Should The House Target "The Beast Mode Cowboy"?

Warring the following contains spoilers from the live feeds 

I thought Id try a different kind of post here. This is an experiment to see if you guys like this kind of thing. If you do let me know and I will do more. We all love Big Brother! The drama, the games, the strategy all creates a captivating story and leaves us wondering what will happen next. I'm sure I'm not the only one to fantasize about playing the game or at least playing out scenarios of what might happen next in the house. That is what this post is about. Think of it like those "Choose Your Own Adventure Books" from when we were kids. I want to say this is a strictly hypothetical scenario. While there is some reason to believe this could happen it is not an official plan and in fact it looks like it will not. Victoria has won the POV which means Cody has to name a replacement to go up against Brittany. I believe now is the time to backdoor “The Beast Mode Cowboy” Caleb.

Over the past few days Caleb’s jealousy and irrationality have been at an all time high. He truly believes Amber owes him and Cody is stepping on his toes. He has been moping around the house and telling everyone who will listen that Amber and Cody are throwing it in his face. He is a strong competition threat and up until now was an ally of Cody. But with his recent mindset there is no telling what he would do if he wins HOH.

Lets think about who Cody is aligned with and who his options are as a replacement. Amber and Jocasta won the Battle of the Block therefore they can not be renominated. They would have been the best options to nominate opposite Brittany guaranteeing someone who would nominate Cody and his allies would be leaving. Derrick is Cody’s strongest ally he is not going up. Christine, Frankie, and Zack are his next strongest allies and not an option for replacement. Hayden along with Nicole are also allies probably not options. That leaves just two viable options Donny and Caleb.

Donny is well liked by everyone in the house but not exactly trusted. He's secretly aligned with Derrick and Frankie in Team America. Jocasta is a solid ally of Donny as well. If he gets nominated against Brittany he probably stays. If they decided they want Brittany gone, and it looks like that, this will be their play.

But what if they want to make another power move and get Caleb out? Here is how I would do it. First you tell him if Donny goes up Brittany stays and she will be coming after them. That means one of us has to go up. Then you build up Caleb’s ego saying he is the only one mentally strong enough to not crack under the pressure of the block. Tell him to imagine Zack or Frankie up there. There is also the added benefit out keeping Brittany quite thinking she is safe now. Tell him he will not go home over her because they have the votes. You say we had you last week we will have you again. Will he buy this? I think he might but even if he does not he can't stop you.

Why do I think this the best plan? Well you can get out two people this week.

Caleb - A huge physical threat who is an ally now but becoming more unhinged everyday.

Brittany - A paranoid loner in the house who you finally might be able to convince you have her back after saving her a second time.

Never waste an opportunity, you may not get it again, to take out a huge threat to your game. Should Caleb be backdoored? Do you like these kinds of articles? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below. You can also reach me on twitter @CoryCShow Make sure you check back for all the Big Brother content you desire. And download the Big Brother Buddy App and follow us on twitter @BigBrotherBuddy for instant updates from the house


Power Rankings Week #3: Ding Dong, the Witch(?) is Dead!

A much-needed "recollection" period occurred this week as many houseguests' game-plans started to coexist. It seemed as though all the stars aligned in a perfect plan to take out the "father" of the house, and in the end it pulled through. But was this really the best situation for us viewers?

CRITERIA: These rankings are made based upon STRATEGIC GAMEPLAY and how well an individual is perceived throughout the house, NOT HOW MUCH I LIKE THEM. A veto winner may be lower than someone still on the block because of how well they are playing the game as a whole. WARNING: OPINIONS INCOMING.

Not-so Honorable Mention: Devin.
Devin leaving means two important things to BB16. The house just got a lot smarter, and we just lost a lot of fun. Yes, I know we all degrade Devin for having the worst social game we've seen in years. Yes, I know Devin's daughter was as much a player as he was this season. But dang, did this man make a show. Have you ever seen so much chaos in the first two weeks? Have you ever seen an EIGHT PERSON ALLIANCE? No. I hate everything Devin stands for strategically, but for that exact reason, he is perfect for TV. Many might not miss you "bro," but I sure will.

13. Victoria.
This week on Victoria-watch, Victoria decided to share a story about a bird swooping down and picking her up as a child. And that's basically it.

