CJ's Opening Speech Aug 27, 2008 3:01:35 GMT -5
Post by Crazy James on Aug 27, 2008 3:01:35 GMT -5
I want to first off thank Freddie Mercury for his help during all the comps, and stressful times. Julie and Will for putting on a great game. The competitions were great and very creative and I enjoyed every stressful moment of it. So when I came into this game, I was coming in off a loss of another. I had it set that this time around, I would play a different game, separate from myself. I think I faltered from time to time due to my emotions but overall I think I played a strategic game that I can be proud of.
I came into this game with one other person; Alison. We had no idea who else was in the game, we had our suspicions that people from the previous season were playing but nothing was confirmed. In the beginning her and I were final 2 partners, this changed and got skewered before the end, but I will get to that soon. I do want to take this time to thank Alison and Matt. You both were amazing partners to work with, and you both deserved in my eyes to be in the final three. I thank you for a great game and one hell of an alliance.
I just want to say before I begin my play by play that I truly tried to play a respectable game. The person (not the player ) doesn’t lie easily and doesn’t take any joy in it. I really enjoyed the house and all the personalities you brought to it. When I had the chance to get to know the person behind the player, I truly learned to like every one of you. So aside from anything that happened “Game wise” You are all a great group of people, and I never lied about anything I said to you that was about my hobbies, interests, or anything like that. I don’t feel that’s necessary in game play. So now with that all off my chest, I will start.
Week of HOH 1:
Howie; was all over me like flies on crap. He wrote me right away and thought that him and I were a great team. I humored him and talked to him and immediately discovered he was a tool. He forced me into a deal with others, I hadn’t even talked too. (Sheila, Amber, Matty and who knows else) Of course I was already with Alison at this time. Howie had grown fond of Alison and was talking to her on the side, not revealing this to his “alliance” in the mean time, she of course was telling me everything.
Howie instantly started filling my head with things about Chicken George. Telling me how everyone in the house hated him and how he was rude and obnoxious and had to leave. So I, not knowing much behind it, agreed. Why wouldn’t I? I am not going to go against the flow of the house, the first week and make myself a target right off the bat. When someone else was already toting around that big bull’s-eye. I then started talking to Matt more who was also okay with getting out George. ( Around this time, I started to suspect that I knew who he was, and sure enough later I truly discovered it.) But I had an idea that was confirmed, he was an old friend from the previous season; I of course played dumb to this for the time being since I wasn’t sure how to act upon it at the time. So the overall plan was this week was then to get out George. To my knowledge at this point it seemed that the majority was involved. So I was all about it.
HOH: Christine was a perfect way for me to start off. Alison and I myself of course went into this together and I love endurance. She also is quite fond of them, so we felt secure. George helped with his nomination when he started trying to prod people out of the comp, insuring that we just should all put up Kaysar and Diane. Well this of course was NEVER the plan. Operation: Take out Chicken Man was in full swing. So, of course I wasn’t going to agree 100 percent to this, well not agree to it honestly.
The challenge in the end came down to Matty, Karen, Alison and myself. We all discussed how George should go up, especially after finding out about Diane’s situation. Danielle bailed out of the comp as well as Matty. I purposely allowed myself to get out; because of course on the side I had already told Alison to take the win. I knew I could have had it, being that I love endurance, but I didn’t want to bring any attention to myself at this point. The funny thing is after I won the food competition and won my immunity. I loved this because I already knew in fact that I was safe, I was feeling pretty good at this point in the game. This all came to an abrupt halt, when George won POV and called Alison and myself out. This wasn’t a very good thing, since it was only week one. This was when I decided very passionately that he needed to leave before I did.
On a side note, I discovered very accidentally that I was friends with Amber. We both discovered our identities by a mix up in screen names. At this point we decided to casually work together and of course she had no idea at the time I was with Alison, this remained this way for a long time. She wanted to bring in more people into our little group and I agreed. I originally had it planned on the side that I would somehow down the line weave in Alison and at the time Alison was working with Matty secretly. It was going very nicely in the sense that we were already building up a strong group of players.
Week of HOH 2:
This week started off shaky. The competition “ Getting to know your bad selves” killed me. I am no good with Big Brother Trivia relating to the show. I got out very quickly and was very upset to see George win. At this point after the previous week, I knew George wanted me out, and I was paranoid. The only thing I could do was wait my fate and see if he would put me and my “final 2” partner up on the block. Well my lovely partner Alison, got to George and James before he put up nominations. She explained the Howie situation and some how convinced them to trust her and work with her. I then also approached George and fed him Howie’s name many times over. Alison after talking with George helped target his anger at others; Matty and Diane.
