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Title: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on February 19, 2012, 09:18:02 PM
Haven't watched it yet.  Won't watch it until Monday night with dinner.


Just wanted to start a thread so that someone doesn't puke TAR spoilers into the Survivor thread like last year.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on February 19, 2012, 11:04:55 PM
Really enjoyed tonight's episode. Lots of action, lots of crazy stuff, including at the very end (which I won't detail further so as not to spoil anything for Poncho--suffice to say that Phil commented "in all of TAR, we had never happened anything like this"--I"m paraphrasing)

Looks like we got another great season ahead of us. I love TAR
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on February 20, 2012, 02:06:43 PM
Entertaining premiere by default due to all of the beginning scrambling, the skydiving and the wild ending.  But I didn't really find myself connecting with or rooting for any of the teams.  And yeah, it's too early to tell if that will continue, but when that happens, it becomes a big problem with TAR for me, because seasons will become more of a background noise type of show unless I am actually engaged with certain teams, or at least one individual team, to root for.  I guess Mark and Bopper ended up actually being pretty funny, though I see them being a team who consistently finishes middle to lower pack.  Otherwise I was annoyed by some of the casting ... the Jersey Shore wannabes, the Big Brother couple, the lame "divorced and dating" team.  

And then there's the ending.  I figured I would feel sorry for those girls when they inevitably got surpassed by the guidos, but I couldn't help but kind of smirk due to their cocky intro reel at the beginning.  Maybe cocky isn't the right word, but they played up that script that just about every younger female on any reality show always does, the "people will look at us and think we're just pretty girls, but we're not!  We're really athletic and intelligent!" ... and then to have that kind of bizarre mistake, it was kind of ironic and funny.  I still wish they had just eliminated the guidos though.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on February 22, 2012, 01:25:42 AM
Really enjoyed tonight's episode. Lots of action, lots of crazy stuff, including at the very end (which I won't detail further so as not to spoil anything for Poncho--suffice to say that Phil commented "in all of TAR, we had never happened anything like this"--I"m paraphrasing)

Looks like we got another great season ahead of us. I love TAR

You don't have to worry about spoiling me in this thread.  I know better than to look at it until I watch the current episode.

My complaint was spoiling TAR in the Survivor thread.  I walked in there looking to discuss Survivor stuff and got walloped with TAR stuff I didn't know yet.  Spoilers in their own shows thread are cool.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on February 22, 2012, 01:51:22 AM
the lame "divorced and dating" team.  

That's an awkward label.  It makes it sound like they are divorced from each other and dating.  They are divorced from other people and dating each other... just like millions of couples every day on Earth.  She just had a crush on him since high school and then they were single at opposing times.

I think she is my favorite out of the gate.  She had the best lines of the show:

"My uterus is in my throat!"
"I want to rub my face in this!"

Being the only person shown to correctly pronounce empanada.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on February 22, 2012, 11:53:20 PM
That's an awkward label.  It makes it sound like they are divorced from each other and dating.  They are divorced from other people and dating each other... just like millions of couples every day on Earth.  She just had a crush on him since high school and then they were single at opposing times.

I know their status.  I used that description so that you would know the team I was referring to.  My finding them lame isn't a character judgment and doesn't really have to do with the fact that they're recently divorced daters, it's that on paper they come straight out of the vanilla, MOR "attractive couple" CBS casting handbook.  She's a good-looking younger girl who will be eye candy, he's a ripped dude who probably has a barbed wire tattoo on his bicep (eye candy for the other side of the spectrum).  Whether it's TAR or Survivor, there's a surplus of these types every season, and typically they aren't very interesting and I wonder if casting didn't just go find them in some LA bar somewhere.  I would concede that I'm just stereotyping and would love to be proved wrong, and while the latter is true, I've just seen enough of those types that I don't have much faith that they will end up doing much for the show.  I'm not saying that we need a whole cast of the middle-aged clown type teams either.  But I like casts who generally just don't seem like the usual group of cardboard cut-outs we get season after season. 

Oh, and regarding the spoilers thing.  As the person who "puked" said spoilers last season, please allow me to retort. It is bizarre to me that the results of a TV show after it airs would be considered a "spoiler."  To me spoilers are, well, literal spoilers, which exist for TAR, Survivor, and probably most other reality shows I don't pay attention to: knowing the boot orders previous to the episodes airing.  I realize that the DVR age has changed how people watch television, but regardless, to me a show is a show, it begins and ends at the time that it airs.  My perspective is different if we're talking about discussing the plot of a newer film or a book given what those kind of entities are.  But when we're talking about a show that airs at the same time every week, I just view that as what it is.  Now, I realize that what we're talking about here is spreading that info around in other threads. 

Last season, us WOXY migrators came here and created the Survivor thread to continue talking about the current season.  Since there was no TAR thread and most of us posted in both, we had previously discussed TAR in that thread a few weeks prior to the finale.  But IIRC, Poncho didn't show up in the Survivor thread until something like the day after the TAR finale, where naturally we had been discussing it (and by "we" I mean only about 3 or 4 loyalists).  Hence the idea of a newcomer being spoiled by that talk would have never occurred to me.  Had I previously known that Poncho sees the show a few days later, I would have posted accordingly.  I'll be watching the new season of Mad Men next month.  If I was posting in a MM thread and someone happened to make a post comparing Don Draper to Richard Hatch, I wouldn't hesitate to say something like "so, what did you think of the last episode?  I thought that Colton blindside was great" without it crossing my mind that I could be spoiling someone.  But the reality is that unless Don Draper became a nudist homosexual, no one would make that comparison, and the overlap won't be there like there would be for two similar CBS reality show threads.  I use this example just to show how Poncho and I's views on "spoiling" differ.  Now that the threads are separate, it won't be a problem.  But I needed to tell my POV of things regarding that whole situation being referenced here.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on February 23, 2012, 03:02:01 PM
I agree in the thread for the show that once it airs, it's not spoiling.  

However, I wouldn't talk about the finale of Mad Men (which I don't actually watch, but since you used it) in the Survivor thread a day or two after the big cliffhanger (if that kind of show has such a thing) without putting it in spoiler tags... but that's just how I roll.  Just on the assumption that someone may not have seen it yet and wouldn't know to avoid that thread.

