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Rob Cesternino (@RobCesternino) is joined by Rob’s Amazing Race partner Jessica Liese (@HaymakerHattie) and Amazing Race 22 winner Bates Battaglia (@BatesBattaglia) to discuss episode 8 of the Amazing Race 23 “One Hot Camel” which took teams across the United Arab Emirates.

Bates is envious of the fact that there are other teams racing while he is sitting on the couch watching the race. Anthony is back to playing hockey. Bates and Anthony have not broken up as friends because they are family.

Hockey Rules the Race

Bates likes the Ice Queens although he doesn’t believe they worked in the NHL when he played. He does not like the Afganimals or Tim and Marie. Bates thinks the Afganimals are kind of goofs, but the main drawback for him about them is the fact that he believes they race dirty. Jessica echoes the resentment towards the Afganimals. She would accept a free drink from them though because it’s free alcohol. Bates admits that he had race girlfriends in Caroline and Jen, but wouldn’t go as far as to call them his race wives. Jessica thinks that relationship worked because they helped each other out with their strengths. Bates thinks they helped him and Anthony more then they helped Caroline and Jen.

Bates does appreciate that Hockey is the superior sport on the Amazing Race this season with the Ice Queens outlasting the Baseball Bunnies and NFL players. He thinks that the NHL has the right combination of strength, agility and just a little bit of brains to succeed on the race. He did not want the Baseball Bunnies to go home though because there were other teams that Bates would have liked to see go home first.

Good Guys and Bye Rides

Bates would not have gone out of his way to sabotage the Afganimals because they lied about using the U-Turn on the beards if he was in first. He says that they played the good guy game, and using it would not have played into it. Bates compares the Afganimals to John from his season because he is underhanded and very corny much like the Afganimals. He had no idea about John and Jessica’s elimination, but he wasn’t sad to see them go. He still chats with Max and Katie, the Country girls as well as the Roller Derby moms. When asked about Joey and Megan, Bates didn’t have a problem with them and disliked John and Jessica more. He would subscribe to Joey’s channel, but he isn’t good with computers. Rob mentioned that Joey made a video about having his car towed, and the guy who towed him made a response.

Joey’s video:

The response:

Ex-Press Pass and Bunnies are Last

Bates would have tried to hang on to the Express Pass longer then Travis and Nicole did, but believes they made a decent decision. He believes that there will be more drama between Travis and Nicole and the Afganimals because of the U-turn, because no one likes being u-turned.

Jessica believes that the leg was very poorly designed and the Baseball Bunnies elimination was all but certain. Bates gives them credit for toughing it out, but points out that the all-girl teams tend to have a lot more tears than any other team.

Bates believes that Travis and Nicole are the favorites to win the Race. Jessica thinks that the only two threats are Jason and Amy along with Nicole and Travis. Bates thinks the Afganimals are running out of luck. Both Bates and Jessica think Tim and Marie aren’t going to last. Bates would have given the thought about running the race with his ex a shot, but never would have actually done it. He thinks that running the race with an ex is making an extremely hard thing even harder.

Never Trust an Animal

Bates would not have done the camel task, because he hates tasks that leave the results in the hand of an animal. Jessica thinks that the producers would push teams through tasks who are in the back of the pack. Bates never noticed this because everything blended together on the race. He did call the monkey task on his season one of the toughest tasks on the race and he and Anthony legitimately felt they were going home

Bates also missed Phil’s shirt, and said that he would have never won the race if he paid attention to Phil’s shirt. Jessica called it “Something Frasier would wear to a Knicks game”. Rob called it very “showy” for Phil.

According to Bates, the mistake that Tim and Marie made of missing the Clue Box is a very common mistake because they are moving so fast on the race.

Question Time!

Bates believes that he and Anthony would compete really well against the NFL players because he won and they were eliminated early. He was a fan of the Globetrotters though, although he feels they could still beat them.

He would run the race with Caroline and Jen over the Ice Queens although they are both involved in Hockey because they made a connection with the Country Girls. He has no idea when they are releasing music, but he would be available to di a music video with them if they choose to write a song about them Taylor Swift Style.

Bates thinks Max and Katie are better villains then Tim and Marie then they are good people outside of the race. He cannot stand Marie.

According to Bates, the most important trait for the race to be able to get along with your partner. “It’s all about chemistry” Although it doesn’t hurt, playing a team sport doesn’t directly benefit you on the race according to Bates.

If he and Anthony were on this race, they would have struggled with the Dancing and Singing tasks, although Anthony is really good at dancing. According to Bates though, Anthony would have worn the dress in the dancing task.