After the threat of not going up went away, specially after I found George was more concerned with getting out Matt, Karen, and Sheila. I started to plot with Alison again on how we needed to win HOH the following week and backdoor George out. I knew that backdooring him was the only way to ensure he left. He was far too good of player in my mind and I knew he was very capable of saving himself with POV everytime. Matt then won POV, which was great, and Howie left. I was very happy to see Howie go, he only added chaos and drama to the house and I didn’t want my name involved in it.
Week of HOH 3:
This week’s competition was another trivia challenge “ Bad Boys” which I again failed at but Danielle D won. I wasn’t upset she had won, she was a nice girl and I had a feeling she liked me. She ended up putting up Dick and Karen, which was fine with me since I had no real love for either of them at this point.
I discovered that Dani had decided on her nominations by picking people who she didnt talk too. This of course got me motivated and I started to have lengthy conversations with Dani. We had a lot of the same things in common, so I really worked hard on building a friendship with her, this friendship and its solidity wasnt exposed until much later in the game. I felt that it was a good idea to make a strong connection with one of the other strong players of the house. She was indeed very helpful in trivia challenges and was a good link to some of the other people I didnt communicate that much with. I also enjoyed her personality and uniqueness.
What made this week very interesting was, this is when my alliance’s started to build and get stronger. A conversation between Matty and myself revealed we did indeed know each other, this ended perfectly because we knew the other one’s strengths and knew we could trust the other. I didn’t reveal to him at this time that I knew Amber or Alison and I let him tell me what he knew without sharing too much of my own. It was fine since he also wasn’t telling me about his relationship with Alison, which of course I knew all about. I wasn’t completely ready at all to throw myself into this partnership 100 percent. But the conversation sparked the two of us to chat about how we needed to get out George. Who at this point was now a big threat to Matt, Alison and myself. Matt and I agreed to work on POV together and try to win it.
At this time, I also knew that I wasn’t going to let myself win POV, that if anyone was going to win it , it would be Matt. I wanted to remain under the radar, at least for the beginning weeks. So, I spoke to Alison and knew Alison would help him and I also knew Amber was talking to him at the time and would also help him.
Matt had a lot of faith in his relationship with Danielle D, and believed he could help sway her to backdoor George up, if Dick or Karen went down. Needless to say this did not go to plan and Danielle opted for Amber instead. After Amber’s eviction, I was told by a few that she had sold my name to James to try to save herself. I still wasn’t too thrilled at her leaving but after hearing this I knew that maybe it was for the best. A lot of rumors began to fly at this point and I was getting crazy. Everyone seemed to be working with everyone.
Week of HOH 4:
This was the week of the mystery HOH, which I believed to be Karen. She put up exactly the right two people. Dani R and George. Needless to say POV was amazingly important. Because at this point George was now up and this is exactly what I was trying for and looking to make happen since week one.
So when POV was put up and it was crossword puzzle about the lovely Dr. D himself, I almost peed myself with joy. Not only are word finds my favorite but I am a big fan of Will. I had Aly start adding up the numerical part, because it took me about 5 minutes to get all the answers to the questions. I got the puzzle done and thankfully remembered to put DONE in my comp section, allowing me to beat George. After much joyous dancing and praising of Freddie Mercury, I chose not to use POV on either nominee. It was now time to start recruiting the votes to make the mission successful. I knew that I had Matty’s and Alison’s vote. Alison said she could lock in Dick’s vote and Matt and myself were working on Dani’s D’s vote, she was being a bit difficult because she said she had no problem with George. I decided the only way to sway was her to make her believe that she was already being seen as a threat to others in the house, and that if she didn’t vote out George that she would be going against the flo of the house making her more of a target. Matt and I discussed this and he delivered it. I knew that I wanted Matt trying to sway her because; he didn’t know I talked to her as much as I did and I knew that he was already publicly
vocal about his dislike for George.
So we had four votes and we needed one more, Diane was an easy vote. She was never in the game, so she did whatever anyone with good persuasion skills would tell her to do, and that this week, was to evict George. We needed one more vote and Sheila was the one we needed. I didn’t buy that she would vote for George to leave; I was convinced that she was in cahoots with him and James. But Matt seemed confident. The votes came in and it was tied 4-4. The mystery HOH then damned us again by evicting Danielle.
