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Chicago natives win latest season of 'The Amazing Race'

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Addison born, Norwood Park-raised professional hockey player brothers Bates and Anthon Battaglia, battle for the $1 million prize in the finale of "The Amazing Race.

It's a different kind of playoff situation for two hockey players Sunday night.

For Bates and Anthony Battaglia, the "Amazing Race" finale plays a sudden death competition -- but to the winners go the spoils of a $! million dollars, currency more readily accepted worldwide than a silver Stanley Cup.

The pair joined two other teams, the newlyweds (Max and Katie Bichler) and the roller derby moms (Mona Egender and Beth Bandimer) in the final leg of the race. But before the retired Carolina Hurricanes (Bates) and current Huntsville Havoc (Anthony) players could cross the finish line, the athletes needed to knock off a series of challenges -- including bog swimming and barrel rolling in Belfast and raising a pint in London before heading to Washington D.C. for the remaining road blocks.

Teams ran into some "Amazing Race" favorite challenges in the nation's capital. One had Bates telling "spies" walking the Tidal Basin path that he wasn't dressed for the weather hoping to receive a briefcase in return. After catching a baseball on the second try -- while dressed as a masked mascot -- at Washington Nationals Park, the hockey brothers appeared to have a considerable lead going into the final contest.

Anthony was tasked with finding inflatable globes with the race stops circled -- and lined up in order of pitstops.

Bates said the pair spent their long haul flights studying maps in the inflight magazines.

"If we had to find those countries before this race, there's no way," Bates said.

"Walking away as the first loser is not an option," he said.

Bates Battaglia found the reality show contest grueling, but an exhilarating experience telling the Raleigh News & Observer that despite running the race nonstop for three weeks, it was an experience he'd love to do again.

"It's a lot like hockey. It's very competitive. You're going nonstop. It gets your competitive spirit going. It's nonstop racing, just a great time."

You can watch the entire episode here.

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Let’s hope this is a good omen for our Hockey Bros that are in the playoffs right now! Bates and Anthony were the best team all season, and I am so glad that they were able to overtake Max and Katie in that final leg. I am glad that I didn’t miss the show because I had to work late at DISH last night. I love how I can stream live TV to my iPad with DISH Anywhere because now I can just watch the beginning of my shows on the bus ride home when I have to work late.

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