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‘Sarge’ back from the war
« on: November 18, 2004, 01:18:38 PM »
( I posted this here because Sarge seems to have changed his mind on a few things since his other interviews..hmmmm)

Surviving ‘Survivor’

‘Sarge’ back from the war

If he had “Survivor: Vanuatu” to do over again, Lea “Sarge” Masters, a Fort Jackson drill sergeant and Columbia resident, might do things differently to try and be the last man standing instead of the ninth one voted off.

He might have formed an alliance with some of the younger guys instead of the older ones. He might have struck a deal with Julie instead of Twila. And he definitely would have lost the first individual immunity challenge instead of winning it in grand style.

“That was one of the dumbest things I ever did in my life,” Masters said. That made him a threat and thus a marked man to the other survivors. He knew he was stronger physically than the others, but smartly “didn’t show it in the beginning.”

Masters, 40, is back in Columbia and back at work but returns to New York for the final live episode when he along with six other jurors choose the $1 million winner of “Survivor: Vanuatu.”

Meanwhile, we quizzed him on his experience:

How did an Army sergeant get time off to do this show?

I was a drill sergeant for four years and had no vacation. I had 2½ months saved up and when I asked higher-ups about doing the show they said that would be great.

You said your son Chris (an 18-year-old senior at Richland Northeast) wanted you to try out for the show.

Yeah. But he wouldn’t go with me to the casting call. I put my little drill sergeant get-up on and he wouldn’t go. I said, “You told me to get crazy.”

The survivors on “Vanuatu” seemed to fare better physically than survivors on previous shows, who seemed to be hungry most of the time, eaten up by insects and at the mercy of a fierce sun or pounding rains.

The big problem was the coral. The ground is all coral and the coral sliced up your shoes and chewed up your feet. I got a coral infection when it sliced up my leg. It was infected all the way up to the hip. They asked me if I wanted out of the game but I wasn’t going to quit. (After he was voted off, Masters received antibiotic treatments for a few weeks.) I have scars now.

What do you take away from this experience?

It was Civilian Life 101. My friends are all soldiers. Every day I deal with soldiers. I had to learn that not everybody lives a disciplined life. I’m going to have a big challenge when I separate from the military. (“Survivor”) helped me prepare for my future. (Masters enlisted in 1986.)

Are there any survivors you would enjoy as friends?

Chris and Chad and Julie even. She’s a high-spirited person.

Did your wife give you a hard time when you took a dare and flashed some derriere while sunbathing?

That was a joke. She laughed her head off when she saw it. We’ve been married 20 years. She knows I was playing a game.

Were friends and colleagues at Fort Jackson watching?

Everybody has been supportive. Probably 50 to 80 percent of them never watched it. No one has time. But they set their VCRs and they’d shoot me e-mails.

On the CBS morning show, you (said) Twila might have a good chance of winning. Are you sticking with that?

No. I just said what came into my head at the time. Julie could do well. I’ll be watching to see what they have to say. There’s a lot of anger going on now and it’s going to get ugly. Scout doesn’t like Eliza.
— Pat Berman

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Re: ‘Sarge’ back from the war
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2004, 01:19:28 PM »
Highlights of Lea "Sarge" Master's
Early Show Interview

Julie Chen: Sarge was once the leader of the all male Lopevi Tribe but last night on Survivor: Vanuatu he was the latest casualty on the female dominated game. His real name is Lea Masters but Survivor fans know him as "Sarge". Sarge, good morning.

Lea: Good morning, how are you doing?

Julie: I'm good. We're you surprised when your flame was snuffed out last night?

Lea: Overall, I wasn't, I had it coming. In the Immunity Challenge the week before I lapped everybody. When I finished, I shook my head and I said, "you just screwed up".

Julie: You mean you revealed to the rest how strong a player and a threat and that's why you got the boot?

Lea: I think it is because from the beginning I never gave 100% of my physical strength. I run 5 miles a day, I do 100 pushups I do 25 mile marches. I laid back but when the adrenaline started pumping on the Immunity Challenge last week, I just went balls to the walls. And just went. And when I turned around I said "oh my God, I got 3 and they got 2. I messed up.

