The Celebrity Death Pool 2011

Here we go for 2011. The rules are as before. Please note my request at the bottom of the post that you submit your list in a specific format.
**The Rules: **

  1. You pick 13 celebrities (that’s thirteen, not ten) whom you predict will die within the calendar year 2011. 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, 2010. (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
e. a registered member of the SDMB, 'cause that would be weird
f. political prisoners, 'cause we’re macabre but not THAT macabre.
g. famous solely as a result of their illness or associated actions/events.

  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. Your picks must specify a name: listing “anybody from [the cast of your most hated TV show or boy band]” as a pick will be ignored.

  4. Persons under sentence of death will be valid for scoring points only if they die by means other than official execution.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. You may submit one or more “alternates” with your list in the event that one of your picks dies during December 2010, or submit an alternate after the death of the original pick, as long as this is posted by Dec 31, 2010. If you do not submit a name, I will submit the rest. You can 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 submissions 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.

We have no rule about valid SDMB memberships (disqualifying members who have been banned). If you submit a list and then change your username at some point, please post this news on the thread so I know who you are.

We have no rule about what constitutes “celebrity,” because it makes our heads hurt to think about this.

Spelling counts! Please try to spell celebrities’ names correctly.

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

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 “Opening Kickoff” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the first listed celebrity to die in 2011.

The “Final Hours” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the last listed celebrity to die in 2011.

The “Robbing the Cradle” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the youngest celebrity to die in 2011, but see rule 3.d.
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. If anyone is known by initials, include a period and a space after each. So as an example, it would be:

O. J. Simpson
Ronnie Biggs
Fidel Castro
George W. Bush
Muhammad Ali
Lindsay Lohan
Elizabeth Taylor
Abe Vigoda
Kirk Douglas
Clint Eastwood
Ariel Sharon
Dick Cheney
Bill Gates

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

George “the younger” Bush
Yogi Berra, baseballer/malaproper, because it ain’t over till it’s over.

That is fine - it adds to the entertainment. But if you do that, please also include the list again in plain format for me to copy & paste.
Have fun, sickos.

Sweet, I can’t wait. :slight_smile:

Michael Douglas
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Margaret Thatcher
Elizabeth Taylor
Ronnie Biggs
Ariel Sharon
Dick Clark
Mohammed Ali
Betty Ford
Phyllis Diller
Andy Rooney
Mel Gibson
Henry Kissenger

**2011 Abe Vigoda Corpse Rodeo
Alphabet Roundup: **

Abe Vigoda – famous immortal
Chuck Yeager – fly boy jet man
E. L. Doctorow- forgotten writer
Fred Thompson – zombie politician, tv personality
Gavin MacLeod – sunken actor
Irwin Winkler - Rocky producer
Kevin Smith - fanboy fatman or fatman fanboy?
Nancy Reagan – wife of “Bedtime for Bonzo” star
Orin Hatch – Utah lizard and DC toad
Pope Benedict XIV – old Gestapo-eyes
Quincy Jones – band leader mogul
Ursula LeGuin – sci fi lady
Zbigniew Brzezinski - Jimmy’s good pal, the walking typo

**13 names, 26 letters of the alphabet represented by their initials.
The Pope is a cheat, but screw it, I needed the ” X” in there somehow.
No easy task, but Death is worth the effort. **

**Score Listing: **

Abe Vigoda
Chuck Yeager
E. L. Doctorow
Fred Thompson
Gavin MacLeod
Irwin Winkler
Kevin Smith
Nancy Reagan
Orin Hatch
Pope Benedict XIV
Quincy Jones
Ursula LeGuin
Zbigniew Brzezinski

**Alternates ruin the
whole thing but: **

Yaphet Kotto
Anthony Zerbe
Gore Vidal
Harlan Ellison
Calvin Trillin

  1. Zsa Zsa Gabor (2/16/17), actress/low hanging fruit
  2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg (3/15/33), Supreme Court justice
  3. Roger Ebert (6/18/42), film critic
  4. Michael Douglas (9/25/44), actor
  5. Aung San Suu Kyi (6/19/45), Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  6. Christopher Hitchens (4/13/49), commentator/author/gadfly
  7. Rush Limbaugh (1/12/51), radio personality
  8. Gene Weingarten (10/2/51), Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist
  9. Steve Jobs (2/24/55), Apple honcho
  10. Connie Newton Needham (12/5/59), ‘Eight Is Enough’ actress
  11. Jason Becker (7/2/69), heavy metal guitarist
  12. Orlando Thomas (10/21/72), former NFL player
  13. Pete Doherty (3/12/79), musician, ex-Libertines

Plain version:
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Roger Ebert
Michael Douglas
Aung San Suu Kyi
Christopher Hitchens
Rush Limbaugh
Gene Weingarten
Steve Jobs
Connie Newton Needham
Jason Becker
Orlando Thomas
Pete Doherty

Darlene Cates
Seve Ballesteros
Pope Benedict XIV

Everybody sing!

It’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime…of the year!


