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Saturday
Jul122014

Big Brother Gossip Show #404: Sacrificial Idiot

Wow, what a week. From house battles to newfound (but unrequited) love, along with the beginning of Team America (Fuck Yeah!), this was a week full of action. We handle it all, along with much more on this week's episode of the Big Brother Gossip Show! 

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Thanks to everybody who listened live, and also a big thanks to Ash for her assistance with the audio clips. Also, head to iTunes and leave some comments on how much you love Colette, Mike, and I. Or bitch about us. Whichever you feel is apt. No, make it nice things!

Thursday
Jul102014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 8 Recap

Last night’s episode ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. What appeared to be a semi-normal veto ceremony became tense when Brittany announced she had something to say.

Tonight we find out what was said as we witnessed a screaming match while the voice-over promoting tonight’s show was heard. Apparently, Zach became heated, and even goofy Pow had a few words. Hmmm, can’t wait to hear this!

Let’s not waste any time here. We get a bit of an intro from Julie, and the long recap, and we’re off! We see Brit say she wants to say something, and Zach responds that he’ll be next. Brit wants to explain what she said Pow, “who I thought was my friend”. She says that she knew how Pow was acting around her that she was going to through the veto comp. She didn’t wear her glasses in the competition, for example. Pow then responds that “we all know how (Devin) is. Thank you, but you’re not a good person. I would rather throw my head in a toilet bowl and drown rather than stay with you for another week.” She admits that Devin asked her to throw the comp, but she claims she didn’t.

Devin finally speaks up, and says that she did throw it. They go back and forth on this a bit, and Donny says in the diary room “I’m loving every minute of this veto ceremony. I’m so glad I have a front row seat.” Devin then takes over the conversation, and this sets off Pow. “Your daughter is going to look at this and laugh at you!” Pow, Pow!

Finally, Zach has had enough and pops up. “Fine. My turn.” He says in the diary room it’s time for him to play dirty. “Frankie, don’t feel threatened.” He tells Pow that she sucks at everything, which she agrees with. He tells Devin “there’s not an ounce of truth in your body.” He says there is no chance that he’s going home, as every person on the one side of the couch will vote for him. He’s not so sure about the other couch. “Frankie, I don’t really know, but I hope you vote for me. Caleb, I’m not so sure either.” He adds that he’s going after Devin, as should everybody else in the house. Finally, he asks for a response from Devin, who just says “best of luck to you”.

Devin heads upstairs, acting like he really doesn’t care because he really believes he’s “the biggest target”. Cody says he is also pissed at Devin for putting up one of the bomb Squad members. Amber, though, thinks that Zach may have to go home. Frankie hugs Zach, but asks him why he was “put on blast like that”.

Caleb is now sitting alone in the yellow room, pissed that Zach just threw the bomb squad under the bus. He uses some of his phony beast mode bullshit in his explanation, but I’m not going to use that crap.

Frankie and Zach head into the have-not room. Frankie is “super-pissed”, but Zach is smiling. He tells Frankie that he didn’t mean anything by it, but Frankie isn’t buying it. “Nothing’s changed”, says Zach, but he knows he took it too far. Frankie is still pissed that Zach “ruined my game.”

Now a bunch of people are outside, and Zach and Pow start arguing. Amber walks away, but the two keep going back and forth. Pow still claims that she didn’t throw the competition, but Zach is now starting to piss off Derrick.

Caleb and Devin are upstairs attempting to count, and Devin has it figured out that they have the votes to bounce Zach. This raises a query, though. Who should they replace him with? The bomb Squad HAS to have a full eight members. It’s time to draft Hayden, and he’s brought into the HOH. Devin outs the whole Bomb Squad lineup, and says they all trust him enough to be a part of their team. Hayden pretends to be happy about it, and agrees to it. Or does he? “My number one goal is to blow up the Bomb Squad”, he says in the diary room.

After a commercial break, Zach is now sitting with Derrick, who is giving him advice to just lay low about going after Devin. He just can’t act like that again. This seems to sink in with Zach.

Now we have a Team America meeting, and for some reason they think their forced alliance is a real alliance, and that they should vote as one. NOOOOO!!!! It’s for silly tasks, you dummies! Frankie somehow believes that Devin and Caleb are better allies than Zach. You turncoat! Thankfully, Donny is there to talk some sense to silly Frankie.

