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Dead Pool Round 139: I saw a snowdrop today!

Blake takes the dick with Dustin Diamond aka Screech. I’m too old for Saved by the Bell. Come to think of it, aren’t most of you old also? How did you know who this guy is?

Never mind. I had a thing about bad children’s cartoons in the Nineties when I had a boring job and a TV at my desk. I kept telling everyone Pokémon was going to be huge, but would they listen?

Right. Ready?

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 5, 2021, 6:00 pm

Hoping for another smile inducing piece of Stoaty art on Ellypoo. Sooo many targets for ire and ill-wishes, but I try and leave all of those feelings on the heavy-bag during workouts. I’m sticking with Norman “Henry Mallory” Lloyd.

Comment from BullDawgGirl
Time: February 5, 2021, 6:01 pm

HRH Prince Phillip

Once again not wanting to see him go but he gets closer to the final goal as each day passes. God save the queen.

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: February 5, 2021, 6:02 pm

Rush Limbaugh

Hate to see him go as he by far is the best weapon to push against the democratic socialist communist movement. For one brief moment we were united against the wall street elites. (Gamestop)

I was thinking of picking Jeffery Epstein as I know he didn’t kill himself.

Comment from p2
Time: February 5, 2021, 6:05 pm

Okay, Henry, one last time for all the marbles. Henry Kissinger.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 5, 2021, 6:34 pm

I do hereby nominate Kamala Devi(l) Harris for elevation to provisioner of Dead Pool Dick to ExpressoBold, also known worldwide as “EB.”
Also, RIP Christopher Plummer:
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021) was a Canadian actor – wikipedia

Comment from Eirik
Time: February 5, 2021, 6:42 pm

Tom Lehrer, 92 year young. His days of poisoning pigeons in the park are long over.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 5, 2021, 6:46 pm

Jerry ‘scharts’ Nadler


Just one of a Housefull of Dems who need to take a dirt nap…

Comment from Ben
Time: February 5, 2021, 6:55 pm

William Shatner

Comment from currently
Time: February 5, 2021, 7:08 pm

Marty Schottenheimer – Former NFL Coach

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: February 5, 2021, 7:12 pm

Can’t call Christopher Plummer. https://nypost.com/2021/02/05/christopher-plummer-sound-of-music-actor-dead-at-91/?utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

So I repeat Norman Lloyd, Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere and part of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater.

Comment from p2
Time: February 5, 2021, 7:18 pm

@Jeff Wiemer… Looks like Norman LLoyd was poached first out the door by LesterIII. See Rule #3.

Comment from Hutch
Time: February 5, 2021, 7:23 pm

Mel Brooks

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 5, 2021, 7:26 pm

Jimmah, Jimmah Carter. King of the peanut planters

Comment from RushBabe
Time: February 5, 2021, 7:32 pm

Bob Barker

Comment from Teej
Time: February 5, 2021, 7:55 pm

Cocaine Mitch.

Comment from catnip
Time: February 5, 2021, 8:03 pm

George P. Schultz, former Sec. State

Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 5, 2021, 8:25 pm

Bob Dole

Comment from blake
Time: February 5, 2021, 8:30 pm

The Flower (my #3 kid) is working on an animation for “The Vatican Rag” she wants to get done before Tom Lehrer dies so I hope not!

All right, this time I’m going to pick the lovely and talented Marsha Hunt, because Merle Oberon died in 1979.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: February 5, 2021, 8:31 pm

Not really a poach, P2; not that I haven’t poached here over the years. If Norman had kicked during DP138, I would have won, as Jeff Weimer picked him a full day after I did.

I didn’t point it out at the time, ‘cuz Rule 3.

I’ll send The Estate courtesy-van around, and we can discuss these, and other things, over a nice bourbon. (quiet, thefritz)

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 5, 2021, 8:43 pm

author Larry McMurtry

Comment from unkawill
Time: February 5, 2021, 8:52 pm

Hillary Clinton for the dick!

Comment from BJM
Time: February 5, 2021, 8:54 pm

HMTQ Elizabeth II annoyed to death by Cringe and Ginge.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 5, 2021, 9:14 pm

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important fate!

