hate hearing all the beeps and shit.
Fucking Jasmine...
Talking shit about Jasmine, but her hilarious praying/chanting/ranting while high in the air has been a hilarious highlight from the previous and current season. lol
I am personally for everyone shitting on Vinny for this entire season.
CT and Diem yelling at each other during a comp.
Johnny seriously got a lucky grab with his partner.
It's weird they keep doing these match ups to determine power couples. Why wouldn't it just be the person who clearly blew past the next closest person by 3 platforms?
Johnny clearly not trying to win all of a sudden? They're not even moving until they visibly see how far Sarah and Vinny go? Like, they weren't even attempting to move.
Vinny looks like the son of Stretch Armstrong.
I have a weird dislike for Mandi and I can't explain it. She reminds me of girls I went to school with or something. Just something about her I just don't like. That being said fuck Vinny.
Vinny lmao "It wasn't that drastic." Says the perpetrator to the victim...
If Vinny now sends in Wes and Mandi that shit is going to look so dirty and sleezy. Yes this is modern eyes and shit, but it's like he's hoping to get rid of her so people won't even remember it or won't think of it. I swear I'll be so pissed if they put them in. Even if it makes sense game wise, it just reads like straight shit.
Vinny man.... wow. What are you doing here you buffoon. You child.
Fucking wow. I kind of want to say shame on Sarah after watching all that and still throwing in Wes/Mandi. What the fuck are you people doing.
I'm going to throw this out there and it might be a controversial statement but Vinny looks like he's in worse shape than Big Easy. Like, seriously.
Glad to see Vinny gone. That was a solid 20 minutes of complete unconfortableness. I wish I could go back to thinking I never saw that guy before.
If I didn't know Kenny and Evan wouldn't be back, I swear I would suspect Kenny coming in as Vinny's replacement lol
Sarah having to go is fucking bullshit. Leroy gets a new partner in Rivals, that isn't even a rival. But Sarah can't get another partner? What the hell?
Wow, that sucks. I really like Sarah other than her in Fresh Meat going right back to Kenny.
Some times I don't understand the decisions. I feel they've been on a string of great decisions for the game, but exiting Sarah, still going forward with the dome with the choice being made by the power couple that is leaving, then giving the winners the ordering power. All just seems really weird.
Wes gets destroyed. Damn. After this and the final on Rivals, are we seeing the decline of Wes?
Wes GONE. Sad for Mandi to go out this way, but not too mad about Wes going.
EP 3:
Glad CT's allowed to not be the big bad villain when Kenny and Evan aren't around.
How many of these exes hooked back up during this season? Heather and Dustin seem pretty close.
Dustin having to go because of some stitches seems kind of a little too far? How many people get open wounds literally during these competitions? He couldn't lay on a board and fall in water? Surran wrap that bitch!
Ugh, I hate knowing the answers to these questions.
Abram flies: Diem instantly afraid for her life.
TJ seems like he loves this.
"Bob Marley?" haha
Who the fuck is Jerry Hall?
Ooooooof that fucking face plant by Naomi lmao Then Aneesa comes out bleeding immediately after.
I think Abram is bipolar.
Rachel will need to be "Doubley brilliant." I don't think that's hard against Dunbar and Paula... I take it back she got "doe" wrong.
Emily and Ty getting approached on why not to go in to the dome and I like that they approach in a smart way and instead of trying to throw someone in there, or talk their way out of it, they simply say why you need to send someone in that that will possibly lose to them so you can keep weak Naomi in the game. I like that she's approaching it from a completely different angle than Dunbar and Paula approach her for, but it still answers their question.
I didn't realize how BIG Emily was. Damn. She's tall as hell and her thighs look huge. Make this some kind of pushing comp and it's over.
Leroy, I don't want to hear what you get off on.
Naomi wants to spit in Paula's face? Naomi, you got yourself in there. You can't get mad for who else gets put in there against you. Quit getting yourself thrown in and you don't have to worry about it.
Lol, yeah Ty/Emily got this. Emily is not letting Ty forget about Cutthroat lol
Emily's legs look as long and as thick as Naomi.
They're trying to edit this like Naomi and Leroy are in it, but I literally see no way that Naomi gets anywhere near this thing lol They trying though.
I swear Abrams looks younger this season than he did in Cutthroat.
EP 4:
Survivor has conditioned me to fear for the elimination of anyone who suddenly gets camera time on an episode after not having much presence before this. Prove me wrong Robin!
Diem seems so weird about this relationship stuff.
This competition almost seems like it'd be quicker to just jump in the water and swim. The log seems to go so slow.
Oh my god Johnnie, seriously? You're thinking about Rachel voting for you on The Island like 6 seasons ago? You were a complete asshole.
Holy fuck that was Abram?! I had no idea. He looks so different! I thought the first time I saw him was Cutthroat. He looked so different.
Seems real suspect that there was this random conversation where Rachel is saying all this shit, but no one else backs it up and there is no footage of it?
Jasmine seems like a weird freak. Between Rivals and now she keeps trying to watch people fuck. She was hiding under the bed trying to watch Wes/Mandi, now she's talking about wanting to watch CT/Diem fuck. Like, she's just talking about it openly and actually trying it in the case of Wes/Mandi.
EP 5:
There's been too much talk about Paula's boyfriend for there to not be some kind of bad to come of this.
Cara and Abram are so weird, but I like them.
Paula trying to handle drunk Camilla is hilarious.
haha Dunbar just yelling "Your tits are out!"
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I swear half this casting is "Are you an angry drunk?"
This Cara/Abram method of doing this competition is hilarious. Just continuously jumping in Abrams lap lol
People freaking out because of heights in this game drive me absolutely insane. It's like people going on survivor and not knowing how to make fire. You know what the fuck you're getting in to. There is barely ever a competition that doesn't involve heights and water. If those two things bother you, quit coming on!
Haha "Mark being so bothered by Robin touching him he's jumping as soon as she lays a finger on him." Ok, Dunbar coming this season with some jokes.
I am absolutely shocked that CT/Diem and Abe/Cara were only separated by 3 seconds. Diem must have been freaking out more than it showed. Cara literally had to jump in Abe's lap every pole.
CT being impressed by Robin. I love it.
Robin: I'm not here for your dumb shit Mark.
It's Emily and Ty, not sure why they're even try to make this suspenseful. Mark is the absolute last person to try to ruffle feathers. He will throw in the least resistant people and Ty was basically saying "Yeah, throw us in."
Duh
Abe with the weird Boob jiggle hug on Cara.
This elim could really go either way and I wouldn't be surprised.
Emily fucking destroyed Cara on that second go. God damn.
Ty being gassed? I think I've seen this film before...
I love that CT is basically the narrator of the season.
Ty is kind of a scumbag knowing Paula has a boyfriend. Yeah Paula isn't innocent, but he's encouraging it on.
EP 6
6 episodes in and I'm not hating Johnnie this season. That's a big step up for me.
Emily seems cool, I like her competitiveness and she seems like a monster.
What is up with Camilla's makeup this episode? She looks like she has some weird half assed fake tan or something.
Robin is killing it this season in the competitions.
Ty! He really seems to have no endurance at all.
Robin really showing up this season. Love to see it.
Johnny fucking runs up this slip and slide like it's fucking sandpaper. What in the hell.
Well I bet Ty and Emily aren't going in. Johnny's not going to want to send Paula home. Rachel/Aneesa probably going in.
As much as I hate Johnny, I like that he is trying to get himself safety knowing damn well he doesn't want to send in Ty/Emily anyways. I think it's hilarious that they think it wouldn't be so transparent lol
Thank you for FINALLY referencing how fucked over Paula got on The Island. How the fuck has this not come up before. I like that this season seems to have so much ties back to The Island and Johnny specifically.
Ugh, fucking Ty and Paula. Ty is a dirtbag.
Diem really seems to not know what she wants. She seems to just want CT to be the bad guy in the relationship and why it didn't work, but by all accounts, even her own, it was all Diem deciding. But she also wants this ownership of their relationship and over CT in general. It's so weird and possessive. "I was happy I left you. I was happy I moved on." Except you won't shut up about it!
Everyone is talking like CT isn't over it and wants back together, but it really just seems like Diem is just making the situation confusing and as weird as possible but then gets mad at him for it.
"My partner is fucking my opponent!" Still unaware you definitely aren't going in.
Mark is great and hilarious.
Rachel and Aneesa seem to be doing this backwards. You're letting Aneesa face more resistance rather than Rachel?
Not a big fan of this elim competition.
EP 7:
Oh my god Diem! Ugghhhhhh I'm not putting this all on Diem, but Diem is just not seemingly able to handle this situation at all.
"Every girl puts on the dress in like 3 seconds." Dude, they literally just slip it around their waist and they're done. Does Dunbar know how dresses work?
Ty and Emily right back in the dome.
Watching all these super fit people being forced to eat sweets is kind of hilarious.
Robin having to convince Mark to keep going. Not a good look.
Johnny gets AWFULLY friendly suddenly when he's at risk.
Robin, I'll marry you in a heartbeat.
It's weird seeing this lovebird side of Ty, after only ever seeing psycho Ty.
Oh god Emily, don't do blackface... Why oh why "Do you think this is racist?" uhhhhh Emily...
Oh my god this awkwardness. Nobody is having any of this. They're trying to go all in on this and not a damn person is having any of it.
I don't blame Ty at all for wanting to instantly leave. It's not even just the blatant ignorance with the blackface. It's the fact that it's your partner and the person who is part of the team that has put you in the dome multiple times finding it funny to make fun of basically the only friendly relationship Ty has in the house other than you. It's just disgusting and the weird blackface makes it insulting. Probably the most well working duo in the house other than Johnny and Camilla and you're just like "fuck it, lets make fun of my partner and insult him with racism" Just what the hell?
Camilla, go in to a different room and shush. You just talk stupid.
Emily grew up in a cult? What?! lol Can we get this backstory? I'm about to go watch some Real World lol
Now? Now you're realizing you are probably the only other friend Ty has? NOW?!
CT, I love you.
Ughhhh I hate episode end cliffhangers!
EP 8
I think it's a mistake putting in DunbaPaula. Seems crazy to not throw in Johnny/Camilla when they'd likely lose, but if you're afraid of that then throw in Mark/Robin I definitely don't think they're beating Ty/Emily.
I love TJ just calling shit out at this point. I love it. I feel like CT was trying to stay on Diem's good side and let her decide.
Weird that suddenly we're getting a new Dome game? We've had ones repeat already, but suddenly a new one? I usually assume if one repeats that's it for new ones happening.
I wonder if this comp is giving CT some PTSD flashbacks to Rivals just seeing it lol
No pads or full face helmets this time around.
Why is Diem so hardcore against Paula/Dunbar? Seems so weird. Is it CT saying her and Ty remind CT of them?
"I just wanted the final. I could have killed it." Yeah Paula, we hear that every time.
This weird obvious overdub of TJ talking about it being the last Dome before the final. Wonder what was said differently in person? Or if it wasn't said?
"We didn't expect to go first, because we never put them first." There's a difference between 4 couple being left and the entire cast. I feel like Johnny expects politics to be the only factor ever thought about in this game. 'so what if we're the most likely to win, we were nice to you, don't put us first!'
These weeds are taller than me, I can't go in there!
Everybody does Robin so dirty! "She hasn't cried yet, so she's doing great."
CT in the finals! Finally!
Robin...You just coming on the Challenge is not the same thing as people going in to eliminations and proving themselves. You leaving your kid does not make you entitled to go to the finals. What happened to drunk crazy Robin? I don't like sad weepy Robin.
Put the two people who haven't been in an elimination in to the dome against each other. Plain and simple. They're an alliance, they're both strong, they both need to go in.
Robin and Mark walking away from this conversation acting angry would be the nail in their coffin to me. That just screams they feel entitled to just walk to the final. No way.
If Johnny and Camilla come back from this Dome I honestly think this may be the best group for the finals that I've seen at this point. There's usually always dead weight.
Damn cliffhangers.
EP 9
Johnny annoys the hell out of me. He just expects to get to the final every single time. How do you come in to this game and not expect to have a giant target on your back? How do you get to this many finals and not expect to be a target? You should be more shocked that you don't get put in to elim as soon as you don't win a challenge.
Road Rules 1995?! Wow
Johnny acts like it's a big deal for Mark to be bleeding, and everyone is basically laughing saying its nothing.
"Guys this is like....gibberish....I don't know who to cheer for." I love the editor who saw this clip of Emily and thought, yeah this sums up this Dome pretty well.
Robin basically begging Mark to win on the sidelines is really not the way to be cheering your partner on lol
Over. This is easily the best group of people going in to the finals from the seasons I've seen so far.
Ninja mittens lol
I would be scared as shit as soon as I see all this equipment. This is gonna be a hard ass final.
Sentimental time!
I'm not sure if I'm a big fan of this final and the Rivals final. Don't love the overnight aspect and the last minute location change. I feel like the all in one go aspect was the best way to do it and I liked when the finals included aspects from throughout the challenge.
"I have seen people die doing this in movies." Haha Camilla
I feel like CT screwed up not staying back to help Diem. If he would have grabbed her arm and pulled her they would have been done way sooner.
Did Ty just try to steal Emily's blanket? lmao
Second and third difference is a second. Dang.
Hey this break the trend of me hating and skipping most of the ninth episodes.
EP 10
12 miles in the snow and freezing cold after sleeping in it. Damn. I'm assuming they're at least getting food at some point between last night and now. I don't think they'll be happy until someone dies in th final lol
Spoke too soon about the food.
I was just wondering about Vegans or veterinarians. Guess The Challenge don't give a damn.
Bold(/s) prediction: Ty is not making it to the finish. He already seems gassed as hell.
Props to Diem for pulling out on that puzzle, and calling out destroying it so the others don't see the solution. It seems like a no brainer, but CT seemed like he didn't even understand what she was saying.
Lol i thought they would literally be making a tunnel. I was thinking this was going to take hours. Nevermind, the tunnel is just closed off and already made.
Could they have not kept with the snow shoes? Seems weird not to continue with those.
At least they didn't have to redo the whole race or section again if they got the sundial wrong lol
Am I missing something or did they even explain how the sundial is solved? Is it order they got them? They just seem to know.
I love that you keep seeing glimpses of people on snow mobiles around them. You know that's gotta suck. You're walking twelve miles in this shit and theres multiple people just following along on snow mobiles.
No CT, come on!!! I can't take another Johnny win!
Dammit!!!!!!! Dammit, dammit, dammit dammit. DAMNNNITTTTTTTT!
"We defeated all the odds." There really wasn't much at odds. You were only ever at risk the very last elimination round. Any time I see you on a season I just assume you will be in the final. Because you'll almost always skate there. Then I'm just pleasantly surprised if you go out early.
Legit surprised Ty made it to the end.
Reunion
The Miz is hosting? lol
They seemed to opt for having full couples on rather than getting anyone from earlier in the show.
Johnny of course bothered by being called a shitty motivator lol
I don't know if I'm being crazy, but Diem is coming off like she has a big crush on Miz. Like she doesn't want to stop talking.
Johnny and Camilla banging in the frozen tundra in a tent. I mean, I guess they stayed warm.
Johnny instantly going back in to being a dick. I do NOT understand the allure of Johnny. At all.
Fucking CT clapping. I love CT.
A Dominican prostotue that looks like Halle Berry and is named Chocolate. lmao Weird they wouldn't show thats why Camilla was getting jealous and angry.
Mark was deathly afraid of going home to a scorn girl at home lol
Has Robin changed? Yeah, from drunk angry Robin, to sad mopey Robin.
Glad Ty is saying sorry. Still think he's a scumbag though. Paula was dumb, it sucks what she did, but it was clear to see that Ty was pressuring that situation as much as possible.
I'm shocked they even brought up the blackface. Ewe. I don't think you should shit on Emily all too much though. She honestly seemed to not understand and like she said it was a stupidly sheltered girl and a girl not from the US. No one else saw what they were starting to do and told them it wasn't a good idea. It was stupid, but I don't think it was malicious.
I'm with Robin, fuck Johnny. She gets mad at you calling her crazy, so that's why you call her crazy? Fuck off.
Overall thoughts:
Overall I'm kind of middling on this season. I like the format, I like getting someone thrown in to elimination rather than going by a vote. There's more risk in that. There just wasn't much adversarial aspect to the season. It more became the Emily/Ty show with them mostly trying to stay alive. No one seemed to come in instantly gunning for CT, Wes was out so quick, there just wasn't really any kind of back and forth. Most the drama was through the relationships and I just wasn't really here for most of those.
People I was surprised to not see on this season: Kellyanne/Cohutta, Danny/Melinda, Johanna or Jenn with anyone.
The biggest bummer is that this was probably the most interesting and good group going in to the final, but then the final itself was pretty damn lackluster.
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2020.08.20 16:24 Sanity0004 Watching The Challenge for the first time ever as a Big Brother/Survivor fan. Part 3: Fresh Meat 2

Ok, with the first couple episodes I thought I was actually going to be going back to covering multiple seasons in a single post, but after the first couple episodes were kind of mediocre the season completely caught flames and skyrocketed ahead in probably the most notes I have for a season and possibly my favorite season too this point.
Episode by episode reaction or breakdown and at the end I'll throw up a TL:DR of my overall thoughts of the season and I think I'm going to do a ranking of the seasons to this point at the end. Sorry it's stupid long. I'm insanely long winded and never shut up. This is well over half the post limit so this may be a little too long. Let me know what you think. People seem to like them and I love just ranting about reality shows.
Part 1
Part 2
Ep 1:
Glad to see this season type again. Not feeling too hot about the set of newbies, but love the general set up of the season. Noor seems interesting and good but that's all that's really jumping out at me from the jump.
Good god, Kenny, please put the damn necklace away.
I wonder who the person who couldn't make it in the country was? I'm sure it's known.
Ok, without a doubt this is the best Challenge House they've had to this point. That place looks nuts.
Glad to see Ev again.
Oh god, Sarah. No!!!!!!! You were the chosen one! You had so much hope and potential!!!! What the hell are you thinking working with Kenny?!?! You know damn well he just softened up to you now knowing you are one of the better girls competing and now you aren't automatically against him. He's still a douchey asshole. Stop it! Dammit!
Yeah, I feel like most of this cast is duds. I know it's the first ep and all, but they seem to be more there for the party. One girl is literally choosing between hooking up with Wes or Kenny...
I love that Kenny and Wes are working together but clearly have no desire to take it very far.
LOVE the changes they've made to the exile. Weight being fairly distributed, and making the puzzles mandatory are great changes. Also got rid of the pointless flags that were only designed to be forgotten.
Super sad to see Darrell go so fast. Smart move to get rid of him. Just sad to see him go so fast after he last got DQ'd for fighting Brad.
Ep 2:
Man, Landin is so good at these challenges.
Wes didn't take long to go for the first move.
Landon joining an alliance? I didn't know he was against them, but yeah it totally makes sense. He did seem more like a guy to play it straight and base everything on performance.
Oh no, now Kenny is going to feel what it feels like to have numbers be used against you and having no control over who does and doesn't go in at all times. Oh nooooooo.
Oh my, this is exactly what I wanted after the last few seasons. Give me a house divided! This is 100% what this show needs at all times! More strategy and more alliances!
I'm actually glad Kenny comes back. I want there to be better back and forths throughout the season and I think he will be good for that.
Ep 3
Paula is just nuts. I think she's playing somewhat of a character when she asks questions like "Are you single?" to determine her pick, but she is also insanely jealous of any guy she deems attached to her giving more attention to another girl. First it was Dunbar, which how it was edited literally made me think Dunbar and Paula were dating, but apparently paula was talking about Dunbar having a different girlfriend?
I'm loving this house divided dynamic. I know I've already said that, but damn it's what this show needs. Having two big teams defined like rookies/vets isn't really the same because the vets are never caring about the rookies anyways. They're only ever concerned about getting who they want out of their own. There needs to be clearly divided alliances whole heartedly playing against each other strategically.
Jenn also really seems to get attached to her partners in these games. I noticed before almost anyone she partners with she starts calling them by all these pet names.
Kenny thinking Wes was dumb for trying to just throw his partner on his back to complete this swinging competition lol He clearly didn't think he'd actually do it. He probably looked at his partner and looked at all the other girls finishing it and realized it was his only chance of possible finishing it. His very first swing was a tarzan like swing that was hopeless lol
I'm actually happy for a Kenny win this challenge. I would love nothing more than for these alliances to go back and forth the whole game. Kenny instantly thinking Paula will get voted in. It's awesome to hear that thinking.
Am I crazy to think this Ev/Luke talk about Exile is all show to get voted in on purpose? Why would you talk that openly about not wanting to do it behind the guy making the decision lmao Apparently not show, Luke is just really fucking dumb apparently.
"It's a scary day when Kenny starts making intelligent decisions." lmao I love it.
I love Paula seeming to have all this confidence. I literally have no faith in the world that Paula even has a slight chance in this exile.
I genuinely don't understand the whole controversy of Wes possibly being upset by Kenny turning the one girl down. Must be an alpha male thing or something, but there's so damn much interpersonal relationships and hookups in this show I seriously can't even begin to see how it's upsetting when some chick just goes from one dude to the next. Do you really expect this relationship to go anywhere? Even then, why does it matter? So weird to me.
Don't get eliminated Jenn, Noor is literally the only person from this cast I feel is actually a hit.
Jenn is in the Wes alliance secretly? Fuuuuuuuuuucking love it! Love this reveal! lmao Mandi trying to demand Wes getting her in line is almost just as hilarious.
Paula is actually in this way more than I thought she'd be. I mean she seems to not be struggling at least, who knows how fast. At least by the editing. The way this race type is edited it could literally be anyone in the lead at any time.
I'm literally shocked by Paula being that close. She really seemed to be in it.
Ep 4
I think Kenny is a douche, but I kind of agree with him when he says if they really like each other then it shouldn't matter that Theresa liked Kenny day 1 and Kenny turned her down. He's still a dumbass and a douche for bringing it up at all, but it's Wes's fault it bothers him.
I seriously want to see a sober edition of The Challenge lmao Alcohol gets involved and these people really just can't get out of their own way.
"We're in the lead on a well oiled machine! We have 10 votes! Go the fuck to bed!!!" Wes, I kind of love you. I hated you just a few short seasons ago lol
I feel bad for rookies in this game. You have to earn your stripes, do what we say when it comes to decisions, but also deal with our shit when we're drunk and angry and know your fucking role! It's like a damn frat house on steroids and everyone has to go through a whole losing game of hazing.
I can not express how much I love the strategizing this season! Ev scheming with Ryan to manipulate the choices out of Kenny when he's the one that won is just chefs kiss
Ha, I love that Evelyn's words from the first Fresh Meat where she said "I'm controlling this game" the same episode she was eliminated. Now she's saying it in Fresh Meat 2 when she's actually making the decision.
Branden seems cool, hope he gets another chance. Think he got screwed being saddled with Kaitelyn.
"Here's the deal..." Commercial Break Why do I feel like TJ's about to pull some twist out of his ass?
Awww Branden fucked it up for em' That sucks lol
Uh oh...Landon and CJ about to jump ships? I feel like this is a set up of a team change up!!
Ep 5:
I feel like there is some context lost to this Danny/Wes situation of talking about Danny going in to the next Exile. On one hand I understand the reasons for wanting to cut the guy, but at the same time, the way it's talked about and the way it's conveyed comes off as really dumb.
I hate Kenny's confessionals, only because I have to stair at that dumb necklace of his. It looks like it's straight from 2004 that he bought at a tourist trap surf shop and has just refused to ever take it off.
Danny honestly seems like the least effective guy this season, and in a season of fresh meat that seems crazy.
Damn, Kenny and Laurel are completely killing these challenges.
Wes and Ev are absolute gamebots, and I love it. Is Wes turning in to my favorite player?! The difference between him and JEK? He doesn't try to hide it. He doesn't sit there and talk about it being a team decision or just how everyone is deciding. He doesn't flip around "rules" that the teams decide just to flip them around when they can be used against him. He doesn't shy away from being the bad guy at all. That makes it more entertaining!
I'm confused on where Danny and Sandy fell behind? Seemed crazy.
Ep 6:
"I go to the end with my friends. They're throwing all theirs under the bus" Ok Kenny, lets ask Paula and Johanna about that one? Or any of the women from Ruins lol The same season Ev threw a comp so her friend could stay and she went on to the last challenge. I'm starting to think these people don't actually watch their own show.
A fucking HOUR??!?! An hour of pushing a log against a person! hahaha Wow
Wow, that was a complete thwomp. Them getting blown away just makes Ev and them look even more dumb lol
Kenny...volunteering to go in to exile?!?! Wow, this all must be going to Kenny's head lol He's not playing scared.
Ok, Wes and Ev are just going too far at this point. They're the ones playing scared at this point. This is dumb. I hope they're just screwing Kenny over. If they legit just go and make an alliance with Kenny just to keep themselves out of the exile and throw their two alliance members under the bus It will be real damn shitty. Especially since they still control the vote. I just don't get the over reach here. I hope they're just screwing Kenny over to then change the votes around, but who knows.
Wooooooow, just what the fuck.....
What?! I literally don't understand this. I would not be shocked if Wes and Ev are the next couple people gone. I think they've screwed their chances of making it to the end. They overplayed, plain and simple.
Kenny is 100% right and I'm shocked he has to sit there and explain it. He just showed the whole house they will screw over even their closest alliance members. After having JUST done that with Danny. They're completely screwed and Kenny knows they were absolutely dumb to even offer this deal in the first place. At a certain point you just have to accept you may not always have the control. But doing everything you can to at least appear like you have control, while screwing over your alliance was easily the dumbest move to make. I'm shocked at how dumb this was. I can see them thinking they have Jenn and Ryan in their pocket secretly, but how can they just freely jump ship when you're completely throwing your team under the bus for the sole purpose of wanting to have the say.
Wow, the scene from Kenny saying he sticks with his friends has so much context now. Still don't think it's true lol Just manipulation of a different kind.
These two idiots failing to do this first puzzle is absolutely hilarious. They never even a single time remove the two small triangles from the tail of the fish. I'm almost certain that that is a key factor in them making absolutely zero progress. This is hilariously stupid lol Hey what do you know, they finish it after AN HOUR AND A HALF! because they finally remove the small triangles. They let them complete it hahahaha TJ's smile seeing them finishing LMAO
Ep 7:
"He spared me last time and put you guys(Landon) in instead, but I'm not stupid." He SPARED YOU?! What?! This is how you are trying to spin you working a deal to throw your alliance under the bus to their damn face? You're turning into JEK 2.0 all of a sudden. You were off to such a good start!
Laurel seems like a great addition to this show, but her attitude makes me think she won't be back much. She seems good though. She just acts like she's above it.
"The numbers I had have dwindled down." That's what happens when you throw your damn numbers under the bus two exiles in a row.
God, now there is Wes and Kellyanne drama? Dammit Wes. You're going downhill fast this season my man.
"Landon won't tell us anything about his decision." Guys, you fucked him over. Live with it. Instantly going off on more allys that should now not trust you at all. Wes saying "Evelyn and Pete only care about themselves and Kenny right now." Buddy, you're only doing this scrambling when you and Ev are feeling scared!!!!! Ahhhh man, you started out the season sooo damn high on my list. What happened?!?! You done goofed. You goofed!
Hmmmm if only someone could have seen this coming... You screw people over, then expect people who were barely on your side in the first place to suddenly be on your side putting themselves in the line of fire. YOU.DONE.GOOFED.
Hey Maybe Laurel and Ev can be on the same sides in the future?
Man, you're sitting here chatting with each other and realizing how you lead a path of destruction. Then you turned on your own numbers to save yourselves. Maaayyyyyyybe you'll reflect on that and realize down the road.
Wes not being able to just skip the puzzles and take the teammates bag is definitely going to be his downfall. Wes is the one lagging behind?! What in the hell? I love this. I want Mandi too yell "Dammit you god damn bitch!" at Wes so bad lol Please let it happen!
Damn, Wes lost his first damn exile and slowed down his partner. What the hell? lol
All my eggs are in everyone but Kenny. Dear god don't let Kenny win again.
Wes is only 24? Holy shit. Has he been on MTV every damn day of his life past the age of 18? lol
Ugh, Kenny gets to talk shit now. Yay...
Ep 8:*
I feel like this whole episode can be an essay on how important timing is in these games, and also how not to let anger take over for intelligent game moves.
Landon, I completely understand being angry your alliance screwed you over. I agree 100%. But you can't just throw your chances out of anger. You can't throw away all of your bargaining and position potential and turn around and try to bargain on the order of the competition. As much as you were, understandably, mad with Wes and Ev, you have to realize at that point you were stuck with your decision and screwing yourself even more and making your chances harder just weren't worth it. You wasted your small time of power on making your standing in the game worse because you just couldn't look past a shitty week. A better decision would have even been to throw Kenny/Laurel in and then use your vote to throw Wes/Ev in. At least then you weren't 100% guaranteed to lose an ally and you could at least pass it off as showing you were done with them you just couldn't throw them both in at the same time. You could have turned around and played both sides at that point. You got to slap your side on the wrist, and gone to the other side and said you couldn't put them both in, but you also didn't put two from their side in. They still could go and you'd still have a harder time to the end, but the chances are a little better and your bargaining position is a little better. You could have at least talked on a more even playing field with Ryan or Jenn. I just assumed Landon would return to his straight shooter style of play after his move, but immediately going back to try and barter and deal just makes the decision even worse. Not that it'd put you in any better of a spot, but at least then it'd be a bit understandable. I don't know how you thought you could bargain after this lol
Ev goes and TJ talks shit and I love it. "I've never seen a 4 year old on this show before."
I feel like there wasn't too much to say this episode simply because I was thinking constantly about how bad of a decision Landon had made and how it was made even more obvious when he's trying to talk with others and throw out offers.
Can we just say how I absolutely called Ev and Wes being next to go immediately after their bullshit with Landon and CJ? You idiots.
Ep 9:
I'm sorry, but I can't accept this "Teamwork, hurrah!" version of Kenny. I don't find it genuine at all. The only reason he is working with these people is because it's mostly all he has, but he also knows he can beat them in a final challenge. If this was a team bank or team competition he would be doing anything he could to cut these people. It's real easy to talk teamwork when it just helps you further along with people you know you can beat. If you were in Wes's place with his alliance members you'd be working to cut them down just like Wes did. (Not cosigning what Wes did, still think it was dumb)
I like this challenge obstacle course, but the way they portray it after the first or second team makes it kind of boring. Having to show all the sections as they go through it and basically come down to only showing the mud pit with the other players trying to slow them down just kind of felt boring afterward.
I hate that they don't give all the times of the teams. I honestly want to know who came in first and second and what their times were.
2 seconds being the deciding factor on this huge obstacle course is just nuts. That's trully insane.
Well, it's the battle for fourth place.
I am kind of leaning toward Jenn/Noor being the ones to make it back at this point. Ryan and Theresa are pretty weak and I don't see Theresa having all that much fight in her. But at the same time it's brought up Noor's asthma issues a few times for it to not have any effect yet. Also Jenn seems a little broken by getting in by just 2 seconds.
Ep 10:
They really shouldn't start these episodes with the elimination. It literally starts the final episode of the season being pretty boring. Don't try to pretend it matters which of these two returns. Neither of them have a chance plain and simple. Also it's in the dark and is mostly close up shots of the contestants faces as they look like they're staring off in to space. It's just a dumb decision.
The amount of people that refer to their partners as "babe" or "baby" is really bothering.
Hey Jenn and Noor win. Wooo, now you have to go run a bunch all over again and lose horribly. Welcome to fourth place, literally no different than last.
Ok prediction time only having seen what the challenge is and seeing the teams:
1st: Kenny/Laurel 2nd: Jillian/Pete (they've shown pretty great indurance, and I think Landon's partner will struggle with the start with the canew and then lag behind becouse of it) 3rd: Landon/Partner(Kristi? I never remember her name) I think they could have stronger possiblity in this race, but the canew start bodes poorly for them and going up the mountain is where Landon's partner struggled the most. Just Landon, I think he beats Kenny/Laurel or at least comes neck and neck. I just think this is a worst case scenario for his partner who has surprised me, but this time around she's going up against some of the best. Even though I think Jillian is a poor competitor she's shown endurance for sure. 4th: Jenn/Noor (I honestly think there is very little chance they come in any place but 4th. They tired, Noor's been having asthma issues. Jenn is pretty slow on her own. I just don't see them getting anything but 4th)
The kanoo trek seemed a lot easier than I thought it'd be. I immediately want to ammend my predictions lol
Cue two minute helicopter montage.
Jenn and Noor pushing their bikes immediately lol At least one prediction was pretty spot on.
Outside of the Landon prediction I feel pretty spot on with the order of the other 3. Landon is just a wildcard at this point. He now seems like a lock for 1 or 2.
Landon literallly pushing the bikes and pulling Carley. Immediately after my prediction change.
Damn, moving these logs and THEN carrying a weighted bag to the next check mark? Damn!
Kenny with tones of Fresh Meat 1 Wes.
Someone says this weighted bag is 80 pounds, but I don't believe it. At one point Kenny passes it off to Laurel for the first time and it doesn't phase her at all. She's going to pick up 3/4ths of her body weight and not be effected? People look more effected when they throw on the weighted backs for exile.
I wonder if they do Big Brother and Survivor style physicals and tests before these seasons. I know they test Fresh Meat, but with how many people have come in with injuries and illnesses and stuff I'm wondering if the test people before coming in. I'm just curious how doable they know these challenges are or not. I would think it would be required but the stuff that's gotten through seems crazy.
I'm shocked. I am highly impressed by Carley. She did insanely well during the exiles, and never gave up. Really damn impressed.
So yeah, seems like my predictions were pretty good except I just severely underestimated Carley.
Happy to see Landon win. Hope to see Noor and Laurel again playing their own game and not being the rookies.
If you would have asked me my first impression of Carley at the beginning of the season I would have said she was like another Shauvon. Not near as worthless or as Jersey Shore-ish, but she seemed to have just about the same kind of attitude and look about her.
Jillian....just about as blah as can be. I would have never imagined seeing her again without Frank. She had a pretty blah partner as well. Who's only element of note from the show is hooking up with Jenn.
Reunion:
First live reunion show impressions! Had to hunt this shit down. I wanted more of this cast!
Ugh, I can't take the Kenny ego. Wes does a poor job of talking right off the bat though.
Ok, I feel like Kenny is overdoing trying to play up a character. "I'd beat your ass right now." blah blah blah
What is with this Kenny doesn't screw people over narrative? Do they seriously just not take women into consideration?! These people fuck over the women season after season.
Danny seems so pissy, but he was so clearly not in the game those last few days. He seemed completely out of it.
I seriously can't take this Kenny dick sucking! He would never throw his best friend under the bus?! God Damn you! God damn it. He and Johnny were literally trying to get people on the island to take their alliance members keys over their own! They were throwing challenges constantly to drop girls.
Fuck this Kenny shit. Fuck it.
Jillian, ugh, why are you even here?
Jenn looking hot at this reunion. The Jenn/Mandi fight went on for 4 hours?! Jenn could have been ejected? Kinda shocked.
Show Danny's fight night and then wonder why your alliance was ok throwing you in exile...
Sorry Laurel, just because it's a fact doesn't mean it isn't talking shit lol Also saying "you didn't pull your weight" isn't a fact.
Jillian shut the hell up! "Only the freshman hate Laurel. It's just jealousy!" Lmao, shush chick
Ugh Ev, shut up. Oh yeah, she's definitely not cocky, she blames everyone but herself. Yes I know women get shit on constantly by their partners and she shouldn't get too much shit for being the only girl that easily outclasses a lot of the guys and talking shit to her partner, but it still doesn't make up for the fact that she acts like a child. Everyone is dealing with their own difficulties when it comes to their partners. It's how she fucking reacts or handles it that makes the difference.
Wes just quitting is disappointing. He couldn't skip the puzzles and he was screwed.
Unless the hook ups effect the game in some way I just don't really care about them.
Jenn "visits you at school"? What is this age gap?
Oh the Laurel laugh.
I keep hearing about these Dailies, I'm shocked there isn't some kind of extensive archive of all these things.
Landon barely gets any time in this reunion, but he is hilarious every time he speaks. Give him more time!
TL:DR
Probably easily my favorite season up to this point. I think this show gets broken when there isn't fair divisions in teams or political power in some way. The Gauntlet 3, the rookies never had a chance, ever. The game set up made it beneficial for teams to start throwing challenges or they probably would have never won. Probably a fuck up on production in many ways. Ruins was broken because no one was even close to the politicing power of JEK. They got numbers and never slipped from having complete control. These seasons were still entertaining, but they were fundamentally broken as far as competition goes because there never was any equal footing. This season gives me that in spades. Two apposing forces, heading two apposing alliances, one pretty ahead in competition prowess but the other pretty ahead in politicing.
This all just made for an amazing season. I feel like if half the fresh cast wasn't mostly duds and a few of the returnees weren't so weak or blah I think this could have easily looked like one of the best seasons ever. Clearly I don't know what is to come later, but could you just imagine this game going the same kind of way and progress with a fully packed cast from head to toe?
I love the winners, completely underestimated Carley. I thought Landon screwed himself when he put Ev vs Wes in right away after being screwed over, but he was good enough to keep himself in there.
My ranking of the seasons to this point:
1: Fresh Meat 2
2: Duel 2
3: The Ruins
4: Gauntlet 3
5: Fresh Meat 1
6: The Duel 1
7: The Island
I think the biggest factor in my rankings is hour long episodes and dedication to strategy being shown. The Island was just bad all around. Duel and Fresh Meat had good casts but it was so clear there was so much strategy being left out of the 20 min episodes. Gauntlet 3 is on the bottom of the fresher era of shows because it was just so completely onesided, the cast was bloated, and the comp designs and editing of this season just seemed all over the place. Maybe growing pains for the first hour long episodes or something but that season is pretty weak beside the killer vets cast.
Sorry this is all so god damn long winded. Let me know whatever you guys think below. Even if you want to completely shit on my takes. I love discussing this stuff and replying to comments and seeing everyone's thoughts is more than half the fun. Thanks for reading!
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2020.07.14 16:34 penguinjunkie Why Casey Cooper is the undisputed GOAT