They ALL die!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on March 01, 2012, 03:51:10 PM
Well, I was disappointed the girls didn't beat out the guidos. I mean, really? I was totally rooting for them because they did seem sweet. I knew the clowns probably wouldn't be around long but was also sad to see them go. Not sure which team I am rooting for. Possibly the team that has come in first 2x now. Jersey boys need to be sent back to Jersey, the boarder agents are annoying as well as Big Brother. Enough with the return characters from CBS reality tv shows. Ugh.

Anyone watching Celebrity Apprentice? If so, I'll start a thread (didn't see one). I am not normally a fan but come on: George Takei is on this season. :D
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 01, 2012, 04:03:32 PM
It was sad to me when the two teams teamed up to pass the clowns.  Not that that's not smart gameplay, because it was.  But it was awkward and sad to watch.  I hope that the guy clown at least didn't hear the "we can at least pass the clown" line.  I also thought it was weird that there were back-to-back eliminations, I expected this one to be a non-elimination leg.  Still not feeling strongly about the cast.  Liking Mark and Bopper though.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on March 01, 2012, 11:13:58 PM
I'm not really rooting for any team yet this season. Just enjoying it for the scenery, mostly.

While it was sad to see the clowns get eliminated, when I saw their "farewell" comments, I couldn't help but be a little jealous (but happy for them) as that couple truly love each other and they'll be alright.

The Jersey frats need to get elimintated NOW.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on March 03, 2012, 11:48:52 PM
i'll be stunned if the big brother team comes in last and it's not a non-elimination leg, just to keep her (rachel?) around for the drama.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 04, 2012, 11:23:18 PM
Finally caught up. Was really tired of Rachael being so down on herself tonight. Nothing like having the end come down to a matter of a minute or two.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 05, 2012, 02:57:25 PM
I don't remember a task that so many teams struggled on and/or had to switch like that watermelon pyramid.  Seeing stuff that was actually very challenging and difficult was refreshing.  

Three straight elimination legs is something I can't recall in a while either.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on March 05, 2012, 08:52:56 PM
I looked at Mrs. Poncho immediately and said "harp strings" and she looked at me weird.  I said "those things are all different sizes and it's hard enough to stack reasonably similar items like that... I'm calling the harp strings."

She shrugged and said she thought I'd chose the physical task on this one.  She pointed out that everyone was choosing the watermelons.  Then she went "yeah, good call"
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on March 05, 2012, 10:29:15 PM
I don't remember a task that so many teams struggled on and/or had to switch like that watermelon pyramid.  Seeing stuff that was actually very challenging and difficult was refreshing.  

Three straight elimination legs is something I can't recall in a while either.
Same here. Those were 2 of the most difficult challenges I can remember if a looooooooong time. But it made for great TV watching, and the producers had to be screaming with delight that the last 2 teams actually met up for the final challenge, hours after everyone was done. Sorry to see the twins go.

And for sure now the next leg MUST be a non-elimination leg, right?

And last but not least, is anyone else as surprised as me that Team Kentucky is doing as well as they are? I mean, in the first leg of the season, my son and I agreed they'd probably not last long, but they have played well!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on March 06, 2012, 12:47:54 PM
I am surprised that Team KY has done as well as they have. I admit to wanting them to go and go soon because they are definitely this season's Ugly American team.

Sorry to see the twins go as well because they seemed pretty cool (can't believe that the guitar player struggled with the harp challenge though and bad call on the soccer player brother not doing the water bottle challenge). I was hoping it was a non-elimination round to be honest.

Really really REALLY dislike big brother team. Mainly because they are from Big Brother (and am tired of these reality stars doing cross-over series) but also because she is SOOOOOOO annoying.

So yeah, guess the team I see going far if they can work together is the husband/wife team that won last week (the Army or Air Force guy). I do like the lady federal agents (aka the teachers) and the girls from MS are cute though I sometimes am surprised by how far they have come along too.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on March 22, 2012, 10:59:26 AM
keep on trucking' team ken tuck!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 22, 2012, 09:35:08 PM
Anyone else really not feeling this cast at all?  Like all of you, I think Mark and Bopper are great, but I don't think I've gravitated toward a single other team.  I admit that I immaturely initially kind of wrote off Art and JJ due to their occupation (I imagined them as being cocky and egotistical in the game), but so far they have just been a very good performing team and also gave half of their money to Bopper for his daughter, so I'm glad to say I was completely wrong about them.  So I guess I like them, they're just kind of like the ultimate "meh" team.  But, as always, TAR is cool simply for the sights and everything else, and like Survivor, the deeper into the game the better. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on March 22, 2012, 11:34:23 PM
I pretty much agree with your comments, cyclone. The thing that keeps me watching TAR is the scenery more than the teams that are playing. I am rooting for Team Kentucky as you and others are. I also like Art and JJ, simply because they are good. Initially I kinda liked the army guy and his cute looking blond wife, but he has more and more come across as another overbearing dude, whom I cannot like.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 22, 2012, 11:50:55 PM
I teared up for the Kentucky Team tonight.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: trixi on April 23, 2012, 12:58:27 AM
I teared up for the Kentucky Team tonight.
x2
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on April 23, 2012, 09:37:07 AM
I assumed they were safe because the commercials all week focused on them struggling and Mark nearly quitting the task ... it was the old Survivor style editing where the trailer makes something seem so obvious that you know the opposite happens.  That being said, I got nervous toward the end as well.

Also, I really want to see JJ explode on someone before the season's over. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on April 24, 2012, 08:47:23 AM
My faves went off last week though I am a bit surprised that they didn't go sooner. They just didn't seem to have the drive others did to compete. But I liked that they never yelled at each other, were always supportive and DRAMA-free.

I have reversed my opinion about Mark and Bopper. Those guys have won me over and I was happy to see that this was a non-elimination week.

I think they are the only I team I hope goes all the way. The only other team I kind of like are the team that won this week, but I only like the wife because her husband is a d**k of the highest order. "Listen to your freaking husband." Who says that????? Ugh.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on April 24, 2012, 07:44:27 PM
She's an idiot, too.  They deserve each other.  Although, I will say I'm 60-40 on her side.

