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Dead Pool 161: New Year’s Eve Eve edition

So! Pelé copped it and Pablo won. I won’t comment on his career beyond noting that he played soccer and I had heard of him.

That is a very select group of athletes indeed.

It is absolutely wretched where I am. High wind and driving rain. I ran out, fed the chickens, and ran back to bed again with a book. I haven’t done that in decades.

Guess where I’m going now?

Let’s see which lucky, fast-typing bastiche gets the exPope. I thought about disqualifying him on the ground of blasphemy or summat, but I couldn’t keep a straight face.

C’mon, Your Holiness, hang on a while…For the laughs.

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 BullDawgGirl
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:00 pm

Jimmy Carter

Comment from HottyTottyGirl
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:00 pm

pope Benedict XVI

Otherwise known as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger

The lover of cats. Hate to see him go but a Dick is a Dick.

Also as a converted Catholic I don’t have Catholic guilt.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:00 pm

Ratzinger, ex-Pope Benedict

Comment from RushBabe
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:01 pm

Bob Barker

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:03 pm

Roselyn Carter,

Wife of the second worse president of the USA and also wife of a peanut brain farmer. Maybe this is their year.

Agree with you LesterIII but could not chose that commie banana boat man this time.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:04 pm

Harry “Burn-Commie-Asshat-Burn” Belafonte. May your lap-blankie combust and take you with it.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:05 pm

@HottyTottyGirl — I’m going to ask Stoaty for a ruling on this: your initial post said simply “pope” (not ex-pope), which I suggest can only refer to the current one. I got the unambiguous entry in and then found that you had edited yours to fill it out. Sneaky! I like sneaky, but I think I’ve got a valid gripe here.

Stoaty! Ruling, please!

Comment from HottyTottyGirl
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:07 pm

Rule 3 Uncle Al.

I didn’t make the rules up.

BTW did you know he never fully gave up the position of Pope. I read a long article about how he worded his statement when he stepped away. It talked about how he realized he could not expose corruption within the church as the ruling Pope.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:11 pm

Rule 4 HottyTottyGirl, and I didn’t make them up, either.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:29 pm

HottyTottyGirl — Then you very well may prevail! I will gladly accept whatever Her Sweaselness’s decision is.

What I expect now is that one of the Carters or Bob Barker will croak first and the two us will stand there going, “Huh? What?” (-:

Comment from LesterIII
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:29 pm

I feel for ya, Uncle Al.
Last Dead Pool I got “retro-edit-poached”. In the fray of initial early-minutes picks, I was the first to make my pick. Two previous pickers had a conflict, and one of them edited their pick to choose the one I had made, in actuality AFTER I made mine, but due to the mechanics of the edit feature it is time-stamped as if they chose before me.

Dirty Trick, to be sure, but Rule 3 encourages this. I extend to you a VIP Viewer Attendee’s Pass to The Estate, for when you want to see some scoundrels get their exquisitely applied Just Deserts.

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:52 pm

Mitch McConnell

Comment from thefritz
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:52 pm

Damn, so many well deserving miscreants…A Dick for the dick—-Dick Cheney please.

Comment from G_d’s Middle Finger
Time: December 30, 2022, 6:55 pm

Dick van Dyke

Comment from Hutch
Time: December 30, 2022, 7:07 pm

Bob Newhart

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 30, 2022, 7:20 pm

George Soros – at long last, will not God rid us of this man?

Comment from Ea
Time: December 30, 2022, 7:22 pm

Hunter Biden

Comment from p2
Time: December 30, 2022, 7:30 pm

Henry Kissinger yet again

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: December 30, 2022, 8:52 pm

Phil Collins

Comment from jc
Time: December 30, 2022, 9:06 pm

Mel Brooks. He’s gettin’ up there.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: December 30, 2022, 9:33 pm

Bill Gates, in the Conservatory with a syringe

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 30, 2022, 9:41 pm

Staying local: Chicago theater legend Mike Nussbaum – the oldest working member of Actors Equity, and co-founder of Northlight Theatre, which is six blocks away. And 99 years old, yesterday.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 30, 2022, 10:15 pm

Raul Castro, that old commie bastard, to go with his brother Fidel.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: December 30, 2022, 10:49 pm

Tom Lehrer, the singing mathematician

Comment from blake
Time: December 30, 2022, 10:56 pm

In honor of her 100th birthday this coming October, Glynis Johns.

“The Court Jester”, “Mary Poppins”, the terrible remake of Caligari…Her career could’ve spanned 10 decades but she retired in 1999.

Comment from Teej
Time: December 30, 2022, 11:02 pm

Tammy Slaton.

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: December 30, 2022, 11:24 pm

Bill Shatner.
Going where every dead person has gone before.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: December 31, 2022, 1:44 am

Norman Lear. He’s 100, ripe for the picking

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 31, 2022, 2:27 am

May the lord schwab the deck with Klaus Schwab.

Comment from thefritz
Time: December 31, 2022, 2:59 am

Barbara Walters has passed.


Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: December 31, 2022, 3:14 am

Jack Nicholson

Comment from Ben
Time: December 31, 2022, 3:37 am

Eva Marie Saint

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: December 31, 2022, 3:45 am

I’m going with US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, suddenly and unexpectedly.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 31, 2022, 4:19 am

Barbra Walters she be gone.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 31, 2022, 4:21 am

Prince of the Gobshites; Henry Charles Albert David Windsor.

Dude’s got himself seriously boxed in…OD at WeHo’s “Riot Hyatt” with a bevy of slappers.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: December 31, 2022, 4:23 am

Paul Pelosi

Comment from Nana1
Time: December 31, 2022, 4:30 am

Since my usual pick of Barbara Walters in now extinct, I guess I’ll go with Diane Feinstein

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 31, 2022, 8:27 am

Nobody had Baba Wawa? Pity…

Comment from LesterIII
Time: December 31, 2022, 11:01 am

Pope Benedict XVI has passed.
Congrats HottyTottyGirl.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 31, 2022, 12:23 pm

I solved it!

It was HottyTottyGirl,
in the nave,
with the thurible!

And if we start having to get their job titles right…
Pretty much everyone I pick gets labeled asshat.

Comment from HottyTottyGirl
Time: December 31, 2022, 2:41 pm

We need to let Sweasel weight in on this one since Uncle Al has issued a challenge to the picking method and if it violates the Rule’s.

Like Uncle Al I will abide by her decision.

See you next Friday.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 31, 2022, 4:32 pm

I would like to hear Sweasel’s take on this, too, HottyTottyGirl. I think it’s likely she’ll prioritize Rule 3 over my sketchy interpretation of Rule 4 and that the Dick will be yours. Which is perfectly OK by me! I’m totally on board with her encouragement of sneakiness.

Idle techie nerd thought: I wonder if the server software here logs comment entries and, specifically, comment edits with before/after text?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 1, 2023, 12:37 am

Happy New Year from ye olde worlde 🙂

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 1, 2023, 1:32 am

Happy New Year to the mustelid clan! Heaven knows the last several years have been challenging….here’s to the next one being less so.

Comment from BJM
Time: January 1, 2023, 1:54 am

Welp, I agree with Uncle Al invoking Rule #3…I mean C’mon Man, if HottyTottyGirl discovered an unknown server exploit…she’s earned a dick…and a new rule named in her honor.

Happy New Year! Be careful out there; keep the shiny side up, the rubber side down.

Comment from blake
Time: January 1, 2023, 2:18 am

Well, that was fast.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: January 1, 2023, 10:54 pm

That escalated quickly.

I didn’t like my pick anyway. Onward to DP #162!!!

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 2, 2023, 5:39 am

Happy New Year, everyone !!!!!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 2, 2023, 7:09 pm

Oh, oh! A conflict! I freakin’ LOVE playing internet Bannister! In keeping with my New Year’s resolution to not lose a single bit of my obnoxiousness – I would like to present a Amicus curiae or perhaps more accurately a Amicus circus:

1. HottyTottyGirl’s first post was indeed, at BEST, ambiguous. However, the court should consider “The reasonable man” standard of interpretation. A reasonable man would know damn well who she meant in the context of the day.

However we must concede “the statement speaks for itself” and the plain language “The Pope” would logically only fit -the- Pope e.g. the current sitting Pope. And yet – the Catholic Church itself has had more than one Pope a the same time (See: Pope Urban and the election of a rival pope based at Avignon in 1378). This fact allows ambiguity as to “which Pope ya talkin’ about when you say ‘The Pope’ ” to re-enter the chat, logic be damned.

Now to the crux: HottyTottyGirl’s edit removed any ambiguity albeit we must concede AFTER Uncle Al’s unambiguous declaration. However Rule 3 admits for dirty tricks and does not exclude edits from dirty tricks. Further we note that Rule 4 (First Choice sticks) cannot really and absolutely disqualify HottyTottyGirl’s ambiguous entry because of the reasonable man rule standard by which we all knew who she meant.

Given these points, we propose two things to the court –

1. HottyTottyGirl be declared the winner under the Current Rule
2. A new HottyTotty Rule be implemented where in case of a conflict, edited entries are to be judged as having an inferior claim to unedited posts.

Note: It is stipulated the ‘The Law is an ass, but it’s still the law’ or in this case the law is a Weasel, but Stoaty can decide any damn thing she wants, and this post is not even as weighty as the paper it’s written on (sic).

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: January 3, 2023, 7:16 pm

I predict Paul Ralph Ehrlich will die sometime in the next few decades, or years, months, maybe days.

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: January 3, 2023, 7:19 pm

Wait, what?

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 4, 2023, 11:22 pm

Time marches on. As a self described space geek who grew up watching every Apollo launch on those wheeled in tv’s to our classroom, it’s sad to lose those heroes that shaped my world.

Walter Cunningham, last surviving Apollo 7 astronaut has passed at 90.


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