Corey struck out at the worst time on Big Brother 18.

On the block with his boo Nicole, the baseball coach had the Veto within his grasp in the baseball-themed comp Wednesday, which would've guaranteed both of them spots in the final three. But Corey -- who, let's face it, is not the brightest crayon in the box -- capitulated, submitting his very wrong answer without even looking at it first, thus ensuring his eviction.

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So why did he have such a massive brain fart at such a crucial moment? And is he really that obsessed with Christmas? See what he says below.

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Why didn't you look at the number before you locked it in in the final round of the Veto?
The nine, 10 rounds before that I never looked at my number. I just made sure to hit all my buttons. Nothing changed, so in my mind there was no reason or time to look at the board.

In hindsight, do you think aligning with Paul and Victor and then turning on them was worth it? Would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn't have done anything differently. They came to us and they initiated the Final 4. They wanted to get James and Natalie out. We said, "Sure, we will not get in your way." The whole time, Nicole and I never would have gotten James out. We would have always wanted to go after Paul or Vic. Plus, Vic backstabbed me and he ruined the Executives, so I had no shame putting him up.

How obsessed with Christmas are you really?
I love Christmas. I love the time of year. I absolutely love Christmastime but I don't have any weird obsession. Halloween is my favorite because that is my birthday.

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