I sometimes do a pool team summary where I do a review of the teams and make predictions on who will win. I haven’t done that for Survivor for a while so I figured we’re overdue.
Currently in the lead is Midol’s pool team Manalo Malakas. They started off the season in second place, only 3 points from the lead. Then they wavered between second and third place until mesachick’s front-running team, Beautiful Beasts, lost their leader, LJ. Manalo Malakas has been in the lead since then. However, this week, Midol lost their leader, Trish, and mesachick’s team scored more points than Midol’s so we may see Beautiful Beasts move back up to the top spot. Beautiful Beasts has Spencer, Tony and Woo, while Manalo Malakas has Kass, Spencer and Woo. Obviously Manalo Malakas’ best outcome would be if Tony was eliminated before the final vote and Kass wins the season. Beautiful Beasts, on the other hand, would be best served if Kass is out before the end and Tony wins.
The next closest pool team on the leaderboard is norm’s team, Miami Marlins. You can’t count them out of the running for first place yet because they’re the only team that still has a leader (Woo), their score is close enough to catch up with Midol and mesachick, and they have 3 team members left—Kass, Spencer, and Woo. The best outcome for them would be if Tony gets eliminated before the final three and Woo wins the season, which could still happen, particularly if Woo is somehow responsible for Tony’s ouster.
Veejer’s team Pating had a pretty good run this season. They started in 6th place, toggled around in the middle of the leaderboard for a while, then started steadily climbing until they peaked in 2nd place, only 3 points from the top. However, a series of misfortunes took away their power just when they were hitting their stride and now they only have Spencer and Woo left. They don’t have enough points to catch up to first place unless something highly unlikely happens, like Kass and/or Tony quits or are kicked off the show for misbehavior.
Brooks’ Broody Brats have been hovering around 5th and 6th place most of the season, peaking at 4th. The loss of LJ and Sarah kept them from gaining momentum but having Woo, Spencer and Kass make it this far kept them out of the bottom.
Like Brooks, Jaceegirl’s team Tsimpanse has been all over the map, starting in 7th place, peaking at 3rd, and now coming in at 6th.
Photobabe’s team Amihan is tied with Fanny Mare’s team, Foa Malakal. Amihan has wavered between 6thand 8th place for the duration of the pool. Foa Malakal has stayed nearby, vacillating between 5th and 8th.
Lakay-Lakay, Cootie’s team, started off in 1st place and maintained that position until episode 6. The loss of their leader, Sarah, put them behind and they never recovered.
Maybaybie’s team, Sarah’s Sheep, was another victim of Sarah’s unexpected early exit from the game. The Sheep peaked at the start of the pool, in third place, then lost their reserve player, Alexis, in week 5, followed by their team leader, Sarah, in week 6 and LJ in week 8.
Sty’nea, Badseed’s team, started off second to last from the bottom of the pool but never have come in last. Their best week was week 5, when Alexis was voted off and Lindsey quit. They didn’t have either girl on their team so they were able to leapfrog over several higher-ranked teams that dropped like flies.
Sambac, Monte71’s team, has stayed at the middle of the pack most of the game, peaking at 5th place on week 4.
Dixielandbelle’s team, Dixie Doodles, started in 7th place and has hovered mid-board most of the season, peaking at 4th place on week 5.
Full Force, managed by TripleGemini, came out in full force, sharing second place with Midol and Florimel at the start of the pool, but then gradually dropped out of the running. They had enough force but not enough stamina. Florimel’s team, Flight 815 to Cagayan, followed a similar pattern, petering out after a promising start.
Awesomekina23 had an interesting ride with their team, ImmaCutYou. They started off in 3rd, sunk like a stone to next to last place they very next week, bottomed out at dead last week after that, but then started recovering. They escaped from last place in week 10 and actually scored pretty well the next few weeks, currently ranking above two other teams. It was too little too late to have any chance of winning but still impressive that they managed to make some headway after all seemed lost. Probably their biggest whoopsie was choosing J’Tia as their leader. I’m betting they came to regret that decision right away after seeing J’Tia’s antics in the first few episodes!
My own team, Vixens and Vipers, started off so well, I had high hopes that I might finally win a Survivor pool and be able to scratch that goal off my bucket list. My run of glory was very short lived, though. Started the pool at 4th place, jumped to 2nd the following week, then made it to 1st place! Apparently my unusual high placement in a Survivor pool got the stars out of alignment so karma knocked me down by having Alexis voted out and Lindsey quit. My team continued to tumble, ending up next to last. Hindsight is 20/20 and looking back at my pool selections, knowing the players the way I do now, I can see I made some bad choices. I would never have thought that Woo would be my last remaining player!
In last place currently is JohnnyK’s team, Fantasies R Us. He’s been in the bottom every week except for when awesomekina shut them out for that dubious honor. I’m pretty sure Johnny was gunning for the Wooden Spoon Award so he’s succeeded at that. It doesn’t look like anyone else can win it at this point. He also got it the prior two seasons (Blood vs. Water and Caramoan).