I like Team Kan-tuck, but my personal surprise of the year has been falling in love with Vanessa's witty banter.  Love it.  A lot.  Best lines and catty comments in YEARS.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on April 25, 2012, 12:02:00 AM
It's amazing how great this show continues to be, season after season. Really enjoy watching this.

And the preview of the next episode seems to indicate that Kentucky is doing better and that one of the other teams suffers an injury. Which probably means Kentucky is gonna be eliminated  ;)
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on April 25, 2012, 08:12:49 AM
She's an idiot, too.  They deserve each other.  Although, I will say I'm 60-40 on her side.

I like Team Kan-tuck, but my personal surprise of the year has been falling in love with Vanessa's witty banter.  Love it.  A lot.  Best lines and catty comments in YEARS.

I can't argue with your logic. If she puts up with his crap, well, I am not going to say she deserves it but she is certainly not impressing me that she DOES put up with it.

And Vanessa: she continually cracks me up even if she is only superficially beautiful. I can't imagine why her and her boy toy have been married multiple times. ;)

I HOPE that Big Brother goes off this week. That girl ANNOYS the crap out of me. Out of all the reason she loved the outfits to wear for the Bollywood number it was because of the GLITTER. Gah gah and gah again! I wish Vanessa could have heard her comments and come back with some snark.

Oh, and JJ and what's his name, those guys are babies. To go bitching to Phil over and over again (could be editing) when they shouldn't have even done it the first time. How old are we anyway?

Phil should earn an Emmy (?) for putting up with this group this season. Plus, it was awesome seeing him do the cricket and rickshaw clip! :)

Just had a thought: Phil and Jeff Probst meeting after filming for a commiseration beer. Talk about bitchy contestants this season. :D
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on April 25, 2012, 10:08:49 PM
Mrs. Poncho has coined the term "Phillimination" for getting kicked off a reality show.  She watched the season Jason Taylor (she's a Miami Dolphins fan) was on "Dancing with the Never-weres & Has-beens" and every time someone left she said "You've been PHILLIMINATED!"
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on April 27, 2012, 02:42:16 PM
Mrs. Poncho has coined the term "Phillimination" for getting kicked off a reality show.  She watched the season Jason Taylor (she's a Miami Dolphins fan) was on "Dancing with the Never-weres & Has-beens" and every time someone left she said "You've been PHILLIMINATED!"

i like, and am stealing this.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on April 29, 2012, 10:43:35 PM
Great episode tonight. Those tasks were monstrous. But despite the editing, making us think that the Arizona guys were in trouble, I just knew Kentucky would never catch up, starting 3 hours behind the rest and even doing the "Fast Forward".

Finale next Sunday!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on April 30, 2012, 10:50:06 AM
Hated that Mark and Bopper went, but it was expected, and I'm actually glad that Art and JJ made it to the final leg as they have the best chance of beating all of the other teams.  A shame they took a chance on that boxes task, because they probably would have done really well at the elephant one and possibly surpassed one of the couples.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on April 30, 2012, 11:29:53 PM
Cyclone, you want the AZ guys to win? I really don't care much for them. But then again, none of the remaining teams have much "loveability" about them. I just think the AZ guys are so tight up, and I get annoyed by their comments left and right. The Army husband and wife team are clearly the best team in the race, but I despise the way the guy treats his wife.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on May 01, 2012, 01:00:11 AM
Cyclone, you want the AZ guys to win?

Yeah, I didn't like them at first, but they won me over when they offered to give half of their first place prize money to Mark's daughter.  Plus I like that they're realistic, non-gimmicky reality show contestants ... i.e. not an eye candy attractive couple.  And they don't actually annoy me at all, meanwhile the Big Brother team is perhaps the most annoying team I've ever seen, and Ralph and Vanessa stoop to their level quite a bit.  You're right that the army couple is the best team ... they're just too boring for me to root for.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on May 14, 2012, 08:55:51 AM
Well, I think the best team won this time around. Uh, the husband though is SO annoying. He cared more about be the most "winningiest" team in the history of the show over a million dollars. Which is whatever. I nearly had a heart attack and had a major WTF moment when they got to the end BEFORE the road block challenge. I was definitely rooting for them to win after that because they accidentally skipped ahead. Art & JJ were okay most of the race but after the whole "Major Dave" incident, they became as intolerable as the whole BB and Vanessa drama. I would have been okay with them winning it over BB though. BB guy is way too nice for big baby and really not sure why he puts up with her. I still think Rachel needs to take her half a mill and dump Maj Dave and find someone who respects her. He needs a serious attitude adjustment.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on May 18, 2012, 09:23:57 PM
Another ugh.

I wanted Vanessa's mouth to win and everyone else to lose... especially her fake eyelashes.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on August 29, 2012, 11:02:32 PM
Just saw that the new season is starting Sept. 30, with a $2 mill. pay-out. Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 07, 2012, 11:20:44 PM
So the fall season is underway. So far no teams I strongly dislike.

I felt so bad for the last team tonight. I hate when elimination is due to a bad taxi driver. :(
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on October 08, 2012, 12:54:39 PM
So the fall season is underway. So far no teams I strongly dislike.

I can see myself disliking strongly the monster truck driver (mohawk guy) and the blond James of the Chippendales. Otherwise, agreed.

I felt sorry for the team who came in second. That'll learn 'em for being nice! Which reminds me, that the guy on the team that came in first seems like he *could* be a first rate jerk but time will tell.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on October 08, 2012, 06:39:21 PM
Yeah, the only team I really dislike are the monster truckers.  Listening to the mohawk guy's unwarranted cocky confessionals so far has been pretty brutal.

I was also rooting for the team that was eliminated last night.  Also really like James & Abba, the heavy metal guys.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on October 11, 2012, 01:30:46 PM
Found the end of the latest ep very frustrating. Sucks to lose because of circumstances out of your control. The team who lost was my #1...I think I'll cheer for the twins now because while they could have the potential to be annoying, overall I think they are funny. Oh, and the substitute teachers are all right as well.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on October 13, 2012, 11:49:59 PM
Haven't posted before but I'm watching! Love this show. The only show (besides the Bengals) that I can convince my 25 yr old son to come over and watch with me  :)
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on October 22, 2012, 12:40:54 PM
James and Abba team #1, get used to it folks.

