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Dead Pool Round 110: Midsummer edition

Carl again with Carl’s Gambit™ and Leslie Grantham, a British actor from the soap opera East Enders.

For the record, I’ve never watched a single episode of East Enders, Coronation Street or any Brit soap opera. I read once, though — and it’s true, as far as I know — that the British are the only people whose soap operas are about the low and ordinary, not the rich and famous. It’s a voyeur thing of some kind.

I have threatened to institute Carl’s Rule. I’m hoping the hairy eyeball will cool his ardor until I can tot up how many times he has won this thing.

Are we ready…? Then let us 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: June 22, 2018, 6:01 pm

Joe Jackson, C’mon down to The Estate and brænd i Helvede, røvhul.

Comment from Montenegro
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:02 pm

Back to Carl Reiner!!

Comment from LesterIII
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:04 pm

That’s the serial domestic violence prick, not the “Stepping Out” UK singer

Comment from Ben
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:07 pm

William Shatner

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:09 pm

Sen. Bob Dole

Comment from uscitizen
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:14 pm

George Soros

Comment from catnip
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:14 pm

Actor, Norman Lloyd

Comment from BJM
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:15 pm

Tom Arnold, ’nuff said.

Comment from Hutch
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:17 pm

Joanne Woodward

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:23 pm

Miriam Moskowitz, who at 102 has to have one foot in the grave.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

Juan McCain

Comment from Carl
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:41 pm

I’ll sit this round out. I suggest that we have a new rule – the pick must live for at least one week (or maybe two weeks) after their name has been submitted. That will eliminate people who are reported to be on their deathbed.

Re my last pick, I had read that Leslie Grantham’s friends were concerned about the state of his health. I then saw a recent photograph of him and it was obvious that he was not long for this world. I didn’t expect him to go so soon.

Most of the picks seem to be either someone whom people would like to see the back of or someone who is so old and decrepit that their death would not come as a surprise.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:47 pm

Chuck Yeager the anti soy boy

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:51 pm

Kirk Douglas

Comment from gromulin
Time: June 22, 2018, 6:57 pm

George H. W. Bush, sadly.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 22, 2018, 7:15 pm

Statistical update after DP 109

107 Dead Pools

671 contestants
7,504 entries
1,173 different candidates

Most entries: DP 5, 129.

Fewest entries: DP 7, 23 (ended in 1 hour 46 minutes with Gary Coleman).

Longest run: DP 11, 152 days.

Shortest run: DP 7 (see above).

Earliest pick to win: #1, six times (36, 42, 46, 78, 98, 101).

Deepest pick to win: #95, Dan Schorr, by sherlock, in DP 10.

Latest pick to win: #82, B.B. King, by Ripley, 120 days into DP 72.

Most wins:

9 Carl
5 steve
4 Formerly known as Skeptic
3 xul
3 weaselwannabe
3 thefritz
3 Montenegro
3 LesterIII
3 ExpressoBold
3 AltBBrown

For anyone who doubts Carl’s record:

DP Target
13 Seve Ballesteros
57 Ariel Sharon
60 Tony Benn
83 Paul Daniels
88 Bhumibol Adulyadej
99 Bruce Forsyth
100 Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
104 Max Clifford
106 Morgan Tsvangirai
109 Leslie Grantham

One-and-done winners:

DeGuerre, with Harmon Killebrew in DP 14.
nachogranny, with Peter Graves in DP 50.
homer, with Thomas Duncan in DP 69.

First-shot kills: 28

1 Ted Kennedy (by Enas Yorl)
3 Susan Atkins (by Princess Bernie)
4 Alexander Haig (by Sockless Joe)
5 Peter Graves (by nachogranny)
14 Harmon Killebrew (by DeGuerre)
15 Jeff Conaway (by Tawny)
16 Clarence Clemmons (by Princess Bernie)
27 Chuck Colson (by Pablo)
34 Johnny Pesky (by Pablo)
38 Alex Karras (by steve)
44 Christopher Dorner (by Davem123)
59 Joan Mondale (by ExpressoBold)
60 Tony Benn (by Carl)
68 Joan Rivers (by Drew458)
69 Thomas Duncan (by homer)
74 Jeralean Talley (by Pupster)
79 René Angélil (by ExpressoBold)
83 Paul Daniels (by Carl)
86 Arnold Palmer (by currently)
89 Leonard Cohen (by Scott Jacobs)
93 Carrie Fisher (by weaselwannabe)
100 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (by Carl)
103 Charlie Manson (by Mitchell)
104 Max Clifford (by Carl)
105 Erica Garner (by unkawill)
106 Morgan Tsvangirai (by Carl)
108 Jerry Maren (by Spunkus)
109 Leslie Grantham (by Carl)

Note that seven of the last nine have been FSKs; four by Carl.

Most entries submitted:

103 Janna
100 Eirik
97 Armybrat
95 Montenegro
95 PatAZ
95 thefritz
92 Rich Rostrom
88 Dustoffmom
87 Gromulin
87 Uncle Al
87 weaselwannabe
86 Davem123
86 David Gillies

Janna, Eirik, PatAZ, Rich Rostrom, David Gillies, Gromulin, and Dustoffmom have never won.

