A night after we learned they won "The Amazing Race" edition 22, Bates & Anthony Battaglia were on the phone surprisingly early after what seemed to be quite the party last night at Lucky B's, Bates' Glenwood South bar.
From what we can tell, the party hasn't stopped. The brothers sounded...celebratory. Indeed, the comments came so fast, we aren't exactly sure who said what much of the time.
But here's what we got.
How long did you have to keep that million-dollar secret?
"If one more person asked me, I was gonna ..."
"Actually, it was fun. We like teasing people. Like every week I told people we were losing. And they'd come back and say, 'I thought you lost.'"
Are you still friends with the Blondes?
"Yeah, they're over right now. Want to talk to them?" (We expressed our disbelief.)
"We still talk to the country singers, we still talk to (the newlyweds) Max & Katie."
Even though, they called you old athletes last night?
"They did? I didn't hear that."
"That's OK. We're still extremely good looking. And we still won. They said that and we beat them."
You guys really played the game well. You had the athleticism, but you also took notes. But you also seemed to be able to make people like you enough that they didn't feel threatened.
"Yes, we're not just good looking, we're smart!"
"We're just friendly people. But if we have to beat you in a foot race, we'll do it. We're not going to be mean."
Speaking of mean, Bates, you were awfully mean to your brother during that Titanic task.
"Yeah, well. He didn't know what chartreuse looked like. I didn't know what chartreuse looked like. I was not happy."
"He can be mad at me for a second, but then we just keep going."
The other place you guys struggled seemed to be with navigation. Was that the taxis or do you have some problems with directions?
"We didn't want to look too good."
"It wasn't us!"
"We should have gotten a map every place we went, but we would rely on these maps Bates drew. That wasn't good. We should have gotten a map every time."
"Those maps worked sometimes."
OK, so besides the million, you won two trips and some cash. Do you have to take those trips together?
"I hope not!" (in unison)
Is there any place that you visited during the Race you'd like to go back to visit?
"I'd like to go back to Bora Bora and Africa. This is Anthony, for the record. That's where I want to go."
"I'm not going with you."
"You're not invited to go with me."
"Good, because I don't want to go."
What do you want to do with the million besides inviting everyone in Raleigh down to Lucky B's for a drink?
"That's it. That's all I want to do. Make sure you print that."
"Yes, LGR hashtag."
"No, it should be hashtag LGR"
OK, guys, thanks. Congratulations again. I guess I'll see you around.
"We're going to have a new show."
"Tell her the name."
"It's 'Battaglia & Battaglia.' Handsome brothers do America! There will be lots of women and lots of drinking. Print that!"