Ep. 39: Pass the Relish’s Survivor Season Recap!
Ep. 39 of the Pass the Relish podcast! Evan and Mando recap the latest SURVIVOR season. Discussing the games of Tony, Woo, Spencer, Kass, Trish, and how they made us think differently about the game. Truly a unique season.
Ep. 38: Looking For Empathy in the Wrong Places - Donald Sterling, Tea Party, and Minutemen
What’s good, web friends!?
On Episode 38 Mando and Evan explore the complexities of racism, expand upon the implications of the Donald Sterling situation, and discuss new sociology regarding racism as it applies to the Tea Party and formerly the Minutemen.
Would you head down to the Clippers Plantation to watch a Clippers game?
Fantasy Survivor Cagayan Week 10 Picks!
Survivor fans!! Week 10 is already here, and it is INTENSE! We have the Survivor Auction coming up this week so we’ll see who is willing to submit to petty bodily desires (Jefra) and who is willing to take it to the end and put all their money on an advantage in the game (Kass, Spencer).
Either way the players are scrambling. Tony is getting more and more paranoid. Kass is managing to fly under the radar. And Trish is emerging as a dark horse Sole Survivor threat! She’s had several great moves including but not limited to pulling Kass in and managing both Jefra and Tony in the last episode. Crazy!
Here are this week’s picks!
Happy watching! Hit us up on twitter @relishblog, @IrredeemablyNBA, and @evanistics!
Ep. 37: Hollywood in a Post-Snowden Era? Why is Game of Thrones Great? Survivor!
What’s up folks? This is episode 37 of the Pass the Relish podcast. On this week’s episode Evan and Mando catch up after watching Captain America: the Winter Soldier and wonder if Hollywood is drinking the Ed Snowden Kool-aid, Evan gets caught up on Game of Thrones and is here to tell us why it’s so good, and, of course, PTR favorite… SURVIVOR.
1 min: Captain America, the NSA, and is Hollywood in some kind of Post-Ed Snowden Era? Meh, Probably not.
21 min: What makes Game of Thrones special? Trope busting of course!
49 min: Survivor, Survivor, SURVIVOR!
Absolutely spoilers for all Captain America, GOT, and Survivor.
Mando’s twitter: @irredeemablynba
Evan’s twitter: @evanistics
Survivor Cagayan Week 8 Picks
What’s good, web heads?
It is Week 8 and after PTR took the week off the world of Survivor is wild. Chaos Kass still thinks she’s in control of the game, meanwhile the number of younger women for her to bicker with have severely dwindled. Tony looks like his head is going to explode with paranoia from everyone around him. Let’s see if he resorts to “random” stop and frisks of anyone that crosses him. Spencer is coming off a strong week but the numbers aren’t on his side. Luckily for him, Romney Jr. is set with that immunity idol.
Speaking of idols, the super powered idol is still hidden! I know we can wait to see it over here at PTR.
Anyway, below are the WEEK 8 PICKS!
Be sure to follow up on twitter at @relishblog, or hit up Mando @IrredeemablyNBA & Evan @evanistics.
Check out this week’s podcast where we get some good Survivor talk!
edit: Evan picked LJ to be voted out, not Spencer, and Bridgett picked Spencer, not LJ.
Fantasy Survivor Cagayan Week 6 Picks!!!
THE MERGE IS UPON US!!!
The new tribes didn’t get more than a few days to form new alliances before they will be tested in tonight’s episode! Tony’s running around screaming “Final 5!” like Lebron James shouting “Not just 3 championships, but…5, 6, 7, 8” at an overly-hyped Heat press conference. Sarah, at PTR favorite, is stuck once again in the middle with no true alliance to call her own. Yung Woo, another fav, seemed lost Cliff and Lindsey’s surprise exit, but he held strong in the challenges to keep himself off the chopping block. And wouldn’t you know it, Mitt Jr. himself, Spencer is slowly beginning to look very powerful!