12. Jocasta.
The only reason Jocasta isn't in the 13th spot is because of how strongly the house hates Victoria. She was a floater at the beginning of the season, and she has officially solidified that role after one simple event. After becoming very ill, Jocasta told the DR that being on the block was no concern at all and that she now only cares about her health. Of course to the untrained ear that may sound pretty reasonable. She is sick and should definitely be concerned for her health. However, the fact that her brain completely shut off game at the drop of a hat shows true colors. Besides her friendship with Donny, Jocasta doesn't have much going for her.

Sidenote: After all Donny did for you, you end up thanking God left and right for giving the Veto to you. Donny gave you the necklace, I think he deserves some praise as well.

11. Amber.
Amber is this low for two major reasons. The first one is only a byproduct of Caleb's stupidity/creepiness. With Amber not willing to play the part of the reluctant "princess" of Caleb, he has become a frustrated and restless. This whole situation has given way too much spotlight to Amber. She may be in the right, but flirting with Cody isn't going to help her either, so she does take some responsibility. The second reason she takes this spot is for her pushiness to take down the guys. Problem: you told Christine. Christine went right to the guys and now Amber's game is wide open. Her name is in a lot of people's mouths for all the wrong reasons. 

10. Brittany.
The end of the week proved poor for Brittany. Once Devin was set to go home, the houseguests needed a new target for the following week. Personal reasons or not, Brittany has become a target to many people. Her need to make situations more emotional than they need to be shows what kind of player she is. Strategy isn't the focal point of her mind, emotions are. It may be the reason she rubs others the wrong way.

9. Caleb.
If you've seen my other rankings you know I'm not too hot on Caleb but understand his power in the game. Well, this time Caleb's power isn't there anymore and I'm glad to say he takes the 9th spot. I've already discussed the stalker-ish nature he holds over Amber. It's gone too far. He wants things she can't give him and he won't take no for an answer. Now it's destroying his game as Cody sees the glares and tension. Sorry Caleb, but "beast mode" doesn't refer to your gameplay. It refers to your personality. 

8. Donny
Donny has been getting a little heat lately. I can see the glimmer of strategy he offers in the DR, but he has a hard time effectively executing it. His awkward approach to the Team America move didn't fully represent itself on the show, but Nicole and some others started to believe he was America's Player until Frankie shut it down. Still, Donny is out there as a target. He's winning challenges and people notice that. Although there isn't a facade, more and more houseguests think Donny is a hardcore player unlike how he is showing himself to be. Donny needs to step up his game and use his likability to gain more trust. 

7. Zach.
Zach attack has climbed back up the ladder, but not too much. How he went from explosive and erratic to calm and collected I don't know, but Zach isn't a common name to be thrown out there as a target anymore. I do have a sharp criticism in that regard, however. He escaped being a target and good on him. When Team America chose to make Zach the subject of their controversial task I thought it could be the downfall of his game. But it got dissuaded pretty easily. Until one fateful hour. Zach began to neither confirm or deny that he is Amanda's cousin to certain people. Why? You want to stir up some fun? Well that fun could result in some discussions about you and possibly the block. You never want your name pushed around.

6. Hayden.
Hayden isn't a target for anyone. He's been playing the likability factor with the women and hasn't been the forefront of any negative gameplay. I see Hayden riding it out at least until jury. There seems to be bigger fish to fry. Plus, Hayden has power in terms of influence on the guys. His friendships hold some weight. The only downside this week for Hayden has been his frequent attempts for romance with Nicole!

5. Nicole.
Speaking of Nicole, that frog costume? That wasn't a punishment. That was a cuteness alert. But, uh, back to the strategy. Nicole still stays pretty high on the list for her gravity in the house. Christine should stay her number one ally as she isn't a target either and gets a lot of information from a lot of people. She's also doing a great job with Hayden as he attempts to flirt like a middle-schooler. Definitely isn't Amber. What makes Nicole the number five seat and not any higher is her sass. Yes, I said sass, She has a little spunk in her that I saw when she nominated Donny and almost called out Devin mid-week. But as long as her emotions stay under control the weeks to come, I think we have at least a jury member here.

4. Frankie.
Frankie slowly slips down the rankings for efforts done by others. His name is now out there with some of the less-powerful players so it isn't much to freak out about, but you never know who could win HoH or veto. Frankie does has something important brewing though that I'd like to call attention to. Christine and Nicole seem to be his new focus. The two girls latched on to Hayden because of his physical strength for competition and his love of Nicole. Now they have a likability of Frankie but for purely game reasons. They like where his head is that. This is what Frankie needs in the later weeks as the former-Bomb Squad member begin to turn on each other. If he falls back into the shadows he once had in week one, he'll be golden.

