Following are readers' general comments and responses to questions related to the
— Pam Brown, mother of Desiree D. Brown SMU grad 2006, and Brandon B. Brown (Senior SMU Student) graduating Dec. 2006
Did you think they would win?: 7 September 2006
Absolutely we cheered all the way! We knew these three outstanding students at SMU could win. Proved us right. Good for you three. Congrats! from a proud Mom of a SMU STudent and Alum from SMU 2002 class!
General Comments: 24 August 2006
I always thought Francis was
"slow" becuase he is so socially inept.
— Laura Martinez
So pround of our SMU students!
General Comments: 24 August 2006
Did not see the show. SMU has a lot of bright
students, and these students are smart indeed, of course, but in
time let's really see what they produce that is lasting and
A lifetime is necessary to establish a genius. I
realize this is cold water on the SMU promo, and not welcomed, but
I prefer the long haul, not a show.
I do not know who the Southies are? Air Force I assume
is the Academy. I am not into contemporary culture and found it
— James A. Glasscock
General Comments: 23 August 2006
I thought the finale was great and I
was rooting for the Southie Boys, but to be honest I never thought
they’d figure the final puzzle out (not to be mean, but like they
said, it would have taken them weeks). The Geniuses seemed most
likely to win to me at that point over Air Force. I really
enjoyed watching this show all in all and I even learned some more
history of the United States, even from playing the
online NBC challenges. I think the show deserves to be back for
another season, and if it were, I’d definitely be watching it.
Hope there’s another season just as thrilling.
Awesome!!!! I love these guys! It’s nice to see such a deserving
team win one of these shows for once. I thought it was so sweet
how Francis encouraged Sam to get up that mountain. And I felt so
bad for poor Sam when he was sitting in the swamp, looking so
hopeless and unsure if Charles and Francis would return for him.
But when Francis showed up… awww… very touching.
The boys had so many close calls during this show, that they
should have been called “Team Puddin’s”. I’ve never had my nerves
rattled so much. I’ll miss my Monday night bouts of IBS.
Congrats to the guys and I hope they get all the success and
poontang they deserve!
Hey --- When did Sam start wearing Shoes???
J Never wore shoes when he was at UTD!! Or eating Pumpkin Pasta!!!!
— Jim And Sally Dolan
General Comments: 22 August 2006
Since the beginning of this season, I have been rooting for
Charles. Not only did the intellectual and physical perfection
that he exemplified during the hunt qualify him as an excellent
candidate, but also the consideration that he seemed to have for
the other contestants. I would like to wish him good luck and all
the happiness in the world!
— Sloane W.
Congratulations Geniuses! You've made your extended SMU
family very proud! You have overcome obstacles, both mental
and physical, and walked away the better for it. As you go
through life, you will have this great experience to draw
from, and be able to conquer whatever challenges you come up
against. Good luck with your future fortunes! With your
smarts, you should be able to make them grow to even greater
— Jacqui Mekias
I am so proud of the guys! Yeah SMU! The
first thing out of their mouths was how they could help their
families…how awesome is that!
Way to go!
— Gail Morris
It was especially exciting last week but this week was awesome. I was so proud for the guys - our geniuses.
— Rose Torres
General Comment: 21 August 2006
I've been cheering for the Geniuses since day one. Being a nerdy girl myself, I hate to see the jocks win out over intelligence. Let them go on Fear Factor and win something!
General Comment: 16 August 2006
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery
on a detour.
One of the things I have noticed about Francis and Sam
and Charles on their 'detour' is that they have seemed to be enjoying
the challenge to their collective minds, and the selfless ways they
have supported each other throughout, apparently enjoying the
'scenery' of all that has happened to them.
I do so much hope they will be the first to find the
treasure on Monday, tell them all we will be wishing them well.
Whatever happens I think they will be remembered for a
long time as a good example of teamwork and a refreshing change from
the negative stereotypes of today's youth......
Go Go Go....Geniuses !!!!
— Dave Smith
Q: Who Will You Root For On Aug. 21?