Bates would have done the race again in a second. Although there is no talk of an All-Winners season according to Bates, he thinks that would have been awesome.

On his season, Bates thinks Mona and Beth and Max and Katie both raced really well and he could see either one of them doing good in another race.

Bates believes the producers give the teams $1 just to say they gave them something. Rob suggested ordering from McDonald’s dollar menu, and Bates says there weren’t too many of those where they went.

He thinks it would be weird if there was a swap partner’s edition. Jessica thinks it would be over complicated if that were to happen.

When asked if he would spend a month on an island with either John and Jessica or the Afganimals, he said very begrudingly that he would spend it with John and Jessica.

Bates believes that the hardest task on the Amazing Race this season was the racecar task because of the memorization involved. Personally though he would have struggled with the Dancing or the singing tasks.

Even if Dave had not gotten injured, Bates believes that he and Anthony would have still beaten them. He points out that Dave had injured it trying to beat him and Anthony to the mat

Bates could definitely see John cheating and looking at puzzles, but thinks that would be racing dirty. He calls John a Rat and Jessica calls him a mis-understood mastermind in his own head. Bates also says he will be the stripper at Jessica’s bachelorette party.

If you are in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, Bates encourages you to check out his bar Lucky B’s which he calls the classiest dive bar in Raleigh. Be sure to tune in to Robs other podcasts this week as we continue Winners Week. As usual, Rob will be joined by Stephen Fishbach for Survivor Know-It-Alls on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Rob will be joined by Survivor winner Richard Hatch along with the latest contestant eliminated from Redemption Island which there is a large chance that will be a former winner with Tina and Aras competing.

Follow Bates on Twitter at @BatesBattaglia. He is verified, but has no idea what that means. Be sure to also follow Rob @RobCesternino and Jessica @HaymakerHattie.

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  • Honibaz

    Bates and Anthony are easily one of the most likeable male-male teams to run the race.

    • jeuntique

      Hockey players, as a rule, no matter what level of competition they’re playing at – HS, college, juniors, NHL – are some of the nicest professional athletes you’ll ever meet.

      • WillOlsen

        Ehh, some of the guys on my HS ice hockey team were douchebags.

        • jeuntique

          Well maybe scratch HS off that list then. HS is just weird.

          • WillOlsen

            You’ll find douchebags everywhere though. The rest of the guys on the team were actually really cool.

    • Stephen

      They seemed like pretty cool guys, but my favourite male/male team is still Zev and Justin.

  • Kevin Wong

    I think I need to know what was tougher – the Race or the NHL playoffs.

  • Trixie02

    My favorite race moment was when the Icecababes said it’s hard to understand where to go when signs are in another language. They showed the sign that said, “Jebel Hafeet” after that. Every sign is in English and Arabic. Tourist attractions are brown signs. Plus, when there is one mountain on the horizon, you drive toward it, but perhaps they didn’t ask anyone what “jebel” means.

    It’s too bad they partitioned the racers off from the general public. The construction workers do not speak English, but there is a huge park full of families who do next to the fort. Tim and Marie were running next to the palace of a member of the royal family which has an entrance on the other side. The walls with arches extend for a long stretch of road because it is a huge compound. Too bad they didn’t run into security.

    Funnier still was having the women race into the male wedding tent. I was disappointed that everything was closed off to people who live there. I saw the security vests on a few screen shots.

    Al Ain is comprised of roundabouts each with a name and a landmark. Again, there were missed opportunities for funny moments as you are forced to stay on a roundabout. The desert part was near to the road and not as exciting as real off-road adventures. It’s right on the AD-AA highway. Had they gone to Liwa, they could have been lost in tiny non-English speaking villages.

    I wonder if the race was filmed in Ramadan when no one was around because it’s hot. That might explain why no one is near the heavily visited area near the fort which is downtown.

    • http://sweetscientist.wordpress.com Pink Pearl

      That would be extra cruel to have a task where they have to hand a bunch of guys a big plate of food during Ramadan.

      • Kevin Wong

        From what I’ve googled filming took place in early June to early July so likely they barely missed the start of Ramadan.

        • Trixie02

          That would explain the empty streets. Once mid-June comes around, a huge exodus takes place. There was so little traffic downtown.

          • Kevin Wong

            So that has nothing to do with Ramadan then, and more to do with the fact that it was bloody hot?

            BTW, thanks again for giving us some Abu Dhabi insights Trixie.

          • Trixie02

            Happy to do so!