3. Cody.
I know, right?! Cody's first week would have made me believe he would never be in the top three. Yet here he is, proving me wrong once again. I have three major bullet points for Cody's recent ascension in my power rankings. First, his loyalties. Each person in the house believes Cody to be loyal to them in one form or another. Cody has become the "best friend" of the house with his charm. Second, his true alliances. The solid alliances that Cody has chosen are those with actual players that want to keep him around for a long time. Derrick, Zach, Frankie, and occasionally Hayden all back him up even when he isn't around. Finally, his abs. Yes, his abs. Flirtation can get you far in this game if you can spin it correctly. Cody definitely has the flirting down but has caught the attention of Caleb. His response to this is probably what made me put him up this high. Cody didn't try to take action against a jealous Caleb, he took precautions to what Caleb might do if his stupidity continued. Perfect job planting that seed to Derrick. Just don't actually fall for any of these girls.

2. Derrick.
My MAN!! 2nd and not 1st? What's up! Derrick falls down out of the top spot for one major reason: he won HoH. Now that doesn't mean getting HoH was a bad situation for Derrick. He actually escaped unharmed and without any mad players coming after him (sending Devin home gets him bonus points from others). The only issue is that Derrick is under the radar anymore. Donny even said that he may be the ringleader of the house. Hopefully no one else realizes that any time soon. Still, Derrick continues to impress. Team America's task was completed heavily because of his part and how he smoothly told Zach about the situation so he would confront people. I still see shades of Dan in his DR's and and will continue to love seeing him play.

And finally, without further adieu, this week's new Number 1 spot goes to....

1. Christine.
There may be some controversy with this pick, but hear me out. Christine can, yes, be a little too giddy sometimes. She can also be a little too agreeing with everything everyone says. But a common denominator resides between every conversation she has in the house: a knowledge of the game. Christine knows Big Brother, and a decent amount of people in the house don't that well. She's using this to her advantage. The big dogs, mainly the guys, have been power-hungry these first weeks. Cody, Hayden, Zach, and Caleb all seek HoH very openly. Christine wants none of that, which is perfect. Why gain a power role this early when you aren't in danger? Christine's superfan status continues to make itself apparent.

That's it for this week's garble and whatnot. Make sure to come back next week for the same crap just in a different order. Leave a comment if you disagree and want my head for it! See ya!


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Big Brother Alliances: The Detonators Blowing Up the Squad

Warning the following contains spoilers from the live feeds.

Hey Big Brother Buddy I am back with a jam packed alliance update. I feel that I owe you that due to the long absence. But I’ll spare you the chit chat lets get right into it.

Team America - Derrick, Donny, and Frankie
Forced together with the potential to win cold hard cash. This trio has five thousand reasons to stick together. Derrick and Frankie are the two house guests with big secrets and even hinted at that to each other. I’m fairly certain they have succeeded in their first mission by convincing the house that Zack is BB 15 house guest Amanda Zuckerman’s cousin. They even have Zack going around jokingly saying its true. As far as game though they are keeping distance as to not draw suspicion. But that hasn't stopped other house guests from thinking Donny might be some sort of America’s Player.

The Bomb Squad - Amber, Caleb, Christine, Cody, Derrick, Frankie, Hayden and Zack
How could we not mention this season's craziest alliance. Devin exposed the BS so everyone knows about it but are uncertain about how real it actually was (or still is). Everyone, mainly Derrick and Christine, did a great job to deflect and give the appearance that it wasn't that real. There is very little loyalty left among the group except for the smaller alliances that formed it.

The Detonators - Christine, Cody, Derrick, Frankie, and Zack  
This five-some has been together for awhile but official sealed the deal with a name just last night.

Los Tres Amigos - “Papa Bear” Derrick, “Rico” Cody, and “Landmine” Zack  
Formerly know as Jump Street (a much better name but BB told them its copyrighted). This the second spanish themed name of the season ( lol El Cautro). These three are a tight group but Derrick and Cody know that Zack is a well a “Landmine”. They have Hayden hooked as an ally too. 

The "Insert Wicked Cool Alliance Name Here" Alliance - Derrick and Cody
They have an alliance going but have yet to name it. They want an awesome name but can't seem to settle one. This could become the most powerful alliance depending mainly on how Derrick decides to play it. Update: As of 6:25 am BBT they are The Hitmen

Zankie - Zank and Frankie
We all want these two to just live happily ever after. That storybook ending seems shaky as of late. I think they will try and protect each other but if it comes down to it they will let the other walk.

