Originally Posted by Stan
Oh that's nasty. Followers until the very end, letting the other players leading them right to the end and simply winning because they had the physical ability to beat them.
Then again it's "reality" and people take advantage of others just like in the workplace, only to take credit for something and screw over the other people they work with.
But I've discovered that "karma" really does bite you in the ass. Winners like that usually regret what they did, how they treated other people and quite often end up very unhappy!
I think you are really, REALLY blowing the entire "following" things out of proportion (your use of "sheeple," for example). Much of what happens isn't following in that one team is totally and utterly lost, and must ride the metaphorical coat-tails of another team or teams. In reality, it's highly strategic to allow another team to exert energy (asking for directions, reading the map, etc) for your benefit--the strategy lies in determining whether or not you trust said judgment and are willing to accept the inherent risks involved (they could be wrong, and now you are behind).
This applies especially in the case of Walter's example from season 2: if you can gain an advantage in the FINAL LEG of a RACE FOR A MILLION DOLLARS, while ultimately relying on your own strength (foot race athleticism), then that is, in actuality, strategy. It's also how a lot of teams win. They didn't "treat" any team any specific way, and I'm sure they have no regrets.
There's also no such thing as karma.