Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio stresses the details of why Lindsay Autry went home.

on Feb 22, 20120

Lindsay made a fine dish, one that in an earlier challenge would never have sent her and her knives packing. Her halibut was cooked properly, as was the celery root salad. But I couldn’t enjoy the raw kale -- it was jarring. Her cocktail did pair well with her dish, but when taken on its own merits it was the poorest of the three cocktails we were served that evening. Remember that the cocktail itself was being judged -- it was part of the challenge. Further, we failed to see Lindsay fully embrace the challenge itself -- it was not enough to make good food, she had to also work with the concept of “fire and ice,” and I failed to see the fire in her “fiery celery root salad.” I think Lindsay played it a bit too safe when conceptualizing her dish for this challenge, and she paid the price for doing so.

All of that said, I must reiterate that it was hard to send Lindsay home for her dish, even if it was the weakest of the three. All three dishes were very good, and all three chefs should be very proud of what they accomplished, not only in this week’s challenge, but throughout this competition. These are three very, very talented chefs. They don’t have outsized egos, they are not flamboyant in their affects, but throughout this competition they quietly worked hard to present food that could then speak to commend itself.

171 comments
phillychica
phillychica

Everybody needs to chill. Top Chef made for great, compelling television this season as with seasons past. I see no better proof of this than the hundreds of impassioned comments that precede mine. Let's see some Philly chefs next season though!

grl99
grl99

where's Tony when we need him?? he would of set those Bullies straight!!

Patty in CT
Patty in CT

Having watched all seasons of TC, I feel that this season has been the worse. In planning season 10 go back to the basics. Look at the tapes of season 1 and what made it great! Stop the gimicks. Stop all the give aways and money. Just have the top prize money and the title of Top Chef. I want to see these chefs cook not ski to the shooting range!

This season should have been called Top Chef: The Mean Girls - Heather, Linsey and Sarah. These chefs are a far cry from the way Harold (winner of TC season 1) conducted himself. When Sarah only congratulated and hugged Paul and not Bev for getting to the semi-finals I thought where is this chefs professionalism? One more thing. If I received pasta with frozen "sauce" on top served to me I would send it back to the kitchen. Gail Simmons got it right at judges table. I guess she was out voted.

OHviewer
OHviewer

Tom, I hope you and the staff read all the comments from this season. I normally don't post but was very unhappy with this season as well. The insane number of people they had to cook for watered down some of the creativity the chefs have had in the past and that constant pressure, too many team challenges and too many weird challenges was bound to bring out the worst behavior in some of the chefs. I hope the show goes back to what made it popular and don't try to be like the other shows that are more about reality and relationships than it is food.

What is going on??
What is going on??

It seems like its not just the show's editors that edit content to portray Sarah & Lindsay in a bad light. I have tried to submit a comment several times now to give support to Sarah & Lindsay....but they never make it on! I think the blog editors are filtering comments to do this too! I am not writing anything controversial, just my view! What is going on???

toomanycooksspoilthe broth
toomanycooksspoilthe broth

After Beverly was sent home again--I stopped watching. I am on this site to see who won out of idle curiosity--but there's not enough curiosity in the world that could induce me to turn on Top Chef. I probably won't watch again. So disgusting. Tom's clear favoritism toward Grayson and those 2 other unpleasant women was untenable. No one mentioned how Grayson--who made the same tedious mistakes over and over again (her food was always these giant blobs of uncreative food on the plate)-threw Bev under the bus during the evil queen challenge. She pointed at her and huffed-"well-SHE didn't do the challenge --but I DID! And then she hugs her afterwards. What hypocrisy. And she harassed kind-hearted Chris when he was paired with her. Poetic justice Bev outcooked her. But those two horrible women Sarah and Lindsay are unbelievable. And Sarah talked about what an "honor: it was to cook with Beverly. Maybe word of bad press? Silly mean-hearted and unkind women-bullies. No respect for whatsoever for Tom C--and Hugh Atchnson is insufferable-whiny-and generally over-the-top hyper critical. Not to mention juvenile and annoying. Bravo used to be Brave--such cool shows--and now Bravo is Wacko

JessVesp
JessVesp

I agree with Tom, at this point it is down to the details of the dish, but I am totally pulling for Paul...I can't stand Sarah! If I am being honest, I would have rather had Beverly win it all...they were so mean to that poor disorganized young woman...lol!