First off, I know Casey has not won a challenge championship (yet), but that's largely because of random, unforeseen circumstances, bad partnerships and her competition not being up to par, so she would often hold back. So I'm going to go season by season, explaining each.
Let me start off with one of Casey's greatest achievements. Winning 5 eliminations in a single season on Fresh Meat and making it to a final. *And* with Wes as her partner, who would constantly berate her for no reason. She even has the foresight to pack lightly for an advantage in the eliminations, something *no* other contestant did. Wes was such an angry bundle of dead weight that season that she couldn't get more than third place.
Her next season was the duel, which I really expected her to win. She had no partner to bring her down, but Casey has other plans. She was just there to have fun and party. It was obvious she wasn't really trying (and that's her prerogative) , she just came off a terribly stressful first season with the worst partner, so no one can blame her for wanting a free vacation.
Next up is the Gauntlet III. This time she made it, as expected, almost to the end. She was voted in to elimination by the rookies against her close friend Evelyn. She didn't want to embarrass her, and also knew that Ev took this game *far* more seriously than she did, so she threw the elimination. Interestingly, Ev would pay it forward in the Ruins against *her* friend, Kellyanne.
Next up is her penultimate season, the Ruins. This was her time to shine. Her political and social game was unreachable, *never* being thrown into elimination until right before the final. She had an abundance of allies on the Champions team and this allowed her to throw challenges so she wouldn't appear too dominant and make the rest of her team look bad (Let's face it, the Challengers had no chance in dailies). This was an amazing social move and gave her friends for life. Unfortunately, her elimination with Susie was rigged. After the elimination, Kenny came down and even *he* could not break Casey's last board. A sad time indeed. If it were Casey in the finals instead of Sarah, I'm 100% sure the Challengers would've won.
Now, on to her last (and latest) season, Total Madness. She comes back after 10 years off, with a new last name, to physically and socially be her dominant self once again. Once again, her social game is on point, only being voted into elimination when she *asks* for it, and this time, no longer feeling it necessary to hold back due to the increased competition, does very well in the dailies, winning 3 of them and making the finals for her second time. Will she win this final? Only time will tell, but I'm hedging my bets on "yes".
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2020.06.25 11:47 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Flynndependent Justice by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (06/24/20)

"That’s highly offensive, so you should tell us all who it is." - Kellyanne Conway on the term "kung flu," before Trump used it at two rallies

A Barr Is Torn

Two Justice Department whistleblowers testified before the House Judiciary Committee about Attorney General Bill Barr’s politicization of the department, and what do you know, it’s as bad as it looks.
Anyway, there can be no remaining doubt that Bill Barr has some ‘splainin’ to do.
Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer, who has publicly called for Barr to step down, told lawmakers today that “we're on the way to something far worse than Watergate,” and that “Barr poses the greatest threat in my lifetime to our rule of law.” Democratic leaders say they don’t see the point of impeaching Barr, but Republicans' desperate tantrums alone should make the case for the value of unpacking his wrongdoing in public.

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Black progressive candidates appear poised to sweep yesterday’s primaries, though several races will be too close to call until absentee ballots have been counted. Jamaal Bowman declared victory over Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), a 16-term Democrat, in a hotly contested New York congressional primary, which means it is time to enjoy this tweet again. Bowman was one of several candidates to gain momentum over the past month: Lawyer Mondaire Jones is set to become the first out gay Black congressman, if he maintains his lead over Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), and New York City councilmember Ritchie Torres could become Congress’s first first out gay Afro-Latin representative. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also handily defended her seat against a well-funded challenger. The Democratic Kentucky Senate primary race between Charles Booker and Amy McGrath is still too close to call.

What Else?

The U.S. recorded 35,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day total since April and the third-highest total since the pandemic began. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have imposed a 14-day day quarantine on travelers arriving from states with spiking coronavirus infection rates.
A Georgia grand jury has indicted Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The three men were charged with nine counts each, including felony murder and malice murder.
Senate Republicans just confirmed President Trump’s 200th judge, who happens to be an enthusiastic supporter of voter suppression.
Senate Democrats blocked debate on a Republican police reform bill that fell far short of proposing meaningful change. The GOP plan focuses on incentives, federal reporting requirements, and training to diminish the use of force, without actually outlawing dangerous maneuvers or addressing systemic racism.
The New York City Marathon has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Oh nooo, the year all of us had trained super hard to run it and no one can prove otherwise!
A representative for Mel Gibson denied Winona Ryder’s claims that Mel Gibson made antisemetic and homophobic remarks, even though, once again, we are talking about Mel “Mel Gibson” Gibson.
A judge ruled that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) cannot sue Twitter over statements made by a fake internet cow. Then the judge rubbed his eyes with the heels of his hands and thought about one bright summer day many years ago, when he decided to attend law school instead of medical school. How noble the law had seemed then, and how promising his future. He had been so young.

Be Smarter

The CO2 Coalition has free rein to spread misinformation on Facebook, after a Facebook employee overturned a fact check on its post last year. The climate change-denial organization, which is funded by groups that oppose regulations on fossil fuels, published a piece in the conservative Washington Examiner that climate scientists labeled as false on Facebook, in their capacity as approved fact checkers. One Facebook employee quietly removed the fact check, leaving the post free to be shared. The coalition and similar groups have found that they’re able to proliferate climate misinformation on Facebook because the platform will consider it “opinion” and therefore immune from vetting. Facebook will also happily take their money to run misleading ads. It’s now the primary venue for climate change-denial groups to reach a wider audience, by its own apparent design.

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Is That Hope I Feel?

No one is allowed to get complacent, but Joe Biden is walloping Trump in national polls. Biden’s also holding a lead in Wisconsin, and the race is tied in Ohio, where Trump won by eight points in 2016. You are now required to click this, and do some work.
The Boston City Council banned the city government, including police, from using facial recognition technology.
Rhode Island is moving to change its official name, which is, as everyone knew all along, “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
Black-owned bookstores are seeing an unprecedented surge in demand. If you've placed an order, especially for something on an anti-racist reading list, a) nice work and b) be patient!

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Sara Schaefer on Twitter: "Quarantine Dream House: a play in three acts"
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2020.06.11 21:21 vren55 [A Fractured Song] - Chapter 31 - Fantasy, Isekai (Portal Fantasy), Adventure

Cover Art
Teaser: After helping Timur, completing her wilderness training, Frances also successfully managed to defend an important fort last chapter. But guilty over what she had to do, she returns to Edana to ask for advice, and learns more about her mentor's story.
Story Summary: After years of beatings and neglect from her parents, 13-year old Frances was summoned with her entire class to the fantastical world of Durannon to fight the monsters invading the human kingdoms and defeat the "Demon King." If she succeeds, she might have the home she never had. But if she can't overcome the trauma and self-loathing inflicted on her by her abusive parents, Frances will die, and be summoned back to the home she escaped, on the day that she left.
[The Beginning] [<=Chapter 30] [Chapter Index and Blurb] [Chapter 32=>]
[Current Map of Durannon]
“Hi, Master Kellyanne.”
Frances found it somewhat amusing when Kellyanne jumped from where she was preparing her lesson plans. “Oh! Frances, how are you? I see you just arrived from the convoy.” She smiled. “Have you had breakfast yet?”
“... I’m fine. I did have breakfast,” Frances half-lied. She had a hearty breakfast. It just tasted and felt like chewing ash in her mouth. “Do you know where Master Edana is?”
Kellyanne nodded. “She’s in a meeting. You can wait for her in her study, though, after maybe a bath.”
“Thank you, and thank you for your advice, Master,” Frances said. She gave a quiet bow and walked towards her room to find a good change of clothes. As discretely as she could, she sniffed the sleeve of her travelling and winced. She did need a bath.
“By the way, Frances, great job defending Fort Dalian,” Kellyanne said.
Frances froze.
“Yeah, thanks,” she gasped hoarsely, before running for her room. She didn’t care if it looked weird, she needed to be alone.
After using Salpheron’s communal baths, Frances went to Edana’s study.
Normally a hot bath fueled by the hot springs built over the castle brightened her up, but Frances felt that her limbs seemed to weigh her down. The moment she was in Edana’s empty study, she grabbed a random thick book from her mentor’s shelves and sank into the couch.
She wasn’t sure how long she waited, reading the tome—which was on teleportation theory and spells—but she had read for long enough that her eyes were half-closing.
Before long, she was fast asleep.
Edana wiped away tears from her eyes with her handkerchief as she stormed back towards her study. Her cane stabbed the carpeted floor with barely suppressed anger.
“Fucking asshole. What did I ever see in him?” she muttered to herself. Immediately, she knew why, and winced, but put the thought back from her mind as far as she could.
Throwing open her study door, Edana slammed the door shut and made for her couch. Only, she found it occupied by someone already.
As much as her heart still ached, the mage practically cooed at the sight of Frances sunk into the couch, a book on her lap, eyes shut, and just the littlest bit of drool at the edges of her mouth.
On cue, Frances’s eyes slowly fluttered open and she yawned, one hand covering her mouth. “Oh, Master. You’re back. Sorry, I… it was a long trip.”
Edana opened her arms and after a nod from Frances, they embraced one another.
“It is good to see you, Frances.”
“You too, Master—” Frances suddenly stopped and her grasp stiffened “—Who made you cry, Master?”
There was an unexpected vehemence in her student’s tone and Edana blinked, taken aback.
“Oh, it’s nothing—” Edana coughed loudly, as she tried to figure out how she should explain to her student “—well no, it’s not nothing. It um. Well, you know how I’ve been taking more time for myself.”
Frances nodded. It was something her mentor had decided to do after Vertingen. Since then, Edana had looked a lot happier and energetic than before. Sure, they spent less time together, but Edana was also spending less time on paperwork.
“So, I took some time to… attend to my need for companionship and intimacy, and was spending a lot of time with a young glass merchant in the town. You may have seen me visit him on occasion in the evening. His name is Henry.”
Thinking back, Frances recalled a dark-haired glass merchant with the tanned skin of the Dale folk—the people who lived in Erisdale. Come to think of it, she never quite figured out why Edana, presumably a hero of Erisdale, had pale skin in contrast to the Dale-folk.
“This was a month ago. Our relationship was mostly about fulfilling our needs for intimacy so to speak, and for a while, it seemed to go quite well, and we were getting quite… close. I was interested in developing our relationship in a more serious direction and introducing you to him. However, he had no interest aside from… um.”
Edana’s voice trailed off.
“Aside from wanting my company. He had no interest in developing a relationship with me. He felt I was too devoted to my work and my student,” Edana grumbled.
Frances frowned and mirrored her mentor’s expression. “That’s foolish of him. Though, um, Master, I am a bit confused by what you mean by intimacy? Could you not just have stayed friends if all you were doing is spending time together?” Frances asked.
“It’s because… because,” Edana groaned, and wondered how she was going to explain this one.
Frances blinked. “Oh, you were having sex, and he didn’t want to do anything else?”
Normally well-spoken Edana spluttered, and her face contorted across several different states of emotion. She had tried to explain to her student how sex worked before. Instead, she and Frances got into a discussion on how reproduction worked. Children her age were not taught by their parents but in school. Later, she found out that Erisdalian doctors were already discussing the implications of the knowledge brought forward by the “sex education” all the Otherworlders had received.
She didn’t expect Frances to just cut to the point though.
“Yes,” Edana sighed. “I mean, we did simply start by wanting sex. I suppose I should have realized that he was uninterested in anything else. Of course, the pillock could have told me respectfully instead of being an ass.”
“That’s—” several very rude words ran through Frances’s head, but none quite expressed the displeasure she felt towards the man. “—what a moron.”
“Mm-hm.” Edana regarded her student with a thoughtful look. “By the way, Frances, what are your thoughts on me looking for a romantic relationship?”
Frances blinked. For the longest time, thinking about romance had been a luxury for her, as in, she never had time to. When she read about her favourite heroines and heroes in her books, she’d always thought it was just nice that they had people who loved them and seemed to understand them. Only, she never thought about how she, or people around her, might want a partner.
“I’m alright with it, Edana. I want you to be happy, and if you are happy, so am I,” Frances said after a moment’s thought.
“Aww, thank you, Frances,” said Edana smiling. She sat down next to her student. “So, how was the mission.”
Frances averted her eyes, and Edana’s smile faded. “Something went wrong did it? Would you like to talk about it?”
“No. Nothing went wrong, and… I think that’s the problem. I… I did what I was supposed to do, but I can’t stop thinking about them. Who I killed,” Frances croaked.
“And how do you feel about them?” Edana asked, sitting a little closer to Frances, so her arm was touching her student’s shoulder.
“Guilty. Except, I had to kill them, they were trying to kill me. It’s just… after meeting Timur, I know that every fae—every Aalavari—I killed has… had a family. I know I had no choice, but how can it be right that I’m killing them so that I don’t get sent back to my parents?” Frances asked.
Edana stayed silent. As much as she wished she knew what to say, she also remembered how she had felt years ago, during the Erisdalian-Lapanterian war. She also could not forget how she very nearly lost herself.
“Frances, I have no easy answer for you on this, and I am hesitant to tell you how to feel about this. What I will do instead, is tell you how I eventually managed my guilt.” Edana pursed her lips. “Did you know I wasn’t originally a White Order mage?”
Frances shook her head, eyes widening. As open as her mentor had been with her history, Frances had preferred not to ask, and this was something she had not even heard mentioned by other mages.
“My later master, Archmage Star, the Glimmery Light, wasn’t my first teacher.” Edana sighed and the image of a flame-haired man with bright blue eyes came to the forefront of her mind. “I had joined the Red Order, and my first master was Archmage Kirk the Forest Eater. I looked up to him, and he taught me that it was right, and just to kill my enemies.”
“But why?” Frances asked, horrified at such a concept.
“In his own way, he was trying to help me. Justifying the fact I was killing people with families and lives made it easier to do the deed when I was in danger and had no time to think. However, after the war, the names and titles began. You heard of them from Sebastian and Morgan no doubt. Names like Lady Fatbubbler, the Dragon of Erisdale, Lady Skinmelter?” Edana asked.
Frances nodded, and she’d later found out that those were just some of the kinder and more polite names that her Master got.
“I hated those names. I despaired at hearing them. The justifications I told myself—that these were enemies, people trying to kill me—didn’t work because I was killing them in… increasingly gruesome ways. Sometimes, I—” Edana shivered and grimaced at the old shame she felt “— I found enjoyment in killing them because I clung to the idea it was right. Only, when I was alone in bed…I felt like I didn’t deserve to live. It got even worse after the war. I had money, I had fame, I had influence, but I had far too much time to myself. I indulged in wine, sex, anything to keep my mind off of my own guilt.”
Edana took a moment to grab the pitcher of water she kept near her desk and fill the mugs on the table.
“Thank you. How… how old were you?” Frances asked as she accepted her mug.
“When the war began I had just turned fifteen. At the war’s end I was eighteen,” said Edana.
Frances blinked. She was going to be fifteen in a month.
Edana continued in a rueful tone, “My behaviour was so outrageous, I was expelled from the Red Order. Master Kirk did his best, but he couldn’t stop them from kicking me out. So instead he introduced me to Master Star. I didn’t like her as much as Master Kirk. She was kind but incredibly stern. However, she forced me to confront my guilt. She made me realize that I couldn’t run away from my own feelings that yes, I felt guilty, but I also felt justified, and that if I felt this way about myself, I should try to help people instead of harming myself.”
Frances didn’t nod but sat in silence for a while. She was frowning, but Edana could tell her student was doing so because she was thinking.
“So… ” Frances asked. “Don’t justify killing?”
“I’m not saying you shouldn’t justify it. You can’t debate whether it is right or wrong to cast a spell when you’re in a life or death situation.” Edana gently extended her hand and at Frances’s nod, she squeezed her student’s shoulder. “What I am saying is that you need to think about what is right for you and not deny that you are feeling what you feel.”
“That… really is not an easy answer, Master, but…” Frances found herself nodding quietly. “It feels like the right one.”
“Thank you, my student. And remember, my door is always open if you need it,” Edana said. She stood up. “Now, I think we need a meal, it is nearly dinnertime. How about we head into town for something?”
Frances nodded and joined her Master, mirroring Edana’s smile. She still had questions, and she didn’t feel entirely right, but now she had an idea of how to approach them.
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Author's Note: This was a very talk-heavy chapter, but I think a necessary one to flesh out Edana's backstory and help Frances start to confront the implications of her actions.
So what are some of your favourite movies? I personally really enjoy Pacific Rim, the Star Trek Alternate Timeline Reboot movies amongst others. A recent favourite of mine is the animated movie Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Frances would probably like Frozen I and II as well as other Disney movies.
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2020.04.25 13:06 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Lysol The President's Men by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (04/24/20)

"No money for the post office. Instead inject Lysol into your lungs." - Nancy Pelosi, more or less condensing this newsletter into 12 words

Summer Bleach Bods

The official U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 50,000, as some states began relaxing social-distancing restrictions, and President Trump denied suggesting that we inject sick people with bleach. A flawless day, start to finish. No notes!
Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress have a CVS-receipt-length list of questions about what’s happening behind the scenes.
It’s dangerous and sickening that the president is using his daily propaganda hour to give Americans deranged medical advice, and indefensible that networks are broadcasting it live. It’s also profoundly sad: Tens of thousands of Americans have lost their lives, and we have a president who lacks the basic human empathy to lead the country in mourning. We’ve lost 50,000 people. Take some time to read about a few of them.

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President Trump owes tens of millions of dollars to China, which, in addition to raising questions about his coronavirus response, complicates his latest re-election campaign strategy. Trump’s campaign has begun ramping up its attacks on Joe Biden, trying to portray him as weak on China, and calling attention to the state-owned Bank of China’s role in a deal announced by Hunter Biden’s business partners in 2013. But that line of attack gets messy when you learn that a 2012 refinancing of one of Trump’s favorite New York buildings included a $211 million loan from, whoops, the Bank of China. That loan is due in 2022, which, if he’s re-elected, would put Trump in the position of paying millions of dollars back to a foreign government in the middle of his second term.
Trump campaign officials and Republican leaders have been in disagreement about the best way to boost Trump’s falling poll numbers. The RNC (and Kellyanne Conway) want to put out positive messaging about Trump’s performance, while the Trump team wants to kneecap Biden. The campaign sees linking Biden to China as the best way to do that, and it seems increasingly likely to blow up in Trump’s face.

What Else?

Workers at Smithfield Foods pork plant in Missouri have filed a lawsuit alleging that the plant created a public nuisance by failing to take steps to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. Workers say the processing line forces them to stand shoulder to shoulder, and doesn’t even allow them time to cover their mouths when they cough, lest a piece of meat pass by them on the conveyance.
Another Navy ship is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak at sea. At least 18 sailors aboard the destroyer USS Kidd have tested positive so far.
Back at that first COVID-stricken Navy ship, the Navy’s highest-ranking officer has recommended that Capt. Brett Crozier resume his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, after he was fired for pleading for faster action to protect his crew from the coronavirus. Defense Secretary Mark Esper will decide whether to heed that recommendation. As of today, 856 sailors from the ship have tested positive, four are hospitalized, and one sailor has died.
Stacey Abrams is making a direct case for being Joe Biden’s veep pick.
Canada’s deadliest mass shooting began with the gunman assaulting his girlfriend, according to police. The woman managed to escape, and hid overnight in the woods.
An Ohio federal court has once again ruled against the state’s attempt to restrict abortion access during the pandemic. The judge issued a preliminary injunction that would allow surgical abortions to go forward on a case-by-case basis, writing that the “procedure is deemed legally essential to preserve a woman’s right to constitutionally protected access to abortions.”
A man was arrested for pulling a knife on a television news team covering last week’s anti-quarantine protest in Huntington Beach, CA. Christien Francis Petersen didn’t want to be identified as a rally attendee, and thus, naturally, forced a news team into their van at knifepoint to delete any footage in which he might have appeared.
An asteroid over a mile wide will fly past Earth on April 29, but, alas, NASA doesn’t think it will hit us.
Tom Brady accidentally wandered into a stranger’s house in Tampa, FL. You can’t go to sports, but if you live in Tampa and don’t lock your doors, just maybe, the sports will come to you.
Take a peek behind the shallot pasta curtain (gross) with this delightful Alison Roman interview.

