Finally the Cowboys run back to the mat. "Good to see you again," Jet says, and hurls the sodden map-pouch down onto the middle of the mat. I knew he was the evil one. Phil tells them they're the last team to arrive, and adds, "I'm sorry to tell you that...the next leg of the race is going to be pretty tough." Non-elimination leg, of course. You don't commission the Heroic Cowboy Theme for a team that gets cut halfway through. Phil tells them, "You're still in the race, but you cut it pretty close." Cord checks his watch for some reason and says, "Cut it pretty close? I thought we was gonna drown." Phil warns them about the Speed Bump awaiting them in the next leg -- the same kind of Speed Bump that took two legs to finally get rid of Jordan and Jeff -- and they say they're up to it. In their post-leg interview, Jet says, "Champions aren't necessarily the people who ride the most bulls. They're' the people that can get bucked off, and can still pick their self back up and go get on another one...when you hit bottom, there's only one place to go, and that's up." Sure about that? Cord tells Jet to write a country song. "I should," Jet says, and plays a little air-banjo.
So it was almost like an old-school non-elimination leg, where one team was stripped of all its possessions. Except this time it was the lead team instead of the last one, and they did it to themselves.
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