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Dead Pool Round 77: Autumn leaves

Xul makes a third run at the dick with Yogi Berra. Honest, I didn’t realize Yogi Berra was still alive. I suspect I had him confused with Sam Goldwyn. Yeah, I know, but they were both famous for saying unintentionally funny stuff and I’m not much of a sports person, me.

Anyway, they’re both dead now, so that’s okay.


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 Montenegro
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:01 pm

Muhammad Ali once more!!

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:01 pm

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Comment from Harry
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:01 pm

Prof. Irwin Corey for the poach! (Sorry Dissent 555…)

Comment from P2
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:04 pm

Kirk Douglas. Seeing as how I got in on time and got poached last time…..

Comment from Gordon R. Durand
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:19 pm

Nancy Reagan, and I hope to lose.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:45 pm

Imma going with Phil the Greek this round.

Comment from Davem123
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:46 pm

Fidel Castro. Now that he’s seen the Pope, what else does he have to live for?

Comment from Janna
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:49 pm

Jimmy Carter

Comment from JC
Time: September 25, 2015, 6:52 pm

Gonna go with Chuck Berry this time.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:00 pm

I don’t like the possibility, but Donald Trump is a threat to too many people in both wings of the Governing Party, and has a price on his head from the drug cartels. Someone is going to decide that he has to have an accident.

Mind you, if that happens winning the dick will be a low order priority event here as we will be somewhat pre-occupied.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:01 pm


I forgot and now Fidel is taken!!!

It’ll have to be Larry King. He can’t look like a corpse and not be one forever, you know.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:11 pm

Going back to an oldie but a goodie: Hugh Hefner

Comment from tonycc
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:23 pm

Billy Graham, the pearly gates are waiting.

Comment from Eirik
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:25 pm

Robert Mugbe

Comment from Hutch
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:26 pm

Maureen O’Hara

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:33 pm

George H. W. Bush…

Comment from BrendaM
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:37 pm

Jerry Lewis

Comment from dissent555
Time: September 25, 2015, 7:42 pm

Gahhh!!! Been poached. Good luck, Harry. That little commie’s gotta go at some point

Ok for laughs I’ll take Susan Brownmiller. By SJW goon squad. In a dark alley, I’m sure.

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: September 25, 2015, 10:10 pm

Bill Shatner

Comment from gromulin
Time: September 25, 2015, 10:32 pm

Damn…back to the old standby – Antoine “Fats” Domino

Comment from frotto
Time: September 25, 2015, 10:33 pm

Norman Lear (again).

I was tempted to switch to that blow-hard hypocrite Neil Young, but I’m in it to win the dick.

Comment from weaselwannabee
Time: September 25, 2015, 10:40 pm

Valerie Harper

Comment from Bill the Butcher
Time: September 25, 2015, 11:01 pm

Olivia de Havilland!

Comment from Vince
Time: September 25, 2015, 11:15 pm

Dick Van Lesbian


too obvious

softball down the middle

Comment from Spad13
Time: September 25, 2015, 11:36 pm

Dan Rather

Comment from Ben
Time: September 25, 2015, 11:43 pm

Hillary Clinton

Comment from m
Time: September 25, 2015, 11:53 pm

Pope Benedict XVI

Comment from mojo
Time: September 25, 2015, 11:56 pm

Bill Clinton. It’s Hillary’s last hope.

Dead man walkin’…

Comment from RushBabe
Time: September 26, 2015, 12:01 am

Doris Day for the dick.

Comment from Harry
Time: September 26, 2015, 12:04 am

@Ben: You have my sincerest hopes to win this round…

and@mojo: You share my sincerest hopes that you and Ben will win what ever two at a time is called–a “duofecta”?