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Roughly half of the daycare centers in the U.S. are at risk of closing permanently, according to a new analysis by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Center for American Progress. More than 37 percent of child care centers have already laid off or furloughed staff, and 41 percent expect to do so in the coming weeks. That primarily hurts women, most of whom are minimum-wage earners. Many centers are unlikely to survive the temporary shutdown, which would have long-term economic ripple effects: Without safe daycare options, many parents (again, particularly women) won’t be able to go back to work. So far, daycare has been pretty much an afterthought in relief legislation. Early childhood education has received about $4 billion in block grants—child-care centers will need an estimated $9.6 billion per month to survive the pandemic.

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Martin Herlihy on Twitter: "Tried to get in on the Cuomo brothers’ joke but they absolutely iced me out. Thanks for nothing assholes!"
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2020.02.20 06:49 ND_PC The r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament: Redemption House - Day 24 (REDEMPTION HOUSE FINALS)

Greetings, losers and winners alike! Welcome to the last day of user competition for this off-season. It’s a big day. Let me set the stage: In early December, sixty-four teams drafted four players each in the hopes of becoming the inaugural MtvChallenge fantasy tournament champion. For the last seven weeks, teams have battled head-to-head on a series of randomized finals. Some teams have eked by in their matches, others have routed their opponents, and still others have been on nauseating, topsy-turvy rides through the main bracket, down to the redemption house, and back up through redemption. Now (or, in a few moments after I announce the results of yesterday’s matches), we are left with our four last losers: two from the Real World bracket, and two from the Road Rules bracket. Today, they will battle each other in the War of the Worlds 2 final to decide which team is the ruler of Redemption. We as voters have a great responsibility ahead of us; let us not take it lightly. So come one, come all, and help elect the first loser’s bracket champions in the history of the sub.
Before we get to the voting, let’s recap last night’s match-ups.
Real World Bracket
Wow, that’s a lot of votes. 255 friggen voters is an outstanding number! I believe it shatters the previous redemption house record, and it likely beats the highest count for the main bracket as well (until yesterday, at least). So congratulations to all the teams who competed yesterday!
Let’s see what we have here. Wow. u/drgibbons3323 ran away with this one. I personally thought Team Walnuts got robbed in their main bracket loss, so I’m glad they got a little revenge for that here. I mean, COME ON. Paulie, CJ, Paula, and Tori… how does one person get that team!? How does that team lose?! Here, in The Duel II Final, they showed their true power. Not even good guy Landon could overpower this team, and his ragtag team of Sylvia, Natalie Negrotti, and Adam Kuhn certainly wouldn’t hold a candle to their opponents this year.
The strength and endurance required here or in any final is best suited for Team Walnuts. To u/BCastle18, I’m really glad you got this far and you have an awesome team, but you ran into an unstoppable force today and that is no fault of yours. To u/drgibbons3323, congratulations, and good luck today!
Road Rules Bracket
CJ is the darling of the Redemption House, it would seem. He won the RW match by a ton, and he wins this RR match by a decent margin as well. While this wasn’t the rout that the first match proved to be, it was still a sizable victory for CJ and his angels, which include self-appointed Meathead Hippie Emily Schromm, me-appointed Fitness Icon Ashley Kelsey, and brother of a crazy person Mike Boise.
I do think this vote came down to the depth of the teams. I’ve said this before, not too long ago: as much as I love Da’Vonne, she lacks a certain amount of endurance that CJ’s Angels definitely have. If we were voting based on clapbacks, maybe the result would have been different. Instead, we were voting on the Free Agents final, and clapbacks weren’t a part of it (omg imagine if there was a final that included clapbacks. I’m actually pretty surprised that wasn’t the case back in the mid-2000s when the show "Yo Momma" was something MTV actively pushed and sought to grow.
Maybe we all voted for CJ because we secretly hope he’ll write us a love letter? I don’t know, and I don’t really care. That’s a valid reason to vote for someone in a contest like this, probably. So great! The point is that while “You Cannot Copy My Walk” is a great team name, a timeless moment, and a solid team, u/wade5554’s team just didn’t have what it took to shoot CJ’s Angels down from the heavens.
To u/wade5554, you should be proud of how far you made it, but this ends your time here on the MtvChallenge fantasy tournament. Take care of yourself. To u/phillyfly11, congratulations on reaching the finals of the Road Rules loser’s bracket! Good luck in your match today.
Now, only our ultimate task lies ahead: deciding who will be crowned the rulers of Redemption. What follows is the matchups. After all the teams are listed, you’ll read the War of the Worlds 2 Final description.

Real World Bracket
u/drgibbons3323 u/RohAnTheMaker, u/giogugenishvili
"Team Walnuts" "The Silent Assassins"
(4-1) (4-1)
Paulie Calafiore, War of the Worlds Alton Williams, The Gauntlet II
CJ Koegel, Battle of the Seasons (2012) Adam Larson, The Gauntlet II
Paula Meronek, Rivals II KellyAnne Judd, The Ruins
Tori Deal, War of the Worlds II Natalie "Ninja" Duran, War of the Worlds
Winner’s Logic
[u/drgibbons3323] “Team Walnuts”
  1. Paulie Calafiore – War of the Worlds I Stats: In Tribunal 6 out of 12 dailies ; Won first Challenge against all Vets ; Eliminated in Final Purge; Eliminated Kam and Ashley C in only elimination Summary: Paulie showed up and showed out throughout the first installment of the War of the Worlds. Placing in the top of 6 of the 12 dailies and controlling his own destiny throughout the season. He showed great bouts of cardio, puzzle solving, and food eating throughout his challenge history up to this point. Was eliminated in the final purge due to diving into the water headfirst and stunning himself, he was unable to complete what is normally a walk in the park and was eliminated prior to the final. Paulie is an awesome finals teammate if paired with the correct people, we saw what happened when Natalie ruined the first day for them in final reckoning. He excelled in all challenges throughout WOTW1 and was a finals threat (Turbo would have still won) but he has shown he is no slouch. He is determined to never quit even if his body would like him too. His puzzle solving is top of the line and he could carry any team in a puzzle checkpoint of a final to a sweet sweet victory.
  2. CJ Koegel – Battle of the Seasons 2 Stats: Won 2 of 6 dailies ; Beat roided out Zach in a Hall Brawl Elimination (Eliminated due to Jasmine being blanked) Summary: Lets be honest, CJ was never going to win battle of the seasons II with the teammates he was put with. But they still managed to win two daily challenges and he is one of the few to best Zach in anything physical. CJ was a physical specimen with the tenacity of a warrior who was unfortunately paired with a lackluster team in BOTS2. However, it was shown that he is an absolute team player and has the knowledge and strength to run a final. He is most known for besting Zach Nichols 3-2 in a Hall Brawl elimination (Winning the first round 2-0) when Zach was at his biggest by using extremely smart strategy to outsmart the behemoth who is no mental slouch himself. CJ deserved to be on more challenges after quitting after two challenges, he was not one for drama but in the right team would dominate in a final.
  3. Paula “Walnuts” “Iron Stomach” Meronek – Rivals II Stats: RIVALS II CHAMP; Won 6 out of 10 dailies; No eliminations this season Summary: Paula along with her partner Emily put together one of the most dominant seasons in Challenge history. Winning 6 out of the 10 dailies and only being in “trouble” to go to elimination by virtue of being voted in one time. But they managed to avoid elimination throughout the entire season. The Rivals II final consisted of Cardio, puzzles, eating disgusting dishes, strength, and more cardio. Paula and Emily fell behind early through the first two stages, but then the “Iron Stomach” showed everybody who deserved to win that final. She absolutely housed the eating portion of the final, and the rest is history. Paula and Emily went on to win Rivals II and Paula walked off into the sunset a 2-time champ. Paula was always known for being a finals threat. She wasn’t the greatest at eliminations but there was no true threat for her to be in an elimination throughout the entirety of Rivals 2. With her top of the line cardio, her insane eating prowess, and her determination of a champion, Paula is an ideal teammate to have in a final.
  4. Tori “The New Choo-Choo” Deal – War of the Worlds 2 Stats: Purged out in the puzzle portion of the final ; Won 9 out of 14 dailies ; 2 elimination wins Summary: CHOO CHOO! The Tori Train is on the tracks and is prepared to take down anyone in a final. With her incredible endurance throughout the season and unwavering confidence, anybody is lucky to have Tori on their team in a final. She absolutely housed anybody put in front of her and was known for being the first person to turncoat in WOTW2. She absolutely destroyed a physical specimen in Jenny West in a physical elimination. Her finals performance was one for the books until a stroke of genius from Dee and Rogan purged her out at the last minute. Team UK was destined for victory no matter who were the top 4 from that purge. Tori was known for having a god like endurance and relentless grit during WOTW2. She was highly regarded as the best female that was on the show with her cardio, swimming prowess, and overall above average intelligence. A puzzle did her in at the last possible second of the final but she showed that she was never going to quit and I am convinced she could have carried the gurney all 16 miles if needed. All in, she is one of the best overall females to compete throughout the Challenge history and she will come back to prove that.
[u/RohAnTheMaker, u/giogugenishvili] “The Silent Assassins”
  1. Alton Williams was an OG who competed on The Gauntlet, Gauntlet 2, Inferno 3 and Seasons 2. In his run of the Challenge, it was obvious that he had killer endurance, elite climbing skills, great agility, was a solid swimmer and good at puzzles. Really all that needs to be said is that he was capable of competing at a top level with almost anyone in almost any daily challenge in the show’s history. He also showed great leadership skills as well - capable of stepping up and leading a team. On Gauntlet 2, Alton won the initial Royal Rumble (where unlike the vet guys - the rookies actually competed) and became team Captain. He remained Captain throughout the entire show, going 3-0 in elimination (with arguably the greatest rope climb of all time against Adam K in Capture the Flag) and lead the rookie team to victory in the Final Challenge.
  2. Adam Larson is an OG competitor who participated in Seasons 1, The Gauntlet and Gauntlet 2. Although his time on the show was short, he always showed to be a popular figure amongst the group and could compete well in Challenges with good strength and endurance. Adam excelled on The Gauntlet, showing he could compete at a high level with many competitors we still consider elite today (Theo V, Abram, Darrell, Miz, Alton) and he won the overall season. He tied Theo Von with the most lifesavers won on the Road Rules team with 2 each and was a steady leadership presence on the male side the entire time.
  3. Considered one of the best to never win, KellyAnne Judd was the most feared woman on The Ruins and for good reason. Only on her second season, she had already made a name for herself by beating Rachel on The Island. Tall, strong, great swimmer and a great runner, KellyAnne did not get to show her full potential during the season for two reasons - 1. she had a terrible team, so they were losing the dailies all the time 2. the champion girls were terrified of going against her, even Susie, so they kept her out of the eliminations except when she defeated two champions in Evelyn and Veronica. She also did great in the finals and was close to pulling an upset win with Sarah over Johnny, Evan, Kenny, Derrick and Susie. Unfortunately, we only got two seasons of prime KA, but those two seasons are enough to show that she would beast any final with the right team.
  4. “Ninja is the only woman to finish the hardest final in The Challenge history" is a line we have heard multiple times. However, Ninja's impressive rookie run goes beyond that sentence. In the first episode, she is the first female rookie to finish the challenge/puzzle. She then goes to win 4 dailies before reaching the final. Her finals performance is still the biggest highlight, She outpaces every other woman, including Cara, has to do extra running than others by being thrown in a surprise elimination with the defending champ and overall, manages to keep up with her male competitors. Ninja is not a perfect player and WotW1 did not test all her skills. She might not be a good swimmer or great at communication, but her cardio and endurance skills are some of the best of all time. She has also proven herself multiple times at puzzles and her real-life profession as a rock climber means she is well suited for many finals. She is also someone who enjoys the challenges and the carnival game aspect of them and while she might become defensive when she does not gel with her teammates, we believe that in a team of calm positive competitors, a.k.a. Silent Assassins, she would not face that issue.

Road Rules Bracket
u/phillyfly11 u/hkotila
“CJ’s Angels” “Satan’s Asshole”
(5-1) (5-1)
Emily Schromm, Rivals II Chris “CT” Tamburello, Rivals
Ashley Kelsey, Invasion of the Champions Dan Setzler, Battle of the Sexes II
CJ Koegel, Battle of the Seasons (2012) Amanda Garcia, Final Reckoning
Mike Boise, Battle of the Bloodlines Mattie Lynn Breaux, War of the Worlds
Winner’s Logic
[u/phillyfly11] “CJ’s Angels”
  1. Emily Schromm, Rivals 2: In the wise words of the Godfather Mark Long, “She competes like a dude.” The most physically fit female competitor ,Emily dominated Rivals 2 with 6 daily wins en route to winning the season.
  2. Ashley Kelsey, Invasions: I chose this version of Ashley because she was in better physical shape and has running and winning a final experience and a great team player.
  3. CJ Koegel, Battle of the Seasons 2: Was the Leader of Team Cancun that won 2 dailies and was a part of the major alliance. He proved his ability to think on his feet and his physical strength by defeating Roided up Zach in his HALL BRAWL heat.
  4. Mike Boise, Bloodlines: One of the top performers the entire season, he proved that he wasn’t afraid of any task, asking multiple times to get thrown into elimination and that he has a killer mindset during competition."
[u/hkotila] “Satan’s Asshole”
  1. CT: CHOO CHOO
  2. Dan: One of the top two performing males on this season which included Mark Long, Abe, The Miz, Derrick, and Brad... Also: https://medium.com/@shmalvey7/the-greatest-male-players-in-challenge-history-17-dan-setzler-75b8100f98a1
  3. Amanda: Solid at most aspects of the game, IMO probably the second-best puzzle solver to appear on the challenge.
  4. Mattie: Top 3 most physically imposing females to be cast behind Laural and Late career Emily. A lot of shit has been talked on here about her stamina. Just remember, wherever you have Mattie ranked on endurance Georgia needs to be behind her. Plus she ran like 16-20 miles on a sand dune and was keeping pace with Cara during that time. Most finals don't even have a course even close to as brutal as that final meaning she will do fine on every other final
Which of these teams deserves to be crowned The Challenge Fantasy Tournament’s Biggest Loser? You decide.
But wait! There’s more!
BONUS MATCH - Because it’s only fair that the last losers in each bracket get to compete, we are hosting a third-place match for the whole tournament. The runners up in the main bracket get to compete to see who will take home the bronze. While these teams don’t technically live in the redemption house, we’re glad they stopped by to visit just for today.

Fantasy Tournament Third Place Match
u/SweatySpaghetti94 u/cleanandburke
“Smash Your Team and Eat It”
(4-1) (4-1)
Wes Bergmann, Rivals II Derrick Kosinski, The Duel
Devin Walker, Vendettas MJ Garrett, The Gauntlet II
Georgia Harrison, War of the Worlds Aviv Melmed, Fresh Meat
Dee Nguyen, War of the Worlds II Tori Hall, Cutthroat
Winner’s Logic
[u/SweatySpaghetti94] - did not provide logic, so I will do so for them
  1. Wes Bergmann is currently moonlighting as a personable lumberjack. Once, he tricked Louise Hazel into thinking that he wasn’t good at running hurdles, but he was! That sly fox! He is one of the most politically savvy players in the game, and this user drafted him in his most physically dominant season. He knows how to mentor teammates, and he is great at getting deals done to even get to finals in the first place. His performance in finals will be as admirable as anybody’s, as he has the smarts, the strength, and the mental fortitude to handle any task.
  2. Devin Walker has an interesting personality. Without him, “TYB” would just be Cory and Nelson. He once followed Bananas around the house for no reason other than to harass him! Lovely! He actually defeated Bananas in a lite brite elimination that same season. Aside from that… he encouraged Cheyenne to piss herself when they ran a final together. So, you can bet he’s a good teammate! He is fairly fit, certainly smart, and has no glaring weaknesses, but I wouldn’t call him the strongest guy to ever do it, not by a longshot.
  3. Georgia Harrison has a cry face that’s made of nightmares. She is ridiculous at endurance, and she also has a lot of passion for competition, but she sometimes lets it get the better of her judgment (“It’s!! Sevennnnn!!!”). She had a showmance with Stephen Bear until he cheated on her with his cousin, at which point… their showmance continued. Georgia gassed out on the hardest final ever, but she had a really formidable rookie campaign on War of the Worlds, the season from which she’s competing today.
  4. Dee Nguyen is loyal to a fault, but she seems to think that’s a good thing. She came into her first Challenge season not knowing how to swim, but after Wes taught her she quickly became a well-rounded competitor. She fell in love with a stripper and then believed his constant lies, won a season with him, and now despises him as she should. She definitely gains power from anger and resentment, but she has also shown that she can use moral support as fuel as long as she has the right person coaching her through it.
[u/cleanandburke] “Smash Your Team and Eat It”
  1. Derrick K may not be the smartest but he’s smart enough to play to his strengths and let his team take over his weaknesses. He won’t win a puzzle but he doesn’t need to and will not get in Avivs way. He has strength endurance and is a team player. He’s strong enough to carry his weight plus more but is light enough that his weight wouldn’t hinder his other competitors. He has no issues with eating challenges or swimming
  2. Aviv Israeli military vet who is not afraid of a final She also is a puzzle master who helped Darrell win another final! Strength, endurance, brains. The whole package!
  3. Tori Hall 2/3 team challenge wins (3/4 if you include road rules) whether her teams “should” have won or not, she showed she has endurance for finals and is a solid competitor. Also has a lot of determination and heart!
  4. MJ University football athlete. Brain, brawn, endurance, no issues with eating challenges. A solid team player with no drama!
War of the Worlds 2 Final Description: Again, all three matches are competing in this final today. So base your votes off this description from… I’m not really sure who wrote this. I’ll just credit u/stayoutofthe-forest because they deserve to be credited for things they didn’t actually do as much as possible.
Which of these teams will hoist the bronze in the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament? You get to pick!
Vote for the third-place match and the loser’s bracket championship matches with THIS LINK!
Voting ends at 10 PM EST on Thursday, February 20. It’s the last vote, so make it count!
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2020.02.20 06:40 honestkodaline Fantasy Tournament - Day 32 (THE FINAL TO END ALL FINALS)

Welcome to the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament! For two months, teams have waged war and overcome obstacles of the body, mind, and soul. And it was all to survive to this moment: the tournament final.
Yesterday, the final two teams in each bracket faced off. Let's get to those results!
The Real World bracket - u/SweatySpaghetti94 vs. u/ND_PC, u/MandyMTV, u/albemarie's "It's a Marathon, Not a Race"; S30: Dirty 30
It's a Marathon, Not a Race - 153
u/SweatySpaghetti94 - 149
It wasn't exactly a marathon - the Dirty 30 race was just 10k - but this underdog team certainly had the marathon mentality. Along the way, this group of misfits beat the likes of Wes Bergmann, Abram Boise, Alton Williams, Theo Campbell, KellyAnne Judd, Natalie "Ninja" Duran, and Georgia Harrison. They climbed glaciers and ran through deserts. They solved puzzles (or survived puzzle time penalties). They beat a team with two rock-climbers in a mountain-climbing final, because Kyle probably played soccer as a kid. They worked together, would have given us great commentary, and are ready to stand strong as a team for one last win.
The Road Rules bracket - u/OkonkwoTheCat's "Toxic - Britney Spears" vs. u/cleanandburke's "Smash Your Team and Eat It"; S33: War of the Worlds I
Toxic - Britney Spears - 152
Smash Your Team and Eat It - 150
More than 300 votes cast, and each of these brackets were determined BY FOUR VOTES OR LESS. What.
This team name might be named Toxic, but clearly they have the teamwork necessary to bring home the gold. A month ago, I wouldn't have thought a team with Nicole and Zach would last a day. Now I understand that users are in it to watch the world burn. Along the way, this team defeated Wes Bergmann, Abram Boise, Derrick Kosinski, Turbo Camkiran, Rogan O'Connor, Jamie Banks, Diem Brown, Jenny West, and Aviv Melmed. They likely yelled at each other often. They dodged puzzles like they were running through a minefield. They fought hard together, climbing mountains and overcoming past failures, like Zach redeeming himself on Free Agents, to take the crown of the Road Rules bracket. I am equally proud of them and afraid of them. Zach had to win team finals to get to this point. I mean, remember how well he handled the team finals on WOTW2 and BOTS2. My man doesn't know what teamwork means, but it doesn't matter, because he has the wholesome and unproblematic Adam King to balance the goodness on this team.
Toxic as they might be, there are few challenges this team wouldn't crush. They can lift a collective 3,000 pounds, probably. Zach will just put everyone on his shoulders and carry them to the yacht. (Now that he's not working with Ninja, I'm sure he will dominate this final. He'll carry the gurney all 4 laps. He'll never complain. That's on-brand, right?)
Now let's get to today's vote! As we have our finalists from each bracket, today they will compete against each other for the ultimate title in the War of the Worlds II final.
FROM THE REAL WORLD BRACKET:
u/ND_PC, u/MandyMTV, u/albemarie's "It's a Marathon, Not a Race": Kyle Christie (Vendettas), Timmy Beggy (Inferno), Emily Schromm (Rivals II), Kelley Limp (Battle of the Seasons)
FROM THE ROAD RULES BRACKET:
u/OkonkwoTheCat's "Toxic - Britney Spears": Zach Nichols (Vendettas), Adam King (Rivals I), Nicole Zanatta (Invasion of the Champions), Brittini Sherrod (Duel II)
What the final entailed: Stage 1: Both teams have a gurney with a relic and 20 pounds in sand bags for each team, 80 pounds total. They must complete four miles to each of four checkpoints, for a total of 16 miles.
Checkpoint 1: Use a catapult to put three coconuts into a basket
Checkpoint 2: Each individual competitor, presumptively without help from the other team members, must solve a math equation after determining numbers from a very large board of numbers.
Checkpoint 3: Each individual competitor must land a ball in a basket, with three attempts. If they cannot, they must eat a scorpion, some insects, and a live (!) grub worm.
Checkpoint 4: A triangle puzzle. They then must stay up overnight, sleeping in turns. Stage 2: The winner of stage 1 gets a five minute advantage. The entire team is attached by chains around their ankles. They must run six miles before reach a NINE PIECE TANGRAM. It is important to note how difficult a nine piece is. As CT noted, many competitors have practiced tangram puzzles before, but never a nine piece. If they can't solve it in five minutes, they move on. They then must kayak to a yacht. First to reach it wins.
Why you should vote for It's a Marathon, Not a Race: Looking for the most physically fit female competitor to have competed on The Challenge? Look no further than Emily Schromm, who competed on three seasons (Cutthroat, Battle of the Exes, Rivals II), manhandled competitors on her way to each final, and won Rivals II with partner, Paula. Emily is known for her elite physicality – named Women’s Health Next Fitness Star, she’s won every elimination she’s been in – and her domination of heralded competitors like Cara Maria. As stated by Mark Long, “Emily competes almost like a dude,” and indeed, Emily is not only a strong female competitor, but a strong competitor, period. In Rivals II, Emily won six out of ten daily challenges, dominating competitors like Aneesa, Diem, Cara Maria, Cooke, Camila, and Sarah Rice. In the Rivals II final, viewers saw Emily dominate a one-mile swim, solve five difficult puzzles (including one based on the Pythagorean Theorem), chow down in an eating challenge, and dominate several physical checkpoints, culminating in a dominating win in a very competitive female field. With eight daily challenge wins, finals appearances on every season she’s been on, and Olympic-level strength, endurance, and even a bit of intelligence, Emily is a tough and terrifying competitor that will wreck your favorite players before they can take a breath.
Kyle Christie is an impressive competitor with no clear weaknesses (unless you count his womanizing ways, which luckily, won’t hurt him in a final) and a penchant for making competitors regret underestimating him. With four seasons under his belt and a dominating performance in the Vendettas final (a Rookie of the Year level run, with a third-place finish, second for the men), Kyle has proven that he has what it takes to dominate even the toughest finales in Challenge history. While many underestimate Kyle’s size (6’1, 175lbs), Kyle showed that he can compete with the best competitors around, beating out Tony and Leroy in his finals appearance, wrecking Bananas in an endurance, finals-like competition (Get Off the Rock) and dominating CT in a brute strength competition (WotW). Kyle is no slouch in intelligence, either, commonly playing the “dumb Brit” card in the hopes of being underestimated, which proved useful in the Vendettas final, when he slipped into first place in the first leg of the final due to other player’s ignoring him in favor of seemingly-stronger competitors. Two of Kyle’s elimination losses were against Theo Campell, widely known as a world-class athlete, who stated that Kyle’s heart and determination made him a surprisingly difficult competitor to beat. Watch out for this incredible player who is ready to slip in and steal the win (and your girl).
An excellent leader, hysterical player, and physical threat, Timmy Beggy is one of the most revered and well-respected OGs of the RW/RR Challenge franchise and is known as a guy who would do anything to win – even going so far as to pee on himself in the “Hands on Saturn” mission during Battle of the Seasons so he wouldn’t let down his team. Timmy competed on four challenges, was in three finals, has one Challenge win, and was arguably the best male competitor on his seasons, outperforming Challenge legends like Abram, Darrell, and Derrick in daily competitions. Timmy was the only person able to stop Derrick K. in his famed Gauntlet II run, beating him in a head-to-head endurance and strength competition. His only elimination loss came in the form of a fluke disqualification, in which he beat Abram in the “Smash House” inferno, only to realize that one of his glass panes – which needed to break in order to win – was smashed out of the frame but lay unbroken on the ground. While Timmy may not be the most talked about competitor, he has shown that he is an elite competitor, known among the likes of Mike the Miz, Derrick K., and Mark Long, and he will do anything – literally, anything – to get the win.
Kelley Limp might be an unfamiliar name – even after her Battle of the Seasons debut – but sure shouldn’t be. This one-season wonder, known as the queen of climbing, won her first and only season, but is best remembered for her insanely dominant performance in the ‘Vertical Limit’ challenge. ‘Vertical Limit’ combined heights, endurance, and strength, and Kelley not only beat amazing female competitors like Holly Shand and Coral Smith, but also dominated all male competitors, including Mike the Miz and Theo Von. Kelley also ruled the final, competing in the kayaking relay race portion of the final, showcasing her incredible endurance and arm strength. Kelley has shown her strength, determination, and heart, and will be an incredible performer in any final she’s hit with.
Why you should vote for "Toxic - Britney Spears": Brittini - In her first and only season, she made it to the final and took home second place. Having a really strong season with 3 daily wins and 2 elimination wins, she was a force to be reckoned with. Didn't bring home the gold because she was going against prime Rachel but she did stay close enough so Evan could catch back up to Brad in the Duel II final. She had a great political game, making friends with the strong player in the house, and intimidated the other girls in the house for being a strong rookie.
Adam - Rivals was a big season for Adam. He has won before and now gets paired up with the man who has tormented him in the past. He was able to put his differences aside and work as an equal teammate with CT for most of the season. They won 2 dailies and thwarted Evan's hitman plans on CT in an elimination. His only stumble was in the final elimination vs Johnny and Tyler but the rumors are that Adam had a deal with JEK and threw this elimination so CT couldn't go to the final and win money. So Adam got to hook with his crush Jenn and get his rivals sent home, sounds like a win to me.
Nicole Z - In her rookie season Nicole comes in as a force to be reckoned with. One of the most jacked girls to ever be on the Challenge and can keep up with the guys. She had 2 daily wins this season and was able to survive the underdog bloodbath with Ashley and Amanda teaming up against her. Nicole took third in the final due to what I'm assuming was Nicole flirting with girls during math class from basic arithmetic on. They should've let her swim the puzzle back to the raft.
Zach - Could've gone with Seasons II or Free Agents but I think Vendetta's was Zach's strongest season. By this point in his challenge career he's slimmed down a bit and has trained his body to be ready for a final. He wasn't the hot head we've seen in his past seasons and was able to steamroll his daily challenge success into 6 daily wins without the hint of going into an elimination. At the final he crushed everyone in the first leg and in the second leg with the puzzle had his huge lead erased. From what I could tell without tuning into the 3 part reunion was that Zach and Cara both had one tile out of place so in my head, Zach was the winner this season.
So which of these teams deserves to win it all? You decide!
VOTE HERE.
Voting will close at 10pm EST, 2/20. So quit wasting time and get to it!
I'll post the results tomorrow with a sappy closing message, but I really want to thank everyone who has played along for the last two months! The draft especially was the single most fun I've ever had on this sub, and this tournament has made the gap in my life without The Challenge a little less painful. I hope everyone has a killer Thursday!
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2020.02.19 05:54 ND_PC The r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament: Redemption House - Day 23 (Semifinal #2)