This is when Matt and I worked a plan to work with Dani. We had Matt pm Dani and act like working me would be a good idea and work on building up her trust more. The plan was to have Dani believe she was in control of the situation. So we had her “set up” the chat room and address us both about an alliance, of course we agreed and things were set up perfectly.
I was working secretly on the side with Alison, who was talking and “planning” with James and George and in tight with Dick. I was now aligned with Dani D, an intense comp player, who liked me greatly and Matty, who I trusted and I knew trusted me back. Both of them had communication with Dick and Sheila and fed me back what they said and Amber was already talking with me heavily by this point, believing we were tight with each other. I felt extremely secured and as informed as I could possibly be at this point in the game.
Week of HOH 5:
The HOH of the week was “ Breaking Plates” at this point I was working heavily with Dani and Matty. The alliance was going strong and we all worked together on the plates breaking. I knew that Aly was a good aly but I needed something strong on the side, so this is the week I worked with D and Matt mostly.
Needless to say it came down to us three in HOH and it was suppose to be Matt and me at the end of the hoh, but Dani instead of breaking one of Matt’s broke my last plate. So it was fine, since we had coordinated so that we would win regardless. Matt then put up George and James; the two people in the house that needed to be taken care of the most. At this point my relationship with James had grown and I had started to talk to him on a regular basis. He knew my stance on George but said it didn’t bother him that much. He was going to work with me regardless. So he won POV and up went the pawn Dick.
This is when James asked me to make a final 2 deal with him. I believe it was more because he knew George was on his way out and he knew I was a strong player. I agreed, hesitantly. I know I wasn’t looking to lie, but the guy was good and he was full of information. I knew that if he managed to survive that I could work with him, at this point I didn’t need him as an enemy. He also added that if George stayed, he would still keep me close. I knew at this point that this deal was probably as solid as air, but at least I was prepared.
The great news came instantly, we had the sway with the house and the votes came in 5-2. I know that week rallying votes was a bitch, but the only two people to vote for George to my knowledge was James and “rumored” Dani D. This is when the paranoia set in about her with Matty and I but didn’t develop more till the following week. The in between time between week 5-6 was hell. Karen left and George was brought. This caused so much yelling, ranting and chaos. George you have no idea, the stress you caused .. So I knew at this point, if we wanted to continue on we needed to evict him one more time.
Week of HOH 6:
The week of “Lions and Tigers and Bears” . I want to say once again, endurances are my favorite type of comp. I love them, find them interesting and I know I can stay throughout the entire time. Amber , Aly and I were working together in a chat on the side while posting for the comp. Matt was in the chat room rooting us on, well it came down to me and Aly and we rolled a dice and I won. Pure and simple.
I knew I had to put up George but I knew that my original plan of backdooring him would be much better, since he already had come back from eviction. So I put up Dick because he was an easy nomination at this point and Sheila. A person I knew didn’t like me or from what I was told wanted me out.
On the side Matt and I talked it out that he needed to win and take down someone. Well the original plan was to take down Dick. But Matt had this strange relationship with her and went against the grain and took down Sheila. The reason I wanted her to remain up was because George was going up and I didn’t want to risk having Dick evicted over George. Needless to say we had the numbers that week. Matt, Sheila voted in favor of what Matt would want and she was with Dick, Alison, and Amber and of course Diane. The only person we were unsure about was Dani D. She said she would vote him out but at this point, I was getting information from James and Alison making me believe other wise and sure enough George got booted with a 5-2 vote.
The funny thing is which people will see in my DR , I started to waver about having George leave. I knew I couldn’t vote or anything but I started to believe that Dick was too valuable to Alison and I didn’t like that. I also knew that Dick and Sheila were getting closer, and I was considering George a strong player, that I might have been able to work with, but I knew that deep down I couldn’t really trust him, so I kept my mouth shut.
Week of HOH 7:
This was the week that my paranoia and emotional self set in. Alison, Amber, Matty and I set up a final 4 agreement. It was set in stone and there was no turning back, or was there? I still had an agreement with Alison for final two, but at this point I was feeling pulled. I really had a solid partnership going with Matt, we strategized well together, thought similarly and it just felt right. So the debate began, who would I want to bring to the end..
