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Dead Pool 157: Autumn is upon us

Lavendergirl takes another scalp with Len Dawson. I had no idea who he was, but I eschew sports as hard as they can possibly be eschewed. I eschew ’em with both hands.

He played pro football for 19 seasons, so I’m sure he was major enough.

Remember to widen your picks to random young athletes – they’re dropping like flies!


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: August 26, 2022, 6:00 pm

Queen Elizabeth

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:00 pm

Bob Barker

Come on Down. This one’s for you RushBabe.

Watch my long time pick die now.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:00 pm

Bob Barker, FTW!

Comment from thefritz
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:01 pm

Dick ‘the dick’ Cheney. Whatayagot to live for now your spawn got kicked to the curb…

Comment from Ben
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:01 pm

William Shatner

Comment from G_d's Middle Finger
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:01 pm

Angela Lansbury…. for the dick

Comment from RushBabe
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:02 pm

*shakes tiny fist of fury!* at BullDawgGuy

Eva Marie Saint, it is!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:09 pm

I’m fresh out of high-risk ill health ideas, so I’ll pick an old standby, William Jefferson Clinton because I’d find his demise satisfactory.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:13 pm

Jimmah Carter

Comment from Hutch
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:16 pm

Bob Newhart

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 26, 2022, 6:18 pm

Norman Lear, are you writing a new series? The USA is a mess and you’re not helping !!!!!
Dang! I shoulda picked Ted Kaczynski !!!!!!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 26, 2022, 7:11 pm

Poaching Ted Kaczynski.

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: August 26, 2022, 8:02 pm

Nancy Pelosi, livers don’t last forever…

Comment from Pablo
Time: August 26, 2022, 8:31 pm

Mel Brooks

Comment from p2
Time: August 26, 2022, 8:48 pm

The ol’ standby, Henry Kissinger

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 26, 2022, 9:02 pm

It is with great pleasure that I nominate George Soros…

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 26, 2022, 10:21 pm

Breaking new ground: Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx, better known as Eddy Merckx – five-time winner of the Tour de France.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: August 26, 2022, 10:41 pm

Our current regime here has been working as hard as it can to prove that it does not consider itself bound by laws, the Constitution, ethics, or consent of the governed. President Donald Trump is a center of resistance to the regime. So with no joy at all and hope that the regime screws up the attempt as badly as they do most things, President Donald Trump.\

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Spad13
Time: August 26, 2022, 10:53 pm

Hunter Biden. Joe needs some sympathy points

Comment from JC
Time: August 26, 2022, 11:14 pm

Back with Paul Ehrlich

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: August 27, 2022, 12:00 am

Phil Collins

Comment from currently
Time: August 27, 2022, 12:14 am

Robert Duvall – ‘I love the smell of Napalm in the morning’

Comment from Patrick
Time: August 27, 2022, 1:02 am

Roger Waters has a tragic accident.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: August 27, 2022, 1:10 am

I found someone older than Mel.

This time around I’m picking Marsha Hunt, actress, model, and activist. At 104yo (almost 105 – October 17, 1917), she should be low hanging fruit. But as long as I have her as my pick, she should be safe.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: August 27, 2022, 1:30 am

Jerome Powell. At only 69 he’s the youngest person I’ve ever picked but given his non-performance as current Fed chair and his contribution to our current misery I think he’s as deserving of meeting the grim reaper as anybody else.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 27, 2022, 1:44 am

George ratfink Soros

Comment from LesterIII
Time: August 27, 2022, 2:20 am

Harry “Commie Kissass” Belafonte.
Slowly. Painfully.

Comment from dissent555
Time: August 27, 2022, 2:26 am

The day’s been packed and I’m late …

… but I see my Gene Hackman pick is still available.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: August 27, 2022, 2:32 am

And now for something a little different, the red-headed stranger, Willie Nelson.

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: August 27, 2022, 3:01 am

Dick Van Dyke

Comment from platypuss
Time: August 27, 2022, 11:59 am

Lee Grant, back to blacklist.

