In their first appearance on “The Amazing Race” last year, Oklahoma cowboys Jet and Cord McCoy developed a large fan following with their friendly, polite demeanor and cowboy charm. Cord's catchphrase “Oh, my gravy!” especially struck a chord with viewers. The pair made a strong run for the $1 million prize, finishing runner-up.
The cowboys get another opportunity to win the big prize in “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business,” which premieres at 7 p.m. today on CBS. The series will be aired in HD for the first time.
The reality series consists of 11 teams of former contestants — including a team of former Harlem Globetrotters and a team of former NFL cheerleaders — in a 40,000-mile race across five continents and 23 cities. The teams travel to such picturesque spots as Australia, where they find themselves swimming with sharks; Liechtenstein, where they must measure the length of the country while riding a motorized bicycle; and Tokyo, where they must endure the freezing waters from Mount Fuji as part of a spiritual ritual.
The Oklahoma cowboys said they enjoyed the first experience so much that they were glad to get another opportunity to compete.
“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 experience also earned them celebrity status in Oklahoma and beyond. The pair are featured on the cover of a new “Amazing Race” video game for Nintendo Wii.
Cord said he noticed “Oh, my gravy!” T-shirts showing up at places he has visited in recent months. “People have told me, ‘You should copyright that.' I never even knew I said it that much until I watched the race (last year). But I do say that a lot.”
A longtime professional bull rider, Cord was swamped with autograph requests at the recent PBR event in Oklahoma City. “You sign your name or take your picture as fast as you can and try to get done before the bull riding starts,” he said.
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