Eight tributes remain. So, as a way to draw them together for a fight, David Stern decides to call for a feast. But what kind of feast? Well, listen in for Sheppard's announcement:
"Attention, tributes. Tomorrow morning, we will be throwing a feast at the cornucopia. However, this feast is more than it appears. There will not be just food waiting for you. Each of you needs something... desperately. For many of you, this will be your last chance."
Some tributes have figured far more prominently in the games then others thought. Some haven't made an appearance since the initial bloodbath. So what, you're probably asking, does each tribute need? Well, here you go:
John Elway/John Stockton: medicine for Stockton's leg. Elway isn't winning this thing alone, and Stockton is quickly running out of time before he succumbs to blood loss or infection.
Michael Jordan/Muhammad Ali: body armor. In close quarters combat, Elway and Stockton are no match for them, but they are the last remaining duo for the favorites to contend with, so they are their greatest threat. They need something to protect them from Elway's long range assault.
Jackie Robinson: a weapon. Robinson was intent on surviving day one, so he played no part in the bloodbath, but, in doing so, he also lost a very valuable opportunity to get supplies. He has managed to stay alive, but he has no way of defending himself in the event of an attack. However, he also needs a weapon that can be effective from long range, as fighting some of his remaining competition from up close is dangerous. So we're giving him a trident.
Barry Sanders: food. Sanders is surviving, but supplies are wearing thin for him. Food is scarce and going into the water leaves him vulnerable to an attack. In his pack is enough food to survive for the remainder of the games, allowing him to fight at full strength.
Hakeem Olajuwon: camouflage equipment. Olajuwon managed to stay alive at first through allies, but once the NBA alliance broke down, he's simply been lucky to avoid being spotted. He is by far the biggest remaining tribute, so he needs a way to hide himself.
Diego Maradona: a weapon. Not the same type as Robinson's, though, as he wouldn't be able to hold up in close quarters combat with any of the remaining tributes. He needs some long-range weaponry, so a bow and arrows await him at the cornucopia.