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TEAM CAPTAIN: Ethan Zohn
THE CHALLENGE (5.15.2021):
Pick a log, any log, branch, stick, or cell phone displaying a log image
The Cowboys – humble AF, cuties, w/ an adorable backstory to show how close their relationship is consisting of one of them getting kicked in the head by a bull + the other stayed in the hospital the entire time w/ him ❤️ – they’re also hilarious, underestimated AF (esp. their 1st season). i’m even guilty of underestimating them when they returned for All Stars + then they won the very first leg (including that season’s prized Express Pass)!!! 😍 while their downfall is 100% navigation-related, their reputation stands that once they get to a challenge, consider it DONE. they figure their sh*t out. you absolutely love to see it. (i will never get tired of seeing them play – here’s to hoping they get brought back AGAIN🤞🏻) 🥇
The Afghanimals (Leo + Jamal) – they play TAR like Survivor (Boston Rob-style, sneaky, manipulative, etc.), yet remain incredibly likable because of the pure joy they experience along the way. these two genuinely really enjoy themselves during every part of the race experience, it’s just nonstop joking around + laughing – also USC represent ! (update: JK H8 THEM NOW for U-turning the Cowboys. An unforgivable sin in my eyes. F*** U!!!) 😤💔 (jk…but also not….😬😅)
Rob + Amber – obviously. (so obvious i didn’t bother moving them to the top of the list 😂 ), it’s wild how good they are at absolutely f***ing everything (!) – also, the second time they played, i really loved seeing Amber partake in some of Rob’s tactics + be a little shady toward a team w/ a damn good coverup for later on when confronted #impressive – i also liked seeing her call him out a little bit toward the beginning. they really are such a complementary pair + power couple goals AF. 💪🏻👩❤️👨
The Globetrotters (Big Easy + Flight Time) – (Professional Basketball Players for the Harlem Globetrotters) these guys are so funny to watch + like the Afghanimals, are always enjoying every second of the race + completely unafraid to laugh at themselves – esp. when Big Easy’s physical size makes certain challenges extra difficult for them. they also give back – by generally keeping the mood light + being super friendly w/ all fellow teams, but even give back to the world too – one of my favorite moments of theirs on All Stars is when Big Easy is struggling to finish sewing a shirt + Flight Time decides to entertain the Sri Lankan clothing workers all around them w/ basketball tricks, bc he’s just sweet like that. 🏀
Mark + Bopper – OK, not gonna lie…at first was like WTF CBS casting… thought these two were just real weirdos, really out there… lol, but then you get to know them along the way + i got SO emotional over these two! 🥺 these best friends from Kentucky really, really need the $ for their families, esp. Bopper whose young daughter has health issues. (he even shaves his head to get a Fast Forward pass in their first season!). these two are some of the funniest + nicest guys around + again are a team truly enjoying themselves along the way + express such raw gratitude for the experience, explaining that they would never have been able to see the world like this any other way ––a gift + a true once-in-a-lifetime experience for 2 of the most beautiful, kind, deserving souls. love, love, love. ❤️🥰
Dave + Connor – a father/son team who both previously had cancer AND the last time they were on the race was cut short due to Dave pulling his Achilles tendon. Their second time around in All Stars was so adorable – it’s clear to see how strong of a team they make + how much they really love each other. Dave even reminisces seeing Connor receiving chemotherapy just a few years prior + not knowing if he would make it + here they are getting to see the world together. They’ve truly come full circle. Survivors AF. 🏆(also Connor looks so much like one of my ex boyfriends, it’s REALLY FREAKY lolol but they’re both sweetie pies 🥧 so if anything it worked in his favor + just made me root for him a little more*, if even possible… 😂)
