On week three of Survivor: Nicaragua, former NFL head coach Jimmy Johnson was voted off at tribal council in a huge mistake by the older tribe. Jimmy Johnson has been on the chopping block every week due to the unbelievable jealousy of tribemates Marty and Jimmy T. But I was surprised that they voted Jimmy Johnson off of Survivor: Nicaragua so early, and I think it was a huge mistake.
I think members of the older tribe were on their best behavior because of Jimmy Johnson, and now all the jealousy and the sniveling will be out in the open for everyone to have to tolerate every day. It was a bad, bad move, and I don’t envy the older tribe after Jimmy Johnson’s departure.
Here’s the thing about Jimmy Johnson: he’s a celebrity. Say what you will, but that’s going to make folks jealous. And the older men of Survivor: Nicaragua illustrated that sentiment perfectly. Jimmy T. is not a leader, he’s just a loud mouth. And Marty isn’t clever, he’s just self-absorbed. I’m sorry, but you can’t tell me that those foolish guys are better at leading a group of people doing physical challenges under harsh conditions than Jimmy Johnson is.
It’s true that Jimmy Johnson was physically weaker than some of the other Survivor: Nicaragua players, but not Dan or Holly. And if push came to shove, he’s probably stronger than Yve or Jane, despite his age. The worst thing I can say about Jimmy Johnson is that he was a little bit of a whiner about the conditions at camp. Otherwise, I think Jimmy Johnson was a great person to have around.
And did you notice how the folks who liked Jimmy Johnson best were, for the most part, people who probably don’t watch a lot of football or care who he is? With the exception of Tyrone, it was mostly women who liked Jimmy Johnson. And Jimmy T., who has season tickets to the New England Patriots, was one of the two older men who most wanted Jimmy Johnson voted off Survivor: Nicaragua.
Bottom line, it comes down to lack of self-confidence and jealousy. Marty and Jimmy T. just couldn’t handle Jimmy Johnson’s success and celebrity. I think Jimmy Johnson was the only thing keeping that tribe civil at camp – just look at the younger tribe of Survivor: Nicaragua. Do you think Jimmy Johnson would let NaOnka get away with that stuff? No way. It’s the coach’s job to prevent that stuff in the locker room, and Jimmy Johnson did that at for the older tribe at camp.
But now, with Jimmy Johnson voted off, the older tribe is going to dissolve into a mess. There’s no buffer anymore. Marty and Jimmy T. aren’t going to be able to handle each other, and the tribe will become polarized behind each one of them, waging a campaign until one of them is voted off Survivor: Nicaragua. And then, with whomever is left (and I think it will be Marty, because he’s quieter), it will be tyranny until the merge.
My hat is off to the producers of Survivor: Nicaragua – it was an interesting study in human behavior to throw an incredibly successful celebrity like Jimmy Johnson into the castaway mix this season. It’s too bad that Jimmy Johnson was voted off Survivor: Nicaragua on only week three, but it shows just how powerful jealousy is – powerful enough to make a monstrous mistake.