Julian Assange knows too much and with all the jerking around he’s being subjected to, someone is going to jerk him into the kill zone. I sincerely hope not, but…

Comment from God’s middle finger
Time: February 5, 2021, 9:25 pm

Dick Cheney …. for the dick

Comment from p2
Time: February 5, 2021, 10:16 pm

@LesterIII, send it. I have an unopened bottle of Blanton’s needing an occasion. Pick up @theFritz along the way.. I have spare glasses

Comment from ea
Time: February 5, 2021, 10:18 pm

Nancy Pelosi

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 5, 2021, 10:43 pm


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 5, 2021, 10:57 pm

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the oldest Democrat from a state with a Republican governor. He dies, a Republican fills the seat, and the Senate flips.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: February 5, 2021, 11:02 pm

William Jefferson Clinton – you ain’t looking too good. Time to get in the Pool. The Dead Pool that is!

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 5, 2021, 11:17 pm

With the actions of the current regime against President Trump, and the talk in the last couple of days on Leftist media and by some Leftist politicians about using deadly government force against their political opponents; I fear that 2 and 2 will be put together and the regime will arrange a “fatal accident” for President Trump, under the impression that if he is gone all opposition will cease.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from blake
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:13 am


They are THAT dumb.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:17 am

Statistical update after DP 138

(Note: this includes a number of corrections from previous reports, such as consolidating variant forms of a target’s name or player’s handle. (I’m looking at _you_, Timothy [S.] Carlson.))

136 Dead Pools

700 contestants
8,890 entries
1,333 different candidates

Most entries etc (unchanged, see report in DP 127, except…)
Earliest pick to win: #1, eight times (36, 42, 46, 78, 98, 101, 110, 133).

Most wins:

. 10 – Carl
.. 5 – thefritz
.. 5 – steve
.. 5 – ExpressoBold
.. 4 – xul
.. 4 – LesterIII
.. 4 – Formerly known as Skeptic
.. 4 – Uncle Al
.. 3 – unkawill
.. 3 – weaselwannabe
.. 3 – Montenegro
.. 3 – Deborah HH
.. 3 – catnip
.. 3 – AltBBrown
.. 3 – RushBabe
.. 3 – Hutch

Winners with their first picks: 7

Enas Yorl, with Ted Kennedy in DP 1.
DeGuerre, with Harmon Killebrew in DP 14.
FGW, with Dick Clark in DP 26.
nachogranny, with Peter Graves in DP 50.
homer, with Thomas Duncan in DP 69.
Sam Paris, with Mikhail Kalashnikov in DP 56.

DeGuerre, nachogranny, and homer all retired from the lists immediately.

The rewards of persistence:

Montenegro picked Muhammad Ali 46 times and won.

Expert poaching award:

The Neon Madman, for winning with Kirk Douglas in DP 128, after Janna picked him 58 times, and other players 59 times.

Most entries submitted:

126 – Armybrat
125 – thefritz
124 – Eirik
123 – PatAZ
121 – Rich Rostrom
117 – Janna
116 – Uncle Al
114 – weaselwannabe
114 – Ben
112 – Davem123
111 – catnip
110 – ExpressoBold
109 – Some Vegetable
105 – Gromulin
102 – unkawill
102 – J. S. Bridges
100 – P2
100 – Hutch

Eirik, PatAZ, Janna, Ben, Some Vegetable, J. S. Bridges, and P2 have never won.

Players with most different picks:

. 120 – Rich Rostrom
.. 82 – Timothy S. Carlson
.. 74 – PatAZ
.. 62 – Davem123
.. 62 – currently
.. 61 – Subotai Bahadur
.. 58 – unkawill
.. 55 – catnip
.. 54 – steve
.. 49 – Uncle Al
.. 47 – BJM
.. 43 – ExpressoBold
.. 43 – Pablo
.. 42 – Mija Cat
.. 40 – Stark Dickflüssig

The Grognards:

Armybrat, catnip, Eirik, Formerly known as Skeptic, Gromulin, JC cOLLINS, Jeff Weimer, PatAZ, Pupster, Rich Rostrom, Spad 13, steve, and TwoDogs played in at least one of DPs 1 to 5 and of DPs 134 to 138.

catnip, Gromulin, Pupster, and Rich Rostrom played in DPs 1 and 138.