Also Rob is just the worst.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Poncho on October 29, 2012, 07:39:26 PM
I have taken to following Mrs. Poncho around the house and randomly yelling encouragement at her for mundane tasks.

"COME ON TWINNIE!  YOU CAN DO IT, TWINNIE!  UNLOAD THE DISHWASHER FAST, FAST!"

She doesn't seem nearly as amused by this as I am.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 29, 2012, 07:42:45 PM
Ha!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: trixi on October 29, 2012, 09:28:50 PM
lol. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on October 29, 2012, 10:04:57 PM
Nice.  Also ...

James and Abba team #1, get used to it folks.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on November 01, 2012, 10:45:01 AM
I have taken to following Mrs. Poncho around the house and randomly yelling encouragement at her for mundane tasks.

"COME ON TWINNIE!  YOU CAN DO IT, TWINNIE!  UNLOAD THE DISHWASHER FAST, FAST!"

She doesn't seem nearly as amused by this as I am.

Awesome! :)

I agree about James/Abba. That works for me too because they are some of the most likable. Plus, they are seriously like the Pied Piper in every episode. ;)
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on November 06, 2012, 10:17:42 AM
Well, the couple of teams that I was cheering for are now off my list. I still vote for James/Abba and hope they manage to get their bags back (based on the preview for next week). Taking their money was pretty crappy and I kept waiting for Phil to say something when each team crossed the line at check in. Oh well.

I also like the Beekman boys and am quite happy with the last team to check in going off. Hallelujah is all I can say!!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: trixi on November 06, 2012, 07:11:52 PM
I could not believe that Phil didn't say something about the money being taken.  I know this is a race, and I know it was careless of the boys. But the twins knew darn well whose money it was.  It's not like they found it in the middle of the street or something.  Would love it if AR had a reunion show like Survivor does to see if anyone would confront others after they've seen what went on. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on November 06, 2012, 07:21:58 PM
I don't know the inside rules of TAR like I do Survivor, but I was a little surprised at the money thing myself.  You would think one of the "between the lines" rules would be not stealing from another team, let alone money.  But yeah, obviously it gets fuzzy whether or not money being left behind and then taken would constitute as such.  I seem to remember Boston Rob and Amber doing some controversial stuff along those lines in their season and the show just ran with it, but who knows.  I do wonder if maybe the producers didn't let it slide to make for an entertaining episode and then "assist" the locals in reimbursing the money ... seems like they made $200 or whatever it was pretty quickly on the streets of a third world country to not even lose much of their lead in the race.

Really glad the monster truckers (well, Rob) are finally off my television for good.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on November 11, 2012, 10:20:13 AM
Finally coaught up with last Sunday's episode. I guess I'm rooting for the rockers at this point. The fact that the seank preview of tonight's episode seems to suggest that the rockers are in major trouble, gives me great comfort that they will not be eliminated.  ;)
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on November 11, 2012, 10:54:08 PM
Finally coaught up with last Sunday's episode. I guess I'm rooting for the rockers at this point. The fact that the seank preview of tonight's episode seems to suggest that the rockers are in major trouble, gives me great comfort that they will not be eliminated.  ;)
well I guess we'll find out next week if the rockers are in real trouble! Although I'm guessing (from the sneak preview at the end of tonight's episode) that they'll get help from the US Embassy in Moscow to get an emergency passport.

That aside, the synchronizing swimming challenge was just hilarious. I laoughed out loud (not that I would do any better). I am getting really annoyed with the goat farmers, though. They need to go.

This episode was one of those few times where making decisions on airline connections had an impact. Always love those.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on November 12, 2012, 10:50:16 AM
I really hope they survive, if not I guess I'd have to root for Trey and Lexi, who are nice but just the quintessential token boring, MOR Amazing Race couple. 

It seemed pretty weird to me that James and Abba couldn't figure out the library thing to the point where they had to quit while Trey and Lexi seemingly did it pretty easily just by matching up the letters. 

The synchronized swimming seemed like one of the toughest challenges I've seen on TAR in a while.  And yes, the goat farmer with the glasses not being able to keep up with just the swimming was hilarious although really sad. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on November 16, 2012, 08:16:54 AM
I really hope they survive, if not I guess I'd have to root for Trey and Lexi, who are nice but just the quintessential token boring, MOR Amazing Race couple. 

It seemed pretty weird to me that James and Abba couldn't figure out the library thing to the point where they had to quit while Trey and Lexi seemingly did it pretty easily just by matching up the letters. 

The synchronized swimming seemed like one of the toughest challenges I've seen on TAR in a while.  And yes, the goat farmer with the glasses not being able to keep up with just the swimming was hilarious although really sad. 

Agreed. I can't believe they left their bags in the taxi. They must be really exhausted to have made that decision.

I also agree about them quitting the library challenge: the one couple I didn't expect to do well at the library challenge was Trey & Lexi. Glad the twins didn't use their express pass but I could see how the language barrier would be frustrating. I really felt for the goat farmer guy who couldn't swim very well. He should be really proud to get through that challenge and hopefully get over some fear of the water.

I will admit to being surprised the other team that flew with the goat farmers stuck with them and waited them out on the swimming challenge. That dude is such a jerk...still not going to cheer for them but I will tip my hat for their sportsmanship on this ep.

Next week's ep should be interesting to say the least.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on November 21, 2012, 11:36:09 PM
really too bad the rockers didn't get it together... oh well... but when you are in TAR, it's inexcusable to leave your bags in the cab and in any event you should have your passport on you, in your pocket.

Still annoyed by the goat farmers.

My money is on Trey and Lexi at this point.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on November 22, 2012, 09:49:35 PM
I love(d) the "PENCILS DOWN!!!" guy.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 24, 2012, 01:15:45 PM
I actually don't hate any of the remaining teams, so I'll be happy with whoever wins. It's definitely been an entertaining few weeks!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on November 29, 2012, 11:35:07 PM
Finally caught up with last Sunday's episode. Very entertaining, even more so since most of it took place in Amsterdam, which I know well (my sister lives there).
 
