Hats off to Lone Star survivor
May 11 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Hats off to Lone Star survivor | Friday, May 11, 2001

Friday, May 11, 2001

Hats off to Lone Star survivor

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor Readers unfamiliar with CBS's "Survivor II" may want to skip this article - but anyone who has watched television in the past four months would have a hard time falling into that category. The series, set in the Australian outback, turned out to be a show worth watching. As the 42-day competition wound down to the last three contestants, a surprising thing happened. The best positioned of the three was a Texan named Colby, a strong and handsome young man with a winsome personality and a fondness for his cowboy hat or a Lone Star bandana. By winning his fifth consecutive "immunity challenge," Colby earned the privilege of eliminating one of his remaining two competitors and leaving just one person between himself and a million dollars, with the deciding votes to be cast by the last seven "survivors" to be eliminated from competition.

Strategically, the choice was straightforward. Keith, a professional chef whose training apparently did not include boiling rice in a dirty can over a brushwood fire, was almost universally disliked. He made it to the final three by the lucky coincidence of being in the stronger "tribe," and by being slightly less irritating or threatening than some other tribe members.

The other choice was Tina, a slow-talking, hard-working Tennessee nurse who was more of a sweet southern mama than a mean-spirited win-at-all-costs competitor. Even the nastiest of the crew had a hard time finding anything to criticize about Tina.

So, the winning plan was clearly to eliminate popular and lovable Tennessee Tina and face off against Keith, who would be lucky to get a single vote. The million dollars was literally Colby's for the taking.

But a strange thing happened on the way to the bank. Respect and friendship overpowered greed, and Colby shocked everyone by choosing to face Tina in the final round, knowing that his chances of victory were seriously diminished.

When Tina (who once dated the pastor of one of Raleigh's leading Baptist churches) ultimately won the big money, Colby appeared to be overjoyed for his friend and fellow survivor. He had given up a ton of money for the peace of knowing he had done the right thing and seemed delighted by the exchange.

If I had a cowboy hat, I'd tip all 10 gallons to a man for whom sportsmanship became more important than victory.

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