On the other end…

Most picked candidates:

. 134 – Jimmy Carter
. 118 – Kirk Douglas
. 118 – William Shatner
. 115 – Prince Phillip
. 114 – Olivia de Havilland
. 108 – Jane Fonda
. 110 – George Soros
. 106 – Robert Mugabe
.. 95 – Henry Kissinger
.. 91 – Nancy Pelosi
.. 89 – Ramsey Clark

Mugaabe has the record for dodging our bullets and going out anyway.

Larry King was picked 66 times before snuffing it, mostly in the early going. King was picked in DP 1, picked 18 times in the 19 DPs from 10 to 27, 22 times in DPs 32-61, 15 times in DPs 72-97, but only 8 times since DP 100.

710 picks have been taken once.

Targets taken when first picked: 34

DP# — Player ———– Target

… 1 – Enas Yorl …….. Ted Kennedy
… 3 – Princess Bernie .. Susan Atkins
… 4 – Sockless Joe ….. Alexander Haig
… 5 – nachogranny …… Peter Graves
.. 14 – DeGuerre ……… Harmon Killebrew
.. 15 – Tawny ………… Jeff Conaway
.. 16 – Princess Bernie .. Clarence Clemmons
.. 27 – Pablo ………… Chuck Colson
.. 34 – Pablo ………… Johnny Pesky
.. 38 – steve ………… Alex Karras
.. 44 – Davem123 ……… Christopher Dorner
.. 59 – ExpressoBold ….. Joan Mondale
.. 60 – Carl …………. Tony Benn
.. 68 – Drew458 ………. Joan Rivers
.. 69 – homer ………… Thomas Duncan
.. 74 – Pupster ………. Jeralean Talley
.. 79 – ExpressoBold ….. René Angélil
.. 83 – Carl …………. Paul Daniels
.. 86 – currently …….. Arnold Palmer
.. 89 – Scott Jacobs ….. Leonard Cohen
.. 93 – weaselwannabe …. Carrie Fisher
. 100 – Carl …………. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
. 103 – Mitchell ……… Charlie Manson
. 104 – Carl …………. Max Clifford
. 105 – unkawill ……… Erica Garner
. 106 – Carl …………. Morgan Tsvangirai
. 108 – Spunkus ………. Jerry Maren
. 109 – Carl …………. Leslie Grantham
. 114 – unkawill ……… Roy Clark
. 115 – Ric Fan ………. Harry Leslie Smith
. 122 – gebrauchshund …. Denise Nickerson
. 125 – Rich Rostrom ….. T. Boone Pickens
. 137 – Mrs Carl ……… Tanya Roberts
. 138 – Blake ………… Dustin Diamond

5 of Carl’s 10 wins have been first-time picks…

Candidates with broadest popularity (most different submitters):

44 – Betty White
41 – Bill Clinton
40 – George Soros
40 – Nancy Pelosi
36 – Abe Vigoda
36 – Hillary Clinton
35 – Jimmy Carter
33 – Fidel Castro
33 – Harry Reid
33 – Kirk Douglas
32 – George H. W. Bush
31 – Jerry Lewis
31 – Lindsay Lohan
31 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
30 – Henry Kissinger
30 – Keith Richards

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:18 am

Chuck Schumer for an insurrection that lasts more than 4 hours.

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:26 am

*cowers before Rich, statistically*

Comment from Nana1
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:29 am

Bill Cosby

Comment from Spad13
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:31 am

Dianne Feinstein

Comment from Armybrat
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:41 am

I’m number 1 (entries submitted)!!! Imma keep the streak alive with my old standby Desmond Tutu! Come on down! And I really mean down…say hello to Nelson when you see him in Hell.

Comment from Carl
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:41 am

Former Pope Benedict

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:45 am

Thank you, Rich Rostrom !!!

Comment from PatAZ
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:52 am

George Soros. May this evil being hit every ring on the way down to his final resting place.

