Here’s some news for Russell Hantz, who came in third on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Here’s the game’s objective: Outplay, Outwit and Outlast. The sole survivor has to be the best at all three. Russell Hantz wasn’t, and he lost. Since Sunday, he’s been whining to anyone who would listen about how unfair the game was and how he was really the winner. News flash, Russell: Sandra took home the check for $1 million. (And that made this writer very happy!) Here’s another news flash for Russell. If Sandra won, that makes you the loser. Take it like a man because no one is crying for you.
Here’s why Russell lost Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
1. He plays to get to the finals, not to win.
Russell was very upset when Colby pointed this out during the reunion show, but it’s true. And Colby should know. Had he thought a little more about the jury, perhaps he would have taken someone besides Tina Wesson to the finals of Survivor: Outback and would himself be $1 million Richard today. Playing with a complete disregard for the jury’s opinion will cause you to lose every time. Other unpopular players have one…most of America was disgusted with every member of the jury when Richard Hatch won the first Survivor. And I don’t remember many people cheering when Amber won Survivor All Stars. Most of us didn’t even think she belonged on Survivor All Stars. But what we thought didn’t matter. The jury always determines the winner.
2. Russell underestimates his opponents, all of them.
Survivor gave us a huge bit of foreshadowing when Russell predicted that Sandra would not even get one vote. Russell pretty much dished all of his opponents throughout Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Being confident is one thing. Assuming you’re the only one playing the game is another. A key turning point in this game was when Russell underestimated the entire Hero tribe, choosing to vote out Boston Rob, ignoring the contributions Boston Rob had made to the Villains’ winning streak at both rewards and challenges. Russell started urging his tribe to vote out stronger players. By the time the teams merged, the huge lead the Villains had in the beginning was erased and the tribes merged as almost equals.
3. Russell is a control freak, and you can’t control the game of Survivor.
How many contestants have entered Survivor as a student of the game. Many have studied books about the game; many have watched previous games several times, paying close attention to how the winners influenced others. Unfortunately, I can’t recall any of their names and I doubt that most Survivor fans remember them either. Those players lost the game. The variety of contestants make each game different. No one can predict what will happen, let alone control it. When something is out of Russell’s control, it draws Russell’s wrath. Think about it…when challenges were lost, when hidden immunity idols were found by others and especially when people voted for people he wanted to stay. Russell, Survivor is a game and everyone wants to win. Everyone on the island isn’t there to make sure you win.
Maybe Russell will have another chance at Survivor. And who knows? with a few attitude adjustments, third time could be the charm!