Players with most different picks:

91 Rich Rostrom
64 PatAZ
55 Timothy S. Carlson
53 Subotai Bahadur
47 Davem123
46 catnip
46 unkawill
44 steve
42 Mija Cat
40 Stark Dickflüssig

The top 10 are the same as after DP 99; Stark Dickflüssig remains 10th despite not playing.

On the other end…

Most picked candidates:

106 Jimmy Carter
99 Kirk Douglas
92 Olivia De Havilland
92 Robert Mugabe
90 William Shatner
89 Prince Phillip
87 Billy Graham
87 Jane Fonda
86 Fidel Castro
86 George Soros

624 picks have been taken once.

Candidates with broadest popularity (most different submitters):

36 Abe Vigoda
36 Betty White
36 George Soros
34 Fidel Castro
33 Nancy Pelosi
31 Bill Clinton
31 George H. W. Bush
31 Jerry Lewis
31 Jimmy Carter
31 Lindsay Lohan
29 Harry Reid
29 Hillary Clinton
27 Henry Kissinger
27 Zsa Zsa Gabor

Comment from p2
Time: June 22, 2018, 7:19 pm

ima grab doris day again….

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 22, 2018, 7:19 pm

Also: my pick for this DP… In the spirit of Carl’s DP 109 pick of Leslie Grantham murderer/actor, I select Ron Dean, veteran American character actor. A “tough guy” from Chicago, he has often played cops. Which is kind of weird, because as a teenager, he killed a cop.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 22, 2018, 7:48 pm

Andrew McCabe, Arkancide victim.

Comment from Janna
Time: June 22, 2018, 7:57 pm

Jimmy carter

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 22, 2018, 8:01 pm

@stoatie – regarding a “Carl’s Rule” – You might consider this change to Rule 6 to blunt Carl’s Gambit a bit without hitting it too hard:

6. The pool stays open until somebody on the list dies for two weeks. No more entries will be allowed after 6pm WBT (Weasel’s Blog Time) on the second Friday after the round opens. Feel free to jump in any time during those two weeks. Noobs, strangers, drive-bys and one-comment-wonders — all are welcome.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 22, 2018, 8:05 pm

Teresa Heinz Kerry

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 22, 2018, 8:20 pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Bwaahahahahahahahaha you are mine!

Comment from Mrs_DurnedYankee
Time: June 22, 2018, 8:23 pm

That Burt Reynolds person

Comment from Bob
Time: June 22, 2018, 8:31 pm

Nancy Pelosi

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: June 22, 2018, 8:36 pm

Stan Lee

Comment from gromulin
Time: June 22, 2018, 8:40 pm

87? Really. God, I need a life.

Comment from smedley
Time: June 22, 2018, 9:40 pm

Prince Phillip

Comment from ea in ga
Time: June 22, 2018, 9:41 pm

Wolf Blitzer

Comment from thefritz
Time: June 22, 2018, 9:59 pm

Sweet mother of God…I’m late to the show. Henry Kissinger, it’s time.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 22, 2018, 10:00 pm

Willie Nelson.

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: June 22, 2018, 10:05 pm

Well, since the two I had in mind have already been taken, I’ll go with Tommy Lasorda this round.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: June 22, 2018, 10:40 pm

Bart Starr

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 22, 2018, 10:45 pm

Desmond Tutu…may he join Nelson in hell

Comment from Spad13
Time: June 22, 2018, 11:31 pm

Ted Turner

Comment from Pablo
Time: June 22, 2018, 11:49 pm

Roberta McCain.

Comment from unkawill
Time: June 23, 2018, 12:34 am

Olivia de Havilland
And I can’t believe nobody else snatched her up this late into the round!

Comment from PatAZ
Time: June 23, 2018, 12:48 am

Peter Strozak. Pretty sure the spelling is wrong. Thinking maybe a self-inflicted accident in Ft. Marcy Park.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: June 23, 2018, 12:52 am


Comment from alo89
Time: June 23, 2018, 12:57 am

David McCallum

Comment from sassamon
Time: June 23, 2018, 1:38 am

For this round of the Dead Pool, I again choose Leslie Philips. The voice of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter films.

Comment from lulumonmon
Time: June 23, 2018, 1:47 am

Heard a rumor about Barry Manilow..

Comment from Pupster
Time: June 23, 2018, 1:50 am

My pick from a while back passed this week, Reinhard Hardegen sounds like a made-up name.


Menacing the shipping lanes from below again, perhaps.

Comment from Vinnie Mac
Time: June 23, 2018, 2:32 am

A sparrow falls …. Johnny Depp

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: June 23, 2018, 2:55 am

Changing it up once again, I’m picking Captain Stubing of the Love Boat, also known as Mary Tyler Moore’s co-worker Murray Slaughter:

Gavin MacLeod

Eighty seven years young – it’s time for his own personal “come-to-Jesus” moment … FOR THE DICK!

