• September 18, 2013, 11:36 PM

CBSBig Brother winner Andy Herren.

Minutes from now, if not years, Big Brother historians will be debating the merits of season 15 and its widely panned cast and seemingly bland winner Andy Herren. Was he deserving? Or did he win by default as the less offensive of two players perceived as weak and/or dull?

Since losing my favorite players Helen and Amanda weeks ago, I had no investment in any of the remaining six or seven players. I lost my rooting interest. But perhaps that tainted my view of Andys game.

A few weeks back I handicapped Andys odds of advancing to the finals at 6%. In fact, the final three players were among those I viewed as least likely to play on. And thats what BB producers wanted. They didnt want us to like Andy or Spencer or GinaMarie too soon or, indeed, maybe ever. They portrayed their games as under the radar, loathsome or otherwise incompetent. But were they really?

The benefit of a few minutes hindsight tells me that Andy played exactly the game he wanted and it proved rewarding for him. However, his game wasnt telegenic. Early on he was portrayed as quiet. Then he was portrayed as in bed with McRanda as sick as that sounds. Then he was portrayed as a backstabber. Then a sneak. And finally a scoundrel who managed to luck his way into the finale without any obvious physical talents.

In the end, he managed to sell his play to the jurors and bring home the brass ring. Was it the best game ever played in BB history? No. Was it the worst? No. Was it the worst of a winner? Maybe.

As I said before, I can appreciate Andys gameplay in the context of Big Brother, if not respect it. And with that, a hat-tip to old Andy. Enjoy the $250,000 or so and please buy McCrae a brew.