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Oklahoma cowboys rally from 11th to third place in “Amazing Race”

by Mel Bracht Published: February 27, 2011

Call it “Cowboy Magic.” Oklahoma cowboys Jet and Cord McCoy rallied from 11th to third place in the second episode of “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business,” which aired Sunday night.

Jet, 31, of Ada, and Cord, 30, of Tupelo, stumbled in the first episode on decoding a password to get to their destination near Sydney, Australia. In the second episode, they got it on their first try. Next up was a sailboat leg to Manley Beach, and sailing didn’t go all that well either. It’s easy to see why they have sold the two sailboats they won last year in their first appearance on “The Amazing Race.” “Sailing is not my thing,” Jet said. “We did fall off in the water a couple of times. We were shark bait.”

Cord also expressed his first “Oh, my gravy!” of the new series. Last year the expression became his  catchphrase and since has been featured on T-shirts.

They also were last to reach the anchor in town hall and reserve the 11th and last spot on the flight to Broken Hill, 700 miles from Sydney. However, they began to rally, making it to ninth place at a detour where they had to create an Aboriginal mosaic and dance on it. They were up to seventh place after finding the home of the Magpies (Central Football Club.) After doning silly kangaroo costumes, they were up to sixth place at the next clue stop. Their last stop was a mine, and they used their athletic ability to outrun several teams and pull into third place.

Zev and Justin, brothers from California, finished first and won a trip to Cancun. Eliminated was the engaged couple of Amanda and Kris, who had to do the Aborigine detour twice.

The teams are off to Japan for the third episode next week.

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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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