Still annoyed that the goat farmers, arguably one of the weaker teams ever, somehow still made it through.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on December 10, 2012, 11:49:22 AM
The goat farmers are, objectively, the worst TAR winners ever.  And I mean, it isn't like some under the radar, coattail-riding winner a la Survivor, they were just literally a very bad team throughout the race who struggled in the majority of the challenges.

I did some fact checking and here are the numbers on what they did throughout the race: (Keep in mind that the race starts with 11 teams) - 7th / 5th / 5th / 4th / Last (non-elimination) / Next to last / Next to last / Next to last (assisted by another team losing passports) / Next to last / Next to last / Next to last / 1st.

And so in the finale (and coming in, I had a feeling they might have a good chance at winning with the major "underdog" edit they had been receiving), the impeccable luck struck again.  They were the last team to get to Coney Island, and the other two teams clearly lost a ton of time not finding the clue before they got there, with the chippendales starting to look on the beach and whatnot.  The goat farmers didn't see it either, but lucked out when they overheard Trey and Lexi.  And then Lexi bombed the final challenge with the flags by getting emotional and probably ultimately quitting (given that they came in third). 

The most annoying thing about this season, to me, was the alliances.  Survivor-esque alliances were made this season and I wanted to see more curthroat racing.  I mean, in the first half of the finale, you had the final teams going out of their way to help each other, following each other in cars, etc.  And even that one team who were the clear villains of the season at one point (Ryan & ???, the other young attractive couple) started working with the goat farmers at one point.  I hope that kind of stuff doesn't become the norm on TAR. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on December 10, 2012, 01:29:10 PM
I'll echo everything that Cyclone stated. BY FAR the most "undeserving" winners ever. As soon as I saw the last challege with the flags/greetings in foreign languages, I knew the goat farmers were going to win, and easily at that.

(Equally amazing to me was that just before that, the Chippendales and Trey & Lexi didn't recognize the emblem clue as being the United Nations symbol, what rock did these people crawl from under?)

I was pulling for the Chippendales, and at least they won a new car at the next-to-last episode.

Back to the goat farmers: Cyclone, do you happen to know whether any other team ever won TAR without winning a single leg at some point in the run-up to the finish?
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on December 10, 2012, 07:34:20 PM
Back to the goat farmers: Cyclone, do you happen to know whether any other team ever won TAR without winning a single leg at some point in the run-up to the finish?

I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure they are the first to do so.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on December 14, 2012, 08:38:10 AM
surprise ending? yes. entertaining at that. i began to root for the goat farmers after the annoying twins were mean to them, nice job on the editing.

but should they have won? no. but occasionally the underdog pulls one out.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on December 17, 2012, 02:34:47 PM
I'll echo everything that Cyclone stated. BY FAR the most "undeserving" winners ever. As soon as I saw the last challege with the flags/greetings in foreign languages, I knew the goat farmers were going to win, and easily at that.

(Equally amazing to me was that just before that, the Chippendales and Trey & Lexi didn't recognize the emblem clue as being the United Nations symbol, what rock did these people crawl from under?)

I was pulling for the Chippendales, and at least they won a new car at the next-to-last episode.

Back to the goat farmers: Cyclone, do you happen to know whether any other team ever won TAR without winning a single leg at some point in the run-up to the finish?

While I do agree that they probably didn't deserve to win, I am so glad they did over the "dating divorcees" Ryan and ? I was cheering for the Chippendales as well. I also had been cheering for "twinny" but they disappointed me with their mean gay tirade.

I am actually glad that there wasn't a whole lot of dirty play going on this season. I do agree that maybe they were too nice but I didn't miss the drama.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 25, 2013, 09:26:39 PM
They've announced the cast for the next season, and it includes former Carolina Hurricane Bates Battaglia who still lives in Raleigh and runs a bar here. He was part of the BBC line during our run for the Stanley Cup in 2002 (has it really been 11 years?!) with future captain Rod Brind'Amour and Erik Cole. He is racing with his brother who plays minor league hockey. I hope they are worthy of my cheering them on!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on February 13, 2013, 10:51:53 PM
New season starts THIS SUNDAY!!! woohoo!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: va-vacious on February 14, 2013, 03:16:13 PM
Gooo Bates Battaglia!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on February 14, 2013, 03:26:56 PM
Ella and va_vacious, thanks for not keeping me company in the NHL thread I keep bumping when you are both clearly hockey fans.  >:(

Battaglia was on the Hurricanes when they were affiliated with the Cyclones (back when they played in the IHL which was then the equivalent of the AHL now, the minor league right below the NHL) but I don't think he was ever sent down.  His brother was an ECHL journeyman so I'm sure I saw him play a few times over the years.  I will indeed be rooting for them.  And it looks like a really solid cast this year.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: va-vacious on February 14, 2013, 03:52:04 PM
Cyclone, I'm a terrible hockey fan-- I only somewhat follow the Hurricanes, and I should like the Predators but keep forgetting about them. However, I'll join you in the hockey thread so you aren't alone!  :)  I will more than likely be reduced to statements like "Goooo Bates Battaglia" even if they aren't appropriate! I loved the 'canes on their cup run-- such a good team, and they seemed nice and authentic.

Ella IS a much better fan than me, though.  Why she's not posting in that thread, I do not know!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on February 17, 2013, 10:50:43 PM
Enjoyable opener tonight. No token gay couple or oldies couple, though.

Interesting ending (spoiler alert, so don't read further if you still wanna catch up), relative to which my son raised an interesting point:














So the three remaining teams decide to throw in the towel and take the 4 hr penalty (which is assessed upon arrival). When the firefighters see that they will arrive last, why didn't they turn around and go back to the beach to continue digging up for the clue, which supposedly would cancel out the 4 hr penalty? Are they not allowed to do so because they've already decided to take the penalty?
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: trixi on February 18, 2013, 12:10:15 AM
I was wondering the same thing, though I'm guessing since they do get the clue to move on after declaring that they'll take the penality, that the choice may be a binding one. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on February 18, 2013, 10:04:11 AM
I was surprised how much I despised 3-4 of the teams right off the bat.  The Youtube/meme-culture kids, the douche couple (guy with pink shirt and fake tan and his blonde girlfriend with gallons of make-up who had the "let's act like we have friends" quip), and the blonde country singers.  You can go ahead and add Chuck and Wynona to that list as well, with her barely being able to build sandcastles without complaining about it being too physically tolling or needing alcohol.

