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Under the Dome
Oct 20 2010, 12:40 PM by Marty Flanagan
While the older tribe on Survivor: Nicaragua was losing a
lot of challenges, Tyrone Davis seemed to be in a pretty good
spot. Having conceded leadership of the tribe to the
ever-ambitious Marty, Tyrone was working hard in camp, performing
well in challenges, and generally keeping his head down. And
then everything changed. With an abrupt tribe shake-up,
Tyrone found himself surrounded by undisciplined 'kids', all of
whom perceived him as a physical and authoritative threat.
Here Tyrone talks about his time in the game and the apparent
blindside that sent him packing.Jeff Probst described your departure as the first blindside
of the game. Did you get blindsided by the
Nah, that's TV. It wasn't a blindside, I anticipated
it. In fact, I spoke to Eve about it when we made the switch,
I said 'Eve, it's about numbers. There's four of them and
there's four of us remaining Espada members, and Holly and Dan are
definitely going to go over to the other side.' The kids were
playing very aggressive and I was the biggest threat on my
tribe. But I didn't know they were that threatened, that they
would do it so early. In my opinion it wasn't the smartest
move, but I anticipated it.There was some tension when you were laying out the rules
for your new tribe. Did you sense the tension when you were
They made it look like I was making a speech, I wasn't making a
speech. I talked to them and told them how we did things and
asked how they did things, and we talked about how we could best do
things collectively. Of course, because they were kids they
didn't think that far in advance, so they didn't have a way of
doing things. You know, it's a generational thing, in that
they think about the here and now, they don't plan. We had a
technique, and a system down where we had a fire for several weeks
straight, in spite of all the torrential downpour, and they only
had a fire burning for four days. They were amazed that we
were able to do that.Even after the tribe shakeup, Espada is still not voting
out its weakest member, with you going home instead of Danny, for
example. Is that why they still can't seem to win
I had some crazies on my tribe, man! You can call it biased
if you want, but I might have been the only sane one. But
what we were thinking was to go strong into challenges, and if you
win challenges then you don't have to go to tribal council.
That was what we were thinking initially, but other factors come
into play. For the most part I was against Jimmy T getting
voted out, because I thought he was a physical asset, but he was
such a distraction. Every time he came back to camp he was
negative. He became like a cancer on the tribe. I was
like 'Dude, slow down, relax.' I think I was connecting with
him, but you know, we had to act for the greater good.So mental strength is as important as physical?
Exactly. Case in point, how did crazy Holly end up being in
the game longer than me? She's a shoe thief! But it's a
balance. She's still in the game because she's not a
threat. We had this debate, and the reason she stayed was
because she was one of the only strong females we had on our
team.Looking at the other tribe, Marty seems to be fighting for
control of that group. Having played closely with him, do you
think that's a smart course for him, or would he be better to sit
back a bit?
He's over there with the kids, and they caught it quickly.
Somebody over there said he's arrogant because he told them he had
the idol. Him and Jimmy T are kind of one and the same.
They want to have control or think they have control or whatever
the case may be. They're just a little full of
themselves. But Marty, I think he'll do well in the game
because he's conniving, and that's what it takes. He's a
pretty conniving dude.
Which individual players would you say benefited the most from the
realignment of the tribes?
That's a good question. I can really only speak to us old
folks, cause that's who I dealt with. I'd say I don't want
Marty to win, because of who he is, but he has what it takes, from
what I've seen. He can probably get over on a couple of
people with his whole style. Is there anything you would do differently?
It's a social game. Different people have their different
challenges, and for me that was probably it, the social game.
I went out of my way to connect, but I have a hard time being
phony. That's just not me.
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