Horsey McHorseface wins 1st race

Thought this was pretty funny

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A Fulfilling Survivor Finale

Note – This was actually writen on Friday, May 26th, but I forgot to hit update, so its been sitting in my draft folder.

Another winner of Survivor was crowned on Wednesday, and I would like to congratulate  Sarah Lacina on playing a great game.   She made all the right moves, and was able to convey to the jury why she deserved their votes.   I was happy to see her win over Brad Culpepper (Who I was not a big fan of).    Also was cool to see Troy “Troyzan” Robertson realize he was not going to win, and sit back and enjoy the fact that he made it 39 days.

Survivor: Game Changers Wiki

I liked the way the changed up the final Tribal Council to an open forum instead of having each individual Jury member ask a question.   Though it gave everybody a better way to determine why moves were made, and who played the best game.   But I thought the Michaela ask the best question to Brad;  “Tell me something that you learned about me”.   As Brad stated to stumble with his answer, my daughter turned to me and said that Sarah would win.  And I agreed.   When I am a contestant on Survivor, I will make it my number one priority to try and get to know all other contestants on a personal level, as it always seems to come down to how much you listened and really payed attention to the jury members while they were still in the game.    They jury seem to forgive you for betraying them more than if you disrespect them.

Survivor will be back and I am already looking forward to next season with a new group of contestants.

Sat down to what I thought was the season finale of The Amazing Race last night, only to realize the final is next week, and this was a regular episode to get down to the final 3.   I was really enjoying this season with 5 teams left but with Becca and Floyd going last week, and then Matt and Redman going this week, I am left with 3 teams that I really don’t care for.    I will be rooting for London and Logan to win, as they seem the most grateful and excited.   Both Brook and Tara just complain and complain and it gets really annoying to listen to.   Should be a good finale and am very happy that CBS has renewed The Amazing Race for next season.   Hopefully they will go back to regular contestants as that is what made the show so good – Real people given the opportunity to race around the world.

Here is a cool podcast from  “Amazing Race” executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri

Amazing Race Producers

Hope everybody has a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.   Spend time with family and friends and relax and enjoy the company

Andy

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Another season of “The Amazing Race”

I really enjoyed this season of the Amazing Race.  Was a bit sceptical about the concept (Blind Dates), but once the race started, I almost forgot about that and just enjoyed the teams run around the world.    While not a big fan of Brooke & Scott, they ran a good race and deserved to win.    I was rooting for London & Logan as they seemed to be having the most fun and enjoying their time on the race.

I am always amazed how all the contestants on The Amazing Race (and Survivor) can so quickly put losing behind them and realize they are lucky to have the opportunity to participate.   Most of the contestants end up long time friends with the other racers or survivors,  which I find really cool.   Also, it interesting to hear that most of the contestants  say the prize money is just a bonus for being able to go on the adventure of a lifetime and they would do it again in a heartbeat.

As a fan of both The Amazing Race and Survivor from the beginning,  I have always felt the same way.   That the prize money would be great, but I would do it for free if I could just for for the experience.  Don’t get me wrong, I want to get to the end and win as much as anybody, and would probably be upset to be eliminated early or being voted off before the merge.   I want the full experience from start to finish

I have applied in the past, and will continue to apply for as long as the shows continue to air.    Eventually my application videos will hit the right note with the producers and they will realize that I would make a great contestant due to my enthusiasm, and my knowledge of the shows.   The television audience would love me, as I am the perfect fit for what I see in posts of Facebook and online forums.   See a lot of things like “Bring back average people who made the shows so good in the beginning”,   “Love the shows, but don’t  need to see the same people season after season, bring back average people”

So if anybody is out there listening,  who better to cast on a upcoming season season of The Amazing Race, or Survivor then AverageAndy himself –  Just an average guy living the good live who is looking for an adventure of a lifetime.

Have a great weekend everybody and I will write again next week

 

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RIP Roger Moore (James Bond)

Just want to mention the passing of Roger Moore who played James Bond in 7 Films

Roger Moore Jame Bond Films

The James Bond movies were a big part of my youth, and Roger Moore was the one who played him while I was growing up.   I remember watching the James Bond movies on HBO and how cool they were.

I also had a friend who worked for Radio Station WPLJ in New York when “A View to A Kill” came out and got to go to a special screening.

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Roger Moore also signed a lot of Non-Sports Cards for Rittenhouse Archives James Bond sets over the years.

 

I’ll leave you with the opening scene from “The Spy Who Loved Me” which still today is one of my favorite scenes from a movie.

RIP Mr. Moore.   You will be missed

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Only 1 Week left for Survivor and Amazing Race

Next week bring the season finales of both Survivor and The Amazing Race (good to see that CBS renewed the Race for another year).

