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Wednesday
Sep042013

Some of My Unpopular Opinions

So the season is kind of winding down to a close (only two and a half weeks left) and many of my views on the HGs have changed and some have stayed the same since my original pre-season predictions.  I thought while there is a lull in feed happenings I would go through and give a quick rundown of my current opinions on the remaining HGs and their games.  Keep in mind these are only MY opinions.  You are more than welcome to your own and can post it if you want to.

McCrae - I'll start with McCrae. Why not?  He has come a long way in the game, but not in the way I expected.  The fact that he was such a superfan and a feed watcher coupled with being smart and relatively good at comps really had me believing that he would play a really good game.  Unfortunately he put all of his BB eggs into the showmance basket, and at this point I'm not sure his game can be saved.  All season I waited for Amanda to be evicted so we could really see what he was made of, but now that she is going, it seems it might be too late, and he really seems to have very little interest in playing the game outside of trying to save her right now.  I was hoping he would rally and save himself, and maybe he still will, but I'm losing hope and I'm a little disappointed. I'm also disappointed in his attitude in general as of late.  He seems to have taken on some of the self entitlement his other half carries and it's not an attractive look for him.  He came in very humble and was one of my favorite first HOH's ever as he didn't do much of the "kiss the ring" BS or expect people to bow down to him.  Lately he is much more condescending and mean and it's just...well..at the risk of overusing the term, disappointing.

Spencer - Spencer was another "superfan" that I was hoping would do well in the game.  He has done well at surviving the block time and time again, but I think that's mostly because he is not a comp monster and so is not very threatening to the people in the house.  I know the people looking at the end game also feel like they could beat him if they take him to the final 2, and I think that's a lot of the reason he is still around.  Unlike many, I do find Spencer entertaining and funny occasionally until he crosses that line that he inevitably does time and time again, but I do enjoy him once in a while. Like I said..these are my UNPOPULAR opinions.  I don't love Spencer, but I think there is a high liklihood that he will be dragged into the final 2 and take second place no matter who he sits next to.  He is pretty smart when it comes to the game, and there is something to be said for his social skills and ability to keep himself in the house by constantly volunteering to go on the block, but I don't think it's enough to win the $500K.

Elissa - I have very little to say about Elissa.  I know she has many fans. I personally am not one of them.  She has competed well in a few comps, but her social game is completely lacking, and if not for the MVP twist I feel she would have been gone within the first week or two.  Her self entitled attitude and passive aggressive jabs at people are not something I enjoy watching.  She makes it impossible for people to work with her as she flips at every whim that hits her brain or is whispered to her by the DR and so you can never count on her to stick with you for more than a few days.  Loyalty is not something that wins BB for you, but I think it's important to at least be stable in your decisions for more than a few days, and to think them out well before you flip on them.  I will give her that her weird ass version of crazy is occasionally entertaining to me in a "omg did she really just say that" kind of way, but I do hope she goes soon.  I personally don't enjoy watching her play...or not play depending on how you look at it.

Amanda - (the reviews eventually get more positive, I promise)  I am always torn on Amanda on many levels.  I personally don't enjoy watching her, and I am glad she is being evicted.  I do give her some credit here and there though.  While she is wrong about most things her paranoia has driven her to believe, she has been good at manipulating a lot of people into doing what she wants them to do.  She has also brought a lot of fireworks on nights that might have been otherwise completely boring.  I find the fact that she is campaigning to stay based more on not wanting to be away from McCrae than from a standpoint of wanting to win to be HIGHLY disappointing, and her continued obsession with blaming Judd for everything just gets on my last nerve.  However, she is occasionally funny, and in her own way has tried to play the game hard, so I give her a little credit for that.  That being said, I look forward to her leaving this week and won't be sad if she is completely blindsided by it.

