We are all so proud.

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Wow. I just got done watching tonight’s episode. Ya know what chokes me up? The intro…the faces scroll across the screen in that block, and only three are left in color.

Three. From sixteen.

And one of them is my brother, again.
We’ve been here before. I had the same feeling last time, in season 10, seeing the intro with two faces left in color. It’s the longest and shortest summer(s) of our lives. This time we knew what we were getting in to, this was round two. But even experience can’t prepare you for the emotions of the Big Brother season.

As a huge pre-Dan Big Brother fan, the first time is so exciting. And then for him to win BB10, wow. Just an incredible experience. But this time was a bit different.

Maybe it was because we weren’t expecting it (again). Maybe it was because we thought he was just going to be a coach, so it’d be an “easy” watch. Or maybe it is because, this may have been one of the most intense Big Brother seasons yet. As a die-hard fan, I can’t remember the last time Big Brother was played so tough, so cut-throat, and so true to the spirit of the game. How many seasons have passed that were all about “group votes” and playing it safe?

Definitely not this season.

But tonight, I breathe a sigh of relief. Big Brother 14 is almost over. Big Brother season is a blast around here. Our family and our friends — we all get together every week to BBQ and watch together. We text, tweet, email and laugh throughout the Live Feed day. We can count on the fact that at any given moment, around the clock, someone is on top of the pulse in the Big Brother house. But it’s also emotional. In addition to the anxiety of watching the game, I miss my brother. My mom and dad miss their son. Chelsea misses her husband. There is a void in our lives.

We worry. Why is his leg wrapped up? Why are his fingers taped? Is he OK? A lot of people forget, as they comment and voice their opinions to us, that we lend our loved one out to America for the summer.

But! In three short days we’ll have a huge party, wear Karate Kid bandanas, and will drink specialty “Dan’s Mist” punch while watching the season finale. There will be a hundred of us packed into a venue because regardless of the outcome, we are all so proud of Dan.

Yup. Proud.
Every single one of us. Dan loves this game. LOVES this game. Dan had to work hard this time around, and even though he made a few unpopular decisions, and may have another one to make in the near future; he played the game. Stepping away from the sister role, he made this season exciting. He choreographed some of the biggest blindsides of the season that frankly, made the game exciting to watch.

Dan is a great brother. His loyalty to his family and his commitment to being involved in all of our lives is admirable. As his older sister, I have always looked up to him. He is a kind, caring, and generous friend. He is a wonderful, thoughtful son, and above all, he is an incredible husband to my equally as incredible sister-in-law, Chelsea. He is a fair businessman, a dedicated mentor, and die-hard coach. And in three days, when he walks out of that house, that’s who he still will be. And this I know. We’ve been here before.

In the Big Brother game, Dan gets to step away from all of his responsibilities to his family and work, and gets to play a game. And to him, it’s all for a W. It is a goal. In the Big Brother house there aren’t any “rules” and through his success this year, what I see is his determination and wherewithal to rise from the slimmest of chances. To come out on top. Has he stabbed, lied, and schemed?  Yup. But that’s what you get to do in the Big Brother house. For 75 days you get to check your honesty, loyalty, and “real life” at the Big Brother door. That is exactly what he did.

And that is exactly what you have to do to win Big Brother.

 

 

“This isn’t a game for good guys.” -Ian Terry BB14

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