Oklahoma cowboys Jet and Cord McCoy were eliminated from “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” after finishing last in the episode that aired Sunday night.
When the rodeo champion brothers first appeared on the reality TV show last year, they finished runner-up in their bid to win the $1 million prize. This time, they ended their run in sixth place.
At the eighth pit stop of the current all-star installment of the contest, Jet McCoy struggled with the task of measuring the length of the tiny country of Lichtenstein while riding a motorized bicycle, reports my fine colleague Mel Bracht. He blamed his incorrect answer on taking a wrong turn on the course. He guessed 35 kilometers when the correct answer was 22 kilometers. He then had to ride the course again to determine the correct answer, which put the cowboys well behind the other competitors.
As in the past two episodes, Jet and Cord rallied after making a mistake and managed to stay in the race. But their fate was sealed when the Harlem Globetrotters team of “Flight Time and Big Easy” (Herb Long and Nate Lofton) used its U-Turn on them, making them complete another task.
“Totally my fault, really,” said Jet McCoy, 31, a rancher from Tupelo, after being told by host Phil Keoghan that they had been eliminated.
Cord McCoy, 30, a bull rider from Ada, disagreed.
“We’re a team,” he said. “I took off with him and I’ll stick with him to the end.”
It’s not surprising that the Globetrotters used their U-Turn on the cowboys, who believed they had become a target of the other teams. “I don’t know if we’re an outcast, but there hasn’t been anybody trying to buddy up with us,” Jet said early in the episode.
The McCoy brothers again find their fervent fan base crying foul on their behalf. Some of the other teams shared the correct answer on the Lichtenstein challenge, but no one gave the answer with the Oklahoma competitors. Many cowboys fans have taken to Internet message boards to protest that the McCoy brothers were the victims of cheating by the other competitors. Since “The Amazing Race” has billed itself as different from other reality shows where alliance building, backstabbing and underhanded tactics are a major part of the game play, it will be interesting to see if the producers look at rule changes after this season ends.
It seems clear that the other teams regarded the cowboys as formidable opponents and targeted them for elimination.
“I don’t think anyone feels comfy and relaxed that we’re safe from them,” Vyxsin Fiala, of the Goth team said of the cowboys early in the episode.
During their first appearance on the show during Season 16, Cord and Jet McCoy finished second to brothers Dan and Jordan Pious after the Pious brothers cut in line during the season finale at the Shanghai airport for the flight back to San Francisco.
Once again, the McCoys did the state proud, maintaining an unfailingly positive attitude, even in defeat. Both cowboys said they enjoyed their second outing on the reality race.
“I know they hit the nail on the head when they called this race amazing,” Cord said. “I got to get with my brother — my best friend. It’s more memories I’ll never forget.”
“We went to some new places this time and I got to see it with my brother,” Jet said. “Nobody I would rather to be traveling the country with, maybe my wife.”
To which Cord replied, “I don’t blame you.”
You gotta love those cowboys. It’s sad to see them come up short, but again, they have proven great ambassadors for our fair state. Best of luck to them in all they do.