Comment from PatAZ
Time: September 26, 2015, 12:39 am

Abe Vigoda

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 26, 2015, 12:48 am

Glen Campbell

Comment from Harry
Time: September 26, 2015, 1:10 am

@thefritz: Saw where Good-Time Glen has moved from hospice to home care…don’t know if that means he is getting better (doubtful with Stage 6 Alzheimer’s) or if they want him to die at home…in any event, good luck with your pick although I hate to see Glen go…

Comment from naleta
Time: September 26, 2015, 1:26 am

Michael Moore

Hoping to clean up Michigan with his departure, and get the dick! 😉

Comment from Cobrakai99
Time: September 26, 2015, 1:40 am

Hillary press secretary Brian Fallon in a park shot twice with a shotgun committing suicide.

Comment from Nana 1
Time: September 26, 2015, 1:45 am

Burt Reynolds

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 26, 2015, 2:05 am

Thanks Harry!

Comment from catnip
Time: September 26, 2015, 2:35 am

Jake Lamotta

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: September 26, 2015, 5:55 am

Kirk Douglas, if he hasn’t been taken.

Comment from Timbo
Time: September 26, 2015, 7:55 am

Gene Wilder. He can’t keep dodging it.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 26, 2015, 8:28 am

First, my pick: Marge Champion, half of the dance team of Gower and Marge.


Now, since I have the data (through Round 76), what I’m sure no one has been waiting for: the statistical update.

Rounds completed: 76
Total valid entries: 5,571
Players: 613
Different targets: 965

Players with most entries:

Armybrat, Janna – 71
JeffS – 70
Scubafreak – 69
Eirik – 68
Montenegro, PatAZ – 67
David Gillies – 65
Gromulin, Mrs. Compton, Pablo, thefritz – 63
Rich Rostrom – 62
Dustoffmom – 61

Most popular candidates:

Jimmy Carter – 75
Fidel Castro – 73
Zsa Zsa Gabor – 70
Kirk Douglas – 68
Michael Moore – 64
Gordon Brown – 63
Nancy Reagan – 62
Muhammad Ali – 62
Abe Vigoda – 62
Robert Mugabe – 61

Widest support:

Abe Vigoda – picked by 34 diffeent players
Lindsay Lohan, Betty White – 31
Fidel Castro – 30
George H. W. Bush – 27
Nancy Pelosi – 26
Bashir Assad, Jerry Lewis, Zsa Zsa Gabor – 25
Jimmy Carter – 24

Most different targets:

Rich Rostrom – 61
PatAZ – 48
Mija Cat – 42
Stark Dickflüssig – 40
Subotai Bahadur – 39
steve – 36
Pablo – 33
catnip – 32
Timothy S. Carlson – 31

David Gillies/Gordon Brown – 63 tries


There have been actually been only 75 pools. (The numbers 10 and 24 were repeated; numbers 29, 30, and 65 were skipped.) But 76 wins, because two were awarded for Round 74.

Most winners:

steve – 5
AltBBrown, Carl, thefritz, xul – 3

Earliest winners:

AltBBrown has twice won with the first pick: Rev. Sun Myung Moon in Round 36, and Oscar Niemeyer in Round 42.

Only 2 of the last 25 winners have been first-10 picks.

Latest winners:

sherlock with #95 Dan Schorr in Round 10
nachogranny with #87 Peter Graves in Round 5
steve with #87 in Round 30

Duration: average round lasts 25.4 days. The longest were 11 (152 days), 4 (148), and 72 (132).

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: September 26, 2015, 9:28 am


Since my Usual Cherce is notably not (over)taken just yet, I will – Taa! Daa-a! – once more go with that Fonda no one is ever fond-ah, Red Janey the Insaney…preferably being flattened, bent, folded, spindled an’ just-plain-shredded almost (but not quite!) beyond recognition, by a) a cross-town bus, b) a cable car (whether in S.F. or not), c) a herd of stampeding buffalo, or d) a herd of stampeding CA politicians all trying (and failing) to be the one to hire a hit-job on The Donald (aka: The Grreeat Amurrican Comb-Over).

BTW: Call for Mr./Ms. A. Nonymouse – your pick (@ 7:01 WBT) of ol’ Larry (The Multiple-Matrimonial) King is/was timely, but…some proper, useful self-I.D. would seem to be indicated – jus’ sayin’…

Also BTW: I’ve become convinced – Abe Vigoda, having somehow tapped into The Fountain Of Eternal, will outlive us all – so…no point, he’s Immortal ForEvah!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 26, 2015, 10:57 am

David Rockefeller. Again. And again and again until the old bastard dies!