Hey, losers! We’re already at the semifinals of the Redemption House! How could this be? It seems like just yesterday that u/HereToTalkTV and u/DurtyMurty11 were the first teams to be double-eliminated and go a very impressive 0-2. But, here we are, with a couple of 4-1 teams and a couple of 3-1 teams going at it in the penultimate round of the Redemption House, or as we who run the Redemption House like to call it, the Redemption House. So come one, come all, and come join us as losers continue to battle head-to-head to fight for redemption, overcoming embarrassing losses, terrifying finals, and (supposed) voter insanity. Things are really heating up, and by the end of the week, we’ll be able to crown MtvChallenge’s best losers! While there will be no re-entry into the Winner’s Bracket, one team (per bracket) will find itself the Ruler of Redemption.
Before we get to the voting, let’s recap last night’s fantasy match-ups.
Real World Bracket
As you’ll see in a moment, it was a tale of two matches yesterday in the Redemption House. This match was decided by just one vote! It could have been yours. Doesn’t that make you feel special?
I, for one, am sad to see Team Backpack exit the tournament. Does CT deserve a semifinal run? No, dammit! He deserves a win, now and always. And what better way to advance to the finals than untangling, memory-ing, puzzling, eating, and running? That is a final tailor-made for a team with both CT and Aviv if you ask me.
I’m glad that RohAn and Gio were able to win this match though because I still feel bad that they lost their main bracket semifinal by one vote. Who knew a team with KellyAnne and Ninja could get so dramatic? Oh, everyone? Oh right.
But truly, I see the Silent Assassins as having a more team-y composition than Team Backpack. CT wasn’t Dad yet, so he and Mike Boise would have been a little too High T for Aviv and Brittini to corral to the extent necessary to tackle all of these puzzling components as a team. I really do understand why the match was this close - both teams have excellent players and a diverse set of skills - but in the end, this one went to u/RohAnTheMaker and u/giogugenishvili. Congrats, guys! And to u/ry-guy2fly, this ends your time here on the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament. Take care of yourself.
Road Rules Bracket
As I said, yesterday was a tale of two matchups, and Satan’s Asshole made Dustin, Cohutta, Cooke, and Veronica look like Sean Lineker, Derrick H, Big T, and older Veronica. I mean, a 46-point walloping is bad in any sport, whether it be basketball, hearts, or the Challenge fantasy tournament. In the redemption house semifinals, no less! What a team u/hkotila’s got there.
I do want to take this time to congratulate u/appropriatelywhelmed on an impressive run, though. I personally dislike Dustin a lot, but Cohutta, Cooke, and Veronica are all extremely likable players who got about as far as they could’ve hoped for in this tournament.
This final seems super fun, like one I’d want to do in real life and actually expect to complete. To be honest, I’m not sure what it would take to separate yourself from the pack on this final aside from endurance. I suppose people just saw CT and voted for him, or felt bad that they voted against him in the Real World match. I could absolutely see the team of CT, Dan, Mattie, and Amanda working together as a team on this puzzle-piece scavenger hunt and excelling with ease, but truth be told I think Dustin, Cohutta, Cooke, and Veronica would not have fared as poorly as the voters made it seem.
So, to u/hkotila, congratulations on getting a team named Satan’s Asshole into the finals of the loser’s bracket! Dreams do come true. And to u/appropriatelywhelmed, as I said above, I’m really proud of how far your team came. Better luck next time!
Now, let the voting commence!
Real World Bracket
Match: u/BCastle18 vs. u/drgibbons3323’s “Team Walnuts”
Final: The Duel II
Teams
[u/BCastle18]
[u/drgibbons3323] “Team Walnuts”
Winner’s Logic
[u/BCastle18]
  1. Landon in the night elimination against Luke and Ev literally dragged a almost unconscious Carley to a win and in the finals carried Carley up a mountain to get the win over 3 teams that on paper seemed stronger one of which included two top 10 challengers of all time in Kenny and Laurel with the weakest partner. Also did all of this while being respectful and supportive of his partner throughout showing he is very much a great team player.
  2. Only one team was in the main house all season on FR, it was Sylvia and Joss. They won the final endurance purge and won it rather comfortably. Showed that she can keep her composure in their elimination against John/Tony and many even believe that Sylvia and Joss were the rightful winners of FR, they also only lost by 40 seconds even while getting hit with two grenades.
[u/drgibbons3323] “Team Walnuts”
  1. Paulie Calafiore – War of the Worlds I Stats: In Tribunal 6 out of 12 dailies ; Won first Challenge against all Vets ; Eliminated in Final Purge; Eliminated Kam and Ashley C in only elimination Summary: Paulie showed up and showed out throughout the first installment of the War of the Worlds. Placing in the top of 6 of the 12 dailies and controlling his own destiny throughout the season. He showed great bouts of cardio, puzzle solving, and food eating throughout his challenge history up to this point. Was eliminated in the final purge due to diving into the water headfirst and stunning himself, he was unable to complete what is normally a walk in the park and was eliminated prior to the final. Paulie is an awesome finals teammate if paired with the correct people, we saw what happened when Natalie ruined the first day for them in final reckoning. He excelled in all challenges throughout WOTW1 and was a finals threat (Turbo would have still won) but he has shown he is no slouch. He is determined to never quit even if his body would like him too. His puzzle solving is top of the line and he could carry any team in a puzzle checkpoint of a final to a sweet sweet victory.
  2. CJ Koegel – Battle of the Seasons 2 Stats: Won 2 of 6 dailies ; Beat roided out Zach in a Hall Brawl Elimination (Eliminated due to Jasmine being blanked) Summary: Lets be honest, CJ was never going to win battle of the seasons II with the teammates he was put with. But they still managed to win two daily challenges and he is one of the few to best Zach in anything physical. CJ was a physical specimen with the tenacity of a warrior who was unfortunately paired with a lackluster team in BOTS2. However, it was shown that he is an absolute team player and has the knowledge and strength to run a final. He is most known for besting Zach Nichols 3-2 in a Hall Brawl elimination (Winning the first round 2-0) when Zach was at his biggest by using extremely smart strategy to outsmart the behemoth who is no mental slouch himself. CJ deserved to be on more challenges after quitting after two challenges, he was not one for drama but in the right team would dominate in a final.
  3. Paula “Walnuts” “Iron Stomach” Meronek – Rivals II Stats: RIVALS II CHAMP; Won 6 out of 10 dailies; No eliminations this season Summary: Paula along with her partner Emily put together one of the most dominant seasons in Challenge history. Winning 6 out of the 10 dailies and only being in “trouble” to go to elimination by virtue of being voted in one time. But they managed to avoid elimination throughout the entire season. The Rivals II final consisted of Cardio, puzzles, eating disgusting dishes, strength, and more cardio. Paula and Emily fell behind early through the first two stages, but then the “Iron Stomach” showed everybody who deserved to win that final. She absolutely housed the eating portion of the final, and the rest is history. Paula and Emily went on to win Rivals II and Paula walked off into the sunset a 2-time champ. Paula was always known for being a finals threat. She wasn’t the greatest at eliminations but there was no true threat for her to be in an elimination throughout the entirety of Rivals 2. With her top of the line cardio, her insane eating prowess, and her determination of a champion, Paula is an ideal teammate to have in a final.
  4. Tori “The New Choo-Choo” Deal – War of the Worlds 2 Stats: Purged out in the puzzle portion of the final ; Won 9 out of 14 dailies ; 2 elimination wins Summary: CHOO CHOO! The Tori Train is on the tracks and is prepared to take down anyone in a final. With her incredible endurance throughout the season and unwavering confidence, anybody is lucky to have Tori on their team in a final. She absolutely housed anybody put in front of her and was known for being the first person to turncoat in WOTW2. She absolutely destroyed a physical specimen in Jenny West in a physical elimination. Her finals performance was one for the books until a stroke of genius from Dee and Rogan purged her out at the last minute. Team UK was destined for victory no matter who were the top 4 from that purge. Tori was known for having a god like endurance and relentless grit during WOTW2. She was highly regarded as the best female that was on the show with her cardio, swimming prowess, and overall above average intelligence. A puzzle did her in at the last possible second of the final but she showed that she was never going to quit and I am convinced she could have carried the gurney all 16 miles if needed. All in, she is one of the best overall females to compete throughout the Challenge history and she will come back to prove that.
The Duel II Final Description
Thank you to u/ry-guy2fly for the deets! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are just 2 fly.
Road Rules Bracket
Match: u/phillyfly11’s “CJ’s Angels” vs. u/wade5554’s “You Cannot Copy My Walk”
Final: Free Agents
Teams
[u/phillyfly11] “CJ’s Angels”
[u/wade5554] “You Cannot Copy My Walk”
Winner’s Logic
[u/phillyfly11] “CJ’s Angels”
  1. Emily Schromm, Rivals 2: In the wise words of the Godfather Mark Long, “She competes like a dude.” The most physically fit female competitor ,Emily dominated Rivals 2 with 6 daily wins en route to winning the season.
  2. Ashley Kelsey, Invasions: I chose this version of Ashley because she was in better physical shape and has running and winning a final experience and a great team player.
  3. CJ Koegel, Battle of the Seasons 2: Was the Leader of Team Cancun that won 2 dailies and was a part of the major alliance. He proved his ability to think on his feet and his physical strength by defeating Roided up Zach in his HALL BRAWL heat.
  4. Mike Boise, Bloodlines: One of the top performers the entire season, he proved that he wasn’t afraid of any task, asking multiple times to get thrown into elimination and that he has a killer mindset during competition."
[u/wade5554] “You Cannot Copy My Walk”
  1. Turbo’s biggest strength is his endurance and heart. He was able to win the longest and arguably most difficult final ever. He will give his team everything he has and push his body to the limits. He did well in puzzles, finishing fourth in the purge, as well as winning the daily where they were spinning in the plane and had to solve the puzzle. His swimming ability could be called into question because it was not shown, but based off his other abilities I would say he is an average swimmer. He ate one plate during the eating portion, but with the amount of heart he has I think he could compete with the best in an eating final. All in all he is a well rounded competitor that is elite in endurance.
  2. Jenny has been underrated by many people because of the fashion in which she lost the hall brawl against Tori. She obviously has never played any contact sports growing up so she did not know how to play that elimination. But looking back to some of the dailies she was clearly the best runner as well as swimmer on the women’s side of the UK team. I think as far as endurance running and swimming she is right up there with the Laurel and Emily’s of the challenge. She may be slightly below elite tier because of the unknown. She absolutely beasted the puzzle against Nicole Bass, but it is hard to tell how quickly she finished because Nicole basically quit. She had shown to be a really good teammate and always keep a good composure under pressure. She has never run a final or done an eating challenge but it is safe to say that she would be very strong in both based off her training and performance in dailies.
  3. Da’Vonne’s strength is puzzles. She absolutely demolished the purge, and also showed she was strong in puzzles on Final Reckoning. She is super underrated in strength and conditioning. In most possibly the hardest daily on the season, her and Wes won the challenge where they had to drag the metal to the dumpsters and weigh them. (The challenge where Ninja freaked out on Turbo). Wes was upset when he got stuck with Da’Vonne and she beasted it and won. Also, Bear quit on her in the other endurance daily with the tires, yet she kept going. She may not be in the best shape but she will never quit or hold her team back. She is also a very strong vocal leader, which is important to have in team finals. Also, she is the QUEEN of the challenge, if the other people let her make a final someday, she will for sure win it.
  4. Adam was a very solid competitor. He won three eliminations in his six episode stint on the show. He was able to beat Dustin and Jessica in a physical climbing elimination, John and Simone in a eating competition, and Knight and Jemmye in a strength challenge. He did all of this with Brittany as his partner, who was not very good at any of the challenges they did. He never did any swimming so that is an unknown that some people may hold against him, but I am pretty confident he can swim better than the other teams weaker swimmers. Again he won an eating elimination, and was in fantastic shape on his season, so the endurance should be no problem for him. He did not have high tolerance for people that were weak performers but in a stacked team like he is on for this he would be willing to put his ego aside and compete as a team to win.
Free Agents Final Description - thanks to u/goddamnsundayscaries for the excellent description!
Which of these teams deserves to move on in our quest to discover The Challenge Fantasy Tournament’s Biggest Loser? You decide.
VOTE HERE!
Voting ends at 10 PM EST Wednesday, February 19.
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2020.02.18 06:31 ND_PC The r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament: Redemption House - Day 22 (Semifinal #1)

Hey, losers! We’re already at the semifinals of the Redemption House! How could this be? It seems like just yesterday that u/HereToTalkTV and u/DurtyMurty11 were the first teams to be double-eliminated and go a very impressive 0-2. But, here we are, with a couple of 4-1 teams and a couple of 3-1 teams going at it in the penultimate round of the Redemption House, or as we who run the Redemption House like to call it, the Redemption House. So come one, come all, and come join us as losers continue to battle head-to-head to fight for redemption, overcoming embarrassing losses, terrifying finals, and (supposed) voter insanity. Things are really heating up, and by the end of the week, we’ll be able to crown MtvChallenge’s best losers! While there will be no re-entry into the Winner’s Bracket, one team (per bracket) will find itself the Ruler of Redemption.
Before we get to the voting, let’s recap last night’s fantasy match-ups.
Real World Bracket (written by the excellent u/ND-PC)
Match 1.0
This final was basically a triathlon + a row and a riddle. So like a weird pentathlon that nobody asked for. And although it was close, this marks the end of mod presence in the fantasy tournament. You know what that means, folks? No more rules! We can finally do whatever the heck we want without the fear of being moderated! u/BCastle18 is our savior! There’s no way this could possibly go wrong! Anarchy is the way to the truth! Fight the power!
Wait, what was I saying? Oh yeah, the mods are gone and I’m very sad to see the last of them depart this spectacular event. It takes good leadership to form a strong community, and I believe this subreddit is a hell of a strong community if there ever was one. We owe the mods a debt of gratitude for hosting events like this tournament, episode discussions, unpopular opinion threads, etc. all while trying to keep the sub free from spoilers, and succeeding. It’s thanks first and foremost to them that we all have this lovely internet playground.
Anyway, onto the topic at hand. In all likelihood, people probably assumed that Landon and Adam were more physically fit than Cohutta and Ace. Those people were right, so they made good assumptions. Couple that with the assumption that Sylvia and Natalie are in better shape than Evelyn and Ashley K, and you’d be batting .500, because that’s a terrible assumption. Much to the dispute of my post partner u/MandyMTV, I truly and wholeheartedly believe that Ashley K is a fitness icon. And, for crying out loud, Evelyn is Evelyn! In my mind, the strength of the women on team Adore Delano 2020 is enough to tip the scales their way, at least for the run and the bike.
Buuuut the row was done as a team, the riddle was done as a team, and the swim probably tips the scale back to u/BCastle18’s team (Sylvia is part fish, after all, and Landon and Adam >> Cohutta and Ace in the water), so I do understand how they come out on top. Still, though, QUEEN EVELYN DESERVED BETTER. Evelyn, if you’re reading this, pm me. My username is u/ND_PC and I love you.
All in all, it was a close match and both teams should be very proud of how far they’ve come. To u/honestkodaline and u/priorsloth, I congratulate you for getting this far but it ends your time here on the MtvChallenge fantasy tournament. Take care of yourselves. To u/BCastle18, congratulations on moving on to the Redemption House semifinals!
Match 2.0
CT is better than Derrick. Mike is better than Nehemiah. Everyone knows this and everyone agrees. Why are you booing me? I’m right. Yeah, we only got one season of Mike, and he’s basically a carbon copy of Abram with only 65% of the intensity, 60% of the suave, 40% of the competitive spirit and probably ~78% of the strength, but he’s just plain better than Nehemiah. Especially coupled with CT, Mike is a formidable competitor who has no obvious shortcomings. The pair of Nehemiah and Derrick, on the other hand, complement each other like applesauce and peanut butter. Go, try it, prove to me that you can eat those two things with any modicum of harmony inside you. You can’t. This is what Nehemiah and Derrick would be like if they were the only two guys on a team.
This final wasn’t a no-brainer, obviously, but it’s clear that CT and Mike would excel at the stretcher-carry, and Aviv would lift the team in the memory puzzle. On the other side of things, Amanda would contribute zero to a team that also had Derrick, Nehemiah, and Veronica. You see, the players on a team are supposed to complement one another’s skill sets. Amanda adds nothing to the team that isn’t already provided by her teammates. Her grating voice? Derrick already has one. Her puzzle/riddle smarts? Covered by Nehemiah. Her political savvy combined with her fit-girl bod? Veronica is already on the team! So Amanda is a total net zero here. I like Amanda as much as the next person - truly, I do - but I don’t see her gelling well with this team so much.
And then there’s Brittini Sherrod. She is the anti-Amanda. She, like her teammate Aviv, is a one-season wonder who could do no wrong. She was amazing with Landon as a partner and she was drop dead gorgeous. She was cast on the show after appearing on only two episodes of the Real World! What an icon. She had a great laugh and a loving smile, and I can just tell that her mere presence would be a confidence boost for her three teammates.
So, in short, while Amanda is coming up with some heinous excuses for why she can’t complete the simple tasks in front of her (like sorting wood per a pre-arranged pattern), the lovely foursome on Team Backpack would be happily galavanting from task to task in this final of whimsical miscellany.
So, congratulations to u/ry-guy2fly for moving on to the semifinals of the Redemption House! And to u/dolfan2354, we hope to see you again. You made it so far, and should absolutely be proud of what you’ve accomplished this off-season.
Road Rules Bracket - brought to you by u/MandyMTV who is alive and well, everyone! She’s not dead, she promises, just hungover. Please, bring her massive amounts of Pedialyte ASAP.
Match 1.0
u/phillyfly11’s ‘CJ’s Angels’ take this one, and everyone who voted for u/scyth13r’s team only voted for them because they confused Frank “So Boring I Make My TV Cry” Roessler with Frank Sweeney, the king of reality television. Frank is mad and he feels like it’s unfair. Frank thinks this is really shitty, he thinks you’re being fucking rude, and he doesn’t think there’s a fucking chance that anyone fucking watching out in TVland thinks its fucking cool for him to go in three times in a fucking row. That’s why he’s mad and that’s why he’s using 21 expletives in a single scene, okay MTV? Are you fucking okay with that?
Now, I understand that u/scyth13r’s team has a girl capable of a Titanic-like goodbye said to a woman she met a few days ago, but this truly doesn’t make up for the fact that the team also has a man who overuses expletives but still remains oddly calm, a girl who will fake headbutt her best friend, and Luke Wolfe, a man capable of withstanding horrifying, soul-crushing falls [1:20] because the only thing harder than liking Luke Wolfe is his head. You better shut him up in a very nice way so he isn’t that annoying. Are you gonna slap him? Then why the fuck did you put water all over him?
So, I give a truly heartfelt congratulations to CJ’s Angels. You didn’t pick Frank or Luke, and so you win. And to u/scyth13r, I say so long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.
PS. Y’all are way too obsessed with Ashley K. How do y’all function? Ashley “Wonder Twin” Kelsey is MTV’s second-best Barbie, significantly behind my favorite horse-faced Tori Spelling reject, and she thinks there are upwards of 60 continents. Over 60 continents. This girl ain’t shit and I’m not afraid to say it. [This is made exponentially worse by the fact that my partner in Reddit crime, u/ND_PC, thinks that Ashley K. is a fitness icon. Are you kidding me? We’re done. We’re divorced.]
Match 2.0
CT, Dan, Amanda, Mattie > Wes, Jamie, Holly, Melinda
I’m extremely upset about this vote. I mean, I get it. CT will smash your head and eat it. Dan will spend the entire final pining after Holly but reminding everyone he has a girlfriend. Amanda is a freckled motherfucker. Mattie calls herself Martha and cries over boys who ain’t shit [looking at you, Jeremiah].
But - Wes owns a BMW, a Porsche, a monster truck and thirty companies. Suck his dick, voters! He doesn’t want to sleep two feet away from a mongoose, and he will dump your mattress into a pool. Call him Lionel Wessi, because when you put him on a soccer team, he scores them goals. Do you want to have a constructive conversation, or do you want him to make you cry? Because he can go both routes. Everyone says extremely harsh things behind your back, voters. Everyone in this house thinks that y’all are extremely immature. You’re not deep enough for him, voters!
So, congratulations to u/hkotilla! Apparently people don’t like redheads as much as I thought. u/dirtykilla36, this result makes me sad, but your fantastic choice of team members makes me happy. Thanks for playing! Now go watch ‘Love is Blind’ on Netflix.
Now, let’s get to voting on today’s matchups! It’s the semifinals, guys, so I trust that you will all take extensive time and use your profound discernment to divine the proper team to elevate to the final match.
[Sidenote by u/MandyMTV: PC, who gave you a thesaurus and taught you how to use it? Good riddance.]
Real World Bracket
Match: u/ry-guy2fly’s “Team Backpack” vs. u/RohAnTheMaker, u/giogugenishvili’s “The Silent Assassins”
Final: Rivals III
Teams
[u/ry-guy2fly] “Team Backpack”
[u/RohAnTheMaker, u/giogugenishvili] “The Silent Assassins”
Winner’s Logic
[u/ry-guy2fly] “Team Backpack”
  1. CT doesn’t need an introduction, but I’ll give my team captain one anyway. CT, who fashioned the iconic Banana Backpack, is the greatest competitor of all time. For my team, I plucked him from his greatest season of all time. If you name a skill that can be tested on this show, CT excels in that skill. Endurance, strength, skill, puzzles, eating, and everything in between. CT dominates.
  2. Aviv Melmod is the biggest reason Darrell is considered one of the best competitors in challenge history. Aviv is a puzzle queen with endurance to match it. Her puzzle skill and fire was the biggest factor in separating her and Darrell from their finals opponents on Fresh Meat. She’s a combination of Diem and Evelyn. Heart, passion, smarts, and fire. While she only competed in one season, she showed a plethora of Challenge knowhow. If she would have returned to the show, she’d be recognized as one of the all time greats.
  3. Brittini Sherrod is another one hit wonder like Aviv. Although she didn’t quite reach the heights of her female partner, she showed that she doesn’t have a real weakness. She never gives up and maintained a close race against Rachel on Duel 2. Brittini will never flounder under pressure and will continue to push through any and all obstacles.
  4. Mike Boise only competed on one season, but it was quick to see the relation between him and his brother Abram. Mike has GUTS! While he hated the house environment, Mike showed excellent know how. He’s an in shape guy who attacks any obstacle tactfully. Mike and CT are a great fit together, because no matter how hard CT pushes, Mike will respond. His all around knowledge and skill will prove useful in a final.
[u/RohAnTheMaker, u/giogugenishvili] “The Silent Assassins”
  1. Alton Williams was an OG who competed on The Gauntlet, Gauntlet 2, Inferno 3 and Seasons 2. In his run of the Challenge, it was obvious that he had killer endurance, elite climbing skills, great agility, was a solid swimmer and good at puzzles. Really all that needs to be said is that he was capable of competing at a top level with almost anyone in almost any daily challenge in the show’s history. He also showed great leadership skills as well - capable of stepping up and leading a team. On Gauntlet 2, Alton won the initial Royal Rumble (where unlike the vet guys - the rookies actually competed) and became team Captain. He remained Captain throughout the entire show, going 3-0 in elimination (with arguably the greatest rope climb of all time against Adam K in Capture the Flag) and lead the rookie team to victory in the Final Challenge.
  2. Adam Larson is an OG competitor who participated in Seasons 1, The Gauntlet and Gauntlet 2. Although his time on the show was short, he always showed to be a popular figure amongst the group and could compete well in Challenges with good strength and endurance. Adam excelled on The Gauntlet, showing he could compete at a high level with many competitors we still consider elite today (Theo V, Abram, Darrell, Miz, Alton) and he won the overall season. He tied Theo Von with the most lifesavers won on the Road Rules team with 2 each and was a steady leadership presence on the male side the entire time.
  3. Considered one of the best to never win, KellyAnne Judd was the most feared woman on The Ruins and for good reason. Only on her second season, she had already made a name for herself by beating Rachel on The Island. Tall, strong, great swimmer and a great runner, KellyAnne did not get to show her full potential during the season for two reasons - 1. she had a terrible team, so they were losing the dailies all the time 2. the champion girls were terrified of going against her, even Susie, so they kept her out of the eliminations except when she defeated two champions in Evelyn and Veronica. She also did great in the finals and was close to pulling an upset win with Sarah over Johnny, Evan, Kenny, Derrick and Susie. Unfortunately, we only got two seasons of prime KA, but those two seasons are enough to show that she would beast any final with the right team.
  4. “Ninja is the only woman to finish the hardest final in The Challenge history" is a line we have heard multiple times. However, Ninja's impressive rookie run goes beyond that sentence. In the first episode, she is the first female rookie to finish the challenge/puzzle. She then goes to win 4 dailies before reaching the final. Her finals performance is still the biggest highlight, She outpaces every other woman, including Cara, has to do extra running than others by being thrown in a surprise elimination with the defending champ and overall, manages to keep up with her male competitors. Ninja is not a perfect player and WotW1 did not test all her skills. She might not be a good swimmer or great at communication, but her cardio and endurance skills are some of the best of all time. She has also proven herself multiple times at puzzles and her real-life profession as a rock climber means she is well suited for many finals. She is also someone who enjoys the challenges and the carnival game aspect of them and while she might become defensive when she does not gel with her teammates, we believe that in a team of calm positive competitors, a.k.a. Silent Assassins, she would not face that issue.
Rivals III Final Description
This two-day final consisted of several checkpoints, each outlined below (thanks to u/mthompson22599 for the info!.
Road Rules Bracket
Match: u/hkotila’s “Satan’s Asshole” vs. u/appropriatelywhelmed
Final: The Inferno 3
Teams
[u/hkotila] “Satan’s Asshole”
[u/appropriatelywhelmed]
Winner’s Logic
[u/hkotila] “Satan’s Asshole”
  1. CT: CHOO CHOO
  2. Dan: One of the top two performing males on this season which included Mark Long, Abe, The Miz, Derrick, and Brad... Also: https://medium.com/@shmalvey7/the-greatest-male-players-in-challenge-history-17-dan-setzler-75b8100f98a1
  3. Amanda: Solid at most aspects of the game, IMO probably the second-best puzzle solver to appear on the challenge.
  4. Mattie: Top 3 most physically imposing females to be cast behind Laurel and Late career Emily. A lot of shit has been talked on here about her stamina. Just remember, wherever you have Mattie ranked on endurance Georgia needs to be behind her. Plus she ran like 16-20 miles on a sand dune and was keeping pace with Cara during that time. Most finals don't even have a course even close to as brutal as that final meaning she will do fine on every other final
[u/appropriatelywhelmed] - this user did not provide any logic, so I (u/ND_PC) will be doing it in their stead!
  1. Dustin Zito - In my mind, Dustin is best known for looking like a woodland creature and being a pain in Alton’s side on BotS2, all while broadcasting how unashamed and totally secure he was about previously having done porn. He’s… fine competitively, but slightly forgettable if I’m being honest. I guess he’s strong? Or are those popcorn muscles? Who knows? Since his time on the show, he has been arrested for sexual battery. Do with that information what you will.
  2. Cohutta Grindstaff’s name sounds sort of dirty, but to my knowledge he has never done porn, unlike his teammate on this fantasy team. If someone can confirm or deny this, please don’t do either and keep it to yourself. I prefer to hink of Cohutta as an innocent southern charmer who uses quaint little southern expressions. He had a romance with Nany, and with KellyAnne before that. He was friends with Ace Amerson and he has a heart of gold. He’s a really pure person and a strong competitor all-around.
  3. Heather Cooke makes peeing yourself look almost cute and admirable - take note, Kailah! She was a one-off, competing with Cara Maria on her only season and basically dominating. Like a few other challengers, Cooke had professional athlete aspirations, but unlike most of the other competitors, she succeeded! She was on the Philippines national soccer team being the total boss that she is. Many fans believe that if she had stuck to the Challenge, she may have been in the uppermost echelon of female competitors. We don’t know what could have happened, but she is definitely a force.
  4. Veronica Portillo was most recently featured on the show as the object of CT’s season-long lamentation. Can we talk about how CT, a fan-favorite, was shitting on his partner all season and we somehow blamed her? Okay, maybe it was actually her fault for not training and not competing hard… but still, what a bad look for CT that we all collectively chose to look away from. Oh well! Anyway, the version of Veronica competing on this team was still in her prime. She was politically savvy, physically tough, adept at puzzle-solving and had tremendous mental strength.
The Inferno 3 Final Description - thanks to u/ry-guy2fly for the amazing description!
Each team starts off with four large puzzle pieces. Those puzzle pieces will be carried along the path for the entirety of the race. You will use these puzzle pieces to create a visual reconstruction of the big five animals in Africa (Lion, Leopard, Water Buffalo, Elephant, and Rhinoceros). You do this using big square blocks. For reference, Derrick is seen carrying two at a time and Evelyn carrying one. They’re bulky.
Which of these teams deserves to move on in our quest to discover The Challenge Fantasy Draft’s Biggest Loser? You decide.
VOTE HERE!
Voting ends at 10 PM EST on Tuesday, February 18.
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2020.02.13 06:03 ND_PC The r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament: Redemption House - Day 19 (Round Four)

