Nine big-screen televisions at Halftime Sports Bar & Grill showed Kokomo’s Lindsey Ogle fighting off two women as they tried to drag her through the sand on season 28 of “Survivor.”
As she kicked and clawed her way out of the women’s grasp during Wednesday night’s episode, the bar erupted in cheers.
Host Jeff Probst could barely be heard saying, “She’s putting up a big, big effort.”
All of Ogle’s friends and co-workers gathered at the bar, though, didn’t need Jeff to tell them that. Ogle has always been tenacious and scrappy, they said.
Halftime has been hosting weekly viewing parties since Ogle, a part-time bartender there, made her debut on “Survivor: Cagayan” Feb. 26.
I had to check it out for myself this week. I wanted to talk to her friends to find out what it’s like seeing someone you know compete on national television.
“It’s fun to see what happens,” said Amanda Vetor, who works there and has known Ogle for two years. “It’s definitely an experience. Everyone gets pretty involved.”
Last week, she said, a bar full of people screamed at the televisions as Ogle and her brawn tribe staged a come-from-behind victory in the immunity challenge.
This week, they laughed at her latest impressions of tribe mate, Trish, who they’ve dubbed “Malnu-Trish.”
“The whole Trish thing is funny to me, I’m not going to lie,” Vetor said.
Wednesday, Ogle made fun of the way Trish flirted with one of her new tribe mates.
“Trish totally exaggerates her laugh around guys,” Ogle said. “It’s disgusting.”
She said that on television, of course. In real life, she sat quietly at the back of the bar – careful not to let any secrets slip.