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Dead Pool Round 125: it’s cold in here

Thefritz wins again with Valerie Harper. Harper was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and given perhaps as little as six weeks to live. She died last week, aged 80.

Which I guess is a story of triumph, but I can’t imagine living six years with that.

She was not, apparently, Jewish.

Right! Are you seated comfortably? Here we go:

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: September 6, 2019, 6:01 pm

Poaching Norman Lloyd. He is 38,289 days old today. Now ExpressoBold can’t rest easy…

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:01 pm

I’m going to go with Joe Biden this round. He’s had brain aneurysms and just had an eyeball bleed on live teevee a few days ago. Stroke?

Comment from RushBabe
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:01 pm

Once more into the breach with Roberta McCain, at the tender age of 107.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:03 pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg –

or the person who’s pretending to be Ruth Bader Ginsburg since no one survives that many rounds with cancer.

Comment from Ric
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:05 pm

Olivia de Haviland

Comment from Sk.Y M-39
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:07 pm

Sen. Bob Dole, FTD.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:09 pm

The aged supercalifragilisticexpialidocious actor is still up for grabs! So I choose (again) Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke. What an amazing liver.
Lester III, you have actually poached Nana1. I hope she can get over it because this time Norman’s ticket might get punched.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:14 pm

Nothing clever, but as always new:

Demi-billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens

Comment from lesterIII
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:21 pm

ExpressoBold: I realize I poached from Nana1, but I got the name right on my first try. Had a typo, supposed to be “CAN rest easy”.

Sorry, Nana1. I suppose if you really are someone’s Nana, I’m going to suffer the wrath of, well, those who may be wrathful. So be it: Rule 3 for the win.

Comment from Ric
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:23 pm

RIP, Carol Lynley,aged 77.

Comment from Hutch
Time: September 6, 2019, 6:30 pm

Eddie Money

Comment from Eirik
Time: September 6, 2019, 7:39 pm

I came in here to grab Robert Mugabe, and the bastard died this morning!!

I’ll go with Betty White

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 6, 2019, 7:57 pm

Henry Kissinger

Comment from Boomstick from heaven
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:01 pm

Carl Reiner

Comment from Sam Paris
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:02 pm

Paul Ehrlich, who famously predicted the demise of England due to population growth, just because I would get a giggle if Liz the Second outlived him.

Comment from BullDawgGirl
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:08 pm

Jean-Luc Brunel

Comment from Spad13
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:08 pm

Jimmy Carter

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:10 pm

Willie Nelson

Comment from unkawill
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:19 pm

Kirk Douglas

Comment from BJM
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:35 pm

Tory MP Phillip Lee.

Comment from Collins
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:43 pm

Mel Brooks. Wouldn’t tht be funny.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:44 pm

Jimmah Carter…. please?

Comment from RimrockR
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:49 pm

Chuck Yeager

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 6, 2019, 10:58 pm

Just to slightly break the pattern here… in Sussex:
Hats off to the girls at a Sussex secondary school who are refusing to comply with new rules requiring them to wear ‘gender neutral’ uniforms. The gates were closed on them because – shock, horror – they want to continue wearing skirts!


Comment from p2
Time: September 6, 2019, 11:40 pm

Alex Trebec

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: September 7, 2019, 12:33 am

HRH Prince Phillip.
Who if he was dead already, would be rolling in his grave about harry and MM

Comment from Mitch
Time: September 7, 2019, 12:36 am

Nobody’s pinched Soros yet? MINE! Kick off you evil skidmark on humanity.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: September 7, 2019, 12:46 am

Think I will go back to Mad Maxine Waters. She’s been quiet lately. Perhaps feeling puny.

Comment from Pablo
Time: September 7, 2019, 12:59 am

I haven’t wished Ramsey Clark dead in a while. Die, you sonofabitch! For the dick!

Comment from Ben
Time: September 7, 2019, 1:18 am

William Shatner

Comment from dissent
Time: September 7, 2019, 1:25 am

Changing gears. Going with James Dewey Watson of Watson and Crick fame for this round.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: September 7, 2019, 1:35 am

Beaten to RBG and/or her ambulatory tumor clone. I will therefore vote hope for our Brit allies, while they are still allies. So I am choosing Jeremy Corbyn. If the Left manages to keep Britain trapped in the EU, then they will be as much an enemy of ours as the Caliphate of France, Germany, and their subject states. We will have to totally re-think our relationships with all European nations, and with very few exceptions those relationships will not be friendly.

