Panthers backup QB Derek Anderson a connoisseur of ‘The Bachelor’
San Jose, Calif. Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson began hate-watching and live-tweeting ABC’s The Bachelor last month.
But Anderson hasn’t seen the past two episodes of the season. What gives?
“Well, my wife was out of town two weeks ago. She left right after the game and went back to Oregon, so I just missed it because I watched something else,” Anderson said. “I was enjoying having the controller. And then I missed it on Monday.
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“We initially started watching it because she knew one of the gals. The girl with the rose on her head is from Oregon. I’m like, ‘I’m not watching this.’ Then I started tweeting about it and then it got funny.
“It’s almost comical because I feel like the whole thing is scripted anyway. They know who needs to stay, who needs to go. They’ve got to keep it diverse. You can’t just get rid of everybody at once. You could get rid of five girls and watch 10 weeks of the five girls and let him figure it out. I heard another girl bailed in the middle of the show this week.”
Several players and coaches are superstitious. Some won’t cut their hair. Others are trying to keep their normal game-week routine.
But Anderson isn’t that concerned about not watching this show. He didn’t even record it.
“I got filled in,” he said. “I was a little worried, but I don’t really watch TV anyway so that’s not part of my regular routine.”
Anderson said he couldn’t be on The Bachelor or one of the guys on The Bachelorette.
“(My wife) wouldn’t let me,” he said.
Kyle Busch: NASCAR’s champion picks the team he’s always pulled for, the Broncos, to win 24-21. “Either way I win,” he said. “Growing up a Broncos fan in Las Vegas and now living in North Carolina, I’m all set for a great Sunday either way.”
Marvin Williams: The veteran Charlotte Hornets forward can see both sides. “It’s hard to go against Peyton Manning, but the way the Panthers are playing it’s hard to go against them as well,” he said. “I’m going to go Panthers 24-21.”
Jay Bilas: The ESPN analyst and Charlotte resident is picking Carolina, too. “Panthers, 31-17. Newton will not be pressured as easily as New England was. His uniform won’t be dirty, except from diving into the end zone.”
▪ Armed police patrol Howard Street downtown, their massive assault rifles making it look like the Moscone Convention Center might be housing the U.S. president and not the Super Bowl media.
▪ There are Super Bowl symbols everywhere. A football on a stand, painted on a high-rise building. A man in the streets giving away free art – but selling prints of football players for $5. Banners with the number “50” on posts along the busy streets. The only thing missing? Panthers fans. A visit to Super Bowl City, the free public fan village coordinated by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, felt a lot like Charlotte’s Speed Street event. Which is to say, there were a lot of local and corporate workers who had spilled over to the event to check out the festivities around lunchtime, but no Panthers blue in sight. Let’s see how the arrival of the weekend changes that.
▪ Santa Clara, at a glance, seems awfully multicultural. In and around the (somewhat poorly defined) downtown area, we chatted with a tech firm employee from England, a Vietnamese jewelry store owner, a Pakistani Uber driver and a Russian mom whose daughter sold a box of Girl Scout cookies to an older gentleman wearing a turban.
▪ Stuff here? It’s expensive. Passed a Chevron gas station in San Francisco that was selling regular unleaded gasoline for $2.75 a gallon. At one of the media hotels in Union Square, a yogurt parfait will cost you $9.50. I also saw a 1,200-square-foot, very ordinary-looking yellow house in Santa Clara that was for sale; out of curiosity, I looked it up on Zillow: $859,000.
▪ Bystanders often stop to take photos and video of the police escort for the media buses. How disappointed they’d be if they knew who was on board.
▪ The number of credentialed media strolling around downtown far outnumbers the fans in blue-and-black or orange jerseys in San Francisco.
▪ They haven’t announced who will be involved in the pregame flyover, assuming there will be one, but one of the Blue Angels was on the tarmac at the San Jose airport on Wednesday.
▪ Curious bystanders crowded a big red Budweiser snap pictures of the famous Clydesdale horses outside the media center in San Francisco.
They said it
“People don’t know how we win. We got ugly wins, man.” – Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
“Hopefully you can do something to make him remember you.” – Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson, on playing against Peyton Manning.
“He’s very humble. That comes from his faith and most likely his upbringing.” – Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker, on coach Ron Rivera.