|TEAM #4 – Connor and Jonathan – Best Friends
Interesting Team Facts – The Princeton students are best friends from Princeton, who are a cappella singers in Princeton, and if you didn’t Princeton, know it, Princeton, you’d think they were, Princeton, Andy Bernard but from Princeton.
If you didn’t guess, they like to talk about Princeton. However, they are not telling their fellow Racers they are from Princeton. They are using an anagram of the letters, adding an extra challenge to other Racers who could really give a rat’s ass what school they go to.
CONNOR – From Ohio, he’s a big fan of all of his Princeton activities, and would most want to switch places with Shirley Tilghman. Who is that? Aren’t you paying attention – she’s the president of…wait for it…PRINCETON! His role model is Barack Obama and is most passionate about show tunes. His goal is to win and fill a pool with dollar bills and jump in. This sounds like the worst Playboy profile ever. He thinks people would be surprised to learn (a CBS posed question) that dalmations are born without spots.
JONATHAN – Originally from New Jersey (hey, that’s where Princeton is!), he wants to be a filmmaker. His three favorite achievements so far – getting into Princeton (natch), being cast in a Broadway show (really? Interesting) and opening a tough jar of pickles. His lifelong “to do” list is to make a lifelong “to do” list. He would most want to switch places with Yanni and is most passionate about tweezing his unibrow. His pet peeve about Connor is that he’s taller.
Seriously, this team could be full of lame comedy as Gary and Dave from Race 2, as bad a team of Racers as Dandrew in Season 14, or perhaps the most awesome team since Cha Cha Cha. I’m not ready to pass judgment. Princeton.
TEAM #5 – Gary and Mallory – Father/Daughter
Interesting Team Facts – Mallory is yet another beauty pageant girl – as she won Miss Kentucky 2009 and was 4th runner-up in Miss America. This team seems all about public service, and I am hoping it doesn’t turn into a preaching kind of service.
GARY – He’s 53 and is an entrepreneur. The last guy on the Race to use that job title was Jonathan from Race 6. And we all know how that turned out. However, he seems like the anti-Jonathan, as he would use the winnings to help as many people as possible. He was a college wrestling coach whose goals are to be a better husband, father and friend. He completed a half-Ironman triathlon after he turned 45. Maybe he can teach Chad.
MALLORY – The 24-year-old probably doesn’t get the reference that goes through my head every time I see her name. She wants to perform on Broadway – she should talk to Jonathan. Seriously, the connections between these Racers makes me think the show was cast by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Boy, I miss Lost. Her hero is Dad, and she would switch with Phil since he gets to Race every season. She wants to donate to Miss America, Miss Kentucky and Autism Awareness (hopefully not in that order).
TEAM #6 – Jill and Thomas – Boyfriend/Girlfriend
JILL – She’s 27 and from Marina del Rey, CA and is another hair stylist. She wants to have an “Eat, Pray, Love” experience. Which I guess would mean having Thomas leave her to prompt the international journey depicted in the book and film. I love her goals with the money – family on vacation, buy a car, buy handbags, and invest. Seems like a logical priority ranking. She’s proud of some secret hard labor she did with her dad – I wonder if that will come out in the challenges.
Team #7 – Katie and Rachel – Beach Volleyball Players.
Team #8 – Michael and Kevin – Father/Son