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Dead Pool Round 114: the Dead Pool that Almost Wasn’t

Oh, man…I thought I was going to have to post this one from my phone.

Whatever that last Windows update was, it’s got my computer randomly freezing and refusing to boot.

That last reboot? Included yet another Windows update. So they knew something waren’t right.

I’m’a pick Bill Gates in the Pool out of pure irritation.

Right. Phew. Where was I? MrsDurnedYankee, Burt Reynolds. Poor thing.


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 LesterIII
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:00 pm

Herman Wouk. Maybe he could take up painting portraiture at The Estate. Care to do a sitting, Fritz?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:01 pm

Pope Francis / Jorge Mario Bergoglio

The Church has a big problem, and Jorge’s not helping. In fact, he’s making it worse. They’re fast approaching such a crisis there may be another schism. Something’s gotta give, and I figure it’ll be Bergoglio.

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:01 pm

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE

Comment from gromulin
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:01 pm

George HW Bush

Comment from Janna
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:02 pm

Kirk Douglas. Hey, I’m consistent.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:02 pm

Roberta McCain, of maternal grief, but mostly old age.

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:03 pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Comment from Ben
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:04 pm

William Shatner

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:07 pm

Oh Lester…your invitations are so,,,,inviting. Alas, The Estate no longer holds the appeal it once did in polite circles. We A-listers now indulge our whims in The Key Room.

Comment from Timbotoo
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:09 pm

Diane Feinstein

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:11 pm

Tim Conway

Comment from Daniel
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:23 pm

Carol Elaine Channing. I love her, but I gotta think the skeleton guy with the scythe is getting ready to tap her on the shoulder and say, “Hello, Dolly!”

Comment from bikeboy
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:28 pm

George Soros

(It’s almost like I can hear Beezlebub calling him home…)

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: September 14, 2018, 6:35 pm

I’ve got a new one this pool! I pick Dick van Dyke. Just found out he is still alive!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 14, 2018, 7:12 pm

Willy Nelson

Comment from RimrockR
Time: September 14, 2018, 7:15 pm

Chuck Yeager

Comment from MrsDurnedYankee
Time: September 14, 2018, 8:39 pm

Bob Newhart – I hope not.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 14, 2018, 8:42 pm

having been mercilessly poached and asleep at the switch…

Shall take Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi.

Won’t be as much fun as the turmoil RBG would cause, but has to be worth some turmoil.

I’d curse you WW, but eh, “snooze and lose” should be the alternate name of this game 🙂
If you win, we all win.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: September 14, 2018, 8:44 pm

Gonna stick with Ron Popiel, last of the traveling medicine show men.

Comment from p2
Time: September 14, 2018, 8:59 pm

think ill stick with doris day….. whatever will be…

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: September 14, 2018, 9:04 pm

David Attenborough

He’s a tough old bird so I’m figuring it won’t be natural causes, more likely a hang gliding accident or some such.

Comment from KMM
Time: September 14, 2018, 9:48 pm

Pierre Cardin….he’s 96

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: September 14, 2018, 10:22 pm

Randy Travis

Comment from Ea in ga
Time: September 14, 2018, 10:33 pm

Jimmy Carter

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: September 14, 2018, 10:55 pm

Changing it up yet again and picking

Nichelle Nichols

She of Star Trek fame, playing Uhura, and lately as the blind roomie to Deadpool. I’m heard she was recently diagnosed with dementia, so that doesn’t bode well.

Comment from Spad13
Time: September 14, 2018, 11:00 pm

Tim Conway

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: September 14, 2018, 11:23 pm

Sorry Spad….pick another one.

Comment from sassamon
Time: September 14, 2018, 11:31 pm

For this round of the Dead Pool, I again choose Leslie Philips. The voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 14, 2018, 11:40 pm

Fritz, I believe that politeness, much like symmetry, is overrated. But I do offer this invitation out of such politeness; no malicious intent.

If you deign to accept my invitation to our next Equinoctial Social, you and other “A-listers” can join in on the festivities. There is fine string music courtesy of the Fellow by the Falls, all manner of exquisite dining by the guest chef Mareridt, and usually goes until dawn because the high-stakes card games hosted by the Dværge (which are as entertaining to watch as to play). Never are these evenings described as whimsical, but you may enjoy yourself anyway!

