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Dead Pool Round 119: extra special romantic Valentine’s edition

John David Dingell Jr. was the longest-ever serving Congressman in American history, representing Michigan for nearly 60 years. Also co-author of the Dingell-Norwood bill. Also dead. And for this, xul’s fedora is richer by exactly one dick.

Dear people from the future: I assure you, that last sentence made sense.

And now, if you’re all sitting comfortably, we’ll begin:

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: February 15, 2019, 6:01 pm

Sticking with Herman Wouk.
Again, no malice intended; I’m almost precisely half his age, and

didn’t think I’d make it this long.

Comment from Janna
Time: February 15, 2019, 6:02 pm

Kirk Douglas

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 15, 2019, 6:04 pm

Ruth Backtowork Ginsburg.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: February 15, 2019, 6:04 pm

Olivia deHavilland.

Comment from Ben
Time: February 15, 2019, 6:10 pm

William Shatner, again…

Comment from Virginia Payne
Time: February 15, 2019, 6:13 pm

Henry Kissinger

Comment from catnip
Time: February 15, 2019, 6:35 pm

Former Senator Bob Dole.

Comment from VJ
Time: February 15, 2019, 6:42 pm

Vera Lynn…. you know…. that guy pink’s girlfriend

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: February 15, 2019, 7:04 pm

Roberta McCain

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: February 15, 2019, 7:06 pm

Tim Conway.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: February 15, 2019, 7:50 pm

Chuck Yeager. BTW Chuck, belated Happy Birthday to you!

Comment from BJM
Time: February 15, 2019, 8:10 pm

I’ll stay with Phil the Greek…HRH Prince Philip.

Comment from bikeboy
Time: February 15, 2019, 8:24 pm

Willie Nelson

Comment from Armybrat
Time: February 15, 2019, 8:40 pm

My usual, Desmond Tutu

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 15, 2019, 8:52 pm

Jussie Smollett. As his story falls apart, his value as a martyr to the cause decreases. He, and/or his accomplices’ continued existence could prove embarrassing. A convenient actual martyrdom would cover that.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from p2
Time: February 15, 2019, 9:23 pm

doris day…..

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 15, 2019, 9:30 pm

Dick Van Dyke, the affable alcoholic actor…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 15, 2019, 9:52 pm

Lt.Col. Richard Cole, the last of The Doolittle Raiders.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 15, 2019, 10:06 pm

Robert Mugabe – Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and world class ass-clown.

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: February 15, 2019, 10:12 pm

Screeching Nancy Pelosi (did I spell that right- I don’t care)

Comment from PatAZ
Time: February 15, 2019, 10:35 pm

Sandy O. (AOC) She doesn’t seem to be winning friends, especially in New Yorkistan.

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: February 15, 2019, 10:35 pm

Olivia Newton John

Comment from AliceH
Time: February 15, 2019, 10:36 pm

Doris Day.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 15, 2019, 10:57 pm

Jimmy Carter. I hear the Killer Rabbit is on his trail again.


You can hop but you can’t hide, Jimmah

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 15, 2019, 11:48 pm

Alice, p2 already picked Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff Day

Comment from spunkus
Time: February 16, 2019, 12:15 am

Thad Cochran remember Mississippi.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: February 16, 2019, 12:23 am

This time I’m picking Linda Ronstadt

She’s 72, she’s lost her voice and can’t sing anymore, and she isn’t aging well. Plus her rock’n’roll background has to have taken a few years off her lifespan.

Comment from ea in ga
Time: February 16, 2019, 12:51 am

Mrs. Jimmy Carter -Rosalynn

Comment from unkawill
Time: February 16, 2019, 12:57 am

Carl Reiner Father of Meathead Rob

Comment from Spad13
Time: February 16, 2019, 1:00 am

Andrew McCabe spilling too may beans.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 16, 2019, 1:42 am

Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. I’m very sorry to hear that he is way down the dementia path.

Comment from JC
Time: February 16, 2019, 2:54 am

Dr Freeman Dyson. I can actually understand some of his math. Not much, but I can tell that page 3 should be between pages 2 and 4.