Tyler + Laura – ok, i just finished season 26, where the theme was real-life couples vs. blind-date couples, which i thought was a really interesting theme, especially seeing the results of the top 3 teams consisting of 100% blind-date couples! 😳 anyway, Tyler + Laura were the strongest, most consistent team throughout the race for sure – they were completely unstoppable, nothing could get in their way. they learned how to deal w/ one another remaining friendly, encouraging + maintaining positive attitudes even during distress (like when they misplaced their fanny pack! other teams would’ve lost their mf minds, but Tyler + Laura were cool as cucumbers and still managed to place near the top of that leg!) they really balance each other out + work together extremely well, while having fun along the way. they are totally #GOALS 😍 (hope they became a real couple after the race… will have to google later) ❣️
**side note: season 27, episode 3 of the Amazing Race uses the same song/music from Survivor season 3 (Africa) – air dates ~14 years apart ❕
TEAM FUN – i don’t even know what to say about them!! best vibes ever. they’re hilarious + love watching them genuinely enjoy every min. of the race. dream team. 🤗
Colin + Christie – wow… the first time they played, wasn’t a fan, but seeing them play again 15 years later, it’s incredibly clear just how much they’ve grown together in that time 😍 just like Colin says – that they came back “with wisdom on their side” (vs. youth) – they really made me feel a lot more positive about getting older b/c they are incredibly fit, their minds are sharp, they’re able to have fun + be playful/goofy, and in addition, can manage their emotions + stay calm, cool & collected + make logical decisions under pressure (what the race is all about!). they are absolute couple goals b/c they worked so well together, always maintained kindness toward the other, + most importantly, each held their own – for example, Colin’s strength was great in some of the super physical challenges + his consistent reminders to stay positive/present improved overall team morale, while Christie’s strength seemed to lie more in the ability to really focus in on the main priorities each leg + her laser attention to detail is what really pulled out the win for them in the end during the final drum set challenge. (& had she not noticed they needed to grab a basket + the fish while in the round boats challenge, they would’ve lost time + possibly been out of the race in an earlier leg). they’re inspiring AF! anything is possible!!! 🌎✨
The Green Team 💚 – absolutely love Justin for pretty similar reasons as Team Fun – he definitely seems like a child at heart (and i mean that in the best way!) w/ his big smile + fun-loving spirit! 🤸🏼♀️ At the same time, what I really love most about Justin is his passion for the Amazing Race. He was a Superfan before coming on the show (like The Amazing Race’s “Cochran”) + was crying when he made a mistake that almost lost him the race in the very first leg. Fortunately, he survived that round + went on to do extremely well, putting his knowledge of the game to use. I believe he would’ve gone on to win too, however, he makes an absolutely FATAL mistake in the final leg to the finish line when he doesn’t keep his taxi + therefore, comes in 2nd. One of the saddest (albeit most preventable😬) losses in all seasons of the show. 😭 love ya Green Team! xo 💚
Cirie – in my opinion, to be a true great + one of the best to ever play, you need to be good at all elements of the game. of course Cirie is extremely likable and understandably a fan favorite. yes, she should absolutely be an inspiration to Survivor fans everywhere as motivation to get off the mf couch. and yes, she demonstrates an extremely strong social game, including using that likability factor to her advantage + a number of brilliant manipulation tactics, such as placing ideas into other peoples’ heads w/o them even realizing – but does she live up to all the hype? like i said, i think the best players are able to display a strong social game, BUT also need to have the ability to win challenges when they need to, in order to keep themselves safe in the game…. whether you can or can’t coast the whole way to the end the social-player way, it’s only one aspect – and for that reason… OVERRATED.
Andrea Boehlke – no idea why people stan this girl so hard…. the one time she tried to control the game it backfired + she was blindsided with an idol in her pocket….. also the whole “babysitting” shenanigans w/ Malcolm was so lame, booooo. she’s not as smart as she thinks she is – that’s all there is to it.
Amanda Kimmel – she only follows along with other peoples’ plans and whines and complains and has the dumbest big-eyed sad look on her face @ ALL TIMES. i was happy when i finally didn’t have to keep seeing that all the time… sheesh.😬 and the absolute pathetic grab at a clue (on the movie reward with Colby) girl… c’mon.
