First off, we're adding some video segments to this feature - Jeff Erickson and I give our picks on camera (as of last week). If you'd rather just read the article in its prior form, just scroll down.
Let me just preface this by saying, nothing in my job terrifies me more than picking in Survivor for Week 1. Is there anything worse than handing over money to your pool, hoping for a season's worth of entertainment, drama and horror, only to see your hopes dashed after one week? When you're writing the Survivor advice column, you can multiply that by a thousand.
That said, it's kind of like being seated in an emergency exit row on an airplane. The thought that I'd have to be the one on whom everyone's life depends as I figure out how to open the door is terrifying, but it's better than depending on s
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