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: June 23, 2018, 3:26 am

John Paul Stevens

Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: June 23, 2018, 3:58 am

Yeh – Once More Unto The Breach…or somethin’ like that-there, ennyhoo…

Goin’ agin’ with Left-Coast Insaney Red-Pants Janey Fonda – even though sorely-tempted by her idiot brother, Petey, whose sole-and-only halfway-useful “starring appearance” was – how truly-typical – as a drug-dealer motorcycle jockey who supposedly sets-out to Tour Amurrica (via back-roads, accompanied by a coupla druggie bud-buds likewise-so-mounted), and not-so-“righteously” gets his s**t shotgunned into the roadside weeds…

C’mon, Janey-gal – your Collisional Cable-Car Of Destiny awaits you. Jes’ step out there – avoiding the discarded drug-needles and the occasional piles of s**t and puddles of p**s – strike a pose, an’ glower for the cameras…S.F. luvs ya, though (hopefully) not fer long from now…

(Actually, I’m kinda pulling for either RushBabe or DurnedYankee to take the Win, and quick-like…)

Comment from dissent555
Time: June 23, 2018, 4:22 am

OK, David Hasselhoff again.

I’m nothing if not stubborn.

Comment from currently
Time: June 23, 2018, 4:23 am

Robert Wagner

Comment from Eirik
Time: June 23, 2018, 6:40 am

Once again, Robert Mugabe

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 23, 2018, 8:04 am

Thomas B. Kin “Tommy” Chong,

80 year old stoner and colorectal cancer survivor (believes cannabis was the cure! LOL)

Comment from JC
Time: June 23, 2018, 5:22 pm

PaulmEhrlich again

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: June 23, 2018, 8:28 pm

Clive James

Comment from spunkus
Time: June 24, 2018, 2:14 am

Harry belafonte

Comment from spunkus
Time: June 24, 2018, 2:16 am

Harry Belafonte.

Comment from Mrs Gunz
Time: June 24, 2018, 3:03 am

How did I miss this????!! Coming in late, I will have to be creative and think outside the box. Angelina Jolie, who is entirely too skinny.

Comment from Conchi
Time: June 24, 2018, 2:55 pm

Did someone pick Roslyn Carter? I will.

Comment from frotto
Time: June 24, 2018, 4:23 pm

Peter Fonda.

Because of his tweets and being commie Jane’s sibling.

Comment from mandel bread
Time: June 24, 2018, 11:25 pm

Louis Farrakhan. And good riddance.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: June 25, 2018, 12:25 am

This probably will not count as a pick, but given the level and frequency of public threats against Trump administration officials, the threats by Leftist “celebrities” against the children of the Trump family [so far Barron Trump by Peter Fonda and Trumps’ 4 year old granddaughter Chloe by screenwriter Pat Dussault] in the last week, a female or child related to Trump or a member of his cabinet or the Leftist who is attacking them is going to die soon.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: June 25, 2018, 5:23 pm

Thanks, J.S. Bridges! It was hard to believe we were already at 10 entries and no one snagged him!

Comment from RushBabe
Time: June 25, 2018, 6:32 pm

Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, of Pawn Stars, dead at the age of 77. Parkinson’s Disease cited.



Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: June 25, 2018, 8:26 pm

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: June 26, 2018, 1:03 am


Ayup. Someone is going to poke the wrong someone the wrong way and a CCW (either private or Secret Service) is gonna come out and resolve the issue.

Hopefully the provocateur is taken down without any other injuries.

It will, however, unleash a veritable shitstorm on the left. And we need to be prepared for it when it happens.

And — yeah, your ‘pick’ can’t quite count as a pick. A bit too vague. Maybe the owner of the restaurant who threw out Sarah Sanders and then followed her entourage across the street to another restaurant and started a protest there? That person seems ripe for a close encounter and would fit your ‘pick’ criteria.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: June 26, 2018, 4:28 pm

Ramsey Clark has to be in the target.

Comment from Conchi
Time: June 27, 2018, 4:47 pm

Joe Jackson has left the building, may be rest in peace.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: June 27, 2018, 4:50 pm

Congrats, Lester III!

Comment from bikeboy
Time: June 27, 2018, 9:49 pm

Jerry Lee Lewis

Comment from LesterIII
Time: June 27, 2018, 10:37 pm

Thanks, RushBabe. I saw an apparition of Carl at The Estate and was inspired. Pure luck, I assure you, and nothing to do with any unfair gossip at the card-table with His Reaperness.

Comment from Carl
Time: June 27, 2018, 10:54 pm

Well done Lester III. I read in the Daily Mail on June 22nd that, regarding Joe Jackson, “… The patriarch has been struck by the terminal illness and has been ailing for months. Now it’s feared he has just days left to live” and was tempted to put his name in but had decided to sit this round out.
Anyway, keep up the good work!

Comment from LesterIII
Time: June 29, 2018, 5:53 pm

Do I have this WBT calibrated correctly?

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