Season 5 – our first candidate and the season completely dominated by a couple of teams
Chip/Kim – two wins, two seconds and third – won leg 11
Colin/Christie – six wins, two seconds and another later wins after tough first leg. Perhaps the most dominant team to this point in the race
Brandon/Nicole – a first, a second and a third with almost all top half finishes except for the non-elim because of their hair issues.
Linda/Karen – a second in Leg 10, three thirds and an upcoming second place.
The Bowling Moms were basically the first team to sort of slip into the Final Four. However, while they had five bottom finishes – including a non-elim and two second-to-last place placements – they did have a couple of good legs and finished strongly. They didn’t make a lot of terrible moves; they really just didn’t have the physicality to compete. I’d take them over Dandrew.
Season 6 – A weak year as far as I am concerned and the first real Dandrew comparison
OK, Adam/Rebecca. Specifically, Adam. He is the best analogy to both Dan and Andrew so far. He always seemed to mess things up– remember the Fast Forward? The salt lake? The Ethiopian task? And they had the following placements:
They managed to survive the final cut thanks to Rebecca’s last minute lock find. The worst finalist to this point, hands down.
– Another season dominated by a couple of teams presents us with the second real competition for Dandrew
So, Meredith and Gretchen also have a list of poor finishes along the way to the Final Four. However, they do have a second place. They are much, much older than the college buddies. And Gretchen had her head cracked open halfway through the race. Meredith also had an injured foot that was never mentioned. Maybe this explains why she climbed on the elephant.
Season 8 – The much maligned Family Edition. It’s finalists really didn’t do too badly.
Really, for the infamously bad season the top four teams really deserved to be there. They all performed very well – even the wacky Weavers.
Season 9 – This season was dominated by two teams, with the truly dominant one losing in the end.
I would say that Ray and Yolanda could be an option because of so many middle and bottom of the pack finishes, but they did win a leg and have a few solid performances. They just got lost constantly. I’d put them behind The Bowling Moms in quality but still a better team than Dandrew, Adam/Rebecca and Meredith/Gretchen. Joseph/Monica was a bit better than you think as they were in the top half almost every leg.