It is now the fourth round of the redemption house! We really are just flying through this thing! This round features some seasoned losers, some brand new losers, and some first-time winners of the losers’ bracket (man that’s confusing). Unfortunately, being in the losers’ bracket means you have to work extra hard to prove how good you are. That’s why we have so many rounds. How exciting! Join us as losers continue to battle head-to-head to fight for redemption, coming back from embarrassing losses, terrifying finals, and (supposed) voter insanity. While you won’t enter back into the Winner’s Bracket, you may just find yourself the Ruler of Redemption.
Before we get to the voting, let’s recap last night’s fantasy draft match-ups.
Real World Bracket
Match 1.0
Did you guys not read my writeup the other day? Laurel is a RO. BOT. She is a winning machine. As soon as her sensors indicate a victory, she throws the ole’ “Suck it” sign to her competitors and her crazy eyes activate. I am at a genuine loss for how Sylvia and Natalie Negrotti are considered stronger than Laurel and anybody. Laurel and Jozea would probably do better than Sylvia and Natalie N. Unless good old Laurel were to meet her match - human gimmicks.
The Laurelbot is programmed for a lot of things, raw physical competition being among the most important, but she surely would not be able to conquer the high/low card game in the Vendettas final, or the ensuing Pegged Sword game. Physical puzzles are easy for our cold metal heroine, as spatial recognition and strength are two of her pre-programmed tasks, but when it comes to contests of the mind, especially ones based on luck, she can be defeated as easily as any measly human. I do believe puzzles and games like this can serve as the equalizer, and all things considered, Laurel would fare as well as Leroy (unlucky), Jaime Chung (who was unlucky enough to only do one season), and Luke. Landon, Sylvia, Natalie N, and Adam would out-endurance their opponents in this modern final, and with luck on their side, they would pull this one out.
Congratulations to u/BCastle18! And to u/stayoutofthe-forest and u/dereleek07, this ends your time here on the MtvChallenge fantasy tournament.
Match 2.0
I am genuinely sad to see u/PejicFilip exit this tournament. The guy won our hearts over by naming his team “Team Swift or Bust,” using videos to build the excitement behind announcing his picks (who were not Swift) during the draft, and then finally getting his dream pick towards the end of the fourth round. Partnered with a strong male like Abram, I thought Swift would be a pretty good teammate for our friend Pejic, and he was, but he ran into an unstoppable force this round, which also fell on the week of his midterms. Sorry Pejjy, and I hope this doesn’t sour your week.
That unstoppable force’s name is Evelyn Smith. Yes, yes, Cohutta and Ace may not be as strong as Abram and Swift, but Evelyn is certainly stronger than Holly and Kina, perhaps even combined. I’ll have you remember (as I did when it was posted on this sub yesterday) that Evelyn once threw an elimination against KellyAnne and still made her go five rounds and hardcore struggle the whole time. That’s Evelyn giving up, and it doesn’t happen often.
So, I genuinely am very sorry, u/PejicFilip, but you had a great run and it has to end here and now. To u/honestkodaline and u/priorsloth, congratulations and you’re onto the next round. You may rejoin the group.
Road Rules Bracket
Match 1.0
Abram, Abram, Abram. What’s wrong with you, my man? Losing two finals in one day is unlike you. This time you had Rogan and Diem with you. And… Melissa Reeves. But Rogan and Diem! Two team players (in finals guys I’m not crazy I know Rogan is a skeeze) who would perform admirably at your side and control your crazy. But you ran into an unstoppable force. And that unstoppable force’s name is Evelyn Smith. I literally just wrote a paragraph about her. You can read it above.
Really, u/Gelado99’s team ran into a few unstoppable women. With Sylvia to neutralize Melissa in the nearest mudpit, Evelyn easily outmatches Diem in almost everything else. As we’ve learned over the past few weeks, many voters consider a team to only be as good as its weakest player, and this female comparison is enough to put u/scyth13r’s team on top today.
I will say this final was probably more of a crapshoot than our voters made it seem. A free dive was likely the hardest part, and the rest required many skills but none for an overly sustained period of time. I see Frank R and Luke as stronger swimmers than Abram and Rogan, though, so this was probably the right choice.
To u/Gelado99, thanks for playing, and take care of yourself. For u/scyth13r, congrats on moving to the next round!
Match 2.0
Ahhh, the end is finally here for the luckiest team in the tournament, Mr. Beautiful and the Drowners. Even though this was yet another swimming-light final, CJ’s Angels got the better of them because they’re just an all-around solid team. Emily, Ashley K, CJ, and Mike are undoubtedly stronger than Kenny, Leroy, Ninja, and Sam. I’m talking physically. Yes, Ninja is a climby boi, but I think Ashley K could beat her up and I don’t even have to think to know that Emily Schromm could beat her up. Sam McGin is the difference-maker in this one, in a bad way.
I admire how close the voting public thinks this final would be though, and that says a lot about Sam’s ability to compete for the good of the team and finish what she started. Kenny would certainly lead the way for MBatD, but with CJ and Mike Boise on the other side, Kenny would need a better number 2 than Battle of the Exes II Leroy to pull this one out. Perhaps War of the Worlds 2 Leroy would have been a better option? He was an absolute machine in the final until the puzzle got the better of him.
In any event, congrats to u/phillyfly11 for winning your first redemption matchup! u/Switchstop, I’m so sorry to see your run end like this - a run. It would have been more fitting with a swim.
There were a lot of repeat players yesterday. Just know that Ashley K, Sylvia, and Evelyn went 2-0, while Leroy and Abram went 0-2, and Luke went 1-1. Fun findings!
Now, let’s get to voting. Today we only have one matchup in each bracket. It’s back to the simple life in Redemption House.
Real World Bracket
Match: u/ry-guy2fly’s “Team Backpack” vs. u/rileymarks1
Final: The Gauntlet II
Teams
[u/ry-guy2fly] “Team Backpack”
[u/rileymarks1]
Winner’s Logic
[u/ry-guy2fly] “Team Backpack”
  1. CT doesn’t need an introduction, but I’ll give my team captain one anyway. CT, who fashioned the iconic Banana Backpack, is the greatest competitor of all time. For my team, I plucked him from his greatest season of all time. If you name a skill that can be tested on this show, CT excels in that skill. Endurance, strength, skill, puzzles, eating, and everything in between. CT dominates.
  2. Aviv Melmod is the biggest reason Darrell is considered one of the best competitors in challenge history. Aviv is a puzzle queen with endurance to match it. Her puzzle skill and fire was the biggest factor in separating her and Darrell from their finals opponents on Fresh Meat. She’s a combination of Diem and Evelyn. Heart, passion, smarts, and fire. While she only competed in one season, she showed a plethora of Challenge knowhow. If she would have returned to the show, she’d be recognized as one of the all time greats.
  3. Brittini Sherrod is another one hit wonder like Aviv. Although she didn’t quite reach the heights of her female partner, she showed that she doesn’t have a real weakness. She never gives up and maintained a close race against Rachel on Duel 2. Brittini will never flounder under pressure and will continue to push through any and all obstacles.
  4. Mike Boise only competed on one season, but it was quick to see the relation between him and his brother Abram. Mike has GUTS! While he hated the house environment, Mike showed excellent know how. He’s an in shape guy who attacks any obstacle tactfully. Mike and CT are a great fit together, because no matter how hard CT pushes, Mike will respond. His all around knowledge and skill will prove useful in a final.
[u/rileymarks1] - This user did not provide logic, and so I will… Again!
  1. How can I annoy this sub more by going into detail about the extent to which I love Frank Sweeney? Perhaps that first sentence already triggered some users, but I’m going to keep twisting the knife in case this isn’t so. Frank was a beast competitively. He brought action and excitement to the house, thereby delivering the same action and excitement to our television screens. He was the precursor to the needless drama that I hate in the show today (and by “today” I mean on Vendettas), but he was just one person so it filled a niche in the house that others couldn’t quite satisfy. He is great because he’s vile. That’s a thing! The Grinch falls into that category too, but the difference is that the Grinch learns his lesson at the end and his heart grows three sizes, while Frank just keeps on keeping on and his heart is probably a mossy waterlogged stone.
  2. I will now write about Jenny West in a way that does not focus on the artificial aspects of her physical form. Jenny was a great motivator for the other rookie girls on her debut season, War of the Worlds 2. She led training sessions for Nicole, Big T, and Esther, and motivated them to do their best for Team UK. Eventually, she took down Nicole in an elimination that involved a lot of climbing. Then, she lost to Tori in a Hall Brawl, which in my eyes renewed Tori’s status as a legitimate physical threat more than it diminished my faith in Jenny’s ability. She had the poor luck of competing in team challenges until her elimination, but she was always one of the best players on Team UK and it is clear that she’s in excellent shape. I hope this was as objective as possible for those of you who dislike my typical takes on Jenny (which are that she isn’t very bright and that she has a lot of fake parts).
  3. I have written more about Mitch Reid than anybody else has ever written about Mitch Reid in his life. He’s a cameraman now, but he was once known as “Cory’s Bloodline,” and they made it to a final together when they were both rookies. Mitch is a pretty smart guy, and would benefit this team on any puzzle they encounter. He beat Raphy in his only elimination. Raphy sounds like Raffi, a children's singer whose cassette tape I had when I was a child, but he’s actually not Raffi, he is Raphy, the cousin of Dario. If defeating the cousin of Dario whose name sounds like a children’s singer signals to you that Mitch Reid is a good competitor, then so be it. I don’t presume to make your decisions for you. Vote for him, don’t vote for him. Heck, put fois gras on pizza. I literally don’t care about the decisions you make as long as they don’t harm another being.
  4. I was recently told Morgan Willett did something on this show once. She won Big Brother. Hooray! Here’s what her castmates had to say about her. It should be noted that 17% of this video was taken up by an ad. That’s how insignificant she is. But of these takes, Amanda said it best, she came to take a backseat on the show, didn’t come with an attitude, and was pretty much there to just chill. Johnny is now with her intimately. That is all on Morgan Willett.
The Gauntlet II Final Description - Thanks to my post partner u/MandyMTV for writing this before she dropped off the face of the Earth.
Road Rules Bracket
Match: u/dirtykilla36 vs. u/LotteryBoundPod
Final: Fresh Meat
Teams
[u/dirtykilla36]
[u/LotteryBoundPod]
Winner’s Logic
[u/dirtykilla36]
  1. First of all, my team Is comprised of all previous winners, so they’ve been there before and nerves won’t be an issue.
  2. Wes and Melinda were on the real world together and have a decent relationship that would Work to their advantage.
  3. My team has shown excellent mental and intestinal fortitude, so the eating portion wouldn’t serve as any type of problem.
  4. My team also consistently displays toughness, and mental superiority, so the final portion of walking on hot coals shouldn’t be any hindrance in winning the $$.
[u/LotteryBoundPod]
  1. Evan - at his peak an indomitable force, one who balanced politics and athleticism flawlessly; at his worst, chubby
  2. Coral - an OG, one who has never lost an elimination. Even though her she dominated through politics, physically she was never one to back down.
  3. Nehemiah - at his worst he worst he had a showmance with Beth, otherwise he was Wes’ closest ally and a physically apt competitor. He beat Kenny although he then Lost to Big Easy in I can which essentially should negate the elimination in its totality. He went on to win his next season. Rivals 2 he was apart of the old boy 3 person team: himself, Evan, and mini Evan
  4. Avery - the only one not to have won on this team, her tenure is also the most ephemeral. I tried to see how well that hooking up dome elimination went and was curious if Johnny lost it for them or if Avery did, IDK. She’s stunning, charismatic, and has fire.
  5. That’s the dream team.
Fresh Meat Final Description
Thanks to u/stayoutofthe-forest for the great description!
Which of these teams deserves to move on in our quest to discover The Challenge Fantasy Draft’s Biggest Loser? You decide.
VOTE HERE!
Voting ends at 10 PM EST Thursday, February 13 (a day which some call Desperation Day).
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2020.02.10 16:04 NovaRogue Fantasy Tournament - Day 25 (Round of 8)

(Un)Happy Monday (it’s snowing here in Ottawa AGAIN 👿), and welcome to the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament! For the past month, teams have battled the elements, grueling physical challenges, and u/honestkodaline's personal insults to survive to the second round. To those who made it: 'grats! And to those who didn't (like me): democracy sucks and victims aren't we all. There's always the Redemption House bracket, everyone's fave feature, so fret not.
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So what happened in the last vote?
Whelp I already covered this in Friday’s write-up, so if you missed that, shame on you ;P
As for the Redemption House - IT'S STILL HAPPENING, even if your girl Nova has been knocked out. Definitely participate over there too - link to today's post.
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Now, onto today’s actually-still-in-the-game vote.
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REAL WORLD BRACKET -

u/RohAnTheMaker + u/giogugenishvili's "The Silent Assassins" vs. u/BCastle18's "Weston is the Beston" in the The Duel II final
Silent Assassins: Alton (Gauntlet 2), Kellyanne (Ruins), Ninja (WotW1), Adam Larson (Gauntlet 1)
Weston is the Beston: Landon (FM2), Sylvia (Final Reckoning), Natalie N (Final Reckoning), Adam Kuhn (Exes 2)
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The final, thanks to u/ry-guy2fly
Final Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Final Challenge Summary: Endurance race with five checkpoints. Each checkpoint is a representation of the duels throughout the season.
Why you should vote for The Silent Assassins
Alton Williams was an OG who competed on The Gauntlet, Gauntlet 2, Inferno 3 and Seasons 2. In his run of the Challenge, it was obvious that he had killer endurance, elite climbing skills, great agility, was a solid swimmer and good at puzzles. Really all that needs to be said is that he was capable of competing at a top level with almost anyone in almost any daily challenge in the show’s history. He also showed great leadership skills as well - capable of stepping up and leading a team. On Gauntlet 2, Alton won the initial Royal Rumble (where unlike the vet guys - the rookies actually competed) and became team Captain. He remained Captain throughout the entire show, going 3-0 in elimination (with arguably the greatest rope climb of all time against Adam K in Capture the Flag) and lead the rookie team to victory in the Final Challenge.
Adam Larson is an OG competitor who participated in Seasons 1, The Gauntlet and Gauntlet 2. Although his time on the show was short, he always showed to be a popular figure amongst the group and could compete well in Challenges with good strength and endurance.
Adam excelled on The Gauntlet, showing he could compete at a high level with many competitors we still consider elite today (Theo V, Abram, Darrell, Miz, Alton) and he won the overall season. He tied Theo Von with the most lifesavers won on the Road Rules team with 2 each and was a steady leadership presence on the male side the entire time.
Considered one of the best to never win, KellyAnne Judd was the most feared woman on The Ruins and for good reason. Only on her second season, she had already made a name for herself by beating Rachel on The Island. Tall, strong, great swimmer and a great runner, KellyAnne did not get to show her full potential during the season for two reasons - 1. she had a terrible team, so they were losing the dailies all the time 2. the champion girls were terrified of going against her, even Susie, so they kept her out of the eliminations except when she defeated two champions in Evelyn and Veronica. She also did great in the finals and was close to pulling an upset win with Sarah over Johnny, Evan, Kenny, Derrick and Susie. Unfortunately, we only got two seasons of prime KA, but those two seasons are enough to show that she would beast any final with the right team.
Ninja is the only woman to finish the hardest final in The Challenge history" is a line we have heard multiple times. However, Ninja's impressive rookie run goes beyond that sentence. In the first episode, she is the first female rookie to finish the challenge/puzzle. She then goes to win 4 dailies before reaching the final. Her finals performance is still the biggest highlight, She outpaces every other woman, including Cara, has to do extra running than others by being thrown in a surprise elimination with the defending champ and overall, manages to keep up with her male competitors. Ninja is not a perfect player and WOTW1 did not test all her skills. She might not be a good swimmer or great at communication, but her cardio and endurance skills are some of the best of all time. She has also proven herself multiple times at puzzles and her real-life profession as a rock climber means she is well suited for many finals. She is also someone who enjoys the challenges and the carnival game aspect of them and while she might become defensive when she does not gel with her teammates, we believe that in a team of calm positive competitors, a.k.a. Silent Assassins, she would not face that issue.
Why you should vote for Weston is the Beston
Landon in the night elimination against Luke and Ev literally dragged an almost unconscious Carley to a win and in the finals carried Carley up a mountain to get the win over 3 teams that on paper seemed stronger one of which included two top 10 challengers of all time in Kenny and Laurel with the weakest partner. Also did all of this while being respectful and supportive of his partner throughout showing he is very much a great team player.
Only one team was in the main house all season on FR, it was Sylvia and Joss. They won the final endurance purge and won it rather comfortably. Showed that she can keep her composure in their elimination against John/Tony and many even believe that Sylvia and Joss were the rightful winners of FR, they also only lost by 40 seconds even while getting hit with two grenades.
(added by Nova)
Natalie N is not only a pansexual Latina goddess, but she is actually a sneaky good competitor. She shines in dailies and has endurance for days – and took out Mr. Plantains himself in an endurance elimination. If she didn’t get lost and almost eaten by lions in the FR final, she and Paulie probably win the whole thing, despite losing the first elimination.
King Kuhn is a better one-and-done Challenger than Marlon Williams, don’t @ me. In his only season, he won 3 eliminations and was like 3 inches away from winning his fourth in one season – a feat that has only been accomplished by Legends Laurel, Leroy, Derrick K, Wes, Casey, and Sarah G. A total stud in every sense of the word, but he’s untested in a final. In the mini-final on Exes 2, he and Brittany got last place (and thus went into elim, lost, then got worked over by BaNany, then went home, never to be heard from again) – but I place blame more on Ms. Baldasseri for her memory and stamina, rather than Adam.
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ROAD RULES BRACKET

u/appropriatelywhelmed vs. u/scyth13r's "Technicality TV" in the Dirty 30 final
u/appropriatelywhelmed: Cooke (Rivals 2), Veronica (Inferno 1), Dustin (Seasons 2), Cohutta (Ruins)
Technicality TV: Evelyn (Rivals 1), Sylvia (Final Reckoning), Frank R (Gauntlet 3), Luke (Cutthroat)
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The final, grâce à u/goddamnsundayscaries
Why you should vote for u/appropriatelywhelmed - by Nova
Grrrlll, you made it to Round 3 yet you didn’t write your own player summaries? I am DISAPPOINTED, and also slightly jealous.
Cooke is the best one-and-done Challenger ever. We miss her so much. She had a clear shot at winning Rivals 2 if Cara didn’t completely sh*t the bed in the final. The good news is that Inferno 1 Veronica is much better than Rivals 2 Cara, so Cookie will thrive. On her only season, with a not-yet-good-Cara, she won 1 daily and 2 eliminations and then got 2nd place in the final. That’s good.
Veronica, the original Spicy Latina and record-holder for most wins by a woman (even though Cara’s win on Champs vs Pros absolutely eclipses V’s on Challenge 2000 and even Inferno 1 and Gauntlet 1, if you ask me), is a superb competitor. Through politics or pure skill, V won 4 LifeSavers on Inferno 1, successfully avoided elimination, and kept in the final to get her third W. Inferno 1 V has no weaknesses except height and Julie’s murderous intent.
Dustin, while super cringey and unintentionally hilarious, performed admirably on Seasons 2. He would’ve done even better with his actual roommate Nany instead of she-devil Trishelle – and even better still with Cooke and Leroy too – but that’s not what happened. Despite needing to work with someone he did NOT click with, Dustin won 2 dailies, 2 elims, and then got 2nd in a HARD final and showed zero gaps in his skillset during the Namibian race.
Finally, Cohutta is a good man with a golden heart that unfortunately doesn’t have much size. Despite that, he would slay a final. He is an endurance machine and practices running through the bush to train for The Challenge. He was the first to eliminate Wes and generally is a likable, adorable guy that unfortunately has never made a final. I still have the faith tho ✊
Why you should vote for Technicality TV
Frank Roessler Gauntlet III - The leader and backbone of his team. A smart physical competitor, the Veterans constantly targeted Frank. He prevailed in eliminations and his team took home a controversial W in the final.
Luke Wolfe Cutthroat - Finishing ahead of the almighty Landon in elimination wasn't enough losing due to a puzzle in FM2, Luke carried his weight, and Abrams, and Sarah's, and Cara Maria's in the final of Cutthroat. Had the almighty Abe and Sarah been medically DQ'd sooner he would have won the final.
Sylvia Elsrode Final Reckoning - Boasting a questionable 2nd place finish in a final, she did the thinking, the planning, and the puzzles for her team. She also tied Joss' shoes for him.
Evelyn Smith Rivals 1 – It’s Evelyn fucking Smith.
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So which of these teams deserves to move ahead? You decide!

VOTE HERE. Please! Voter apathy is shite!

Voting will close at 10 pm EST on Feb 10.
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2020.02.10 06:41 MandyMTV u/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament: Redemption House - Day One (Round Three)

It’s the third round of the MtvChallenge redemption house, losers! This round will last two days only, and is a way of separating the above average from the mediocre. In other words, all teams entering this round have losers’ bracket experience, so hopefully all teams have been hardened to the point of competing with reckless abandon. While the official Fantasy League™ teams don’t know the misery of suffering, the teams here have the stench of defeat trailing them everywhere they go. How exciting! Join us as losers continue to battle head-to-head to fight for redemption, coming back from embarrassing losses, terrifying finals, and (supposed) voter insanity. While you won’t enter back into the Winner’s Bracket, you may just find yourself the Ruler of Redemption.
Before we get to the voting, let’s recap last night’s fantasy draft match-ups, written by the stunningly gorgeous, extremely hilarious, scarily intelligent, and totally humble u/MandyMTV.
Real World Bracket
u/PapaJon123’s team of Joss Mooney, Heather Cooke, Hurricane Nia, and Ty “Emily’s Bitch” Ruff win this round. This was surprising, given that Turbo is not only an incredible physical specimen, but he’s also a movie star, and that would come in handy in any Challenge final. Also, as Bananas once noted, Nany is a goddamn molotov cocktail thrown in the house and she’s gonna light that place on fire.
But, I guess our voters believe that a Joss, Mr. Bromance Extraordinaire, is better than a man who can’t put all of his eggs in one basket, will throw a cup in your face if you decide to make your little fucking stupid ass jokes, Jordan, thinks vagina is the most powerful thing ever created, and whose father is a pastor. Okay, sure.
I also see that our friends here at u/MTVChallenge believe a hurricane is better than a grenade. I’ll buy that. Nia will beat your fucking ass, scrubs. But y’all really think that Heather Cooke is better than Nicole Ramos? Nicole works at a strip club, but no - she doesn’t dance. She’s a bartender. She’ll vote her sister into elimination because she’s a sarcastic asshole, and she doesn’t kiss prison guards - that’s your man, Ashley, not hers. You think her lashes and makeup will slow her down? Her eyelashes won’t blow away. She’s got that good glue.
Worst of all, y’all scrambled-eggs-for-brains voters think that little bitch boy Ty would do better than a Challenge champion. Okay. I see how it is.
Eat a bag of dicks, voters. Let Nicole eat her Cheetos and be happy. Thank you.
[But, for real, congratulations, u/PapaJob123! Your combination of girls is absolutely fire - Nia and Cooke? That’s terrifying. How you got both of those girls, I will never know, but I am super jealous.]
Road Rules Bracket
u/MattyRobsDW wins over u/survivorfan123456 and there is only one reason this happens: Chet Cannon was just not meant to be on a team titled ‘The Dirtiest Players of All Time.’ That man straight up quit The Challenge because he was worried about a cut on his face. That man ain’t a dirty player, y’all. He’s a tool.
It seems like even KellyAnne’s multiple [racist] personalities couldn’t save this team. KellyAnne tries to breathe through this final, but she starts to get worried because it hurts. It really hurts. It’s just nasty stuff blocking her airway. [Hint: it’s Chet’s hairspray. Save the turtles!] Luckily, she looks good without makeup and with wet hair, so fuck Anessa.
Sidenote: KellyAnne did not fuck Dunbar. It’s unfortunate that he’s crazy, but they never had intercourse in any way. She fucks who she wants to fuck, okay?
And that is that on that, my friends. Congratulations, u/MattyRobsDW! I will save my roast of your players for another round.
Now, let’s get to voting. Today is a DOUBLE DAY, so we will have TWO matchups from each bracket!
Real World Bracket
Match 1.0: u/stayoutofthe-forest, u/dereleek07’s “Team Dutch Australians” vs. u/mthompson22599’s “I’m Sorry I Picked Both Tonya and Kenny”
Final: Rivals II
Teams
[u/stayoutofthe-forest, u/dereleek07] "Team Dutch Australians"
[u/mthompson22599] “I’m Sorry I Picked Both Tonya and Kenny”
Winner’s Logic
[u/stayoutofthe-forest, u/dereleek07] "Team Dutch Australians"
  1. Jamie Chung- Inferno 2: Throughout the season, Jamie was able to prove herself over and over again. In a final where there was multiple facets with swimming, biking, running, and a mental challenge she was able to hold her own with some of the greatest challengers in the history of the show. She showed an ability to be an excellent team player amongst big personalities (which will probably come in handy on this team) and won’t let her ego get in the way of the goal of winning a final. You know what you’re getting from her and will do everything in her power to not be the weak link on the team.
  2. Laurel Stuckey- Free Agents: Laurel is without a doubt one of the most dominating, well rounded competitors we’ve seen on this show. This season in particular was easily her best overall performance from start to finish. At this point in her Challenge career, she has reached the final in every season she's been on and has an 8-0 elimination record. In a final that had stages in both individual and team format, Laurel was a clear favourite and would have won by an even greater margin if not for being the unlucky girl paired with Zach during his infamous dying moment on the mountains. In any finals format, this version of Laurel is going to be a physical and mental asset and will be just the leader this team needs.
  3. Leroy Garrett- War of the Worlds II: Leroy has come so close to Challenge glory many times, and this may be his chance to finally get a win in some form. War of the Worlds 2 Leroy showed off his best assets and how well a team final suits him. Leroy is strong, has endless gas in the tank, is an amazing team player with so much heart, and constantly works to improve his weak points. His swimming has never been better than it is now (he avoided being purged on a swimming challenge and has held his own on other water related challenges), and he has shown improvement in his puzzle skills by completing his math puzzle ahead of Ashley in the most recent final. With a team like this who is willing to put it all aside for the win, there's no doubt Leroy can truly thrive in whatever challenge is thrown at him.
  4. Luke Wolfe- Cutthroat: Luke is a bit of a wildcard, but he can't be underestimated with his 3-1 elimination record (against the likes of Wes, Paula, and Big Easy) and his easygoing attitude. In Cutthroat, Luke proved himself throughout the whole season- he was always a solid player on his team who never did the worst in a daily challenge, worked well with everyone, and always wanted what was best for the team. In a final where 40% of his team was taken out for medical reasons, Luke kept pushing forward, even through team leader Abram being taken out. A solid player who never quits, always turns out a quality performance, and works well with big personalities is exactly what this team needs. Luke is the glue that holds a team together.
[u/mthompson22599] “I’m Sorry I Picked Both Tonya and Kenny”
Rivals II Final Description - thanks to the wonderful u/mthompson22599 for the details!
Just like the first Rivals Season, the format was three male/male teams and three female/female teams. It was split into two parts, Dream Island and Nightmare Island.
Match 2.0: u/honestkodaline, u/priorsloth’s “Adore Delano 2020” vs. u/PapaJon123
Final: Fresh Meat II
Teams
[u/honestkodaline, u/priorsloth] “Adore Delano 2020”
[u/PapaJon123]
Winner’s Logic
[u/honestkodaline, u/priorsloth] “Adore Delano 2020”
  1. Other than strong competitors our teams biggest strength is that there is a clear alpha leader (Ev), and the other three are team players that will follow a strong competitor.
  2. EVELYN SMITH WON A SIMILAR FINAL, on Rivals 1! Not only did she win this final, but she did it with Paula. They beat Laurel and Cara Maria who would easily win anything you threw at them today. We know this wasn’t because Paula is a powerhouse, it was literally ALL on Ev. I don’t need to say much more because Ev is iconic, she won 3 seasons, and any true Challenge fan knows her résumé. Game, set, match bitch.
  3. Cohutta may not have a win yet, and he may be on the smaller side of the men, but he is brilliant. He makes the challenges work for him. During this season, Free Agents, he showed incredible agility being one of three people to make it across the rolling log during the first challenge. In the second daily he was partnered with Laurel, and of course they won, but neither could’ve done it without the other. On the third challenge he lead a team of Nany, Latoya and Preston across the bar crawl (sliding two bars under a wall suspended above water) when teams that had Jordan, CT, and Cara couldn’t even make it across! Free Agents was Cohutta’s best run and he finished in 6th place. This season showed us that Cohutta can work on a team with ANYONE and perform above average.
  4. Ashley Kelsey kickboxes. She solves puzzles. She stands up for Sam (well, halfheartedly, but she did at one point stand up for Sam, at least once, in her own way). She dated Dario, and we don't judge her for that. She won her first season. She lost her second season to Cara, but didn't she look cute while doing it?
  5. Ace Amerson invented the trash can punch. He hooked up with Tonya. He was on Team Good Guys on Inferno 3, because he is a good guy. In real life, he rides a lot of 4-wheelers and has a cute dog. He'll listen to Evelyn's orders. He'll be a supportive teammate and friend to all, except Derrick.
  6. Our team is a lean, mean machine - heavy on the lean. We run. We think critically (well, Evelyn does). We fight (well, Evelyn does). We get shit done... well, you get the point.
[u/PapaJon123]
  1. Joss is a physical specimen. from lifting, running, swimming Joss can do it all. After Final Reckoning, Joss had a 2-1 record in elimination with his only loss being to an elimination king Derrick K. Also to note, the elimination he competed in was straight brutal. Joss also completed the Vendettas opening competition in first place.
  2. Cooke: Though Cooke only competed in one season she finished second and gave many fans wanting more from her. Cooke carried Cara through most of the season as well as the final. If it wasn't for the beast Emily she could have won it for the girls. Also she was a collegiate soccer player so the athleticism on her is no joke. The only daily she won was also a puzzle/memorization so her puzzle skills are on par if not above average.
  3. Nia Moore: Hurricane Nia what can I say, she has one trait I love for finals heart. Heart can push individuals to potential themselves never thought of. Nia showed when she was eliminated by Cara in Free Agents. When she came back for Exes2 she proved herself winning eliminations against Nany/Bananas and Wes/Theresa. Nia will be able to lean on Joss and Cooke pushing her with positive attitude to push her body to the limit.
Fresh Meat II Final Description - thanks to u/stayoutofthe-forest for making this description come true!
Road Rules Bracket
Match 1.0: u/thatstats969’s “Good Guys + OG Devil” vs. u/Gelado99
Final: The Ruins
Teams
[u/thatstats969] "Good Guys + OG Devil
[u/Gelado99]
Winner’s Logic
[u/thatstats969's "Good Guys + OG Devil]
  1. Mark Long (Duel II): Mark came in after taking a hiatus from the challenge and performed well. He came in third place in the final after Evan and Brad. However, it should be noted he was not that far behind until the guys had to wait for the girls. Mark also performed well in the dailies. At the end of the day, Mark is a leader and a champion.
  2. Eric Nies (Battle of the Sexes II): Eric outperformed many other guys in this season where they dominated the competition. He also went into 6 of the inner circles and won every challenge he was put in. He was also never eliminated by the inner circle, proving his strengths. He went on to win the final. Eric is a great team player and can communicate well.
  3. Jillian Zoboroski (Gauntlet III): On an underperforming rookie team, Jillian stood out for her resilience on this season. She went into 3 gauntlets and came back from each (although it should be noted her opponents weren't that strong). She was willing to step up into a leadership role when needed. She also went on to win this final because of a mishap on the veteran's side.
  4. Julie Stoffer Inferno I: Julie performed well being on a Real World team that was being decimated by the Road Rules team. She was a strong voice in a team full of hotheads.
[u/Gelado99]
  1. Abe (Inferno 3) - all around great player with no glaring flaw. His best attribute is without a doubt his leadership, he knows the right way to motivate his teammates, whether it be by being supportive like he did with Cara on Cutthroat or by constantly shouting to his brother to the point of rupturing a nasal vein on Bloodlines, either way he'll get the best out of everyone on the team. Chose Inferno 3 because it was probably his physical peak... And obviously he's crazy so that helps, I guess.
  2. Diem (Exes) - best Diem season by far, she only lost because CT gassed out on the glacier. Picked her because she was great on the puzzles, had an insane amount of cardio and will power on that final, and because she was a really positive and a good teammate.
  3. Rogan (WotW2) - well let's state the obvious and say he's an asshole, BUUUUTTT he also proved to be a great finals competitor, carried his load was great on the eating portion and showed great cardio as well. And also my team was lacking a powerhouse and he fit the role.
  4. Melissa (Vendettas) - picked her because she's feisty, doesn't quit, had decent cardio and for a reality show team I needed at least someone to bring the entertainment. So DJ Mel Reeves was the obvious choice
  5. TL/DR: Abe - leadership, Diem - puzzles, Rogan - strength, Melissa - entertainment, they complement each other.
The Ruins Final Description - Thanks to u/stayoutofthe-forest for this summary!
Match 2.0: u/Switchstop’s “Mr. Beautiful and the Drowners” vs. u/MattyRobsDW
Final: The Inferno
Teams
[u/Switchstop] “Mr. Beautiful and the Drowners”
[u/MattyRobsDW]
Winner’s Logic
[u/Switchstop] “Mr. Beautiful and the Drowners”
  1. Self proclaimed ""Mr. Beautiful"", Kenny Santucci has planted himself as one of the all time greats of Challenge history. With 3 wins (technically 4 including The Gauntlet 3) and 7 finals under his belt, there is only 1 season that he did not make it to a final. That season, The Duel, had one of the most challenging and star-studded casts in Challenge history. Kenny has won a total of 35 dailies across 8 seasons, won 5 out of 6 eliminations, and amassed a total of $235,970. One of the greatest puzzlers of all time, the unending endurance through multiple finals and strengths all across the board shows that this man has what it takes. Also literally carried the GOAT Wes through Rivals.
  2. Leroy is a bit of surprising pick I'm sure. Looking at his overall stats, out of 11 appearances, he's only made the final 4 times, and has 0 wins. The unfortunate truth is that Leroy has the absolute worst luck when it comes to partners. On the plus side, this is coming after the PRIME Leroy that I chose. In Battle of the Exes 2, Leroy was in peak performance mode. They may have only won 1 daily, but after going into eliminations 4 times, he and Nia got the job done. Going against some of the greats, they took down Johnny Reilly and Avery, Wes and Theresa, and Bananas and Nany. Then after being paired with Theresa, they finished off Bananas and Nany AGAIN to stop them from making the final. As one of the only players to ever compete and win 4 eliminations in a single season, Leroy can hold it down as much as anyone.
  3. While my two previous competitors should be household names, we'll flip the switch by introducing a fresh face with only 2 seasons under her belt. Natalie ""Ninja"" Duran is a small yet feisty ball of competition. During War of the Worlds 1, Natalie managed to pull off 4 daily wins, an elimination win, and managed to be the only female left standing by the end of the final. She bested the strong Mattie, the durable Georgia, and the all time great Cara Maria during the final 2 day ""Death Path"" which is regarded as the hardest final in challenge history. Whether it's strength, endurance, puzzling, or running a ropes course, she's shown she's more than capable to provide what it takes to make this team compete.
  4. The oft-forgot Sam McGin completes the team. Sam has made only 1 appearance on The Challenge, during Battle of the Seasons II. During this season, her and her San Diego co -competitors managed to slide their way into a final, and an eventual win. Winning 4 dailies, and pulling off 2 elimination wins, Sam definitely held her own. The unfortunate side of things is how poorly she was treated on this season. Throughout the entire season, Sam was berated and belittled by Zach and Frank every chance they got. Everyone knows that there is no use in putting people down when running a competition, so I have no doubt that this team here will have nothing but support for Sam. Give her what she needs to run these finals and make another run. One of the forgotten "One and Done" competitors of The Challenge decides to give this one more go.
[u/MattyRobsDW]
  1. Theo Campbell: With a strong second place finish his rookie season in a grueling WOTW 1 final, Theo Campbell is nothing short of what we want to see when it comes to athleticism on The Challenge. This is the man to lead my team through the final as long as he’s got the right teammates to utilize.
  2. Georgia Harrison: Has always worked well with Theo and Bear, so chemistry needs to be taken into account imo. Has proven in the past two seasons she is one of the toughest contestants on the show. Made a final in WOTW 1 her rookie season. Won 3-4 eliminations.
  3. Bear: Wild card. Has proven to be a tough competitor in elimination. Does work well with Theo and Georgia. If he spends less time focused on women he might make it farther in the game. But this scenario already puts him in the final and I believe he would perform well, especially with the partners I have chosen for him.
  4. Morgan Willett: Have wanted to see more of her, we don’t have much to go on but I think that with these players she would def thrive in the final.
The Inferno Final Description - thank you to u/RohAnTheMaker for the excellent description!
Which of these teams deserves to move on in our quest to discover The Challenge Fantasy Draft’s Biggest Loser? You decide.
VOTE HERE!
Voting ends at 10 PM EST Monday, February 10.
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2020.02.06 15:26 NovaRogue Fantasy Tournament - Day 24 (Round of 16)