Regarding the thing at the end, I believe (but not positive) that once you announce that you'll be quitting the task to take the penalty, you can't go back and finish the task.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on February 19, 2013, 01:47:32 PM
I didn't even know you could quit and take a penalty. Is this a first on the show?

Well, I liked the father/son team and hope the way that the promo was edited that they aren't going to get screwed out of the fast pass (seems like a bad move strategically to me because why piss people off that early?). Not sure I liked many of the other teams either to be honest. I was definitely hoping barbie and her ugly husband were the ones to go off this week...I won't be able to stand much of their banter this season that is for sure.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on February 19, 2013, 02:08:31 PM
I didn't even know you could quit and take a penalty. Is this a first on the show?

No, this has always been there.

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Well, I liked the father/son team and hope the way that the promo was edited that they aren't going to get screwed out of the fast pass (seems like a bad move strategically to me because why piss people off that early?). Not sure I liked many of the other teams either to be honest. I was definitely hoping barbie and her ugly husband were the ones to go off this week...I won't be able to stand much of their banter this season that is for sure.
By all means I should like to father-son team, but for whatever reason I do not. There is something about the dad that really rubs me the wrong way.

As others have commented, not too many likeable teams at first sight.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on February 22, 2013, 09:18:28 AM

By all means I should like to father-son team, but for whatever reason I do not. There is something about the dad that really rubs me the wrong way.

As others have commented, not too many likeable teams at first sight.

All I was saying was that this was pretty much the only team I liked...only time will tell how that plays out. ;)
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on February 23, 2013, 09:55:54 AM
i'm rooting for mullet power. i have no idea how anyone in the race can take their eyes off of it. and the wife, i like so far. i'd be bitching about sandcastles with out beer while i did that too.

hockey players too.

the rest of the teams fall into the forgettable category for me. reading back through the thread, i can't remember most of them. but i love that mullet!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 23, 2013, 03:26:39 PM
So far the Battagalia brothers haven't embarrassed us, so that's good.

And the mullet is definitely memorable!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on February 25, 2013, 10:57:42 AM
Was I the only one who noticed this ... in last night's episode during the task where they had to walk across the sand on stilts while kicking the coconut, when the Asian girls (Pam and Winnie) were struggling mightily and were the only team left doing it, their coconut kept getting curiously closer and closer to the finish line even though the girl doing it looked she could barely even get up on the stilts.  For example, the coconut would all of a sudden be half way across the sand, and then when she would finally make it to it to try to kick it, she would miss entirely and fall down having to start over.  Even before the end, I noticed this and thought it was bizarre, because that must have meant that she was kicking the coconut very far at the beginning (which I doubt since she was struggling so badly to even barely kick it a second time let alone stand up).  And then finally at the end, it shows the coconut practically sitting an inch before the finish line and her finally kicking it over the line.  So yeah, I'm pretty sure since they were struggling so badly that they kept moving the coconut up for them.

Not much to say about about the OB/GYNs ... I figured that the whole "applying to be on Survivor or TAR while not being able to swim" trend had died off years ago.  I did kind of expect it to be a non-elimination leg to save them.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 25, 2013, 09:24:14 PM
I noticed it, but I thought it was an editing choice so we didn't have to suffer through the attempts.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on February 25, 2013, 11:13:47 PM
I noticed it, but I thought it was an editing choice so we didn't have to suffer through the attempts.

Normally I think that would be the case, but what was off here was the fact that the coconuts were appearing so far down the sand with the girl not around it. Like, I didn't notice any of the other teams being able to kick their coconuts with the stilts very far at all, once they got the walking down they would just be able to kick the coconut a foot or so ahead of them each step.  And then when they would show the girl appear next to the coconut before falling she looked like she could barely stand on it.  So I was very skeptical that the girl was able to kick to coconut very far and then just to try to catch up to it before failing right when she got to it to try to kick it again.  I could be wrong, but my "producer interference" sense was tingling.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on February 26, 2013, 03:34:13 PM
The only thing I have really gotten out of the first two episodes is that I really want to go to Bora Bora. ;)
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: trixi on February 26, 2013, 10:31:17 PM
Let's plan a trip :-D
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on March 08, 2013, 08:57:02 AM
nice move giving the express pass to the gimp team. we all know they'll be gone soon. saves face with the alliance and doesn't hurt their competitive chances. no way the gimps run deep in the season.

still rooting for the mullet and hockey team.

cannot stand the youtube team. actually, dont really care for any other teams. poor casting this season.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on March 08, 2013, 08:58:11 AM
nice move giving the express pass to the gimp team. we all know they'll be gone soon. saves face with the alliance and doesn't hurt their competitive chances. no way the gimps run deep in the season.

still rooting for the mullet and hockey team.

cannot stand the youtube team. actually, dont really care for any other teams. poor casting this season.

I am totally rooting for the gimp team. :D

But yeah, really poor casting this season.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 08, 2013, 10:40:41 AM
I hate when they end episodes in a "to be continued".  I know they try to switch up the format to keep it fresh and interesting, but given that a bulk of the episodes already feel disappointing when we get the non-eliminations.  Plus, it was just extremely lame this episode.  The father and son get first, and then Phil asks if they want to continue the face, to be continued.  What is the point?  Do they really expect us to think that after using the pass and jumping into first, they would now choose to quit rather than not doing so before? 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on March 09, 2013, 01:44:31 AM
as I mentioned before, I have no love for the father and son team, it just seems so... over the top. OMG the cancer. No, the double cancer! And now the terrible injury!

That said, I fully expect all of you to support and love me and my son when we get on TAR, LOL
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 10, 2013, 09:04:04 PM
Crazy ending just now.

