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August 31, 2011

I snagged a Wacom for my birthday and I’ve been obsessed with it. As in, I sit down on the couch with it when I get home after work, then crawl up to bed seven hours later. So, here are some of my early efforts…

CM Punk Promo Poster Wrestlemania X-Seven Poster Wrestle War '89 Poster
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Will a ‘Survivor’ Statistic Doom All Stars Ozzy and Coach?

August 31, 2011

“Survivor” has featured three seasons where returning players have squared off against new players. Of those three seasons, a returning player has won twice…

“Survivor: Guatemala” – “Survivor: Palau” competitors Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard returned to play the game with sixteen new players. LaGrossa made it to the finals but lost to newcomer Danni Boatwright.

“Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites”
– Parvati Shallow and nine other “Survivor” All Stars faced off against ten “Survivor” fans. Shallow defeated fellow All Star Amanda Kimmel at the final Tribal Council.

“Survivor: Redemption Island” – “Survivor” Hall of Famers “Boston” Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz played against sixteen inexperienced players. Mariano went on to get the best of Natalie Tenerelli and Phillip Sheppard in the end.

I asked this season’s new players (and the guy that hosts the show) what that little tidbit means to them…

Jeff Probst: Wow! Very interesting stat. That does say there’s something to experience in this game. I think Rob winning last year is going to make it very difficult for Ozzy and Coach this year. But, if Ozzy can get his game together socially and get in an alliance that will take him to the merge, and then they send him to Redemption? Ozzy can get back in this game and Ozzy could win it. It’s possible.

Whitney Duncan: They already know this game, they’ve done it. They have a big advantage. I think they should help us build our shelter really nice, real pretty, then vote them off.

Rick Nelson: I think we’re fools if we keep them past the first Tribal Council. We need to get them out of there just as fast as we can. They’ve had their chance.

Edna Ma: It’ll be important to get rid of them quickly. My strategy will be to convince my tribemates to vote them off because the jury will be sympathetic to them.

Mark Caruso: It depends on who we’re playing with. If you’re afraid, you’re going to follow somebody, and you’re going to get what you deserve.

Christine Shields Markoski: That statistic means absolutely nothing to me. It has no bearing on my game.

John Cochran: Rob was playing with a bunch of idiots. If Rob was playing with me he wouldn’t have had nearly as much luck. I’m the X-factor here. I’m not going to be star-struck by them. They don’t bring back winning players. That means they’re losers. I see no reason to idolize somebody who’s lost. I have a better record than they do. I’m not going to have stars in my eyes when Cirie gets off the helicopter. Your statistic means nothing. I’m here to break statistics. I’m a statistical anomaly.

Mikayla Wingle: That’s not a good statistic for us. But, if they come into the game and are good people who want to work, let’s keep them.

Stacey Powell: It’s a very telling statistic. And it means we can’t let them get too far into the game.

Elyse Umemoto: That statistic is relevant, but at the end of the day it’s anybody’s game. The game can change in a minute.

Albert Destrade:  I think it’s going to be important to communicate that at some point we’re going to have to turn on the returning players. They’re going to be able to charm the jury. It’s important to not let a returner get to the end.

Brandon Hantz: I don’t think it matters at all. It all matters how they adapt to the tribe.

Dawn Meehan: The All Stars need to go early.

Sophie Clarke: I think a lot of that is due, not to them returning, but because they were the best of their seasons. I’ve been reading a lot of “Art of War” and there’s some quote about “A wise man does once what it takes a foolish man a couple of times. “ Parvati didn’t win her first time. She won her second time.

Jim Rice: I think that the fact that All Stars have won two times before makes it very difficult for them to win again. I think it’ll be nearly impossible.

Keith Tollefson: It basically proves that new players look up to them for leadership. They’ve done it before and we haven’t. But the reason they win is because they pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.

Semhar Tadesse: We need to vote them out immediately.

