The ATC Report

"In Control" Vol. XVI, No. 10

Here we are again. Season 16 of The Amazing Race and, once again, Steve & Dave are back to walk you through every episode. Or at least, every episode we feel like writing about. Come to think of it, we may not be around that much this year.

Once again, we thought about doing actual recaps of what happened on each leg and discussing them from the unique point of view that we have of actually having run the race. But we know that all of you already watch the race, and saw things the same as we did. You don't need us to tell you that Jeff & Jordan came in first. You don't need us to tell you that Dana & Adrian were eliminated. Come to think of it, you probably don't need us for much of anything that's actually race-related.

But the thing you DO need us for is the oddball perspective we bring to each and every season. OK, maybe you don't actually need our perspective, but we like to think that you enjoy it.

So here's what you get after episode one of season 16. You have to make a choice. You have to make a choice between a few of this season's teams, and some of the previous season's teams. And remember - death is not an option.

So here it is - choose:

So what is our point? Maybe the Amazing Casting Directors are starting to get a little, shall we say, repetitive? Take a look and see what we mean:

From the top, we have a team that was on Big Brother or a team that half of which was on Big Brother. In both teams, one of the two team members was in the final two on their season of Big Brother.

Then we have a couple of brothers, one of whom is gay or a couple of brothers, one of whom is gay. Look at their cast photos - could the poses BE more similar?

Hot on their heels is a team comprised of a cop and another cop or a team comprised of a cop and a fireman. Hey - cop, fireman - both are civil servants.

Then there are the black childhood sweethearts or the black childhood sweethearts. Of course one of those two teams finished first. The other was finished, first.

Following them, we have the Asian couple in which the male seems to be domineering or the Asian brother and sister in which the male seemed to be domineering.

Then we have the team of black females who met through their jobs, or the team of the black females who met through their husbands' jobs. Come on - Monique/Monica and Shawne/Sheree?

Finally, we have the team with the round guy with white hair and his partner the balding guy who is also sort of plump, or Steve and Dave. No comment here, we don't feel one is needed.