Comment from JC
Time: February 16, 2019, 3:00 am

AliceH – you were beaten to the draw on Doris Day. Try again?

Comment from Eirik
Time: February 16, 2019, 3:43 am

I’m too late for my usual pick, so I’ll go with Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 16, 2019, 6:53 am

Boy howdy, is it Friday already? Been sick for most of the week, but today was crazy busy.

I’m gonna ride the “Little Richard” Wayne Penniman train for a little while longer. See where it gets me.

Comment from Conchi
Time: February 16, 2019, 8:10 am

Horrible Harry Reid

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: February 16, 2019, 2:19 pm

Drat! Got poached on the former Sec’y of State, HK.

I’ll go with my other choice – HRH Prince Phillip.

Comment from platypuss
Time: February 16, 2019, 2:21 pm

Hugh Downs has a 20/20 vision of the afterlife.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 16, 2019, 4:45 pm

RIP,Bruno Ganz. Another one of my favorite actors. 🙁

Comment from AliceH
Time: February 16, 2019, 7:57 pm

Thanks, Fritz. I’m out.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 16, 2019, 8:59 pm

Anybody remember this old gal… seems like she ought to be older than 85 until one remembers the sister died in her 60s.. RIP although I don’t think you gave a shit about anybody but yourself.
Caroline Lee Radziwiłł (née Bouvier, formerly Canfield and Ross; Polish pronunciation: [ra’d͡͡ʑivʲiww]; March 3, 1933 – February 15, 2019), formerly Princess Caroline Lee Radziwiłł,[1] was an American socialite, public-relations executive, and interior decorator. She was the younger sister of the late First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and sister-in-law of President John F. Kennedy. Her niece Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was named after her. She was married three times, with the marriage to third husband Herbert Ross ending in divorce shortly before his death in 2001. (wikipedia)

Comment from Davem123
Time: February 16, 2019, 9:14 pm

Maxine Waters. Please, please, please. Preferably in a fashion that exposes her weak mind and evil nature for all to see.

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 16, 2019, 10:49 pm

Charlie Sheen.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: February 17, 2019, 12:38 am

Mad Ivan- Phil the Greek was chosen by BJM fairly early in the game

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 17, 2019, 1:09 am

Man, all the good guys are dropping like flies:

RIP, Patrick Caddell!

Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: February 17, 2019, 4:25 pm

M’kay…Once More Unto The Breach, with Li’l Red-Pants Janey-Insaney Fonda – Still lookin’ for that Cable Car Of Destiny to strike from outta nowhere…

C’mon, Janey – you can do it – just…step right out there between the rails, an’ pause for your closeup! You Can Do It!!

If I can’t score a “hit” for meself – then, let it be DurnedYankee‘s pick who goes suddenly-toes-up an’ room-temperature-or-less – Nauseously-Notorious RBG’s gotta go down, and it needs to be SOON!

Comment from BJM
Time: February 17, 2019, 9:53 pm

@Timothy S. Carlson

Sadly, Ronstadt has Parkinson’s.

Comment from currently
Time: February 18, 2019, 1:49 am

Norman Lear

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 18, 2019, 6:51 pm

“Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: February 17, 2019, 4:25 pm”

M’kay…Once More Unto The Breach, with Li’l Red-Pants Janey-Insaney Fonda

OK, that image scares me, and I’m fearless –shudder–

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from little sister
Time: February 18, 2019, 7:11 pm

Lyle Waggoner

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: February 18, 2019, 10:55 pm


Yeah, I read that in the article that discussed her inability to sing.

My mother had parkinsons _and_ dementia. And she still lived to the ripe old age of 94.

Oh, well. Hopefully Linda also has many years ahead of her. It won’t hurt my record (no wins as yet).

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: February 19, 2019, 1:49 pm

@Armybrat –

Yep, missed that. Thanks for the catch.

I’ll just pass on this round, then.

