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Friday, November 09, 2012

Jeff Kent epic Survivor rant.

I haven’t watched “Survivor” in years. But I’m kind of wishing I did after viewing Jeff Kent’s excellent rant after he was voted off the island in this week’s episode. There’s a lot of rage packed into this 23-second clip, the former Giant second baseman’s final words while the credits rolled. Note the shot he took at Obama.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: November 09, 2012 at 11:22 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Koot Posted: November 09, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4298897)
I hadn't watched Survivor in a few years myself, but came back this season because Jeff Kent was on the show. He was surprisingly one of the more likeable characters on the show. (I actually stopped watching it mostly because they just kept casting horrible people who were trying to help start their acting careers).

I was really disappointed he was voted off. But, the rant at the end was awesome.
   2. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: November 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM (#4298929)
I don't think "epic" means what you think it means.
   3. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4298982)
I commented on that yesterday, in some thread I can't find now (the Google search hasn't worked for me in awhile).

Kent certainly acquitted himself well. He got along with everyone without being wishy washy, competed hard in the challenges, and was never outed as a multimillionaire. Only one other player recognized him, and she told him so, but didn't tell anyone else. It was funny the time she went on in front of the group about how boring baseball was though. Kent didn't crack.
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM (#4298988)
I don't think "epic" means what you think it means.

Seriously. I don't even think this was a rant.

It was funny the time she went on in front of the group about how boring baseball was though. Kent didn't crack.

He probably agreed with her.
   5. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4298991)
If he checks with Richard Hatch and other early-season winners, he'll find it was about 600 grand when Bush took it, too. And Rants is right...Kent was great on the show. Even show host Jeff Probst couldn't trip him up when he asked him at one tribal council, "So...Jeff...you ever play any other game with this kind of pressure?" (Note for non-watchers: Jeff was keeping his baseball identity secret from the other contestants.)
   6. McCoy Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4298998)
I listened to it and now I'm wondering why I did. That was nothing.
   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4299005)
"Obama takes his share" made me smile as the show was broadcast the day after the election.

Kent looked like he hurt his knee pretty badly during the first 30 minutes of the first episode, so I was surprised he hung in for as long as he did.

His background cover was that he owned a ranch and a motorcycle dealership.
(Not a truck washing shop, as I hoped he would say.)

I also wanted someone to bring up baseball and then DEFEND Barry Bonds. Oh man, that would have been gold to see Kent's reaction.

Edit: Oh, and he earned about $86million during his playing career.
   8. GregQ Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4299007)
I thought it showed a sense of humor that I had never believed Kent had, or am I reading too much into it? I though it was said to amuse not just to be a rant.
   9. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4299016)
It was funny the time she went on in front of the group about how boring baseball was though. Kent didn't crack.


He probably agreed with her.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4299020)
Not quite the "Rats & Snakes Speech" but pretty epic for Survivor. Kent did seem to be intentionally, amusingly honest in his reaction.
   11. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: November 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4299033)
The link provided gives an edited version of what he said. I'd like to hear it unedited.
   12. Darren Posted: November 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4299040)
Edit: Oh, and he earned about $86million during his playing career.


Yeah, that was before Clinton took his share.
   13. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: November 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4299041)
How do you know it was edited?
   14. John Northey Posted: November 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM (#4299080)
Heh. The tax rant bit is funny. You get paid more than many people make in 20 years (for example, $30k a year over 20 years = $600k) for a few weeks of TV work and you complain that you have to pay tax on it. The richest people are the cheapest, that is for certain.
   15. villageidiom Posted: November 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4299093)
Heh. The tax rant bit is funny. You get paid more than many people make in 20 years (for example, $30k a year over 20 years = $600k) for a few weeks of TV work and you complain that you have to pay tax on it. The richest people are the cheapest, that is for certain.
My sister was very poor, and complained about having to pay taxes. Her problem was that she withheld too little, so on April 15 she always owed a lot, and being poor she's already spent it. She complained incessantly about her taxes being too high, when basically it came down to her just not wanting to pay what she had not planned for but had been obvious she would owe.

It's not that the richest are the cheapest, but that the cheapest are the loudest.
   16. Darren Posted: November 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4299097)
Speaking of making a lot of money, you know who's currently one of the top few players in career earnings (including future ccommitments)? Adrian Beltre will have made $167M by the time he's 36. I know there a handful of guys ahead of him, but you'd never think of him as one of the big stars of our time.
   17. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4299102)
Beltre got an earlier start than most, and has a knack for having his best seasons in the last year of contracts.
   18. jwb Posted: November 09, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4299207)
John Northey, Only the winner gets the $1M. The rest get AFTRA scale, about $600 per episode which they appear in.
   19. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: November 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4299292)
13...the audio and video was choppy, and the statements seemed like they were incomplete or truncated.
   20. phredbird Posted: November 09, 2012 at 06:58 PM (#4299294)
Only the winner gets the $1M. The rest get AFTRA scale, about $600 per episode which they appear in.


Second place is a set of steak knives!
   21. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: November 09, 2012 at 08:08 PM (#4299349)
Hall of Fame, for this alone.
   22. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM (#4299450)
Speaking of making a lot of money, you know who's currently one of the top few players in career earnings (including future ccommitments)? Adrian Beltre will have made $167M by the time he's 36. I know there a handful of guys ahead of him, but you'd never think of him as one of the big stars of our time.

He has a pretty fair HOM case.
   23. Darren Posted: November 10, 2012 at 09:16 AM (#4299493)
Oh I agree. I just think it's interesting that his pay has far outstripped his fame, even though it's travels his value well.
   24. Xander Posted: November 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4299578)
I wish Beltre was spared his five years in Safeco. A choice that was obviously his, but still. Coming off one of the all-time great seasons for a 3B in 2004, he was an average offensive player in Seattle for five years. In the three years since, Beltre ranks 4th in MLB in bWAR and 5th in fWAR. A great player with a half-decade of offensive mediocrity crammed into the peak of his career. Bizarre.
   25. Monty Posted: November 10, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4299579)
How do you know it was edited?


It was on television.
   26. Xander Posted: November 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4299584)
By the way, I was doing that bWAR search and I went back another year. Here's the list of top 10 players in bWAR since 2009:

1. X (26.5)
2. Pujols (26.4)
3. Braun (25.9)
4. Cano (25.3)
5. Cabrera (25.0)
6. Longoria (24.0)
7. Votto (23.1)
8. Beltre (22.7)
9. Pedroia (21.1)
10. A. Gonzalez (20.6)

Who's "X"? Ben Zobrist. That's insane to think about.
   27. Darren Posted: November 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4299668)
To add some craziness on top of that insanity: bWAR doesn't even measure one major part of Zobrist's value: he's able to play several positions.
   28. Lassus Posted: November 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM (#4299919)
The rest get AFTRA scale, about $600 per episode which they appear in.

Depending on how they did or how crazy they were, there's probably a few thousand in appearance fees they can milk out of it as well.

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