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Grasshopper’s Dead Pool pick was Nick Charles, apparently a CNN sportscaster from mid-80s. And I gather he dead. Means nothing to me.

I don’t actually mind awarding dicks — it gets me out of a Friday post. On the other hand, I don’t want the Pool to get obscurer and obscurer. After all — let’s face it — famousish people die every day.

I’m torn. Assuming everything’s kosher with the timing, wot fink?

On the preponderance, I am inclined to award the dick. Arise, Grasshopper, and accept dick (or, ummm…shoot me an email with your addy).

That means — new pool! Today. Six WBT. I’ll go set it up.

p.s. The sensible rule would be to flag obscure picks as they are picked,
but I would have to helicopter over the Dead Pool thread. And that’s just
WAY too much like a real job. Not going to happen. So we’ll
continue to operate in the half-assed manner to which we have
become accustomed, m’kay?


Comment from Drew458
Time: July 1, 2011, 12:11 am

Keep it going. I’ve never seen spotted dick in a can. Or outside one either.

Maybe you should put in some kind of limiting rules, like the candidates have to be quite famous or something.

Put me down for Zsa Zsa Gabor. She’s out of the hospital again, but at 94 things don’t look good for the long run.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 1, 2011, 12:24 am

Only Nick Charles I know is the detective that found The Thin Man.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 1, 2011, 12:33 am

Heh. Not so fast, Drew. If we start another Pool, it won’t be until Friday.

Anyway, I’m convinced Zsa Zsa will outlive us all. Tough old bird.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: July 1, 2011, 12:51 am

Put his name in on YouTube, and the first page of results isn’t even fully populated by videos for him (even including the tribute, post-death videos.) You also get a blues slide guitar player by the same name.

Do the same for the name “Howard Cosell” and compare.

That’s my yardstick.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: July 1, 2011, 1:01 am

I’m old and I never heard of him. And I do follow sports. You are the boss, SW.

Comment from mongo
Time: July 1, 2011, 1:02 am

In all fairness (yeah being the fair one) if he was allowed to run with his pick for this round then it should stand and the rules should be altered for the next round. Jus’ sayin… I just want to see who gets the Castro pick on the next round! 🙂

Comment from EZnSF
Time: July 1, 2011, 1:29 am

Off with his Head!

I like the YouTube guidelines.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: July 1, 2011, 1:36 am

MS. Weasel, you are the boss – it’s your playground and you make the rules!! If you don’t mind dishing out the dicks, we will play by your rulz!!

Comment from grasshopper
Time: July 1, 2011, 1:43 am

I apologize, your Ladyship; I shall go back to quietly lurking and observing the in the chimney corner. I hereby absolve myself of any right to said dick in the pool since no-one appears to have heard of him.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: July 1, 2011, 2:02 am

“…I’ve never seen spotted dick in a can. Or outside one either.”

Quite clearly, you’ve led a somewhat-sheltered life – although, of course, us older dudes have somewhat the advantage when it comes to (age)spotted almost-anything…

Suggestion: If someone designates a pick that the rules-maker decides is too obscure to be in the Pool – whether before or after the fact of room-temperature-assumption of said obscurity – winner gets half-a-point in braggin’ rights and automatic first pick in the new Pool, but no dick – that way, no one loses, really, the game goes on, and the lady rules-maker does not become unduly indebted to Aunty’s dick-canning skillz. Sorta self-policing, as who wants to have to play two rounds to win one dick, and everyone who makes an honest pick (myself, I prefer designating Jane Fonda – but, realistically, I think the ol’ Commie will outlive us all, just for pure meanness…)still has roughly the same shot at the glory as always.


Comment from OceaniaainaecO
Time: July 1, 2011, 3:18 am

I could put Chappy up … his renal artery stenosis is getting worse …

Comment from Michael
Time: July 1, 2011, 3:56 am

C.Taylor beat me to it; I know of only one “Nick Charles”.

I intend on picking Nora Charles (Nick’s wife) at 6:00PM WBT tomorrow…

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: July 1, 2011, 4:01 am

Well, I’ve never heard of him either, but the time to challenge is before they croak, isn’t it?

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 1, 2011, 4:05 am

I’d pick Nora any day of the week.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 1, 2011, 4:23 am

Sportcasters are at best B list personalities – only the most important qualify as “famous”.

ESPN wasn’t all that big in the ’80s. Was this guy even top-line at ESPN? Wiki says so – also that he was active up to two years ago.

Idunno. I never heard of him. But then you probably never heard of Licia Albanese, either. (She was a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera for 26 years: 427 leading role appearances, including Cio-Cio-San, Mimi, Violetta, and Carmen.)

