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In his initial appearance on âThe Amazing Raceâ four years ago, Cord McCoy created a catch phrase that took the reality TV showâs audience by storm.
His âOh, my gravyâ commentary may have been trumped during Sunday nightâs fourth episode of Season 24, when the youngest of the two brothers on the show uttered a new tag line: âWeâre like butter; weâre on a roll.â
Jet and Cord McCoy are hot, highlighted by their victory in the fourth leg of the race around the world for $1 million. The tandem used a considerable amount of energy and a handy dose of mixology while traipsing across Malaysia. For finishing first, The Cowboys scored a trip for two to London.
âWe could not be more excited to be on our way to a Pit Stop,â Jet McCoy said as the two shared a cab ride from the final challenge to the Leg 4 finish in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. âWeâre thinking this could mean first place for us.â
But Cord stopped his older brother, saying, âWeâve been wrong before.â
âWe were wrong for a million dollars once, as a matter of fact,â Jet said, referring to the brothersâ second-place finish during Season 16, the first of three times the Oklahoma cowboys have been on the CBS-TV reality series.
The McCoys began Sunday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, two minutes behind the leaders, the father-son tandem of Dave and Connor OâLeary. Their first challenge, the Road Block, took place in Knota Kinabaluâs Prince Phillip Park, where one member of each team had to jump on a bamboo trampoline high enough to grab a flag hanging above them.
Cord tackled the task for The Cowboys, but he struggled. The brothers were the first to arrive at the park, but they were quickly passed by the OâLearys and the cousin team of Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran. In fact, it took Cord 47 attempts before he reached the flag; no team could obtain the next clue until finishing that job.
âThe problem was that task required a lot of Cord-nation,â Jet said, joking about his brotherâs struggle on the tramp.
Said Cord, âYou just have to gather up all your energy and put it out on the line âŠ again and again and again.â
The teams then made their way to the Kota Kinabalu airport, where the first three teams were to board the first plane to Kuala Lumpur. The McCoys joined the OâLearys and The Afghanamals on the first of three flights. The other teams, because of a flight delay, arrived about an hour and 15 minutes behind the leaders.
âI would say Iâm jumping for joy,â Cord said about making the first flight, âbut Iâm out of hops.â
Once in Kuala Lumpor, all the teams made their way to a night club for the Detour: Either learning an elaborate disc jockey mix involving a scratching code or mixing an elaborate drink. The first three teams tried the drink, which proved to be more difficult given the balancing and pouring from a stack of glasses into martini glasses. What made it tougher was making sure none of the colors mixed from the stack to the specific martini glasses that were placed in the form of a seven-cup pyramid.
âWe wouldnât make good bartenders,â Jet said. âBetween what we broke and spilled, we would owe them.â
The McCoys fared better than the others who tried. In fact, the cousins, Temory and Zadran, switched midway through the Detour to try their hand at scratching. Jet secured the right mix on the brothersâ 10th try. Once they received their next clue, The Cowboys made their way to a Hindu temple at the Batu Caves, where they met up with host Phil Keoghn and learned of their winning fate.
Sundayâs episode marked the second time in four legs that the McCoys won. They were followed by the OâLearys, who finished just ahead of The Afghanamals. The husband-wife tandem of Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly finished last in the non-elimination leg of the race, but they will have to endure a Speed Bump at some point in the showâs future.
The brothers still own their Express Pass, which gives them the chance to skip a challenge at any point in the race; it was their prize for winning the opening leg. That could come in handy at any point in the race should the McCoys find themselves behind the field.
That didnât happen in the fourth episode. The Cowboys stayed in or near the lead throughout the show. Itâs where they like to be.
GUYMON, Okla. â Forgive Tyler Smith if he is a little greedy when he arrives in the Oklahoma Panhandle in a month and a half.
Smith, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull rider from Fruita, Colo., owns two Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo trophy belts; heâd like to win a third during the 2014 edition, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.
Smith, who won his first championship in 2010 â the same year he first qualified for the NFR â earned his second belt last May, when he rode Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâs Rio Bravo for 93 points. With that, he earned $3,790, which helped propel him back to Las Vegas this past December, where he surely wore that coveted leather trophy and finished the season No. 3 in the world standings with more than $156,000 in earnings.
âItâs been good luck,â he said about Pioneer Days Rodeo. âIâve had real good luck here. I love coming here.â
So do most of the top contestants in ProRodeo, nearly 1,000 of who find their way to Texas County every spring to compete at one of the most prestigious events on the circuit. In all, nine champions were crowned last spring. They know defending their titles will be tough. Take Rocky Patterson, the three-time steer roping world champion from Pratt, Kan., who claimed his second Pioneer Days title a season ago.
âThis is pretty big because itâs a circuit rodeo, No. 1,â Patterson said, referring to the Prairie Circuit, made up of rodeos and contestants primarily from Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. âNo. 2, itâs just a great rodeo. The committee here does such a great job.â
The Kansan left town with the biggest payday of all contestants in the field, earning $8,347.
âItâs a rodeo with a lot of tradition, and itâs a nice one to win.â
Patterson is an alumnus of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, which is 10 miles southeast in the community of Goodwell. He is one of two former Panhandle State rodeo team members to earn Guymon titles, joining bareback rider Seth Hardwick of Laramie, Wyo.; he rode Pete Carrâs Night Bells for 88 points to earn the trophy belt.
âGuymon is like a hometown rodeo for me,â said Hardwick, who pocketed $4,147 in Texas County money last spring. âIt feels great to be able to win this rodeo in front of those people. Itâs one of the best rides Iâve ever had.â
Each of the roughstock events featured high-marked rides. Heith DeMoss, a five-time NFR qualifier from Heflin, La., matched moves with Pete Carrâs Spur Strap for 87 points to win saddle bronc riding.
âIâm so excited itâs ridiculous,â DeMoss said. âTo be winning something at this rodeo is awesome. Itâs a great rodeo. Itâs a bronc riding-type nation around here, and Iâm thrilled.â