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Most Extreme Philimination
The fifteenth series of The Amazing Race
began in a fashion that none of the fourteen that preceded it did: one
team was eliminated from the race before leaving the starting area.
The twelve teams had to find a particular license plate on a chain-link
fence with hundreds of plates. The eleven who found a plate bearing the
name of the next location (written on the plate in Japanese, but also
appearing in the first clue) would be given tickets by Phil to begin the
race in earnest.
As much as I love changing things from one series to the next, I'm
really not crazy about this. If you look at The Race as something more
than just a game, but a chance to see a great deal of the world in a
short period of time, then it seems doubly cruel. One team is picked to
come along for the ride, only to be denied before things even get
interesting. It seems wrong to invite a 12th team just so you can have
promotional ads saying that 'you won't believe what happens at the
His bags are packed. He's ready for the trip of a lifetime. Just send
him an invitation at
firstname.lastname@example.org, and off you go.