The Most Amazing Show on Television
Yeah, it's another Amazing Race post. I can't help myself! I really love the show.
It was so exciting to see the teams finish in a totally different order, with someone other than the Frats or the Hippies ending up in first place (and has an Old People team ever finished in first in the history of any leg of any Race? I can't remember such a time).
It was also interesting to see the Frats fall behind because of a pretty big blunder--trying to take a shortcut. They knew they were in third place, but because they are so used to finishing in first they decided to take a shortcut through some dirt road in the middle of nowhere, which didn't work out so well for them. Sure, you get a prize if you finish in first, but in the Race the real objective is to not end up last on any leg. The only time you have to finish first is on the last leg--I was surprised they took such a stupid chance. However, they are a team that really does not get annoyed with each other, which is good to see.
The Hippies, on the other hand, were not at fault for their last place finish. Rather, they just had some really bad luck (unless B.J had uncovered all sorts of underground stoves without realizing what they were). As Bailey and I were discussing yesterday, there have been a lot of needle in a haystack type clues this season. They don't take any real skill, just a lot of luck, to complete. It takes some of the fun out of watching the Race. Another friend of mine called this season an "embarassment" because the challenges haven't been...well...challenging. As she points out, she could have completed all of these challenges, and that's just not what she wants to see on the Race.
Regardless of the frustrations of sand sifting, the Race remains a truly entertaining hour of television. It will be interesting to see who is eliminated on the next leg, considering how crazy things have been for the last two weeks, placement-wise.
And the reason everyone reads this post, the current standings in the Amazing Pool. For most of us, it wasn't pretty:
Bailey: 9 points this week, 81 total (she's starting to run away with it!)
Diane: 3 points this week, 69 total
Red: 1 point this week, 63 total
Laura H: 4 points this week, 57 total
Laura I.W.: 1 point this week, 51 total