America is doomed.
That's the obvious conclusion now that Mark & Bopper have been eliminated from "The Amazing Race."
Two salt-of-the-earth guys, united in friendship with no regard to the artificial barriers of race, they happily and graciously experienced the world without a note of arrogance.
They were the best of what we can be, what we strive to be.
The Race should have done anything it could to ensure their victory. Bunch up the teams at the airport. Make the next few detour tasks specific to Clay County, Kentucky. Knee cap that whiny girl from Big Brother. (Let's do that anyway, please.) But no. Phil Keoghan, do you hate America?
Mark & Bopper really needed the money, too. Clay County is one of the poorest in the nation. Mark talked about how life-changing winning would be, and it's clear it would have. Winning $1 million might have altered the course of Mark & Bopper's families. That would have made The Race truly amazing.
Now who will we root for? All that's left are a collection of boring or annoying folk. The military guy and his wife? Ugh. The dating divorced couple? (Don't judge her for having big boobs and big hair. She's actually tough!) Bleech. The meathead border agents? Please. That whiny girl from Big Brother & the man who is going for a PhD in Biomedical Physics and still isn't smart enough to know he should not marry her? Heck to the no! (Side note: We all have our insecurites but Lord, don't tell millions of people that you can't cut your hair because you have a big nose and your hair is the only thing that keeps you from being ugly. You might come off as pathetic. Also, if you're going to cut your hair/extensions anywhere, India is place to do it. That's where the best extensions come from!)
There's no reason to watch The Race any more because it doesn't matter who wins.
We've all lost.