• Marcy and Ron:  The token "older couple" for this season (each is hovering around 60).  They met via an online dating site and have been dating for a year.  Marcy (the photographer) is a little free-spirited, while I think I saw Ron (the stock trader) roll his eyes at her at one point right before they reached a pit stop.  That should make for some interesting interaction in the episodes to come.

• Lance and Keri:  The "meathead" lawyer and his fiancée finance manager.  Lance seems to be a little hot-headed while Keri appears to be a little more calm, cool and collected.  Will this experience test their engagement staying power?  Will TAR keep working that angle over and over AND OVER again?  In every single scene featuring this team?  Probably so.

• Herbert and Nathaniel:  Can you whistle "Sweet Georgia Brown"?  ‘Cause you'll really want to while you're watching these Harlem Globetrotters teammates playing a whole ‘nother kind of game.  At 6' 3" and 6' 9" they will have no problems standing out.  Very likeable.  Very huggable.  Not sure if they've got staying power or not.  They're definitely making friends and not enemies amongst the other teams.  That could be a good thing.

• Gary and Matt:  Father and son.  This Montana-based duo admits they've never really been that close.  So here's to hoping that a crazy, break-neck speed television reality show will do what hours of daily living or some family therapy probably couldn't have.  Right?  That, and Matt has flaming, dyed neon pink hair.  Nice.

• Garrett and Jessica:  "She's spirited … she's fiery … she's got a temper."  Okay, Garrett.  We've got it.  Translation:  Jessica's difficult.  You can decide for yourself whether that's the case or not as you watch this on-again/off-again couple in action.  Will their experience on TAR help them decide whether to tie the knot?  Or not.  Or naught?

• Brian and Ericka:  Ugh.  I think Miss America 2004 brought her crown and her pageant ways with her to this competition.  Very annoying (especially when "cheering" her husband on during a challenge; is that what that was?  ‘Cause I thought I heard nails on a chalkboard somewhere).  And I feel for Brian.  Really, I do.  But I'll try to wish "the first married interracial team" on TAR a good game nonetheless. 

• Eric and Lisa:  The yogi couple!  Or rather, the couple "helping people connect to their supreme self."  Okay.  They've been married for 18 years, live a vegan lifestyle and own four yoga studios and are also instructors.  We'll see how flexible they really are as time goes on in this competition.

• Sam and Dan:  They're 20-something brothers from Missouri who grew up Christian and in a conservative community.  Last summer, both came out and told each other that they were gay.  None of the other TAR teams knows this yet, though.  And they hope to use this info to their advantage, i.e. the poker players still think that the brothers are pretty cute. 

• Zev and Justin:  "Don't judge me because I have Asperger's Syndrome."  That seems to be the semi-implied message we've already heard from Zev (and Justin) several times just in the first episode.  And you know what?  Fine.  I like Zev.  He and Justin have been friends since they were camp counselors six years ago, and they might be the underdogs this season. 

• Mika and Canaan:  Christians can race, too!  Mika and Canaan are newly dating and are committed to remain pure ‘til marriage (as we're told on camera, even though Canaan's listed one of his favorite activities as "making out" with Mika).  Both from Nashville, Mika is an aspiring singer while Canaan is a professional songwriter.  A little weaker and whinier, Mika is definitely the sour note on their team.  I don't see a long future for them.