[This recap of Friday (October 3) night's "The Amazing Race" may be a bit rushed. I've got some Yom Kippur atoning to do. But I still want to do some honor to a decent enough Leg.]
As you may have heard from a unshaven, drunk, pot-belled WWII era manager, there is no crying in baseball.
Nobody has ever made the same claim about "The Amazing Race."
In actuality, there's a lot of crying on "The Amazing Race."
And I'm not entirely without understanding.
Let's say you're an "Amazing Race" superfan and you've actually taken the time to study Race strategy and accumulate some of the skills that normally pay dividends and then you find yourself actually on "The Amazing Race" and in only your second Leg, you find yourself falling victim to a semi-unavoidable combination of current and lack of upper-body strength?
I guess I can allow for some sniffling, especially if your commitment to remaining in the hunt goes so far as to let you put self-consciousness aside and urinate in a river while tittering Brits point and shame you.
On that note, though, if people are falling into the river left and right, why would you not just feign a topple into the drink, whiz away and then climb back up? On the scale of embarrassment goes, surely clumsiness is superior to public micturition.
The problem with not doing "Amazing Race" exit interviews this season is that I'll never get to ask Nici about that decision.
[More after the break... With spoilers]