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

Everyone Can Relax, I’ve Figured Lady Gaga Out

August 30, 2011

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Two ‘Survivor’ Favorites Join the Cast of ‘Survivor: South Pacific’

August 24, 2011

It’ll be the Challenge Player squaring off against the Dragon Slayer this fall when Ozzy Lusth and Ben “Coach” Wade join the cast of “Survivor: South Pacific.” This will be the third appearance in the popular reality series for both men, however neither has ever taken home the show’s million-dollar prize.

When asked why the two favorites were invited back, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst said, “We looked at many different line-ups. We had all kinds of cards lined up with names, we had some women in the mix. We finally decided on Ozzy and Coach because they seemed to be an opposite-side-of-the-coin pairing. Ozzy is the real deal. He’s dominant in challenges, he’s like a fish in the water, he can climb a tree, he can start fire, he can build a shelter. Coach lives a life like he’s the real deal, but Coach really…a lot of people would say…is a pretender. And I love Coach, I adore Coach, but if you’re watching the show there’s still a question mark.

“So when we put them together, they were opposite sides of the coin who had one thing in common, and what they had in common was both of their social games suck. Ozzy got voted out with an idol in his pocket, and Coach…ugh…he fell in love with Jerri (Manthey) he needed guidance from Tyson (Apostol), he didn’t know what to do. So, both of these guys have a redemption story.”

Ozzy Lusth was the first runner-up in “Survivor: Cook Islands” and was the twelfth person voted out of “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites.”

Ben “Coach” Wade was the fourth runner-up in “Survivor: Tocantins” and was the ninth person voted out of “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” He was also defeated in the “Survivor: Nicaragua” Power Rankings by XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” fella Gordon Holmes.

Some of the new cast will be happy to see Coach and Ozzy, some won’t. Check out who the new players were hoping to see enter the game.

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with Ozzy Lusth, Coach Wade, and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

Celebrity Fight Club

August 23, 2011

INT. A LIVING ROOM – DAY

A GUY and a GIRL are seated on a couch together.

The guy uses the remote control to flip through the channels of an impressive television.

The girl isn’t interested in what’s on the television.  She’s reading something on her phone.

GUY
Who do you think would win in a

fight between Rizzoli and Isles?

The girl doesn’t answer.

GUY
OK, what if it was Rizzoli and Franklin

against Isles and Bash?

The girl still doesn’t answer.

GUY
Rizzoli, Franklin and Cagney squaring

off against Isles, Bash, and Lacey?

Still no answer from the girl.

GUY
Rizzoli, Franklin, Cagney, and Starsky

versus Isles, Bash, Lacey, and Hutch?

The girl finally acknowledges the guy. She turns to him and gives him an annoyed look.

GUY
Rizzoli, Franklin, Cagney, Starsky, and

Hart in a no-holds-barred fight with

Isles, Bash, Lacey, Hutch, and Hart!

GIRL (sighing)
I guess Isles, Bash, Lacey, Hutch, and Hart.

GUY
What?! Right off the bat, you’re telling

me Hart wouldn’t cream Hart?

GIRL
Wait, which Hart is which?

GUY
I always assumed the male Hart was

billed first.

GIRL
Sexist…

Who Are the Returning ‘Survivor: South Pacific’ All Stars?

August 23, 2011

Yesterday we were introduced to “Survivor: South Pacific’s” sixteen new competitors. However, we still don’t know who the two returning “Survivor” All Stars are. I took an informal poll of the newbies to find out who they think the All Stars will be, who they don’t want to see, and who they’d like to play against…

Brandon Hantz: I’d like for it to be Matt (Elrod). He’s a great player…wait, sorry…he’s not a great player, he’s a great person.

Dawn Meehan: I hope it’s somebody from the “Redemption Island” cast so I can have my vindication. (Laughs) I hope it’s someone like Matt or Mike (Chiesl) or Phillip (Sheppard).

Sophie Clarke: I think it could be Matt from last season only because it’s a good story. And I’m OK with that. Matt’s so obsessed with God; whatever God wants goes. And I don’t think God is watching “Survivor.”

Semhar Tadesse
: I have no idea . I would hope that they would be Fabio (Judson Birza) and Sandra (Diaz-Twine) because I like them a lot.

