"First and foremost, Amanda once again makes it farther than Cirie. Sorry. That's twice now. Spin it, analyze it, break it down however you want. Make your excuses"
Excuses? I took it as proof of what I've been saying all along. In a tribe full of big personnalities including some great winners, Cirie was recognized as the mastermind. From being in a swing vote position, she quite easily managed to find herself leading the majority alliance of her tribe. That was the proof she is a great player.
It took an immunity idol once again to eliminate her. That, and a very gutsy move by JT. Cirie had to consider everyone's best move and JT going to Tom and Colby was very risky. There are still 4 players in the wishy-washy alliance so nothing is certain. CT underestimated JT's readiness to gamble and he pulled a "Cirie" on Cirie.
I've always said Cirie was the best strategist ever and I had JT as the best winner ever so it was truly a battle of titans. Great TC except for Probst. Say it Jeff that you think women don't deserve to play. Survivor has ALWAYS been about alliances and having all that muscle hasn't helped the Heroes, has it?
Amanda? Again we heard that she isn't that smart. Amanda had 2 choices: Stay with her alliance or go with Tom. What did she do? The worst thing she could: Promising to go with Tom but not doing so. Placing ahead of someone isn't proof of much especially when the vote was decided on which player was more dangerous. If Amanda wins, you'll have a point. Right now, she could be next.