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Dead Pool Round 82: Abe, we hardly knew ye

Abe Vigoda. At last. Howard Devore took the dick, but do shout out in the comments if you’d ever picked ol’ Abe before. You won’t win a prize or nothing, I’m just curious how many different people tried it with such a long-running favorite.

A short round, but not the shortest ever. Let’s get busy…

0. Rule Zero (AKA Steve’s Rule): your pick has to be living when picked. Also, nobody whose execution date is circled on the calendar. Also, please don’t kill anybody. Plus (Pupster’s Rule) no picking someone who’s only famous for being the oldest person alive.

1. Pick a celebrity. Any celebrity — though I reserve the right to nix picks I never heard of (I don’t generally follow the Dead Pool threads carefully, so if you’re unsure of your pick, call it to my attention).

2. We start from scratch every time. No matter who you had last time, or who you may have called between rounds, you have to turn up on this very thread and stake your claim.

3. Poaching and other dirty tricks positively encouraged.

4. Your first choice sticks. Don’t just blurt something out, m’kay? Also, make sure you have a correct spelling of your choice somewhere in your comment. These threads get longish and I use search to figure out if we have a winner.

5. It’s up to you to search the thread and make sure your choice is unique. I’m waayyyy too lazy to catch the dupes. Popular picks go fast.

6. The pool stays open until somebody on the list dies. Feel free to jump in any time. Noobs, strangers, drive-bys and one-comment-wonders — all are welcome.

7. If you want your fabulous prize, you have to entrust me with a mailing address. If you’ve won before, send me your address again. I don’t keep good records.

8. The new DeadPool will begin 6pm WBT (Weasel’s Blog Time) the Friday after the last round is concluded.

The winner, if the winner chooses to entrust me with a mailing address, will receive an Official Certificate of Dick Winning and a small original drawing on paper suffused with elephant shit particles. Because I’m fresh out of fairy shit particles.


Comment from thefritz
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:01 pm

Mel Tillis – poor guy has been in the hospital since a Jan. 8th operation for a colon issue. Soooo, I’ll pick him over fellow country star Glen Campbell who’s back in an Alzheimer’s care facility. Sad if either of them pass but hey, this is for dick #4!

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:06 pm

Hey, where is everybody?

Comment from mojo
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:08 pm


Dibs on ol’ Harry Reid’s stinking corpse, as per usual.

C’mon, Harry, you’re not trying!

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:08 pm

Did you all get invited to a party and I didn’t?

Comment from Ben
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:12 pm

William Shatner

Comment from Hutch
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:16 pm

Olivia de Havilland

Comment from Dorothy
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:30 pm

Leoh Ming pei

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:41 pm

Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira Heinz Kerry

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:50 pm

I’ll go with ISIS folk singer James Twyman one more time and hope I don’t win.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: January 29, 2016, 6:54 pm

Sticking with Hugh Hefner.

Comment from Janna
Time: January 29, 2016, 7:01 pm

Kirk Douglas C’mon dude!

Comment from sassamon
Time: January 29, 2016, 7:02 pm

Peter Sallis, voice for Wallace, of Wallace and Gromit fame. I don’t wish him ill, but Monday 1 Feb. he will turn 95 years old. I may just get the dick soon.

Comment from BJM
Time: January 29, 2016, 7:16 pm

I’m going with Billy Jeff (Clinton) he’s looking really awful.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: January 29, 2016, 7:35 pm

Billy Graham, once more, into the breach.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 29, 2016, 7:37 pm

Home sick from work and actually in on the dick early for a change, but didn’t do my homework. So I’ll say Billy Graham, God bless him.

Comment from P2
Time: January 29, 2016, 7:56 pm

Zsa zsa Gabor….. Greener acres are waiting….

Comment from dissent555
Time: January 29, 2016, 8:02 pm

Still hangin’ on to Robert Mugabe.

Let’s go Bob. Ya don’t have Abe Vigoda runnin’ cover for ya any more.

Comment from Nana 1
Time: January 29, 2016, 8:31 pm

Burt Reynolds

Comment from JC
Time: January 29, 2016, 8:33 pm

Chuck Berry again.

Comment from Davem123
Time: January 29, 2016, 8:47 pm

I’ll take Fidel Castro this time, may he rot in hell.