Derrick now has a chat with Caleb. Derrick says it’s better to “play it safe” early in the game, but Caleb believes that they can still use Pow to do things for them. Derrick counters that Zach’s desire to get out Devin actually makes the two of them safe. Suddenly, Caleb is thinking it may be better to keep Zach.

Derrick then goes to report to Frankie about Caleb’s decision. Frankie wants to be the one to inform Devin about the house’s decision, though, and runs right up there. Devin is shocked, and says that he’s now out of the alliance. “This is a solo game for me from here on out.” Wait, what? This mess is all your doing! You brought everybody in! Oh yeah, he threw in his daughter a couple of times in this chat, and fake cried in the diary room. You’re a dope, Devin.

Ok, it is now time for the final pleas. First, Julie asks Jacosta to describe the veto ceremony. She has no answer other than “crazy”, while Frankie says it was “insanity”. Devin was asked to rate his reign of HOH, and he says it was a 4 ½.

Pow gives the first plea, and babbles nonsense about being positive. Devin has “five different personalities and they all suck.” She goes on to claim that Zach is just as bad at comps as she is because he is yet to win one. Um, ok then. Julie finally has to shut her up.

It’s Zach’s turn, and he gives shout outs to his family. He says that he loves everybody, but it’s in “the best interest of the house to keep me. None of you are my target. My target is that man right there. If you guys vote to keep me safe, I’ll do everything in my power to make sure he is evicted from this house.”

Voting then begins with Jocasta, who votes to evict Zach. Brittany votes to evict Pow, as does Derrick. Donny, though, votes to evict Zach. With the score tied, it’s time for commercials.

When we return, Caleb votes to evict Pow, as does Amber, Hayden, Cody, Frankie, Nicole, Christine, and Victoria. Pow Pow is evicted, 10-2!

The results are read to the house, and she calmly hugs everybody as she walks out. After that awkward moment while we wait for her picture to go black, Julie asks who Pow blames for her eviction. “Devin. His game sucked, and he made a lot of deals with everybody.” Julie counters with her deal to throw the comp. “Honestly, I have no idea.” Yep, that’s honesty. She’s then asked who she is rooting for, and she answers Donny and Jocasta.

Thankfully, this segment is cut short, and we go right to the goodbye messages. Zach calls her a “huge liar who lies to get out of lies”. Ha! Jocasta tells her that she loves her, and “to stay close to God”. Devin apologizes, and claims he wanted to help her as much as he could. Donny tells her how much he loved her. “You have been the best friend in the house. I’ll never forget you.”

Julie asks about their relationship, and she replies how impossible it seemed for her to be best friends with a 42 year-old man. “How can you not love Donny?”

Ok, it’s now super serious time. Tonight’s HOH competition is the most important of the season so far. Yes, I know. This is only the third one, but it could determine who wins the battle of wits between Devin and Zach. The competition is called “Underwater Polo”, and they must hit a polo ball down the ramp into numbered slots. The two highest scores are the new HOH’s.

Amber is up first, and lands a 17. Cody also ends up with a 17, while Caleb nubs it down to a 21. Frankie’s ball lands in the 24 spot to take over first place. Christine ends up with a four, while Nicole nabs a 29, the highest possible score! Victoria hits the twelve spot, while Brittany gets 16. It’s now Zach’s turn, and he blows it with a 8! Donny’s score is 20, while Hayden ends up in the 17 spot. Jocasta hits a 22, while Derrick slams in a 28! Nicole and Derrick are the new HOH’s!

Before we head to the final commercial break, Julie announces that everybody is now wearing Fitbit’s, and “it’s bound to affect the game”. Interesting!

Well, that’s it for tonight! What did you think of the big veto ceremony fight? Or Pow’s eviction? Or Derrick and Nicole’s HOH wins? Leave some comments for us!

 

Thursday
Jul032014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 5 Recap 

Here we are with the first eviction of the season. Will it be the goofy “DJ” that speaks in baby talk? Or will it be the blue-haired hairdresser who somehow was voted for “Team America” but annoyed feedwatchers with her constant babbling?

We’ll also see how the show is going to handle the double HOH issue. Will there be separate teams again, or will the competition give the title to the top two finishers?

