Celebrity Death Pool 2016

***It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Well, here we go for 2016! I’m Baker, your Death Mistress, ready to wield the ceremonial scythe for one more year. Please read the following rules for how to play and how to submit your entries! Nothing has really changed, but just in case we get fresh blood in this thing, they need to have the game plan.

The Rules:

  1. You pick 13 celebrities (that’s thirteen, not ten) whom you predict will die within the calendar year 2016. If any of your celebrities dies, you score 100 points minus their age at death. Whoever has the most points at the end of the year wins the undying snort admiration of the SDMB.

  2. All picks must be time- and date-stamped by midnight Chicago time, Dec. 31st, 2015. (That’s U.S. Central time, which is six hours behind Greenwich.)

  3. Valid picks are not:

a. already dead
b. a fictional character
c. non-human
d. under age 18 at death, 'cause we’re macabre but not THAT macabre.
e. a registered member of the SDMB, 'cause that would be weird
f. hostages held by terrorist organizations
g. famous solely as a result of their illness or associated actions/events.

We have few rules about what constitutes “celebrity,” because it makes our heads hurt to think about this. HOWEVER, if you DO have a question about whether or not someone’s choice qualifies, please, I’d prefer a PM about it to start off with, rather than thrashing it out in public and possibly causing resentment. Remember, people, it’s only a game!

  1. You can pick people who are 100 or more years old but you won’t score points for them. See the “Quantity Not Quality” award, below.

  2. If we are uncertain about the celebrity’s age at death, we will go by the higher age (lower score).

  3. Prisoners held on death row will be valid for scoring points only if they die by means other than official execution. I call this the “McVeigh/Hussein rule“.

  4. Any poster who kills or otherwise contributes to the death of any celebrity mentioned in this thread is disqualified. It’s just a game, people. The only exceptions to this rule would be deaths caused by those posters serving as members of the police or armed forces of any country, in the line of duty.

  5. Editing your choices: be careful! You can make changes to your list before the end of the year, but it has to be clear which names are your final choices. It might be advisable to submit one or more “alternates” with your list, in the event that one of your picks dies during December 2015. If you have no alternates, and one of your picks has died the remaining twelve will be all you have. You may have no more than 13 picks. If you pick more than 13, or if any of your picks is otherwise invalid, I may ask for clarification. Otherwise, I will submit the first 13 names on your list. Do me a favor: check twice, post once.

We have no rule about submitted lists having to be unique, despite claims of “copying” anyone else’s list. We will just turn up our noses at you if you do this. Sharing news of celebrities in ill health and whatnot is up to individual posters.

If a poster playing the game gets banned during the year, this does not invalidate their entry, although they won’t be able to gloat in the thread if and/or when they do get points.

If a player changes their username at some point, post this news on the thread, or PM me, so I know who you are.

Some celebrities have common, identical or similar names. It is helpful to be specific.

Spelling counts! Please try to spell celebrities’ names correctly. Names that weren’t originally spelled in English can be tricky, I know, but if you aren’t sure of a name, try looking at what a major news outlet, like CNN or the BBC, uses.

While all deaths garnering points must occur during the calendar year, I know that a death might go unreported for a day or so. So, I will not total points for 24 hours after 12/31/2016. If you find that one of your picks died, say, late on 12/31/2016, and you didn’t hear about it until Jan. 1, 2017(this is a not so subtle hint to check your lists)then post a cite by midnight, Jan. 1, 2017, and you will get your points. After that you will be out of luck.

Additional awards:

The “Opening Kickoff” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the first listed celebrity to die in 2016.

The “Quantity Not Quality” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the greatest number of celebrities who died, regardless of their actual point value.

The “Inside Track With the Grim Reaper” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who had the most unique picks that died.

The “Robbing the Cradle” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the youngest celebrity to die in 2016, but see rule 3.d.

The “Final Hours” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the last listed celebrity to die in 2016.