Christine Shields Markoski: I hope it’s not Russell (Hantz). I hope it’s Ozzy (Lusth), I think he and I would get along very well. And I hope it’s Phillip because I think my skills teaching students that don’t speak English with special needs will help me work with Phillip very well.

John Cochran: I’m not happy about returning players. I have some theories about who it could be. I was thinking Coach (Ben Wade) vs. Phillip…a battle of the lunatics or whatever.  I’d be OK with that. As grating as they can be, they’d be easy to get rid of right off of the bat. I wouldn’t like it to be anyone charming or likable. That’s the thing with Rob (Mariano).  He’s so charming. And I wouldn’t like to see Ozzy because he’s such a great provider, and he’s this handsome, rugged, “Jungle Book”-looking guy.

Mikayla Wingle
: I would love for it to be somebody like Rupert (Boneham). That’d be fun and happy. But I think they’re going to go with somebody conniving. I think it’s going to be somebody like Parvati (Shallow). Somebody who’s flirtatious in their ways and can maneuver their way around things. She’s not a great physical player though. I’d have no problem beating her in challenges.

Elyse Umemoto: I don’t have as much background as I’d like in the history of “Survivor.” But I’d be a little concerned if Russell came back.

Albert Destrade:  I did the math and I definitely think it’s going to be two guys. The two guys I least want to be here are the guys from last season, Russell and Rob. I think they’d view me as a threat.

Stacey Powell: I don’t care who they are, but they’ve got to go.

Jim Rice: I’m really hoping it’s someone like Matt or James (Clement). Someone who’s really good at challenges. That’ll help me get to the merge, then they’ll be the first person voted out.

Keith Tollefson: I don’t want it to be Russell and Boston Rob. I think Matt would be a good one to come back because he’s the king of Redemption Island.

Whitney Duncan: I felt bad for Matt last season for living on Redemption Island, so I’d like to see him back. But at the same time, I don’t want to face him on Redemption Island.

Rick Nelson: I really don’t want it to be Coach, because there was this thing on my video where I said, “Where did they find that guy? The Dragon Slayer? You ever see a dragon anywhere?”

Edna Ma: I have no idea who the returning stars will be. Maybe it’ll be two women?

Mark Caruso: Definitely Russell. A lot of people don’t like Russell, but I’m into Russell. I think he plays the game right. And I would align with him immediately. I like Jane (Bright). I think Jane’s good at what she does.

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Players Revealed: Meet the Upolu Tribe

August 22, 2011

The contestants for the 23rd season of “Survivor” were unveiled by CBS this morning. The sixteen new players are divided into two tribes; Upolu and Savaii and will be joined by two returning All-Star players (to be named at a later date).

To view the members of the Savaii tribe, click here.

Sophie Albert
Name: Sophie Clarke
Age: 22
Current Residence: Willsboro, New York
Occupation: Medical Student

Sophie was named Prom Princess in her small rural high school.

Read our exclusive interview with Sophie Clarke

Name: Albert Destrade
Age: 26
Current Residence: Plantation, Florida
Occupation: Baseball/Dating Coach

Albert considers Crash Davis from the movie “Bull Durham” to be one of his personal heroes.

Read our exclusive interview with Albert Destrade

Brandon Edna
Name: Brandon Hantz
Age: 19
Current Residence: Katy, Texas
Occupation: Oil Tanker Crewman

Brandon’s uncle is none other than “Survivor” Hall of Famer Russell Hantz.

Read our exclusive interview with Brandon Hantz

Name: Edna Ma
Age: 35
Current Residence: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Anesthesiologist

Edna has also developed a line of products designed to help people with personal grooming.

Read our exclusive interview with Edna Ma

Christine Rick
Name: Christine Shields Markoski
Age: 39
Current Residence: Merrick, New York
Occupation: Teacher

Christine uses the word “stubborn” to describe herself. She thinks overcoming that will be one of her biggest challenges in the game.

Read our exclusive interview with Christine Shields Markoski

Name: Rick Nelson
Age: 51
Current Residence: Aurora, Utah
Occupation: Rancher

Rick has applied to be on “Survivor” 14 different times!