Here are the Week 6 picks and point totals. From here on out we’ll do only individual votes. The picks will be as follows: 1. Sole Survivor; 2. Individual Reward Winner; 3. Individual Immunity Winner; 4. Cast Member Eliminated. All correct picks will be awarded 10 points! It’s high stakes time baby!
It only gets better from here! Thanks for reading!
Fantasy Survivor Cagayan Week 5
What’s good, web heads?
After the first big blindside of the season (Uncle Cliff, noooo!) we’re moving onto an exciting episode. Looks like there’s going to be an explosion between Lindsey and Trish in the new Solana tribe. Meanwhile the former Brains tribe members are suddenly in a major position of power in the new Appari tribe. Of course, this is survivor and anything can happen!
Here’s this weeks picks and point totals so far. This week we’re returning to a typical set of picks. One pick for tribe winning reward, one for tribe winning immunity, and one pick for a person on each tribe that will be voted out.
We have some great Survivor and general TV talk on the podcast that went up earlier today so give that a listen if you get a chance. See you guys soon!
Ep 35: The Americans, Game of Thrones, and Letting Race/Gender Tropes on TV Slide
What’s good folks?
On this week’s episode Mando and Evan ask what makes TV shows great? We get into FX’s The Americans, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, The Wire and a few others. A few mild and inconsequential spoilers.
They also talk about when race and gender tropes on TV become so annoying it ruins otherwise amazing shows. Of course, we finish with 10 minutes of Survivor talk. #allhailsurvivor!
'Till next week! PTR Crew
Ep. 34: CBS’s Survivor, Steve Nash, and the False Hope of Athletes
PTR episode 34 Folks!
On this week’s podcast, the PTR crew catches up on the latest Survivor episode - getting into J’Tia’s hilarious incompetence. We also delve into the recent Steve Nash documentary and his very personal revelations about trying to stick in the NBA. Also, Mando recounts a recent visit to an NBA D-League game… you could smell the desperation in the air.
Survivor: 2:24 min mark.
Steve Nash and False Hope: 20:45 min mark.
Mando’s twitter: @irredeemablynba
Evan’s twitter: @evanistics
PTR Cagayan Fantasy Survivor Week 4 Preview!
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Welcome again to another amazing season of CBS’s Survivor! And you know that means we have another season of our PTR Fantasy Survivor to go with it. The rules are similar to last season. Each Fantasy Survivor player will make weekly picks to predict the events of each episode. Correct picks score points for that Fantasy Survivor player. Any player can make any pick regardless of whether that pick is the same as another player. The player with the most points at the end of the season wins!
The picks will occasionally change from week to week as we attempt to keep up with the craziness that is Survivor but typically they will fall into a few categories:
Sole Survivor - Each Fantasy Survivor player picks which cast member will win the million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor. Each Fantasy Survivor player will have a chance to change their pick each week. When the season finale airs, the Fantasy Survivor player(s) with the correct pick will be awarded points for their picks. Only the most recent pick will count and pick will be worth 10 points for each week the pick is held. Changing back to a previous pick will reset the potential point award as though that particular pick was never made. So if player X picks Morgan after Week 12 and player Y picked her after week 2, then switched at week 9 only to switch back to her after Week 13, player X will be awarded 20 points for the pick and player Y will only be awarded 10.
Team Challenges - A weekly pick, each Fantasy Survivor player will pick which team will win each challenge. 5 points will be awarded for successful team challenge picks.
Individual Challenges - A weekly pick after the merge, each Fantasy Survivor player will pick which contestant will win the reward and immunity challenges. 10 points will be awarded for each successful pick.
Elimination: Each week Fantasy survivor players will be able to pick which contestant they believe will be voted off the island. Successful picks are awarded 10 points.
After an amazing two weeks of Survivor which have included Garrett’s lack of a poker face, J’Tia’s breakdowns, and the Brains tribe unsuccessfully practice before challenges here are the points and picks heading into Week 4. The picks are a little crazy due to the tribe mixup so we’ll just allow 3 people to be picked in place of a team for the challenges and three random people for the elimination.
Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear our expert analysis and roasting of the cast and thanks so much for reading!