The TAR equivalent of getting voted out with a hidden idol in your pocket, getting eliminating while having the Express Pass (and to think, the Express Pass they gave away was used by the team who is currently in first).  The guy was delirious at the check-in.  I appreciate his passion and wanting to stay positive but it was quite awkward watching the girl's reaction while the guy just kept that huge fake smile and back-talked Phil regarding not using the Express Pass.  I thought for sure it was going to be a non-elimination leg since it seemed so obvious.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: trixi on March 10, 2013, 11:29:45 PM
That was just stupid not to use the express pass when they saw that the mullet team was still working on it. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 11, 2013, 12:31:53 AM
That was just stupid not to use the express pass when they saw that the mullet team was still working on it. 

Yeah, it was mind-boggling.  At least when something happens like someone gets voted out of Survivor with an idol, they are truly blindsided.  In this case they knew it was down to just them and the other team and they still chose not to use it.  And they appeared to be a very strong team with a realistic shot at winning at that.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: trixi on March 11, 2013, 01:21:46 AM
I will say the guy did seem completely out of it.  I wonder how long this leg was...time-wise.  A couple of the other teams were seen saying how long this leg was, so I'm wondering if lack of sleep was partially to blame for the bad decision making, though the girl did seem to be aware that they should have used the pass. 
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on March 11, 2013, 11:05:47 AM
and what about the sneak-preview of next week's episode?!? They seemingly show the father/son team arrive in first, so I'm guessing already that they will NOT arrive in first place...
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on March 11, 2013, 12:34:12 PM
ha! eliminated with an express pass. that dude bothered me anyway. good riddance!

team mullet still has a chance!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on March 13, 2013, 10:52:12 AM
It is called karma for not giving the express pass up initially to the father/son team after making the pact with the group to do so. I felt bad for the girl but that guy always rubbed me the wrong way. I agree they were a strong team but that was beyond tiredness to not do the express pass. I think he is used to getting his own way...plus, it was hilarious when they were making crafts in someone's backyard at first. :D

Loved Phil's "oi vey" exclamation and sarcastic look at the end. Heart Phil.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 13, 2013, 09:29:48 PM
Is it bad that each week I think, "please, Bates, don't embarrass Raleigh"? So far, so good, though.

According to the blog, they though the derby girls were still behind them, so that's why they didn't use the pass.

I do like the Derby moms.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on March 17, 2013, 10:11:23 PM
team mullet survives!

hate to see any team leave due to medical issues. bummer for the father and son.

double u-turn causes no one to be eliminated? lame.

i hope youtube goes soon. they bug me.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 17, 2013, 11:23:54 PM
i hope youtube goes soon. they bug me.

That was my initial thought the first episode, but I have to admit I find myself kind of rooting for them after tonight's episode. I still think the guy is really annoying and I hate that their whole shtick was like the meme/internet culture thing and maybe I'm just right where the editing wants me but I find myself rooting for them as the "good guys" now.   The "majority alliance" is just way too douche-y. Max and Katie are awful, I have an inherent dislike for the country singers, the other teams are so nondescript that they're too boring.  I'm rooting for the hockey players simply because I'm a huge hockey fan but they certainly haven't been anything special.

Yeah, the double U-turn going naught was really lame.  As was pretty much knowing that as soon as Dave and Connor quit in the first ten minutes, I figured that there wouldn't be another elimination that episode and everyone would make it through.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on March 18, 2013, 01:28:49 PM
team mullet survives!
I was kinda rooting for them, but after last night's episode, they need to go. Pronto. Their utter ignorance on so many levels is simply not excusable. Did you notice that at one point during the food ingredient-gathering task in Hanoi, Mullet wants to thank someone and he says (I'm quite sure I'm not making this up) "muchas gracias!". Hello?!?! You're in Vietnam!!!! What once was somewhat charming is now annoying.

I agree that using the double U Turn in an episode where "no-one" is getting eliminated was super-lame, but the producers were in no position to make any changes after the initial clue was given to the teams (which announced there would be a double U Turn), and only then did the father-and-son team annouce they were quitting. It's an unfortunate coincidence but really not the producers' fault.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on March 20, 2013, 12:30:05 PM
I was sad to see the dad and son go but other than when the son stole a  glance at one of the player's surfboards, I thought they played a really clean game and thought that they were pretty inspiring.

I am not a fan of team mullet. He doesn't listen to his wife at all, which is probably why she whines about it all the time.

So, what happened with the chickens? Only mullets and team  youtube took them right?

Also, why u-turn a weak team when they could have turned back a team that is strong and also doesn't like you (ie snobs 'r us)?
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 20, 2013, 04:54:21 PM
Also, why u-turn a weak team when they could have turned back a team that is strong and also doesn't like you (ie snobs 'r us)?

They are in an alliance with most of the other teams that finished toward the front and they all agreed that they would stick together to make sure the alliance all survived by U-turning one of two teams in the minority at the back.  A dumb strategy, but that's why it happened.  I think it was a mistake for Pam and Winnie to U-Turn anybody at all, they were clearly going to get first and there was no reason to use it and burn bridges for possible revenge in the future. 

And whoa, someone is actually siding with Wynona?  No, she isn't whining because Chuck doesn't listen, she just whines because she's a useless teammate.  I can't recall a more one sided team in TAR history.  Chuck has literally done everything in the race so far, his wife just doesn't do anything and then she complains about everything.  What was her quibble even about last episode?  I think she acted like she knew the directions where they were going when she clearly had no idea.  A shame too, because Chuck actually seems like a pretty capable, competent racer.  But they'll be gone, they have already been saved 3 times, by non-elimination, the ridiculous decision for the team not using the Express Pass, and for the injury elimination last week.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on March 22, 2013, 09:24:28 PM
Oh no, I was not siding with her: I honestly can't stand either team member. They can't go off soon enough.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on March 25, 2013, 11:42:18 AM
Man, I really wanted Max and Katie gone.  Hopefully they never recover from their penalty next week (the preview basically confirms that it comes down to a race between them and the YouTubers for last place).