Comment from ea
Time: August 27, 2022, 2:07 pm

I know they have a replacement in the wings, but Klaus Schwab, by lightning strike or something simalarly Act Of Godish would be delightful

Comment from BJM
Time: August 27, 2022, 4:54 pm

Awright! I’ll take the Hill Dawg

Hillary Clinton

@Subotai We’re now living in a Mark Greaney novel. The deed will be done from within his circle of protection…a madman will slip through security. Nothing to see, no one to blame but the now very dead madman and the complicit SS person(s).

Said Madman denounced as white supremist and whatever right leaning labels the media can invent and of course, the complicit SS dead lauded as heros…and to the left they will be so.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: August 27, 2022, 5:17 pm

Well, well – late to the party and Joseph R “Pretender in Chief” Biden is still available. But I’m afraid the powers that be have another clone in the wings and I’ll be denied the dick.

Comment from Christer Hellstrom
Time: August 27, 2022, 9:40 pm

Ghislaine Maxwell.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 27, 2022, 10:45 pm

@Durnedyankee — Sorry, but Some Veg snagged Soros yesterday.

Hmm. If two people pick the same person does that mean it is twice as likely that he’ll croak?

Comment from Tonyc
Time: August 28, 2022, 4:38 am

Haven’t heard from her in awhile, might be time for Shannen Doherty to head into the mystical unknown.

Comment from Davem123
Time: August 28, 2022, 6:59 pm

Going with VP Kamala Harris. Joe is fast approaching his sell-by date and they need to clear the deck for their next Selectee-In-Chief.

Comment from Ama
Time: August 28, 2022, 8:02 pm

Rosalynn Carter

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: August 29, 2022, 2:42 am

Joseph Ratzinger, retired Pope Benedict XVI

Comment from Janice Hope
Time: August 29, 2022, 6:07 am

I was exhausted after watching The Gray Man – if you love action packed movies it’s for you even if a tad “over-packed”! The question remains though. Do you claim to be an espionage illuminati without having read either the “Trout Memo” or Bill Fairclough’s Beyond Enkription?

Now reviews of The Gray Man are mixed but if you liked the intermittently fast and furious pace of Bill Fairclough’s epic fact based spy novel Beyond Enkription in The Burlington Files series then you will love Anthony Russo’s The Gray Man provided that you last the relentless pace. They both make parts of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series look like slow horses! The Gray Man is about a renegade CIA agent on the run and stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans; it’s based on Mark Greaney’s debut novel of the same name. Fairclough’s factual stand-alone thriller Beyond Enkription is about a (real life) MI6 agent on the run from international organised crime gangs and Haiti’s TonTon Macoute from London to Nassau and Port au Prince to Miami.

The Gray Man and The Burlington Files are both musts for espionage aficionados. The difference between them is that The Burlington Files series has had mainly five star reviews, it’s full of real life characters and was written for espionage cognoscenti some of whom won’t have even heard of the ingenious spycraft tricks featured in this electrifying novel. So, if you are an espionage illuminati best read Beyond Enkription.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 29, 2022, 5:39 pm

Huh. This is a first: interesting spam.

Comment from BJM
Time: August 29, 2022, 10:39 pm

@Uncle Al…odd ain’t it?

Comment from thefritz
Time: August 29, 2022, 11:18 pm

I seem to recall, a long time ago when I foisted myself upon this delightful website, there was an odd bird who commented on everything. I vaguely remember something to do with ‘Oceania’. Anybody…Bueller? Bueller?

Comment from Carl
Time: August 30, 2022, 11:43 am

TV cook Mary Berry

Comment from blake
Time: August 30, 2022, 6:21 pm

Mickey Dolenz

Last of the Monkees

Totally unrelated to him asking for his FBI file.