Read our exclusive interview with Rick Nelson

Stacey Mikayla
Name: Stacey Powell
Age: 44
Current Residence: Grand Prairie, Texas
Occupation: Mortician

Stacey considers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be her main inspiration in life.

Read our exclusive interview with Stacey Powell

Name: Mikayla Wingle
Age: 22
Current Residence: Tampa, Florida
Occupation: Lingerie Football Player

Mikayla has appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine.

Read our exclusive interview with Mikayla Wingle

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Players Revealed: Meet the Savaii Tribe

August 22, 2011

The contestants for the 23rd season of “Survivor” were unveiled by CBS this morning. The sixteen new players are divided into two tribes; Upolu and Savaii and will be joined by two returning All-Star players (to be named at a later date).

To view the members of the Upolu tribe, click here.

Mark John
Name: Mark Caruso
Age: 48
Current Residence: Forest Hills, New York
Occupation: Retired NYPD Detective

Mark considers himself to be a caring person and wants to be the nurturer for the Savaii tribe.

Read our exclusive interview with Mark Caruso

Name: John Cochran
Age: 24
Current Residence: Washington, DC
Occupation: Harvard Law Student

John won the Dean’s Scholar Prize at Harvard Law for a paper he wrote comparing the U.S legal system to “Survivor.”

Read our exclusive interview with John Cochran

Whitney Dawn
Name: Whitney Duncan
Age: 27
Current Residence: Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation: Country Music Singer

Whitney lists Jesus and Elvis Presley as her two biggest inspirations.

Read our exclusive interview with Whitney Duncan

Name: Dawn Meehan
Age: 41
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor

Dawn was scheduled to appear on “Survivor: Redemption Island” but was replaced at the last moment.

Read our exclusive interview with Dawn Meehan

Jim Semhar
Name: Jim Rice
Age: 35
Current Residence: Denver, Colorado
Occupation: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner

Jim has opened a wide variety of businesses and has won several poker tournaments.

Read our exclusive interview with Jim Rice

Name: Semhar Tadesse
Age: 24
Current Residence: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Spoken Word Artist

Semhar considers Oprah Winfrey to be her main inspiration in life.

Read our exclusive interview with Semhar Tadesse

Keith Elyse
Name: Keith Tollefson
Age: 26
Current Residence: Edina, Minnesota
Occupation: Water Treatment Tech

Keith has EMT certification and believes that he thrives in high stress situations.

Read our exclusive interview with Keith Tollefson

Name: Elyse Umemoto
Age: 27
Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Dance Team Manager
Elyse was the second runner-up in the 2008 Miss America Pageant.

Read our exclusive interview with Elyse Umemoto

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Pre-Game Interview: Brandon Hantz

August 22, 2011

Name: Brandon Hantz

Age: 19

Current Residence: Katy, Texas

Occupation: Oil Tanker Crewman

Tribe: Upolu

Gordon Holmes: What did your uncle (“Survivor” Hall of Famer Russell Hantz) tell you about the game?
Brandon Hantz:
He understands the mental part about it. He’s really good at that stuff. He told me that it’s going to be tough not to lose your temper. A lot of my family goes off pretty easy. He said that’s what I’m going to have to control, is my temper towards people.
Holmes: Russell has a bit of a bad reputation with his lying, backstabbing and whatnot. Are you hoping to clean up the Hantz name a little bit?
Hantz: Absolutely. I love my uncle and blood’s thicker than water. I don’t have anything negative to say about my uncle, but we’re two different people. I don’t want to be judged under his name. But I want people to see a different side of our family, and if that means I lose the game, then so be it. But it would be great to win, that’s for sure. (Laughs)
Holmes: Are you going to let anybody know that you’re Russell’s nephew?
Hantz: I’ve been thinking a lot about that. I really don’t want to, because I want people to know me for me. But that’s one of those things about playing the game. If I say something about it, that’s going to put a mark on my back. We’ll just have to wait and see, if I have a strong alliance I might let ‘em know, because he’s going to be coming for the family thing.
Holmes: Russell played three times and didn’t win. If you come out of this with the million-dollar check is that going to cause some friction between you two?
Hantz: I think it’s going to be some salt in the wound if I win. I mean, I’m sure he wants me to win. It’d be cool to win, but I don’t want my uncle to feel bad. This has nothing to do with Russell, it has to do with my family. I want this money so I can make a life for myself and my son…and a little daughter on the way.

