Sandra is no coattail rider-had she been she would not have had an individual thought of her own or ever even tried to pull off a move. She is how a great under the radar player owns this game.
I came in this game rooting for Cirie and Sandra. They are similar in many ways. The two are no huge challenge threats. They both know how to scramble and adjust to change.The difference is Cirie makes successful moves, has a convincing way about her, and for that she is seen as a threat. On a tribe of people that view themselves as heroes she didn't have a prayer in the world. She is also seen as sneaky, where Sandra is seen as brash, in your face, and because of this she is viewed of incapable of holding her hand close to her. That's a huge mistake. Her brashness is calculated. She showed that to the jury. Kept the idol to herself showing she had no true alliance. Told Russell she was against him which so many of the losers wanted to hear. She openly hates the guy that the majority of the jury hates.She did it with Fairplay and she did it with Russell. Fairplay actually seemed to appreciate it when it was time to vote, Russell never could. Her failure to bow to a bully even when she's on the outs bought her enough jury votes to win this thing. She made the jury feel like she was one of them. On the outs. Should have been on the jury if Russell weren't so busy building himself up by dismissing her. "Vote for me, I am you! The one they wanted gone. If I win you win".
Many people love the ballsy moves, I love the player that knows how to let someone else take the hits while they run away with the cash. Not a coattail rider. Someone who is not so full of themselves that they want the glory and the money. I like the take the money and run kind. That's what you're playing this game for. Russell wants the title. That title won't pay the bills. People may say the title is worth something, but let CBS only offer the title without the cash prize and see how many people sign up for this thing after that. Sandra wants to bring home the bacon-and that she did-twice.I like Parvati but lets be honest- she may have lost FVF had they not screwed with the final 3 concept and Cirie had a shot at that jury. I think that twist cost Cirie a million. The UTR strategy is effective. It's playing using your powers of persuasion, your ability to adapt, morph, change into the player you need to be to get you to the next tribal. The best Survivor isn't the one who can go out and swim a mile to catch a fish. Sometimes the best Survivor is the one that can convince you that once you've gotten that fish that you need to share it so you both can keep your strength up. That gift of gab is called game. A good UTR player has plenty of that, and can be what you need and give you what you need in order to get what they want. She got Russell to dismiss her and didn't fight him to prove how worthwhile she was. Why do that in the game? What does that get her besides bragging rights? The woman wanted a million and kept her eye on the prize. She may have swayed when necessary but she never bent to the point of bowing to Russell's will. Kudos to her.