Survivor: Nicaragua’s Jimmy Johnson may just be the best player in the game’s history, as evidenced by his compelling argument last night to his fellow oldsters: No one is going to vote for him at the tribal council, because who wants to give a millionaire another million dollars? He’s painting himself as the wise but feeble coach who just wants to stay in the game and it’s going to win him a million bucks.
Here’s five reasons why the 67-year-old Johnson, the father of two sons and the oldest contestant this season, will win this game, with an assist from first-to-go Wendy “They Call Me Chatterbox Once They Get To Know Me” Jo. (Note to future contestants: Do not ever wear a long skirt and cowboy hat to tribal council. No one will want you to stay.)
1. He’s a natural leader. You can’t coach a team to Super Bowl victories without knowing how to get your way especially when you’re coaching in Dallas with an owner like Jerry Jones. Jimmy immediately became the leader of the older tribe.
2. He’s wily. He laid out his strategy early in terms of “nobody wants me to win a million.”
3. He’s clever. He told everyone that he was one of the weak links. It made them trust him more even though he was lying.
4. He’s thinking strategically. By emphasizing the strength of the tribe rather than the individuals, and poo-pooing alliances, Jimmy made everyone reevaluate their strategies.
5. He’s Jimmy Johnson! Say what you will about thinking for yourself and not being star struck, but could you really vote against the guy? I couldn’t.