Comment from thefritz
Time: August 30, 2022, 8:43 pm

Mikhail Gorbachev has passed…


Comment from xul
Time: August 30, 2022, 9:04 pm

@thefritz, I remember that troll Oceania lol.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: August 31, 2022, 3:16 am

Holy moly, days late and I still get to pick Bill Clinton.
I thought about the FBI fallguy they’re blaming Russian Collusion on, but he probably has a couple months.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 1, 2022, 2:10 am

Good ol’ Oceania; he definitely was an odd bird of a troll. Quite the nonsensical conspiracy theorist.

I do not miss him.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: September 1, 2022, 3:45 am

It would make Oceania’s day if it knew we remembered it.

Comment from LittleSister
Time: September 2, 2022, 5:24 pm

Peter Marshall

Comment from Drew458
Time: September 3, 2022, 1:15 pm

Jane Fonda. The traitor, 84, has announced she has another cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Previously she had breast cancer and skin cancer.

Comment from blake
Time: September 4, 2022, 8:25 pm

Wow, Peter Marshall is still alive!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 5, 2022, 2:17 am

@Veeshir — Sorry, pal, but yer too late.

Comment from Uncle Al
August 26, 2022, 6:09 pm

I’m fresh out of high-risk ill health ideas, so I’ll pick an old standby, William Jefferson Clinton because I’d find his demise satisfactory.

Comment from Drew458
Time: September 5, 2022, 3:57 pm

I thought I put this in the other day, but I can’t find it.
Oh well. Nobody else has picked her, so I’m going for the traitor Hanoi Jane. Jane Fonda. She recently reported having another kind of cancer, n-H lymphoma, after surviving 2 other kinds of cancer. She is 91.

Comment from Drew458
Time: September 6, 2022, 9:14 pm

Well, Eliza Fletcher is dead. She was nobody, just a pre-school teacher, until she went for a pre-dawn jog in Memphis early Friday. Kidnapped, beaten, raped, murdered. Cops caught the guy, wanted criminal Cleotha Abston. Blood match in his SUV, on his clothes, he and his vehicle ID’d committing the abduction by security cameras, his tire tracks on the grass lead to her body, her clothes in a trash bin right there. He lives only a short way from the body dump spot. And he has a prior for kidnapping.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 8, 2022, 1:01 am

Damn. Author Peter Straub died on 04SEP.
His crafted works entertained me greatly, and aided in a great deal of pleasant escapism.

RIP, sir.

Comment from Harbqll
Time: September 8, 2022, 4:20 am

Y’all seen the pictures of Ozzy Osborne that were posted the other day? He’s my new pick.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: September 8, 2022, 3:26 pm

If BullDawgGirl doesn’t win the pool this time, there’s going to be mad scramble for Queen Elizabeth II next pool.

“Royal Family gathers at Balmoral amid concerns for Queen’s health” . . .

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: September 8, 2022, 3:37 pm

John Podesta. He was the chief of staff for Bill Clinton and the chairman of Hillary’s 2016 campaign. I just read that Podesta will manage Biden’s climate programs including overseeing the distribution of $370 billion in green energy investments so maybe he will choke on all that money.

Comment from Drew458
Time: September 8, 2022, 5:26 pm

“Family Rushing To Queen Elizabeth’s side. Doctors Concerned For Her Health.” Poor old dear is 96. Hope she bounces back from this one too.

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: September 8, 2022, 5:38 pm

HRH Queen Elizabeth has passed.

God save england from Charles.

BullDawgGirl wins this one.

Has anyone else ever won with a husband wife combination.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: September 8, 2022, 5:39 pm

BullDawgGirl wins a bittersweet contest.

Comment from BullDawgGirl
Time: September 9, 2022, 10:36 pm

Jeff – yes it is bittersweet; I quite liked the old girl. But, a dick’s a dick.

Comment from steve
Time: September 10, 2022, 7:22 pm

Marsha Hunt, 104yo actress, has passed during the interregnum.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: September 13, 2022, 10:35 pm

Clinton investigator Ken Starr dead at 76. RIP

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