A new feature on the blog is the Survivor Shout Out. This is intended to sing the praise of a contestant (or host). It may be for something epic (like dramatic double idol playing by Parviti Shallow in Heroes vs. Villans). It may be quote that perfectly summed up a situation (Jeff Probst “We brought back a quitter, and got a quitter again” speaking of Colton Cumbie in Blood vs Water).
Today’s post is a Survivor Super Fan Shout Out to Terry Deitz, The Challenge Stallion. I am currently re-watching Survivor Panama – Exile Island. I am amazed at his ability to beat the young studs at all the challenges. It is not only his considerable athletic ability, but his compete level. I think often, the male eye candy look physical, but a true athlete has the desire to win that will make the difference most every time.
Also not to be discounted is his appearance in Survivor Second Chance. Deitz was in a great position in the game but still put his family first and rushed to his sons side when he was needed .
I will speak to you directly Terry. From Survivor Super Fan Rob, you get a pat on the back and an Attaboy!
So winner Survivor takes more than physical ability…more than scheming and mental toughness…more than social skills…Winning Survivor also requires a certain amount of luck. I think being cast on Survivor takes a bit of luck as well (tho I believe you need to put yourself in position to get lucky – you can’t just wait for luck). They could love an applicant, but not have the needed spot for a given season. Maybe they have too many people from California (almost a given in my opinion), too many bimbos/mimbos (less now than they used too), too many people with life experience (old people – tho age is trending higher in recent years).
One thing I enjoy (and I believe Jeff enjoys) is quick witted folks. Not only are they quick to speak and usually with humor, but they tend to speak before thinking. Think Tyson getting up to hug Katie in Blood vs. Water and instead telling her where her seat on the jury awaits. Jonathan Penner was very quick to verbalize in an intelligent way how he viewed a situation. I feel i share this “gift” or better to call it a trait, as it can be quick to bite you in the ass. I am not on the level of Mr. John Cochran, but I tip my cap to him as maybe the best orator to date.
Where does Laura M fit in? After rewatching Blood vs. Water, she was a challenge beast! While winning most competitions, she wasn’t afraid to make impulsive decisions to help determine the 2nd place winner in the duals. I see myself doing exactly that. It angered Vitas to no end, but I personally would have butted heads with Vitas from day one and would have worked to get his ass out too.
So I can cover the New England requirement (while at my true core I am always a New Yorker). Successful, father, mature in age (less so in behavior), SuperFan, athletic and competitive, sarcastic, but above all else, I play to win. As some necker race car driver once said, 2nd place is just the first loser.
So, as we prepare to watch the coming Brains, Brawn, Beauty season of Survivor, I thought it appropriate to provide the casting department with a little help. It must be difficult to sift through the masses of Survivor wannabes and sort them into categories. Past blog posts have helped paint a picture of me (See who the hell is Rob Folz). But if you are already planning a BBB 3 season, where do I fit in. Well, let’s start with Brawn…nope. It’s been over 20 years since the word brawn would be said around me if ever at all. Beauty??? Well, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder….or there is someone for everyone…I am not ass ugly. I am reasonably attractive for a middle aged man….so maybe put me on the “reasonably attractive for his age” tribe. That leaves us with Brains. This is the closest fit, yet I do not even have a college degree. I am smarter than a lot of people. With that said, I find most people are fairly stupid. Can I suggest a “smart enough” tribe? Maybe it is best to wait for White Collar, Blue Collar, No Collar (I am all sorts of White Collar). Blood v. Water? I have multiple intriguing partners ready to play with me. Most appropriate would be a Fans v Favorites. I am definitely a SuperFan and would love to play against the Favorites. If you need me to be Brawn, I will need a good 6 months notice. I think I would tone up well. I think I have a great body….it is simply covered with 30 pounds of fat.