At this point I also had James believing , I was with him 100 percent. He was a good player and I still regret not really making things work earlier on in the game. The HOH was “Squaring Off” I couldn’t play and Matt took the win and put up Dick and James. I had James believing I would win POV for him but this of course wasn’t the case. I knew James had to go, because he was a strong player and a threat. I was also getting IM’s from Aly about James and Dick was showing Matty about conversations James was having with him, at this point I couldn’t trust him at all. So with that being said I helped evict James with a 4-0 vote. Amber knew all along how she was voting and as did Alison. It was all decided in a group chat.
This is also the week I decided Dani D needed to soon. I knew she was with James, and had been for a while, and so she was on the list of people I wanted out, right after Sheila. I was hell-bent on getting out Sheila at this point. I was convinced her and Matt had more of a relationship then was being said, and I didn’t want my final 4 ( possible final 2 partner) being close to someone who had vocally said I was a threat and wanted me out of the house.
I convinced Matt of this threat, he agreed that I was more important and if it meant getting out Sheila then it would be done, then we would move on to Dani D. Matty was the catalyst for the drama that started between him, aly and I. He started talking or hinting about final 2 with me and as much as I thought I wanted it too, I had an obligation to Alison.
Week of HOH 8:
This week started off with me revealing my deal with Alison to Matt and all of us getting into it a little bit and deciding on a dice roll, for final two. But I knew as well as they did, that deep down that’s not how it would play out in the end. Trivial pursuit was the HOH comp and we all had worked together again in a chat on the side, it came down to me and Alison. I knew that she had “given” me the endurance HOH.. even though a random dice roll doesn’t make me feel like it was handed over and since I already felt I had given up HOH 1, I wasn’t so particular about doing it again. I knew I could take it, I was the one with the huge list in front of me and a nice chart that seemed to hold all the answers. So at the last minute during the tie breaker, I decided to throw it, which I denied to Matty. I didnt need drama within my circle, and this avoided my involvement if any started between those two. Since Matt was worried about Alison that week, as was Alison with Matt. I really ended up not caring too much, she was my partner, and so her winning was a win for us both.
I knew she would put up the people I wanted which was Sheila and Dani D. The action really started to roll during the POV “Snake in the Grass” We all were together making sure to aim at Dani and Sheila. Well things didn’t go according to plan, and I blame Matt for this one. I know I was pissed that he veered from the plan. He purposely was avoiding Dani at times and I was getting angry. I knew he was trying to make himself look good in their eyes, which I believed to be a waste of time. I also got the clear indication when Sheila was persistently going at me she wanted me out. So Aly and I stuck to the plan and took them out. I tried to make it seem like I was going after Dani but I indeed was, I didn’t want to see her evicted but I knew she couldn’t win either. I wanted Sheila out.
The alliance, then later went against what the plan was and all rallied about evicting Dani. I didn’t want this since I knew her and I were close and I wanted someone else in this game outside of this four man group. I knew at this point Aly had Dick, Amber had Dick and possibly Sheila and Matt had Sheila. Who did that leave with me other than them? I bargained and it failed. Dani was evicted. I went on a rampage. I decided then and there that someone wasn’t being honest with me about their side deals and if I wanted Sheila out then I would have to win the next HOH and make it happen myself.
Week of HOH 9
I took the HOH “ Paying Attention” not only did I have all the pictures and information stored but I had Alison, the previous HOH winner alongside helping with me. What happened this week was exactly what I wanted. I won, and put up Sheila and Amber. Amber freaked out because she thought I was using her as pawn, but at this time she was unaware I had a final 3 deal with Alison and Matt so of course they weren’t going up and Dick had won immunity from the special comp.
The POV was won by luck. I had gotten it finished and knew I was ahead of the game but misposted the answers, so I sent the answers to Alison when I realized my error and she posted and took the win, and of course didn’t use POV. So that means Sheila went up and out because we had the numbers and the only person keeping her was Dick.
Week of HOH 10
This week pissed me off. I knew that Amber had gotten help, and I also knew that it was going to end badly. She was in cahoots with Dick to my knowledge after this one. She wrote me and asked me who she should put Dick, I told her not me of course .
But she wasn’t going to put up Matty, for reasons that I believed were weak. She knew me and Alison were close and didn’t want us moving forward. So she got me to promise to vote out Alison over Matt and this would keep me off the block, but then she turned around and didn’t trust me and put me up. Needless to say I knew Matt would keep me but I was pissed to see Alison not moving forward when she very rightfully should have. I knew I was out for blood the next round ; vengence for Alison.