GinaMarie - Ohhhh GM! She is controversial and says horribly ignorant things about people and there is no defending her on that.  There are no excuses.  She is however a cartoon character parody of herself and that is amusing in small doses.  I pity GM more than I dislike her.  She has a ton of emotional issues and 0 self esteem, and I think all of that leads her to say some of the things she says about people. She is one of the few that I am actually concerned about post BB.  But let's talk about her game.  GM has surprised me.  I originally thought she was just there to be loud and funny, but she actually has a weird talent for card games and comps, and that is highly interesting.  She plays hard. I don't think there is any way she will win the game.  Her social game has been more than lacking and all but one of the jurors so far cannot stand her.  I have enjoyed watching her HOH wins throw a wrench in the plans of the larger alliances though as they never felt the need to include her in on anything and then always went into panic mode when she won and got to nominate people. She is another person I could see being dragged to the final two..especially by Andy if he makes it there, but I don't think she can win.

Judd - Anyone who reads my blogs knows that Judd is my absolute favorite in the house.  He entertains me to no end on most days, and is probably the only HG I have the same opinion of that I did when I watched his pre-season interviews.  I enjoy him so much.  Is he playing a perfect game? Not by any means.  If he wants to win BB he would need to really step it up in the comp dept and make a big move to get rid of someone who is actually a threat to his game.  He would also need to step it up in the social game aspect.  Judd has a great social game in that he is able to make almost everyone like him (everyone except Amanda that is), but his anxiety (which I can relate to) makes him appear a lot more shady than he is. He gets nervous and that makes people nervous. He has been a lot better at keeping his cool thus far his second go around, but again, he will have to step it up if he wants to win.  As one of the few HGs I really like, I would love to see him make it to the end, but I don't have high hopes as I know most are afraid to take him because he is so well liked.  He would really have to win the HOH and Veto comps to save his place in the game in order to get to the final two.  Here's hoping though.

Andy - Here is where my opinion gets REALLY unpopular.  I think of all the people playing this year, Andy is playing the best game by far.  He isn't my favorite HG and a little bit of him goes a very long way with me, but I cannot deny the way he has played the game.  Each time I mention Andy I get a ton of tweets calling him all kinds of names indicating that he is stupid and flighty and a "floater" who just goes to wherever the power is.  I really don't see him that way at all though.  I think Andy stuck by Amanda and McCrae for as long as he needed to.  He was loyal to them until he needed to flip and get away from them, and he knew all along that time would come.  He strategically played the middle while remaining loyal to them so that no one else wanted him out and he let them take the brunt of being targets because he was able to play it off as if he had no idea what was happening when he was actually helping mastermind a LOT of the evictions.  Now that he has flipped to The Exterminators alliance, I see that as a strategic move as well.  He isn't just flip flopping around.  He knows he CANNOT beat an alliance of McCrae/Amanda/Elissa in the end, and those three would take some combination of each other to the end while he remained low man on the totem pole.  He knows he has a much better chance comp wise and end game wise of beating GinaMarie, Spencer, or even Judd.  Big Brother is not a game that is won by being loyal to the end.  You have to make choices to evict the people who will beat you, and I think he is doing just that while STILL remaining off of most of the HG's target lists.  I find that impressive.  He didn't use his own HOH to make a big move and make waves, but that was also strategic.  He came out of having an HOH and evicting someone without putting any new targets on himself, and that was best for his game.  Unless some of the HGs get wise to the fact that he is about to win the whole thing and decide to oust him, I could easily see him winning the whole thing.  On a personal and entertainment level, a little bit of Andy goes a long long way, but I think he has played one of the best games this year.

That's pretty much it.  Those are my opinions and my opinions only.  What are yours?  Who do you want to see win?  Who do you THINK will win?  How have your opinions changed since the beginning of the season?

 

 

Reader Comments (26)

Judd would be my favorite if it wasn't for one major issue - he was already evicted! I can't root for anybody who has spent time out of the game.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott
In one of my posts I think I said that Andy would probably be a likable person in real life but that his game play has been really annoying to me. Promising loyalty to one or another powerful house guest (e.g. Helen) and then only minutes later sharing all details of the "private" conversation with the powerful opposition (e.g. Amanda), along with a fresh set of loyalty promises ... Well, this kind of thing really gets on my nerves. But as BigBrotherGossip's resident newbie, I've realized by now that it's my own personal distaste for deceit which is getting in the way. Deceit is a necessary part of this game.

