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Monday, December 12, 2011

What should have "The Amazing Race" Atlanta challenge been?

Cindy and Ernie at the Swan House in Atlanta
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  • Cindy and Ernie at the Swan House in Atlanta
The nineteenth season of CBS's globetrotting game show "The Amazing Race" ended in Atlanta last night with three teams competing for the $1 million prize. Atlanta seems like a lame final destination after visiting countries as far away as Malawi and Indonesia, but the couples didn't care where they ended up—they just wanted that first place prize. The show itself is pretty formulaic, but what's entertaining is seeing what Atlanta symbolizes to CBS TV producers.

First the three teams had to simulate flying a Learjet at an expensive facility near the airport. (Spoiler alert) Married couple Amani and Marcus thought they had a hometown advantage being from Atlanta, but they had the most trouble making it past the challenge. Next the couple had to go to the Atlanta residence formerly known as "The Dump." One couple went to the Home Depot store, but in fact the challenge was for a Southern gentleman to judge how well the teams typed at the Margaret Mitchell House. Teams then had to go to the Hank Aaron tribute at Turner Field before ending at the Swan House. Pictured above, boring engaged couple Ernie and Cindy won.

Do men in white linen suits really represent Atlanta? Not in 2011. Instead of meeting an Antibellum lady at the Margaret Mitchell House, contestants should have met Lil' Jon at Magic City. Or instead of walking around Turner Field during the day, couples should have walked around Peachtree Pine Homeless Shelter at night. What do you think the last "The Amazing Race" challenge in Atlanta should have been?

A few to get you started from the Twitterz:

rrple: A contest at Swinging Richards would have been a huge ending for the Amazing Race.

radrice: eat 5 glorified chili burgers at the varsity, sell body for sexing on W. Peachtree immediately after.

2whitter: crush beer cans btwn boobs at Clermont and Blondie will give next clue! #AmazingRace

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