Week of HOH 11
The HOH was “ Win HOH” I knew I had all the information that was needed in a chart and ready to go, I wasn’t worried about the comp after I found out what it was on. I did help Matt on the side during the comp just in case something went wrong and I knew Dick couldn’t win. I won and secured myself in Final 3, now I just needed to secure Matt’s placement.
Well needless to say I busted ass on the POV "Clue" and was ready to post when I got the word that Dick had won. I have every reason to believe that Amber helped Dick to keep her hands clean of evicting Matt. I know that she made a deal with Dick, that they would save the other and get rid of him. The only thing I could do this week was be ape shit pissed and decide on what to do for the final 3. I knew was going in a big target, since both of these players weren’t seen as strong players through out the game. They would want me out instantly, because it would be easier for one of them to win over the other.
Final Week: HOH pt. I, HOH pt. II, HOH pt. III
I started off promising Amber final 2. I did so because I was mad over Matt’s eviction and thought of Dick as undeserving. I believed he needed to go and right away. The first HOH was an endurance and I was surely excited except that I had to be to work at 9am the following morning. I entered with every intention of making Dick cave. I plotted with Amber during the beginning and she wanted me to make a deal with him, she had already told me she had talked him into a deal earlier. She believed it would be best for us to make him feel comfortable. I had other reasons for discussing a deal with him.
During the HOH, I posted from 10:30 till 5:00 AM. I talked with Dick and realized how determined he was and how strong of a player he was, he chatted with me about how Amber had lied and I was starting to believe that I was wrong about bringing Amber. Sadly I had to cave and go to bed, Dick wasn’t going anywhere but I did secure his trust and respect and his agreement to take me to final 2. The next morning I told Amber my attempts at securing Final 2 with Dick had failed and that we needed to really put things into over haul. I didnt want her backing out and running to Dick, so I figured if I had her believing he didnt want anything to do with me, she would feel comfortable and not try to sway his Final Two vote plan.
HOH pt. II was intense and I knew that I needed to win, I had a strong feeling that Amber had no intention of bringing me, and I knew that I didn’t want to have to sit back, and watch two people who knew I had better chances at winning final 2 decide my fate. So I studied what information I could find and went in hell bent. I shockingly made it out alive a few minutes before her and secured the win. This was hellish but I knew now that I was going to final 2. Either I would win the final HOH or Dick would and he was already was determined to bring me with him.
HOH pt. III was brilliant. It was exactly over what I was good at: People. I knew the players well in the game and I knew Dick didn’t. Dick previously that day before the comp had written to me and said he would just let me have the win and how it was fine, that he trusted me and was convinced that we had it in the bag. After much thought I decided that Dick’s bravado come back, would be risky to go to the final 2 with and I knew he had some supporters already there; i.e Sheila , possibly CG and Dani D. So I knew then and there I couldn’t take him and I ignored the pm.
I was hoping that the lack of reply would raise some worry in him. I didn’t want to use his trust against him and I sure as hell couldn’t just let the man hand me his eviction. I wanted to go in on equal playing ground. I respected him and I knew he deserved to have a chance at the win as much as I did. So we played and I took it, as soon as I saw it was Jury , I was relieved and you know the rest after that. I took Amber despite the fact that she was the one responsible for my Final three and final two partner’s evictions, I knew she would be a better bet for me against the jury.
I feel that after 11-12 weeks of this game, I deserve to be where I am in this game. I busted my butt , making sure I had a protective circle and making sure I was winning competitions. I started from day one creating, social alliances that would and did take me to the end of the game.
I did lie and go against my word a few times, but only as strategy, that you can see now as you read over the play by play and see the game results. I lied to the people who I knew would be threats to me in the long run or people who I knew were crucial in me moving forward.
In this game I surpassed my own expectations by winning three HOH comps and two parts to the Final HOH, One POV and Two Food comps. I helped my alliance win consecutive HOH, POV and Food Comps to insure that the people who needed to leave did leave. I secured not only one allied partnership with Alison but also a relationship with Matt and James and group alliances with Dani D and Matty and Alison and Amber. In this game I tried to play socially as best as I could not by making friends with everyone in the house, but making friends with the people who I know I could trust and would help bring me closer to the end.
I believe that I deserve the win against Amber because although Amber made it to the end, she did so by relying solely on others to bring her forward. She was evicted once already in the game and then came back by pure luck of the draw. She played a decent social game, by knowing who to allign herself with, but never failed to really push herself comp wise or make any waves as a strategic player.
I am stopping now, thanks for taking the time to read through this and good luck with your decision. I will see you in chat.