I've also realized that sometimes you gotta cheer for the people you don't like so much if it helps you get what you want (such as eviction of the players you don't like) and/or if it means not rooting for house guests you dislike more strongly.

And I can't argue at all with Ash's analysis of Andy's game play. Looking back on it, even though at times his style has annoyed me, I simply have to agree that Andy has played a smart game.

Anybody who has read my posts here know that I would have wanted Helen to win. Since that can't be, I'll be rooting for Andy and Judd, in that order.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTarget John
My opinions have changed over the season as well. I liked Helen initially. Amanda soured from like quickly as she rolled people. Elissa shows she didn't fall from the tree (but seemingly landed on her head).

If Amanda and Elissa go this week, we may see the season end with actual strategic play, rather than the usual overt AG tampering (I see dead Boxes).

And possibly make Jessie's yearly act-the-fool appearance less likely, as no one would appreciate all he has to offer.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlmb02
If a Pandora ever appears (which I hope is no), it won't involve Jesse. He's currently on TNT Wrestling, which broadcasts live every Thursday night from Florida. If Elissa isn't the second one out tomorrow, I could see them having her wretched sister show up the next day in a Pandora (they always have them on Friday).
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott
That's my big fear. If Elissa doesn't go in the double I'm terrified they are going to bring in Rachel (and a special twist to save Elissa) via PB on Friday. Meh...
September 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterAsh
I agree with Ash's remarks on most of the HGs so far. McCrae was my choice in the beginning, and now it's too late for him to make a comeback that I could respect.

Andy is the only one from the Exterminators that has played a solid game from day 1. He has been true to his strategy and I think that OUGHT to put him on top. Unfortunately, Judd is a far more likeable fella, and this game seems to be just as much about popularity as it is about strategy. I do agree, though, that his handicap is the temporary eviction. No self-respecting HG would allow him to win, on the other hand I think a jury would be conflicted if the final 2 were Andy/Spencer or Andy/GM. I think that's the only way Andy would win is if he were F2 with one of them.

I must say that this is my very first season of BB and I am addicted. I have been told this is the worst season since BB1, so for somebody who doesn't know any better, I think this has been a very entertaining show.