FoodieMan
FoodieMan

Please G_d, that annoying Sarah needs to be shut down, quickly. She is exceptionally disingenuine, backstabbing and way too full of herself---in the sense that her talents do not equal her self-confidence.

Plus, she's a total pig.

But I mean that in a good way. For cannibals, she'd probably bar-be-cue up REAL good!

Mamasan
Mamasan

Tom. You have had your time. Move over, let someone who can be objective be a judge. Favoritism has no part in a competition show.

Texas Tea
Texas Tea

I agree that TOP CHEF needs to elminate the gimmicks. Paul is nice to everyone and he gets so nervous as he tries to win as a professional. For some reason, the judges let poor work by Lindsay slide, particularly at the beginning of the season. Do they have a relationship with her boss? Her early success does not ring true. Please re-vamp the show. Please stop rewarding bullies, also.

food and loathing in cleveland
food and loathing in cleveland

I think this season should have been food & loathing in texas. or 'the alamo of food'. I have started throwing food at the tv at the end of each episode, having become so angry with the producers who have degrade a once great show... and the prospect of having to watch 'piggy' her way through the finale makes me want to not eat ever again. what kind of pasta will be made tonight? again, i do not watch any 'reality' tv. no survivor, no jersey shore no oprah. i have to admit, i did find the ski & shoot challenge amusing, as i thought one of the mean girls might break a leg... but really. get back to the food! saucepan goddess summed it up pretty well. so, hate to have to say it, but the man & I started watching 'Chopped' in the off season and have started to enjoy it more than TC.

and yes, a top chef season in cleveland would whoop everyone back into shape!! cheers,

sudeme
sudeme

Lindsay should have won. Plain and simple

Onclewillie
Onclewillie

It is ironic in a way. Several seasons ago, a contestant was eliminated for preparing a sashimi dish. Everyone agreed it was absolutely delicious. Chef Colicchio even raved over the dish and then announced the famous words, "this is a cooking competition and you didn't cook." Not wanting to go into the arrogance of those who cook in a European tradition and disparaging sushi and sashimi chefs, maybe Top Chef should return to cooking and kitchen management. After all, a chef manages a kitchen as well as cooks, otherwise they would only be cooks.

Sarah should have been disqualified for her inability to lead a team or to even work in a brigade (team). Heather and, to a lesser extent, Lindsay should also have been sent home for the same reason. At least Lindsay could cook. If Sarah isn't stealing a recipe or making the same tired pasta all the time, she has shown no skill whatsoever. Remember Chef Colicchio, this is "TOP CHEF" and not "Top Cook".

Mary McK
Mary McK

I only watched 2 episodes this season...I ghot sick of the gimicks and tuned out. I have been a loyal viewer since Season 1 but...ick.....It is like they are turning Top Chef into the Real Cookwives of the Culinary Institute. Blech

Lauri Mattle
Lauri Mattle

I agree with all of the comments about the gimmicks. NO ONE seems to like them!!!! I enjoy the show most when the chefs just get to cook great food. Bicycles, gondolas, guns, etc. are not interesting to me. I think the frozen mousse was a terrible execution and seems like a big enough mistake to send Sara home. I have been a fan since season 1 as well and this is definitely the most disappointing season. I do think Paul is the most talented and hopefully, will win Top Chef.

martaATX
martaATX

Are you taking note of these comments, Producers of Top Chef? Do you get it?? Remember who your audience is. We do NOT watch Survivor, or The Amazing Race, or Big Brother, etc. We watch food and cooking shows for the FOOD AND COOKING.

Wundt
Wundt

I would have to agree with others. I have watched all seasons of Top Chef, and most of the spin-offs as well. And, I frankly don't care who wins this season. There are too many gimmicks, too much emphasis on the 'drama', not enough real competition.

Thank god for Tivo, otherwise, I wouldn't watch at all.

asantacruz71
asantacruz71

I would have to agree with most, I've watched Top Chef from Season 1 and this season has definately been the worst. I don't think this show needs to try to keep up with all the twists and turns of other reality shows. Top Chef will always be a great show without all that. I did appreciate Redemption Kitchen or whatever it was called because it allowed Bev to come back.