Comment from Vinnie Mac
Time: September 14, 2018, 11:53 pm

Vera Lynn

…does anyone here remember…?

Comment from Armybrat
Time: September 15, 2018, 12:13 am

Desmond Tutu. Maybe Obama can take a selfie at his funeral also.

Comment from Pupster
Time: September 15, 2018, 12:25 am

Charlie Sheen.

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: September 15, 2018, 12:41 am

Tommy Lasorda

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 15, 2018, 1:10 am


hmmm, I do love me some high stakes poker…

Comment from tinman
Time: September 15, 2018, 1:11 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Just to be clear: it still counts as “death” when she sheds her human skin to reveal her true reptilian self, right?

Comment from PatAZ
Time: September 15, 2018, 1:38 am

Going with Mad Maxine Waters, again. She just might have a stroke one of these days when she is ranting about impeachment.

Comment from Bob
Time: September 15, 2018, 2:14 am

Bill Clinton

Comment from Conchi
Time: September 15, 2018, 2:40 am

Roslyn Carter

Comment from Sk.Y M-39
Time: September 15, 2018, 2:40 am

Robert Mugabe FTD

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 15, 2018, 2:54 am

Henry Kissinger

Comment from Bob
Time: September 15, 2018, 3:00 am

Deborah HH,
If it interests you, here’s a music video of Willie Nelson singing Gravedigger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzz8jG2SO1Y

I confess, it makes me melancholy.

Comment from little sister
Time: September 15, 2018, 4:23 am

Larry Storch

Comment from catnip
Time: September 15, 2018, 5:16 am

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Comment from Nana1
Time: September 15, 2018, 11:08 am

Norman Lloyd

Comment from Eirik
Time: September 15, 2018, 12:56 pm

Angela Lansbury

Comment from platypuss
Time: September 15, 2018, 4:13 pm

Ooh Lou…
Ed Asner

Comment from BJM
Time: September 15, 2018, 4:20 pm

What day is it? Sheesh…bad week this, glad it’s over.

So Imma pick HRH Prince Philip

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 15, 2018, 5:07 pm

Hmm… Thought I posted my pick last night, but it’s not here. In the spam trap? Or did I just forget to hit Post?

OK then. Semper aliquid novi:

Ballerina Marjorie Tallchief, slightly younger and much less famous sister of the late prima ballerina Maria Tallchief.

Comment from unkawill
Time: September 15, 2018, 7:07 pm

Henry Kissinger

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 16, 2018, 12:12 am

Thank you, Bob, for the link to the Willie Nelson video. I had not seen it. In the sound track that accompanies my life story, there’s a fair amount of Willie Nelson (1972-1980).

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 16, 2018, 2:35 am

@unkawill – Regret to report that @Some Vegetable already snagged Hank.

Comment from JC
Time: September 16, 2018, 3:34 am

Voting with my heart, not my mind. Back to Paul Erlich, the bastard

Comment from Davem123
Time: September 16, 2018, 4:48 am

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, author of the recent letter that has roiled the Roman Catholic Church.

Comment from AliceH
Time: September 16, 2018, 4:02 pm

Anthony Hopkins.

Comment from currently
Time: September 17, 2018, 12:21 am

Norman Lear

Comment from BJM
Time: September 17, 2018, 2:27 am

I hope someone picked Willie, cuz he’s dead to me. Willie is endorsing Kennedy wannabe Beto O’Rourke running against Ted Cruz in Tejas.

Comment from Spunkus
Time: September 17, 2018, 2:27 am

Gloria Vanderbilt

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: September 17, 2018, 10:38 am

Clive James

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: September 17, 2018, 5:33 pm

Christine Blasey Ford.

The accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavenaugh, who claims that she was groped by Kavenaugh when they were teenagers 35 years ago.

1) which happened at a party she went to, although she does not know where the house where the party was, who owned it, how she got there, who else was there, what the date was [even approximately], and while she identifies it as being in a certain county and “near a country club”; that county is an upscale DC suburban enclave with several country clubs.