I did take the time to watch the entire first season and I am midway through BB2. I expect to have them all watched before BB16 - if there is one.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenniMc
see ash can u help me understand ur love feast for judd because i dont get it i watch and follow the feeds he suck he's a YES MAN does what everybody else does don't have a backbone and danile donatio said it best he suck outside of his DR hes wack and not going to make it to the end unless he starts to win. also i dont really like elesae game but kind root for her cause of the personal attacks they do every night on her also if spencer goes on the DE i want be sad cause i dont have to hear him call the girls cunts or bitches and if elsesa surive the DE and win hoh or vetos to the end then i think she would win the game cause that means she survied everybody gunning after what do u think ash ?? also ash i dont know if u seen or watch but if u havent go to youtube and watch jeff interviews with danile danatio and bredon they have good points on this season. thanks love ur night owl updates and tweets keep them coming
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjosh
Andy doesn't do well in competition, so he has to rely on betrayal. I know it's a game but there should be the tiniest bit of integrity involved. Be a man Andy, not the worm I guess you really are. People are watching you, that must count for something. It's creepy to lie, aren't we getting enough of that from our leaders. BB is just getting too depressing. Bad casting...wake up BB, we need people to inspire us, not depress us. At least DR got Amanda and Elissa to make up.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Once again we agree on almost all opinions! So I must be unpopular too! Lol. My favorite is Judd all the way & have loved him pre/season-on. I like him even better than I thought I would! I also loved McCrae pre-season & like you am very disappointed in his game play. I also enjoy Spencer's humor. He does go way too far at times but he cracks me up & I get his humor. I also think GM is funny & a good person minis the racial stuff. My kids are biracial & my ex husband & current boyfriend are black so I def do not agree with her racist behavior but if she can overcome that she's a cool person. Amanda has her funny times but like you I can't hardly watch her mean,insecure,bitchy ways. I think Andy has played amazing & he could/should win if makes final 2.A lot of ppl disagree but he's worked HARD pulling off his game. The only one we disagree on is Elissa. I do like her but agree she can be weird/odd & changes at the drop of a hat! I think sometimes her being Christian & trying to live right/etc comes off as she thinks she's better. I've been called uppity or snobby & I sooo far from that. Sometimes when ppl see Christians talking about morality,their faith,etc..people take it as uppity etc.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon
I pretty much agree with everything you said. I really liked Amanda in the beginning, and I thought a lot of the hate directed at her had a lot to do with the fact that's she's a woman, and people don't like women who "act like men." But her sense of entitlement started to grate on me, and when the word "Shaniqua" passed her lips, she was finally dead to me. I think Andy should win, and I hope Judd is sitting next to him, and I have some small hope that he will win America's houseguest. If there is anyone who can beat Elissa in that, it's him.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCherie
Ash is my favourite.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie
I agree with Ash. (mostly)
The way I see it, this season, picking a winner is going to be like choosing the least painful dildo...
With discriminatory comments coming from EVERYONE, Elissa's unending social class bias & non stop passive aggressive jabbing, Amanda's WAY over the top aggressive shit, & the rest of them jumping on which ever bandwagon is passing at the moment, there isn't anybody I can genuinely root for....
They all sat back and laughed about the Elissa/Amanda shit while it happened... They ALL placated both of them & "ya'd" to both on cue... & Andy did his best to throw fuel the fire on both sides.
Then, they all have a bitchfest about both sides... Hypocrisy and undeserved self entitlement at its most magnificent. if they hated it so much, any one of them had a ton of ops to open their mouth and give both of them a big "shut up" and an even bigger "grow up"... But instead they kept shut up...
& Judd... Once you're out you're out, the way I see (want) it.
But of the choices there "are"...He's the least painful... Like Rachael's last season. The jury's choice was: shit on their shoes, or shit on their hands... Uhhhh, Rachael... the Skyperbater's wife...

I think ALL of them this season have given us no shortage of reasons why there isn't a single one of them that deserve having a single one of us be their fan. (Or, a mega asshole hater that publishes ph #s /addresses etc... It IS "just" a game)

Of course, now I've terribly offended everyone who's a fan of a particular hg because they see themselves in that hg...

But, crazy people don't "know" they're crazy do they?
(well, that's what I've been told when I argue that "I'm" not crazy...)
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraunty nobody
I feel bad for Judd and don't blame him for being upset at production. Getting Elissa to flip messed his game up and lowered his odds of winning. Since returning, he played his game based on getting Amanda out and he made moves based on what he found other HG game play to be. As far as he knows, he has lost any ties he was building with Elissa, Andy may secretly checkout of his alliance and Amanda, who accuses Judd of everything, might stay.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie
McCrae is an"Under the Radar"type guy and this is his game. I think he's doing a good job of it. Now is the time to win competitions and I think he will. This is how the game should be played. Andy win...who would be stupid enough to vote for a spineless lier.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
First of all, Thank You so much for your daily posts. I always look forward to reading them in order to catch up after I get home from work. As far as agreeing....LOL. I actually agree with every single one of your thoughts on each of these house guests (and usually do of your assessments).
I actually was rooting for Aaryn ("the vile racisssst") even before I really knew her great gameplay (which still stands as very good gameplay) but I also had JuDD in mind as well. I'm thrilled he's back and rooting for him to take it all now that Arryn is gone. I didn't and don't condone Arryn's ignorant remarks on the show but she hasn't been the only shocking one. The others, like GM, Spencer and especially Amanda better get their own comeuppance in front of Julie...or I'll be livid with her and CBS! Let's get a grip, folks! Evil Dick was far worse than any of these current players and he was not only viewer favorited and the winner but encouraged by production to keep it up! Personally, I think what Julie did to Arryn was to make herself feel better and was over the top...but that's what CBS was looking for...shock value ratings. So be it. But it will be my breaking point for returning next season if the others don't get the same thrashing on the hottest from her on their exit. There shouldn't be any favoritism on anything in the house from production and that includes calling ignorant, derogatory comments out on ALL who do it....not just those from "Southern Conservative States." Yep, I said it. Sadly, because of all this, I firmly believe that Big Brother will never be the same fun show it used to be thanks to all the easily offended, polarizing PC police this season. What person will want to come on now knowing there's a chance they'll be vilified while being plastered all over media for their 24/7 mishaps or worse, lose their job! So outrageous.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCallie
Andy for the win. I think he's played a really good game so far. I don't feel like he's a floater, but honestly, the word floater seems to have lost all meaning. People throw it around for anyone who doesn't yell and get into fights and put big targets on themselves. I feel like a lot of people don't understand that the best gameplay is subtle and happens behind the scenes. That's not floating, that's smart. Besides, I think there's all sorts of ways to get yourself to the end, and if it takes shifting alliances and letting stronger people carry you, more power to you. People who try to put real life logical and moral implications on big brother strategy drive me crazy.