Holmes: How has becoming a dad affected your life?
Hantz:
It definitely slowed me down a lot. I stopped acting foolish when I had my little boy…well at least for the most part. It changes the way I think. I have to be more responsible I have another person I have to look out for now.

Holmes: I’m told you have an outdoorsy background. Are these things you’ll be able to use to your advantage?
Hantz:
I think people are used to being in a house with a lot of cool air and I am too, to a point. But living in the country with animals and alligators and all kinds of wildlife really doesn’t bother me. My family’s just a little different than most. I’ve rode bulls before and horses. We like to have fun. We don’t like to stay in one spot, so when you’re out in the middle of nowhere you have to find something to do.

Holmes: It says here in your bio that “Jesus is your biggest inspiration in life.”
Hantz:
Absolutely.
Holmes: Will your beliefs make it difficult to lie to people in the game?
Hantz: I do have a standard and I won’t go beneath that standard. I want to keep myself from doing things that I shouldn’t do. I’m not a bad person and I don’t want to come off as a bad person. I know it’s a game, but there a point where there are some things that I just won’t do. When it comes to degrading someone or making them feel like they’re less of a person; I don’t want to do that.

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Pre-Game Interview: Dawn Meehan

August 22, 2011

Name: Dawn Meehan

Age: 41

Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah

Occupation: English Professor

Tribe: Savaii

Gordon Holmes: I understand you have a very diverse group of kids running around your house.
Dawn Meehan:
My children are all adopted and so they really are a diverse group. None of us look alike. And since we’re such a big family we resemble a lot of the dynamics of the “Survivor” game.
Holmes: Will your experience dealing with such a diverse group help you in the game?
Meehan: I see myself as a person who likes to bring people together and work to unify groups, probably because when your family is brought together with adoption you’re constantly trying to find what you have in common. So, in the first part of the game, before the merge, I’m going to be an asset for merging people.

Holmes: You were originally cast for “Survivor: Redemption Island.” What does it mean to get to come back and show them what they missed out on?
Meehan:
When I was cut from that season it would have been really easy for me to get discouraged and say, “It wasn’t meant to be.” But, for some reason I immediately thought, “Not this season, but next.” So I really spent the next year evaluating myself and my life and getting ready physically for it and auditioned again.

Holmes: Do you have any experience roughing it?
Meehan:
I’ve done a lot of camping. And I’ve been challenging myself physically. Working out six times a week; biking, swimming, doing all those things to get ready.

Holmes: How deceptive are you prepared to be?
Meehan:
I think the first time I auditioned I was a bit of a people pleaser. But once you’ve had that experience of thinking you’re going and having it removed, it’s really changed my view. I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble playing the game.

Holmes: You’ve been around the cast for a few days but haven’t been able to talk to them yet. Any first impressions?
Meehan:
Honestly, I still see myself as a fan so I’m excited to think about how everybody is going to play. There’s a young boy that looks like a rocket scientist…there’s some distinct personalities that it looks like it will be fun to get to know and then eventually get rid of.

Holmes: What are you going to do with that million dollars?
Meehan:
With six kids, a lot of plans for a million dollars. It can go a long way for them.

Survivor: South Pacific” premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

More “Survivor” Fun: XFINITY TV sent Gordon Holmes into the heart of the South Pacific to get a first-hand look at the filming of the latest edition of “Survivor.” Be sure to check back for exclusive interviews with the returning All-Stars and host Jeff Probst, behind-the-scenes photos, and Gordon’s personal (and injury-filled) account of what it’s like to compete in an actual immunity challenge.

Any Questions about “Survivor: South Pacific”? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes


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