I believe Lindsay should've been disqualified during the Gondola challenge because she didn't prepare the correct amount of plates. Bev would've won that challenge and moved forward. Lindsay would've had to compete again with the remaining 3. Fair is fair, top chef has always disqualified for not cooking the correct amount of food. Why not that time!? Not right, at all.

Saucepan Goddess
Saucepan Goddess

Dear Producers, Sponsors, Judges, and Chefs: One word: demographics. You don't get it? Let me spell it out for you. Your demographic bread and butter is people who: - Love to cook. - Read cookbooks and cooking blogs for fun. - Enjoy trying new restaurants, such as the ones run by the guest chefs, and then try to recreate some of those wonderful experiences at home with friends. - Are literate, work hard, and can see through a gimmick. - Can smell a rat and prefer not to associate varmints with our food. We did not sign up for "The Fishwives of the CIA." You have let us down in every respect this season. It has been an embarrassment to watch, from the prankishness of the challenges, to the scripted gushings of the contestants about the sponsors' products, to the gleeful trashing of the vapid couples unfortunately caught in your Top Chef toque, who agreed to let you into their homes, to the deliberate decision to edit the worst behavior into prime time "entertainment," to giving regular viewers the distinct impression that the season appears rigged to favor a loutish contestant whose mentor is a Big Name. I have eagerly watched the show since the beginning, but I was so disgusted by the Olympic episode that I fast forwarded through the next episode only to see if Paul advanced to the finals. Can Top Chef be saved? Probably not. Perhaps the Canada ski slope connection makes sense: downhill all the way.

TheSheesh
TheSheesh

Everyone has already said it. The cheesy gimmicks and challenges this season will win NO praise from anyone. I'd like to see a lot less drama and frankly asinine challenges (A biathlon? Really??) and more of the cook's techniques (which we NEVER see anymore). Make it about the food please.

Case in point - The best episode this season and maybe of ALL seasons was with Charlize Theron. You managed to get a sponsor (the movie), give the chefs a great concept to work with and a loose enough timeline that they SHONE when they presented their food. Amazing dishes all around. Then the next episode you get egg salad because of another stupid 'stunt'.

Viewer from Maryland
Viewer from Maryland

Do you judges need a break like the judges in Project Runway? This season was awful...with the challenges and the judging. Nothing seemed real this season. Why would a chef have to shoot a gun...in the cold? Why would a chef have to ride a bicycle and borrow someone's kitchen and cycle the foods to the Alamo? Are you trying to combine Top Chef with the Amazing Race? And to keep the two nasty girls on to the end has been unbearable. Way to go rewarding the mean girls.

Viewer Laura Mushkat
Viewer Laura Mushkat

i hope Sarah wins-altho Paul is also a good chef.

I do not understand why such a good chef as Sarah gets so many people mad. In fact right from the start I picked her to win.

Yes she was mean to Beverly but I bet we will find out when the show is over thathat it was just a part of her game plan.

beetlegurl
beetlegurl

Finally!!! The last 4 standing, even though I really prefer Sara not be there...seriously; bad attitude and yes I understand how competitive the "Chef" business is. I can only go whew; this was a tough season to get through and the gimmicks are childish and stupid...period! Get real for next season; and hoping that Top Chef Canada is not so gimmicky or I'll just be turned off for any future shows.

TC lover
TC lover

I think Sarah stays in the competition because she is such a mean girl! It makes for excitment in the competition. The truth is, even though Tom always says he doesn't care what happens between the chefs, they have to be able to lead a team without drama. They must be team players. Sarah said she wants to be a nicer person, but as soon as she said that, she was horribly rude to Beverly. What I'm trying to say is, anywhere Sarah is working, I'll be sure not to go there. I've been waiting for her to be eleminated, and I hope it will be next.

ReallyGoodPies
ReallyGoodPies

I couldn't agree more with the comments regarding the gimmicks and lack of class from some of the chefs of this season. What started out as a serious cooking competition has become a string of stunts, petty unprofessionalism and brand pushing. I understand that sponsors want to be recognized and that the show cannot be made without them. However, the classless stunts makes a mockery of serious chefs and serious home cooks who watch. There is such amazing talent, why not create something that resembles the class of the Bocuse d'or USA? We have too many serious, non-bitchy, chefs in this country that deserve to be showcased to America and beyond. No wonder the rest of the world doesn't take our cuisine or our chefs seriously.