List Format:

I have a spreadsheet that allows me to post updated standings quickly and produce various other statistics. The pain is “loading” the data into the sheet. I can do each list in a single cut and paste if you use the following format and guidelines: present a plain, unnumbered list that contains just the celebrities’ most commonly used names (e.g. use “Al Gore”, not “Albert Gore”), correctly spelled. Please observe, what I, Baker, refer to as the “Pope” rule, a variation on “the most commonly used name” request above. If a person is known primarily by a titled name, please use that. So it wouldn’t be Jorge Bergoglio, it would be Pope Francis. And don’t put down Elizabeth Windsor, put down Queen Elizabeth II. For all I know there are other celebrities with the plain names. If you do pick George or Lizzy, under their lesser known names, I might not notice it, to give you those points if and when they shuffle off this mortal coil and go to join the choir invisible.

An example of a plain list follows here:

Sam Brownback
Pat Roberts
Lynn Jenkins
Jerry Moran
Tim Huelskamp
Mike Pompeo
Kevin Yoder
Derek Schmidt
Kris Kobach
Bob Dole
Jeff Colyer
Ron Estes
Ken Selzer

However, I know that many of you like to include commentary within your lists, such as:

Zsa Zsa Gabor(on her last leg)
Fidel (I’m not dead yet!) Castro
Sam(only 26% approval rating as governor)Brownback

That’s fine, it’s entertaining. But if you do that, please include the list again in plain format for me to copy & paste.

Oh, yeah, one teensy additional announcement. This year of 2016 will be my last as Death Mistress. For 2017 the scythe will be passed to Idle Thoughts, who several months ago begged and groveled, saying it had been their dream to run the Death Pool. I wanted to rule for one more year, to hold the longevity record. So start thinking about how to suck up to Idle Thoughts, because who knows, IT may not be as merciful as I have been, heh, heh. With me it was cookies and chocolate, IT may want your firstborn. The rules might even be changed.

Have fun, sickos, and ** “May the odds be ever in your favor!”**

Woohoo!! Looking forward to another corpse-strewn year! :smiley:

Clint Eastwood - actor/director/writer
Stephen Hawking - Scientist
Harrison Ford - actor
Taylor Swift - musician
Jimmy Carter - Humanitarian, former PotUS
Stephen King - author
Mickey Dolenz - actor/musician
Jared Fogel - former spokesman, Subway
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka - former professional wrestler
William Shatner - actor/writer/director
Dwight Schultz - actor
Willie Nelson - singer
Ron Jeremy - adult film actor

My list, mostly holdovers and as usual a preliminary one as I will for sure change it before the deadline, as usual I post now just in case I miss the deadline.
Sir John Vincent Hurt **
Is anybody Hurt? I had luck with knights in the past, so I think he is next.
Joey Feek

Country star who’s part of the duo Joey + Rory

Tom Libous
Terminally ill former Republican New York state senator, and convicted of lying to the FBI too.
Bob Ellis**
Writer, but not for long as he reported recently.

**Malcolm Mitchell Young **
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap, and more dirt to cover him soon to the former AC/DC guitar player.

Burton Leon “Burt” Reynolds
Have a bad feeling about him, he looks like a walking corpse now and it looks like Smokey will get him soon and it will be The End.

Helen Fawkes
Reporter from the BBC, still fighting cancer.
Clive James**
Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet. Soon to join a dead society one.

Ryan Buell
Paranormal movie producer, still looking to become a subject.

Joost van der Westhuizen
Rugby player, Still fighting a neurological disease

Martin Crowe
Cricket Player, still hanging there against cancer.

Peter Sutcliffe
Sick murderer in prison that should be dead already.

John Edward Szeles
Magician, still escaping death.
Clean list:

Sir John Vincent Hurt
Joey Feek
Tom Libous
Bob Ellis
Malcolm Mitchell Young
Burton Leon “Burt” Reynolds
Helen Fawkes
Clive James
Ryan Buell
Joost van der Westhuizen
Martin Crowe
Peter Sutcliffe
John Edward Szeles
Dick Cheney
Muhammad Ali
Sean Connery
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Dammit. I meant to add Joey Feek. Let’s replace Taylor Swift with Joey Feek. I’ll post my official list the week after Christmas.