Ciera Eastin – yeah, yeah. she voted her mom out of the game in Blood vs. Water. anyone who stans for that reason, ru f-ing kidding me?! you’re telling me you wouldn’t vote your family member out of the game for $1 million?!?! it’s not like you have to run them over w/ a mf car or something, damn… also wasn’t impressed w/ the rest of her gameplay. you were a family member brought in, you’re not suddenly a Survivor expert, the tribe’s spoken – GTFO.
Sophie Clarke – to be fair, i liked her much more in Winners at War, but she didn’t deserve the win in her initial season….. by a long shot. just like Ozzy said, she did act like a whiny brat + rode Coach’s coattails to the end, so when Coach failed to live up to his word and take Ozzy to the finals… she just won by default. it was a very sad day for true fans. i just do not buy for a second she could have gone even half as far in the game as she did without all of Coach’s ideas, plans + manipulation of other players. kthxbyeeeee.
Overrated male players coming soon……. believe me, there will be a LOT. (are you so mad you already stopped reading + blocked me???? 😂)
J.T. Thomas– don’t think this one will be a shocker to anyone… i’m aligned w/ the pretty common belief that Stephen Fishback was the real strategy mastermind in Tocantins 😬 + his return in Heroes vs. Villains was an absolute mess (*cough, gave an idol to Russell, cough*) 🥴
JoeAnglim – simply a challenge beast who repeatedly fails to overcome his physical threat level w/ really any type of strategic move. relies too heavily on social game – doesn’t save him. 🙄
Woo Hwang – who takes Tony to the final 3??? hahahahhahaa 😩😂🤣 that’s it. that’s the entry.
Lex Van Der Berghe – really liked him in Africa. thought he’s a really smart strategist + overall great player, minus him being completely neurotic over receiving ONE mf vote (real Charlie Kelly ‘Pepe Silvia’ vibes – IFKYK 😂)… but then All Stars happened. made a complete fool of himself… backstabs his ally Colby, then his ally from his season (Ethan) + whines like a little baby when Boston Rob won’t sabotage his own game to try to save Lex from the chopping block. smdh.
Jonathan Penner – Arrested Development (S1/E21 – “Not Without My Daughter”) – he plays Detective Fellows. Other television appearances include Grapevine, The Naked Truth, Rude Awakening, Seinfeld (S9/E17 – “The Bookstore”), CSI, CSI: NY, The Tick, Melrose Place, LateLine + The Nanny. He also stars in the movie Let the Devil Wear Black (1999), which he wrote w/ his wife, Stacy Title (she also directed the film). He makes another appearance in the movie Down Periscope (1996) + Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). Most recently, he wrote the screenplay for the 2017 horror film, The Bye Bye Man (and his wife directed it).
Colby Donaldson – Curb Your Enthusiasm (S4E9)
Jerri Manthey – Faith Hill’s music video for “Piece Of My Heart” (2009)
Fallen Comrades – challenge where the players are asked trivia questions about the other players’/jury members’ personal info
In Season 3, Survivor Africa, the producers made a mistake –
Q: Which contestant doesn’t have any piercings?”
Kim: Kelly (correct)
Lex: Lindsay (actually also correct, but is told it’s the wrong answer)
It seems that producers were unaware Lindsay also did not have any piercings, but this mistake cost Lex, and also somewhat, Big Tom, their games. It was theorized that Big Tom + Lex were paid off and/or guaranteed spots in Season 8, All Stars, because of this.
This also ended the Fallen Comrades challenge for good – except that it had already been filmed in Marquesas, so we do see it one last time in Season 4. (Although in my opinion, it probably would’ve ended soon anyway since in Season 4, Vecepia wrote down everyone’s personal info in preparation for this challenge – that’d get old very quickly + also completely takes the challenge out of it).