The Amazing Race Recap

By Daron Aldridge

October 18, 2011

Mmm, forbidden fruit of champions.

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The third leg was the charm for anyone rooting against showgirls Kaylani & Lisa. I blatantly am a member of said group. Their elimination was more a collection of not-so-great racing than one huge fatal error, like the passport drop in leg one should have been. I am still considering canceling my Twitter account.

Speaking of how teams have done up to this point, let’s look at my unabashedly nonobjective power rankings, from great to not-so-great racing:

  • Team Dude Andy & Tommy: A few seasons back Meghan & Cheyne started early raking in the first place finishes and took home the big one at the end. These snowboarders are poised to repeat that type of performance, all the while keeping it fun but racing smart. They even try to throw a strategic bone to Amani & Marcus to ensure the married couple wouldn’t be eliminated. Their intel didn’t help out but it was proof that these dudes are looking beyond just the task in front of them.

  • Team Test Drive dating couple Jeremy& Sandy: Here’s a team that I pegged wrong and am surprised they are racing calm and quite well. He initially seemed like a tool with a short fuse and as a result, I thought there would be fireworks and drama, but that hasn’t proven to be the case yet. They’ve worked well together so far. An error by our second place team is the primary reason I am placing the couple ahead of…

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  • Team Regatta Laurence & Zac: At the end of the second leg, I rightfully praised them as being one of our three teams who read the additional orphanage clue. They repaid my compliment by NOT reading their Detour clue correctly. With a minor time penalty, it wasn’t their finest hour but they still appear to have the drive and competitive experience to make it to the end.

  • (tie) Married Amani & Marcus and engaged Ernie & Cindy: The soon-to-be wed racers have been keeping near the top and the husband and wife duo dodged a bullet last week. I think that are evenly matched but Marcus’s NFL experience has more significance than their experience with a lost cabbie. Despite their cabbie issue, Amani & Marcus went from last to sixth during the last leg. These two teams are interchangeable in 4th and 5th places.

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