So my earlier griping about Dan & Jordan being among the least deserving “Amazing Race” winners got me thinking. And calculating. I added up the placements (1 point for first, 2 for second, etc., lowest total score wins) from each leg of the race for the top three teams from all 16 seasons (except for the Family Edition, which never happened. Never happened, I tell you!).

The results? Dan & Jordan were the least deserving winner ever. For comparison’s sake, their total of  52 points was the same as Brent & Caite’s, and 1 point worse than last season’s third-place finishers, Brian & Ericka.

By my calculations, the top 5 least deserving winners were: Dan & Jordan (52 points), Season 11’s Eric & Danielle (47), and a three-way tie with Season 6’s Freddie & Kendra, Season 5’s Chip & Kim and Season 2’s Chris & Alex, each with 44. I was surprised Chip & Kim were so low, I remember them as one of my favorite winners ever; I had forgotten how poorly they did in the early legs.

Of course, statistics aren’t always perfect. Just look at who came out as the most deserving winner: Season 9’s second-place finishers Eric & Jeremy (21 points), who I pretty much hated. That was a pretty weak field though; they and winners BJ & Tyler won 10 of the 11 legs. The most deserving actual winner was last season’s Meghan & Cheyne, with 24 points and 7 first-place finishes. Rounding out the top five: Season 14’s Tammy & Victor (25), fan faves and second-place finishers Kris & Jon from Season 6 (26), and Season 13’s Nick and Starr (27). Meghan & Cheyne and Nick & Starr had the most first-place finishes,  7 each.

Jet & Cord ended up with a very respectable 31 points, putting them in the company of Season 14’s Margie & Luke (30, kinda a shocker), and Season 5’s epic villains, Colin & Christie (a surprisingly low 32).

The complete list is after the jump, with total points and number of first-place finishes. One asterisk (*) signifies a second-place finisher, two (**) is for third-place finishers.

Top 5

21: *Eric & Jeremy (Season 9), 5 first

24: Meghan & Cheyne (Season 15), 7 first

25: Tammy & Victor (Season 14), 5 first

26: *Kris & Jon (Season 6), 4 first

27: Nick & Starr (Season 13), 7 first

Middle of the pack

28: *Ken & Tina (Season 13), 3 first

28: BJ & Tyler (Season 9), 5 first

29: *Rob & Amber (Season 7), 4 first

30: Tyler & James (Season 10), 4 first

30: *Frank & Margarita (Season 1), 3 first

31: *Jet & Cord (Season 16), 4 first

31: **Margie & Luke (Season 14), 3 first

32: Rob & Brennan (Season 1), 5 first

32: *Colin & Christie (Season 5), 6 first

34: *Tara & Will (Season 2), 3 first

35: Flo & Zach (Season 3), 2 first

35: **Ken & Gerard (Season 3), 3 first

35: TK & Rachel (Season 12), 3 first

36: *Rob & Kimberly (Season 10), 2 first

38: Uchenna & Joyce (Season 7), 3 first

38: *Dustin & Kandice (Season 11), 4 first

38: *Ronald & Christina (Season 12), 3 first

38: *Sam & Dan (Season 15), 2 first

39: **Joe & Bill (Season 1), 1 first

39: **Ron & Kelly (Season 7), 2 first

41: Reichen & Chip (Season 4), 2 first

43: **Brandon & Nicole (Season 5), 2 first

44: Chris & Alex (Season 2), 3 first

44: Chip & Kim (Season 5), 4 first

44: Freddie & Kendra (Season 6), 2 first

46: **Nick & Donald (Season 12), 1 first

46: *Jaime & Cara (Season 14), 0 first

47: Eric & Danielle (Season 11), 1 first

48: **Blake & Paige (Season 2), 2 first

50: *Kelly & Jon (Season 4), 1 first

51: **Brian & Ericka (Season 15), 0 first

52: **David & Jeff (Season 4), 4 first

52: **Ray & Yolanda (Season 9), 1 first

52: Dan & Jordan (Season 16), 2 first

52: **Brent & Caite (Season 16), 1 first

Bottom 5

54: **Charla & Mirna (Season 11), 2 first

55: **Adam & Rebecca (Season 6), 1 first

57: **Andrew & Dan (Season 13), 0 first

59: *Teri & Ian (Season 3), 3 first

60: **Lyn & Karyln (Season 10), 0 first