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View Poll Results: Who will win Amazing race 14?
Tammy & Victor 15 88.24%
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post #136 of 148 (permalink) Old 2009-05-12, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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As is often the case though, everyone was on the same flight to the final destination so anything that happened previously in the game didn't really matter at all.
Hmmmm unless you were already eliminated because you couldn't speak Chinese as well as others or swim as well as others.
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post #137 of 148 (permalink) Old 2009-05-13, 07:13 AM
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I stand by my statement. I wasn't complaining. I was just stating that when everyone borded the final flight, everything was equalized at that point for the remaining teams leaving the decision of the winner to the final challenge/luck of hitting the right taxi driver.
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Did ability to speak Chinese help tammy and victor? Yes. But it also helped Keisha and Jen and another team on the caligraphy task.

Every team will have their strengths and weaknesses which makes the whole race interesting. I don't think organizers should avoid major countries because one or two contestants can speak the native language.



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Especially when the legs of the race have likely been planned before the contestants have been selected.

I also think that the eventual winners were given a harder time on the chinese restaurant challenge than the two girls were. They didn't finish that challenge before the people who had the foot massage finished theirs. In other words, the ability to speak the language in a challenge designed around speaking the local language did not have a dramatic effect on the outcome of the challenge.

Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
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They all had to do the foot massage. What other challenge are you referring to? Was it the makeup/opera challenge?
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He's talking about the restaurant challenge. Tammy /Victor didn't do the makup challenge



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post #142 of 148 (permalink) Old 2009-05-14, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Especially when the legs of the race have likely been planned before the contestants have been selected.
I agree, the legs of the race are probably selected before the contestants which means you shouldn't be picking people with an unfair advantage.

In past years you had people who had actually liveed in some of the cities that were part of the race.
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^^^ If I remember correctly from one of the earlier seasons, this actually played against one of the teams. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the final leg was in NYC and one of the teams lived there (or had lived there) and knew a short cut to get into the city, which they shared with the cabbie. Now the short cut probably works when there's lots of traffic, but I think it was really early and the team that took the "standard" route into the city ended up getting there first...
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Ya, that's sounds familiar. Don't forget about the "family" edition where the team from New Orleans got eliminated in the New Orleans leg of the race.
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post #145 of 148 (permalink) Old 2009-05-21, 11:05 AM
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It happened in the very first season that ended in NYC, exactly as JonO described it.

And BTW, I'd say the first 3 seasons of The Amazing Race are by far way better than any subsequent seasons.
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post #146 of 148 (permalink) Old 2009-05-21, 12:59 PM
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I find with all these "Reality" TV shows...(AR, Survivor and BB)...it makes for far better TV...when there is perceived hatred or controversy (drummed up or not) amongst some of the contestants...

I also find the same holds true for most Sports these days too...imho
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I thought the final leg of the first season was between Alaska and Seattle?
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Nope, the final leg of the first season went from Alaska and ended at Flushing Meadows in Queens, NYC.

Second season ended with an Alaska to San Francisco leg, with the Final Pit Stop in Golden Gate Park.
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