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RNO Roundtable - 'Survivor: The Amazon' Predictions, Part 2: The MenPage 2
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Charlie: Butch will make pretty far, and if Tambaqui can outlast the women's tribe, he should end up winning the money. But will Butch turn into another BB? I don't think so. He's seems way to nice and grounded to end up burying himself in such spectacular fashion like BB did. So I think he'll make it deep into the game.
Phil: Unlike Alex, right off the bat I could tell I DON'T like Butch. I've actually already heard some bad things about him and that he is a pretty big jerk. That said, I wonder what kind of teacher he is. We have two core kinds of high school teachers. The first is the teacher that everyone knows their class is a joke and goes in there and goofs around the whole time while learning little, if anything, in the process. The second is the kind that runs the classroom like an internment camp. I'm willing to bet my life Butch is the second kind. He just looks like no fun. I don't think he is going to be around that long unless a few other people step up and screw up first. I'm going to say that Butch doesn't even make the jury. His banner may come in handy for shelter though!
Ken: Just as Brian's skills as a used-car salesman helped him in his ultimately successful quest for the seven-figure check in Thailand, Butch's skills in dealing with middle school kids should also come into play. What's telling is his comment that if he could hold a political office, he would be a state congressman because he could help his state grow while maintaining contact with local people. That tells me he really is a people person, and will use his status as one of the older players to bring his own tribe together, similar to Jake. If his age doesn't slow him down and he makes the merge, he's almost guaranteed a ticket to the final four, because no one will seem him as a physical threat. But once he gets there, he may be ousted because no one wants to go against him.
Jamie: Principal, dad, 50... not out of shape not particularly athletic. Seems custom made to be middle of the road under the radar if he can keep slipping into principal mode when the younger alpha males need detention. I predict a very early out.
Brian: First and foremost, people named Butch crack me up. I don't know why and I am hoping it's just a nickname, but it's cracking me up. I don't know what is cracking me up more, his name or his glasses. Are those the kind of lenses that get darker when you get in the sun? He may be the second oldest of the male competitors but he definitely has the stamina - especially since he ran a marathon and continues to run to this day. What's going to be interesting to watch is to see whether or not he can bridge the generation gap between him and his fellow competitors in order to effectively build and maintain alliances. Otherwise this could turn into another Survivor: Africa. School banner as a luxury item. Hmm. Maybe good for shelter?
Jeffrey: I see Butch as an early out unless he can rally a group around him. He'll need to use his diplomatic skills to get this core group early.
David: I want to see Butch do well because he lives a hop, skip, and a jump away from me. The question is if he can keep himself from acting like a principal and instead be an equal with the younger members of his tribe. If he can do that, he'll go far. If he can't, well, we know what will happen. I'm betting that he can, indeed, pull it together and the younger, more egotistical members of the tribe may fight but he will stay on the sidelines and make the jury, at least. Maybe even the final four.
Melinda: Daniel looks like a really fun, smart, eclectic guy. Whether it's the magnetic rings he's bringing as a luxury item, his big, goofy smile, or his exotic Asian background, Daniel seems like he'd be a superior contender. Wait a minute - that's how I felt about Gabe and Jed. On second thought, let's take another look at his hobbies and interests. No appreciation for niceties like flowers or scents; only likes the most vulgar and violent of video games; favorite actors: Jackie Chan - check; Jet Li - check. Daniel, I'm afraid you are my pick for first male player to check out.
Charlie: SPOILER ALERT
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