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post #661 of 1545
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

This question wasn't directed at me, but I'll add my two cents...

Being a helicopter pilot, he certainly had a huge amount of information stuffed down his throat in a short period of time in flight school. So at least for information he cares about he obviously has a good memory.

As far as military men in general, I think the argument would be more about "situational awareness". At least for guys that have earned combat stars, you better be really aware of what's going on around you or you end up dead. Whether they remember all that at a later date is questionable.

The army training helped him win a lot of tasks like repelling down the building, and navigation.
post #662 of 1545
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Originally Posted by Lone Wanderer View Post

She's not smart. Her BF should have done all the tasks if she was really hurt.

They need to do an equal number of roadblocks. He had already done 5; she had done 4. If he did a 6th, they would likely be disqualified or earn a penalty and be eliminated anyway. I give Vanessa mad props for sticking it out and completing it.
post #663 of 1545
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Originally Posted by CruelInventions View Post

Because military men have a better memory?

I guess that reply was to me. Just noticed.

No, other others already pointed out, no, not necessarily because he has a better memory. It's more of a situational awareness and attention to detail thing that's important in the military.

Do you not think Dave would have done very well on one of those tasks that they've ended the show with before?
post #664 of 1545
I'm not sure if he would or not, based upon his performance within the game or his military training. I don't think "situational awareness" would have any applicability to the Amazing Race memory challenge. And "attention to detail" strikes me as more of an inherent skill or personality trait than something that can be trained into you (though I wouldn't doubt that it is something that can be improved with some kind of training). More critically, the game-ending memory challenge is more than anything just that, a test of your memory. So I don't think those other skills would necessarily apply there.
post #665 of 1545
Ralph looks nothing like Conan O'Brien.



post #666 of 1545
So, if Rachel had shaved her head, would she have "had her head in the game" and not missed the "proceed on foot" rule that very likely cost them the win?
post #667 of 1545
Personally I'm just glad she didn't. Unlike the black girl who shaved her head the first time and actually didn't look bad bald, I'm afraid Rachel would have been freaky/scary with no hair


ron
post #668 of 1545
I still wanted her to shave her head .. just for the pure hilarity of it .. can you picture the scene .. ??
post #669 of 1545
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Originally Posted by Lord_Zath View Post

They need to do an equal number of roadblocks. He had already done 5; she had done 4. If he did a 6th, they would likely be disqualified or earn a penalty and be eliminated anyway. I give Vanessa mad props for sticking it out and completing it.

The clue actually said Vanessa (and Brandon) had to do the road block, as a reminder.
post #670 of 1545
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Originally Posted by R11 View Post

Personally I'm just glad she didn't. Unlike the black girl who shaved her head the first time and actually didn't look bad bald, I'm afraid Rachel would have been freaky/scary with no hair


ron

It would make her nose bigger!
post #671 of 1545
Did you see the helmet cam shot of Rachel on the Rapelling task? The Fish-Eye Effect made her look like an alien! I didn't notice it with the other people.
post #672 of 1545
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Originally Posted by hooked01 View Post

Did you see the helmet cam shot of Rachel on the Rapelling task? The Fish-Eye Effect made her look like an alien! I didn't notice it with the other people.

Yeah she definitely looked whackier than anyone else!
post #673 of 1545
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From the "Hot Off The Press" Thread (top of 'HDTV Programming' page). cool.gif

TV Notes
CBS Reveals 'The Amazing Race' Season 21 Cast, New Twist
By Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Aug. 30, 2012

CBS on Wednesday announced the season 21 cast of The Amazing Race, which will includes a pair of reality stars, a heavy metal rocker, married monster truckers, a double amputee professional snowboarder and two Chippendales dancers.

Competitors include Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, stars of the cable reality show The Fabulous Beekman Boys; professional dancers Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis; professinoal monster truck drivers Rob French and Kelley Carrington-French; James LoMenzo, a former member of the bands White Lion and Megadeth; and double amputee Amy Purdy, a motivational speaker and snowboarder. (Watch a video featuring the new cast in link at the end of this post.)

CBS also revealed a new twist that gives the teams a chance to double their winnings. If the team that wins the first leg of the season also can outrace the other 10 teams and win the final leg of the race, they will win a $2 million grand prize instead of the usual $1 million.

The 11 teams will travel through three continents, nine countries and cover more than 25,000 miles. Challenges will include rappelling 10 stories in Los Angeles, frying an egg on their heads in Indonesia, working as "rat collectors" in Bangladesh and revisiting one of the show's most infamous roadblocks in the Netherlands in this season’s “Switchback.”

Amazing Race, which is hosted by Phil Keoghan, premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The show is an eight-time Emmy Award winner for best reality competition program.

