There have been many articles written analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the Houseguests on Big Brother 14 from the outside perspective. I thought you might enjoy how I would grade out (much like I would do to my football players after a game) the Houseguests from a first hand, direct, and unedited perspective from someone who has played the game with all of them.
This article is part 1 of a 2 part series grading out the Houseguests. In this article you will find out what Houseguests I ranked from 15th to 8th most effective in the house.
Disclaimer: These are my game related thoughts from inside the house only. These rankings should be taken strictly from a game perspective and not a personal one.
I have yet to watch any episodes of Big Brother 14 or any YouTube videos containing clips from the episodes. Why have I purposely not watched any episodes??
First, I wanted to give you my unbiased perspective (with no editing or DRs) from my time within the house. Having played the game twice, I know how watching the episodes can alter an image of a houseguest in both an accurate and inaccurate way.
You will find out the second reason why I haven’t watched any of the episodes at the end of this blog post.
Before we get into the grades, just know that I waited about a week or so to let the dust settle before I sat down to grade everyone out.
I wanted to give time for things to calm down, so if my fellow Houseguests read this post themselves they would know this is my honest and non-personal opinion on their games as individuals (as if they actually care).
Let’s get right into the grading criteria that I used.
To me the game of Big Brother has always been about several things, not just winning competitions, or making alliances, but a using wide range of skills and attributes that are a necessity to do well in the game.
Oh and for the record, I have a great disdain for the term “social game.” The ENTIRE game is social. As a player I focused on the attributes that makes someone succeed in a social environment as opposed to just lumping it all together in such a vague and weak description.
There are 9 criteria each Houseguest was graded on:
- Like-ability: Do people actually enjoy your company in the house?
- Awareness: Are you aware of how you are perceived in the house? Do you have any clue what is going on in the house?
- Knowledge of the Game: Do you understand the basics of the game? Can you anticipate what challenges are on the horizon?
- Physical Ability: How well can you compete in physical challenges? How well can you compete in endurance challenges?
- Mental Ability: How well can you compete in mental challenges? How well can you compete in memorization and logic challenges?
- Relationships: Are you able to build relationships with the majority of the Houseguests? Is your alliance game tight?
- Influence: Can you get someone to do something for you, when you need them to do it?
- Self control: Are you able to control your emotions to further yourself in the game? Can you avoid fighting? Can you fake a fight?
- Playmaking: Do you have the ability to get it done when it counts? Do you bring some intangibles to the game?
Each Houseguest was ranked 1-15 in each of the 9 criteria. The LOWER the number the BETTER.
Example: Scoring a 1 in Awareness means that Houseguest was the MOST aware in the house, a 15 means they were the LEAST aware in the house.
After each Houseguest was graded out, their total rankings from each of the 9 grading criteria were then added up to determine their overall ranking.
In Part 1 we will take a look at the Houseguests who ranked 15th through 8th place according to the grading criteria, not the order of eviction.
Rankings 15th – 8th
- Like-ability: 14
- Awareness: 14
- Knowledge of the Game: 8
- Physical Ability: 15
- Mental Ability: 12
- Relationships: 15
- Influence: 15
- Self control: 14
- Playmaking: 15
- Total: 122
- Overall: 15th
Jodi was the first to leave the house but her comedic impact resonated in the house for 75 straight days. As a player I thought Jodi could have caused a lot of drama and she seemed to be very knowledgeable about the game (big fan = respect). Her strong personality rubbed a lot of people the wrong way early on, but I thought she could have settled in if she had more time.
Ultimately I voted Jodi out not because of her Physical Ability (Danielle also did not get a bear for our team) but because of her lack of effort in hustling back to the main base mattress. This combined with the fact neither Kara nor Danielle wanted to work with her made my decision to vote her out a clear one. Jodi was one of the toughest to grade out because of the little time we spent together.
Quick Pregame Coaching Speech: “Jodi, you can out socialize this entire group of Houseguests in your sleep! Focus on doing it over 6 weeks, not 6 hours, and we have a shot!”
- Like-ability: 15
- Awareness: 15
- Knowledge of the Game: 13
- Physical Ability: 9
- Mental Ability: 11
- Relationships: 14
- Influence: 13
- Self control: 11
- Playmaking: 11
- Total: 112
- Overall: 14th
Jojo was a tough physical competitor in the house and she had a spunk similar to Michelle Costa in Season 10. What hurt Jojo in the game was the fact she made people feel uncomfortable (Ian) or annoyed (Boogie) with her over the top personality and innuendos. Ultimately when it came down to Danielle vs. Jojo early on, it was her like-ability that sealed her fate. I personally never had a problem with Jojo, but others in the house did.
Quick Pregame Coaching Speech: “Jojo, with your fire you will whoop some tail in this house. You’ll do great in competitions but don’t compete with the girls for attention, you don’t need to.”
- Like-ability: 12
- Awareness: 13
- Knowledge of the Game: 10
- Physical Ability: 7
- Mental Ability: 13
- Relationships: 13
- Influence: 10
- Self control: 15
- Playmaking: 10
- Total: 103
- Overall: 13th
Willie had an endearing side to him that may not have been shown through in editing. He got dealt a tough hand of cards in his life and has managed to survive in his own way. Unfortunately the worst thing that could have happened to his game was to have the longest reign of HoH possible (13 days).
I give him credit for trying to rally the new players against the coaches but the time and place might not have been right. For as much as I liked Willie it is hard for me to truly understand why he did what he did. Whether he was trying to help Shane and Jojo, or just lost control, the chance to play Big Brother is something I hold in the highest regards. When he threw it away I was conflicted, I felt with a hard nosed coach, Willie could have done well in the game. Sadly, we will never know.
