Sam was no trophy woman. You make this sound like Adam took a super model (female comparison to hunk) over Rachel. She was an Average Jane just like Rachel.
I would've taken Rachel over Sam. And would've taken Amy over Rachel, but this was Adam's choice - Adam preferred Sam. All power to him.
I personally thought Sam was a little rough around the edges and didn't find her attractive at all. But relax people this was Adams choice not yours and afterall the prize was only more dates with Adam - big whippee. Rachel can do better and personally any women that crushed over losing out on a geek like Adam is pretty bad off.
Really I liked Rachel but his decision didn't bother me as much as Larissa taking Gil over Brian. With only a 4 week series I didn't grow attached to anyone on this show. Which is sad because I probably would of given - more episodes really gotten to like Rachel but it's NBC's fault - I wasn't emotionally invested.