The season 21 teams are (in no particular order):

Name: Natalie Anderson
Age: 26
Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
Current occupation: Physical Therapy Student

Name: Nadiya Anderson
Age: 26
Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
Current occupation: Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace

Connection: Twin Sisters

*****

Name: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Age: 43
Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.
Current occupation: Goat Farmer/Advertising Executive/Author

Name: Brent Ridge
Age: 38
Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.
Current occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Beekman 1802

Connection: Goat Farmers/Life Partners

*****

Name: Rob French
Age: 46
Hometown: Boston, Ga.
Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck Driver

Name: Kelley Carrington-French
Age: 50
Hometown: Boston, Ga.
Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck Driver

Connection: Married Monster Truckers

*****

Name: Trey Wier
Age: 23
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current occupation: Land Consultant/Former College Athlete

Name: Alexis “Lexi” Beerman
Age: 22
Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas
Current occupation: Clothing Designer

Connection: Dating

*****

Name: James LoMenzo
Age: 53
Hometown: Burbank, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional Musician/
Former Band Member of White Lion and Megadeth

Name: Mark “Abba” Abbattista
Age: 45
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Current occupation: Entertainment Lawyer

Connection: Friends

*****

Name: Abbie Ginsberg
Age: 31
Hometown: Encinitas, Calif.
Current occupation: Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Name: Ryan Danz
Age: 35
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current occupation: Financial Service Company Owner

Connection: Dating Divorcees

*****

Name: Jaymes Vaughan
Age: 30
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Current occupation: Chippendales MC

Name: James Davis
Age: 27
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Current occupation: Chippendales Dancer

Connection: Chippendales Dancers/Best Friends

*****

Name: Rob Scheer
Age: 52
Hometown: Ketchikan, Alaska
Current occupation: Lumberjack and Entrepreneur

Name: Sheila Castle
Age: 44
Hometown: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Current occupation: Retail Manager

Connection: Engaged

*****

Name: Caitlin King
Age: 24
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current occupation: Special Ed Teacher

Name: Brittany Fletcher
Age: 25
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current occupation: Medical Device Sales

Connection: Best Friends

*****

Name: Gary Wojnar
Age: 52
Hometown: Livonia, Mich.
Current occupation: Substitute Teacher

Name: Will Chiola
Age: 53
Hometown: Dearborn Heights, Mich.
Current occupation: Substitute Teacher

Connection: Best Friends/Substitute Teachers

*****

Name: Amy Purdy
Age: 32
Hometown: Summit County, Colo.
Current occupation: Motivational Speaker/Snowboarder
(Amy is a double amputee)

Name: Daniel Gale
Age: 36
Hometown: Summit County, Colo.
Current occupation: Executive Director

Connection: Dating On and Off


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amazing-race-cast-twist-phil-keoghan-cbs-366781
post #674 of 1545
I'm hoping there's a team I can get behind and root for this go round.
post #675 of 1545
Better bump this up as the new season starts soon. smile.gif
post #676 of 1545
I'm very excited!
post #677 of 1545
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Originally Posted by IceAgeTom View Post

Better bump this up as the new season starts soon. smile.gif

new thread ..

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1430449/amazing-race-sunday-sept-30-cbs-hd-21st-season#post_22422133
post #678 of 1545
Bump for tonight's premier.
post #679 of 1545
Halfway trough the premier. My prediction i for the twins from Sri Lanka. Liking the season so far!
post #680 of 1545
It's amazing something so obvious (woman with an abacus) escapes so many contestants.
post #681 of 1545
I don't know, if you're sleep deprived and running around in an unfamiliar city, with thousands along that waterfront, I can see missing the person a couple of times.
post #682 of 1545
It's TAR blinders. You're only looking for one thing and not even really looking around. You're probably focusing on the other teams first - maybe they know where to go. That almost took out one team last night. Plus how many teams actually knew what an abacus was?

We saw the same thing happen (last season?) with the two girls who walked right by the pit stop and didn't even realize it.

It's easy for us because the cameraman pans right to the subject after the team walks by and clearly misses it. I wonder how much that has influenced racers in the past...
post #683 of 1545
Just make the prize $2million, instead of this lame twist. This "twist" is essentially a way to avoid giving a prize on the first leg and the producers know that it isn't very likely that the team that wins the first leg will win the final leg. So they get to say "One team can win $2M", cut out one prize for winning a leg, and make people think they've "changed the game." Lame.

P.S. Has anyone won the first and last legs in the same season?
post #684 of 1545
Yeah, two seasons ago I believe.

