Originally Posted by Mac The Knife
I think what's going on here is that everyone knows that the final stage always contains a Roadblock that involves recalling lots of details about all the previous stages and they all seem to think that they'd rather be competing against the Trotters rather than the Cowboys on that stage and their physical prowess is a wash.
Personally, I'd be more concerned about Kisha and Jen [unless they know another swimming challenge is coming up
Now if that is a reason behind practically pushing the Trotters into the final 3, even if its not the sole reason, I can get behind that. If you had to ask me who I wanted to compete against in one of those final leg roadblocks where you have to recall things from every leg, I'd want to be up against the Trotters rather than the Cowboys. Trotters have proven that they stink in mental challenges (original season, had to quit because they couldn't get the correct answer) and lack of attention to detail (didn't pay attention to flavor of tea they tasted in China, almost cost them in India).
My only counter to that is if the Trotters are pushed into the finals and get far enough ahead, they can make up for length of time they take to finish such a challenge.
Your point about Kisha and Jen is well received, and considering Zev and Justin saw them bail on the fondue challenge, the U-Turn was their opportunity to really stick it to them. It's not like there are any really weak teams at this point (physically, Kynt and Vixsin might fall into that), so having to go back and do the fondue would have been a major blow to Kisha and Jen. If they survived, it could have crushed them. They could have been too sick to continue, for example, or simply psychologically drained that it affects on them on future legs. But again, Zev and Justin aren't thinking like that, which is a shame.
I know I may get decked to saying this, but TAR needs more people who will play TAR like Russell plays Survivor. Byt that I mean TAR could really use someone (or I should say someones) who wants to use U-Turns everytime (so much so that even once they've used a u-turn, they try to convince other teams to use it strategically), tries to throw other teams offtrack by giving them false information, etc.
This unfinished business season you thought would be great given the determination of these teams to win, but then you have teams like Zev and Justin who just want to make friends during the Race. Ugh.