I missed the third competition round as well as the one this past Thursday, 1/26/06. I did tune into Friday's wrap-up and elimination round of this series and did some very interesting things.
The featured dances for the fourth round included the "paso doble" and the foxtrot. I quote that dance name paso doble because it's somewhat of a mystery to me. It's referred to as the "bullfight dance" or the "dance of death". Whatever the adjectives, it looks to my inexperienced eye like a dramatic cha-cha. A montage of all the dances were shown on the Friday wrap-up and I have some thoughts.
First, the remaining contenders are:
P. Miller or Master P, was eliminated in this fourth round. Drew Lachey remains the leader of the pack but I think Jerry Rice might be coming up close behind.
According to the official Bio on Jerry Rice at ABC's Site for the series:
Jerry Rice was born in Crawford, Mississippi, the sixth of eight children. Growing up, Jerry and his brothers helped out with their father's bricklaying business. It was here that most think Jerry developed his now famous hand-eye coordination.
While playing ball at Mississippi Valley State, Jerry set and broke every school record. But it was his performance in the Blue-Grey game that caught the eye of San Francisco 49ers coach, Bill Walsh. And although Jerry wasn't the fastest player on the field, Walsh recognized his potential. So in the first round of the 1985 draft, on the 16th pick, Jerry Rice became a 49er.
Jerry struggled his rookie year, but had his "coming out" during his second season with the team. He was named NFL Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and from then on, the records started to fly.
Jerry Rice's sixteen seasons with the 49ers, teamed with Joe Montana, produced a football player who is today recognized as the greatest wide receiver to play in the NFL. He broke record after record on his way to the top; was selected to twelve Pro Bowls, made a Super Bowl appearance and was twice named Player of the Year.
Now in his seventeenth season, Jerry plays with his second NFL team, the Oakland Raiders.
Jerry Rice comes across as personable and dedicated, the sort of fellow I'd enjoy spending an evening with. And he did look oh so debonair as he fox-trotted across that floor. If I had to predict now, and it's still quite early, I'd have to give Rice a nod as a serious contender, right behind Drew Lachey.