Comment from Spunkus
Time: February 6, 2021, 1:27 am

Harry Belafonte for the banana peel.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 6, 2021, 1:28 am

I have tried 109 times with zero wins… but I do have the most popular candidate for a date with the grim reaper, this time: Jimmah…

Maybe 110 is The Charm?

Comment from mushdogs
Time: February 6, 2021, 2:50 am

Ghislaine Maxwell. By “suicide”.

Comment from steve
Time: February 6, 2021, 3:26 am

Tony Bennet

Comment from LesterIII
Time: February 6, 2021, 5:34 am

Rich Rostrom, no matter what your predilections, idiosyncrasies, or nerdom may be, a hearty THANK YOU for your fantastistats and recordilism! Regardless of how ‘easy’ or it may be for you, it is greatly appreciated. This microcosm of da’interwebs is fascinating, IMHO. And without your help, we would have no comparative metric.

Tusind tak!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 6, 2021, 12:14 pm

I know, I know, no one really wants Betty White to go.

But…Betty White.

I’m still holding out for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, they’re probably drafting legislation in Congress to bring her back.

Comment from dissent
Time: February 6, 2021, 1:51 pm

Sidney Poitier again.

Comment from platypuss
Time: February 6, 2021, 3:32 pm

Progenitor of Meathead, Carl Reiner.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 6, 2021, 3:38 pm

…Since when does the ‘Estate’ have a courtesy van!? As I recall on my last visit I was forced to call a cab and then enjoy the un-melodious celebrations of an incontinent octogenarian who only spoke Pakistani…”harummmpfff!”

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: February 6, 2021, 3:40 pm

For some reason I looked and didn’t see he was already picked. Twice now.

Maybe I need a new prescription for my bifocals.

So, George Shultz, Reagan’s Secretary of State.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 6, 2021, 3:58 pm

@Jeff Weimer

Sorry Jeff, Catnip nipped you to ‘ol Georgie…

Comment from LesterIII
Time: February 6, 2021, 4:35 pm

How soon you forget, thefritz, just what category of guests the courtesy van brings to the Estate. I can arrange for it to swing by and nab you, but you seemed fairly adamant that was not something you ever wished to happen.

We have completed a brand new sub-level with wonderfully appointed spectator’s mezzanine!

Comment from Oldowan
Time: February 6, 2021, 4:39 pm

Jerry Lee Lewis

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: February 6, 2021, 5:07 pm

Late. Dammit.

I’m picking Jean-Luc Picard, AKA Patrick Stewart. He’s looking bad, his show ‘Picard’ is terrible and has to be giving him anxieties, he’s uninsurable, and he’s turning into an old sourpuss at 80yo. So, Patrick, plot a course for the heavens and … ENGAGE!!!!

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: February 6, 2021, 11:13 pm

John Astin

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 7, 2021, 12:04 am

LesterIII, Good to hear it! The ‘Estate’ was long do for a freshening…I look forward to visit in the most distant future. Cheerio!

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: February 7, 2021, 2:20 am

I even ran a search! Goddamnit!

Keith Richards, then.

Comment from JC cOLLINS
Time: February 7, 2021, 4:01 am

Paul Ehrlich.

Comment from dissent
Time: February 7, 2021, 6:07 pm

catnip wins it with George Schultz!

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 7, 2021, 6:57 pm

oh goody, another Dead Pool on Friday!

Comment from p2
Time: February 7, 2021, 7:23 pm

Fer cryin’ out loud, Hank…. George was Secretary of State a full decade after you. Get on with it!

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 7, 2021, 9:04 pm

Congrats, catnip !!!!!

For all you other nominees out there, let’s pick up the pace! Make the world a fresher place!

For those keeping track: catnip moves to four dicks…

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: February 7, 2021, 10:18 pm

Ghislaine Maxwell too dangerous to let live.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: February 7, 2021, 10:19 pm

Missed it by that much!

Comment from blake
Time: February 8, 2021, 1:16 am

Well, that was fast.

I think it’s fair to suspect murder.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: February 8, 2021, 10:43 am

Congratulations to you, Catnip.

This may be a long and nervous week for Dead Pool Limbo…

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 8, 2021, 8:33 pm

A request to Rich Rostrom: You’ve got me for four wins and while I remember the number, I don’t remember who I picked for my first win. Would you be so kind as to let me know who that was and in what round? Thank you!