Former Top Chef Fan
Former Top Chef Fan

This is the WORST season of Top Chef ever ... I've watched every single season and I can barely stomach this season. I'm channel surfing the entire episode because I'm either bored or confused. The chefs may be talented but who can tell with all the craziness surrounding them. Bravo, go back to the roots with this show. No need to put chefs in silly and ludicrous situations that we don't want to see.

Texas M.
Texas M.

Agree with those who say ditch the gimmicks and make it about cooking, food and food knowledge.

Aggie818
Aggie818

I haven't missed an episode since Season 1 but this season was really tough to get through. The finale events were ridiculous- what did they have to do with cooking? I thought the point was to have everyone start on an even playing field and see who cooked the best food. So an amazing chef with severe motion sickness would lose because they couldn't cook on a gondola?

I have also always been a fan of Tom, finding him fair- and even the times I didn't agree with the judges' decision, I would wait to read Tom's blog which would give a reasonable explanation of the tidbits missed in editing and then I'd understand why they come to the decision that they did. This time- not so much. I agree with the points that Gayle gave during the taping of the show and you can see from Gail's blog that she is glossing over Lindsay's dish like she doesn't even agree with what she is saying, but publicly she has to back Tom's decision. Because that's what it seems like lately- whatever Tom's opinion is will be reflected in the final result. Gayle, Padma and the guest judge are just there for fluff. Sarah did not go out on a limb with pasta. Maybe she did with a tasty cold sauce BUT she BLEW it. If served in a restaurant it would be sent back. It's supposed to be about the food, not the conceptualized idea. I don't particularly like Lindsay so this is not an opinion based on personality, Sarah just served a "non-servable" dish. Lindsay did not.

Please stop the gimmicks, let all the judge's opinions weigh in, and cook next season. Chefs like Harold or Richard would never have put up with performing Olympic events to be able to cook. Because they are chefs and it's about the food.

harpua13
harpua13

Folks who say "But you didn't taste the food", I didn't have to to note every single episode the judges pointed out a GLARING technical error in Sarah's food. I don't have to taste frozen mousse, screwed up risotto, or unseasoned eggs to know nobody should be in the FINAL of Top freakin Chef who can't get these right. This is stuff that wouldn't even fly on Hells Kitchen. The contests are awful and an insult to the viewers of the show. We tune in to see premier chefs cook awesome food. We didn't get that this season. Tom, we're not stupid, this is your show and you do what you want, but if you as the guy calling the shots couldn't make a compelling case for your big baby to make the finals, you should have done a better job editing it to justify her being there over Ed or Lindsay. Which I most definitely didn't see and neither did anybody else. Thank Gawd Paul is a legitimately good chef who would have stood out on even the best seasons of this show.

Random Girl
Random Girl

The gimmicks are too much. Really. The constant product placement was there from the beginning, so I can't complain too much for tourism boards get on to editorial boards, but it does get to me.

Main point: Slow down the gimmicks, go back to the food challenges.

Also, I eagerly await a kosher challenge. Quite a few former participants and at least one winner of TC have done or are doing kosher. There are a lot of twists that could make this interesting. They can't bring their own knives for a strictly kosher experience, but when are you going to separate the meat and milk? Email me if you need ideas. It will be much more interesting than shooting with skis and smashing ice.

windycitygirl
windycitygirl

Tom, i'm usually a fan of your judgement because i think you are FAIR, you only judge by the food, by how well the the food was "excuted", not the catty stuff. but the frozen sauce???!!! that's the same thing you critized Chris about: "...the idea is there but the excusion is poor..." i feel that you let sarah through because you like her, you are probably a friend of her mentor or something, either way, i believe if Bev has a famous mentor as Lindsey and Sarah does, she would still be there. i started to believe that this is not always about the food on this show which is a shame. i have been following the show since season 1 and have always been a big fan. this is the worst season ever and I believe i'm not the only one have this feeling. i'm very very disappointed!

taylorM4
taylorM4

I agree with the MANY above comments who want the show brought back to being a true "cooking" competition. All the people that I know who have followed this show for years have all agreed that it has certainly lost the appeal that kept us glued to it. It seemed this year that the producers wanted the personality conflicts to overshadow the real reason for the show.. creating delicious food! If I want to watch grownups acting rude, or see chefs having to perform gimmicks such as having to ride bikes to find a place to cook, then I would choose to watch The Apprentice!