Cambler/ Beauty and The Beast Mode Cowboy - Caleb and Amber
Caleb is so dedicated and blinded by “love” that he literally volunteered to be nominated for her. Amber could not care less.

Nicotine/Haycol - Christine, Nicole, and Hayden
Nicole and Christine are BFFs. Nicole is doing her little flirt-mance with Hayden. And all three have a working relationship. There are cracks between Nicole and Christine game wise though.

Feedsters Alliance - Derrick and Nicole
Formed during their time shared as HOHs. Just a working relationships not much more

Derroria - Derrick and Victoria
This is really just for Derrick to keep Victoria close and gather what little information she has.

The Bible and The Beard - Jocasta and Donny
Not really official but they are friends. Wednesdays Veto episode will bring some tears to your eyes guaranteed.(Well at least me) Donny after winning Veto brought the veto to the sick Jocasta granting her safety for the week.
Brittney - She can’t seem to trust anyone long enough to finish a conversation, let alone form an alliance.

Devin and his daughter - Did you know he has a daughter? (never gets old)

What do you think is the strongest alliance? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below. You can also reach me on twitter @CoryCShow Make sure you check back for all the Big Brother content you desire. And download the Big Brother Buddy App and follow us on twitter @BigBrotherBuddy for instant updates from the house. Also special credit to reddit user Noslodecoy for the awesome Team America picture.


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Power Rankings Week #2: Devin Can't Play Edition

Yes, this week just happened. We've been blessed with a glorious cast this year, and the power seems to shift every day. Seriously, every day. Team America assembled, Zach blew up his and the Bomb Squad’s game, and Devin forgot what game is was playing. 

CRITERIA: These rankings are made based upon STRATEGIC GAMEPLAY and how well an individual is perceived throughout the house, NOT HOW MUCH I LIKE THEM. A veto winner may be lower than someone still on the block because of how well they are playing the game as a whole. WARNING: OPINIONS INCOMING.

Not-so Honorable Mention: Paola.
Dj Powpow has left the building. Thank god. Your head wasn’t in the game until you realized you may actually be leaving. Sorry Pow, too little too late. However, bonding with Donny was very sweet to see on the show and the feeds. Where you went wrong was with your reputation. Being associated as a challenge-flop in other seasons may be good for a floater game. The Battle of the Block changed that, as you want the best challenge competitor to be beside you. Anyone being put up with Paola had a high percentage of losing that competition. To make matters worse, she associated herself too much with Devin and then blew up BIG TIME.

Paola leaving demonstrates why drooling over boys isn’t an effective strategy in the Big Brother house.

14. Devin.
I know, shocker. Where do I even begin with you Devin? I could rant about how confused you are with how Big Brother even works. I could rant about your constant change of pace with who you trust. I could rant about how you contradict your “stay loyal and truthful” mentality with putting up Zach. But any right-minded fan of the show already knows how you got your place here on my list. He’s a mob boss with a serious case of bipolar gameplay. “Pow I’ll use the veto on you. Wait, Brittany is nice now in my eyes. Wait Zach doesn’t agree with my opinions I hate him. I hate everyone now. HEY EVERYONE THE BOMB SQUAD IS A THING.”

I’d be more than happy to jump on the Devin-hate-bandwagon, but I think we all have heard enough about him. Not to mention the important and precise detail that he has a daughter has been burned into my memory every waking second. So instead, I will try to sum up Devin’s gameplay in two simple words:

Irrational, bro.

13. Jocasta.
The most interesting thing about Jocasta is that she is probably the safest person in the house and yet has no power. Everyone seems to like whom she is and doesn't give her a second thought. She is a Class A case of being a floater: not picking sides and barely talking game. Whether I like her strategy or not, the Queen of Bowties will be here for a while.

12. Victoria.
If you don’t have the live feeds, you might barely know Victoria at this point. She hasn't been a major part of game-talk or made any solid alliances. She’s mainly just concerned with her appearance, it seems. Not much to say here.

11. Amber.
Guilty by association. Amber has been shown a lot more recently on the show, but not for the right reasons. Any time another houseguest asks her a question, she answers indifferently in order to not pick sides or disagree with anyone. And people are catching on. Although Amber wants to avoid working with Devin, she has been in the room of every strong-armed move he makes. Hayden and Nicole have begun to spread that she is untrustworthy and many agree. If Amber wants to reaffirm herself with people’s trust, she can’t act so wishy-washy in front of them.

