In the 34th season of the Amazing Race, former NFL coach Rex Ryan and his friend Tim Mann were eliminated in the second round. According to Rex, that’s not what the audience thinks. Rex has been known to beat the odds in his full-time career as a football coach, but The Amazing Race was unwinnable as he was tasked with yodeling and ringing bells in the mountains of Austria. Rex’s golf buddy, Tim, wasn’t much help as the fans saw the team finish the race in last place, just behind NFL cheerleaders, Quinton Peron and Mattie Lynch.
Rex and Tim had a chance to watch the episode before sitting down with Parade to discuss the real reason why they’re so far behind. “We actually lost track… We have no idea where this thing is,” says Rex, “so when we get there, we’re tied for second to last.” If making it to the final challenge behind all the other Amazing Race couples wasn’t enough, they decide to try the ringing task, which Rex calls an “epic mistake.” Tim and Rex had the option to do the partner dance challenge, but opted for the bell challenge instead, which ended up costing them the game.
How Did Rex Ryan & Tim Mann Prepare For The Amazing Race?
Rex and Tim were certainly a fun team on the show, as they were constantly laughing and making jokes at each other’s expense. Even after the team was eliminated, Rex jokingly yodeled his way out, a callback to a challenge earlier in the episode where Rex didn’t do well. They looked promising in the race, coming seventh in the first leg, where Phil Keoghan introduced The Scramble, a new twist, to the racers. See the article : Road to FrightFest 2022: Charlie Bond on ‘Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead’. Rex and Tim did well in challenges such as rolling a keg of beer and breaking an ice block. But yodeling, dancing and playing music was a completely different story.
Rex mentioned on the show that he lost 50 pounds in preparation for The Amazing Race and said in his interview that Tim “was a former champion powerlifter, runs marathons… [and] all these kinds of things.” At first glance, this looks like the team to beat. Originally, the show did not intend for Tima to be chosen as Rex’s partner. According to Rex, “They reached out and wanted my brother.” Since Rex’s brother was busy coaching football, he turned to his golf buddy Tim to help him with his mission. Rex doesn’t seem to regret the decision, as he tells Gold Derby that if he’s asked to return for a comeback season of The Amazing Race, “We’re doing it together again!”
Finally, Rex and Tim’s presence will be sorely missed on next week’s episode of The Amazing Race. While there are still some prominent characters left in the game, it’s hard to match the bigger personality of Rex Ryan. Even host Phil Keoghan seemed upset by their elimination. If Rex and Tim end up in another season, we can only hope they recover with their yodeling and ringing first.
The Amazing Race airs Wednesdays at 9pm EST on CBS.
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