So let’s get to it after a super super-lengthy recap of the first week of the show. (Is it just me, or have these intros seemed longer than usual this year?) We kick off with the reactions to Donny coming off the block, replaced by Joey. Caleb hugs her, and tells her not to take it personally. She responds that it was a mistake, as it wasn’t what the house wanted. This is dumb. Caleb doesn’t like anybody, particularly a girl, to tell him he’s wrong. He doesn’t think she’s in any position to have such an opinion.

Now Pow Pow is talking to Caleb, and she’s telling him that she wants to stay. Caleb tells her that she has nothing to worry about, as Joey has “dug her own grave”. Pow Pow says she’s decided to just lay low this week.

We’re now shown a bunch of girls laying out in the sun, and Joey has decided that seven is her lucky number because that’s how many votes she needs. Since she was born on February 7, she somehow believes she has a shot to save herself. Silly girl. She works on Brittany and Nicole, and Brittany actually does want to save her. Neither girl gives her any real reason for hope, although Nicole happily reads the diary room script to make it seem like it may happen.

Devin is now asking Victoria (and Amber) who they’re leaning towards keeping in the bathroom. Devin wants it to be unanimous, so he tells Victoria that he needs to vote against the house. “Those who vote against the house will be targets.” This upsets Victoria. “I didn’t come into the house to play Devin’s game.” Others have entered the bathroom, including Zach, who is pissed that he would ask that.

Devin is then shown informing everybody else in different rooms that it has to be unanimous. Frankie responds in the diary room like I’ve been thinking. “As long as we have the votes, what does it matter?”

Joey is still campaigning, though, and now she’s working on Christine, who thinks it may be too early to go against the house. Joey wants to know why this would matter. “You’re the first target”, she responds. She then moves on to Zach, and attempts to work out a deal, but Zach says he’s voting with the house. He wants her to stay, though, and says there is a possibility that Devin and Caleb may change their mind.

Knowing she has little shot, Joey decides to “do something crazy” to hopefully get her votes. She dresses up as a man, Alex. How this will help her I have no clue, and I’m assuming the diary room told her to do this. Dressed in her costume, and then accentuating it with a “bulge”, she goes in and out of rooms yelling and doing other “manly” things like lifting weights. Nobody seems to really care, including the viewers, although once again Nicole happily reads the diary room cue cards. Pow Pow is thrilled, though. “Everybody knows Joey is crazy.”

After the first commercial break, it’s time to show the insanity of Caleb. He’s shown giving Amber lustful looks, and saying she’s “smokin’ hot”. He says he’s had a crush on her since the first day, and we get a montage of silly things he’s said about her. She wants him, you know. Frankie says it “seems kind of eighth grade”.

Cue the piano music, as Amber is now in the HOH room with him. He professes his desire for her, or attempts to, but his plea dies when he says “there’s a certain way you look at me”. Amber is horrified, and the room instantly cools. She thanks him for talking, and exits the room as quickly as possible. Caleb is still clueless. “I’m not going to give up”, he says.

With that over, it’s eviction time! Joey gets to talk first, and she says she’s physically and mentally stronger than Pow Pow. “Pick me. Keep a strong person in the pool.” Pow Pow responds by saying “thanks, Joey, for saying I suck at competitions”. Good one, silly girl. She wants to stay in the house, and “I do have a big heart. I still have a lot of fight in me.” That made more sense than anything she’s said so far this season.

Voting then starts with Devin, who votes to evict Joey, as does Derrick, Frankie, and Cody. For some reason, we then go to commercials. Zach is up next when we get back, and he also votes to evict Joey, as does Brittany, Nicole, Christine, Victoria, Jocasta, Hayden, Amber, and Donny. Yep, Devin got his wish with an unanimous vote.

Julie then announces the decision, and Joey calmly hugs everybody before departing. While we wait for the interview, Brittany is shown crying but nobody talks. Julie begins the interview by asking if she’s surprised it was unanimous, and dumb Joey thinks she had this all-girl alliance. What? Julie carries on with this topic, but Joey is unable to really give anything back. Let’s face it. Joey is worthless as a Big Brother contestant.

Finally, we get to the goodbyes. Frankie is first, and he says how much he loved her. “We’re cut from the same cloth”, but does add that she wasn’t made for this game. Pow Pow says she’s sad that Joey’s gone, but she’s happy that she survived. “I’m going to miss you, but I’m definitely not going to miss Alex.” Nicole gives an ultra-gooey “I loved every second” statement, and Caleb the expressed the Bomb Squad crap. “You just got blew up, baby girl.” Joey says he’s stupid, and says she knew they had this giant alliance. Julie finished by teasing the fact there’s an undercover cop and a brother of a pop star in the house, and that since the Team America player was evicted next week will see two people voted in.