10. Zach.
Why did you do this to yourself? You weren't a target and had the protection of half the house. I understand Devin’s antics got on your nerves and you needed to speak your mind, but come on! You straight up TOLD him to put you up if he didn't trust you anymore. Have you met Devin? Of course he’ll do that. So now you've escaped eviction because of the impressive damage control done by Derrick. Now what? Some people still have your back, but everyone knows you’re a loose cannon now. I hate to see you down here, but you indulged your erratic side way too much. Hopefully you can fight your way back up the totem pole, but your veto speech was just waaay too much and blew up your allies’ games.

9. Caleb.
This week Caleb decided to do two things. Fight with Devin and stalk Amber. Caleb thinks he will win every competition and therefore plans ahead based on it. Which isn’t the smartest thing to do. I find the most cringe worthy part of his strategy to be telling others that he is making deals around the house. At this point he has a protection agreement with what seems to be everyone besides Donny.  So good luck picking a target. Maybe Caleb will come out of his Big Brother cocoon a beautiful and strategic butterfly. And maybe I’ll grow a second head.

8. Brittany.
She took on Devin and came out on top. Now she strives to take him down with the rest of the house. Although I fully endorse the direction she is moving in, Brittany still is mid-tier. Her influence in the house seems to be overpowered by some of the bigger players, but she's making the climb. The girls seem to like her the most, so maybe the former Bomb Squad has some competition?

7. Hayden.
I am loving Hayden more and more. He is highly loved in the house, even with Devin. Aligning with Christine and Nicole is perfect for his game, as those are the ones making the least amount of waves. The reason Hayden isn't higher up is because he insists on trying to win every challenge to show he's a challenge threat. Take some more advice from the those two girls Hayden: there's a war at hand, and you want no part in it!

6. Donny.
Team America is the best thing that could have ever happened to Donny. The two other members are the best houseguests to work with him as their personalities match. With Powpow out of the house, Donny was just the lovable guy with no alliance. But now AMERICA has gotten him one. Donny will now have more information about the house without having to stop laying low. Just start remembering the other houseguests names and you'll be on your way!

5. Cody.
Cody wasn't shown too much on the show this week, but he was definitely playing. He seems to have gotten his head in the game and chosen the right allies. Derrick and Frankie have his back and he has theirs. The girls love his charm and the other boys are too busy fighting to care about him. Cody is slipping through the cracks efficiently. Keep proving my first impressions wrong (and don't focus on cute girls)!

4. Nicole.
You and Christine have it in the bag if you don't play your cards too soon. Winning HoH could be beneficial or detrimental to your game, I just hope you know how to spin in your way. You're playing the same as week one and not going on too strong out of the gate. Perfect.

3. Frankie.
Frankie drops down a spot this week thanks to a Zach blow up. More people are conscious to his gameplay now, like Brittany. Playing Andy's sort of game is hard: knowing everything that goes on in the house gets tiresome and hard to keep track of. Luckily, the new HoHs have his back for the most part and Devin is the bigger threat. Team America is great for you, as Derrick already trusts you and Donny likes your personality. Fall back into the shadows behind this whole Devin vs. Zach war and you have a great game ahead of you. 

2. Christine.
Ladies and gentlemen, the dark horse has arrived! Clearly the stand-out player of the "Weirdo" alliance, Christine is here to play. NO ONE has her in her sights, and yet she knows where everyone's heads are at. You can see she is manipulative in her conversations with some of the former Bomb Squad members, but only when she chooses to. She knows some people like Frankie will catch on to it otherwise. Christine may have a high spot on these rankings for a long time...

And whether you saw this coming or not, the all-star player and all-round B.A. of this week's power rankings is...

1. Derrick.
Flashback to the aftermath of the veto ceremony. The next four hours of gameplay were dominated by this man. Without Derrick's help, Zach would be history. The damage control he is capable of is unprecedented. Team America give him a core alliance which he needs. Lying to everyone in the house will be bad if he doesn't have anyone to fall back to. Honestly, with the three of them together, they can take the game by storm outside of just the simple America challenges. Derrick used the support of how "America chose us to be together" and therefore it's who they should stick with. And really, it's true.

That's it for this week's power rankings! Disagree with something I had to say or want to congradulate me on how spot on I am? Leave a comment! Come back next Thursday for more rambling and nonsense. See ya!

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