2) this was a “repressed memory” that did not come up until she was in couples therapy with her husband in 2012. “Repressed memories” have a record of being more a form of psychosis than related to reality. In the therapists session, the notes say that there were 4 boys involved [3 unidentified]. Her story today is that there were 2 boys, [1 unidentified], and the official Leftist line is now that we have to assume that the only objective physical evidence that exists is a mis-transcription and we have to believe what she says now.

3) that this was in the hands of the Democrat party for 6 weeks before the hearing and they did not bring it up when all answers would be under oath, including Ford’s, the therapist’s, and others. That it was forwarded to the FBI, with Ford’s name redacted, and it is somehow negligence when the FBI cannot investigate a charge of teenage groping with no physical evidence, names, locations, or dates involved that happened 35 years ago.

4) and that Ford very carefully scrubbed her internet profile just before the claim was released. It was thorough, but not complete with statements indicating that she was/is a hard core Leftist and Hillary supporter remaining. Not unusual, being in the mental health field. Further, the various “rate a professor” sites over the years have students rating her as Chiroptera feces crazy and saying to avoid her.

My prediction is that no matter which way the nomination eventually goes, her greatest utility to the Democrats and the Left will be as a “deceased martyred victim” and that either way it would be to their benefit if she had a demise under suspicious circumstances.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 17, 2018, 6:34 pm

@Subotai Bahadur – You should know that the “rate the professor” story published by at least one news site has been retracted. It turns out that there are TWO Christine Fords working in clinical psychology in California. I have not done any further research myself, and it is entirely possible that both Fords have bad reviews. Other than that, I agree with your description and assessment of the situation.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 17, 2018, 7:11 pm

Hey, I own a Ford F150, and it’s been fine! Why are you guys hatin on Fords?
With the name Christine, good thing her last name isn’t Plymouth.


Sorry guys, they’re doing their “Harry Reid’ “Mit Romney never paid any income taxes” ploy.
Doesn’t matter if it’s real, what matters is if it works.
Assuming it’s phony they should pursue this and ‘sue’ should be the operative word – until she’s broker than Hitler’s promise to Chamberlain that he just wanted peace.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 17, 2018, 7:57 pm

Ex-US Rep. John Dingell, 92

Comment from unkawill
Time: September 17, 2018, 9:00 pm

Roy Clark of Hee-Haw fame

Comment from unkawill
Time: September 17, 2018, 9:02 pm

The comment above is mine.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: September 18, 2018, 6:32 am

Uncle Al:

I had only heard of the one Christine Ford, and if it is another one who is Chiroptera feces crazy, I withdraw the comment. If both are crazy, or just the one who we are discussing, then things stand.


Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: September 20, 2018, 9:15 pm

Dickey Betts

Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: September 23, 2018, 4:27 am


As is sometimes (rather too often,betimes, ectually…) my wont – a-hem – I’m late!…I’m late!…I’m late, I’mlate, I’mlate-late-late!!!

Howsomever…unlike The White Rabbit – I have a Very Good Reason Why – –

My primary and near-constant home location, you see, is rather close-by to Wilmington, NC – and just about the time that closely-corresponds to the kickoff-time for Ye Olde Celebrity Dead Pool (Latest Edition)…last Friday Ayem, that would be – our local environs received a rather-unwelcome visitor called Florence – thereby killing-off both our electricity and – simultaneously – our IntarToobs access. We just (a bit earlier today) got successfully back on-line (“grid” power came back for us on Tuesday last – but access to The Toobs did not resume until…as said…just a bit ago)…

Ah, well – on to Business –

I’ll go with The Usual: Insaney-Janey Fonda – May she soon meet up with Doom; it’s only fair and just, really – she’s been around far, far too long already…Say Goodnite, Janey!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 29, 2018, 12:45 am

Marty Balin (birth name Martyn Jerel Buchwald), co-founder of Jefferson Airplane (later Starship), has died at age 76.


Comment from thefritz
Time: October 3, 2018, 6:37 pm

Peggy Sue, namesake of Buddy Holly rock classic, dies in Texas. RIP


Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: October 6, 2018, 9:19 am

Eva Marie Saint. ’cause she’s really old and nobody else picked her.

