Because Halloween deserves a shout-out

October 31, 2007

Over on the bonus questions page, you’ll find some Halloween before and afters.  Solve them for extra points!


My Thoughts on the Teams #2: Jennifer and Nathan

October 30, 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Oh boy, here we go with the bland “dating / pretty people / southern California” team.  Unfortunately, these teams often tend to do really well and sometimes even steal a victory out from under the belt of a much cooler team (I’m looking at you, season six Freddy and KKKendra!).  I have to say I kind of heart how Nathan answered the “name three adjectives that describe you” question on the application:

  • One
  • Cool
  • Dude

Only a Volleyball coach from LA could get away with saying that about himself, I think.  At least, I can’t get away with it ’cause I’ve tried and people just laugh at me.  Now, what is conspicuously left off of their online bio but has been on the TV ads is that they are this season’s couple in conflict–he cheated on her!  Oh no!  Cheat on an LA Clippers dancer?  Unfathomable.  But hey, if these young kids are trying to work it out, good for them.  But I have a feeling that this couple in conflict will not stand up to the couples in conflict of yore (season 1 Frank and Margarita and season 2 Tara and Will come to mind…who both came in 2nd on the race…hmmm.).  Will I enjoy watching these two?  Dunno.  They seem to be the ones who will say a lot of boneheaded stuff that will make me laugh quite a bit.  So for that, right on.

My Thoughts on the Teams #1: Kynt and Vyxsin

October 30, 2007

       Kynt and Vyxsin                                                                                                                                                                                                               When I was in elementary school, we learned that the vowels are A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y.  I think these two missed the “sometimes” part of that statement.   I realize that Kynt and Vyxsin probably aren’t their real names (actually, I know for sure that it isn’t Vyxsin’s name, since she gets the dubious distinction of “the racer I am separated by only three degrees of separation” this season), but come on!  Nowhere in the definition of Goth Subculture does crazy spelling of names make an appearance.  Although, I’m hard pressed to take a goth seriously whose name was Preston.  Or Mary Jo.

I have a good feeling about this team.  They’re both 31 which, historically speaking, has produced good race results.   And I also like the fact that, while visually taking on the goth personae, they have a good sense of humor about it (otherwise Kynt would never be employed at a Texas Roadhouse!).  And, really, I just want them to make it far enough in the race to get to, I dunno, the Taj Mahal or something.  The long flowing pink locks would really “pop” against the white of the temple, don’t you think?

The Top Ten Race Episodes. Ever.

October 28, 2007

Courtesy of Miss Alli over at TWoP, the top ten Amazing Race Episodes.

For my money, she pretty much nails it.  Although how could the episode when Nancy and Emily are eliminated from season one not included?  Were your favorites listed?  If not, what’s missing?

Bonus Question and Caption This are UP!

October 26, 2007

Flip on over to the Bonus Question / Caption This page for this week’s bonus question and picture to caption. 

Good luck!

Just to whet your appetite a bit.

October 24, 2007

Pool Rules

October 23, 2007

Rules will stay the same as last season. And, here they are!

Each pool participant will pick four teams. No two pool participants can have the same combination of four teams. This is to eliminate the chance of a tie.

Based on what happens in each episode, people will receive the following points:

1. Place at the Pitstop
First Place: 100 points
Second Place: 90 points
Third Place: 80 points
Fourth Place: 70 points
Fifth Place: 60 points
Sixth Place: 50 points
Seventh Place: 40 points
Eighth Place: 30 points
Ninth Place: 20 points
Tenth Place: 10 points
Eleventh Place: 5 points

2. Team Uses the Fast Forward: 100 points

3. Team uses their Yield: 50 points

4. Team Gets Yielded: -50 points

5. Screen shows the team “currently in first place”: 10 points

6. Screen shows the team “currently in last place”: -10 points

7. Only team to complete a detour option: 20 points

8. Team gives up on a detour option: -10 points

9. MONKEY points: a team says monkey, 10 points. They show a monkey on the screen, 5 points to all teams.

10. Team says the quote that is the episode title: 10 points

Active Participation Points:
Bonus Questions: Answer the weekly bonus question: 40 points
Media: send me an article to post on the blog, have been to one of the places and send me a photo to post on the blog, etc: 5 points

The ADAM rule is still in effect. In order to be eligible for media points, here are some ground rules:

  1. You must have already sent in an answer to that week’s bonus question.
  2. You may earn a maximum of 100 bonus points per week (i.e. 40 bonus question, 60 media articles).

As a reminder, I am playing for real again this time. So be on your guard. I’m going to kick ass this time around.