If it can't be Andy, I'd be alright with McCrae winning. I'll be bummed if GM, Spencer or Elissa wins (mostly because I just dislike them personally so much that I find it difficult to root for them, and also the twist saving Elissa for 3 weeks is such bs). I don't want to see Judd win, since he got another chance, but if he is up against any if the 3 of them, I'd be alright with it.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
So BB strategy is not suppose to have logical or moral implications..give me a break!!! I guess we're suppose to turn our brains off and become idiots to enjoy the show.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Sorry Kristen but you really pressed my button. People that get into the habit of turning off their brains for escape or pleasure....pretty soon become wired that way. We are at a point in life where we have to be fine tuned to the TRUTH at all levels...even entertainment. We as a society are drowning in LIES anD it is going to destroy us.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Think of BB as a game of poker. If someone bluffed in a poker game, would you think they were a terrible human being who lies all the time in the real world? BB is also a game that literally requires lying to win. It's part of the rules, and everyone knows it going in. You're not turning off your brain, but just the opposite, you're taking a step back and seeing this for what it is- a reality show where people are competing to see who can manipulate a group of people the best. That's the entire concept. I have serious doubts that lying within the context of the game of big brother will have any effect on the moral fiber of our country, but to the extent that you think it will, I think you're watching the wrong show. Lying will always been a necessary and essential part of BB, so if you dislike it, why are you a fan?
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
I am a fan of BB because I am an observer of human behavior at its best and at its worst. How else are we going to learn. That's what we are here for, aren't we? Habits determine our level of consciousness and if you get in the habit of rationalizing lying and saying its all in the game, that's going to be your level. There are other ways to win,that's what we're here to learn.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Being a BB fan, I am guilty of everything I am about to say. When we approve and cheer for people who deceive, betray and manipulate others, it gives you a sense of power, it releases buried anger. This is the position we are in and it's pathetic...getting our thrills watchings the likes of Andy. It's so sad isn't it. PLEASE BB..we the fans deserve better!!! Can't we have people who will really challenge us in ways that are better for us. They say people get the leaders that they deserve...I guess BB thinks this is what we deserve.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Great post Ash, I think you are spot on with most of the HGs - I don't have the love for Judd you do but other than that I can't find fault with most of what you said.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterindymike
As Above, So Below...BB is a reflection of this country's moral fiber. If you don't think so,wake up!!!! Oh ....I forgot ....it's just a GAME...go back to sleep then and enjoy your little game.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
As Rome burns, they give us crumbs like BB to distract us. I think all of you are very intelligent ...back me up please!!
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
I now have renewed faith in the BB fans. I checked the BB Blog poles and half the fans want Andy to be the second one to be evicted as opposed to who would get evicted, which would be Elissa or McCrae.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

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