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March 6, 2012 at 1:12 AM

One last stop and chat with Andrew Weber, the star of reality television (not the player)

weber mug 2012.jpgAs mentioned Sunday night, Sounders FC goalkeeper Andrew Weber was eliminated from CBS reality series “The Amazing Race” in the third episode. He was competing with his twin brother, Elliot, and some difficulty stringing a harp did them in.

This meant reporters had one last chance Monday to talk to Weber about his reality show exploits, so here’s the transcript of that conversation:

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(So now that it’s over, for us watching at least, what was the experience like?) “It was good time. It was a little bit disappointing how we went out. It was funny: When we were in Paraguay, the whole time just traveling around going to be sequestered in a different country, there were harps everywhere and people playing harps. So we were like, ‘Seriously?’ It was pretty ironic, but it was a great experience. I would definitely do it again.”

(Is it a relief to be able to talk about it?) “I can talk about it up to what I can say — but yeah. It’s funny because you want to be able to share that experience when you get home and everyone’s asking you questions. You’re like, ‘I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you.’ Now you can open up and explain, ‘Well you didn’t see everything, let me tell you this…’ So yeah, it’s great to get it off your mind a bit.”

(You’re brother is a musician. Were you a little surprised the stringing of an instrument came so difficultly?) “It’s a little bit different — the guitar’s only got the neck. The harp has got these two little bars and you have to come in between and swing it around and turn it. We’ve got bigger hands, so trying to reach in and grab it was difficult.”

(So the watermelons would’ve been easier?) “Probably. At the end, when it was all over, we thought maybe we would’ve been better at that, but the amount of time it took to do the watermelons was a lot longer than it took to do the harp. I think it was about two hours alone to do the watermelons. We took two hours to do the harp, but it only should’ve taken 40 minutes.”

(Can this help your soccer career at all?) “I think some of the stuff you learn along the way, like patience and communication, can carry onto the field. I think any time you can have an experience to go do something like that, you’ve got to take it. It worked out perfectly since it was in the offseason. But yeah, like I said, I think any time you do something like that, it can carry onto field. You can share things with guys, so in some ways it does.”

(You mentioned on the show that you and your brother are going to look back and laugh. Are you at that stage now?) “We were laughing the whole time. Even at some of the pit stops — most of them were 12 hours — we’d sit there and look at each other and laugh. Like, ‘Man, you really messed up?’ And he’s goes, ‘Yeah, I really did bad.’ Then we’d just start laughing. I mean what could you do? It’s over with and you have to look on to the next one. Then one of us goes and does the same bonehead move again in the next leg and you’re like, ‘All right, yeah. This is repetitive.’ But that’s just how Elliot and I have always been. It doesn’t matter. We’ll end with a smile and keep going forward.”

(You think you can balance the bottles of water on your head better than he could?) “Oh yeah. I showed him up actually, to be honest. It was funny: We got to the place where we were sequestered and I’m like, ‘Elliot, let me show you how easy this is,’ and I did it in the first try. He stormed out of the room and was a little upset.”

(It seemed like you guys got a little passionate and emotional at times in the final episode…) “Yeah, there was a few things they didn’t show, especially during the harp when we were about to take each others’ heads off. He started flickering the flashlight in my eyes and I told him I was going to stab him with the stringer. It was a good time.”

(Were you relieved to finally not have a camera on you all the time?) “It’s funny, sometimes you forget it’s there. Sometimes you don’t really realize that they’re there with you; you just sort of go about your business. It’s OK. … It doesn’t really bother me.”

(Did the producers ask you to do anything weird?) “No. None of the producers will ever step in and ask you to do something. Obviously you’ve got to sign off on things, saying ‘Hey, I’m going to do this,’ and they can change the rules any time they want, but I think you know what you’re getting into. You don’t know exactly the task, but you’re going into it knowing you’re going to eat something, or jump out of something or any of those things.”

(You’ll be OK being soccer-only the rest of the season?) “Yeah, I’ll be fine. I’m looking forward to the game on Wednesday. It’s going to be great. Being with the Sounders is awesome and I’m looking forward to the season, the seasons after and just winning championships.”


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