This opener took 11 teams of contestants from the starting line at Santa Clarita, Calif., to Guangzho in China.
Guangzho was formerly known as Canton. We call it Dullsville.
"The Amazing Race" is back, Phil's back and 11 former teams are back (kind of).
Everything is old, old old. Except us — we're debuting this season as the "Amazing Race" recappers for TV Lust. We three share an apartment, a need for constant diversion and not much else.
Except we all love “Amazing Race.” If you picture a big Venn diagram, there would be a tiny, tiny sliver that shows how we only agree that the "Amazing Race” is cool. We can't even agree on what color the "Amazing Race" sliver should be.
Chris: Red Sox Red;
Actually, we also agree that we caught a break recapping an All-Star season, because we don't have to do all the heavy lifting of introducing the 11 teams to you. And if there’s one thing we all three hate, it’s heavy lifting. Hey, that’s another thing we agree on.
All of this season’s teams have competed in a previous edition of "The Amazing Race,” so they need no introductions, or at least not long introductions.
Three of this season’s teams have competed twice before. All three were so popular on their first appearance that they were invited to return for the “Unfinished Business” season:
Harlem Globetrotters, Herb "Flight Time" Lang and Nate "Big Easy" Lofton, who were plunged into a Kafka-esque nightmare in Season 15 and were noble runners-up in Season 18;
Mother and Son Margie O'Donnell and Luke Adams (Season 14, 3nd place; Season 18, 8th);
Rodeo Brothers Cord and Jet McCoy (Season 16, 2nd place; Season 18, 6th).
There are a couple of returning teams that ran into some really bad luck the first time:
Father/Son Cancer Survivors David and Connor O'Leary (Season 22, 8th);
Engaged Couple Jessica Hoel and John Erck (Season 22, 9th).
And there is a good contingent of love-‘em-or-hate-‘em teams from past seasons that we can love or hate all over again:
Cousins Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran, aka “The Afghanimals” (Season 23, 4th);
Twins Natalie and Nadiya Anderson (Season 21, 4th);