We move on to Red Team practice, and rather than having the jousters hit targets, they suit them up and put them on a 55 gallon oil drum that’s suspended by four bungee cords. From what I could tell, there was no saddle to assist them in staying on the barrel, and they were in full armor, minus the grand guards on their shoulders. This went as well as you imagine it would. It appears that everyone from the Red Team fell on their heads after being jerked back and forth by their teammates. It looked like someone constructed a ghetto hobby horse and the neighborhood kids weren’t going to let you play with it in peace.
Keep in mind, all of the above happened in about 15 minutes of the show. They didn’t skimp on the action this week at all. No sitting around in the bunkhouse, exploring our feelings for each other and musing on the plight of mankind in today’s consumeristic existentialist blah blah blah blah. And, no Snooki.
We finally get to the part where the Red team chooses their opponent from the Black team, and it’s decided that Black team will be represented by Joe McKinley and Red team will be represented by Josh Avery. On paper, it shouldn’t be a close match at all. Josh is a theatrical jouster with years of experience and the skills to succeed. Joe is a horse trainer who is not the biggest competitor on the field, so the lance blows “should” be more devastating to him, and less devastating from him. But for now, both competitors get a day to train before the actual competition begins.
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