It’s, it’s, it’s ME! Again bitch, hello! You’re damn right.

Welcome to the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament! For the past month, teams have battled the elements, grueling physical challenges, and u/honestkodaline's personal insults to survive to the second round. To those who made it: 'grats! And to those who didn't (like me): democracy sucks and victims aren't we all. There's always the Redemption House bracket, everyone's fave feature, so fret not.
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So what happened in yesterday's vote?
I’m guessing that the stans of bland white straight men came out to vote again, because Derrick K’s team (saddled with an untested Amanda) somehow won against one with Empress Evelyn and actual Barbie Beast Ashley Kelsey (I guess Zach has a type). I’m distraught, y’all. Adore Delano 2020 deserved better. I was rooting for them I WAS ROOTING FOR THEM, HOW DARE YOU!
My sole consolation will be a fantasy world in which Amanda slew all the puzzles in the Rivals III final and grabbed enough points to have the choice to split or steal – and she took all the money from over-rated DerricK (but shared with her Archetypal Sister, Veronica). Don’t kill me, ChampElway / bmf / other Diesel fans – I just don’t like him. Maybe because he (used to be? is?) homophobic and still espouses some troubling beliefs on his podcast. But in any case, yes, he can be exciting in elimination rounds, and he earned his wins. I just prefer other cast members for a reality TV show. This ain’t the Olympics.
Now, let me stop pontificating. Good job to u/dolfan2354 – with 73 votes to 59, you are moving to the Round of 8! Congrats!
For Road Rules, again I voted wrong. Who am I, Eddie Fox? I’m disgusted. Now it’s the Turbo stans I have to blame. We have SEEN that Turbo can’t swim and works better individually than as a team. Poor Mama Day has asthma, so how do you think she’s gonna hang in this Thai heat? Against a team captained by Sweet, Sweet Lando Commando? Makes no sense (to me). We don’t have much of a sample size, considering they’ve only been on one season and didn’t even final, but perhaps Jenny and Adam carried the team to the win.
So congrats to u/wade5554, with 84 votes to 48, you’re advancing to the next round! So exciting! You have slain the GOATs Landon and Evelyn, so pour one out for these fallen homies as you skip along to victory ✊🏼
And to u/honestkodaline + /priorsloth, and u/willtwerkf0rfood – I wish you both luck in the Redemption House. You’re competing TODAY, so get your asses over there to campaign for your team! The losers' bracket is here
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Now, onto today’s actually-still-in-the-game vote.
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REAL WORLD BRACKET -

u/drgibbons3323’s “Team Walnuts" vs. u/goddamnsundayscaries in the Exes 1 final
Team Walnuts: Paula (Rivals 2), Tori Deal (WotW2), Paulie (WotW1), CJ (Seasons 2)
u/goddamnsundayscaries: Turbo (WotW1), Nany (Free Agents), Marlon (Rivals 2), Nicole Ramos (Rivals 3)
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The final, thanks to u/honestkodaline, RIP <3
Final location: Langjokull Glacier, Iceland
Final challenge: Viking Quest
Objective: Race through a series of checkpoints to complete tasks and earn seven Viking Artifacts. Once you have all the artifacts, you’ll race up the Langjokull Glacier. First team to the top wins.
Once the puzzle is complete, you race up the glacier (or, if you’re CT, you crawl up while wishing for imminent death). First to the top wins!
Why you should vote for Team Walnuts
Paulie Calafiore – War of the Worlds I Stats: In Tribunal 6 out of 12 dailies ; Won first Challenge against all Vets ; Eliminated in Final Purge; Eliminated Kam and Ashley C in only elimination Summary: Paulie showed up and showed out throughout the first installment of the War of the Worlds. Placing in the top of 6 of the 12 dailies and controlling his own destiny throughout the season. He showed great bouts of cardio, puzzle solving, and food eating throughout his challenge history up to this point. Was eliminated in the final purge due to diving into the water headfirst and stunning himself, he was unable to complete what is normally a walk in the park and was eliminated prior to the final. Paulie is an awesome finals teammate if paired with the correct people, we saw what happened when Natalie ruined the first day for them in final reckoning. He excelled in all challenges throughout WOTW1 and was a finals threat (Turbo would have still won) but he has shown he is no slouch. He is determined to never quit even if his body would like him too. His puzzle solving is top of the line and he could carry any team in a puzzle checkpoint of a final to a sweet, sweet victory.
CJ Koegel – Battle of the Seasons 2 Stats: Won 2 of 6 dailies ; Beat roided out Zach in a Hall Brawl Elimination (Eliminated due to Jasmine being blanked) Summary: Lets be honest, CJ was never going to win battle of the seasons II with the teammates he was put with. But they still managed to win two daily challenges and he is one of the few to best Zach in anything physical. CJ was a physical specimen with the tenacity of a warrior who was unfortunately paired with a lackluster team in BOTS2. However, it was shown that he is an absolute team player and has the knowledge and strength to run a final. He is most known for besting Zach Nichols 3-2 in a Hall Brawl elimination (Winning the first round 2-0) when Zach was at his biggest by using extremely smart strategy to outsmart the behemoth who is no mental slouch himself. CJ deserved to be on more challenges after quitting after two challenges, he was not one for drama but in the right team would dominate in a final.
Paula “Walnuts” “Iron Stomach” Meronek – Rivals II Stats: RIVALS II CHAMP; Won 6 out of 10 dailies; No eliminations this season Summary: Paula along with her partner Emily put together one of the most dominant seasons in Challenge history. Winning 6 out of the 10 dailies and only being in “trouble” to go to elimination by virtue of being voted in one time. But they managed to avoid elimination throughout the entire season. The Rivals II final consisted of Cardio, puzzles, eating disgusting dishes, strength, and more cardio. Paula and Emily fell behind early through the first two stages, but then the “Iron Stomach” showed everybody who deserved to win that final. She absolutely housed the eating portion of the final, and the rest is history. Paula and Emily went on to win Rivals II and Paula walked off into the sunset a 2-time champ. Paula was always known for being a finals threat. She wasn’t the greatest at eliminations but there was no true threat for her to be in an elimination throughout the entirety of Rivals 2. With her top of the line cardio, her insane eating prowess, and her determination of a champion, Paula is an ideal teammate to have in a final.
Tori “The New Choo-Choo” Deal – War of the Worlds 2 Stats: Purged out in the puzzle portion of the final ; Won 9 out of 14 dailies ; 2 elimination wins Summary: CHOO CHOO! The Tori Train is on the tracks and is prepared to take down anyone in a final. With her incredible endurance throughout the season and unwavering confidence, anybody is lucky to have Tori on their team in a final. She absolutely housed anybody put in front of her and was known for being the first person to turncoat in WOTW2. She absolutely destroyed a physical specimen in Jenny West in a physical elimination. Her finals performance was one for the books until a stroke of genius from Dee and Rogan purged her out at the last minute. Team UK was destined for victory no matter who were the top 4 from that purge. Tori was known for having a god like endurance and relentless grit during WOTW2. She was highly regarded as the best female that was on the show with her cardio, swimming prowess, and overall above average intelligence. A puzzle did her in at the last possible second of the final but she showed that she was never going to quit and I am convinced she could have carried the gurney all 16 miles if needed. All in, she is one of the best overall females to compete throughout the Challenge history and she will come back to prove that."
Why you should vote for u/goddamnsundayscaries - by Nova 😚
Because Team Walnuts knocked me out in the first round. JK I’m not bitter.
Turbo is Turkish royalty, and Nany is his loyal henchwoman. They have great team chemistry and have performed well in finals (WotW1 and FA respectively). Marlon and Turbo can’t swim – but the Exes 1 final doesn’t have any, so werk! Nicole R seems like a strange addition here, but she kicked butt on Rivals 3 AND Dirty 30. She can do puzzles and has no trouble eating gross things – and since she is LITERALLY TINY, she can just cling to Marlon like a koala as he stomps through the Icelandic snow. Let’s not forget that Nicole and Nany are cousins, and Nany and Marlon once knocked boots – so really it’s great chemistry and morale all around!
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ROAD RULES BRACKET

u/hkotila's "Satan's Asshole" vs. u/survivorfan123456's "The Dirtiest Players of All Time" in the Fresh Meat 1 final
Satan’s Asshole: CT (Rivals 1), Amanda (Final Reckoning), Mattie (WotW1), Dan Setzler (Sexes 2)
The Dirtiest Players of All Time: Ruthie (Sexes 1), Kellyanne (Ruins), Jamie Murray (Sexes 1), Chet (Seasons 2)
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The final, grâce à u/stayoutofthe-forest
Why you should vote for Satan’s Asshole - by Nova AGAIN BITCH, hellooooo
Legend Amandageddeon God-cia. That’s it, that’s all you need to know. She can puzzle like the best of ‘em and is small enough to be carried by any of the other members of their team – including Mattie.
CT is a great finalist and would’ve smashed the Rivals 1 final if Adam didn’t throw the last elim to fit in with his frat bros. Mattie is a 6’ tall Glamazon that has also proven adept at puzzles (like the slider daily on WotW1). Her endurance isn’t setting any records, but she kept up with Cara in the WotW1 final for literal miles more than the FM1 final was. And then we have Dan Setzler, who is a man with beautiful grey hair that regularly appears in u/Superboy’s most pleasant dreams.
Why you should vote for The Dirtiest Players of All Time
This is a very well-rounded team. We have Jamie, one of the first 3-time champs who competed in 3 finals and won all 3 of them. Ruthie led the women's team on Battle of the Sexes and was a big force in the puzzle in that final, if only they tore it down before the guys took it. KellyAnne on The Ruins had the champs so scared they had to throw EVELYN against her just to take her out, and almost beat four men and Susie. Chet was a very solid competitor in Battle of the Seasons and was dragged down by Devyn in the final. With this solid crew, everyone is a team player and can take home the win.
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So which of these teams deserves to move ahead? You decide!

VOTE HERE. Please! Voter apathy is shite!

Voting will close at 10 pm EST on Feb 6.
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2020.01.31 05:47 ND_PC r/MtvChallenge Fantasy League: Redemption House - Day Ten (Round Two)

Welcome to the second round of the MtvChallenge redemption house, losers! This is where the stakes get even higher for the official Fantasy League™ and for us as well. While in our first round, all teams had records of 0-1 (pffft, scrubs), this is the round where teams must have actually mustered a win in order to compete. All teams in this round are 1-1, so congrats to everyone for being perfectly mediocre at what we do. How exciting! Join us as losers continue to battle head-to-head to fight for redemption, coming back from embarrassing losses, terrifying finals, and (supposed) voter insanity. While you won’t enter back into the Winner’s Bracket, you may just find yourself the Ruler of Redemption.

Before we get to the voting, let’s recap last night’s fantasy draft match-ups.
Real World Bracket
There is a part of this final that involved the males carrying their female teammates. Could Jordan carry Nicole Z or Mandi? Sure, why not. Could gummy Bear do the same? Hell no! I have full confidence that Nicole Zanatta would sling Bear over her shoulder and carry him all the way through that given checkpoint. This is probably where the other team would make up the most ground - the Miz wouldn’t feel like he’s carrying anything with either Jill or Janelle, and Theo could handle the other one with aplomb and competence.
Other that that issue, I have no trouble believing u/Lalapalooza6252059’s team would dominate this final. They have more endurance, they could solve puzzles to avoid weight penalties, and running in water is just… more endurance. Well done to them! u/cristal214, better luck next time, and thank you for playing this year!
Road Rules Bracket
While I have faith that Nelson, Shane, Tina, and War of the Worlds 2 Tori would try their hardest at a memory puzzle at the end of a final, I actually have lots of doubts that they would excel at such a task. I think Tyler, Dunbar, Jodi, and Tonya would already have a pretty sizeable lead after the paintball checkpoint, the tire roll, the stretcher carry, and the wood transfer. Even if they didn’t, though, the puzzle at the end of this final would bury “Team Needy Greedy” deep into the ground. Congratulations to u/joshyanks84! For u/kayotereeves, thank you for playing and better luck next time.

Now, let’s get to voting on today's matchups!
Real World Bracket
Match: u/probzhyperbole vs. u/cretetts
Final: Rivals
Teams
u/probzhyperbole
u/cretetts
Winner’s Logic
u/probzhyperbole (supplied by yours truly!)
  1. Adam King is lucky he’s alive today because CT legitimately tried to kill him on The Duel II. He’s lucky he still has dignity, as Jenn famously deemed him only kissable if she was blackout drunk. That was his crush, too. Seriously, how is this man still alive? Also, how is he still in the public consciousness? KellyAnne credibly accused him of rape. Honestly, I’ve given him too much attention just by writing this.
  2. Cory Wharton started a coalition called Team Young Buck with his best friend Nelson. The coalition was unsuccessful at its one mission: eliminating Johnny Bananas. Luckily, Cory had his own value proposition that he entitled, “The Hitlist.” Unluckily, The Hitlist had the same trajectory as Team Young Buck and was unable to live up to the goals of its founder. What Cory does have is a baby with Cheyenne, a role on Teen Mom OG (he’s 28), and the Challenge record for most consecutive daily wins, with eight. That last bit is actually impressive. Good on ya, Cory.
  3. Sarah Rice is famous for winning nothing on Rivals III, but I literally cannot bash her for anything she’s ever done. She is perfect. She got sent home early a in a few seasons because her partners were idiots and production didn’t feel like replacing them. A lover of crossword puzzles and a natural leader, Sarah is best known for seeking and establishing levity in the Challenge house and being an excellent teammate. She’s like the RA of the Challenge house. Yet, she has… not the best team with her here, so the jury is out on how well she’ll be able to foster community.
  4. Sarah Greyson is an eLiMiNaTiOn KwEeN!! <4. But unfortunately, she is a finals bust. She completely dominated in The Gauntlet, her only season of the show, but gassed out and had to rely on her team to literally and figuratively carry her through the final. She’s a champion, and there’s no doubt about it, but her endurance is highly questionable. Still love her though, and she’s younger than Aneesa so if Nees can come back than so can SG! I believe!
u/cretetts
  1. Jodi - Jodi has been the “last woman standing” multiple times in her career. She started off her career by being the only woman to make the final of her road rules season and was the first female individual champion on “The Duel”. Jodi, a two time champion, has proven to be good in just about every challenge that she has completed in. Winning 9/15 challenges with the Rookies over the veterans or by winning 7/15 individual challenges in the Duel, a record for most individual or duo challenge wins in a season. Even in her “worst” season she was seen as easily the best girl on the cast. So much so that when the good guys switched to put her into elimination against Veronica, The Bad Asses were enraged and claimed they weren’t playing fair. She came back and was again the top female competitor and was seen as indispensible by her team. Among her many talents she excels in water based competition, blowing away her competition in “Rafty Race” and securing her spot in the final with beating even the men in “Paddle me.” Her pure physicality matches strength with speed and endurance (as seen in challenges like “Roller Derby” and “Ice breakers”. Jodi was so good on “The Duel” that she was practically the winner as soon as they announced the woman in the sand would be the one choosing her opponent, no woman felt they could stand a chance against her. She is truly in a class of her own amongst female competitors and consistently competes on a same level as even the top men.
  2. Jillian - Who would win in an endurance challenge that is just as difficult as a final? Darrell a previously undefeated endurance machine who is the reigning winner of Fresh Meat and a future 2 time champ or THE Jillian Zoboroski and a one and done rookie? Jillian is the little engine that could, going 5-1 for eliminations in her career (two on which came in the grueling exiles of Canada). Jillian could be a two time champion if not for Kina choosing to save her friend Ibis, by choosing Jillian who the team regarded as the stronger female competitor. She has shown she has grit and tenacity by winning a grueling “Turn Style” match that involved Landon and two much larger women and then beating a completely rested Wes and CJ shortly after. All three of her elimination wins on the Gauntlet two were also very psychical challenges that she who despite her size disadvantage. She is also very adept at puzzles which gave her the edge she need to win in exile. Jillian can be both a leader and a follower making her a very well rounded team player.
  3. Eric N - The man with the skipping rope. This endurance freak and fitness model was one of the first real athletes on the show. He appeared in many workout videos and fitness promotions where “As each workout video progressed, while the other participants remained fully clothed, Nies invariably removed layers of clothing until bare chested” because the is what the people wanted. Nies is a two time challenge champion (and one time host). He was one on three male winners on Battle of the Sexes 2 that consisted of one of the toughest male casts of all time. Eric was consistently one of the top males on the team and in a season where you could be voted out for not performing he was never in the conversation due to his consistency and sportsmanship. Eric and Dan went 6-0 as team leaders in challenges, ahead of great competitors like Theo Von (4-2), Mark Long (3-2) and Brad (4-1). He is the everything man with his top strength being endurance and cardio.
  4. Colin - Rounding out the team is arguably the best one and done competitor of all time in Colin Mortensen. He and Mark were far and away the top competitors for the dominant men’s team finishing 32 points ahead of the third place man (Jamie Murray 3x champ). I dug further into these numbers to filter for the top competitors on both teams (Getting in the top 2 for points in a mission). Out of 15 missions Colin was the top competitor 6 times, the only men to match that were Eric Nies and Antoine (was also was dead last for the men 3 times). Colin was the overall points leader for 9 of the 15 episodes with the next closest being Mark at 5. Of the 4 partner challenges, Colin was paired with a different partner every time and was part of the top pairs 4/4 times, showing his ability to work well with any partners. In the final Colin is the MVP for the men, he is a consistent positive voice and leader, saves the men in the puzzle section and is the fastest swimmer to the finish line.
Rivals Final Description
(Thanks to u/mthompson22599 for the description!)
The final format was three male/male teams and three female/female teams. It was split into two days, the first time in challenge history.
Road Rules Bracket
Match: u/wakemeupp vs. u/trebird1’s “Team Likability”
Final: The Gauntlet
Teams
u/wakemeupp
u/trebird1 “Team Likability”
Winner’s Logic
u/wakemeupp (featuring me, u/ND_PC, as the author of this writeup)
  1. Mike “The Miz” Mizanin was a beast on the Challenge. He named his biceps “Big Doug Diesel” and “The Boss.” Then he became a wrestling star and the host of our beloved The Challenge spinoffs. (Side note: remember when The Challenge was a spinoff?) The Miz was the original de facto face of the show, and deservedly so.
  2. You all know my thoughts on Frank Sweeney. I love the guy. He’s like taking a pickleback shot, but it’s just a shot of pickle juice and you do it right after you eat three hotdogs covered in chocolate syrup. Frank is the bacteria that your immune system needs to fight. He’s the dark side of the Force, perfectly balancing the light. Both are necessary for the galaxy to be balanced. So, basically, he’s our savior. He just sucks. I want to be his best friend.
  3. Katie Doyle wants you to step up to her, bitch, because she’ll knock you the fuck out. And does this writeup involve your skank ass? No it doesn’t, bitch! It does not! So shut the fuck up. And you fucking jog, I don’t want to fucking jog idiot. You know what, now I’m fucking fired up, so let’s do this shit. What it comes down to is, Veronica really hated her on the Inferno and that’s what’s important.
  4. Christena Pyle was rather sensible and mellow on her original season of Road Rules. She was supposedly a last-minute substitution for another player on The Inferno, but she wound up winning on her only season. I looked her up on Twitter and most of her feed is retweets and links to her own instagram posts. She’s pretty chill and an advocate for inclusivity.
u/trebird1 “Team Likablity”
  1. Josh Martinez - although not the strongest male competitor will always give it his all and support his partners
  2. Kyle Christie - made a final in his rookie season beating the purge and a strong competitor like Tony and Leroy strong social game will do well in most finals I think
  3. Nany Gonzales - almost made the War of the Worlds 2 getting beaten by Smashley in the last elim before the final she was one of the 3 us members I actually was rooting for Leroy Kam and Nany I want her to win one final
  4. Sarah Rice - from what I’ve seen of Sarah 2 episodes of Rivals 3 and the money steal seems like she’s strategically sound and cutthroat will do anything to win I want to win another final with likeable teammates whose name isn’t Bananas.
The Gauntlet Final Description
Before we knew we were running the loser’s bracket, u/MandyMTV wrote this up for the main tournament!
In ‘The Gauntlet I,’ the ‘Gold Rush’ final challenge had Challengers complete a four mile course with seven obstacles that needed to be completed. The first team to finish wins the prize money.
Which of these teams deserves to move on in our quest to discover The Challenge Fantasy Draft’s Biggest Loser? You decide.
VOTE HERE!
Voting ends at 10 PM EST on Friday, 1/31.
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2020.01.23 15:34 honestkodaline r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament - Day Fourteen