Comment from Hutch
Time: February 19, 2019, 7:54 pm

Joanne Woodward

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 21, 2019, 6:03 pm

Peter Halsten Thorkelson. Pete Tork to his Monkey friends has passed…I didn’t realize he was 77. He always looked like he was just out high school in the TV shows. Only two Monkeys left…


Comment from Conchi
Time: February 21, 2019, 7:09 pm

We’re down half the Beatles, half the Monkees, half the Wilburys.. not yet half the Stones, the Who, Jefferson Airplane or the Dead…I don’t know what my point is, exactly. Just that we keep getting older…

Comment from fnaf world
Time: February 22, 2019, 10:16 am

Special romantic Valentine version you share quite impressive. I really like this special version.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 22, 2019, 10:50 pm

Stand by for the cause of death but boy, was this guy good looking. It was definitely in the genes…

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 23, 2019, 10:25 am

Bob Barker and a Ford Pinto for the win…

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 24, 2019, 12:59 am

Stanley Donen, RIP 92 y/o.

On The Town
Singing In The Rain
Damn Yankees
Funny Face and many many more.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: February 25, 2019, 1:28 am

Morgan Woodward, RIP 93 y/o.

Cool Hand Luke (the overseer with the mirrored sunglasses)
Star Trek
Gun Smoke
Logan’s Run
Wagon Train and many many more.

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: February 25, 2019, 8:23 pm

Clive James

Comment from Nana1
Time: February 26, 2019, 10:58 am

Harold Loyd

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 26, 2019, 9:17 pm

Alberto Fujimori Fujimori, former President of Peru. (Parents were cousins with the same last name.) Weird career: elected in 1990 with a mandate to crush the murderous “Shining Path” Maoist guerrillas; wiped out the SP and was reelected; then exposed for massive corruption and “human rights violations” and fled to Japan; tried a comeback in 2005 and was instead arrested, convicted, and sentenced to for 29 years; daughter Keiko was nearly elected President twice (2011 and 2016)).

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 28, 2019, 2:58 am

I’ll go out on a limb here and say he wasn’t a crook either…http://tinyurl.com/y6m7ne6j

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 2, 2019, 12:32 am

RIP, Katherine Helmond.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: March 4, 2019, 6:24 pm

Ah, nobody tried to slide Luke Perry in after last Wednesday. Passed away this morning due to massive stroke last week.

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: March 6, 2019, 10:11 pm

Alex Trebek…heard he has pancreatic cancer.

Comment from Carl
Time: March 9, 2019, 4:23 pm

Racing pundit John McCririck

Comment from roamingfirehydrant
Time: March 12, 2019, 5:59 pm

Barbara Walters

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: March 13, 2019, 8:34 pm

Sam Donaldson is still alive?

Comment from bikeboy
Time: March 17, 2019, 11:05 pm

Dick Dale – “King of the Surf Guitar” – has passed on, I’m sorry to say.

I’m also sorry to say I picked him in the Dead Pool in #118, but not this time around. (This time I guessed Willie Nelson, but I really meant Dick Dale.)

Comment from Anonymous
Time: March 18, 2019, 12:09 am

OK, sooner or later (more sooner than later is my guess) this one is going to be a lock.

Anthony Comello, of Staten Island, New York, come on down!

You just got famous, and you’re going to die a violent death!


Comment from Pablo
Time: March 18, 2019, 12:10 am

Ah, crap. That was me noting Mr. Comello’s imminent demise. Stupid internet.

Go Tony! Go Tony!

Comment from Daniel
Time: March 25, 2019, 3:55 am

We’re still on the mid-February deadpool?! OK: Dan Rather.

Comment from smedley
Time: April 3, 2019, 9:00 pm

Rupert Murdock

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: April 5, 2019, 1:00 am

Julian Assange he will be found bound gagged and shot 3 times in the back of the head, The coroners verdict will be suicide.

Comment from thefritz
Time: April 6, 2019, 5:42 pm

One less Fritz in the world…


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 9, 2019, 7:49 pm

@ Deborah HH,

Congratulations, winner of Celebrity Dead Pool #119

Comment from thefritz
Time: April 11, 2019, 2:20 pm

Charles Van Doren, one of the first intellectual stars of the television era as a contestant on the NBC show “Twenty One,” who quickly became the country’s leading villain after admitting that his winning streak on the popular game show had been rigged, died Tuesday. He was 93. RIP

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