She’s not dead yet, but she’s 97.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 1, 2011, 4:33 am

I’d hate to keep a man from his appointed dick, but I’ve never heard of the fellow. *thumbs down*

Comment from mojo
Time: July 1, 2011, 4:38 am

I’d say if they didn’t specify this sportscaster at the time, it could be any of a number of Nick Charles’…

No goal.

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: July 1, 2011, 4:49 am

Well you disqualified my Juan Antonio Sameranch and he was a international nobody. Even though there;s 3 pages of him on youtube. So I’d say No. But only because im bitter and twisted, with a thrist for revenge

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 1, 2011, 6:30 am

Hey, if he REALLY was a sportscaster on CNN, then it OUGHT to qualify. After all, CNN fancies themselves the hottest source of news…

Not that I agree with them in the slightest, of course. But people STILL call the New York Slimes the “newspaper of record”, event though they have NOT been that for well over thirty years.

Comment from Vince Mceveety
Time: July 1, 2011, 7:20 am

if the pool participants collectively say “who the @($!) is that dead guy?” shouldn’t it be a dickless win?

Comment from Joan of Argghh!
Time: July 1, 2011, 8:54 am

Can I predict the demise of the U.S. for the next DP? No need to send me a dick, however. We’ve apparently got one in the White House!

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: July 1, 2011, 10:25 am

J.S.Bridges: Jane Fonda? Excellent pick. I tip my hat to you.

Comment from J Foster
Time: July 1, 2011, 10:30 am

Give the man a dick. Dude was on national television, which is the baseline measurement for fame or something.

Comment from grasshopper
Time: July 1, 2011, 11:51 am

Heh. Joan of Arggh, I like that one.
Thought Mr Charles would be more well-known than he was, but ’tis Ms Weasel’s house. If she has no clue who it is and majority of other swimmers don’t either, then it shouldn’t count.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 1, 2011, 12:07 pm

Aw, shucks, grasshopper…YOU’RE GETTING DICK!

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 1, 2011, 1:52 pm

Now SWeas, you’re starting to sound like a Weiner…

Comment from EastAsia
Time: July 1, 2011, 3:59 pm

Rich Rostrom —
Licia Albanese’s still alive? Day-um.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: July 1, 2011, 4:46 pm

Yeah, award the dick. You could always go with Heinz brand and have Amazon send it to we US winners. 🙂

Almost time, who to choose, who to choose?

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: July 1, 2011, 5:16 pm

Congrats Grasshopper, a win’s a win. 🙂

Okay, now where’s my pocket watch set to Weasel Blog Time… Ohcrap, I forgot to wind it.

Comment from steve
Time: July 1, 2011, 5:19 pm

Simonizing our watches

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: July 1, 2011, 5:37 pm

According to my watch, it’s already 6 PM WBT.

Comment from original signed
Time: July 1, 2011, 5:45 pm

Why not just allow any commenter to flag picks as too obscure and make yourself the appeal court?

Those who are making questionable picks know who they are and can watch for disagreement/ask you directly if they think their pick should be allowed. You can always decide to bestow the dick if you see fit … what’s the downside?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 1, 2011, 5:58 pm

Nope, not yet. WBT is GMT, which does not change for BST.

In other words…JUST SECONDS TO GO!

Comment from Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Time: July 1, 2011, 6:22 pm

1817 Zulu (Universal) Time. 0817 in Hawaii.
Earl Scruggs, again. And again I wish no ill. He’s famous and old, and we all gotta go sometime, ObamaCare promises to the contrary not withstanding.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 1, 2011, 7:33 pm

I hear Earl Scruggs slicks his hair with possum fat. Or was that Lester Flatt?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 1, 2011, 11:29 pm

Stoaty – This is your blog, your contest, and your dick. I appreciate being asked but I will always defer to your judgment.

As I just entered the DP contest with: “Nafissatou Diallo, the Sofitel maid in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape accusation case” all I ask is that you consider as a valid entry a name that may not be well known but whose news story *is* well known even if short lived. So to speak, heh heh heh.

Comment from Bill the Butcher
Time: July 2, 2011, 2:54 am

Olivia De Havilland.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 2, 2011, 11:58 am

Heh. Peeps postin’ their picks HERE instead of in the OFFICIAL spot. Might be fun to pick ’em off if they don’t promptly go over there as well…

Comment from grasshopper
Time: July 2, 2011, 1:44 pm

Thank you and felicitations, and such. I shall do my utmost to pick someone folks have heard of next time, Your Ladyship! The best ones are usually gone by the time I get here though. I am COMPLETELY convinced Zsa Zsa is actually some sort of insect alien something or other, as are both Harry Morgan and Abe Vigoda. I am of her Ladyship’s viewpoint that those three will live forever. Shall drop you a line later today Ms Weasel..

Comment from moony horn
Time: July 4, 2011, 7:27 pm

Abe Vigoda’s ghost

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