In response to Dame Stoaty’s request, I did pick Abe Vigoda once. It wasn’t out of malice, I just wanted to be a part of the whole thing.

Rest In Peace, Detective Fish.

Comment from weaselwannabee
Time: January 29, 2016, 8:49 pm

Jimmy Carter

Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 29, 2016, 9:45 pm

Still ridin Keith Richards through this round. Jefferson Airplane dude just kicked it yesterday, seems like the beginning of the dead sixties rocker era.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 29, 2016, 9:53 pm

Nancy Reagan, C’mon down…. !!!!!! Give it up girl…

Comment from m
Time: January 29, 2016, 10:19 pm

Pope Benedict

Comment from smedley
Time: January 29, 2016, 10:22 pm

Prince Phillip. Come on you old bastard, take one for the team!

Comment from tinman
Time: January 29, 2016, 10:42 pm

Carl Reiner

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 29, 2016, 10:44 pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton. She’s gotta go.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: January 29, 2016, 10:46 pm

Lee Teng-hui, former president of the Republic of China. (First ethnic Taiwanese in that office.)

As to the late Mr. Vigoda:

Through DP 76, he had been picked 62 times by 34 different players; 7 times by unkawill, 6 times by platypuss, 5 times by Scubafreak, but never by HowardDevore, who had only two picks in that whole stretch. (He also skipped 77 through 79.)

Looking at those three pools, Vigoda was picked in all three:

79 – J. S. Bridges
78 – J. S. Bridges
77 – PatAZ

Comment from bds
Time: January 29, 2016, 11:35 pm

Bernie Sanders

Comment from cobrakai99
Time: January 29, 2016, 11:42 pm

Sean Penn. El Guapo or whatever his name is will not be happy going back to el Prisono so soon after “the interview.” I hear the DEA had a hand in the interview.

Comment from RealMc
Time: January 29, 2016, 11:53 pm

Clint Eastwood will live forever as long as I keep on picking him. Punk.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: January 30, 2016, 12:24 am

I couldn’t remember if I picked Abe or not. Mr. Rostrom did the maths and it seems I did. I surely do miss Barney Miller and that whole cast.

And for my pick, Teresa’s beloved John F’n Heinz-Kerry. May he stop enjoying John Heinz’ millions.

Comment from Bruno Braun
Time: January 30, 2016, 12:39 am

George Soros. Fingers crossed.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 30, 2016, 12:41 am

I’m picking Hillary JANE PINKO FONDA, for several reasons.

1. She’s been looking tired, and having coughing spells.
2. There have been rumors about her health for a long time.
3. It would solve a lot of problems for the Democrats, such as dealing with a candidate under indictment and would probably generate some sympathy votes for her replacement.
4. It would such poetic justice, sort of a rhyme for Vince Foster.

5. Somebody poached Fidel again!

Comment from sandman is in Ohio now
Time: January 30, 2016, 12:50 am

Im gonna go with Ed Asner. Id like to see father and son Jesse Jacksons, my usual but this is my change of pace.

Im living in Ohio now, too. Yippee.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: January 30, 2016, 1:25 am

Gordon Brown. The guy’s not been looking well lately, I hope.

Comment from catnip
Time: January 30, 2016, 1:35 am

Alan Young, sole confidante of Mr. Ed.

Comment from Spad13
Time: January 30, 2016, 1:51 am

Dan Rather

Comment from RimrockR
Time: January 30, 2016, 1:56 am

John Glenn

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: January 30, 2016, 2:30 am

Late to the pick because I had people to do and things to see today. I still fear that there will be a bipartisan contract put out on Donald Trump, but perhaps not immediately. What I am seeing now is the Democrat media Apparat ganging up on Bernie Sanders, using the same catch-phrases and topics. That speaks of orders from above.

Especially if Sanders beats the Hildebeast in Iowa; I expect that Bernie will take a late night walk in Fort Marcy Park, have a random encounter with some Polonium, or maybe a bad case of “assisted natural causes”. Things have always happened to people who inconvenience the Clintons.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: January 30, 2016, 3:12 am

Ramsey Clark! Let’s rid the Earth of his shadow forever.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: January 30, 2016, 3:42 am



Per: Rich’s tally – as ol’ Maxwell “Shoe-Phone” Smart would have it – “Missed it by that much!!