Welcome to the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament! For the past month, 64 users on our sub have been drafting teams of four to compete in hypothetical final challenges. Now that the draft is complete, it's time to decide who drafted the best team! This tournament will consist of two single-elimination brackets, The Real World and Road Rules. Once each bracket has a winner, the two winners will face off for the ultimate title.
Before we get to today's vote, here are the results from day thirteen:
REAL WORLD BRACKET - u/mthompson22599 "I'm Sorry I Picked Both Tonya and Kenny" vs. u/probzhyperbole; S9: Battle of the Sexes II
I'm Sorry I Picked Both Tonya and Kenny - 86
probzhyperbole - 47
u/mthompson22599 may have drafted both Tonya and Kenny, but at least they didn't draft Adam and Cory, who are obviously incapable of... * checks notes * doing the limbo?
(This final was little more than a string of carnival games, with the finale of a card memory game. What exactly did we think Kenny and co. could do that Sarah Rice can't do better?)
ROAD RULES BRACKET - u/willtwerkf0rfood vs. u/wakemeupp; S8: The Inferno
willtwerkf0rfood - 67
wakemeupp - 66
Well, this is officially the closest race we've had! u/willtwerkf0rfood pulls this out by the skin of their teeth - probably because voters were imagining Landon twerking. And I don't blame you - that is a lovely thing to imagine.
Can we talk about what a non-final this was, as well? We are so blessed that this show is actually competitive now. Imagine if modern finals were like this.
"And now, Paulie and Jordan will race in a taco-eating contest. Whoever can eat the most in three minutes will earn one million dollars. Ready. Set. Go!"
Well, that's the end of the road for u/probzhyperbole and u/wakemeupp - EXCEPT IT'S NOT. The loser's bracket has begun! The voting works the same as this tournament, so essentially the only change is that now you have the opportunity to lose TWICE - and almost everyone will. Oh, happy days!
Here's today's Redemption House round! Get over there and vote!
Now let's get to today's vote!
REAL WORLD BRACKET -
u/BCastle18 “Team Weston is the Beston” vs. u/greghulks "Team Bob Marley-Hefner"; S22: Battle of the Exes
Team Weston is the Beston: Landon Lueck (Fresh Meat 2), Adam Kuhn (Battle of the Exes 2), Sylvia Elsrode (Final Reckoning), Natalie Negrotti (Final Reckoning)
(Yes, you read that right - Team Weston is the Beston does not actually feature Weston.)
Team Bob Marley-Hefner: Hunter Barfield (Final Reckoning), Ashley Cain (War of the Worlds I), Ashley “Millionaire” Mitchell (Invasion of the Champions), Jenn Grijalva (Cutthroat)
What the final entailed: Final location: Langjokull Glacier, Iceland; Final challenge: Viking Quest
Objective: Race through a series of checkpoints to complete tasks and earn seven Viking Artifacts. Once you have all the artifacts, you’ll race up the Langjokull Glacier. First team to the top wins.
Checkpoint One: Dog Sledding - Race a dogsled for one mile to checkpoint two. You will then run one mile. Keep in mind, it’s already gotten dark and it is currently 16 degrees
Checkpoint Two: River Plunge - Jump into freezing water and touch the buoy in the river. Once you’re back on land, your time will be stopped. Times from Checkpoints One and Two will be combined, and the fastest time gets the best sleeping arrangements: Heaters, air mattresses, blankets, and more. The slowest team gets only yoga mats and sleeping bags. In the morning, the checkpoints begin again. Today, you’ll be racing another twelve miles.
Checkpoint Three: Feast For a Viking - Eat the head of a deer, squares of soured shark, and drink a horn of sheep’s blood. Once the food has been consumed, you can continue on to Checkpoint Four.
Checkpoint Four: Ice Key - Here, you must break through a block of ice to retrieve a key to unlock snowshoes. Then you’ll strap on the snowshoes and run to the next checkpoint. (There doesn’t appear to be any professionals on-hand to teach you how to attach these lovely pairs of footwear, so if you’re like CT, you’ll struggle through this and completely blow your lead while your partner looks on in frustration. Oh, city boys.)
Checkpoint Five: Poled Out - This puzzle consists of 13 logs, arranged to make 6 complete boundaries, each containing a boulder. Using 12 of the logs, find a way to make six even shapes, then run for a mile to the next checkpoint.
Checkpoint Six: What an Ice Hole - Using ice picks, dig your way through a snow tunnel. Once you’ve broken through to the other side, you’ll run a mile to the next checkpoint. (Unrelated to this final, but here is an actual quote from Bananas while Camila tries to break through the snow: “We always say, ‘Let the boys do it,’ when you always insist that the girls try. And this is why. Get out of the way.”)
Checkpoint Seven: Sliced Up - Arrange a tower of blocks to match the puzzle guide. Once complete, run another mile to the next checkpoint.
Checkpoint Eight: Using your seven artifacts, solve a puzzle by arranging the artifacts into a sundial. Once the puzzle is complete, you race up the glacier (or, if you’re CT, you crawl up while wishing for imminent death). First to the top wins!
Why you should vote for Team Weston is the Beston: Landon in the night elimination against Luke and Ev literally dragged a almost unconscious Carley to a win and in the finals carried Carley up a mountain to get the win over 3 teams that on paper seemed stronger one of which included two top 10 challengers of all time in Kenny and Laurel with the weakest partner. Also did all of this while being respectful and supportive of his partner throughout showing he is very much a great team player.
Only one team was in the main house all season on FR, it was Sylvia and Joss. They won the final endurance purge and won it rather comfortably. Showed that she can keep her composure in their elimination against John/Tony and many even believe that Sylvia and Joss were the rightful winners of FR, they also only lost by 40 seconds even while getting hit with two grenades.
Why you should vote for Team Bob Marley-Hefner: Hunter (Final Reckoning) -
In my opinion an underrated competitor with plenty of strength and drive. One weakness for him is his social/political game which should hopefully be minimised by the time he reaches a final and another is his lack of puzzle skills. However, among a team of people who are good at puzzles this should also be minimised - specifically teamed with Ashley whose skills balance his well and as long as there isn't a challenge around slut-shaming your teammates he'll be okay.
Ashley M. (Invasion) -
Brings different skills to the group with a proven talent for puzzles as well as having decent swimming and endurance capabilities. While she'll go on to have further success, Invasion Ashley has the advantage of getting along better with Hunter and has shown that once she makes it to a final she is highly motivated to get the win and the money.
Jenn (Cutthroat) -
A solid and experienced competitor with multiple elimination wins behind her to prove she's not all social game. With a (hopefully semi-decent) team around her this should hopefully translate to a good finals showing.
Ashley C. (Wotw) -
Smashed the first challenge (combining speed and a puzzle) on War of the Worlds against a strong field, beating all the other prospects and most of the veterans. Physically strong but also kept up in the endurance challenges. It took a blindfolded challenge to get him eliminated so has plenty of untapped potential.
ROAD RULES BRACKET: u/appropriatelywhelmed vs. u/zacped; S21: Rivals
appropriatelywhelmed: Dustin Zito (Battle of the Seasons II), Cohutta Grindstaff (The Ruins), Heather Cooke (Rivals II), Veronica Portillo (The Inferno)
zacped: Paulie Calafiore (War of the Worlds I), Marlon Williams (Rivals II), Ashley Mitchell (Invasion of the Champions), Carley Johnson (Fresh Meat II)
What the final entailed: The final was split into two days, for the first time in challenge history. The finale began with each team being dragged under water by a boat for 200 yards. When they let go of the rope, they would then need to swim to their kayaks and then row three miles down a river to the first checkpoint. At the first checkpoint, "Pet Rock," they would need carry a heavy rock and chain until told otherwise.
The next checkpoint was "Memories", which was a campsite that the teams needed to memorize every single detail. When they felt confident in remembering the site, teams could continue on with their pet rock.
The next checkpoint was "Pile Up", in which they needed to shovel mounds of dirt into a wheelbarrow and transfer it to a specified dump zone further away. They could not move on until the entirety of their dirt was transferred.
The next checkpoint was "Re-creation Campsite" where the teams would recreate the campsite they had previously memorized. Once the campsite was correctly ted, teams could move on. If not, they had to run back to the original campsite to memorize the site again.
Finally, teams reached the "Final Feast" checkpoint. They had to finish every plate they were offered before they could move on. Instead of the normal bugs and gross food the Challenge typically offered, this time teams had to eat a delicious feast that seemed to never end.
Once finished, teams hiked up to a mountain and arrived at the "Sleep or Stand" checkpoint. Here one member had to stand and balance on a rock, while their teammate was able to sleep in a tent. If the teammate fell off the rock, they had to wake their partner and switch. This lasted all night until T.J. came in the morning.
The second part of a challenge was a hike up a mountain. Teams started based off their arrival at the "Sleep or Stand" checkpoint with the first team receiving a two minute head start. Each team received an avalanche beacon programmed to the keys needed to unlock the trophy at the finish line. Once teams found their keys, they could race to the finish line to meet with T.J. and their prize.
(Thanks to u/mthompson22599 for this summary!)
Why you should vote for appropriatelywhelmed: Neither team here submitted player summaries, so all words are my own. (Though you'd probably have been able to tell that without my prompting.)
Well, Dustin Zito might have gone full Donald Trump, but he was still the best character on Battle of the Seasons 2 - and by the best, I mean he was the only one I didn't actively hate. He was a supportive friend to Nany. He said iconic things to Frank and Trishelle. He absolutely lost his goddamn mind when Trishelle couldn't dive ten feet underwater. Vote for Dustin.
Cohutta is Cohutta. Look at him. He is a man of the mountains. He is maybe the most wholesome cast member in the history of ever. He dated both KellyAnne and Nany. He beat the mighty Preston Roberson-Charles in an elimination. VOTE FOR COHUTTA.
If you don't know why you should vote for Cooke, leave now and don't come back.
Okay, that was aggressive. I didn't mean it. Guys, Cooke MIGHT be the best one-and-done competitor of all-time. She is now a professional soccer player in the Philippines. She won 3 eliminations. She peed into a pool of water that she would have fallen into, had she lost. But she knew she wouldn't lose. Because she's Heather Cooke.
Also, can we talk about how shady her ONE line of "Career" section on Wikipedia is?
Cooke joined Swedish third-tier club Landsbro IF in April 2014,[6] and captained the side to a last-place finish in the 2014 season.
If someone doesn't put respect on Cooke's name SOON, I am going to motherfucking RIOT. Vote for Cooke.
Veronica drinks a lot of wine. She broke her finger once, I think. She basically invented the Challenge Bad Bitch. She created her own T-shirt line. She led her team to victory on Inferno. Vote for Veronica.
Why you should vote for zacped: Paulie is big. Paulie is strong. Right now, he has a terrible haircut, but that is beside the point. He once lost two Redemption rounds to Da'Vonne and Jozea, but that is also beside the point. He is good at puzzles. He is good at gaslighting his girlfriends. I don't think I'm capable of staying on-point here. Vote for Paulie.
Marlon is another one-and-done standout. He hooked up with Derek. (Marlon has come so far from his closeted days - these days, he thrives with men and women alike on the current season of Ex on the Beach.) He's not a great swimmer, and yes, he single-handedly lost his final for his single-handed partner.
There was no redemption there. Marlon is the reason he and Jordan lost. Vote for Marlon.
Ashley "Millionaire" Mitchell is a motherfucking two-time champion and stealer of hearts and money. She doesn't stand for slut-shaming, unless she's the one doing it. She flips from alliance to alliance every season. She beat a crew of champions on Invasion that included Laurel, Cara, Camila, and the most feared competitor of all, Ashley Kelsey. (Don't forget that she also triumphed over the majestic likes of Anika Rashaun and LaToya Jackson.) Vote for Ashley.
Much like Michael Jordan in 1996, Carley Johnson pushed off (Landon) to earn her championship. I don't have much else to say about that, because now that I've brought up the Bulls'hit victory over the Utah Jazz I can't think about anything else. Vote for Carley.
So which of these teams deserves to move ahead? You decide!
VOTE HERE.
Voting will close at 10pm EST, 1/23. Get to it!
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2020.01.17 14:51 honestkodaline r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament and Draft - Day Ten (Round of 32)

Welcome to the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament! For the past month, 64 users on our sub have been drafting teams of four to compete in hypothetical final challenges. Now that the draft is complete, it's time to decide who drafted the best team! This tournament will consist of two single-elimination brackets, The Real World and Road Rules. Once each bracket has a winner, the two winners will face off for the ultimate title.
Before we get to today's vote, here are the results from day nine:
REAL WORLD BRACKET - u/absent_morals's "Team High Wire" vs. u/RohAnTheMaker, u/giogugenishvili's "The Silent Assassins"; S7: The Gauntlet
The Silent Assassins - 100
Team High Wire - 36
What part of "JULIE STOFFER IS A CRAZY BITCH WHO TRIED TO PULL VERONICA OUT OF HER HARNESS WHEN THEY WERE EIGHTEEN FLOORS ABOVE GROUND" did you guys not understand?!
Julie Stoffer literally beat 9/11, and you guys think she can't beat fucking KELLYANNE?!
Well, this has been a fun tournament, but I'm out. I'm leaving u/priorsloth in charge. She probably won't swear at you guys so often and she's much more level-headed. Peace.
ROAD RULES BRACKET - u/LotteryBoundPod vs. u/scyth13r's "Technicality TV"; S29: Invasion of the Champions
Technicality TV - 82
LotteryBoundPod - 52
Okay, I'm back. EVELYN FUCKING SMITH. Can we just take this moment to appreciate, as a group, one mind, one soul, how great Evelyn is? Thank you. Now that I have your attention, IN JUST TEN SHORT DAYS, EVELYN FUCKING SMITH WILL BE BACK ON YOUR SCREENS, representing #AdoreDelano2020. Just, I don't know. Something to look out for. It's in everybody's best interest.
Well, that's the end of the road for u/LotteryBoundPod and u/absent_morals - EXCEPT IT'S NOT. The loser's bracket will commence on MONDAY. The voting will work the same as this tournament, so essentially the only change is that now you have the opportunity to lose TWICE - and almost everyone will. Oh, happy days! We can all thank u/ND_PC and u/MandyMTV for this joyous opportunity to get shit on repeatedly. That is why we come to this sub, isn't it?
Now let's get to today's vote!
REAL WORLD BRACKET -
u/dolfan2354 vs. u/dtam3292's "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work"; S19: Fresh Meat II
dolfan2354: Derrick Kosinski (The Ruins), Nehemiah Clark (Rivals I) Veronica Portillo (The Inferno), Amanda Garcia (Final Reckoning)
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Johnny Reilly (Free Agents), Pete Connelly (Fresh Meat II), Diem Brown (Battle of the Exes I), Svetlana Shusterman (The Duel I)
What the final entailed: - To start, teams canoe across a large lake to a checkpoint where teams complete a tangram puzzle. Once they are done, a helicopter takes them to the next checkpoint, halfway up a mountain.
(Thanks to u/stayoutofthe-forest for this summary!)
Why you should vote for dolfan2354: Derrick K- Arguably one of the best players in eliminations due to his tenacity. Always will compete has a never say quit attitude as evidenced multiple time. Is a multi time champion and has the cardio to crush any final. Is aware of shortcomings and is willing to sit back in puzzles and let those strong on his team due their thing. Is ready to crush any final!
Veronica- Forgotten how dominant she was in her prime is a 3x champion who got better every season she was on. Won 4 life savers on the inferno. Has no glaring weakness is a strong female who is smart at puzzles and has the cardio to keep up with her team while also being able to mentally break her opponents!
Amanda- Is a very loyal player and will compete as hard as she can in anything she does while also making sure her voice is heard. Arguably the best player in the lavender ladies. In invasion she showed how dominate she is at puzzles by solving her puzzle in minutes during the blood bath while other players were at it for an hour. Has the strength to pull her weight on any challenge. Has shown she is in great shape and has never shown signs that she would struggle with a final.
Nehemiah- Is an all around player and is a 1x champion. Came into rivals shredded and in the best shape he has ever been in. Was carrying his team with an overweight Evan and proved that he is capable to run a final and compete to win. Has the body size to providee the muscle and really crush anything while also having a good mind when it comes to the tough aspect of using your brain."
Why you should vote for Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Diem - A player with heart, endurance, and no quit in her. Her greatest weakness is her ability to keep calm under pressure. But during the Exes final, that was nowhere to be found. In the snow, with far beyond freezing temperatures, she had to give up her longstanding vegetarianism to participate in the eating challenge, jump in freezing water, and crawl through a tiny hole in the snow. Diem never once lost her cool. In fact, she kept a calm enough head to complete the first puzzle far ahead of everyone else, giving her and CT their commanding lead. During the season, she helped win two dailies, one of which included her “housing” two layers of cake (as CT said). Diem started off the season not trusting her partner, but became a supportive and caring teammate that anyone would be happy to work with. She never gave up, proved her unstoppable endurance (she set the pace during the treks through the snow and never once showed any ounce of tiredness or exhaustion), and showed us time and time again that her greatest strength was not her puzzle ability or her endurance, but instead, her heart.
Johnny Reilly - The luckiest man in the world, except for when it came to the final. He survived Free Agents with great alliances, good performances, and of course, never pulling a kill card during his several trips in the draw. That’s what most people remember. What most people don’t remember is that Johnny Reilly crushed the final. If it wasn’t for being paired with Devyn during the climb up the mountain, he likely would’ve come out the dominant Johnny of the season. He dominated the solo climb up the mountain, and did well enough on the late night bike ride that he had the best combined solo times of all the competitors. Not to mention, and this is perhaps the most surprising of all, he never lost his cool with Devyn. He was a great teammate by constantly reassuring her, even though she ended up costing him the win. He proved his athletic ability during the kayaking with Nany and running with Laurel, proved his superior teamwork during the mountain climb with Devyn, and proved his excellent motivational skills with each of his partners. Between his endurance, his enthusiasm, and his teamwork, Johnny Reilly is a player that was built for finals.
Pete - a cheerful standout from Fresh Meat 2. He never showed fear or anything other than an excitement for the challenges that you’ll only see in a 21-year-old newbie to the show. He turned that excitement into competitiveness which helped him and his partner win two exiles—one they only won because Pete took his partner’s weight and ran the last leg while carrying 100lbs. While his memorization skills aren’t phenomenal, his tanagram skills are up to par, helping him win those exiles. He played three contact sports, and it shows—his upper body strength and endurance are to be envied. During a strength-based challenge, he found his second wind after a grueling hour and half, ultimately pushing his team to win. He could bike, swim, run, canoe, climb, carry, and importantly, motivate his partner when it mattered. He knew his limits, leading to him never gassing out but instead climbing up a mountain and turning around to cheer for his partner. His greatest weakness during the season was likely his partner, but I have no doubt that he would thrive with a strong team comprised of people who, unlike his partner during various dailies, would never give up.
If each team is only as strong as it’s weakest player, then I am set with Svetlana finishing off my team. Just like Johnny Reilly, people view her second place finish as largely luck. But just like Pete Connolly, she had an impressive rookie season and proved herself to be an athlete. Svetlana, despite her feelings about the politics of the game, showed up to compete in every challenge. And with a supportive team behind her that can do puzzles and lift things, I have no doubt that she would thrive. She proved to be an amazing swimmer and a pretty good teammate for all of the pair challenges. She has no real fears, and instead is filled with heart and a determination to do her best. During the daily challenges, she knocked down Aneesa in a semi-physical challenge, scarfed down food, quite literally kept her cool under intense water pressure, and time and time again showed that she’s someone to compete against. She cared deeply for her teammates, even though it was an individual challenge and she had no reason to, and I have no doubt that in an actual team, she would prove again that she’s an athlete with heart, fire, and, due to her success in the daily missions, a brand new motorcycle.
ROAD RULES BRACKET:
u/friarsfan2019's "Laurel's List" vs. u/cleanandburke "Smash Your Team and Eat It"; S28: Rivals III
Laurel's List: Timmy Beggy (The Inferno), Mike Ross (Rivals I), Laurel Stucky (Free Agents), Nia Moore (Battle of the Exes II)
Smash Your Team and Eat It: Derrick Kosinski (The Duel), MJ Garrett (Gauntlet II), Aviv Melmed (Fresh Meat), Tori Hall (Cutthroat)
What the final entailed: This was a two-day final consisting of several checkpoints. The first checkpoint had the teams untangling three sets of coiled wires. Once all the three wires were untangled, the player would they signal their completion by blowing up their dynamite stick. Teams could not move on until both teams were finished.
The next checkpoint was a memory game while checkpoint 3 was a two-dimensional puzzle. From there, the teams had to sprint to the finish line to finish the first day. Teams had to take turns staying awake or sleeping throughout the night.
Day two had the teams eat gross foods which earned their individual points. The grosser the foods, the more points that were awarded to the eater. Before moving on, the entire table had to be eaten. Finally teams had to climb up a mountain again to meet T.J. at the finish line where they were met with the grand prize.
(Thanks to u/mthompson22599 for this summary!)
Why you should vote for Laurel's List: Feared by all, Laurel is one of the most impressive Challengers in the history of the show. She has excelled in team, duo, and solo seasons. Her run on Free Agents proved she can do it all & WIN, even while being tethered to a dying Thor on a mountain side.
Timmy will instantly boost team morale while being a solid contributor whenever his name is called. He has a no quitters attitude as he would rather have permanent knee damage from shards of broken glass than lose an elimination. He in the honorary Captain of this team.
Hurricane Nia incoming! As long as Jordan isn’t around the fear of a DQ should be lowered significantly. She has gas in the tank, maybe not as much as a Cara, but she can endure pain. A great physical competitor with a killer instinct towards any opposition.
Mike Mike, in his only season, had a list of memorable moments. He entered the game after the “Don’t call me a guy, Ty” incident where Leroy’s original partner railroaded Mandi from behind and hit Ty. From there Mike hooked up with Paula Walnuts, freaked out on Bananas for spanking him, and had Leroy fall directly on top of him from 40 ft in the air (Yes, Lee can come to the hospital with you Mike). Despite all of this, he still left everything he had in the Rivals I final only being stopped at nightfall for it being too dangerous for him to continue. Mike Mike was the perfect partner for Leroy, and with this team around him, I see another successful run in his future.
Why you should vote for Smash Your Team and Eat It: Derrick K - He may not be the smartest but he’s smart enough to play to his strengths and let his team take over his weaknesses. He won’t win a puzzle but he doesn’t need to and will not get in Aviv's way. He has strength endurance and is a team player. He’s strong enough to carry his weight plus more but is light enough that his weight wouldn’t hinder his other competitors. He has no issues with eating challenges or swimming
Aviv - Israeli military vet who is not afraid of a final She also is a puzzle master who helped Darrell win another final! Strength, endurance, brains. The whole package!
Tori Hall - 2/3 team challenge wins (3/4 if you include road rules) whether her teams “should” have won or not, she showed she has endurance for finals and is a solid competitor. Also has a lot of determination and heart!
MJ - University football athlete. Brain, brawn, endurance, no issues with eating challenges. A solid team player with no drama!
So which of these teams deserves to move ahead? You decide!
VOTE HERE.
Voting will close at 10pm EST, 1/17.
Reminder that we're taking a break over the weekend. See you back here on Monday!
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2020.01.17 11:00 verylegalandcoolbot Recent tweets from @openargs, Wednesday January 15

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Mother Jones reports that Robert Hyde, the new player in the Trump-Ukraine scandal, has been a consultant for a mysterious Chinese donor who has given almost a quarter of a million dollars to Trump and the GOP. https://t.co/Tnlp3ExIbU
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-17 05:01:47 UTC):
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RT by @openargs (2020-01-17 00:50:05 UTC) of @Slate (2020-01-16 20:28:27 UTC):
William Pryor, who could be a Supreme Court justice if Trump wins again, says jurors should be allowed to convict or acquit based on God’s direct instructions. https://t.co/4GXWAcZcfc
RT by @openargs (2020-01-17 00:41:03 UTC) of @atrupar (2020-01-16 21:10:52 UTC):
Trump, like a big baby, has a map of the regions that voted for him in 2016 splayed out on his desk during the prayer event https://t.co/fr0GuqBzho
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 22:33:18 UTC) of @ChrisLu44 (2020-01-16 17:14:59 UTC):
Conservative Washington Examiner on #McSally: "Not appropriate for a sitting Republican senator to bash one of its reporters when he asks a perfectly legitimate question...It undercuts McSally’s ability to credibly defend her vote on impeachment" https://t.co/LJJJRbI1DN
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 22:32:02 UTC):
We did NOT have Martha McSally on our list of "Republicans who might vote for hearing witnesses" and are not remotely surprised by this. Who WAS on our list? All you can do is listen and find out.... https://t.co/uXUvWZXoZL
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 22:26:09 UTC) of @kira_lerner (2020-01-16 16:58:34 UTC):
BREAKING: The Florida Supreme Court just ruled that people with felony convictions must pay off all fines and fees before they can vote https://t.co/XPTXGJuLu0
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 22:25:06 UTC) of @nytimes (2020-01-16 22:23:07 UTC):
Breaking News: U.S. prosecutors appear to be scrutinizing whether James Comey illegally disclosed classified secrets, part of an unusual inquiry into years-old leaks that leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work https://t.co/ZEA82KJYei
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 22:24:04 UTC) of @AndrewDesiderio (2020-01-16 21:45:25 UTC):
The Senate will allow the use of video/audio evidence in the trial, per the unanimous consent agreement earlier today.
@kyledcheney wrote about House Dems’ plans to use videos (including of Trump & Mulvaney) during their opening arguments: https://t.co/HkxcqfBrVe https://t.co/AicvaANZGS
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 22:17:21 UTC):
Oh man, I can't wait to share today's SUPER-SIZED episode with all of you!
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 21:31:38 UTC) of @chrislhayes (2020-01-16 21:21:33 UTC):
put it in a museum - the whole thing https://t.co/LbQeqA5mnC
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 20:39:09 UTC) of @politico (2020-01-16 20:23:24 UTC):
"Trump is accused of coercing a foreign leader into interfering in our elections and then doing everything in his power to cover it up. These are exactly the kind of offenses the Founders most feared when they forged the impeachment clause," Schumer said https://t.co/hV2tBKttAF https://t.co/HD7q3Pdihj
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 20:38:26 UTC) of @kylegriffin1 (2020-01-16 18:40:02 UTC):
WASHINGTON (AP) -- AP sources: In policy shift, FBI commits to informing states about breaches of local election systems.
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 20:35:53 UTC) of @AP_Politics (2020-01-16 19:39:29 UTC):
Chief Justice John Roberts is sworn in to preside over President Trump's impeachment trial and administers the oath to the full Senate. The trial resumes on Tuesday. https://t.co/UCNaUVLvcf
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 18:03:25 UTC):
You're not going to like it: these are the battlegrounds we're fighting thanks to the religious right. I'm not confident this could be enjoined if passed. What you can do is mobilize. CALL YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR and urge them to oppose this bigotry (South Dakota HB 1057). https://t.co/9Bk8A0tw9W
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 17:22:27 UTC) of @tedlieu (2020-01-16 03:44:46 UTC):

