Coach Wade ~Reality News Online Interview~
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I have enjoyed blogging this season and hope each of you visiting have enjoyed the journey as well. To wrap it up I would like to take a look at the Final 4 and what strengths and weaknesses they had during this season. With that in mind let's start off with Ozzy.
Weakness: Social! I still say Ozzy has no real idea of this part of the game. Ozzy possesses arrogance and while to some it maybe charming..to others it's a turnoff. Ozzy inserted foot in mouth at TC and turned his shot upside down by alienating all 3 Upolu from him. His best chance would have been humility as he was not in a good spot but I honestly don't see Ozzy as going that route. Ozzy instead thought he was untouchable when it comes to winning challenges so he could win his way into the end. Instead by not applying the social factor he sealed his fate.
Risk Factor had he have made FTC: With a heavy Savaii jury he would have won. You add the star factor along with the loyalty from past Savaii (other than maybe Cochran) and possibly add Brandon and Rick you have a majority vote. If he would have gone..I have no doubt he would have won. The truth is Ozzy would have won due to a bitter jury and not because of a worthy all around game. Throw star factor in also as a possibility and it's a foregone conclusion.
Ozzy however won Player Of The Season. Congrats go out to him on the win!
Weaknesses: Strategically: The weakness here is Albert became way too aggressive and paranoid and his instincts on the game were off more than on strategically. Timing was off and decisions were more based on either paranoia or in some cases attempts to pander. He's smart but his timing was never really on.
Pandering. He way over campaigned for the votes which is why he got zero votes as he was so transparent. He voted with Brandon knowing Brandon was going so he could have Brandon in his pocket. He made it appear he would go with Dawn-Whitney so he could be assured their votes. In my opinion he would root on each competitor at RI so it would appear he was supporting them to return. All of these moves were so political and very transparent. In the end Jim's and Brandon's "questions" at FTC brought it all out the extent his pandering would go and in the end there was no way he was going to get any votes from the jury. He placed 3rd by being too aggressive with this.
Congrats do go to Albert for making Final 3 and placing 3rd!!
1. Social: The heart and soul of the game. Coach shone!! He had relationships with each person in his alliance and tribe. The best imo were with Edna, Brandon and Cochran. The ones with Cochran made great inspirational TV. The ones with Brandon showed a lot of compassion towards him and with Edna it was endearing to me as he tried to empower her and bring out her strengths. These 3 are examples of that actually. He led his Upolu Tribe and led with as much motivation as he could. His loyalty to his F3 partners cost him the game. However for all the goat talk there was no way Coach would go against his core loyalty and take anyone else as he gave his absolute word to them. That quality is admirable and is imo a strength more than a weakness. He received zero votes cast against him and never had to play his idol. The only votes were 3 cast for him to win and from three who appreciated what he brought to the table.
2. Strategically: Strength wise Coach had great instincts on the best moves to make and at the right time. He knew when to strike and when not to. The making of the five alliance at the get go. The move with Cochran. The Pagong of the Savaii tribe. These are some of the stronger moments he had within his game. He played to win and this shows in spades. The reason he did not keep Rick was the fact that for him to win he would need the strongest people that were available to keep Ozzy from winning that final immunity. If he would have kept Rick ..and Ozzy would have won the Final Immunity..going up against Ozzy he would have lost. So in short Coach pulled out all stops he could to win the game.
1. Making promises to too many people. He should never had made that gesture towards Ozzy. Not only was it not smart as Ozzy could have won but it was dynamite for Ozzy to use against him which he did. In TC and to embitter the jury. Ozzy went back on the pact I agree by revealing it and Coach was within his right not to keep his part but it was a big mistake on Coach's part to offer it to begin with and in the end that one move cost him the game.
All in all Coach Wade was spectacular and should be proud of the way he played and how well he placed! Sadly due to a bitter jury the win was not given to him after playing so well but this was his season and in this season he won redemption in spades!
KUDOS for Runner Up!!!
Winner Of Survivor South Pacific!
First off my CONGRATS go to Sophie Clarke for her win!! I liked Sophie a lot throughout the season and loved how insightful her confessionals were. Sophie was a very intuitive, smart, strong girl and in a way she was my she-ro this season because of it. But for all her strengths she did have a couple weaknesses. I will explore both sides.
Physical: She won 3 immunities with one being highly important.
Strategically: She played a smart game and knew what was going on at any point and knew how to use it to her advantage. Again her confessionals show that. She played so under the radar that people did not notice her until post merge. Strategically that is a good way to play as you don't make people angry. She had a tight pact with Coach the entire game and was key in helping him make the decisions and offering her insights. She's a smart girl and a fighter and fought a tough Final Tribal Council. She undoubtably knew the jury was bitter and used that to gain advantage for the win.
Weaknesses: Her social game. As Ozzy pointed out she came across as petulant and obnoxious to people. The way she talked to Albert during the one immunity challenge shows that side of her. Sophie owned up to that in a Tribal and also broke down during this same Tribal..showing yet another weakness as well.
In the end she took those weaknesses and made them work for her at Final Tribal and won! Congrats to Sophie on a job well done girl!!!
Before I sign off this blog for the season..I would like to take the time to say thank you to the man himself Coach Wade for being an amazing friend and supporter throughout 3 years nearly. I can never say enough how amazing a person you are!!
Also a special thanks go out to the fans and friends of Coach Wade for helping make this an amazing season!! I met many amazing people along the 3 year journey: Chrissy Brangi, David Cadmus, David Healy, Karen Everett, Cheryl Cranston, Capn Dawg (Thomas J Shea), Clayton Spivey, David Berry, Scott Grensted, Amber Kesterson, Deirdre Danielson, April Lowe, Gloria Query, Sheldon Kuppan, Samantha Gray, Jay Merrell, Jim Early, Marlene Becker, Mark Evans, Chris Hook, Dee Sims, Donnie Johnson, Louise Craven, Jennifer Brooks, Karen Maser, Walt Who, Mary McMahon, Lisa Durham Phillips, Dan Goldblatt, Scott Lovesy, the list is very long of the people I have come across along the journey. I would like to say a special thanks to each of you for backing me this season and Coach Wade. Your inexhaustible support I am grateful for and I am sure Coach is as well. To Rob Beasley thank you for always supporting my blogs and anything I have ever done. Same to each of my readers which each week was in the hundreds daily.
With that being said...I had made the decision post Survivor 22 to stop doing my blogs but came back solely for the purpose to support Coach throughout this season. It's fitting now that since it was pro Coach blogging that brought my blogs into being noticed that it now also ends with Coach as well.
It's been an awesome ride and an amazing season and to everyone...enjoy the holidays and Merry Christmas! Thank you all again!!!