Going into what's anticipated to be an epic battle to stay on Survivor, Brad Culpepper assured me when I talked to him Monday, "I can do puzzles."
The amiable ex-Buccaneer can talk all day about his strategy on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the CBS reality contest that put Culpepper and his wife, Monica, on an island filled with other Survivor alums and their loved ones. But he was not liking the snark sent his way last week when his male-dominated tribe once again lost an immunity challenge (they are so far 0 for 3) when it once again hinged on a tough puzzle.
Fair enough to note that Culpepper's part of the competition -- dragging a crate through the water or diving to the deep to get puzzle pieces -- has always put his team ahead. But then, the pieces just don't fall into place for the win.
Read here for more on my interview with the Tampa attorney and how he's reacting to being cast as a towel-snapping jock of a mastermind; what he regrets about that stunning Tribal Council that sent him to Redemption Island with two people who hate him; and what he thinks of the way Jeff Probst bromantically calls him simply "Culpepper."