Ep 33: Fruitvale’s Oscar Snub, Venezuela, and CBS’s Survivor!
Fruitvale Station’s snub at the Oscars, Ambivalence on Venezuela, and the first two episodes of CBS’s Survivor!
What’s up folks! This week Evan and Mando get into the long delayed discussion of Fruitvale Station (the movie) and Michael B Jordan’s performance in it. We also dish on recent events in Venezuela and our ambivalence about it.
Finally, at the 34:15 min mark, we get into the first two episodes of CBS’s Survivor! We get into our yearlong Survivor Fantasy league, J’Tia’s competence, LJ’s roids, our belief in Brice coming back, and more!
Ep. 31: Pass the Relish Gives the Walking Dead One Last Chance
Folks! In this episode the Pass the Relish podcast gives the Walking Dead TV show one last chance, and its not pretty. We’ve been watching for awhile now and its time to pass judgment. Relatedly, Evan and Mando discuss the anatomy of good tv.
Also, we spend 7 minutes at the end discussing some new Colin Kaepernick since last weeks NFL episode.
OK see you next week folks!
Ep. 30: The Super Bowl, Kaepernick vs. Russ. Wilson, and the Richard Sherman Debate
Folks! The Pass the Relish podcast is back! Sorry for the long delay. This week Mando and Evan get into the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick vs. Russell Wilson, and the Richard Sherman Debate! Say it with me folks: PTR PTR!
Richard Sherman, “Thugs”, and Code-Word Racism
Richard Sherman, the Most Electrifying Man in NFL Entertainment, set the Twittersphere and media on fire after his now infamous post-game interview with Erin Andrews. He excitedly proclaimed his greatness, flexed his masculinity, and laid some verbal smackdown on any would-be challengers (Crabtree).
The response from his detractors was swift and fierce. There were the obvious and overt racists, blurting out the most egregious things they could think of in hopes of a retweet or some sort of acknowledgement. And that’s really to be expected from the legions of anonymous yet attention-seeking people caught up in the social-media-is-my-personal-reality-show apparatus.
Then sure enough, only a few days later, Sherman lit the internet on fire again by stating in an interview that the most bothersome comments were when people called him a ‘thug’ because it, “seems like it’s the accepted way of calling someone the N-word nowadays.”
Cue exploding heads everywhere. “WHAT THE HELL! I DIDN’T MEAN TO SAY THE N-WORD! I WOULD NEVER SAY THAT! I HAVE A BLACK FRIEND!”
To all those who would jump to the conclusion that here’s just another black man pulling the race card unnecessarily, let’s be clear: Richard Sherman is absolutely, positively, without a doubt correct.
When people use code-words like “thug” instead of saying “nigger” it does not LITERALLY mean that they thought the exact word “nigger” then consciously chose “thug” instead to soften it. However, just like when people casually said “nigger” publicly, the function of the word is the same.
They’re using “thug” to dismiss and de-humanize Sherman while simultaneously reinforcing cultural stereotypes imposed upon the black community by power-insecure people and subjugating social structures. The intent is to relegate Sherman person to second-class status, through which more violent and derogatory rhetoric can be indulged in guilt-free. To simultaneously weaken that Sherman, and yet embellish his supposed danger and social threat. And most importantly, to shame Sherman and elevate the verbal attacker above him based on something far too easy to fall back on - race.
It’s completely reasonable and understandable to think that Sherman came off as arrogant and unsportsmanlike. If that’s the entirety of it there’s no reason to run to the word “thug” and all the obvious associations that come with it. Nobody called Roger Clemens a “thug” when he THREW A BAT SHARD at Mike Piazza on 10/22/2000. Nobody called Larry Bird a “thug” ever, even though he was a widely known trash-talker. There’s a reason that people run to words like “thug” with all the robbery, assault, and rape implied in that word.
If you are one of the people that jumps to loaded words like that when you just so happen to be describing black people, or any minority for that matter, you need to take a second to think about the baggage that comes along with jumping to those associations. Whether you realize it when you say it doesn’t matter. Code-word racism functions the exact same as overt verbal racism.