With Joey’s stint over, it’s now time for the HOH competition, and this week there will be a male and female winner. This competition has a “Greek Week” theme, and the girls and boys will compete separately. It’s called “BB Rager”, and they have to walk across a balance beam toa  stack of kegs. They then have to haul “kegs” back to the other side, and stack them. Those not playing are able to throw frisbees at the other competitors.

The girls go first, and Amber jumps to an early lead, and Pow Pow far behind (again). One of Brittany’s kegs falls over, so she’s out of the game. Amber lays down her final keg, and wins!

Before the boys take their turn, there’s another ad break. A long, long ad break. When it finally kicks off, and Hayden sprints to the lead. Derrick is out almost immediately, and Cody is not far behind Hayden. Devin begins to catch up, and Hayden falls as he is running back after his last keg. Cody barely beats Devin to the buzzer, and is the male HOH!!

Or is he? Wait, there may be a problem with the ending. Julie says there needs to be a review of the tape! But first, we find out that Donny is this week’s Team America winner! Yes! Yes! Yes! That’s the only person I want in this awful twist. He’s almost in tears as he reads the announcement.

This final commercial break seems to go on forever. Julie then comes in and announces that Cody’s foot hit the ground before he hit the button. That makes Devin the new HOH!

 

 

Wednesday
Jul022014

Big Brother Season 16, Episode 4 Recap

The first regular Wednesday episode of the season is always one of the most interesting. While the first two broadcast consist of footage shot before the feeds are turned on, it’s the first Wednesday of the season where we can judge how producers are editing the actions of the house.

I’m intrigued in how almost everybody in the house will be characterized. Will Victoria continue to get the “spoiled princess” edit even if she’s never really acted like that in the house? How will those who have done nothing on the feeds (Jocasta, Pow Pow) be portrayed? Most importantly, just what are they going to do with the Amber and Caleb saga? (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go back and read Ash’s posts, or listen to last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show.)

We begin tonight’s episode with the aftermath of Brittany and Victoria’s Battle of the Block victory. Everybody is still in their Battle outfits of 20’s clothing, and champagne is opened. The two winners celebrate, and “it feels amazing”. It’s also time to make us believe that safe people may end up being nominated, as Frankie claims to think he’s no longer safe. “I have no power this week. No power means you could get backdoored.” Caleb, obviously, is thrilled. “I’m still sleeping in the penthouse, baby.”

Donny is now shown changing clothes, and he says losing “sure does stink”. His “pal”, Devin, comes into the room, and tells him that he was “amazing”. Donny wanders into the other room to console Pow Pow, who feels like she lost it for them. She’s right. Donny tears up a bit, and Pow Pow says it makes her feel bad. “These young kids caring about me got me emotional”, he says in the diary room. I hate to think about what will happen when he discovers what Devin has done to him. To bring on more sentimental thoughts, the acoustic guitar comes up as we hear Pow Pow talk about how selfish she was before this game started, and how Donny is making her change her ways.

Devin and Caleb then go up to the HOH room, and celebrate with an almost-naked Frankie. They all still believe that Donny is actually a genius, and because he was good at pouring champagne he’s a real threat. Amber then joins the crew, and Devin says that his “charm and charisma” is what is leading the group. Say what???

Devin is now shown consoling Donny. Oh for fucks sake. Donny again talks about how he’s feeling a bit melancholy because everybody cares about him so much. “It touches my heart.” He wants Devin to tell them all that he’s “not pouting because I lost”. Devin thinks it’s all an act, though, because Devin is a complete buffoon. He hugs Donny anyway, but refuses to do what he’s been asked. “I think he’s a great actor.”

Filler time, as we have to sit through Nicole and Christine believing the house is haunted. This is ridiculous. I know many viewers are charmed by Nicole, but she’s a waste of space.

This is followed by a crowd in the HOH wanting Donny to put on high heels. He talks about his socks a bit, and then Amber says she’s off to go to bed. “I’m coming, too”, replies Donny. Can’t say I blame him. This pisses off Caleb, who immediately claims Donny is “ex-military. I knew that the minute he pulled his socks off”. Wait, what? Even Frankie thinks this is ridiculous. “Now he’s saying Donny is Super Soldier. What’s next, Devin? He’s Justin Bieber in a beard? Is he Ariana Grande’s brother?” Caleb adds that he thinks he’s a “killing machine”, while Devin thinks he’s ex-Navy Seal. Stop this. Please stop this. It’s the worst thing ever.