Andy Griffith.
Joan Rivers
Andy Rooney
Osama Bin Laden
Jack LaLanne

Ojay–new improved version to the tune of “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”

It’s time to do the Death Pool.
It’s the Straight Dope’s sickest thread.
If you’re a drama queen
Make a list of thirteen
of the folks that you wish dead.

It’s time to do the Death Pool,
And if you think it’s grim.
When you hear someone’s dead
First thought in your head:
Well, who pciked her or him?

And though you wish them dead
Killing them is lame.
You’ll be disqualified
Folks, it’s just a game.

It’s time to do the Deathpool.
Great fun to be had by all.
Even if you don’t win
You’ll be wearing a grin.
It’s more fun than Calvinball.

This year I’m political:

  1. Barrack Obama
  2. Michelle Obama
  3. George W. Bush
  4. Laura Bush
  5. Bill Clinton
  6. Hillary Clinton
  7. George H. W. Bush
  8. Barbara Bush (the elder)
  9. Nancy Reagen
  10. Jimmy Carter
  11. Rosalyn Carter
  12. Betty Ford
  13. Jeb Bush

Alec Baldwin
Don Rickles
Rosalynn Carter
Harry Morgan
Conrad Bain
Esther Williams
G. Gordon Liddy
Prince Philip
Arnold Palmer
David Crosby
Jerry Lewis
Jane Russell
John Madden

Wilford Brimley
Ruth Buzzi

It would seem that the the Themes are already up and running.

:: Clears Throat ::

This will be my second year playing Death Pool. I guess you could call it my second time. I guess you could call it a Sequel.

I will call it :

1.Jack NicholSON Here’s Johnny! … and he’s dead Jim.
2.Sam DonaldSON Old News Anchor type person
3.Pat RobertSON This guy has been wishing for the end times since before I was born. He wants to go, I will oblige him.
4.Doyle BrunSON Professional Poker Player. You can’t spend 5 minutes playing poker with out someone mentioning Doyle, or his Super System, the “Bible” of Hold 'Em
5.Antoine DodSON Bed Intruder “Singer” Run and Tell That, Homeboy Home Home Homeboy!
6. Emma WatSON. - who has spent the last 10 years or so of her life as Hermione Granger.
7.Woody HarelSON Douche.
8.Owen WilSON Douche Plus
9.Sir Richard BranSON Sir D … Dude that has a lot of money to do risky things.
10.Arte JohnSON TV Personality and former Match Game Panelist
11.Richard DawSON Match Game Panelist and Family Feud Host
12.Anne RobinSON She is the Deadest Link, Goodbye.
13.O.J. SimpSON Infamous Football Player

A. Louie AnderSON Double Douche and a Family Feud Host to boot.
B. Rowan AtkinSON Bean, Blackadder, nothing worth noting in the US.
c. Bill WatterSON Calvin and Hobbes. If he dies with the Calvinball, it’s worth double.

Jack Nicholson
Sam Donaldson
Pat Robertson
Doyle Brunson
Antoine Dodson
Emma Watson
Woody Harelson
Owen Wilson
Sir Richard Branson
Arte Johnson
Richard Dawson
Anne Robinson
O.J. Simpson

Louie Anderson
Rowan Atkinson
Bill Watterson

our lists contain 13 with up to 3 alternates (in case someone on your list dies before 00:00:01 1/1/11). You need 8 more.

Can you repost without numbers pls?

In no particular order…
George H. W. Bush
Barbara Bush
Lindsay Lohan
Joan Fontaine
Olivia de Havilland
Jimmy Carter
Sam Elliot
Burt Reynolds
Johnny Depp
Tom Selleck
Bill Clinton
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy


Alex Trebek
Chuck Norris
Hillary Clinton
Pope Benedict XIV
Suggested modification to the rules:

One “pity point” awarded if someone on your alternate list dies.

I was suddenly and inexplicably inspired to post an all Laugh-In list, and since Our Lady Of The Bandwagon appeared as a guest 9 times, I can ride along:

Alan Sues
Artie Johnson
Chelsea Brown
Dave Madden
Gary Owens
Goldie Hawn
Jill St. John
Jo Anne Worley
Judy Carne
Lily Tomlin
Ruth Buzzi
Willie Tyler
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Carol Channing
Rich Little
Richard Dawson

How about instead we just mock you for being so close, yet so far?

Barrack Obama
Michelle Obama
George W. Bush
Laura Bush
Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton
George H. W. Bush
Barbara Bush (the elder)
Nancy Reagen
Jimmy Carter
Rosalyn Carter
Betty Ford
Jeb Bush

And in recognition, I announce a new award for the themed list that gets the highest score. If your list has a theme, please declare it when posting your list. And no, “old and sick people” is not going to count as a theme.

Someone more creative than I can suggest a name for this new award.

When I publish standings, players with an asterisk at the end of their name have a themed list.

“Theme Dirge”
(y’know - like in theme song? fine, it was the best I could come up with on 2 hours sleep) :smiley:

How about:

Death Entertains Me in More Ways than One Award?


The Boot Hill Theme Park Ride Award.

My first themed list was “I’m dreaming of a Bush Deathpool.”

What about “I’m dreaming of a themed deathpool?”

ETA: In case you didn’t noice, my list is Presidents and First Ladies, with one brother for #13