The Amazing Race Finale 12/9
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|Mon, 12-10-2012 - 8:54am|
After a two-leg final episode that included vats of raw meat, straightjackets, headfirst bungee jumping and some completely reckless, off-the-charts use of the word "babe," we have our season 21 winners: The Fabulous Beekman Boys.
Yep! That's not even a typo.
It happened thusly: At the point at which some of the other top teams began to unravel and become panicky, flustered hot messes, the Beekmans more or less just continued on with their underdog ways and slowly but surely made their way to the front of the pack just in time to leap into Phil's waiting arms at the Pit Stop. If that sounds like I'm suggesting the Beekmans lucked into their win, I don't mean it that way. Sure, they got lucky on the Race at various points -- specifically the non-elimination leg and the Rockers' passport to-do -- but good luck and bad luck both are a rightful part of the game. The Beekmans succeeded because, as they said themselves, they hung on week after week, then gained momentum at just the right moment. It helped some that in these last few legs, the Beeks were able to draw upon their skill-set (French, navigation, driving, farm-y tasks, a finale on home turf in NYC). But maybe there's also something to be said for low expectations. Sure, the Beekmans have a competitive spirit. It surfaced now and again and especially at the end, when the Twinnies awakened it. But the Beekmans clearly were not as alarmingly competitive as were Teams Texas or Twins or Abbie/Ryan. Their attitude was always more just kinda like "nowhere to go but up!" They always expected to be in the back of the pack, and this lack of pressure allowed them a certain calm demeanor which helped them greatly towards the end of the race. It just goes to show that sometimes the underdog role is a great place to be. And you know what? Winning the most legs doesn't matter. You only need to win one. And that's just what these guys did. They won one leg the entire season, but it was the one that mattered. Meanwhile, I'd said in previous weeks that these guys wouldn't/couldn't win; now I (happily) eat my words.
First up, Leg 11, and the Loire Valley, France. What a pretty place to claw each others' eyes out!