I see I’m not the only one on the Joey Feek bandwagon.

Tony Iommi
Lynne Stewart
Tommy Chong
Valerie Harper
Jim Kelly NFL QB
Tom Brokaw
Rob Ford
John Hurt
Al Sharpton
Glen Campbell
Randolph Mantooth
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Joey Feek – Country singer
Need a couple alternates, so

Phil Specter
Plain list:
Tony Iommi
Lynne Stewart
Tommy Chong
Valerie Harper
Jim Kelly
Tom Brokaw
Rob Ford
John Hurt
Al Sharpton
Glen Campbell
Randolph Mantooth
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Joey Feek
Phil Specter

I am making no changes this year. I am convinced that sooner or later at least some of these celebs will shuffle off this mortal coil. It’s gotten personal. :smiley:

Presenting, The 2016 List of Celebrity Immortals!

David Hasselhoff
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Mohammed Ali
Michael Douglas
Penny Marshall
Courtney Love
Charlie Sheen
Pamela Anderson
Lady Gaga
Mary Tyler Moore
Lindsay Lohan
Miley Cyrus
Toni Braxton

Billy Joel
Alex Trebec
Michael Fox


Could you please also post your list without the commentary? Comments are cool, but a plain format makes my life easier. See the rules in the OP.

I’ve just checked the (short) list of those I had noted as possibles for 2016 and they’ve all died! :frowning:

Clint Eastwood
Stephen Hawking
Harrison Ford
Joey Feek
Jimmy Carter
Stephen King
“Superfly” Jimmy Snuka
William Shatner
Jared Fogel
Mickey Dolenz
Willie Nelson
Ron Jeremy
Dwight Schultz


Bruce Dern
Paul McCartney
James Earl Jones

You might want to list some of your entries by their professional names (like The Amazing Jonathan and Malcolm Young)

Thank you, Frank Gifford. My first-ever 16 points in the Death Pool was by ol’ #16 of the NY Giants.

Alright, I’m in for 2016. List coming soon… (ish).

Bullitt courteously posted the following near the beginning of the 2015 thread, and I certainly found it useful, so here it is again:

And 2016 by Baker:

George H. W. Bush (June 12, 1924)
Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936)
Valerie Harper (August 22, 1939)
John Hurt (January 22, 1940)
Mel Stottlemyre (November 13, 1941)
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (May 18, 1943)
Rod Carew (October 1, 1945)
Malcolm Young (January 6, 1953)
Vivian Campbell (August 25, 1962)
Martin Crowe (September 22, 1962)
Joost van der Westhuizen (February 20, 1971)
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (July 28, 1971)
Joey Feek (September 9, 1975)

Dick Van Dyke (December 13, 1925)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (February 6, 1917)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933)

George H. W. Bush
Mary Tyler Moore
Valerie Harper
John Hurt
Mel Stottlemyre
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Rod Carew
Malcolm Young
Vivian Campbell
Martin Crowe
Joost van der Westhuizen
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Joey Feek

Dick Van Dyke
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Can I suggest a new category of ‘Most First Picks’ to encourage early entries? It’s very tempting to hang back and analyse the picks others have made and select the best. But if there were an advantage in an early post, that might mix things up a little.

FTR my list is nowhere near complete!

I was just going to rollover my list from last year (with a replacement for my one good pick) - however, Baker’s sample list in the OP looks mighty tempting! :smiley:

It’s the “Toto, we don’t want them in Kansas anymore” list!

I was hoping someone would notice that list!:smiley:

Joey Feek
Sumner Redstone
Kirk Douglas
Charlie Sheen
Peter Bogdanovich
Morgan Freeman
Clint Eastwood
Karl Rove
Dick Cheney
Jimmy Carter
Hal Holbrook
Ginger Baker
Charlie Watts

William Holly Johnson
Michael C Hall
Michael J Fox
Dick Dale
David Crosby
Roger Corman
Earvin Johnson Jr.
Tom Brokaw
Abe Vigoda
Justin Bieber
Jimmy Carter
Yoko Ono
John Hurt
Valerie Harper
Kenny Rogers
Betty White