Originally Posted by GherThis are an interesting pair of quotes, Gher (the more so because I tend to agree with most of your assessments that don't involve Rob). First of all, I was under the impression that the IC was in a communal answer format...how could Rob have thrown that? He's definitely not the spiciest taco on the island (in fact, sometimes I wonder if he's got any seasoning at all), so why would his tribe believe his answer if it went against their collective opinion? True, they went with Big Tom's "Nairobi" answer, but I still don't think that Rob could have thrown that challenge. No credit to Rob for that.Originally Posted by Gher
Secondly, Rob has made innumerable unnecessary errors in this game (as I seem to recall him doing in Marquesas, but since I don't have it on tape and I don't spend that much of my life watching Survivor, I can't provide any specifics). The fact that both he and Amber are still in the game is entirely due to the ineptitude of this season's contestants so far: any player with half a brain would have broken up their alliance pre-jury (because now if one of them gets the boot, the other has an automatic jury vote headed his/er way, should s/he make it to F2). Antagonizing Rupert for no reason beyond soothing his own sense of inadequacy was dumb. There's no way to sugar-coat it; it was stupid. The way in which he made a deal with Alicia was similarly inept: trying to gain credibility with her by relying on a sematic loophole ("I've never promised not to write anyone's name down"), when everyone who's watched either of the Survivor seasons he's been on knows that if Rob gives you his word that's his guarantee that he'll go back on it. You can't always lie in Survivor; that's as stupidly predictable as always telling the truth. All the great Sruvivor schemers (even Jonny Foreskin) mixed their lies with enough truth to keep folks guessing.
Being petty, obvious, weak-willed, and consistenly duplicitous is not exactly a recipie for victory in Survivor, and it certainly isn'tOriginally Posted by Gher