Unlike last year where I thought of this at the last minute, this year I’m giving a little lead time. You have until January 1 to post your picks.
Pretty much the same idea as last year but a few tweaks to the rules. Basically you’re guessing famous people who you think are going to die in the upcoming year.
1 - You get thirteen picks (We didn’t get enough dead celebrities last year, so I’m expanding the field). Anyone who posts more than thirteen picks will only have their first thirteen picks count towards point scoring and will be subject to general ridicule for their inability to count.
2 - Each pick you make who dies in the year 2001 gives you 100 points minus their age at death. If you pick someone who dies over the age of a hundred, you score zero points for them. If by chance, one of your picks dies before January 1, you can replace him or her with a new pick.
3 - All picks must be posted by the start of the new year.
4 - Celebrity status will be determined loosely. In case of
disagreement, a majority vote of the posters will be binding.
5 - Persons currently under sentence of capitol punishment will only be valid for scoring points if they die by means other than official execution.
6 - Any poster who kills or otherwise contributes to the death of any celebrity mentioned in this thread will be disqualified.
7 - You can’t pick fictional people. You can’t pick animals. You can’t pick multiple choices. You can’t pick people who are already dead. I know these rules sound ridiculous but all of them were tried last year.
8 - I’m crossposting this on the F3MB Jokes and Games forum and the SDMB MPSIMS forum. Even if you’re a member on both boards, you only get one set of thirteen picks but you can crosspost them on both boards.
So here are my thirteen choices:
Robert Downey Jr
Pope John Paul II
Anna Nicole Smith
Robert Downey Jr.
Morton Downey Jr.
The Queen Mum
Adam Sandler (obligatory SNL cast member!)
Sean “Puffy” Combs
Jennifer Lopez (they go together, in a hail of bullets)
Hsu Chi (explodes in a burst of shear sexyiness)
Akira Fubuki (see above)
Barbara Walters (killed by Andrew Dice Clay during a “Where are they now?” interview)
George W. Bush
Robert Downey Jr.
Strom Thurmond (gimmee - or maybe not!)
Gary Coleman (obligatory Diff’rent Strokes star in the news)
Greg Louganis (another athlete who’s been HIV+ forever)
I’m likely to revise this in the next month, but, for starters:
George Bush (senior)
Eric Davis (baseball player)
Prince Michael Jackson (the King of Pop’s son)
… and …
I’m gonna feel so guilty if one of these people actually dies:
Dick Clark (world’s oldest teenager)
Ronald Reagan (former president)
Johnny Carson (TV host)
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (astronaut)
Roger Ebert (critic)
Fred Rogers (of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”)
Rodney Dangerfield (comic)
Estelle Getty (actress)
Doris Day (actress)
Merv Griffin (producer)
Woody Allen (director/writer/comic)
Shirley Temple Black (actress/stateswoman)
Kirk Douglas (actor/writer)
Is this a clever ploy to get points if either Tony Danza or Ted Danson buys the farm? I move to require you to demonstrate the existence of a famous “Ted Danza”. If no such person exists, I move to allow you to replace this pick with Ted Danson or Tony Danza, or eliminate your pick entirely without replacement (except by the death-before-January-1 rule, but only if you disambiguate before either dies.)
[list=1][li]Kevin Nealon[/li][li]Gerald Ford[/li][li]Dick Cheney[/li][li]Bill Clinton[/li][li]Clint Eastwood[/li][li]Macauley Culkin[/li][li]aha (is he famous enough?)[/li][li]Britney Spears[/li][li]Susan Lucci[/li][li]Fred Durst (limp bizkit dude.)[/li][li]Garth Brooks[/li][li]John Travolta[/li]Jennifer Lopez