            Ramadan started July 8th. People stay indoors during the heat. Mid-June, however, schools finish and expats take vacations and head home in droves. It’s about 110F in Al Ain then and hits up to 125F in July, but unlike Abu Dhabi, it is dry heat (not so miserable since sweat evaporates).

  • http://sweetscientist.wordpress.com Pink Pearl

    Hey guys, Rob is having some traffic difficulties so the podcast is delayed about 20-30 minutes tonight. Think of it sort of like how the NFL gets in the way of us watching TAR at 8 on the dot.

    • cburger

      The heads-up is much appreciated, Jessica.

      *insert “The Californians” joke here*

      • dsharden

        lol…I’m probably in the minority but I love that skit. Never gets old to me.

  • jeuntique

    Did someone remove the realtime chat widget that used to be on these pages? Earlier today it looked like a big box with a bunch of random garbage inside it. Maybe it was just misbehaving, but I still don’t see it. Chatwing maybe, or whatever it’s called?

    • Nick Fishman

      I think Rob takes care of that and since he is the late one here….

      • jeuntique

        There it is, it just came back when I refreshed the page

        • robinrob2
  • robinrob2

    starting soon

  • jeuntique

    The people watching joey’s youtube videos to the tune of him making 200k a year are exactly what’s wrong with this country today. A twerp like that should easily be in the bottom 99th percentile of earners. I hope the reason they’re racing again is because they need the dough to pay off uncle sam. Sorry, joey, you and your little sidekick are annoying douchebags.

    • Kevin Wong

      Not that this makes Joey any less annoying, but Nate Clark appears to be an improv comedian (also: funnier than Joey)? Can we just call shenanigans and ignore Joey? I’d say forever but he’s probably a mortal lock to appear on the next All-Star/Unfinished Business season.

      • Justin

        Funny you mentioned All-Star/Unfinished Business because Amazing Race 24 recently started filming a few days ago and it is an All-Star/Unfinished Business season.

        For those interested, a confirmed cast list can be found following this link at Reality Fan Forum. http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,29471.msg950037.html#msg950037

        This page is Cast Spoiler only, no locations or results on this page, but if you stray from this particular page on RFF, you may encounter location spoilers and first boot as I know they allow them in that forum.

        • BobbyKe

          Without going into any specific details, that cast list SUCKS, SO MUCH

        • Honibaz

          Mark and Mallory, Natalie and Nadiya, Dave and Connor, and Leo and Jamal are alright picks. Personally, I’m shocked that Andy and Tommy didn’t make the list.

          • Kevin Wong

            Dude, Spoilers!

            Get rid of the team names

    • belinda

      Eh, youtubers making vlogs and earning money via youtube feels a little better than the Kardashians making millions off doing basically the same thing but on tv. I don’t care for Joey’s videos, but hey, nothing wrong with the profession. He’s not doing anything illegal and there are people thoroughly entertained by his vids, even if the target audience is most definitely not me, so no harm done.

      and, lol, that response was pretty hilarious.

      • http://sweetscientist.wordpress.com Pink Pearl

        Frankly, I’m a little jealous that Joey thought of it first. :)

  • Trixie02

    Disliking the Afghanimals for being annoying is understandable, but lying about the U-turn is part of the game. I don’t get why people take it so personally. Travis and Nicole are hypocritical if they cheat next week. I don’t like when people use morals as a reason to U-turn; just say that you don’t like them. It’s not as if they ever had an alliance.

    TAR contestants would not do well on Survivor.

    • Kevin Wong

      Probably better to think of Bates as a pro athlete first and a Racer second.

      That said, I think a baseball (or perhaps cricket) player is best suited for Survivor, since they play an individual game wrapped within a team sport.

      And I’m waiting for Hayden to do something before commenting on having other reality show vets on Survivor.

      • Trixie02

        Given the minefield of returning players and his athleticism, I think Hayden is playing it smart. Staying in the game is something–boring, but effective.

    • http://www.wordmisplaced.com/ Sophie Landry

      Though if someone crosses over from TAR to Survivor I hope it’s Marie. Just imagine…! With her athleticism she could easily survive vote #1.

      • Trixie02

        Every week I love her more. There was no need to U-turn The Bunnies, but it was as if she had to. Marie adds flavor to this season. For everyone offended by her, the local people seem to like her, especially the guy in Portugal. She’s authentic.

  • dsharden

    Great pod cast, but Jessica, I am only watching the show so I can keep up with your blog and interviews. Giant snooze – fest. Finding no one to get invested to and just loving the scenery.
    Bates was funny and enjoyed him. Each pod cast with previous TAR people, I think…….It would have been awesome if this was the guest with Jess when Rob was delivering babies.

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