Very interesting jury and final tribal council! For the first time in a while I actually thought each person in the Final 3 made significant moves to get there and it's a shame they couldn't articulate the why and what in a better manner to illustrate their success:
Sherri- Forgot HUMILITY. The jury was full of young adults/kids and delusional morons--you have to stroke their egos and make them comfortable about their shortcomings--not open up with a stint about how successful you are at bossing others around (likely people their age) and making a lot of money. Sherri also suffered significantly from the fact that the majority of the favorites never saw her game play at the beginning of the season and the 2 kids that did--Reynold and Eddie--resented her as a strong female from the get-go (she was on their hit list the entire game when they weren't too busy telling the cameras how hot they are their new girlfriends were). All in all, Sherri actually did a great job uniting the fans tribe and managing the crazies (Shamar, we are looking at you) but few people saw it and she obviously didn't share this information. Finally, Sherri should have coninuously reminded the jusy of her role as a swing vote post-merge...really stressing the fact that instead of seeing her as an easy pawn/vote off she actually made herself a viable vote and non-threat...but, again, she didn't highlight this role either.
Dawn-- I'll start by saying I have next to zero respect for her based on the edit but she managed to continually burn people and they kept coming back for more! This is particularly interesting as many of the contestants have harped on the fact that she essentially drove them bats*** crazy with her emotional, paranoid antics 24-7. She must have been playing a decent social game to overcome the bad feelings during the game and still get folks to reveal all of their plans to her...and I do wonder if Cochran would have made F3 without her.
Cochran-- Perfect amount of humility, cleverness and "growth" to win. While the first two are self-explanatory I believe the 3rd is sort of an emerging phenomenon we are now seeing in voting games--a trend where folks want to reward the "good guy" for personal growth, discovery and/or revelations made during the game. It's rare that we see a jury give the million to someone that simply states "I beat you because I was smarter and better and that's that" (I think last time we saw that was with Russell--and despite being an amusing semi-douche he did outwit all of them and they still gave the million to a gal that just voted the way Russell told her), instead we see good guys like Skupin and Cochran triumph...even if there was a player behind them that made some significant moves. What is even more interesting is the flack that the folks who made the big moves received while the hero received the praise and the votes (JT and the Wizard come to mind).