Absolutely, without any hesitation we will be cheering
for SAM, FRANCIS and CHARLES ! Go guys all the way !
We sure hope you will win ! You deserve to win ! You have
been playing this game with dignity,charm, pride, self- respect,
charisma, personality, allure, genuine appeal. You bring so much fun
and humor to the show. We love you and wish all the best to all three
of you ! You have a huge support of Russian and American viewers from
Canada and multiple cities in the USA cheering for you.
You bring so much joy to so many households every Monday. Go Geniuses!
You are definitely smart, brainy, clever, sharp, intelligent !
Love, love love to you from the bottom of our hearts !!!!!
Francis' parents, grandparent and great-grandmother, babushka Annya, send you
hugs and kisses !!!! We are extremely proud of you !
— Gale Goldshmid
General Comments: 11 August 2006
O.K. I know the show is taped and done a long time ago, but hey in my little TV watching world the quest is still on. So I wanted to say good luck to the guys, even those I don't know if it would actually get to them. My friends say I'm only watching because I think Charles is hot, but I like it because you never know how it's going to turn out. I'm not a big television watcher, between university and my writing it doesn't leave much time. But, I try to never miss an episode, and so I thought I would send this good luck out there into the world.
Have a good one,
General Comments: 3 August 2006
I`ve been rooting for these guys from the time they decided not to leave Sam
behind. I feel like I have made similar decisions and never regretted it.
Go Geniuses !
— Henry Jones
General Comments: 30 July 2006
I'm the woman who helped you in Paris. You were in Place
de la Concorde and approached me to ask if I knew the area
well. You needed a bridge trimmed in gold and a statue of
someone who would be considered a friend to Americans. I
showed you on your map where you were (you said you were lost)
and directed you to the Pont Alexandre and the statue of
Lafayette. This Canadian is enjoying watching you play the
game. Hoping to see myself on screen with you. Wishing you all
good luck...at least I know you make it as far as Paris!
— Linda Baker
General Comments: 25 July 2006
warm hello and support to the boys. I might be one of
the first supporter of the geniuses, outside of
friends and family. As it happens my husband and I
were on vacation in Paris in late September last
year. While my husband was walking about taking
pictures, I decide to take a break by this very
scenic & lovely bridge. To make a long story short, I
watched while the Geniuses broke open the Marquis de
LaFayette death mask, to find the Dover medallion.
All three guys ran passed me as they were making they
way to the boat that would take them to Dover. I gave
them a shout " Good Luck Guys, we're rooting for
you". As anyone would expect, I anxiously watched
last night episode hoping to see our exchange, didn't
happen. We didn't exchange words but I did get a nice
smile from Francis. Anyway, I rooted for the boys
then and I will continue to root for them each and
every Monday night.
Good Luck to Francis, Charles & Sam. I hope to
see the Geniuses as the victors at the end of this
— #1 Supporter From Michigan, Peggy
I came into this series late and had no idea the
Geniuses are from SMU! WOO HOO, Go Mustangs!
I was SO glad to see
the Fogals, namely crybaby Kaytie go.
Stereotypically you'd expect the Miss Americas to
be whiny about the physical challenges, but they're
strong competitors and are hanging in there.
Of course I'm rooting
for team Genius. Considering how long the first
three teams spent at the church before deciding to
burn the parchment, team genius did us proud by
figuring it out right away.
Q: What's Up With Kayte?
Kayte is the most irrational participant of the Amazing Race. Her charades drove my watching party of “Treasure Hunters” insane. We were so happy to see that the Fogals were eliminated on the last episode. I don’t think we could have cheered any harder. The Fogals “fogaled” themselves off the competition.
— Suzanne Marie Choi
General Comments: 19 July 2006
They may have high IQ'S but they sure look stupid on
— Tarah McWilliams
Q: Would you leave Sam?
No!!! You picked him to go
with you and you knew all about him. Suck it up and go
back for him. What happened to friendship, mercenary
— Brown Pelican
Q: Would you help the Fogals?
No, especially if I was a
team they had Fogaled. Looks as if Air Force is the only
team they get along with and have not turned on.
— Maria Siwek