The ones I *do* remember are:
picked 2020/07/31 – Round 132 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
picked 2019/04/20 – Round 120 – Doris Day
picked 2017/06/09 – Round 098 – Glen Campbell

Comment from catnip
Time: February 9, 2021, 7:03 am

Thanks to dissent, Expresso Bold, and Lester III. I’m very excited about winning the dick, with due apologies to the spirit of the famous departed for adding a superfluous “c” to his last name.

To Rich Rostrom, like Uncle Al, I’d like a records check. Because my accumulation of old emails is spotty, I hesitate to cast doubt on your excellent stats. However, through no fault of your own, I think you may have been crediting me with at least one (maybe two) more wins than I’ve deserved credit for. I should have asked earlier for your help in clearing up whatever misunderstanding there may be on this point.

Here’s what I believe to be true: I’ve (sorta) had two “wins.” The first was for Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. somewhere within a day or three of May 12, 2014. It was a solid win, and I received one of Stoaty’s terrific pen and ink sketches as the prize. The second was for Kirk Kerkorian, on June 15, 2015. This “win” ended up invalid, as I saw it. The lag between UK’s daylight saving time and my own, plus my inability to determine the hour of Mr. Kerkorian’s death made it impossible for me to know which came first — my DP comment or Mr. K’s demise. So I disavowed the win and relinquished claim to the dick. Only Stoaty and I knew this, and she was perfectly willing to accept the win as legit. I hope you can find some way to account for the ending of that Dead Pool round without attributing the win to any specific entrant, also downgrade my scorecard.

It’s possible that I’ve forgotten, but I don’t remember any additional Dead Pool triumphs. For me, the best proof is one small piece of Stoaty’s art on the wall of my dining room, where, when a visitor asks about the adorable kitten, I lie that I received it in recognition of my ability to see into the beyond. (What do they know, right?) I’d be glad to hear from you, Rich, if you can point to any indication that I’ve had more good luck than I think.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 9, 2021, 2:57 pm

Football coach Marty Schottenheimer has passed from Alzheimer’s at 77. RIP.


Comment from thefritz
Time: February 10, 2021, 11:01 pm

‘Hustler’ founder Larry Flynt is dead. Should of been gone long ago…not because he was a smut peddler but because he was an ass hole.


Comment from catnip
Time: February 11, 2021, 12:13 am

This message is for Rich Rostrom because I don’t know of another way to contact him.

Rich, your stats are impeccable. It’s been my error all along. This week’s win for George Shultz is my 4th (note the Kerkorian no-go,) Apple and Yahoo! Mail, plus an occasional lack of focus on things at hand, caused me to lose track.

Several years ago, a computer OS upgrade caused some sort of security conflict between my computer and Yahoo! Mail. This caused Yahoo! to shunt a small number of old, saved emails right off to the back of a dusty attic somewhere. It also prevented me from composing and sending email directly from my aging computer. Rebuilding the mailbox accomplished nothing. I could still compose/send from Yahoo!’s website, so that’s what I did for several years. Old emails were gone and forgotten.

Last night I emailed Stoaty, and suddenly Yahoo! Mail coughed up a small wad of old secluded emails, two of which revealed a win for Dead Pool Round No. 87 on September 30, 2016. There was my “missing” third win, for the late Neville Marriner. This find confirmed that your stats have been entirely correct.

Thank you so much for your careful record keeping! I’d completely forgotten that Neville Marriner humored a fleeting wish on October 2, 2016. What a gifted and nice man he was. Always a favorite for listening, and the only spur-of-the-moment DP rabbit I’ve ever pulled out of a hat.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 12, 2021, 1:42 am

It is with much sadness that jazz great Chick Corea has passed at 79. I saw him last February with Bela Fleck in an unforgettable night of musical magic. It really hurts when we lose one of the good ones… RIP https://tinyurl.com/ed0j76cf

Comment from Pablo
Time: February 17, 2021, 5:19 pm

Rush Limbaugh is currently returning his talent to God.

Congrats on the dick, BullDawgGuy.

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