I have rally enjoyed both shows this Season.    Found the season of Survivor very entertaining.  It was interesting to see how some of the returning players changed they way they played, while others played the same game as before.   It didn’t seem to matter as most of the players voted off noted how they were voted off at the same spot as their previous seasons.

I watched Machaelas’ Ponderosa Video and loved here attitude.  While not the biggest fan of hers during the season, she jumped way up in my book and would actually like to see her return again in the future.      Also saw that she mentioned she would like to go on “The Amazing Race”.     I’m available and  would volunteer in a heartbeat to go with her.   (Maybe there is somebody out there reading this who can help make that happen;  Hey you never know)

 

Speaking of the Amazing Race,  I think this has been one of the best seasons in a while. I am kind of sad that its been airing on Thursdays at 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM.   Maybe they will move it back to Sundays (I had now issues with it being delayed now and then due to Football;   60 Mins has followed Football for 40+ years, and seems to do OK)

As far as other TV shows that I watched this season, I really enjoyed Designated Survivor (I’ve been a fan of Kiefer Sutherland going back to his early films such as “The Lost Boys” and “Flatliners”  as well as his TV shows (“24” and the under appreciated “Touch”)

Kiefer Sutherland IMDB

I also actually liked Kevin James in “Kevin Can Wait”.     Took a while to get into it, and it could be stupid at times (and a bit male chauvinistic) , but it was a great escape from things for 1/2 hour.

Also still enjoying both The Middle and Modern Family after all the years they have been on.    Still smarter and funnier than most other shows

As far as sports – big weekend for my NY Mets.    Need to at least take 2 or 3 from the Angels at home and straighten things out or its going to be a long summer.

Andy

 

 

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Another week gone by

Not much more to say about Matt Harvey and the Mets’ except that Matt Harvey is a perfect example of how some of today’s athletes are put on pedestals (by both the media and the fans) before they actually accomplish anything.   They are looking for the shortcut and think they deserve the big payday without putting in the work

Matt Harvey Career Stats

Hopefully Matt Harvey gets the message, starts to focus on baseball, and goes out an throws a solid game against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.

Just read a good article about Baseball Card Collecting and TOPPS

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As a card collector myself,  (Mostly non-sports cards, but do enjoy picking ups a few packs of baseball cards no and then), I enjoyed the article.  Always liked TOPPS as a company, and am a fan of their cards, the TOPPS Card Traded app, what they are doing with TOPPS Now.   While baseball cards and collecting will never be the same as years ago, with 5 cent packs and shoe boxes full of cards in parents basements and attics, its still a fun hobby and I will continue to collect.

This season of Survivor is setting itself up for a crazy finish.   With only 2 episodes left, and with lots of Idols still in play (Tai has 2,  Troyzan has 1, and Sara has 1 which she basically stole one from Sierra, as well as a steal a vote advantage), the last few tribal councils should be really interesting.

Got my fingers crossed that the people at CBS come to their senses and renew “The Amazing Race” for next season.    Still one of the best Reality shows on TV, it needs to continue.    But when it does come back, the producers should forget about all the stuff with having known people (You Tubers and other social Media types), and stop the gimmick of pairing people up (blind dates), and bring back teams of real average players. The show doesn’t need try and force things.   The premise and the production are so good that the show sells itself.   It would be a shame if its cancelled while shows like Scorpion and Superior Doughnuts stick around.  Come on CBS, do the right thing.

Andy

 

 

 

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Where did the time (And April) go

Cant believe its been almost 2 months since I last wrote anything here.   I have been busy, and had a great vacation in Hilton Head Island, SC, but there are no excuses and I should be able to write more often

Since I last wrote, the MLB season started, with the Mets getting off to a great start, followed by a terrible stretch where it seemed somebody was getting hurt every night.  They also forgot how to hit and field, and that is why they find themselves 6.5 games behind Washington.    Injuries to Céspedes (hamstring) and Syndergaard (Lat) have hurt, but the rest of the team needs to pick things up a notch.   Plenty of baseball left to play so no need to worry, but a nice 8 – 2 stretch would help.

Been a very interesting and emotion season of Survivor.    Was quite shocked with Jeff Varner’s comments to Zeke Smith at Tribal Council.   I actually rewound watched again to make sure I heard it correctly.    I was very impressed with the way Zeke handled things, and found it inspiring the way the rest of the tribe stood up for him.   I do not think Jeff Varner is a bad person (actually likes him each time he played), and did not think he deserved to get fired from his real life job.   This is what makes Survivor such a great show.   Its one of the true real reality shows –  Most players do not sigh up just to be on TV and are not looking for fame and fortune.

Of the remaining contestants,  I’ pulling for Troyzan,  but would not mind it Tai was to win.

More to come

 

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