Comment from Thursby
Time: September 26, 2015, 11:11 am

Ross Perot

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: September 26, 2015, 11:23 am


Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: September 26, 2015, 11:42 am

Ramsey Clark

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: September 26, 2015, 4:25 pm

My normal picks have both been poached since I came late to the party…..sooooo, going totally off res and saying John Boehner. Now he can feel free to drink himself to death.

Comment from Carl
Time: September 26, 2015, 6:53 pm

Clive James

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: September 26, 2015, 6:53 pm

Denis Healey

Comment from Janna
Time: September 26, 2015, 8:40 pm

71 picks?-I obviously have no life, or I’m tenacious as hell! Or both. and have never won, so thats about par.

Comment from Spunk
Time: September 26, 2015, 9:46 pm

Thad Cochran

Comment from Pupster
Time: September 26, 2015, 11:46 pm

Harry Belefonte

Comment from sassamon
Time: September 26, 2015, 11:55 pm

Peter Sallis, voice for Wallace, of Wallace and Gromit fame. I don’t wish him ill, but aged 94 years, and no longer able to do voice overs, I may just get the dick soon.

Comment from Pablo
Time: September 27, 2015, 4:22 am

Roberta McCain. It’s time.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 27, 2015, 4:33 am

I am sticking with Gordon Brown. If I ever win, the unexpectedness will make my victory sweeter.

Comment from As If I Cared (Now With Caps!)
Time: September 27, 2015, 10:01 am

Noam? I could never stand him!

Noam Chomsky, dat ol’ debbil’s a waitin’ fer ya!

Comment from technochitlin
Time: September 27, 2015, 2:07 pm

Clint Eastwood, though I would mourn him…

Comment from JeffS
Time: September 28, 2015, 1:44 pm

Harry Reid. From a different exercise machine breaking on him.

Comment from StPatrick_TN
Time: September 28, 2015, 1:46 pm

Mikhail Gorbachev

Comment from RimrockR
Time: September 28, 2015, 1:46 pm

John Glenn

Comment from Bikeboy
Time: September 28, 2015, 5:52 pm

Walter Mondale

Comment from Tibby
Time: September 28, 2015, 7:39 pm

Nancy Pelosi, please…

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 29, 2015, 12:30 am

Catherine Elizabeth Coulson best known for her role as Margaret Lanterman, the enigmatic Log Lady, in the David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks has passed.RIP

Comment from PatAZ
Time: September 29, 2015, 1:05 am

I read yesterday that Valerie Harper was in a coma.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: September 29, 2015, 1:19 am

Desmond Tutu, so he and his commie buddy Nelson can wear necklaces in hell.

And clearly, I have no life- entry number 72

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: September 29, 2015, 8:16 am

Carol Channing for the poach.

Comment from Michael
Time: September 29, 2015, 3:56 pm

Rosalyn Carter

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: September 29, 2015, 6:25 pm

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Comment from xul
Time: September 29, 2015, 9:50 pm

Leslie Phillips

Comment from CheshireLion
Time: September 30, 2015, 2:52 pm

Queen Elizabeth

Comment from RushBabe
Time: October 1, 2015, 8:21 pm

Something tells me this “repugnant” form of investment would be looked upon as great fun with our group!


Comment from currently
Time: October 2, 2015, 12:44 am

Doris Roberts

Comment from Carl
Time: October 3, 2015, 4:09 pm

Mrs Carl has won this one. Denis Healey, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, died today at his home near Alfriston, aged 98.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 9, 2015, 8:26 pm

I’ve mostly picked relatively harmless candidates for the last few DPs. Let’s try an up-to-date active villain: Islam Karimov, the utterly corrupt “President” of Uzbekistan. Despite his first name, he’s anti-Moslem, using jihadism as a bogeyman to justify imprisoning and murdering critics.

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