LET’S VOTE! (WHILE WAITING FOR THE PREMIERE)

There is a little over 2 weeks left before the premiere of The Amazing Race 23.

And in this blog I have already finished dissecting/bitching about/shaking my head/rolling my eyes and otherwise introducing the cast.

So there is nothing left but patiently wait for September 29.

In my case the waiting time should fly fast since I am off to Europe for a little vacation. In fact,¬†on the day of TAR-23 premiere I will be frolicking around Lake Maggiore (pat on the back to people who know where it is and a disapproving glance to people who don’t).

Lake Maggiore

But for those fans of the show who need some help passing the time between now and then, why not take a little poll?

Which team do you want to see eliminated first?

Not which team you think might be eliminated first, but which team do you want to go first? In other words – which team do you dislike the most?

As for me – I can’t decide between “baseball wives” and “ice crew girls”. But I’ll have a lot of time to mull it over while sipping Campari ūüôā

And here you can find the most up-to-date links on all things The Amazing Race:

http://www.sirlinksalot.net/amazingrace.html

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Meet The Cast: TEAM “TEDDY BEARS”

And last but not least – please meet Chester Pitts II and Ephraim Salaam from Texas and California respectively. These guys are friends and NFL teammates.

Chester and Ephraim (TAR 23)

So far – I like this team! They are fun, easy-going and nice. They seem to have good chemistry and somewhat self-deprecating sense of humor. They laugh easily and genuinely. And I dig all that.

My only problem with this team (which – to be honest – is not their “fault”) is that they are yet another recruited ex-NFL team (you can insert “baseball”, “hockey”, etc instead of “football” here).¬†I mean – how many sportsmen (current and former) do we need to see on¬†The Amazing Race?!

As if it were not enough – the casting department adds various “baseball wives” and “football wives” to the pool of contestants. Then they add numerous cheerleaders, “ice crew girls” – you get the idea.

It doesn’t make a well-balanced cast; besides, the majority of these recruits are rarely fun.

But I shouldn’t hold this against the “Teddy Bears”. Of all the recruited teams – past and present – they seem one of the more interesting ones.

And here you can find the most up-to-date links on all things The Amazing Race:

http://www.sirlinksalot.net/amazingrace.html

Meet The Cast: TEAM “CLONES”

Our next team is – once again – ¬†from California: ¬†Allison ‚ÄúAlly‚ÄĚ Mello and¬†Ashley Covert. These girls describe themselves as “LA Kings Ice Crew Girls and friends“.

Ally and Ashley (TAR 23)

And that is pretty much the end of anything that might be of interest about them.

They are equally blonde, equally over-inflated in the chest region, equally chatty.

They prattle on about their makeup brushes and how smart and athletic they are, and how proud they are to represent LA Kings, and so on and so forth.

Major snooze.

I have no idea why TAR casting insists on having these boring lookalikes.

Maybe they want us – the viewers – to play the game of “spot the 7 differences“. And maybe by the end of the season some of us will be able to spot a few of them.

But I really hope that these clones will not last that long.

Sorry – another casting mistake, in my humble opinion.

 

And here you can find the most up-to-date links on all things The Amazing Race:

http://www.sirlinksalot.net/amazingrace.html

Meet The Cast: TEAM “AFGHANIMALS”

Our next team also hails from California. Please meet cousins Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran. I thought I would keep the nickname they gave themselves (and even put on their shirts) РAfghanimals.

Leo and Jamal (TAR 23)

I had no idea what “Afghanimals” meant until they explained: “we like to act like animals, and we are from Afghanistan“.

Well, either I am missing something or else – their sense of humor is lost on me: I always thought that acting like an animal is nothing one can be proud of.

As for being from Afghanistan Рas they say in their video Рthey both are born and raised in the USA.  So Рthey are of Afghan heritage, but not from Afghanistan!

So far I do not care much for this team. But I know that first impressions can be wrong, and they might turn to be entertaining. We shall see.

 

And here you can find the most up-to-date links on all things The Amazing Race:

http://www.sirlinksalot.net/amazingrace.html

Meet The Cast: TEAM “PARENTAL CONTROL”

Our next team is father and daughter Р Hoskote Venkatesh and Naina Venkatesh from California.

Hoskote and Naina (TAR 23)

She is a fitness instructor, he is an ER physician – the 3rd ER physician on this cast! And it seems he is also suffering from that malady that disproportionately affects physicians – it is called “holier-than-thou“.

Naina seems to suffer from a different malady – urgency to prove something. I still didn’t get what she is going to prove and to whom, and I doubt that the world really cares. But if the process of “proving” is entertaining – well, then go ahead – keep proving!

I can’t help but feel this team is slated to be the next “Ron and Christina” team (father and daughter Ron and Christina Hsu from TAR 12 and TAR 18). Both teams have foreign-born fathers and American-bred daughters, both fathers seem controlling, both daughters try to assert their independence.

Actually, I thought that Ron (from Ron and Christina team) was hilarious! ¬†Annoying – yes, but entertaining nevertheless. So if Hoskote turns out to be even half as entertaining as Ron – we’ll enjoy watching this team.

 

And here you can find the most up-to-date links on all things The Amazing Race:

http://www.sirlinksalot.net/amazingrace.html

Meet The Cast: TEAM “INNOCENCE”

Our next team is Tim Wiyninger and Danny Merkey Рbest friends from Oklahoma.

Tim and Danny (TAR 23)

These guys are fresh-faced, enthusiastic, sweet. ¬†And they exude innocence. It has nothing to do with their age, or them being from a small town, or their fear of foreign tongues. It’s just there is something charmingly disarming about them.

And you can tell right away Рthey applied to the show themselves, they are definitely  not recruited. Which is actually a huge bonus in my eyes.

I can see certain similarities between this team and the unlucky team that got eliminated first in the last season (TAR 22) – the firefighters Daniel and Matthew.

Well, I hope that similarities would not extend to Tim and Danny’s¬†TAR fortune, and that they would go far – it’s hard not to root for innocence! ūüôā

 

And here you can find the most up-to-date links on all things The Amazing Race:

http://www.sirlinksalot.net/amazingrace.html

Meet The Cast: TEAM “CODE BLUE”

Meet our next team – married ER physicians Travis and Nicole Jasper from Georgia.

Nicole and Travis (TAR 23)

The first thing I noticed while watching their video was that both have very pleasant voices – even if they yell at each other on the Race, it might still be music to our ears!

Yet Nicole comes across as strained and stilted. And add to it a splash of arrogance and self-importance – “we – being ER physicians – ¬†are always in control”…Please! ¬†God is always in control, or fate is, or destiny – whatever you prefer to call it. If physicians were always in control – all the hospitals’ “Code Blue” emergencies would always have happy endings. Alas, it is not so. So have some humility, Nicole.

Travis, on the other hand,  seems to be a real charmer Рhandsome, poised, unhurried, suave.

I can’t help but feel that TAR casting hoped for these two to be the next Uchenna and Joyce team (TAR 7 and TAR 11 aka All-Stars). I really liked ¬†Uchenna and Joyce and doubt they can be easily “replicated”, but we shall see.

And here you can find the most up-to-date links on all things The Amazing Race:

http://www.sirlinksalot.net/amazingrace.html