After commercials, Devin and Donny are in bed, and Devin asks if he’s been telling the truth. “My guts tell me there’s something off with Donny”, says Devin, “and I just want to give him an opportunity to come clean.” Seriously, please don’t feature Devin in the show anymore. He is making Cowboy look like a nuclear scientist.

Donny asks why Devin is asking this, and Devin’s response is that he believes Donny was in the military. Donny replies that he always wanted to be in the military, and says in the diary room that he finds the question very strange. He then talks about his job, and says if he wins HOH he can prove it by the pictures. “He made me feel like I was doing something wrong.” Donny tells Devin that he’s a good guy, and that he’s all that he has in the house.

It’s not time to reveal who is on slop this week. Yes, another one of my favorite segments. As the HOH, Caleb has to choose this week’s Have-Nots. Hayden, Joey, Brittany and Cody all volunteers. That’s pretty stupid, kids. We’re then introduced to the frozen room, and Hayden claims that he thinks it’s great.

Out of the blue, Joey is in the bathroom with a bunch of other girls, and she wants to expand El Cuatro. Too bad that she gets zero response, and Jocasta says it’s ridiculous to have an eight-girl alliance. Tell that to the Bomb Squad! Joey continues to make her point, but Amber isn’t thrilled. After all, she is in that boy’s alliance. Finally, she walks out, and Joey is upset. “It was an epic fail.”

It’s now time for this week’s token Derrick appearance. He saw the girls gather in the bathroom, and because he’s a cop he knows “something’s up”. He heads upstairs to tell Devin and Caleb, and they start to wonder who is in charge of this girl’s alliance.

Amber is brought upstairs, and she’s questioned about it. Amber doesn’t want to narc on them, but does let it out that it’s Joey. Amber says that when they’re talking, she just listens and “absorbs”. Caleb can’t let that happen, obviously.

Once another set of commercials air, Joey is complaining that she’s suddenly starting to feel like an outsider. In case you didn’t understand her point, we see footage of people walking past her without talking, or paying her no attention while they’re all sitting around. She decides that coming clean is the best idea, and goes upstairs to play chess with Devin. She tells him everything as he stares her down, and he calls her “the worst player in Big Brother history”. No, she’s in second place. You’re the worst, my friend. Wait, I may change my mind, as Joey now says that it was smart of her to get that off her chest. Um, no.

It’s time to pick the players for the Veto competition. This has not changed from last year, and that includes the script. Caleb pulls out Victoria’s name, while Pow Pow gets Zach and Donny gets Cody. Another aspect of this that hasn’t changed is the usual “I have to win this” script as the segment ends.

Pow Pow is now shown crying in the bedroom because she doesn’t think she has a chance to win with people like Zach and Cody in the competition. Jocasta tells her that it’s “unacceptable” to give up, and starts praying for her.

And with that we jump to the veto competition, which is called Miami Lice. Everybody is dressed like Miami Vice characters, and we get lots of cheeseball shots. There’s a giant tub, and one must dig through the “lice” to find letters. These letters are then to be used to spell a word, and the winner is the person with the longest word in the quickest amount of time.

Even though Jocasta just read these rules, we have to hear them again from Pow Pow. We almost must endure Princess Victoria reading the script about how this dirty pit is not the Miami she knows. Caleb mentions that he’s smart because he graduated from high school, and Donny makes another funny.

Zach actually has a strategy, but Cody doesn’t quite have one. Caleb wants to spell “specialize”, but can’t find a “p”. Donny, meanwhile, is taking his time picking up the letters he wants, and he says it’s because he doesn’t want to “wear myself out”. Pow Pow wants to spell “calculators”, but can’t find a “C”. “Worst pool party I’ve ever been to.”

Zach is the first to hit his buzzer, and is convinced he’s going to win. Donny is next, followed by Cody, Pow Pow, Victoria, and Caleb (the smart one). Zach’s word is “warning”. Cody spelled “competively”, which is disqualified. Caleb’s word is almost “specialize”, but he had no “P”. Victoria tried to spell “pharmacist”, but had no “C’s”. Pow Pow obviously didn’t spell “calculator”, or anything else for that matter. So it’s all down to Donny, who must beat Zach’s seven-letter word.