Quick Pregame Coaching Speech: “Willie you’re going to run the plays I tell you when I tell you and nothing more. When its all set and done, there is going to be trail of defeated Houseguests behind you.”
- Like-ability: 13
- Awareness: 8
- Knowledge of the Game: 12
- Physical Ability: 13
- Mental Ability: 14
- Relationships: 5
- Influence: 8
- Self control: 12
- Playmaking: 14
- Total: 99
- Overall: 12th
One of the things I remember Joe telling me early on (Day 3ish) is “Dan, this game is addicting, I just want to play it all day.” This sums up Joe’s game. He had a strong desire to play the game, and put in a great effort, but he got too ahead of himself.
Joe could have been a loyal, quiet, and dependable vote for any alliance. The problem is, we all know Joe can never be quiet! Although I would have coached him to play the game very differently, I respect his hustle in the game.
Quick Pregame Coaching Speech: “Joe, we’re going to play this game together, much like a slow roasted stew. Let me throw the ingredients in, you mix them together QUIETLY, and I’ll control the heat. Be seen and not heard while cooking. Check please.”
- Like-ability: 2
- Awareness: 12
- Knowledge of the Game: 11
- Physical Ability: 14
- Mental Ability: 15
- Relationships: 10
- Influence: 9
- Self control: 3
- Playmaking: 13
- Total: 89
- Overall: 11th
Ashley was EXTREMELY like-able in the Big Brother house. Pretty much everyone enjoyed her company because she was so easy going. She never lost her cool as a player which I highly respect. Ashley’s strength was her ability to get everyone to like her, in a very natural way.
Ashley’s downfall was her inability to align with anyone until it was too late. Another thing that hurt Ashley was her aloofness, I never knew where she stood (until the end), nor did most of the other Houseguests. Since she was a big fan of the show, I was surprised by Ashley’s unwillingness to commit to anything early on.
Wil was a unique player in the house, partly because he was so jovial, and partly because he had shown signs of being cut throat. Wil’s strength was his ability to socialize within the game and understand the pulse of the house. He was a lot of fun to be around, and he was ON all the time. He seemed to be anti-coach and one unnecessary lie sealed his fate. He fought the stigma of being a cut throat player after the lie got exposed and that caused him to be evicted.
Quick Pregame Coaching Speech: ”Wil, your personality will endear people to you, and your workouts will scare people. You’re going to need to pull off your best acting job yet by playing dead most of this game.”
- Like-ability: 3
- Awareness: 10
- Knowledge of the Game: 9
- Physical Ability: 8
- Mental Ability: 9
- Relationships: 12
- Influence: 12
- Self control: 4
- Playmaking: 12
- Total: 79
- Overall: 9th
I drafted Kara first for a reason: because I knew she had what it took to do well in this game. From the first night, Kara was constantly surveying things, staying quiet, and letting other people run their mouths. The fact that Kara sat back and not only listened but actually PAID ATTENTION to what people were saying really cemented her as a great first pick. In a house where everyone loves to talk about themselves, it is extremely rare to find someone who is smart enough to listen to the other Houseguests expose their own weaknesses.
Unfortunately what hurt Kara had nothing to do with her. It was the fact she was on my team that made her a target combined with the fact she was 1 of only 2 girls who got a bear in the first challenge. Personally I hurt her game when I told her to not to rush and go talk to Willie. My only concern with Kara was how anxious she would get on lock-downs, but that is a small hurdle to how good of a player she could have been. Seeing her leave was the toughest eviction for me, because as a coach I felt like I let her down, she had a lot more game left to play.
Quick Pregame Coaching Speech: ”If I tell you not to flirt with guys, don’t listen to me! You’re smart enough to make some moves on your own in this game, don’t let me screw it up for you!”
- Like-ability: 6
- Awareness: 11
- Knowledge of the Game: 15
- Physical Ability: 2
- Mental Ability: 10
- Relationships: 8
- Influence: 14
- Self control: 1
- Playmaking: 3
- Total: 70
- Overall: 8th
Shane was a tough physical competitor who was behind the 8-ball from the start. His lack of Big Brother knowledge really hurt him in the long run (although as the game went on he picked a lot of knowledge up, but at that point it was too late). Shane was an extremely nice guy, who got along with nearly everyone, and he made 2 huge saves (playmaking) for himself in the beginning. In addition, when he was personally attacked in the game he stood his ground and didn’t lose his cool (impressive for a new player).
The things that hurt Shane’s game was that he was too kind and too naive, which in real life is a great thing, but in the game it is a death sentence. He was also easily influenced by many Houseguests (Danielle, Boogie, Britney) and lacked strong decision making ability.
Quick Pregame Coaching Speech: ”Big Brother 101 Crash Course: follow my lead and we’ll take you from Mr. Vermont to Mr. 500k once you learn how to use this knife.”
End of Part 1
Each of these Houseguests brought certain strengths and weaknesses into the house. I believe everyone has what it takes to win Big Brother it is just a matter of if they are self-aware enough to get it done, which is why the coaches twist had epic potential.
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So What About The Second Reason I Haven’t Watched Any Episodes Yet?
If you really enjoyed my in-depth insight on each of these Houseguests, there is even more coming!
I’ve created a way for you to hear my initial first reactions and insight to every episode of Big Brother 14…
Coach Dan’s Commentary: Big Brother 14
I am recording my commentary for you to listen along as I watch each episode of Big Brother 14 for the first time.
Much like Director’s Commentary included with DVD movies, you will be able to hear my first reactions to every DR, edit, and unknown event right along with me.
Finally thank you so much for reading the blog. It’s your feedback, insight, and support that allow me to write articles like these.
I appreciate you guys more than you know! If you haven’t got a response back to your tweet or e-mail yet, thanks for being patient, I’m working on them! Until next time…