KelliGerl
KelliGerl

This season should have been called Top Caterers Amazing Race.

Cleveland girl
Cleveland girl

Bottom line Bravo, it seems all of your fans are sending you a strong message. Go back to your roots (a cooking show) or lose most of your loyal fans. I barely watched this season ( I tried! but found it too stupid and annoying to enjoy) and for the first time could literally not give a rats ass who wins. Sad really.

eveinsc
eveinsc

I've been a TC fan from the first season, and I've learned so many things by watching. However, this has been the worst season ever! Last Chance Kitchen, Pee Wee Herman, shameless promotion of a new Housewives show, firing range competitions...WTF???? And speaking of Last Chance Kitchen...where's Lindsay"s last chance? She's been denied the opportunity given to every other chef that was eliminated. I've always loved Tom, but his inconsistency this season is just beyond all reason. Letting Sara skate for frozen sauce that made the rest of the dish cold would never have happened in previous seasons. I commend Gayle for her continued objections to Sara's dish and her support of Lindsay's, however it seemed clear that whatever Tom says goes on Top Chef. This may be the last season I watch.

Viewer of ALL TC Seasons
Viewer of ALL TC Seasons

I always enjoy seeing the chefs who have appeared on Top Chef Masters. They are good to each other and are all about the cooking. This is something several of the female contestants (yes Lindsay and Sarah) should learn. Sarah only does well when cooking in her comfort zone, Italian, and she has a cold fake personality. I think part of being a good chef is inspiring others and I cannot imagine anyone willingly working for her. Hopefully, Paul will win. I agree with all - less group challenges, no one should be sent home for someone else's failure, more cooking, less drama. We all have drama in our real lives, what we don't have enough of is good food and the opportunity to see truly deserving, talented people make it! Bev or Ed were my choices, but go Paul!

Viewer of ALL TC Seasons
Viewer of ALL TC Seasons

I always enjoy seeing the chefs who have appeared on Top Chef Masters. They are good to each other and are all about the cooking. This is something several of the female contestants (yes Lindsay and Sarah) should learn. Sarah only does well when cooking in her comfort zone, Italian, and she has a cold fake personality. I think part of being a good chef is inspiring others and I cannot imagine anyone willingly working for her. Hopefully, Paul will win. I agree with all - less group challenges, no one should be sent home for someone else's failure, more cooking, less drama. We all have drama in our real lives, what we don't have enough of is good food and the opportunity to see truly deserving, talented people make it! Bev or Ed were my choices, but go Paul!

Topchefgroopie
Topchefgroopie

I have LOVED Top Chef since the first season, even arranging my work schedule around so I could watch it. Except this year. You had too many chefs to start with, and challanges that were downright unfair. Nyesha should never have been eliminated for what an other chef did. DON'T DO THAT SORT OF CHALLANGE AGAIN! This is the first year I could care less who wins. I am also not voting for any fan favorite. Cooking on a gondola? Shooting for food? Did the people at Bravo all get notes from their physicians that they could smoke pot? Bravo made one stupid season. Do it again, and I will quit watching altogether.

Poppy friedman
Poppy friedman

Sarah, Lindsey, and heather are despicable! They seemed to have bonded over torturing bev. They would certainly win Top Bully.

sigh
sigh

I'm just going to echo comments that have appeared on this blog post and previous ones, even though they seem to drop into a black hole: : PLEASE make Top Chef "all about the cooking" again. Not only were the "challenges" this season ludicrous and ridiculous - PeeWee, pancakes, REALLY??? Bicycles, Housewives of Dallas promo, boring "cooking" competitions...maybe I'm done. The show had a good run, but talk about jumping the shark. Tell me with a straight face you're not embarrassed by what the show has become.

