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Oklahoma cowboys Jet and Cord McCoy last after first episode of ‘Amazing Race’

by Mel Bracht Published: February 20, 2011

Making their second appearance on CBS’ “Amazing Race” in two years, Oklahoma cowboys Jet and Cord McCoy had a dismal start as the last-place team at the conclusion of the premiere episode of “Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” Sunday night. Fortunately for the cowboys, none of the teams were eliminated in the first episode.

After starting the race at a wind farm in Palm Springs, Calif., the McCoys were one of the first teams to solve the first riddle and earn a spot on the first flight to Sydney, Australia. However, because of a medical emergency on their flight, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Honolulu, putting them behind the second flight.

From there things went downhill for the cowboys from Ada who finished runner-up in Season 16 last year. Missing a ferry, they were the last team to reach Oceanworld and search for a compass that would have to be decoded. Jet wasn’t excited about doning scuba gear to find the clue under water among sharks and a gigantic sting ray. “I’m from Oklahoma,” Jet said. “I don’t do water. I don’t even take baths.”

The decoding part went poorly for Jet. He failed in his first two attempts and was still trying to decode the message, “I am between the devil and the deep blue sea,” when the episode ended. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” Jet said.

The father-daughter team of Gary and Mallory Ervin of Kentucky were the first to reach the pit stop on the beach and earn an express pass.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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