UPDATED: Jet and Cord McCoy rallied from 11th place into third place on Sunday’s episode of “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.” In addition, Cord uttered his first “Oh my gravy” of the season; during “Amazing Race Season 16,” the exclamation became a favorite catchphrase of the Oklahoma cowboys’ fans. To read the full account of how the McCoy brothers managed to pull out of last place, click here.
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will air live at 7:30 tonight on ABC (KOCO-5 in Oklahoma City), with the Oscars red carpet and my live blog of the evening’s festivities starting at 6 p.m.
But don’t forget to set your DVR to record the second episode of the new season of “The Amazing Race” at 7 tonight on CBS (KWTV-9 in OKC). The all-star season “Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” started last week and features 11 popular teams from previous seasons who fell short of first place and the $1 million top prize.
Among the all-star contenders are likable Oklahoma cowboys Cord and Jet McCoy, who finished in second place in last year’s Season 16.
Fortunately, last week’s season opener wasn’t an elimination round. The McCoy brothers, who were so good their first time out, surprisingly finished in last place. As Cord is so fond of saying: Oh my gravy!
Click here to read my fine colleague Mel Bracht’s report on the series of unfortunate events the rodeo champs ran into during the first episode.
Mel also talked to Cord and Jet before “Unfinished Business” starting airing a week ago, and the cowboy siblings chatted about how their first stint on the Emmy-winning reality TV series changed their lives.
Newlywed Cord and his bride Sara, who married in November, honeymooned in Maui on a trip that the brothers had won on “Amazing Race 16.” After winning four legs of the race, they earned three trips and two sailboats and they also got an undisclosed cash prize for finishing second. They since have sold the sailboats, and Jet and his wife have plans to use the trip to Alaska.
“They definitely named it right,” said Cord, 30, of Tupelo. “It is amazing. On ‘Amazing Race 16′ we got to go to places that I had never seen or heard of before. Each country that we went to had something cool to offer.”
“There were always places that you liked better than others,” said Jet, 31, who has a ranch near Ada. “We really liked Argentina just because it was the most like Oklahoma. It was definitely eye opening. It definitely broadened my horizons to be able to see that much country.”
“The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” was taped in November and December, so the McCoy brothers already know the outcome and admitted it’s hard to keep the outcome a secret. And maybe they were giving Mel and the rest of us a hint of reassurance about their dismal start to their “Unfinished Business” because Cord talked about how folks at an Iowa watch party got panicky during Season 16 when they fell into last place. So this isn’t their first time to fall behind, and things worked out pretty well for our cowboys last time out, right?
“There were people standing up and screaming,” Cord said of that frantic Iowa watch party last year. “When they said we were last, there were people crying. You want to tell them that this is a nonelimination race, but you got to let them watch it.”
To read the rest of Mel’s great interview with Cord and Jet McCoy, click here.