March 20, 2014 01:48 PM by Ryan Haidet
His presence was unmistakable. Cliff Robinson was a towering force on Survivor: Cagayan. Because of his strength and imposing size, Cliff became an instant target. Hell, his own tribe even tried to purposely lose a challenge earlier this season just so they could vote him off. Once the battle of Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty was dissolved into two new tribes, Cliff found himself on the bad end of the vote as his new Solana tribemates sent him packing — primarily at the hands of Tony and his lies. What does Cliff have to say about Tony today? Was he truly blindsided or did he have a clue that he was about to be voted off? Check out all those answers and more inside.
Question: Was your elimination a true blindside?
Cliff Robinson: It wasn’t a true blindside. I kind of had some sort of idea that something could be happening. When I saw my name, my intuition was right because before Tribal there were conversations that only Tony could have started. I felt uncomfortable going into Tribal. When you don’t have time to make adjustments or try to figure out what’s going on. You just have to go in and hope that everybody is going to vote they way they said.
Question: What do you think of Tony now?
Cliff Robinson: You know what, Tony is playing a game. When you first get voted out, there are definitely feelings toward people for voting you off. But after you sit back and analyze everything and understand that it’s a game, you just have to accept it.
Question: Why was LJ your target instead of Trish?
Cliff Robinson: We talked about Trish, but I convinced everybody to go with LJ because he was the bigger threat. He was very good at challenges with puzzles. As you move forward to individual challenges, there are a lot of puzzles that come into play. So my whole thought process was thinking ahead. And I wanted to see what Trish was going to do when we got rid of LJ.
Question: What is the deal with the issues between Lindsey and Trish? Was their distaste for each other immediate?
Cliff Robinson: It wasn’t immediate. Trish had an idea as to what everybody should be doing around camp even though she would walk around, pick up a couple twigs and act like she was doing so much. She just automatically had something against Lindsey.
Question: Before the swap, were you aware that your tribe tried to throw a challenge so they could vote you off?
Cliff Robinson: No. I just found it out last week. I gotta give Sarah credit for trying to make that happen. She tried to make a big move and you gotta try to make big moves in the game to put yourself in a better position. She tried to do that, but it didn’t work out. I was able to foil their plans.
Question: Were you in charge of your alliance with Woo and Lindsey?
Cliff Robinson: We were in an alliance, so I wouldn’t say that I was making the decisions. But I was trying to stay on top of the different scenarios as to things that could happen. I might have been talking more strategy than those two, but at the same time, when you’re working with a group of people everybody has a voice.
Question: When you started the game, were you ever planning on keeping your NBA history a secret?
Cliff Robinson: I went in hoping to leave some stuff out. If I was able to play basketball and leave out the fact that I played professional basketball, I was gonna leave that out. But I wasn’t able to do that. Woo outed me right from the beginning, so I thought it would be best just to get it out there and try to establish some trust amongst my tribe.
Question: When the tribe swap happened, were you happy with the outcome?
Cliff Robinson: I was happy with the outcome because I still felt as though I had a strong four. I knew Trish was going to try and make a move, but I still felt pretty strong about myself, Lindsey, Woo and I thought Tony would be pretty solid with what we were doing.
Question: How did somebody like you, with so much success in the NBA, land on Survivor?
Cliff Robinson: Laughs. Being a fan of the show. My wife is a go-getter when it comes to trying to make things happen. I thought I could go out there and do it and she put me to task.
Question: Would you play again?
Cliff Robinson: Of course. I’m ready to go now.
What is your take on what Cliff had to say? Do you think he could have won the game? What are your thoughts on Tony? We want to know your thoughts so sound off and leave a comment in the section below!
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