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The Amazing Race 8: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Finaleby Mike DeGeorge -- 12/16/2005
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What a strange trip this season has been. I like the Linzes comment that they basically did a big circle around North America. Itís true, of course, leading to the most obscure Finish Line location ever. In the previews, they focused on the distance and time, which, to be quite honest, were pretty weak. They should have focused on the cool things they did, like the ski jump and the mud pits, that sort of thing.
If you havenít already, make sure you read Jennís tremendous recap. Iím a big fan of Jennís and I think sheís outdone herself with this one.
Who Dey!: Congratulations to the Linz Family, deserving winners if ever there were. The only ones close are Chip & Kim, and I give the Linzes the edge because they were more fun.
Iíve pretty much known they would win since the beginning, not because of any prediction powers, but because of online betting. Yet again, strange betting trends revealed the winner. Online betting revealed the winners of AR7, the final two of Apprentice 2, and the winners of a few seasons of Survivor, including Pearl Islands. Iím starting to think following online betting trends are more reliable than Miss Cleo or something. Or is that crazy talk?
Anyway, Iíve been rooting for them exclusively since the Aiellos and Gaghans were eliminated, and even before then, they were still a favorite. Even though I ďknewĒ they were going to win, I couldnít bring myself to believe it. Ever since Vicepia and Zach & Flo, Iím no longer confident that the right person will win a reality show. You know how it is, like when youíre expecting a certain present and just KNOW youíre going to get it, but until you actually unwrap it, youíre nervous. I was like a kid on Christmas morning on Tuesday.
Everyone who has read these columns over the course of the season knows why I love the Linzes Ė because I think Iíd fit right in with them and their goofy, borderline crude humor and abusive/supportive relationship. If they were a sitcom, Iíd be the best friend who is always hitting on Megan. And no, Iím NOT old enough to be her father, just barely.
But for those of you who donít like them, consider this. In their Early Show interview, they were asked what they were going to do with the money. They are giving half to their parents, and splitting the rest among all seven siblings. Thatís right, even the ones who werenít part of the race. As Wally Bransen, and recapper Jenn said, these kids are a testament to their parents. Theyíre tremendous. For Mom and Dad, indeed.
Speaking of the extended Linz family, thanks to Suzanne for sending me a link to another babealicious photo of Megan. Oh, and the rest of the family is hiding there somewhere, if you can find them. We can sure see where Megan got her looks.
I know Iím babbling, but to make a long story short, I love this team and Iím thrilled they won. Way to go, guys, and Megan, you didnít just keep up with the guys. In many ways, because you had to work harder, you were the best member on the team. Not to mention the cutest.
Whatís a Weaver Doing Here?: Rolly Weaver, though I think he is an obnoxious little snot, was, without a doubt, the MVP of the team. He never quit when everyone else was a quivering pile of jelly. He did most of the roadblocks. Really, aside from a few bratty comments, he seemed to be a good kid. Being around Bitchy Weaver, Bratty Weaver, and Queen Dumbass Weaver, youíd expect the odd smartass comment just to fit in. Mom was laughing and participating, wouldnít the baby emulate such behavior? Whether Iím rationalizing or not, I definitely respect the kidís spirit.
The Amazing Race 9: It starts in February!! Woo-hoo! Iíd like to be the first to officially throw my undying support behind the nerd team! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!
Disappointment: Itís not that the Bransens really did anything BAD, but they lost, and Iím a little disappointed in them. Why? Because they didnít run a bad leg, they just didnít run a GREAT leg that you really need in order to win.
The Bransens definitely deserve a mention for being so gracious in defeat. There can only be one winner, and whining because you came in second Ė or worse, expecting to be treated as a winner Ė doesnít do anyone any good. The Bransens lost with class, which makes them winners in my book.
Shoes? SHOES?: Youíve got the freaking Hockey Hall of Fame RIGHT THERE, and you go to a freaking SHOE MUSEUM? This is the sort of thing that killed this season.
Alex, Alex, Alex: There is no way a big guy like yourself should have taken this task. It should have gone to the lightest person, especially as she was all but jumping up and down in anticipation.
Guess Who?: ďIím not less of a person because Iím giving up, itís just that itís stupid.Ē That one paraphrase better than any other sums up the whole Weaver attitude and why I hated them so much. Anything they didnít like was stupid. The scenery was ugly. Everyone else was mean. The tasks were stupid. Remember right before the stadium, when Mom Weaver said it was the best day ever? As soon as things got difficult, it was stupid and unfair and dumb.
At least they were complimentary on the mat.
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Mike DeGeorge is an Accountant from St. Louis and is also Associate Editor for RealityNewsOnline. You can reach Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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