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I'm not sure if the new Blue Team "gets it" on The Biggest Loser

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2009 1:04PM
The Biggest Loser's Ron & MikeThis week on The Biggest Loser, Alison switched things up turning this from a "couples" game into a "team" game. In an effort to balance the playing field again, the ten remaining contestants were being split into two teams, determined by the flip of a coin. What this meant was that the chance existed that one team may be split up. There were two contestants, Dane and Helen, who'd already lost their partners, so teams could have stayed intact but it was unlikely.

Ultimately, of all the teams there was one that absolutely needed to stay together. I've been a big fan of the Brown Team for a few weeks now. We've gotten to watch some pretty touching moments between Ron and son Mike, and Mike has proven himself to be a genuinely decent kid. However, Ron has really been struggling to hold his own. Their trainer Bob even told Mike point blank that he was going to need to carry his father through the weigh-ins. If ever there was a team that needed one another, it was the Brown Team.

So when the Brown Team came up, there were three slots on the Blue Team and one slot left on the Black Team. And of course you know it came up black, tearing them apart. If that wasn't bad enough, from there the Blue Team seems to have just fallen apart completely. Certainly their heads are not in the game, even if their hearts are.

Dane said it right after the Blue Team lost the weigh-in and he was facing potential elimination. At the end of the day, this is a competition. If the Blue Team doesn't want to shed people every week, they need to be getting rid of their weakest player. All season people have been eliminated based on heart and emotion and all of that, but now the fate of the whole team is intertwined. As much as I like Ron, that big finger was pointing at him. Injured as he is, how can he possibly contribute the numbers the team needs to compete? Logical.

Then they sent Dane home, even after he'd proven his weight-loss prowess by setting a Biggest Loser record (losing 100 pounds in 8 weeks). I understand that Ron wants to stay there, and I'd hate to see him go home, but keeping Ron one more week makes it all that much more likely that Aubrey, Cathy, Kristin or Mandi will be going home next.

Let's face it, the Black Team is far stronger than the Blue Team right now. Let's compare: I hate to say it, but men generally have an easier time losing weight than women do. The Blue Team now has injured Ron and four women, while the Black Team has Filipe and Sione who are constantly pulling big numbers and Ron's son Mike who's in the habit of trying to lose weight for two people. Then you have the exception that proves the rule. Love her or hate her, Tara is a machine and just keeps shedding pounds.

I think the Blue Team may have just made a huge mistake, gamewise, by getting rid of Dane. They forgot it was a game and voted with their hearts. Yes, Dane has proven he has the will to lose weight, but without him they're all more vulnerable to getting booted from the Ranch. They're going to have a really, really tough time beating the Black Team in the weigh-ins, or the challenges. Unless Ron can quickly recover a bit from these problems with his knees, or there's another shake-up among the teams, the future doesn't look too bright.

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jo

The blue team will loose every weigh in until they switch to individuals. Which will be a couple of more weeks at least. So expect to see at least 3 more blue's go home.

February 27 2009 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lawl

Who fucking cares.

February 27 2009 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

I disagree. I think they were playing the game. At any point, the game could easily switch to individuals; it usually does soon. (Though usually they do teams first, individuals second.) I mean Allison said it best; he's lost 100 pounds quicker than anyone else ever has. He's never had a down week. Unfortunately, that meant he also had the highest chance of winning. I get the point you guys are making, but you can't keep around people that are going to crush you week after week when the game switches from teams to individuals. He was a huge threat, and people win this game because they don't get voted out the one week that they have the opportunity to do so (Bill, etc.) Ditch your threats first and keep Ron around; Ron's never going to win the game. Bob is right; you have to play the game long-term. I don't think he had this in mind, but as a long-term strategy, it's a good one in a game that's as unpredictable as this.

February 27 2009 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pingles

I, too, found the team's decision baffling.

I kept waiting for Dane to say something like "I am hoping that in the game's future we get to bring back our partners. If I go I can't do that. You all can."

February 27 2009 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
EDWARD

I could not have said it better myself. That is EXACTLY what I was thinking, and I was completely baffled when they had Dayne go home.
Now it will be the decimation of the blue team. Then we will really see Bob cry.

February 27 2009 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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