Random Rants: Cannonball Run 2001 - Day Four
by Alex Keen
Published: August 8, 2001
Since the success of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and “Survivor” network television has scrambled to bring new and innovative shows to summer television. This summer, the Big Four Networks has had “Big Brother 2,” “Fear Factor,” and “Murder in Small Town X.” While these shows have performed well in the ratings, “Fear Factor” leading the group, they are all too sell-involved to really entertain after the episodes end. Fortunately, the USA Network has added its own reality game show into the mix. Along with MTV successes “Tough Enough,” “Road Rules,” and “Real World,” cable television has proven it can play the reality television fiddle with far more gusto then the big boys.
Sunday August the 6th, USA aired the first episode of “Cannonball Run 2001.” Each night after USA has aired an hour in the life of the most entertaining game show since the original “Survivor.” Six teams began the competition from New York to Los Angeles, with a team per episode being eliminated. Tonight’s episode has four teams remaining – Alpha Gamma Grandma, The Castaways, Hip Hop and Pop, and The Third Wheel. We have compiled a group of odds makers (fans) to give their thoughts on which they think are favorites.
Hip Hop and Pop - This team is composed of two black men from Los Angeles and one white firefighter. They started off “Cannonball Run 2001” with a purple Chevy Impala low-rider and have been pulled over by the cops twice during their excursions in the Southern States’ perhaps not coincidentally, while Hip or Hop was driving. The three of them have developed mutual respect and a friendship during the previous days of driving. I like them and the really have worked hard to hold the first position after Day 3.
Castaways - I am a reality TV junkie. I’m not proud. I loved “Survivor” and “Survivor 2”, and I watched nearly every episode of “Temptation Island” too. Therefore, when I heard that Sue and Jeff would be together in a car, I thought this was a great idea. Sue is a tell-it-is kind of woman and Jeff’s sense of humor was definitely appreciated during the second “Survivor” series. What seals the deal is that the third person in the car is Kaya from “Temptation Island.” Oh, I hated him. He was a self-important showoff who seemed to enjoy tormenting his girlfriend, Valerie. Kaya has been getting along with Sue and Jeff about as well as I predicted: Sue hates him! This is entertainment, folks. No doubt about it. The Castaway team has had the distinction of getting one team disqualified and arranging some “practical jokes” to gain advantage in the race. If Hip Hop and Pop don’t win, I think the Castaways are for sure bringing home the prize.
My money’s on: Either one, but I’m rooting for my old friends, the
Alpha Gamma Grandma – This team seems to be hated by most of the other teams, and wasn’t high on my list of favorites either. However, as of Tuesday night’s episode, the Alphas are growing on me. I’m a little disgruntled with one of the frat boy’s treatment of Princess, but their sense of humor and ability to finish the steak eating portion of the contest with finesse and speed was highly impressive and endeared them just a little more to me.
Hip Hop and Pop – This team has been likeable from the start with interesting and humorous players. Whenever they had problems, such as when the members of Forbidden Fruit made it impossible to get into their room or their car started smoking, they never had temper tantrums or completely flipped out. Instead the guys showed a sense of humor and took their problems in stride. They have been pretty consistent in staying ahead in the game and show good teamwork.
My money’s on: Hip Hop and Pop.
Alpha Gamma Grandma - An endless network of unruly, immature, and very resourceful "brothers" is why Alpha Gamma Grandma is poised to win this race. Pair that with a 1995 Camaro (easily the best car in the race) and you've got a winning combination. The only drawback on this team, although she's sweet as sugar, is Princess. Princess is old and slow, but the energy and conniving ways of these two frat boys will carry them all over the finish line first in Los Angeles.
Third Wheel - A team that seemed doomed from the start, is three feet away from gelling into the championship team. This couple and ex-girlfriend combo seem, at times, to be too focused on their relationships rather than winning the race. They've managed to befriend the Castaways and have shown they can muster up the EZ Passes. They failed in an attempt to fool the Castaways yesterday, so the Castaways may think they're smarter than them. Don't bet on that. I see this team coming together, hitting their stride, and burning rubber in their little GTO straight into Cali for first. If they can fix their relationship, then they can win this race.
My money’s on: Hip Hop and Pop
Alpha Gamma Grandma – America hates frat boys. Especially this duo of shrunken bags of testosterone. However, they have the distinct advantage of the newest car in the race. It has yet to show a sign of fatigue, and the guys seem to have a knack for finding their way to their destinations without much difficulty. Probably used to finding their way down south for Spring Break. The only reason they struggled Tuesday night was because Princess has absolutely zero sense of direction in the maze. Expect the boys to kick some ace Wednesday night.
Hip Hop and Pop – By far the most consistent team in the race, the mix match of a good old boy and two hip hop dreamers have shown that there are now color barriers when money is involved. They not only work as a team, they think and plan like winners. While they aren’t devious like the Castaways, they aren’t blockheads like the Alpha Gamma’s. By taking possession of Hog Wild’s old school Suburban, Hip Hop shouldn’t have any more problems with law enforcement. Pending Act of God or mechanical failure, they should stroll into Los Angeles easily in victory.
My money’s on: Hip Hop and Pop