I actually like it. It forces the teams to be super competitive... up until the planes. I think their goal was go get the teams to really fight for 1st, but it's hard to overcome an hour-long defecit. That said, I like the idea of finding a way to make the first leg more about winning and less about being the first losing team.

I thought the Express Pass was a great idea that just wasn't executed as well. It would be cool for them to win it in every leg. Why not make it a choice - you win the express pass OR you win the prize. Most teams don't take the prizes anyways because they have to pay taxes on them.
post #685 of 1545
$2 million makes great headlines, probably more memorable than Express Pass.

Did they have a camera crew stationed near the abacus lady? That would be too obvious.

Usually, the racers find where the next clue would be because there would be the red and yellow logo -- and even then, racers have walked right past it. This time, it's just one lady wearing some traditional dress. Wonder how many people on that boardwalk were wearing a traditional, non-Western or non mass-produced piece of clothing on that day.
post #686 of 1545
It also appeared the the lady had the abacus partially covered with a towel or part of her clothing in some shots.
post #687 of 1545
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Originally Posted by Lord_Zath View Post

Yeah, two seasons ago I believe.
I actually like it. It forces the teams to be super competitive... up until the planes. I think their goal was go get the teams to really fight for 1st, but it's hard to overcome an hour-long defecit. That said, I like the idea of finding a way to make the first leg more about winning and less about being the first losing team.
I thought the Express Pass was a great idea that just wasn't executed as well. It would be cool for them to win it in every leg. Why not make it a choice - you win the express pass OR you win the prize. Most teams don't take the prizes anyways because they have to pay taxes on them.

I'm all for that (bolded), I just don't think $2M...only IF you win first and final legs is the way to do it. It's just a marketing ploy "watch us as someone can win TWO million" and then it turns out they can only if certain conditions are satisfied and now only one team can win $2M, and who knows, as early as next leg that team could be gone.

Not to mention the possibility of collusion. Imagine if that team that won the first leg is one of the final 3. Imagine that one of the other 2 teams is allied with them, and the third one isn't.

In the final leg, the two teams could work together to insure that first leg team wins the $2M and agrees to split the money amongst the two teams (and, just in case team #2 needed to cross finish line first to avoid team #3 winning, a back end deal that would split the $1M won by Team #2). The first leg team does it because working together can help them win (if team # 3 wins, they get nothing). The second team does it because it helps to insure they will win at least $500k no matter what.

Just imagine the circus that would ensue with such collusion. I'm guess TAR producers haven't thought that far, because even if one team did win first and final leg in the same season, I don't think they expect it to happen often (which goes to why it is lame...maybe if they insured $2M was given out somehow, someway, it wouldn't look like a cheap marketing stunt to add a few viewers)
post #688 of 1545
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Originally Posted by curtlots View Post

It also appeared the the lady had the abacus partially covered with a towel or part of her clothing in some shots.

Plus the red frame of the abacus blended in well with her red outfit, so it was pretty well camouflaged. But I was still amazed at how many teams didn't know the proper pronunciation of abacus and didn't seem to have a clue what an abacus is.

The Monster Truckers were so inept, not being able to find the clue box at the table tennis arena and then using his hands on the eating challenge that I think they won't last long. Heck I'm surprised they survived having to eat a second helping of the frog tubes. BTW, how many zillions of frogs does it take to come up with that many fallopian tubes? I've dissected frogs before and the tubes are tiny...
post #689 of 1545
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Originally Posted by Lord_Zath View Post

... That said, I like the idea of finding a way to make the first leg more about winning and less about being the first losing team.
....

It sure had Amy kicking herself over telling the first place team where the abacus lady was. It started to sound a little like the Artie Fufkin "Kick This Ass" routine from Spinal Tap at the pit stop. biggrin.gif

[Is it too early for amputee puns? wink.gif]
post #690 of 1545
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

Plus the red frame of the abacus blended in well with her red outfit, so it was pretty well camouflaged. But I was still amazed at how many teams didn't know the proper pronunciation of abacus and didn't seem to have a clue what an abacus is.
The Monster Truckers were so inept, not being able to find the clue box at the table tennis arena and then using his hands on the eating challenge that I think they won't last long. Heck I'm surprised they survived having to eat a second helping of the frog tubes. BTW, how many zillions of frogs does it take to come up with that many fallopian tubes? I've dissected frogs before and the tubes are tiny...
The fact is that ever since The Amazing Race has been on TV, contestants have walked/run right past obvious roadblock locations, etc. time and time again. It's almost like they have never seen the frickin' show. And how many times have they misread the clue or failed to read it in its entirety? It happens to eggheads and morons alike with no rhyme or reason other than tunnel vision and/or being in too big of a hurry.
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