It is feeling very close to 1653-1660 in Britain from our point of view. A Corbyn Protectorate will be nasty for all concerned, and I don’t know if there is somewhere for Elizabeth II to take refuge while awaiting a comeback.

Any Brits who want to stay free should be making plans for bugging out or resisting IMHO, for as little as it is worth.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Daniel
Time: September 7, 2019, 1:50 am

Patrick J. Buchanan

Comment from Bob
Time: September 7, 2019, 2:03 am

Hillary Clinton

Comment from spunkus
Time: September 7, 2019, 2:17 am

Vera Lynn.FTD

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: September 7, 2019, 2:57 am

Debra Messing

Nobody is that bitter and lives very long.

Hopefully she arrives at the Pearly Gates only to find that she has been blacklisted …

Comment from catnip
Time: September 7, 2019, 4:00 am

Katsumi Tezuka, original portrayer of “Godzilla,” the popular Japanese movie monster who’s never, in every respect, died.

Comment from platypuss
Time: September 7, 2019, 12:51 pm

Tony Bennett, whilst leaving a deuce in San Francisco.

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: September 7, 2019, 1:07 pm

Olivia Newton John

Comment from Frotto
Time: September 7, 2019, 3:20 pm

Ed Asner.

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: September 7, 2019, 6:26 pm

Clive James

Comment from tonycc
Time: September 7, 2019, 9:31 pm

Bob Barker

Comment from currently
Time: September 7, 2019, 10:39 pm

Hugh Downs

Comment from Armybrat
Time: September 8, 2019, 12:06 am

Desmond Tutu- he can join his buddies Mandela and Mugabe in hell

Comment from Timothy J. mcCorkle
Time: September 8, 2019, 1:12 am

Sid Haig, ( Captain spalding)

Comment from Davem123
Time: September 8, 2019, 1:25 am

I’ve got to go with Ghislaine Maxwell, procurer of underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein. Imagine the (pointless) uproar when she turns up deceased “by her own hand.”

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: September 8, 2019, 2:57 am

Jean-Luc Brunel, Epsteins “missing” friend

Comment from Nana1
Time: September 8, 2019, 10:22 am

Baba Was Since I was poached, I’ll go with Barbara Walters.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: September 8, 2019, 5:08 pm

Keith Richards

Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: September 9, 2019, 10:14 am

O.k., let’s do this quick ‘n dirty-like, an’ git ‘er dunn…Insaney Red-Pants Janey Fonda, of whom we couldn’t hardly be less fond-a – bite down hard an’ fast, Janey; couldn’t hardly happen to a more deeply-deserving putz –

Failing that – let’s hear it for SomeVeg’s cherce, the Thoroughly Notorious R.B.G., to become – Officially, Admittedly! – non-respirating and room-temp-or-less, the sooner the quicker…

Bye-the-bye, congrats of a sort to TheFritz for the (repeated) win….

Comment from ea in ga
Time: September 9, 2019, 1:47 pm

Bill Clinton

Comment from Drew458
Time: September 9, 2019, 7:39 pm

I don’t have a pick yet, but I do have a link to banjos in the news. Something doesn’t look right with the one in the picture. Something obviously isn’t right with the guy in the story.

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 11, 2019, 6:44 pm

As Durned Yankee noted in the main post, T. Boone Pickens has left the oilpatch and handed Rich Rostrom the dick

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: September 11, 2019, 8:23 pm

Congrats, Rich Rostrom !!!!!

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 13, 2019, 7:00 am

Well, this week was my birthday, so maybe that was a factor.

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve played 115 times out of 123, and picked 114 different people. (I goofed once, and picked Vo Nguyen Giap a second time.) Eight of them won for other players. At least three others are also dead. (Besides Pickens.)

But now I can look Sam Paris in the eye without blushing. (Sam is an old friend here in Chicago; he wandered onto the site and won on his first try.)

Ms. Weasel, should I post my address here, or e-mail it? (You’ll have to send me the e-address.)

Comment from thefritz
Time: September 13, 2019, 2:48 pm

If there is a Dead Pool today, don’t pick Eddie Money.

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