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TAR: 3/20 Don't Ruin the Basketball Game

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by rfisher, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest


    This just in: Bash basketball all you want, but just "not" last night's basketball/NCAA tournament. The March Madness lead-in and the nice amount of promos during those games resulted in Amazing Race winning its timeslot outright for the first time this season ... with an increase of about 1 million viewers over prior weeks! :kickass:
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  2. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    Merrywidow mentioned THAT season. :scream:
  3. jamesy

    jamesy shut in

    we now have to burn this thread and salt it
  4. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member


    I love Mama Paolo! She said my favorite thing ever on this show after "My Ox is broken" when she yelled at Phil "But I wanted to go to New Zealand" when he handed the family a clue that said "go to Arizona" or somewhere in the US during THAT season that must not be mentioned.

    I'll have to look for a rerun on that House Hunters.
  5. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    :lol: PL and jamesy. Actually, nobody's mentioned THAT season by name. (Yet :drama:)

    la la la la la Could it be some other season being referenced? Amazing Race Malta, for instance? Of course it could. la la la la la
  6. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member


  7. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    :fragile: Oh. The widow snuck it in there just past my male attention span's expiration point.

    Speaking of widows, wasn't there a simply delightful one on THAT season? :shuffle:
  8. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    :cheer2: that JaiME is gone! :cheer2:
  9. kedrin

    kedrin Well-Known Member


    Ouch. That's for making me remember that.
  10. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    This thread is now possessed by :EVILLE:
  11. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break #HotMessExpress

    Don't worry, we'll have a new thread next week. :p
  12. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    :cheer2: high ratings!!!
  13. BaileyCatts

    BaileyCatts Well-Known Member

    Seriously?! I KNEW I recognized that woman from somewhere but figured how could I possibly know some random woman from NY? :lol:
  14. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    I was on TAR18's Wiki page yesterday, and :COP: noted a statistical schadenfreude for we fans of :glamor: Tina & her old man, or any number of snubbed teams from Seasons 13 (completely snubbed), 15, 16, and 17 ...

    ... all three eliminated teams were from TAR14. :HA!:

    Three of five Season 14ers down. Margie & Luke, next, please! :EVILLE:
  15. Flatfoote

    Flatfoote Active Member

    Finally got to watch this episode.

    Glad to see the redheads gone.

    I loved Vyxsin's shout out of "Number Five is alive," when they were checked in as the 5th team. I'm assuming that was a shout out to the movie Short Circuit. Although I see from their bio that she was about 4 or 5 years old when the movie first came out.
  16. Bev Johnston

    Bev Johnston Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite moments from season 14 was when Jen was running in Russia in her underwear and saying, "Look at me running in my underwear. Don't I look good in my underwear?" She did, too.
  17. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

    Lots of post race interviews out there with Jaime & Cara. They seem very "upset" about the fact that Kent & Vxysin were only given a 30 minute penalty for missing that mandatory flight in Japan. they thought it should have been 24 hours and claim that all the other teams had the same feeling.

    They also mentioned that everyone took hours to do the dinosaur puzzle except for Jet who whipped through it really, really fast. So kudos to him for doing well.

  18. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like the key to the dinosaur puzzle was to look at the guide frequently!

    I wonder why no other racer decided to do that...
  19. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    Just watched the episode last night and that dinosaur challenge was a killer. Physically demanding and mentally challenging. I especially felt bad for some of the smaller women who were trying to put those pieces in (and take them out again).
  20. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break #HotMessExpress

    Did anyone notice Christina beating her pieces together with her fanny pack? :lol:
  21. Beefcake

    Beefcake Guest

    Gotta agree (partially) with the Reds & whoever else on this. 24 hours is severe, but ... something more significant was warranted. Between the extended leg (*really a NEL, since the winners got a prize and all), the next day's TOTAL bunching. and this tiny penalty, K&V suffered nothing for a legendary awful leg that ended with a - what - 7+ hour deficit.

    TAR seems :huh: quite uneven in penalty application from season to season. In this case, the producers likely determined that K&V's situation was completely out-of-scope (1. TAR had no contingency for a team arriving hours late for that "required" flight; and 2. K&V didn't actually make a decision to take a different flight - they had to since said flight was loooong gone) ... so a (maybe too-) minor penalty was applied.
  22. Spareoom

    Spareoom Well-Known Member

    I think that the decision to give them a minor penalty was based on the reason for missing the flight was bad luck and mistakes, not intentional. I'm sure that if their car really had broken down they would have been loath to give them such a harsh penalty for something out of their control. All in all, I think the situation was a bit unprecedented...perhaps in later seasons we'll see more provision or rules given to those kind of situations. I'll bet it left the producers in a bit of a quandary...there was no way that ANYONE could feasibly miss that flight, but K/V managed to. It's a bit of a no-brainer, but then again K/V weren't exactly Einstein on that leg.
  23. BaileyCatts

    BaileyCatts Well-Known Member

    I think the 30 minute penalty was fine. That's the same penalty you get for doing any task wrong, isn't it? They sort of already got a several hours ++ penalty just by virture of how much later they actually left the airport than the others. Hadn't everyone else already landed before K&V even took off?
  24. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    That's how I saw it, too. There have been times when I've thought penalties were too lenient, but this wasn't one of them.
  25. The Village Idiot

    The Village Idiot Demon Barber

    I was actually surprised that they were assessed a penalty (but understood and was fine with it). The required flight is due to difficulty in obtaining flights out of the area or into the next area. Here, they made it even more difficult for themselves to get to the next destination so I didn't really see a need to assess a penalty for making the race more difficult for themselves. But I guess required means required (I was surprised that Justin took it there so literally...but I guess they were in trouble at that point). I wonder if they'll change that language in the future or continue w/ a 30 minute penalty for taking a later flight.
  26. Spareoom

    Spareoom Well-Known Member

    Sometimes, though, isn't the required flight given in order to purposefully even out the playing field a bit or prevent a few teams from gaining a HUGE advantage? Let's say you let them go to the airport and pick out their own flight, and one team manages to find a tiny, obscure flight that will give them a 24 hour lead. That's bad TV, right there. So to hedge their bets and make it simpler, they make the bunching points by creating required flights.

    Of course, when you look at it that way, a 30 minute penalty would be paltry when one would consider a several hour lead. Still, it might be enough to keep teams from exploring other options.