Monday, March 14, 2005

Race relations...

Here’s a “Who Cares?” topic: I’m a big fan of The Amazing Race. There’s a controversy of sort regarding the latest edition. This involves the stunt casting of a couple of Survivor veterans, Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano and his fiancée Amber Brkich, who herself won a million on Survivor: All Stars.

Personally, I have no problem with it. They are an entertaining couple, and that’s all that matters. They are obviously competitive, but having already won a batch of money, seem a little laid back, which is sort of refreshing. I like people who actually seem to enjoy the incredible things they get to see and do on the race, and already the two have paused at several junctures to smell the roses. Moreover, they actually seem to like each other, and considering the borderline abusive relationships you sometimes see on the show, that’s refreshing. Everyone else on the show seems to resent their presence, but tough. If they win, they win.

Certainly one advantage they have is that TAR isn’t nearly as physically or emotionally draining as Survivor (although it’s no walk in the park), and you don’t have to worry about being stymied by other players as much. So yes, their prior reality show experience does give them an edge of sort. Even so, they’ll be near or at the top of the couples I’m rooting for as things progress.

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