I’m running a small little pool with a group of my friends. The pool has a ‘playing window’ of 2008. If your celeb died this year, you get the points. One clever fellow picked Steve Fosset, and now I’m not sure how to rule…
Fosset’s plane ‘disappeared’ September 3, 2007. He was reported missing that same day.
On February 15, 2008, his family had him declared legally dead. At this time, I awarded points to the player, with the proviso that if new information came to light, we may have to re-visit the issue.
Then, earlier this week, the wreckage of the plane was discovered. Remains have been found at the crash site, but it is unclear if the remains are Fossett’s, or indeed even human. Testing may take weeks. The search for more definitive remains is ongoing.
So … what I’ve said to the players so far is that if Fossett’s remains are definitively identified, we’ll take his date of death as being in 2007, and therefor outside the scope of the game. No points to the player. If they aren’t discovered, we take his death as being the legal declaration of death in Feb 2008, and thus in the scope of the game, points are awarded.
What are your thoughts? What’s a fair ruling?