Ah, well – the game’s the thing, right?…RIGHT??


Ah, weel, Rust In Pieces, Abe – 94’s a good, long go…hope I can do at least as well. Ah’m workin’ on it, anyway.

An’ I wuz pre-empted (mostly due to mine own usual-tardiness) outta Red-Pants Janey by SomeVeg, as well.

Sooo-o…gotta take my back-up-to-the-back-up –

Larry King, y’ol’ multiple-matrimonializer, Come.On.Downnn!

C’mon, Lar – you can do it, y’know ya can. Nothin’ to it, just step out there an’ dodge that Yellow Cab, whilst failing to detect the Uber guy running neck-and-neck alongside…we’ll (not) all send flowers…

By the bye: Speaking of Spotted Dick(s) – as we are sort-of, kinda doing hereabouts, check out this Telegraph illustration of “Famous British Desserts” I shamelessly snaffled from another blog (which I will not here-at live-link – no cold, clammy spam filter for me

That same linked page has some other references I think I shall pursue, when one scrolls down a bit. That-air Battenburg Cake does look a bit ‘o delish, I must say!

Comment from unkawill
Time: January 30, 2016, 4:58 am

Kirk Douglas, and I picked abe several times

Comment from unkawill
Time: January 30, 2016, 5:11 am

Shimon Peres,after seeing Kirk was taken.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: January 30, 2016, 5:15 am

Herman Wouk. He wrote a memoir and has recently given interviews after refusing to give them for ages. Having spoken the following words, perhaps he sees the obvious coming…

“Remember this, if you can–there is nothing, nothing more precious than time. You probably feel you have a measureless supply of it, but you haven’t. Wasted hours destroy your life just as surely at the beginning as at the end–only in the end it becomes more obvious.”

Comment from tonyc
Time: January 30, 2016, 5:19 am

Muhammed Ali. Sorry champ, but we all kick the spit bucket sooner or later.

Comment from Eirik
Time: January 30, 2016, 5:29 am

June Foray

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: January 30, 2016, 7:55 am

June Foray is already dead.

Comment from BrendaM
Time: January 30, 2016, 10:54 am

Betty White

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 30, 2016, 12:11 pm

Desmond Tutu. He and Nelson can enjoy necklaces in hell together.

Comment from sassamon
Time: January 30, 2016, 1:18 pm

SCOTTtheBADGER when did June Foray die? Wiki and IMDB both have her listed as still being alive.
June is coming up to her 99th birthday this year.

Comment from Carl
Time: January 30, 2016, 1:36 pm

Clive James

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: January 30, 2016, 1:37 pm

Ian Brady

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: January 30, 2016, 2:23 pm

Dick Van Dyke

Comment from steve
Time: January 30, 2016, 4:02 pm

Olivia de Havilland

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: January 30, 2016, 4:35 pm

Missed out on my gal Nancy again so I’ll go with Henry Kissinger once more.

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 30, 2016, 9:14 pm

yo Steve, Hutch already picked Olivia…

Comment from stina
Time: January 30, 2016, 10:29 pm

Michael Moore.

Because ewwwwww.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 30, 2016, 11:12 pm

The recent report of the death June Foray was a hoax. In rather poor taste, I might add.

Comment from dissent555
Time: January 30, 2016, 11:39 pm

yeah, and Anonymous missed the pick of Billy Graham by 2 minutes when this thread was young (yesterday).

Comment from Veeshir
Time: January 31, 2016, 1:35 am

Cher for the dick.

Heaven knows she’s enough of one.

Comment from As If I Cared (Now With Caps!)
Time: January 31, 2016, 7:38 am

Bob Dole

Comment from FGW
Time: January 31, 2016, 9:14 pm

Valerie Harper.

Cobrakai99 took my first choice.

Comment from naleta
Time: February 1, 2016, 12:13 am

stina got Michael Moore, because I was slacking. ;p

So I’m going with one that I don’t want to win with.

Sean Connery

Comment from JC
Time: February 1, 2016, 1:00 am

Missed out on Gene Kelly and Signe Anderson.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: February 1, 2016, 1:15 pm

George H.W. Bush (41), he’s not going to want to be around to witness the further humiliation of Jeb!