Comment from Conchi
Time: October 7, 2018, 12:47 am

What is the longest a pool has run before a uh, nominee, obliged?

Comment from Carl
Time: October 8, 2018, 11:35 am

Racing pundit John McCririck.

Comment from bikeboy
Time: October 8, 2018, 3:02 pm

Revvum Al Sharpton.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 15, 2018, 10:47 pm

Nobody picked MSFT co-founder Paul Allen. Pity.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 15, 2018, 11:32 pm

Paul Allen…. Hoo Nue?
Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975.
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Comment from thefritz
Time: October 21, 2018, 1:15 am

Man, this Dead Pool is getting long in the tooth….

Comment from Bill the Butcher
Time: October 21, 2018, 1:54 am

Ramses — I mean Ramsey Clark.

Supporting all of America’s enemies for the fifth decade…

Comment from tonycc
Time: October 22, 2018, 11:54 pm

One more time, Bob Barker come on down!

Comment from drew458
Time: October 23, 2018, 12:33 am

aRrgh, missed Bob Barker by this much!! Again!

Comment from thefritz
Time: October 23, 2018, 1:30 am

‘Price is Right’ icon Bob Barker rushed to hospital – http://tinyurl.com/ycffrum2

I see the vultures swooped in quickly….

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: October 23, 2018, 10:50 am

Pot calling the kettle black?

Comment from tonycc
Time: October 23, 2018, 3:03 pm

Mad Bob has been my normal pick for quite sometime now, when seeing the news I checked in to make sure I had him as my pick. I quickly remedied that forgetful episode. Bob is a tough ol’ bird, I suspect he will be around for quite some time still.

Comment from Drew458
Time: October 25, 2018, 10:53 pm

Dorcas Reilly has passed away at 92. She’s the woman who invented the green bean casserole so many people serve at Thanksgiving. We tried it once, and it was perfectly wretched. Canned green beans are awful, even when soaked in cream of mushroom soup. link.

Comment from Steve
Time: October 31, 2018, 1:49 am

No one had Whitey Bulger.

Perhala he was tuning up to sing a few bars…

Anyway, since no one has picked John McCain’s mom, ease allow me….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 31, 2018, 8:57 am

Whitey Bulger just died? For some reason, I thought he’d been dead for ages.

I bet somebody had him in Howie Carr’s Dead Pool!

(For them what don’t know, Boston radio host Howie Carr was an expert on Boston crime syndicates and had written several books on them, with a special emphasis on Whitey Bulger. He was a Whitey Bulger geek. Also, his Dead Pool radio episodes, always light-hearted and fun somehow, were where I got the idea for this Dead Pool. How’s that for meta?).

Comment from thefritz
Time: November 8, 2018, 6:56 pm

Oh Steve….RushBabe is all over Roberta McCain.

Comment from Drew458
Time: November 11, 2018, 6:23 pm

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry

Comment from p2
Time: November 12, 2018, 7:06 pm

stan lee has snuffed it…. there will be much wailing at comicon methinks.

Comment from thefritz
Time: November 12, 2018, 7:17 pm

and he was a DP stalwart for the longest time…
alas, not this time.

Comment from p2
Time: November 12, 2018, 10:58 pm

i didnt check cuz he’s a standard pick…. c’mon doris!!! i gots faith in ya!

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: November 15, 2018, 5:42 pm


Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician.

Comment from thefritz
Time: November 15, 2018, 6:14 pm

Sad to see ‘ol Roy go but glad it’s time for a fresh DP.
Congrats unkawill!

Comment from Daniel
Time: November 15, 2018, 7:14 pm

This DP goes on, thefritz — I think unkawill was reporting, not claiming. A good guy, Roy — hope he’s now picking’ and grinnin’ in a better place.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 15, 2018, 8:10 pm

Good going, unkawill!

Roy Clark was the epitome of Good Ol’ Boy in the best sense of the term. And a mighty talented musician, to boot. RIP

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 19, 2018, 12:19 pm

A quicky: Michel Aoun, President of Lebanon.

I had a near-miss: I picked beer baron William Coors in DP 113, and he died 10/13. If Burt Reynolds had hung a month longer…

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