PenceKnew

PompeoKnew

TrumpKnew

They all knew. Because they never thought they would get caught. https://t.co/jVxtkKPt9X
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 16:45:03 UTC):
Not surprising that @ChrisVanHollen is the first Senator to point out some of the overlooked (and really interesting) aspects of today's GAO decision, including new evidence relevant to Trump's ongoing obstruction of justice. https://t.co/dZQJRAPtvk
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 16:41:28 UTC):
Check out @seriouspod -- https://t.co/ENTR7Em41T https://t.co/W0HA21MvWf
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 16:40:21 UTC) of @LambdaLegal (2020-01-16 16:39:09 UTC):
🚨🚨🚨 Religious freedom must not include freedom to discriminate, particularly not with taxpayers' dollars. We are deeply concerned by today's announcements. https://t.co/mhC3n7ASpN
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 16:37:13 UTC):
And you'll hear more on this in 12 hours.... https://t.co/25ArSXI9bI
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 16:33:31 UTC):
We're used to @KellyannePolls scoring own goals, but this is especially hilarious given that the obvious solution to Kellyanne's lament is "uh, okay, so let's call Parnas as a witness during the impeachment trial and put him under oath." Oops. https://t.co/jPwtfyAHJX
Tweet from @openargs (2020-01-16 16:15:25 UTC):
Oh man, you're going to LOVE tomorrow's show, in which you'll 1) find out what Dick Cheney and 1990 military bases have to do with Trump's impeachment and 2) hear our wildcard candidate for what Republican Senator could be a secret hero....
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 08:12:40 UTC) of @kenvogel (2020-01-16 03:54:33 UTC):
NEW: In an interview with the @nytimes, LEV PARNAS says he regrets trusting TRUMP & GIULIANI.
“I thought I was being a patriot & helping the president,” & "by listening to @POTUS & his attorney that I couldn’t possibly get in trouble or do anything wrong” https://t.co/wI39icX0cQ
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 08:08:47 UTC) of @mikebaehr (2020-01-15 22:04:57 UTC):
Just donated to Chris Armitage (@RealArmi), running to flip the congressional seat in WA-5, after listening to the @openargs interview with him. Very impressive candidate -- a smart reformer with big ideas for systemic change and sharp political instincts: https://t.co/tqO6qFWQJE
RT by @openargs (2020-01-16 08:07:27 UTC) of @Acyn (2020-01-16 00:17:19 UTC):
So now Devin Nunes is admitting he talked to Lev Parnas... He claims when he was asked a few months back, he didn’t recognize the name Parnas https://t.co/3dgoGfsKFd
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 20:19:46 UTC) of @NBCNews (2020-01-15 18:56:15 UTC):
Tennessee Gov. Lee says he’ll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBTQ families and others based on religious beliefs. https://t.co/OGY0TdWez3
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 20:11:16 UTC) of @danyell_lanier (2020-01-15 19:32:40 UTC):
Breaking news! Career politician just publicly committed to ignoring evidence if it suits his personal agenda 😂 Oklahomans deserve someone who will not only listen to evidence but will act on it if warranted! Oklahoma go follow @abbybroyles and elect her to replace @JimInhofe https://t.co/mMFd1vHwqs
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 20:10:07 UTC) of @bradheath (2020-01-15 03:06:37 UTC):
In other news, Michael Avenatti has been arrested again. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say he violated the terms of his pretrial release. https://t.co/qqJPaSl1zR
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 20:07:21 UTC) of @AOC (2020-01-15 18:56:34 UTC):
Hey Senator! Would you like me to also take your comments out of context and pose them as your earnest position, as you have chosen to do with me?
I assume the answer is yes, especially given that the GOP climate agenda is about as fictional as Spaceballs anyway. https://t.co/42FKq4VMjW
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 20:06:19 UTC) of @NatashaBertrand (2020-01-15 19:55:03 UTC):
Chair of Connecticut GOP > https://t.co/ol7kXkAa4s
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 20:06:00 UTC) of @washingtonpost (2020-01-15 18:30:45 UTC):
Virginia House passes Equal Rights Amendment in historic vote https://t.co/TDCdJelPDq
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 19:28:31 UTC) of @AliWatkins (2020-01-15 18:04:30 UTC):
Huge new Epstein details: the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands has filed a suit against his estate, claiming new evidence shows he was trafficking "hundreds" of women through his private island there until as recently as 2018. https://t.co/AITqdIYo4w
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 19:20:08 UTC) of @AndrewDesiderio (2020-01-15 15:10:33 UTC):
THE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS:
Adam Schiff Jerry Nadler Zoe Lofgren Hakeem Jeffries Val Demings Jason Crow Sylvia Garcia
Crow and Garcia were unexpected but make sense.
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 19:15:40 UTC) of @kylegriffin1 (2020-01-15 19:00:04 UTC):
Just announced on @MSNBC: @maddow will be interviewing Lev Parnas tonight at 9pm ET.
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 11:26:11 UTC) of @kyledcheney (2020-01-15 03:33:58 UTC):
Looks like Robert HYDE, revealed as a texting partner of Lev Parnas during Yovanovitch smear campaign, was at the World Series game with Trump and MCCARTHY: https://t.co/jadbM19Tud
Instagram suggests he was a regular at Trump hotels/golf clubs w/ access to Trump and his family
RT by @openargs (2020-01-15 11:24:23 UTC) of @AndrewDesiderio (2020-01-14 22:21:31 UTC):
BREAKING: Schiff transmits new evidence to Nadler that will be included as part of the official record handed to the Senate for the impeachment trial.
Disclosure includes documents produced by Lev Parnas.
https://t.co/AWsWDBecnO https://t.co/Hv1ypalhTS
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2020.01.16 14:01 honestkodaline r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament - Day Nine (Round of 32)

Welcome to the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament! For the past month, 64 users on our sub have been drafting teams of four to compete in hypothetical final challenges. Now that the draft is complete, it's time to decide who drafted the best team! This tournament will consist of two single-elimination brackets, The Real World and Road Rules. Once each bracket has a winner, the two winners will face off for the ultimate title.
Before we get to today's vote, here are the results from day eight:
u/CrossfitJebus's "CJ's Banana Hammock" vs. u/cristal214's "A Wrestler, Comedian, and Model Walk Into a Bar"; S32: Final Reckoning
A Wrestler, Comedian, and Model Walk Into a Bar - 89
CJ's Banana Hammock - 66
A wrestler, a comedian, and a model walk into a bar, and nobody cares about the punchline of this joke because it's already gone on for so fucking long.
Am I sad to see Bananas go? No. Dunbar? Certainly not. Any other questions?
(You are all fooling yourselves about The Miz's's potential performance in ANY modern final. I'm about ninety percent sure my dude can't even run ONE mile. NOT A ONE.)
ROAD RULES BRACKET - u/MattyRobsDW's "Brits +1" vs. u/Upsidedown_Swan; S31: Vendettas
u/Upsidedown_Swan - 81
Brits +1 - 75
Be honest - y'all saw "puzzle" and voted for Mitch without reading any of the shit we wrote.
Alright, fair enough. I respect your honesty. Let it be known that I voted for u/MattyRobsDW, not because he showered me with flattery, but because HE EARNED IT.
(The flattery played a huge role in my vote. HUGE.)
Never fear, u/MattyRobsDW and u/CrossfitJebus - you've lost this round but you're now entered into the loser's bracket! Which will be coming... at some point. Soon? Soon.
Now let's get to today's vote!
REAL WORLD BRACKET -
u/absent_morals's "Team High Wire" vs. u/RohAnTheMaker, u/giogugenishvili; S7: The Gauntlet
Team High Wire: Brad Fiorenza (The Duel 1), Noor Jehangir (Fresh Meat II), Kam Williams (Vendettas), Julie Stoffer (The Gauntlet II)
The Silent Assassins: Alton Williams (The Gauntlet II), Adam Larson (The Gauntlet I), KellyAnne Judd (The Ruins), Natalie "Ninja" Duran (War of the Worlds I)
What the final entailed: In ‘The Gauntlet I,’ the ‘Gold Rush’ final challenge had Challengers complete a four mile course with seven obstacles that needed to be completed. The first team to finish wins the prize money.
Set-Up: Across the four-mile course, completion of each of the seven obstacles gives each team a piece of gold. The first team to get each piece of gold and make it to the finish line will win. If a teammate cannot finish the final, the team can either take a ten minute penalty and leave the player or the team can carry the player to the finish line.
Obstacles:
(Thanks to u/MandyMTV for this summary!)
Why you should vote for Team High Wire: Brad's a baddie, Noor looks like this, Kam has 19 nicknames and 18 of them are in reference to good things, and JULIE STOFFER IS A CRAZY BITCH. YES. I am so glad I get to rave about my girl.
Julie is PSYCHOTIC. She tried to pull Veronica out of her harness when they were EIGHTEEN FUCKING FLOORS ABOVE GROUND. She married a Mormon dude and "recommitted herself" to Mormon values. (Spoiler: no.) JULIE WAS THE FIRST MORMON FEATURED ON THE REAL WORLD! (Represeeeeent!)
This is a tangent COMPLETELY unrelated to this tournament, but if you're interested in just how crazy strict the Mormon church is: Julie was kicked out of Brigham Young University (essentially Mormon university-prison) after the Real World, not because of anything she did on the show, but because STUDENTS AT BYU AREN'T ALLOWED TO LIVE WITH PEOPLE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX.
...
I can't see you guys, but are you appreciating how FUCKING insane that is? She was kicked out of UNIVERSITY!
Anyway, she tried to wrestle Coral "like a man." She won, like, a hundred challenges on The Gauntlet II. (Read: 6.)
Also, in ANOTHER fucking crazy story about Julie, she had a ticket on Flight 11 on September 11, 2001 (the flight that later flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center), but she missed her flight due to an argument with her boyfriend.
Y'all, the only thing I have ever gotten from an argument with my boyfriend is a night to myself. Has an argument ever saved your life? No? Then you're not Julie fucking Stoffer, and you need to repent.
Wow, just like everything I ever write, this took a turn for the angry. So anyway, over to you guys, u/RohAnTheMaker and u/giogugenishvili!
Why you should vote for The Silent Assassins: Alton Williams -
Alton Williams was an OG who competed on The Gauntlet, Gauntlet 2, Inferno 3 and Seasons 2. In his run of the Challenge, it was obvious that he had killer endurance, elite climbing skills, great agility, was a solid swimmer and good at puzzles. Really all that needs to be said is that he was capable of competing at a top level with almost anyone in almost any daily challenge in the show’s history. He also showed great leadership skills as well - capable of stepping up and leading a team. On Gauntlet 2, Alton won the initial Royal Rumble (where unlike the vet guys - the rookies actually competed) and became team Captain. He remained Captain throughout the entire show, going 3-0 in elimination (with arguably the greatest rope climb of all time against Adam K in Capture the Flag) and lead the rookie team to victory in the Final Challenge.
Adam Larson-
Adam Larson is an OG competitor who participated in Seasons 1, The Gauntlet and Gauntlet 2. Although his time on the show was short, he always showed to be a popular figure amongst the group and could compete well in Challenges with good strength and endurance.
Adam excelled on The Gauntlet, showing he could compete at a high level with many competitors we still consider elite today (Theo V, Abram, Darrell, Miz, Alton) and he won the overall season. He tied Theo Von with the most lifesavers won on the Road Rules team with 2 each and was a steady leadership presence on the male side the entire time.
KellyAnne Judd-
Considered one of the best to never win, KellyAnne Judd was the most feared woman on The Ruins and for good reason. Only on her second season, she had already made a name for herself by beating Rachel on The Island. Tall, strong, great swimmer and a great runner, KellyAnne did not get to show her full potential during the season for two reasons - 1. she had a terrible team, so they were losing the dailies all the time 2. the champion girls were terrified of going against her, even Susie, so they kept her out of the eliminations except when she defeated two champions in Evelyn and Veronica. She also did great in the finals and was close to pulling an upset win with Sarah over Johnny, Evan, Kenny, Derrick and Susie. Unfortunately, we only got two seasons of prime KA, but those two seasons are enough to show that she would beast any final with the right team.
Natalie "Ninja" Duran -
"Ninja is the only woman to finish the hardest final in The Challenge history" is a line we have heard multiple times. However, Ninja's impressive rookie run goes beyond that sentence. In the first episode, she is the first female rookie to finish the challenge/puzzle. She then goes to win 4 dailies before reaching the final. Her finals performance is still the biggest highlight, She outpaces every other woman, including Cara, has to do extra running than others by being thrown in a surprise elimination with the defending champ and overall, manages to keep up with her male comptitors. Ninja is not a perfect player and WOTW1 did not test all her skills. She might not be a good swimmer or great at communication, but her cardio and endurance skills are some of the best of all time. She has also proven herself multiple times at puzzles and her real-life profession as a rock climber means she is well suited for many finals. She is also someone who enjoys the challenges and the carnival game aspect of them and while she might become defensive when she does not gel with her teammates, we believe that in a team of calm positive competitors, a.k.a. Silent Assassins, she would not face that issue.
ROAD RULES BRACKET:
January 16 - u/LotteryBoundPod vs. u/scyth13r's "Technicality TV"; S29: Invasion of the Champions
LotteryBoundPod: Evan Starkman (Fresh Meat), Nehemiah Clark (The Gauntlet III), Coral Smith (Battle of the Sexes II), Averey Tressler (Battle of the Exes II)
Technicality TV: Frank Roessler (Gauntlet III), Luke Wolfe (Cutthroat), Evelyn Smith (Rivals I), Sylvia Elsrode (Final Reckoning)
What the final entailed: The final was completed over three days. Competitors slept in the barren, semi-outdoor Shelter from the beginning of the season in between days. There was no running water, no bathroom, and they were given canned spam/soup/tuna to eat. Many actual distances of the runs/swims were not listed.
Day 1: Competitors must swim to an island. They then must solve a math/logic puzzle to receive a key. They then must paddle board back to the barge to unlock another (basic) puzzle with said key. Once the puzzle is completed, time stops. If they don’t complete the original math puzzle after an unspecified amount of time, then an unspecified time penalty will be added. (Cory/Nicole weren’t shown timing out until CT/Camilla had completed the entire day, although no actual time was shown.) Time Buster 1 (takes place at night after day 1): Competitors have 1 hour to extract as much water as possible out of a pile of coconuts. They are given a stationary spike sticking out of a log to crack open the coconuts with. The winners can assess a 5-minute time penalty to the competitors of their choosing.
Day 2: Competitors must race over a mile into the jungle to complete checkpoints. The first checkpoint is an eating challenge with pond snails, horse urine fermented eggs, silkworms, and grasshoppers. Although it was never said, it looked like each player had to finish two plates and then wait for their partner to finish two plates as well. They then must take a two-wheeled cart with large puzzle pieces to the next checkpoint. There, they must ascend a rock using one angled rope underneath them and ropes above them to grab. If someone falls, they start from the beginning. They have 30 minutes to complete this task. Once done, they grab more puzzle pieces and take the cart to a swamp to grab the final puzzle piece from the water. They then take the cart to the last checkpoint, which is a logic puzzle with specified rules. They then run back to the Shelter for time to stop. Time Buster 2 (takes place at night after day 2): Competitors must lace Thai prayer beads onto a wire spool for over six hours. The winners can give a 5-minute time penalty to the competitors of their choosing.
Day 3: Competitors must work together to carry one bamboo stick with hooks. They then use these hooks to collect buckets which they cannot touch and must carry to the next checkpoint. After dropping this off, they must run to a kayak where they will kayak for 10 miles. Time stops, and they take a break. For the final section, they have to grab onto a hanging bar suspended from a speedboat. They hold onto the bar until reaching a buoy, at which point they drop and swim as fast as possible to the shore, where they have a short run to the finish line. If they fall off early, they must swim farther.
(Thanks to u/dtam3292 for this summary!)
Why you should vote for LotteryBoundPod: Evan- at his peak an indomitable force, one who balanced politics and athleticism flawlessly; at his worst, chubby.
Coral- an OG, one who has never lost an elimination. Even though her she dominated through politics, physically she was never one to back down.
Nehemiah- at his worst he worst he had a showmance with Beth, otherwise he was Wes’ closest ally and a physically apt competitor. He beat Kenny although he then Lost to Big Easy in I can which essentially should negate the elimination in its totality. He went on to win his next season. Rivals 2 he was apart of the old boy 3 person team: himself, Evan, and mini Evan
Avery- the only one not to have won on this team, her tenure is also the most ephemeral. I tried to see how well that hooking up dome elimination went and was curious if Johnny lost it for them or if Avery did, IDK. She’s stunning, charismatic, and has fire.
That’s the dream team.
Why you should vote for Technicality TV: Frank Roessler (Gauntlet III) -
The leader and backbone of his team. A smart physical competitor, the Veterans constantly targeted Frank. He prevailed in eliminations and his team took home a controversial W in the final.
Luke Wolfe (Cutthroat) -
Finishing ahead of the almighty Landon in elimination wasn't enough losing due to a puzzle in FM2, Luke carried his weight, and Abrams, and Sarah's, and Cara Maria's in the final of Cutthroat. Had the almighty Abe and Sarah been medically DQ'd sooner he would have won the final.
Sylvia Elserode (Final Reckoning) -
Boasting a questionable 2nd place finish in a final, she did the thinking, the planning, and the puzzles for her team. She also tied Joss' shoes for him.
Evelyn Smith (Rivals) -
It's Evelyn fucking Smith.
So which of these teams deserves to move ahead? You decide!
VOTE HERE.
Voting will close at 10pm EST, 1/16.
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2020.01.07 13:57 honestkodaline r/MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament - Day Two (Round of 32)

Welcome to the MtvChallenge Fantasy Tournament! For the past month, 64 users on our sub have been drafting teams of four to compete in hypothetical challenges. Now that the draft is complete, it's time to decide who drafted the best team! This tournament will consist of two single-elimination brackets, The Real World and Road Rules. Once each bracket has a winner, the two winners will face off for the ultimate title.
Before we get to today's vote, here are the results from day one:
REAL WORLD BRACKET - u/PejicFilip "Team Swift or Bust" vs. u/challengefanatic "Getting Down to the Needy Greedy"; S15: The Gauntlet III
Team Swift or Bust - 126
Getting Down to the Needy Greedy - 99
This was a close battle that seemed to come down to the women. Holly and Kina are certainly more decorated than Mattie and Jonna, and both came away with the wins in their respective seasons, but I think Needy Greedy was a little underestimated here. Is Zach a good teammate? No. Is Nelson good at anything? No. Are Mattie or Jonna capable of swimming, endurance, or puzzles? No, no, but Jonna beat Sarah in a puzzle on Rivals, so yes. PUZZLES ARE ALL THAT MATTERS, GUYS. ARE WE EVEN WATCHING THE SAME SHOW?
For some reason, I voted for Needy Greedy. I'm trying to remember why. Maybe it's Zach's brute strength, or the fact that I'm half convinced he's a Demigod. I mean, BOTS2 Zach won two eliminations, and with SAM nonetheless. Did we enjoy watching him win? No, but he did, and that's all that matters (Deuteronomy 20:4). And Nelson might be dumb, a bad swimmer, and incapable of kicking a soccer ball, but he's weirdly good at very random things and also provides iconic quotes. What were you guys thinking?
RIP, u/challengefanatic. Gone but never forgotten.
And congratulations, u/PejicFilip! You're the first to move on to round two.
ROAD RULES BRACKET - January 6 - u/Gopackgo6 vs. u/dirtykilla36; S32: Final Reckoning
dirtykilla36 - 129
Gopackgo6 - 102
Holly Shand is officially a two-time champion of the first round. Sure, she had Wes, Jamie, and Melinda as teammates, but we all know Holly was the dealbreaker here. Wes Bergmann who?
Alton is one of the best all-around athletes in the history of The Challenge. On this team, he was graced with meathead Vince Gliatta (I know it's not a popularity contest, but god DAMN this dude sucks), Kam Williams, and Kina Dean. Kam is a solid female competitor, and Kina got through the first round with Team Swift or Bust. So what went wrong?
It's safe to say Melinda Stolp wasn't the tour de force here, beautiful as she may be, and Jamie Banks had a great rookie outing but isn't one of the shows standout competitors. So I think it's pretty clear that drafting Wes was a good move. He was a generally terrible teammate on Fresh Meat I, but that didn't seem to hinder voters. I'm interested to see how this team does in round two.
Better luck next time, u/Gopackgo6. And congrats, u/dirtykilla36! See you in the next round.
Both brackets were incredibly close this round. Hats off to all four competitors. And damn. Holly Shand. Who knew?
Now let's get to today's vote. First up, The Real World!
REAL WORLD BRACKET -
u/HereToTalkTV's "TJ’s T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide" vs. u/ND_PC, u/MandyMTV, u/albemarie's "It's a Marathon, Not a Race"; S33: War of the Worlds
u/HereToTalkTV": Mark Long (Battle of the Sexes), Brandon Nelson (Cutthroat), Susie Meister (The Ruins), Melissa Reeves (Vendettas)
It's a Marathon, Not a Race: Kyle Christie (Vendettas), Timmy Beggy (Inferno), Emily Schromm (Rivals II), and Kelley Limp (Battle of the Seasons)
What the final entailed: Part 1: The first day of the final consists of a six mile loop that each competitor must complete four times. It is split into a 3 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run for each of the four laps. In the middle of the loop are five checkpoints/carnival games that they must complete. They have a 20 minute time limit to complete each checkpoint, at which point they will be asked to move on.
The checkpoints are: a more complicated version of sudoku, pushing a tire through a hole, a regular puzzle, pushing a ball up an angle with a long stick, and a version of ring toss. Once everyone’s done, they return to the back of the Pain Locker (Mad Max-esque truck) where IVs are waiting for them if they choose to use them. They also sleep here, and are not given food.
Part 2: The second day begins with trivia. The trivia is comprised of geography questions (including a misleading question about what is the largest river), and the winner gets to travel in a dune buggy for the first mile of the second day. The rest of the competitors begin traveling up and down the sand dunes. After the first mile comes the first checkpoint, a version of Connect Four. The winner of each game moves on while the loser waits for the next competitor to show up, until the last player standing receives a five minute time penalty and can move on. The first player to arrive at the next checkpoint can eat whatever they want of the food there (typical breakfast food—fruit, bananas, oatmeal, sandwiches, granola bars, etc.) and can assign the rest of the plates to whichever competitors they choose. This leg ends once the players reach the Pain Locker again.
The length of this section was never mentioned, although they did state that the entire Death Path was over 50 miles.
Part 3: They must run 5 miles down the beach, where they will reach kayaks. Along the way, there are posts with different math equations. They must keep track of the final answer, which will become the code to unlock the kayaks. They then kayak to a boat wreck. Once all of the competitors have shown up, they sprint to the finish line.
(Many thanks to u/dtam3292 for this summary!)
Why you should vote for TJ’s T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide: Mark Long - The godfather of the challenge. This two time champ was able to avoid seeing an elimination for the first 5 seasons he was on due to his political skills. An all around dominate player in strength, speed, and agility, Mark dominated the daily challenges in most seasons that he was on. On Battle of the Sexes, Mark lead his team to victory and finished the season first place in individual points.
Susie Meister - A two time champ and undefeated in eliminations! Ruin's vintage Susie was the only women on the Champs team to make the final (eliminating 3 competitors to get there). Susie was the puzzle-master on the team and solved the final puzzle to cinch the win over the Challenger team. This is also the Susie that won arguably the best female elimination in a rope version of pole-wrestle against Kim. Overall a well rounded competitor and very much willing to get cutthroat in order to win.
Brandon Nelson - The Underdog. On Cutthroat, Brandon was thrown into 4 eliminations by the Red Team despite being one of their key players in the dailies. Brandon was eventually eliminated by Derrick in a pole-wrestle type match which is Derrick's specialty so no shame there. Brandon has a background in athletics - he was All-State in High School for Basketball, Football, and Track and then went own to play college football at University of Arkansas. Brandon is also overall a team player - he's been paired with a team that wants to throw him into every elimination, an unathletic Kaitlyn, don't-call-me-a-guy Ty, and a bickering Fresh Meat team on Seasons. In all those situations Brandon always still gave his all and tried to work with his team/partners to the best of his ability.
Melissa Reeves - We've only seen one real season of Melissa, but from what we have seen, she seems to have real potential. During the opening Rock of Gibralter run on Vendettas, Melissa placed 5th for the women beating women like Kailah and Sylvia who have proved to be competent enough runners in future seasons. During her time on Vendettas, Melissa won a climbing based elimination and put up quite a scrappy fight in a wrestling based elimination against Sylvia.
Why you should vote for "It's a Marathon, Not a Race": Looking for the most physically fit female competitor to have competed on The Challenge? Look no further than Emily Schromm, who competed on three seasons (Cutthroat, Battle of the Exes, Rivals II), manhandled competitors on her way to each final, and won Rivals II with partner, Paula. Emily is known for her elite physicality – named Women’s Health Next Fitness Star, she’s won every elimination she’s been in – and her domination of heralded competitors like Cara Maria. As stated by Mark Long, “Emily competes almost like a dude,” and indeed, Emily is not only a strong female competitor, but a strong competitor, period. In Rivals II, Emily won six out of ten daily challenges, dominating competitors like Aneesa, Diem, Cara Maria, Cooke, Camila, and Sarah Rice. In the Rivals II final, viewers saw Emily dominate a one-mile swim, solve five difficult puzzles (including one based on the Pythagorean Theorem), chow down in an eating challenge, and dominate several physical checkpoints, culminating in a dominating win in a very competitive female field. With eight daily challenge wins, finals appearances on every season she’s been on, and Olympic-level strength, endurance, and even a bit of intelligence, Emily is a tough and terrifying competitor that will wreck your favorite players before they can take a breath.
Kyle Christie is an impressive competitor with no clear weaknesses (unless you count his womanizing ways, which luckily, won’t hurt him in a final) and a penchant for making competitors regret underestimating him. With four seasons under his belt and a dominating performance in the Vendettas final (a Rookie of the Year level run, with a third-place finish, second for the men), Kyle has proven that he has what it takes to dominate even the toughest finales in Challenge history. While many underestimate Kyle’s size (6’1, 175lbs), Kyle showed that he can compete with the best competitors around, beating out Tony and Leroy in his finals appearance, wrecking Bananas in an endurance, finals-like competition (Get Off the Rock) and dominating CT in a brute strength competition (WotW). Kyle is no slouch in intelligence, either, commonly playing the “dumb Brit” card in the hopes of being underestimated, which proved useful in the Vendettas final, when he slipped into first place in the first leg of the final due to other player’s ignoring him in favor of seemingly-stronger competitors. Two of Kyle’s elimination losses were against Theo Campell, widely known as a world-class athlete, who stated that Kyle’s heart and determination made him a surprisingly difficult competitor to beat. Watch out for this incredible player who is ready to slip in and steal the win (and your girl).
An excellent leader, hysterical player, and physical threat, Timmy Beggy is one of the most revered and well-respected OGs of the RW/RR Challenge franchise and is known as a guy who would do anything to win – even going so far as to pee on himself in the “Hands on Saturn” mission during Battle of the Seasons so he wouldn’t let down his team. Timmy competed on four challenges, was in three finals, has one Challenge win, and was arguably the best male competitor on his seasons, outperforming Challenge legends like Abram, Darrell, and Derrick in daily competitions. Timmy was the only person able to stop Derrick K. in his famed Gauntlet II run, beating him in a head-to-head endurance and strength competition. His only elimination loss came in the form of a fluke disqualification, in which he beat Abram in the “Smash House” inferno, only to realize that one of his glass panes – which needed to break in order to win – was smashed out of the frame but lay unbroken on the ground. While Timmy may not be the most talked about competitor, he has shown that he is an elite competitor, known among the likes of Mike the Miz, Derrick K., and Mark Long, and he will do anything – literally, anything – to get the win.
Kelley Limp might be an unfamiliar name – even after her Battle of the Seasons debut – but it sure shouldn’t be. This one-season wonder, known as the queen of climbing, won her first and only season, and is best remembered for her insanely dominant performance in the ‘Vertical Limit’ challenge. ‘Vertical Limit’ combined heights, endurance, and strength, and Kelley not only beat amazing female competitors like Holly Shand and Coral Smith, but also dominated all male competitors, including Mike the Miz and Theo Von. Kelley also ruled the final, competing in the kayaking relay race portion of the final, showcasing her incredible endurance and arm strength. Kelley has shown her strength, determination, and heart, and will be an incredible performer in any final she’s hit with.
ROAD RULES BRACKET:
u/survivorfan123456's "The Dirtiest Players of All Time" vs. u/DurtyMurty11's "Team Scumbags" with S5's Battle of the Seasons final
The Dirtiest Players of All Time: Jamie Murray (Battle of the Sexes I), Chet Cannon (Battle of the Seasons II), Ruthie Alcaide (Battle of the Sexes I), KellyAnne Judd (The Ruins)
Team Scumbags: Noor Jehangir (Fresh Meat II), Dave Giuntuli (The Gauntlet II), Paula Walnuts (Rivals II), Susie Meister (The Ruins)
What the final entailed: Relay Race that starts out with kayaking, then deep sea diving, then longboard competition, followed by a puzzle. After that you climb a rope ladder to the finish line.
2 people from each team kayak to a Catamaran and collect two fish from two buoys on the way. Following that, two people from each team free dive, going down about 12-15 feet and collect two fish each. Once that is complete, the final two people from each team paddle a longboard back to shore, collecting another two fish along the way.
Once that is complete, all team members run to a puzzle where they stack their fish on a pole moving fish from the left pole to the right pole without putting a larger fish on top of a smaller fish and must recreate the original formation. Upon completion, all team members run to the rope ladder and climb to the top to win the final.
(Thanks to u/RohAnTheMaker for this summary!)
Why you should vote for The Dirtiest Players of All Time: This is a very well-rounded team. We have Jamie, one of the first 3-time champs who competed in 3 finals and won all 3 of them. Ruthie led the women's team on Battle of the Sexes and was a big force in the puzzle in that final, if only they tore it down before the guys took it. KellyAnne on The Ruins had the champs so scared they had to throw EVELYN against her just to take her out, and almost beat four men and Susie. Chet was a very solid competitor in Battle of the Seasons and was dragged down by Devyn in the final. With this solid crew, everyone is a team player and can take home the win.
Why you should vote for Team Scumbags: Paula - Name a person who is more perfectly suited towards a final. She can run forever, eat anything, and doesn't know the meaning of quit. She showed in Rivals II how to be a leader and can lead this squad with her veteran presence.
Susie - Great at puzzles, smart, and keeps a calm presence under pressure.
Noor - The former number one pick in FMII, this man might be undersized but is still one of the strongest guys pound-for-pound with his size. A former soccer star, he could've done much better in his final with a better partner and will follow the leads of Paula/Susie as a team player.
Dave G - While the other three players are great, he is the star. Dave G, aka Mr. Cara Z., was not only a backbone of success on his Gauntlet team but took his talents from the Challenge to prime time. You can see his potential to be Detective Nick Burkhardt or Eddie Saville just by her mannerism. Everyone wants to perform better in front of a star, and Dave is the motivation our team needs to push us to our best ability.
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I need all Finals summaries sent to me ASAP.
I am also still waiting for dozens of you to send player summaries and team names. No sweat if you don't want to, but since I tagged everyone in the schedule post, I won't PM anyone to remind you.
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