Julie Chen: Watching at home it looks very much like it's the women vs the men but then last night at Tribal Council, you 3 men all voted differently. You wanted Eliza out, Chris voted you out, what was that all about. He actually said "this is not against you but for you.

Lea: I think with Chris, he knew there was no way he could change the vote... so he did not want to throw another name out there and have them looking around and see 3 people voting against women. He knew I was gone so he wanted to keep it on a level base, so he come behind maybe later on and stab them in the back for me, out of respect. You know, "hey I got 'em. They got you, I got them. We're a team. We won the war. We've got casualties but the war was won".

Julie: What about the fact that Chad voted for Julie? Didn't you guys try to strategize at all. You knew you were a lost cause?

Lea: I knew I was a lost cause in a way. I was asked by everyone, "why don't you do something?". Why don't you try to put some knives in some backs? I told them from day one, my word and my values are far stronger than any money. Money doesn't matter when it comes to your values because... my character... the people I train, The soldiers I train know, that Drill Sergeant Masters, Sarge, will not lie, will not give his word away, not for money, not for any amount of worth.

Julie: Why did you take part in Survivor? It wasn't about the money you say.

Lea: No, money had no ob... I mean I'm two years from retirement. I have a 20 year marriage with a beautiful woman, my wife Lupe. I did it because my son, every year kept saying "Dad come on that's you, that's you." I'd say "Chris I don't have time for that. I'm training soldiers, I don't have time for that." And then one day he said "look they're here, they're in Columbia. Go down there please, I dare you, you're chicken" So I went down there with my little get up for the casting call and I got a phone call. I was shocked.

Julie: Last night as we're watching Survivor at home, we see Leann and Julie go on this helicopter ride. They bring back chicken wings for all the women, you guys are off in the water in a boat and then they gave you guys just chicken bones. Was last night as you're watching this... the first time you're finding out that you guys got the bones and they got the meat?

Lea: Yeah, last night was the first time I realized, hey I got stuck with bones, they got meat but as life goes on, I'm grateful for what I can get. That's who they are. And I don't think it was Leann. I think it came straight from Julie.

Julie: But you're on the jury, so you have the last laugh. If it's any guess who do you think has what it takes to win?

Lea: I think Twila.

Julie: We'll see.

Lea: I think Twila.

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Re: ‘Sarge’ back from the war
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2004, 01:26:13 PM »
Survivor: Can Chris win over the women?

Thursday, November 18, 2004

On an episode of “The Early Show” last week, Lea “Sarge” Masters remarked, “You can’t win every battle, but you can win the war.”

He was referring to his dismissal from “Survivor: Vanuatu” and the chance comrade Chris Daugherty now has to win the CBS reality series.

Daugherty, our South Vienna delegate to the South Pacific, knew Sarge was on the chopping block at the end of last Thursday’s episode and therefore quickly aligned himself with the ruling women.

His vote for Sarge initially seemed shocking.

But as the elder Daugherty, Jim, pointed out this week, the move was in keeping with everything Chris has done: “Covering his back. He was playing for the long run. There’s only one winner.”

The physically superior Army drill sergeant might have been proud to die for his dying, all-male coalition — but it’s doubtful Chris will share any of his million.

That’s assuming Daugherty, 34, makes it that far.

“He’s already got rapport with Julie and Twila,” Jim pointed out.

Oh, so very true.

And in the promos leading up to tonight’s episode, at 8 p.m. on Channel 7, even opposition leader Ami might have caved to one man. She’s seen prancing around camp wearing Daugherty’s Ohio State cap.

A state highway construction worker, Daugherty is far and away this season’s most savvy player.

Frankly, he saw his chance to survive last week when the coalition’s writing appeared on the wall.

“Chad had it in for Julie and Sarge had it in for Ami,” Jim said. “Chris couldn’t get them organized.”

But will the women see through him?


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Re: ‘Sarge’ back from the war
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2004, 06:46:13 PM »
Hey Sarge is going to Iraq in a couple of months...and he is naming his gun Julie. :)*
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