Guess what? Donny did just that, with the word “splitters”, but we don’t find this out until after the commercial. Donny is the Veto winner! “Fear the beard, thug!”

Frankie then heads into the HOH to talk to Caleb, and he wants to now go after Joey. How dare she try to start an alliance! Joey is aware of this, though, and heads up to talk to Caleb and Frankie. She apologizes, but this goes as well as expected. “You tried. No one was on board, so you failed.” Caleb adds that “it’s way too early for that”. What? He does inform her that coming clean was a good move, though, so Joey thinks she still has hope. Nope, you don’t.

There’s one more commercial break before we see the veto ceremony. Donny handles the same little cliched format as in previous years. He puts on his veto necklace and surveys the wall of photos. There’s the usual diary room comments from nominees, potential nominees, and the HOH, and then the cast is brought into the house. Obviously, he takes himself down. Caleb then gets up, and babbles for the millionth time about not wanting “blood on his hands”. He then puts up Joey. Funny how we saw none of the “what the house wants” silliness that filled up the feeds for two days, but it was mentioned in Caleb’s speech.

After a few more diary comments, the episode is over. What did you think? What was left out? Where was the Caleb obsession with Amber? Tell us what you think?





 

Monday
Jun302014

Why Did Devin Shepherd Really Quit Baseball?

From the very start, I’ve been a bit suspicious of Devin Shepherd’s claim that he left a potentially lucrative professional baseball gig for his daughter. It just never made sense. The financial security alone should have potentially made up for time spent on the road with the team. Plus, six months out of the year he would have few obligations but to spend time with her.

Thus it was no surprise that out of the blue on Friday afternoon, Shepherd opened up a little bit about his baseball career. While not completely forthcoming, Shepherd did fess up to having spent multiple stints in rehab, which I talked about on last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show.

I was still curious about what exactly happened with Shepherd, so after the broadcast I hopped on the ol’ Google machine and found his minor league stats. Take a look at the year 2009, as we’ll be discussing that in a bit.


 

At the same time as I was doing some research, my buddy Ed (@BrophE) at TVFishbowl (@BBTVFB) was doing the same. Notice Ed’s discovery that Devin admitted on the feeds to being convicted of DUI at the age of 22.

I then sought out the advice of a couple of friends in the sports community. Since Shepherd was originally drafted by the Twins, I went to Argus Leader sportswriter Matt Zimmer for comment. “I only remember him because he did not sign with the Twins after they drafted him in the fifth round. That’s pretty high, (and) rarely do guys drafted that high choose not to sign.”

Another friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a Big Brother fan who works for one of the national cable sports networks. He says this was a poor decision. Instead of going to the Twins, Shepherd went to college, which cost him “around $300,000” in guaranteed money.

His college days began at Oklahoma University. “He got kicked off the team, and then went to Southern Nevada”, says my source. When he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, he dropped all the way down to the 11th round.

But what about that missing year of suspension? According to my source, I jumped the gun when I alluded to steroids on the Big Brother Gossip Show. If it was a PED (performance enhancing drug), “that would be (publicly) listed. In 2009, miior leaguers get 50 games for their first PED detection, and 100 games for their second. It’s kind of unlikely he failed two of these tests in one year.” He believes it could have been a street drug such as coke, particularly due to the fact that it does coincide with a rehab stint. (Other sources list his departure as being for “family reasons”, but Baseball America is considered the best for minor and amateur baseball information.)

After being released by the Cardinals in 2010 while batting .171 in Palm Beach, Shepherd did attempt to continue a pro career in independent leagues. “The independent leagues don’t have any team affiliation”, says my source, “and he was OK but not great. They don’t make a ton of money in those leagues. Most teams have a $70,000 salary cap. Players live with host families and make $600-900 a month.” This is around the time his daughter was born, so he was certainly under some pressure to give up his sports dream. “In his head, he probably thinks he gave up a career for her.” Zimmer is more blunt. “He’s out of baseball because he wasn’t any good.”

As we wrapped up our chat, my buddy had one more reason for not buying the story that his rehab stints were for anxiety. “I can't see him being in rehab in 2010 for social anxiety. The guy has told lie after lie. If you have social anxiety, would you go on Big Brother? I know I wouldn’t.”