That was a really boring episode, but I guess they were limited in the Southern Africa desert.  The scorpion task took the bulk of the time, and all that was was basically digging a hole in the ground and then having the bushmen get the scorpion for them.  I was going to talk about how boring the next task was as well, but I'm not even sure how I would describe it besides tying a few sticks together.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on March 26, 2013, 10:30:50 AM
The only thing I can really contribute to this conversation is *!@%$ regarding the non-elimination round.  >:(
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on May 05, 2013, 10:08:59 PM
Phew, so glad that Max and Katie didn't win.

Glad that the Battaglias won. I thought they were screwed after Anthony's nightmare performance in the food serving challenge, but that just showed how editing made it seem like they were further back than they actually were as when they finally finished they were right there with Max and Katie. While I was rooting for them as a hockey fan, I must say that they were a little disappointing as racers. I mean, they certainly had the credentials of great winners -- 5 first place finishes and 3 second place finishes, and they were never really in danger of being eliminated. But I would say that was mostly expected being two ex-pro athletes compared to the level of competition. After those twin brother doctors and the blonde couple with the infamous not using the Express Pass disaster both got eliminated right off the bat, it was their race to lose. Even Max and Katie were right near the bottom of the pack the whole first half of the race before finishing strong. Take a look at the other teams ... the YouTubers, Chuck and Wynona, country singers ... yikes. I mean, aside from the flirting with the country singers being annoying, there was nothing wrong with their strategy of not totally dominating and not being too proud to follow others at times. Their victory just comes off slightly underwhelming to me.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on May 05, 2013, 11:20:38 PM
it didn't matter to me who won, sure, the hockey players were fine winners, but for me it's all about seeing the teams travel around the world.

Seeing the last leg of the race ending up in DC was pure fun for me as I know the city well, I lived there for 5 years and I still go there a lot for my work (in fact will be there in a week). Seeing the roller derby moms going to the White House (1600 Penn Ave) instead of 1100 Penn Ave (as the clue said) made me just cringe a bit. Seeing the teams think they were actually going to meet with Obama was just a laugher, I mean, really?? The challenge at the Tidal Basin was a KILLER for Max and Katie.

In all, a fun season to watch, even if the teams weren't all that great, but it's all about the travel for me. Looking forward to next season already.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 05, 2013, 11:25:58 PM
True - they weren't as exciting as some other winning teams, but I think that was partially because they were just so nonchalant about everything. Hmm, my backpack seems to be stolen. No big deal. Oh, I need to know what order we finished in. No problem, I have that written down.

Of course I was cheering from them since the beginning, but I would have been fine with the Derby Moms somehow winning, as well.

Their bar is located about 5 blocks away from my office. While it's been open for 8 years, I've actually never been there.

And at least it gave something for the Hurricanes Fans to cheer for in May.  :-[
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: cyclone on May 06, 2013, 01:00:41 AM
True - they weren't as exciting as some other winning teams, but I think that was partially because they were just so nonchalant about everything. Hmm, my backpack seems to be stolen. No big deal. Oh, I need to know what order we finished in. No problem, I have that written down.

Yes, I didn't mean to be too harsh on them. And the writing out the locations as you mentioned was indeed very smart and crucial as that is typically an achilles heel for any team no matter how strong. I guess just given the level of competition I expected them to be more in control than they seemed at times when they seemed to get assistance from others. But it was ultimately a good thing that they weren't completely dominant which would have been boring. And now that I think of it, what was up with no one ever U-turning them?

I will get one more shot at Max and Katie in in saying how much I disliked them. They tried so hard to play the "villainous" team, I recall that's what they were trying to hype in their pre-season interviews, but instead they just came off as regular racers, never doing anything villainous but instead just came off like douchey, superficial actual people. The girl was awful throughout the whole race, tonight Max trying to belittle the roller derby moms at the beginning was awful. And the whole "WE ARE REPUBLICANS!" gimmick was pretty stupid, and no I don't care if my own political views influence me saying such. The whole, "oh good thing we didn't actually meet Obama because we're conservative" combined with earlier in the season when he couldn't get Ronald Reagen right in that trivia challenge. What a joke.

Looking at the season as a whole, unlike euro I am a rather cynical fan as I am with Survivor and so I must say that they really dropped the ball with casting this season of TAR. You look at teams who could return for a potential All-Star season ... the YouTubers? God forbid, Chuck and Winona? Like I mentioned before, I think they got unlucky about those two teams who went out really early ... the twin OBGYNs were my favorites to win right off the bat but lost when one of them couldn't swim, and then that couple with the blonde guy who chose to make one of the worst moves ever by not using the Express Pass when it was down to them and one other team. Outside of the winners, I could see just about every other team coming in close to last on any other season. Hopefully they do better with casting next time.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Jen on October 03, 2013, 03:52:15 PM
So anyone watch the season premiere? I love Phil and seeing the sites but man the people this season might be uber boring, time will tell. Except for the beardy dudes. Oh and the Afghani's. :D
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on October 04, 2013, 06:39:07 PM
i started it, but haven't finished it yet. the cast seemed too predictable. out of the 11 teams, were'nt 5 of them from soCal? should be a better mix of america.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on September 16, 2014, 01:27:28 PM
I just found out that TAR has been moved to Friday evenings, instead of its usual Sunday evening. Why, oh why? I usually am out and about on Friday evenings, meaning I will have to catch up later by watching it on the CBS website. Until I tire of that and give up altogether.

Dumb, dumb move on CBS' part!
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 16, 2014, 03:52:38 PM
Television shows are on at a set time and date?  Who knew?
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 07, 2014, 12:47:42 AM
I'm fine with the move because this way its not delayed by a football game resulting in only the first 30 minutes being recorded.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on October 26, 2018, 02:04:09 PM
Anyone know whether TAR is scheduled to come back as a mid-season replacement? I miss that show.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 28, 2018, 10:35:16 PM
It is supposed to come back for Season 31, but I haven't seen a start date. It was filmed in June and July.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: notoriouspbake on July 16, 2019, 08:53:42 AM
the season finished recently and ended up in detroit! was cool to see places i've been all around town.
Title: Re: The Amazing Race
Post by: euro60 on July 16, 2019, 10:47:25 PM
the season finished recently and ended up in detroit! was cool to see places i've been all around town.
I don't know Detroit obviously, but it was a great finish to a great season. I love that show, and hope it will go on for many more seasons!