Super Bad
Super Bad

FIX THE SHOW!!! (see how below) I started watching this show to get involved with my 14 yo daughter. This is the 2nd season I've watched and I have to say how disgusted I am watching this season. Specifically, the bully behavior by Sara and Lindsay, and the obvious favoritism Tom (judge) has towards Sara makes me absolutely ill. Regardless of whether Bev has no concept of personal space, she did not deserve to be treated so disrespectfully and condescendingly. It makes me sickened to see that smug and arrogant Sara and Lindsay are rewarded on tv and bully behavior is reinforced as acceptable. People need to understand that something as "little" as being interrupted in mid-sentence (the scene when Paul was driving Sara, Bev, and Lindsay to their next challenge and Paul asked Bev a question about winning her way back into the challenge but Sara rudely interrupted Bev to put focus on a tree) is equivalent to saying, "You aren't worth listening to as a human being. You aren't valuable enough to matter." Then Sara had the audacity to feed Bev a line of phony bull when Bev was sent home; the look on Sara's face said it all - she could care less about Bev, she only wanted to make herself look good on camera and she was happy Bev was going home. That's what we want our kids to aspire to? REALLY, Bravo?

As for favoritism, give me a break! Tom is so obviously biased toward Sara. WHAT A JOKE! Thank goodness Gail Simmons provided some balance and reason to the judges table. Maybe Tom bullies the other judges to get his way and that's his reason for so blatantly protecting a bully "chef" that can only be successful when cooking within her own niche. Where was the stretch in that? If you listen to all the comments Sara made, it's clear even she knows she is limited in her abilities. She took a pass to get into the final four show - what does that say!

FIX THE SHOW!!! Either identify the show as what is actually is: Reality TV on the same level as Jersey Shore, or make it a TRUE competition based on unbiased talent. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? Simple, blind tastings all throughout the competition. List the name of the dish and ingredients on a paper and have random servers give the lists and dishes to the judges. Then and only then will the BEST chefs emerge. Will this diminish the "drama" of the show? Absolutely NOT. If anything, it will create MORE drama and suspense and you'll end up with MORE viewers because you'll be a show everyone can actually respect and feel good about watching and parents would WANT to promote to their kids. Raise the bar or I'm canceling it in my house!

Concerned Viewer
Concerned Viewer

Really not happy with this season. I don't question who goes home and why because how could anyone not there judge that BUT this season (as has been said by so many) is over gimmicky. There have been bad challenges, WAY TOO MANY GROUP THINGS, and it doesn't seem to be about the food. If I want to see bs drama I'll watch the rest of Bravo's crap tv. This show was good because its about cooking and food...or at least it used to be. Please fix top chef. I want to go back to enjoying this show and looking forward to it each week.

Ralpho
Ralpho

Was Emeril ever on this season? Did he disguise himself as Bev?

sudeme
sudeme

Lindsay should have been in the last two chefs. Plain and simple.

Andy Joe
Andy Joe

Either there was a problem with the editing of the semi-final episode, or there is an improper bias on the part of the judges. There is no way, according to what was presented, that Lindsey should have gone home. Sarah's pasta (what a surprise) lacked fire, according to Gail, and the "ice" portion was a failure. Any other chef would have been criticized for doing pasta for the umpteenth time, but not sweet Sarah.

Anyway, Paul had better win. He's been a standout since the beginning and he appears to be a good person to boot. As for Sarah, I live in Chicago and wouldn't go to her restaurant no matter how good the food. Chefs are supposed to be nurturing types and Sarah is a mean person.

Lori H
Lori H

my main comment is "yawn! wake me up when it is over"......... having said that, I do agree with most of the comments posted and I haven't liked sleazy Sarah since she and that other nasty girl were so cruel to Bev. I say, get back to cooking! Hello! the name of the show IS "Top Chef" !

CaViewer
CaViewer

Tom, enjoyed last night's speaking engagement. You gave a lot of background information as to what exactly goes on during TC. And for all the whining about the skiing? It was less than a 1/10 of a mile. I'd rather watch that than watch the chefs run around Whole Foods again. Team Paul for the win!

FanFare57
FanFare57

Dear Tom, Thanks for finally posting. By giving SourSarah continued free passes for poorly executed dishes, it showed undeserved favoritism. She failed at repeated attempts to make a great risotto. However, she excelled at pasta making. Therefore, her last dish wasn't the least bit risky (as you stated when you hailed that she went out of her comfort zone). Her inedible, dried up so-called mousse was an oxymoron and not worthy of praises. The entire season has been a lesson in futility for the viewers: endlessly convoluted ridiculous challenges that put the focus of food on the back burner. You may have been entertained by all the gimmicks. However, you loyal fan base wasn't. It has been a very unsatisfying season, indeed.