Celebrity Death Pool 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! This past year has been exciting so far, and 2020 should be just as great!!!. Okay, as usual, let’s get the rules out of the way and get to playing.

** The Rules**:

  1. You pick 13 celebrities (that’s thirteen, not ten) whom you predict will die within the calendar year 2020. 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, 2019. (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.
h. listed as “any member of whatever group”

It’s really hard to define “celebrity” Best we can do is someone who’s death is rather widely reported in major media outlets, because of something they’ve done, be it art, politics, athletics, science, music, the military, or even serial murder. It’s not going to be your Aunt Mabel who was in the local paper because her apple pie won first place in the county fair. 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! It’s supposed to be fun, Fun FUN!!!

  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 “Whitey Bulger“.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 2019. 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.

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 post official total points for at least 24 hours after 12/31/2020. If you find that one of your picks died, say, late on 12/31/2020, and you didn’t hear about it until late on Jan. 1, 2021(this is a not so subtle hint to check your lists)then post a cite at once, 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 2020.

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 2020, but see rule 3.d.

The “Final Hours” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the last listed celebrity to die in 2020.

List Format:

I have a spreadsheet that allows me to post game standings and produce various other statistics. The pain is “loading” the data into the sheets. I can do each list in a single cut and paste if you do the following two things. First, please observe, what I, Baker, refer to as the “Pope” rule, that is, use the name a celebrity is most commonly known by. It isn’t necessarily their birth name. 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. And please, let me mention again, check your spelling of names!!!

And second, post your list in a plain format. An example of a plain list follows here:

Sam Brownback
Jeff Colyer
Pat Roberts
Jerry Moran
Tim Huelskamp
Mike Pompeo
Kevin Yoder
Derek Schmidt
Kris Kobach
Ron Estes
Ken Selzer
Donald Trump
Mike Pence

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

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.

It’s good to be the Death Mistress!

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

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
John Williams
Gene Hackman
David Geffen
Thomas Pynchon
Dustin Hoffman
Stephen King
Tina Turner
William Hurt
Val Kilmer
Kevin Spacey
Paul Simon
Art Garfunkel


Matt Lauer
Steven Spielberg

OK folks, 30 days and 14.5 hours to get those lists in!!

(And 29 days and 14.5 hours until Baker’s birthday! :))

ETA: And 30 days and 14.5 hours for the surviving people on my rivals’ 2019 lists to hang in there - c’mon guys, you can postpone the inevitable for that long! :smiley:

Queen Elizabeth
Meat Loaf
Jimmy Carter
Rosalynn Carter
The Amazing Johnathan
Pat Boone
Pat Robertson
Joe Piscopo
John Rhys-Davies
Hal Holbrook
Donald Trump
Larry Flynt
James Randi
Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Dan Rather

David Attenborough
Bob Barker
John Byner
Bill Cosby
Hugh Downs
Uri Geller
The Amazing Kreskin
Rush Limbaugh
Peter Marshall
Wink Martindale
Martin Mull
Regis Philbin
Shadoe Stevens


Newt Gingrich
Pat Sajak
Richard Simmons

Frankie Banali
Jimmy Carter
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Chuck Norris
Eddie Van Halen
Dick Van Dyke
Olivia Newton John
Bob Dole
Honor Blackman
Ed Asner
Alex Trebeck
Linda Ronstadt
Joni Mitchell


Nichelle Nichols
Michael McKean
Fred Willard

Will there be a separate themed list Death Pool this year? I enjoyed having two lists this year, especially since I got points in both!

As usual for me, one preliminary list that will change a lot later. Just in case I forget.
Harry Reid
Celine Dion
Sam Lloyd
Rikako Ikee
Danny Amis aka Daddy-O Grande
Danny Trejo
Alex Trebek
CJ de Mooi
Meat Loaf
Artie Lange
Kamala (the wrestler)
Little Richard
Lee Kerslake

2019 was my first foray into the Celebrity Death Pool. Thus far I have zero points. I have chosen a different set of 16 folks for 2020, which will ensure that this group will survive until at least 1/1/21.

David Berkowitz
Xi Jinping
Pierce Brosnan
Hulk Hogan
Duane Chapman
Tony Blair
Cyndi Lauper
Tim Allen
Kim Basinger
John Malkovich
Kathie Lee Gifford
Chaka Khan
Howard Schultz

Marcia Clark
Pat Benatar
Amy Irving

Please put up the themed thread as well. I am actually more ready for that one.

Since all of my 2019 picks have been most un-cooperative, I shall submit them again for 2020. Maybe at least one of them will take a hint.

David Hasselhoff
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Michael Douglas
Penny Marshall
Courtney Love
Charlie Sheen
Pamela Anderson
Lady Gaga
Lindsay Lohan
Miley Cyrus
Toni Braxton
Billy Joel

Alex Trebec
Michael J. Fox

I’m sensing a weakness in your 2019 strategy that may hurt you in 2020. Penny Marshall died in 2018.

Here are my picks, there maybe a “pointless” entry simply on the faint chance of not getting totally skunked again this year. Then again, perhaps by picking him, I will grant Kirk Douglas another year’s immunity from the reaper.

The List:
Christopher Lloyd
Prince Philip
Betty White
Angela Lansbury
Alex Trebek
Sean Connery
Billy Connolly
Kirk Douglas
Robert Duvall
Wilford Brimley
Loretta Swit
Shirley MacLaine
Jimmy Carter

The Alternates:
Morgan Freeman
Jack Nicholson
Nancy Pelosi

First, I want to thank Phungi for running the Themed Death Pool this year. We really appreciate all of your hard work - thank you.

However, as much as a themed death thread is great, it just didn’t garner the same posts/views as the main thread.

Could we please go back to just one Death Pool thread? I know there are some who want the recognition of a well thought out themed list - couldn’t we just make a separate column on the main list? I know it was done for prior years.

Death Mistress Baker, I know asking this is a huge imposition - could it at least be open for debate/consideration?

Whatever is decided, much thanks to those who put in the time and effort to keep this game going. Thanks again.

Actually, I think a themed list is just great, especially as I don’t have to run it. It may not garner the same views, but those who do want it will seek it out. I do, for example.

Uh, I totally want a themed thread.

Should I run it? I have no idea how the death pool is run/managed, but could learn and am willing to run the Themed one.


**phungi **may be delayed in beginning the themed thread, I had a reply to a PM the day before yesterday saying they were ready.

Jimmy Carter
Chevy Chase
Brian Cranston
Bob Dole
Brian Wilson
Brian Williams
Alex Trebek
Todd Rundgren
Rupert Murdoch
Mick Jagger
Paul Hogan
Ringo Starr

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Ok, great. It’s there now!

Thanks Loach for catching that! My revised list.

David Hasselhoff
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Michael Douglas
Alex Trebec
Courtney Love
Charlie Sheen
Pamela Anderson
Lady Gaga
Lindsay Lohan
Miley Cyrus
Toni Braxton
Billy Joel

Michael J. Fox