Sometimes when I
watch The Price is Right, I hope that both of the
showcase participants will lose. Whether it was idiocy
in playing their assigned pricing game, showboating in
the big wheel segment, or wearing a "Bob Roolz!"
t-shirt, there are just some times that I want no one to
win. Sometimes I get my wish, and there's a Double
Overbid, or the clod that plays Plinko will end up with
$600. Most of the time, I'm not so lucky.
The current iteration of "The Amazing Race" has become a
trial to watch. I plod through because I do recaps for a
message board, but if I weren't doing that, you can bet
I'd be doing something else with my time. It's gotten to
the point where I would like to see several of the
families fall over the face of the earth. I still have
two families that I'd like to see win, but it should be
that I would want to see any team win.
Flash back to last month: When the Paolos checked in at
the houseboat, and were last, the neighbors started to
knock on my door, because they wanted to know why the
hell there was so much noise coming from my room. Never
again will I have to see all of their carrying on.
Whether it's one of the sons calling out his mom for
whatever reason, or getting into a scuffle because they
get lost along the way. And then the whole big fake
'celebration' that they had after checking in first in
Panama? All the hugging and compliments? I don't believe
it for a minute. Yuck. They've been gone for a while,
but the memory still sticks out.
In the last episode, the Linz and Weaver families were
in a foot race to the finish line in order to claim
first place on the leg. One of the eight contestants
involved says that she would trip up one of the
contestants on the other team in order to gain an
advantage. If that's not grounds for expulsion from the
game, I don't know what should be. Not only is it
physically hindering another team, it's just plain bad
And then there's the poor outcast Weavers. While I don't
mind a contestant or team professing their choice of
religion, they're certainly not the poster children for
how to bring others into the fold. When the Weavers came
in last the week previous, that was without a doubt the
least excited I've ever seen a team that was given a
reprieve. So no one else likes them. Big deal. This is a
race, not a place to make lifelong friends. Suck it up,
kick their asses and move on. After the Early Show,
you'll never have to see them again. There's no reason
to carry on about how "No one likes us, we're outcasts,
and we're the only nice team left in the race." It's
just not true.
It's getting to the point where I no longer have anyone
to root for. That's unfortunate because the Race is one
of my favorite programs, and the last few legs are the
most exciting out of the whole thing.
Travis Eberle owns a "Bob Roolz" shirt. E-mail him at