Comment from StPatrick_TN
Time: February 1, 2016, 2:42 pm

Mikhail Gorbachev

Comment from bikeboy
Time: February 1, 2016, 7:57 pm

Linda Ronstadt

Comment from ama
Time: February 2, 2016, 1:40 am

Ruth Bader Ginsberg….is it possible she is one of those people, like Abe V, who always looks old?

Comment from Grayscale Plaid
Time: February 2, 2016, 7:25 am

It’s been a terrible year for music, so Rob Halford.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: February 2, 2016, 8:48 am

Gahhh! Late to the party, as usual. Not even fashionably this time.

Okay – I’ll pick Mel Brooks, because he’s damn old and the ‘Spaceballs’ sequel is gonna kill ‘im.

I love ya, Mel, but I gotta pick someone.

Comment from Pesto Sauce
Time: February 2, 2016, 6:35 pm

Buzz Aldrin.

Comment from BJM
Time: February 2, 2016, 6:47 pm

Sawr this today…very sad about Prunella…but there’s DP picks aplenty in the article.


Comment from Spunkus
Time: February 3, 2016, 1:34 am

David Rockefeller.

Comment from currently
Time: February 3, 2016, 1:56 am

Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr.

Comment from xul
Time: February 3, 2016, 2:38 am

Leslie Phillips

Comment from tibby
Time: February 3, 2016, 6:00 pm

Nancy Pelosi.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 5, 2016, 9:14 pm

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was part of the Apollo 14 space crew that flew to the moon in 1971, dies at age 85.

Comment from Montenegro
Time: February 6, 2016, 1:54 am

Hal Linden of Barney Miller fame.

Comment from steve
Time: February 7, 2016, 10:17 pm

Too late for Olivia….

Too late for Dan Hicks (music takes another hit).

I will have to ponder some more….

Comment from RealMc
Time: February 9, 2016, 12:39 pm

hmmmmmm could we have a winner soon:


Comment from Vince
Time: February 11, 2016, 6:29 am

Biden my time Joe

Comment from drew458
Time: February 12, 2016, 6:03 am

Can I take a chance on Barry Manilow?

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 13, 2016, 10:20 pm

Justice Antonin Scalia RIP

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 16, 2016, 3:39 pm

Boutros Boutros Ghali bit the biscuit…
In tribute – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRTAUVqcYBY

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: February 17, 2016, 11:08 pm

Antonin Scalia was my pick on round #20 a few years ago. That wasn’t a hope I win pick. At the time I put myself into the mind of a conspiracy theorist and attempted to think of the one person the far left would most like to see dead. He will be missed.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 19, 2016, 4:58 pm

Harper Lee…RIP


Comment from SkY M-39
Time: February 21, 2016, 7:20 am

Robert Mugabe, because available, and deserving. Really deserving.

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: February 27, 2016, 4:39 am

I pick Yoko Ono
Finally gonna get hers for breaking up the beatles

Comment from RushBabe
Time: March 1, 2016, 2:19 am

RIP George Kennedy, dead at 91.


Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: March 1, 2016, 3:13 pm

Stan Lee

Comment from thefritz
Time: March 1, 2016, 4:08 pm

Radio personality Charlie Tuna has died at the age of 71. During his career, he may have worked as a morning personality for more stations and formats than anyone else in L.A. radio history. “His crystalline baritone introduced musicians and hit records to radio listeners across Southern California for nearly half a century.” http://tinyurl.com/j5newjt

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: March 5, 2016, 2:34 pm

Pat Conroy, author of The Great Santini, Prince of Tides, The Lords of Discipline and eight others passed away March 4. 2016, diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that had gone undetected.

Comment from thefritz
Time: March 6, 2016, 4:47 pm

RIP Nancy Reagan…give the Gipper a hug for me….

Exressobold strikes again…

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: March 6, 2016, 7:32 pm

I hope that the former First Lady’s memory, nor that of her husband, #40, suffers any meanness nor any undeserved criticism. They, as we do now, lived in tumultuous times and in spite of that had a great deal of love and respect for each other and the nation. Even though Nancy Reagan had not been seen much since her husband’s death, there are still a great many who loved her and respected her.
Requiescat In Pace, forever more.

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