Survivor: Cagayan Preview

Brains, Beauty and Brawn

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

February 25, 2014

Pick the ex-NBA player and win a prize. Hint: he's the tall one.

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Cliff Robinson (46, Newark, NJ) - Next up is former NBA star Cliff Robinson. After 18 years in the NBA, he is taking on a new game. As with any professional athlete that makes it on this show, if he's perceived to be very rich, he could end up a casualty because he doesn't "need the money." If he can get past that and he still has some "game" left in him, he could be a huge asset for this Tribe. At 6'10", he could prove to be a challenge beast. Personally, I'm rooting for Uncle Cliff because I appreciated him as an NBA player, but I'm not sure he will be able to make the end. What I'm not so sure about is what kind of strategic game Cliff will bring to Survivor. If he doesn't have any, he's toast.

Tony Vlachos - (39, Jersey City, NJ) - Our final player is another cop, Tony. Tony is quite big. He also likes himself quite a bit. He says he's most like Russell Hantz and Boston Rob. Honestly, I don't think I'll need to see him play to know that he is not the next Boston Rob. I'd wager he's not even Russell. His biggest asset is his strength, but he's on an entire tribe of strong people. Also, he's been a street cop for 12 years. Not sure how he's going to handle it when people don't do what he wants them to do. Tony strikes me as someone that will be deemed expendable. Or even someone that they consider losing a challenge to get rid of. I could be wrong, but I don't see Tony making the merge.

Looking at the Brawn tribe as a whole, I think Trish, Sarah and maybe Woo could have a strong showing and maybe even go very deep into this game. They'll just need to make sure to find their place in the tribe and see if they can get a good foothold. I love that Cliff Robinson is on the show, but I'm not sure that his NBA game will translate to Survivor. I see him making the merge, but being one of the first boots after the merge. I think Lindsay and Tony are dead in the water and won't make it to the merge.


And there you have it, all 18 players in the new season of Survivor: Cagayan, Brains vs. Beauty vs. Brawn. After going through all the bios and stuff, I actually have less of an idea who will fare well than when I started this Preview. Everyone seems pretty evenly matched and the smallest of things could sway the votes one way or another. One thing's for sure, this season has some big personalities and that always has potential. I look forward to sharing the season with you and I'll be back on Thursday with my recap of the Special Two-Hour Season Premiere of Survivor: Cagayan!! Until then, take care!

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