Well, another season of The Amazing Race has come to a close! The three remaining teams flew from China to Los Angeles, they competed in their final roadblock, their final detour, and they collected all of their final clues. And, at the end of it, they raced to the final pit stop and the winner was…
DANA AND MATT!
If you had told me a month ago that Dana and Matt would win while neither Burnie and Ashley nor Brodie and Kurt would make it to the finale, I would have thought you were crazy. But that’s exactly what happened and really, that’s why we love The Amazing Race, isn’t it? It’s not always easy to predict what’s going to happen from leg to leg and all the strategizing in the world won’t do you any good if you’re unlucky enough to get a clueless taxi driver.
Not only did Dana and Matt win the final leg, but they won it fairly easily. Sure, there was that moment when they couldn’t get a cab. And the show’s editors made sure that we got a lot of clips of various racers saying, “This is going to be a close finish.” But, in the end, it was pretty obvious that Dana and Matt made it to the pit stop long before Sheri and Cole. After a season of close finishes, the final leg of the race was really no contest.
And really, it all came down to that first roadblock. Dana managed to grab the clue on her first try. It took Sheri two tries. And finally, it took Tyler three attempts. From that moment on, Dana and Matt pretty much had an insurmountable lead.
Judging from what I’ve seen online, Dana and Matt are not the most popular winners in the history of The Amazing Race. Yes, they did fight a lot. And yes, Dana did have that terrible moment when she appeared to basically give up on the race. But, during the final leg of the race, they actually worked very well together. And, when it mattered, they won.
Personally, I would have loved to have seen Sheri and Cole win. That would have been a great come-from-behind victory. But still, they should be very proud of how they did. Nobody expected them to even reach the final leg of the race, let alone come in second! Both Sheri and Cole faced and conquered their fears during the race and good for them. Hopefully, they’ll be back for an all-star season at some point in the future.
As for Tyler and Korey — well, they came in a distant third. In fact, it’s interesting just how much of a nonfactor they turned out to be in the final leg of the race. They fell behind early and they never managed to catch up. Tyler and Korey have a lot of fans and, as an advocate for LGBT teens, Tyler has done a lot of good work outside of the Race. But, I have to admit that I never cared much for how they ran the race. They were a strong team but they were often insufferably cocky. When they were in first place, they bragged and when they weren’t in first, they whined about the other teams not helping them out. They consistently tried to trick the other teams and then got upset when the other teams attempted to do the same thing to them. As well, it’s hard for me to respect any team that uses the U-turn when they’re already in first place.
So, with all due respect to the good work that Tyler has done and the good work that he will hopefully continue to do in the future, I have no problem at all with him and Korey coming in third.
And that completes the 28th season of The Amazing Race! The Survivor finale is next Wednesday!
And then, ready or not, it’ll almost be time for a new season of Big Brother!