April 28, 2011 06:00 PM by Allyson Wells
In a controversial elimination, brothers and cowboys Jet and Cord McCoy said good-bye to The Amazing Race. The cowboys had come from last place to first place, as well as come back from behind on several legs this season. They were described by the other racers as being one of the most efficient teams on the race. Perhaps that is why the other racers chose not to share information with them. The cowboys are speaking out about being ganged up on and what they think about the rules of The Amazing Race.
Question: Your team was definitely a fan favorite, and people were pretty upset that you were eliminated because all the other teams shared information. How do you feel about the way that final leg was played? Do you think it was fair for the other teams to conspire against you?
Jet: I can’t say that it was unfair. If I would have gotten the information I would have been happy with it too.
Question: What happened when you left Gary behind when you were measuring Liechtenstein. Was that on purpose? How important is the social aspect of the Race, versus just racing really well?
Jet: I didn’t leave him on purpose. My bike was faster than his and we were both lost. I just decided to be lost on my own. The social aspect plays a part in but Cord and I just tried to run the best race we could. We didn’t feel like we had to team up to win.
Question: Last night’s episode showed a couple of other teams getting the answer to the Roadblock from teams that had already completed it. It sounds like you’re saying that you definitely weren’t aware of that at the time. Now that you are aware of it, what are your reactions and thoughts about the situation? Do you think it was unfair, or do you feel everthing’s fair on the Race?
Jet: I think it would have been a lot cooler if I would have been privileged to that information. That’s the thing about it. If it would have benefited me, then absolutely. I’d sit here and say, “You know, yeah, that was great. We should be able to do that.” But then it didn’t benefit me, so on one hand, you want to say, “Well, maybe you shouldn’t be able to do that.” But hell, like I said, if it works in my favor, then I’m for it. If it works against me, then I’m against it. So, it was hard for me to say one way or another.
Question: The episode made it look like a desire to get you two out of the Race was pretty much the main reason why the teams were helping each other with the Roadblock answer. Do you two feel that way, and what are your thoughts about that? Did you think it was a compliment?
Jet: I kind of take it as a compliment that everyone seemed to be so intimidated by us.
Cord: Well, I guess they never did share the information that they were scared of us or wanted to get us out, but looking back, I guess they accomplished their mission.
Question: So you guys actually didn’t know that they were targeting you during the Race or even when you got to the Pit Stop? Was it only when you were watching the episode you had discovered that?
Cord: I think when we were actually racing, we didn’t really look around and pay that much attention to what everybody else was doing and their alliances and things like that. So, no, it didn’t really just jump out at me that much. But, when you get to watch the show and see where all the other teams were and what they did together and all the stuff comes out like that in the show, yeah, you can definitely see the alliances, you know?
Question: So that race to the U-Turn station between yourselves and Flight Time and Big Easy was actually pretty close?
Jet: Yeah, that was real close.
Question: Were you guys surprised that the Globetrotters U-Turned you? Because earlier in the episode, it looked like you guys were expecting that, but then you two seemed surprised when you walked up and saw the sign, realizing that it had actually happened.
Jet: I think the thing that surprised us was the fact that we were the only team that got U-Turned. It would have been one thing if another team was U-Turned and then they U-Turned us with them or a lot of different scenarios, but I think the thing that shocked us the most was that it was a Double U-Turn and we were the only team that got U-Turned.
Question: What do you think was your biggest mistake on this season of The Amazing Race? What held you up the most?
Jet: I didn’t feel like we made any huge mistakes. It’s hard to win when everyone else is playing together. That’s just the way it turned out.
Question: What was your favorite memory from the Race and which challenge did you enjoy the most?
Jet: Winning the leg in China was a highlight for me. I enjoy the challenge of coming from behind, and when things come together, it’s a good feeling.
Question: The big controversy on this season seems to be how Kent and Vyxsin only received a 30-minute time penalty when they missed the mandatory flight from Japan to China and took another flight instead of waiting a full day for the next flight of the mandatory flight. Were you two one of the teams that got upset?
Jet: My thoughts are, if I was in the same position, I would rather wait 30 minutes than have to wait until the next day. That’s one of those things that, you know, yeah we can complain and whine about, “They didn’t get a long enough time penalty and they didn’t get this or they didn’t get that,” but the same people that are going to complain about that would be the same people that if they were in that situation, they would complain if they’d give them a penalty at all, really. So, that’s just like the people that were sharing the information. If I’m getting the information, then yeah, I think it’s great! So, I always try to look at both sides of it. So, in the whole scheme of things, it really didn’t-all the teams were bunched up together-they ended up being right there with us. It didn’t end up not making any difference in the outcome, anyway.
What did you think of the cowboys’ comments? Do you think their elimination was unfair? I feel that the cowboys are a class act and handled the situation exactly as I would have expected them to-with dignity. As a racer, you have to take advantage of the situation and tools you are given. However, I would not want to win by forcing out a formidable competitor the way the other racers did in this last episode. I will miss the cowboys, as they were one of my favorite teams.
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