The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016: Best Article

Out of 171 official blog posts since the beginning of May, these are the 6 that I believe standout from the rest and deserve a special nomination for Best Article Of The Year! Click on the links below to see for yourself how awesome these 6 article are.

Why Jeff Probst Needs To Stop Telling Contestants To Make Big Moves ♥

Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst needs to stop telling contestants to make big moves. Why? Becuase players keep on getting voted out for their eagerness to make waves in the game when it is unneccesary to do so. Jeff Probst’s “Make big moves” catchphrase arose out of back to back eye-catching performances from Cagayan’s winner Tony Vlachos and San Juan Del Sur’s winner Natalie Anderson and since then has led to many capable players’ downfalls in the game. Although this article has not hit top views like all of the one’s below, it is stellarly written and has a unique take of several different aspects of the game. Along with the reasons why Jeff Probst needs to stop telling contestants to make big moves, this article also explores Jennifer Lanzetti’s downfall in Survivor Kaoh Rong and if making big moves truly correlates to a winning game.

Best Quote: “Making big moves does not win you Survivor. So for all you future contestants, try and ignore Jeff Probst when he tells you to make big moves because he’s probably only saying it because he knows big moves make for good TV. Instead, channel your inner Sandra Diaz-Twine and make very subtle moves. Or channel your inner Tony Vlachos/Natalie Anderson and wait until around final six, final seven to start making big flashy moves that change the course of the game, and you’ll do just fine”

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X Episode 2 Recap, Edgic and Analysis 


Although incredibly annoyed with Mari’s elimination from the game and being duped by the Survivor producers into thinking that the professional video gamer was a contender to win the season, The Mastermind took to this episode recap with a lighthearted approach, constantly making jokes and poking fun at the contestants. In this episode recap, David Wright’s emergence as a character on the show is highlighted, the concept of how and why the Survivor producers fooled us into thinking Mari was going to be this amazing character the episode before is explored, while Jay and Michelle’s masterful gameplay to get the numbers on their side for the vote is also commended. The whole time writing this, I was absolutely elated and shocked at Mari’s elimination and the result especially looking back now is quite honestly hilarious.

Best Quote: “Michelle replies to Jay’s comments by stating the obvious and saying ‘But then we’re losing a number on our side’ and Jay in typical Millennial fashion apparently responds with ‘Woah man, I didn’t even think of that. Gnarly observation!’”

SPOILER ALERT: Season 34 Cast 

Tony Vlachos 2

No post has received more hits or more attention on The Mastermind than this one. As my excitement in the buildup to Redmond‘s releasal of the spoiled cast for Survivor Season 34 grew larger, I searched day after day for various people’s thoughts on the matter and found absolutely nothing worth noting. So I decided to start to formulate my own ideas about the potential cast and then finally when it was released and I was so utterly dissappointed with the result, I just could not help but write about it. With controversial views, inside scoops and “shot in the dark” predictions on how the players are going to do when the eventual season airs, this post was a hit in every direction imaginable and I am proud to say that it is one of the first things that turns up on google regarding the subject matter. With nearly double the amount of views as any other on this website this may be a shoe-in for the award.

Best Quote: “Oh man. I love Tony and think he is a “top five baby” all time player. But I always said that if Tony were to return to Survivor that he would be the first one out. Now that his return is imminent, I am seriously interested to see how he does and actually don’t think he will be first one out. Although I think that Tony has no shot at winning, I can’t wait to see him try and I know he’ll do everything in his power to make it happen”

EPL Team by Team Guide 2016-17 

Riyad Mahrez TOTS

In this epically long post, every single Premier League team’s star players, chances of doing well, transfer news and predicted lineup was explored going into the 2016-17. The post took nearly two weeks to complete but was certainly worth it as it is the third most viewed post of all time on this website. Whether your a fan of the Foxes, Red Devils or Baggies or Hornets there is plenty for all to explore in this amazingly detailed post.

Best Quote: Am I psychic? (written in July, 2016) –  “Eddie Howe will be one of the favourites to take over the England job after Sam Allardyce flames out”

If Footballers Competed in Olympic Events 


In the wake of the 2016 Rio Olympics, The Mastermind attempted to find out what life would be like if footballers competed in Olympic Events. The result is a farcical set of creative pathways that many footballers could have gone down had they not chosen football. From Swimming all the way to Marathon Running, The Mastermind attempted to figure out who would be the best at each Olympic event. Superstars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cristiano Ronaldo and N’Golo Kante all make an appearance in this article that is certain to make you laugh.

Best Quote: “Martin Skrtel’s approach in wrestling his opponents to the ground sure is an effective one, but perhaps it’s one that is better suited for the WWE. He’s even figured out how he’d enter the WWE ring, just check out the picture above! The Mastermind would love to see how Martin Skrtel would fare in a real wrestling match against ‘The Flying Elbow Man’ himself Marouane Fellaini, ‘Big Bully’ Diego Costa and ‘Captain Morgan’ of Leicester City”

These 11 Players Combined Cost Just as Much as Paul Pogba 


In the light of the rediculous transfer fee set out by Manchester United in their pursuit of Paul Pogba, The Mastermind decided to elucidate just how foolish the Red Devils were by creating a best 11 of players that when combined together could have been bought for the same rediculous Paul Pogba price of the reported 112 million pounds at the time. Payet, Kroos, Kante and Griezmann all make an appearance with The Mastermind also making mention of just how many of each player could have been bought for 112 million price tag.

Best Quote: “Last year, the Red Devils could have bought 10 Dimitri Payet’s for the 2016 price of Paul Pogba. 10 Dimitri Payet’s all on the field together might have made United the worst defensive team in the league, but at least Louis Van Gaal would have never been called boring!”

If none of these articles tickle your fancy and you think a different article should make the cut instead write to The Mastermind here -> Contact

So where do I vote?! So where can I vote?! Voting is now open here -> VOTE: The Mastermind Awards 2016. Enjoy! And if you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out The Mastermind Award Nominees 2016 Page for all the details on who and what is up for every single award. Have fun! 🙂


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